Issue no 286

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Thank you for your purchase – a mobile phone turns into a credit card terminal

There have been a number of obstacles to increasing e-transactions in Africa, even in those countries visited by large numbers of tourists. To of the most important have been the cost of the Point of Sale equipment and the other has been the high cost of dealing with relatively small numbers of transactions. South African company iVeri Payment Technology has come up with a solution that tackles both of these obstacles. Isabelle Gross reports on how it works. In South Africa, Namibia, Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria and Ivory Coast, small businesses can now afford to take credit card payments on the…

Telecoms

SWAZILAND'S SPTC FIGHTS COLLAPSE ON TWO FRONTS WITH RELAUNCH OF FIXED LINE

This week saw the Swazi incumbent SPTC relaunch its fixed line product as it struggles to retain customers against the much larger mobile operators. It is also absorbing the consequences…


Telecoms

MILLICOM CHAD SELECTS INTELSAT TO PROVIDE CELLULAR BACKHAUL SERVICES

Intelsat today announced that it has signed a long-term, multi-million dollar contract with Millicom International Cellular SA (Millicom), Chad's newest mobile operator, to provide cellular backhaul services to multiple locations…


Telecoms

MALAWI TELECOM SALE TO GO AHEAD AT US$30 MILLION AS ORIGINALLY PLANNED

The Malawi Privatisation Commission (PC) last Tuesday announced Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) will be sold at $30 million. The figure falls short of the previous $30.7 million price which many…


Telecoms

ERICSSON LANDS THREE CONTRACTS FROM INVESTCOM

Ericsson has received three contracts in West Africa from the international operator Investcom LLC., which leads its operations in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Ericsson will have to deliver…


Telecoms

MALI: FIXED LINE INCEMBENT SOTELMA ROLLS OUT CDMA 2000 IN BAMAKO

Mali's Sotelma is soon going to implement a CDMA 2000 network that it hopes will replace much of its existing infrastructure, particularly at the local loop level. This new infrastructure…


Telecoms

MOROCCO: ANRT GIVES MEDI TELECOM PROPER ACCESS TO SEA-ME-WE 3

The Moroccan Telecommunication regulator, ANRT (agence de regulation des telecommunications) has recently taken 2 decisions regarding conflicts between Itissalat Al Maghrib (Maroc Telecom) and Medi Telecom. The first decision relates…


Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICA'S SNO: HORSE WITH NO NAME WILL START RUNNING SECOND HALF 2006

The newly licensed second network operator (SNO) will begin to offer commercial services only in the second half of next year. The telecoms operator, which received its licence last week,…


Telecoms

GATEWAY WINS SEYCHELLES AND MADAGASCAR CONTRACTS

Gateway has entered into agreements with Madacom, a mobile operator in Madagascar and Intelvision, a cable TV operator in the Seychelles to provide cost effective and high quality connectivity services.…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nokia has announced the opening of a new office in Morocco. The facility, located in Casablanca, will employ 50 people responsible for managing relationships with Nokia’s customers and providing…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Sierra Leone's mobile phone company, Celtel Monday officially launched its network in Tongo East of the country. Tongo has about 75,000 people and 50,000 of this are adults with…


Internet

SA'S INTERNET SOLUTIONS LAUNCHES A POP IN ACCRA

South Africa's Internet Solutions last week announced that its new POP had gone live in Accra. The new connectivity infrastructure, which terminates on SAT3 in London, has an additional fail-over…


Internet

E-REFERENCE LIBRARY AVAILABLE ONLINE

South African LR Learning Solutions, a business unit of Learning Resources, has partnered with US-based, publisher-owned joint venture, Safari Books Online, to offer a comprehensive e-reference library of technical books…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICA - ISPA LODGES "BROAD-RANGING" COMPLAINT WITH COMPETITION COMMISSION

The Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) last week lodged a broad-ranging complaint with the Competition Commission regarding Telkom's anti-competitive activities in the Internet services market. A large number of Internet…


Internet

TELKOM SA'S ADSL USERS HIT 120,000 BEFORE THE FESTIVE SEASON

Telkom, South Africa’s only fixed-line provider, has announced that they expect the total ADSL subscribers to reach 120 000 before the start of the festive season. ADSL packages first entered…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Nigeria's leading internet service provider and software development firm, BrowseCom says it has mapped out strategies to revolutionise the Information Communiucation Technology through an integrated capacity building programme. The…


Computing

CISCO TARGETS SA PUBLIC SECTOR

Networking company Cisco aims to make its IP Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS) technology available to the local market, with the public sector being its main target. advertisement This comes…


Computing

KISWAHILI SOFTWARE SET FOR LAUNCH

Computer software maker, Microsoft, is set to launch a Kiswahili software programme targeting over 110 million speakers of the language in the world. The newly-developed programmes, to be launched today,…


Computing

ACER STRENGTHENS POSITION IN SA LCD MONITOR MARKET

Acer South Africa moved up to the number two spot in the South African branded LCD monitor market in the third quarter of 2005. That's according to the latest numbers…


Computing

CHARGE REASONABLE FEES FOR IT COURSES - BOAFO TELLS IT SERVICE PROVIDERS

Sampson Kwaku Boafo, Ashanti Regional Minister, has expressed concern about the exorbitant fees charged or courses offered by Information Technology (IT) education service providers in the country. He said the…


Computing

A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF OPEN SOURCE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Voice over IP was the hot button in January, and the open source world turned to Asterisk to provide an alternative solution. In particular, a new company called OpenVoice managed…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- In Angola a co-operation agreement in the domain of technology was signed among the National Commission of Information Technologies, the Reserve Bank (BNA) and the US computing firm Microsoft.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TELECOM EGYPT IPO STRENGTHENS EGYPTIAN POUND

Egypt's currency has strengthened modestly in recent days, buoyed by demand for the pound by investors seeking to take part in the partial privatisation of Telecom Egypt (TE), economists commented.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTC SUBSIDIARY CELTEL INTERNATIONAL ACQUIRES MAJORITY STAKE IN MADACOM, MADAGASCAR

Celtel International, one of Africa's leading mobile operators and an MTC owned company, announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Madagascar's mobile telecom operator,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICA - EQUITIES TRADERS HYPING UMBAMBO STOCK CELL C

An equity trader selling shares related to the cellular operator Cell C has been accused of hyping the stock with false rumours of a potential listing. The Buyers Equity Guide…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TELEKOM MALAYSIA ENTERS EGYPT

Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) has ventured into Egypt through a partnership with Egypt-based Raya Telecom, a telecommunications and IT company in the Middle East, to set up an Internet Protocol…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Information and communication technology (ICT) outsourcing group Business Connexion (BCX) has taken its 'for sale' signs down. The group cancelled its cautionary announcement, saying the discussions with regard to…


Digital Content

MOROCCO - NEW WEBSITE FOR RABAT AND KENITRA REGIONS

Enigma Communication has just set up a web site dedicated to the Rabat and Kenitra regions (including Khemisset and Bouznika). Rabat Info www.rabatinfo.ma is an information and analysis site open…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- South African cellco Vodacom has launched the country’s first TV service for 3G mobile handsets under the Vodafone live! banner. Vodacom UMTS subscribers can access a number of TV…


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PEOPLE

* Telkom South Africa has announced the appointment of five candidates to top management positions. The first appointment is to the position of Group Executive for Regulatory and Public Policy.…


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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…


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TAXATION POLICIES WIDENING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

East Africa has the highest tax burden on the mobile telephone industry in Africa. Uganda, with about 1.3 million mobile handsets, is ranked second after Turkey among the 50 countries…