Issue no 282

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FEAR AND LOATHING IN TUNIS - WELCOME TO FLIC CITY, THE GATED COMMUNITY OF THE INFORMATION SOCIETY

The security for WSIS and the ITU’s Global Symposium of Regulators follows the popular tradition of saturation policing that follows large-scale international events these days. It seemed almost as if no corner did not contain two or three police and the road to Hammamet (about an hour from Tunis) had them at regular intervals along the route. There were even horse-mounted police and helicopters around the WSIS perimeter. (Although the police and potential terrorists clearly keep regular hours as there were few police in evidence in the rainy, early hours of one morning.) Plain clothes police were also much in…

Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICA'S TELFREE TO OFFER SKYPE-STYLE OFFER

Ruan Mallan, CTO of Telfree portrays his company as a virtual VoIP company, offering free calls between Telfree users and cheap international calls over any type of internet connection (ADSL,…


Telecoms

PRIVATISATION OF TUNISIE TELECOM HERALDS A NEW ERA OF GROWTH

The planned privatization of Tunisie Telecom will be a major event in Tunisia’s telecom history. That, along with the government’s liberalization plans, will usher in a new era of massive…


Telecoms

TANZANIAN INCUMBENT TTCL LOSES US$2.8M TO VANDALISM OVER 3 YEARS

TTCL is spending thousands of dollars in its fight against vandals. TTCL officials said in October alone, the state-owned company spent Tsh47.1 million ($44,857) to protect 38 of its installations…


Telecoms

EGYPT'S MOBILE CONNECTIONS OUTSTRIP THEIR FIXED-LINED COUNTERPARTS

Leading industry analyst and forecaster, BIS Shrapnel, has launched its Egypt Mobile Communications, 2005 report. The report explains that Egypt's cellular market is currently experiencing unprecedented growth, a phenomenon that…


Telecoms

NIGERIA: OPERATORS STILL AT ODDS OVER INTERCONNECT RATE

Despite locking themselves away in a separate room during the Telecom Summit in Abuja, Nigeria's operators were unable to reach agreement on interconnection rates. After so much argument, with each…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The recently-concluded 4th Nigerian Telecom Summit has advocated the merger of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Inforamation Technology Development Agency (NITDA).…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- MTN Uganda will invest USD7.5 million by the end of the year in boosting its GSM network coverage, the company said in a statement. Since April, MTN has extended…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICAN USERS NOW PAYING 1000% MORE THAN OTHER COUNTRIES AFTER WHOLESALE PRICING RESTRUCTURE

High-speed internet users in SA will pay 1000% more for their bandwidth than users in other countries after Telkom restructured its wholesale fees for internet service providers (ISPs). Telkom's new…


Internet

MOZAMBIQUE'S TDM TO INTRODUCE 512k BROADBAND

Mozambican incumbent TDM is set to introduce 512k download speed ADSL broadband. Like a lot of operators it is tiering its pricing by introducing 512k and only offering the full…


Internet

ONLINE CENSORSHIP PERSISTS IN NORTH AFRICA

A report released by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) has revealed the prevalence of online censorship in several North African countries. The 140 page report titled "False Freedom: Online censorship…


Internet

SIERRA LEONE:FIDELITY COMMUNICATIONS SPREADS INTERNET TO SCHOOLS

Fidelis Asielue, Managing Director of the newly opened multi-purpose high-tech communications company, Fidelity Global Communications probably the fastest internet service in the country Tuesday disclosed that his company has taken…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Nigerian ISP association ISPAN has signed a deal with telco incumbent Nitel for all its members. The price? US$3,500 per mbps per month. The Lagos IXP is still…


Computing

ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD BECOMES A CLOSER REALITY

"Inspiring in many ways" said Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, describing the 'US$100 laptop' which was officially unveiled at a press-conference held during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)…


Computing

UGANDA - STOCK MARKET READY FOR COMPUTERISED TRADING

The stock exchange in Kampala is to end issuing of paper certificates to investors in the capital market late this year by introducing electronic accounts. The electronic accounts will be…


Computing

OPEN OFFICE NOW AVAILABLE IN 11 SOUTH AFRICAN LANGUAGES

After 75 000 translated words and many months of hard work, Translate.org.za is scheduled to release OpenOffice.org 2.0.1 in all 11 official South African languages later this month. Translate.org.za director,…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- In response to local customers' demands for a way to securely store, manage, analyse and report on mission-critical business data, Microsoft Nigeria has released its most cost-effective and advanced…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

BUSINESS CONNEXION STOCK SOARS AFTER TAKEOVER BID

Shares in Business Connexion went into overdrive last week on news that the company may be bought out, in what would be the biggest technology take-over to date in SA.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET ACTS AGAIN TO RETAIN VMOBILE STAKE

Econet Wireless has instigated yet another court case to defend its stake in Nigerian cellular operator Vmobile, this time taking on First Bank of Nigeria. Econet has asked the federal…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICA'S TELKOM PROFIT UP 35% ON VODACOM MOBILE GROWTH AND COST-CUTTING

Africa's biggest telecoms company, Telkom, reported a 35-percent jump in first-half headline earnings per share, thanks to a leaner wage bill and profit growth at its mobile phone business Vodacom.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SAFARICOM GOES DIRECTLY TO LENDERS FOR A RECORD US$108M SYNDICATED LOAN

Safaricom is seeking to raise a record Ksh8 billion (US$108.1 million) from the financial market. This will be the single largest such loan in the history of Kenya's capital markets.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Organic and acquisitive growth have helped technology company Paracon post another set of strong figures showing all the arrows pointing upwards, and culminating in a dividend of 6c a…


Digital Content

BIBLIOTHECA ALEXANDRINA AND DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY LAUNCH ARABIC LANGUAGE PORTAL ON DEVELOPMENT

Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) and the Development Gateway Foundation today unveiled plans for a new Arabic language web portal on development. The portal, a preview of which was presented at the…


Digital Content

KENYA: STANDARD GROUP LAUNCHES SMS NEWS SERVICE

The Standard Group last week launched a subscription based short messaging service (SMS) so the public can receive news headlines through their mobile phones. Dubbed the Standard SMSDirect, subscribers will…


Digital Content

FREE ONLINE "OPEN CONTENT" INITIATIVES ANNOUNCED

A new Web initiative launched at the World Summit on theInformation Society (WSIS), will connect anyone with Internet access and the desire to learn to a world of free, high-quality…


Digital Content

THE WORD'S OUT....AT THE ITU'S GLOBAL SYMPOSIUM OF REGULATORS, YASMINE HAMMAMET

* Telecel will install a CDMA network in Burundi starting in 2006. * Zimbabwe’s regulator POTRAZ has started the discussions that will lead to some kind of legalisation of VoIP…Guinea…


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EVENTS

- The Future of Nigerian Telecommunications: Opportunities and Challenges at NICOMM 2005 11th International Telecommunications Exhibition, November 21 – 23, 2005 Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos For further information contact the…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* Qualcomm in South Africa is looking for an Office Administrator who can also take on web site development/maintenance in its Johannesburg office. Office Administrator: >> Will provide office administration…