Issue no 289

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Southern Africa leads the way with new trends, says just-published report

Africa's largest Sub-Saharan Internet sub-region, Southern and Central Africa leads the way with new trends, says a new report out this week. Outside North Africa, Southern and Central Africa has some of the most developed internet country markets on the continent. As a result, a number of trends developing there are beginning to spread across the continent. These are the findings of a new report published by Balancing Act this week. Because of the size of the markets, a number of interesting trends emerge from the findings of the report: *  Largest broadband market: South Africa is leading the way…

Telecoms

ZAMTEL TO SLASH INTERNATIONAL RATES BY 40%

Zambia Telecommunications (ZAMTEL) will reduce its international call rates by 40 percent effective 1st February 2005. The reduction on interntional rates will pave the way for the economic growth in…


Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICA TELKOM SUBSIDIARY STILL SEEKS BEE PARTNER

Telkom is again in the process of finding a black economic empowerment (BEE) partner for its wholly owned subsidiary, Swiftnet. Spokesperson Candice Jeffreys says negotiations with two prospective BEE partners…


Telecoms

NIGERIA - INTERCONNECT RATE ANNOUNCEMENT DELAYED

Small and medium-sized telecom operators generally in the category called Private Telecom Operators (PTOs) had hoped that whatever happens, with the announcement of new, reduced interconnect rates, their interconnect burden…


Telecoms

GHANA NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION IN BUY-BACK OF WESTEL

The Ministry of Energy and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) are tight-lipped over the terms and circumstances under which the latter, came to acquire full ownership of Western Telesystems…


Telecoms

NIGERIA'S SNO GLOBACOM HAS PLANS TO OPERATE ELSEWHERE IN WEST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA

The Nigerian operator Globacom has revealed plans to expand its operations to other countries in West and Southern Africa. Globacom currently only operates in Nigeria, where it is the country's…


Telecoms

GABON TELECOM TO GO AHEAD WITH PRIVATISATION DESPITE PROTESTS FROM UNION WORKERS

The privatisation of state-owned operator Gabon Telecom has commenced, with the government looking to sell a majority 51% stake in the operator, despite protests from postal union workers. The open…


Telecoms

MALI'S SOTELMA SIGNS SECOND WIRELESS DEAL WITH HUAWEI

Mali's incumbent telecoms operator Société des Télécommunications du Mali, Sotelma has signed a partnership agreement with China's Huawei Technologies as part of a concerted effort to strengthen political and economic…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- GSM subscribers in Nigeria are planning a 'Switch-Off' protest aimed at achieving better quality of services from operators. According to the National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS), customers will…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) is expecting to sell this year pre-paid mobile phone cards worth over 0.92 billion birr, The Daily Monitor has learnt. As part of the…


Internet

NIGERIANS URGED TO INVEST ON CONTENT, NIG GETS 10 COMMITTEES

Nigerians have been urged to channel their investment plans into content provision on the internet by the President, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), Mr. Lanre Ajayi, just as the group has…


Internet

CAMEROON NEW TECHNOLOGY MAY SAVE CAMPOST

The African Day of the Post was celebrated yesterday under the theme, "the Post in the Face of Technological Development". All hopes of rekindling Cameroon's postal system seem to hinge…


Internet

KENYA - NEW INCUBATOR SUPPORTS ONLINE SHOPPING

On the surface of it, it sounds like just another wild dream, the idea of putting up a virtual shop where buyers can conveniently and cost-effectively order any commodity, and…


Internet

GOOGLE DROPS SOUTH AFRICAN SEARCH ENGINE JONGA WITHOUT EXPLANATION

Web users searching for South Africa's newest search engine Jonga on Google are more likely to find an Indian army 4x4, a South African tour company or the genealogy of…


Internet

ETHIOPIA TO BE FIRST BENEFICIARY OF PAN-AFRICAN E-NETWORK PROJECT

Ethiopia will be the first beneficiary of the Pan-African e-Network project as it is the headquarters of African Union with the necessary infrastructure, and is keen for its early implementation,…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Broadband internet access (ADSL) in Algeria is a fast-growing Market, so experts say, who predict a sharp increase in demand and bet on its growth in the next few…


Computing

UGANDA GOVERNMENT TO SET UP FULL ICT MINISTRY

Government will create a separate ministry to manage and coordinate the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector. This follows a recommendation by the ICT working group of the Presidential Investors Round…


Computing

GPLV3 DRAFT TACKLES NEW 'THREATS' TO FREE SOFTWARE

Fifteen years after he released the last version of the GNU Public Licence, Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation last week released a draft of the proposed GPL version…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICAN CALL CENTRE BUSINESS SET TO NET R1 BILLION IN FOREIGN INVESTMENT

South Africa's burgeoning call-centre industry is set to secure close to R1-billion in foreign investment in the coming year. Most of the new money will be going into centres to…


Computing

KENYA PLANS TO CREATE 30,000 OUTSOURCING JOBS

Kenya plans to position itself as one of the world's leading outsourcing hubs for companies in North America and Europe looking to cut costs in their business processes. Information and…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- In Algeria, Novell expressed its interest to be part of "Ousratic" (One PC per household) operation, the American IT Corporation's Vice-President, Amnon Harman announced during a conference on freeware…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MILLICOM SHARES UP 28% ON RUMOURS OF TAKEOVER

One of Africa's largest cellular operators might be taken over by a larger international player, with Millicom saying yesterday that it is assessing offers to end its independence. Nasdaq- and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICAN IQ CLINCHES NEW LOOK EMPOWERMENT DEAL

Privately owned technology company the IQ Business Group has signed an unusual empowerment deal involving high-profile black entrepreneurs. The names include Herman Mashaba, founder of Black Like Me beauty products;…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

THE TRILLIONS KEEP FLOODING IN ZIMBABWE ECONET WIRELESS

If Strive Masiyiwa takes the very improbable decision to sell his Econet Wireless stake today, he would bag a groovy $4 trillion (US$43.48 million). That's not even the half of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

DIMENSION DATA SELLS STAKE IN BOTSWANA UNIT

South Africa's biggest IT company, Dimension Data, has sold 49 percent of its Botswanan unit to local investors to benefit from their links with business and the government there. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Telecom Egypt, the largest provider of fixed line services in the Middle East has appointed the Bank of New York as a depositary bank. The Bank will handle the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CORRECTIONS

Contrary to an Internet News - In Brief item in issue 287, Ghanaian ISP NCS is alive and kicking. Apologies. An e-mail about their real estate difficulties seemed to indicate…


Digital Content

KENYAN PARLIAMENT WEBSITE REMAINS CLOSED

Kenya is the only East African country without a website for its Parliament. The National Assembly's official website was shut down last September after The Standard published education backgrounds, hobbies,…


Digital Content

NAMIBIAN SMS TRAFFIC REACHES RECORD HIGHS OF OVER 100 PERCENT

MTC Namibia has announced a significant increase in its text message (SMS) traffic over the past calendar year and especially during the peak holiday periods. The year-on-year (2004 to 2005)…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Posta Uganda this week launched a new interactive website to provide customers with a two-way interactive communication link. The website compliments our new branding and brings us to the…


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BID TO LAUNCH PAN-AFRICAN SATELLITE TV NEWS NETWORK

Driven by the vision of Africans reporting on Africa for the world, a group of professional broadcasters, business people and reporters is setting up a pan-African satellite television network within…


Web and Mobile Data_old

BROADCASTING: DTT SOON IN ALGERIA

Algeria is about to upgrade its broadcasting network with the introduction shortly of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), Post and ICT Minister Boudjemaa Haichour announced Monday here, on the sidelines of…


Web and Mobile Data_old

AFRICA MAY GET SECOND PAY-TV NETWORK TO RIVAL DSTV

Africa's only pay-TV network, DStv could face competition for the first time this year if an application for a rival continent-wide station based in Botswana gets the go-ahead. Botswana's broadcast…


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PEOPLE

- Intelsat Ltd., a global satellite communications leader providing services in over 200 countries and territories, has announced key executive appointments that will be effective at the closure of Intelsat's…


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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…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

- Join Emperion's distribution network and be part of  their fast growing network of valued-added re-sellers and system integrators across Africa. Emperion has in the past few years obtained a…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHO?

* Ethiopia's  Information Communication Technology Development Agency - Education: The Ethiopian Information Communication Technology Development Agency (EICTDA) signed an agreement with the Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL). The agreement entitles…