Issue no 284

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SA's USALs get off to a slow start by reselling mobile minutes

South Africa's Under-Serviced Area Licences (USALs) were aimed at providing services to areas of low teledensity. They have taken a long time to come to fruition and a number of those interested suffered severe financial problems during this waiting period. Each has been offered a subsidy to meet particular rural area roll-out targets. But as predicted by the sceptics, few have plans to roll-out low-cost infrastructure locally. Balancing Act's Isabelle Gross looks at how the licensed USALs are making progress. While Telkom SA is installing WIFI hot spots in major cities to satisfy the ever-growing need of mobile workers to…

Telecoms

ZIMBABWE - BATTLE ERUPTS OVER TELEACCESS LOSING LICENCE

Teleaccess and the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) have locked horns in a fierce tussle following the cancellation of the fixed telephone operator, TeleAccess' license this week.…


Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICA – MTN PROMISING BROADBAND WITH HSDPA

On the eve of the GSM Africa conference in Cape Town, Ericsson and MTN South Africa are demonstrating how 3G networks using WCDMA technology enable new mobile broadband services when…


Telecoms

SUDAN’S CANAR COMMUNICATION INAUGURATES FIRST NATIONAL NGN IN AFRICA

Sudan’s Canar Telecommunications Company launched its IP-based network last week, making it one of the first national operators on the continent to roll-out a Next Generation Network. Several other operators…


Telecoms

MOBILE TELECOMS MARKET BOOMING IN ALGERIA

Last year saw rapid growth in the Algerian mobile market because of: - privatization of the publicly owned company AMN (Algerie Mobile Network) which became Algerie Telecom and branded its…


Telecoms

GAMBIA: GAMTEL GOES CDMA AND AFRICELL LAUNCHES GSM PAYPHONES

Gambia’s second mobile operator Africell has just launched a GSM payphone product called Wahtan (chit-chat in wolof) in association with Unique Solutions. The first phase has been to give 20…


Telecoms

CHAD – SLOW PROGRESS TOWARDS GREATER COMPETITION

Take pity on the citizens of poor Chad. Almost nothing has changed in three years. There is only one ISP operated by the incumbent Sotel. There is only competition in…


Telecoms

LIBERIA GOES FOR ANOTHER BIDDING ROUND FOR LTC

There is to be another round of bidding to sell off the largely destroyed Liberian Telecommunications Corporation. It has only a few, badly functioning fixed lines in the capital but…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Sentel has changed to Millicom’s international brand TIGO. Incumbent Sonatel is having greater trouble shifting to France Telecom’a international brand, Orange. Its trade union is opposing the process and…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- The Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) is currently undertaking an expansion of its mobile network Ethiomobile, aimed at increasing capacity to accommodate around 2.4 million subscribers. The project is being…


Internet

KENYA’S REGULATOR LICENCES 8 ISPS FOR VOIP

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has said it will issue mobile operators with licences to operate their own international gateways next year, with a definite timetable expected by early…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICA DIAL-UP MARKET HITS CEILING

Growth in internet access among the public is crawling along, with the dial-up market experiencing no subscriber growth for the first time since the industry was launched in 1993. This…


Internet

BURKINA FASO’S ONATEL EXPERIMENTS WITH POWERLINE DELIVERY

Burkina Faso’s ONATEL has launched DSL but it is currently only available for corporate clients. It has also been experimenting with Wi-Fi during the Francophonie conference in Ouagadougou. It is…


Internet

NIGER ISPS HOLD DISCUSSIONS ABOUT FORMING ISP ASSOCIATION

Niger’s ISPs are talking about forming an ISP association. There are four ISPs: IXCom (French-owned), Telestar, Afripa Telecom (owned by Atlantique Telecom) and Sahel.com (owned by incumbent Sonitel). Except for…


Computing

NIGERIA - COMPUTER SOCIETY OPPOSES MERGER OF NITDA, NCC AND NBC

The Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) has opposed the call for merger of some government agencies including the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICA - OPEN SOURCE TENDER AWARDS DELAYED TO THE BEGINNING OF NEXT YEAR

Submissions for the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) open source tender closed in October this year, with at least 12 technology companies vying to be placed on the preferred list…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Gestetner SA, in association with retail giant, Makro, has launched an 'ownership through rental' model for small and medium enterprises. This means a range of entry-level colour and mono…


digtool

MALAWI - SOLAR POWER FOR BETTER RURAL CELLPHONE ACCESS

Siemens Communications has developed a solar-powered base station for cellular network operators operating in remote areas that lack electricity supplies. The first base station, in Chiringa, Malawi, has been supplied…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

PINNACLE BOOSTS BEE PROFILE IN DEAL WITH AMABUBESI

SA Computer maker Pinnacle Technology has struck a black empowerment deal to sell 20% of its shares to Amabubesi, an organisation that is led by former national director of public…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

GHANA - CUSTOMERS OWE GT ¢400M

CEO of Ghana Telecom, Oystein Bjorge has said that although the company is making profits, customers owe about ¢400million. The company also complained about the current interconnectivity regime that does…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CELL C CHALLENGES RIVALS WITH BETTER NUMBERS

CELL C has followed up the daunting results issued by larger rivals MTN and Vodacom last month with figures of its own showing strong results for the September quarter. While…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICA DATATEC BUYS AVNET US HP BUSINESSS

South African IT company Datatec Ltd. has bought Avnet Inc's U.S.-based Hewlett-Packard business unit, it said last Monday. Datatec did not give financial details but said in a statement the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- The Egyptian Telecommunications Ministry revealed during a press conference that shares of Telecom Egypt will be sold for L.E14.80. The Ministry had stated at an earlier date that a…


Digital Content

NETTRACKER HELPS GTA BECOME A TOURISM LEADER

As the key marketer and driver of tourism in Gauteng, the Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA) understands just how crucial it is to understand the Web usage patterns of its clients…


Digital Content

ONLINE MAPPING FOR SOUTH AFRICA

BrabysMaps, a division of AC Braby (Pty) Ltd, in collaboration with Durban-based technical partner Always Active Technologies (AAT) and the GIS division of Business Connexion, has launched an online mapping…


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PEOPLE

* Neneh McDoul Gaye has been appointed the new Minister of Communications in the Gambia. Her predecessor Dr Amadou S Janneh was fired for supposedly “passing a document to a…


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EVENTS

-Telecoms conference 2006: Has Telecoms deregulation delivered on its promise? Tuesday January 31st 2006, Cape Town International Convention Centre For further information contact Nicky Floris, nicky@callingthecape.org.za or (021) 487 8655…