Issue no 290

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Sudan archiving project turns dry-as-dust documents into bits for easy access

Archives conjure up images of rows of shelves with documents gathering dust. And this is precisely the problem a Sudan archiving project had when it wanted to digitalise the archives. In Lokichoggio in northern Kenya, just over the border from southern Sudan, Daniel Large remembers that dust was the main problem “Scanning old documents was difficult among the dust to the point where it clogged the scanner”, writes Isabelle Gross. Large is the project manager of the Sudan Open Archive Pilot Project – a scheme that aims to digitally preserve the documents left by various humanitarian organisations in Sudan and…

Telecoms

TELCO PROVIDERS JOIN TO PROMOTE FREE SOFTWARE PLATFORMS

Network equipment providers Alcatel, Ericsson, Motorola, NEC, Nokia and Siemens have launched Scope, an industry alliance to accelerate the deployment of free software-based carrier-grade platforms in the telecommunications sector. The…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- In Maputo the Nordea Bank of Denmark on Friday signed an agreement for a loan of 12.7 million euros (about US$15.2 million) to be used in extending the fibre-optic…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Nigerian cellco Glo Mobile has signed up five million customers, just two years after launching operations. The cellco is the second largest in the country, after MTN Nigeria. It…


Telecoms

EASSY CONSORTIUM MEETING - SOME PROGRESS BUT STILL A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT

Last week's meeting of EASSy consortium members in Johannesburg saw the consortium announce that it had 27 companies as members including BT and France Télécom, adding international credibility to the…


Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICA'S TELKOM LOOKS TO INVEST IN BOTSWANA FIRST

Telkom is actively seeking opportunities in Botswana, Angola, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya as its revenues in SA come under greater competitive pressure from all quarters. According to…


Telecoms

NIGERIA'S BPE WILL RERUN NITEL PRIVATISATION TENDER

The federal government has revealed plans to review the privatisation process of the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), together with its mobile arm, Mtel. Director General of the Bureau of Public…


Telecoms

ECOWAS SETS UP COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL GSM INTERCONNECTION

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) raised two sub-committees to address the core issues of inter-connectivity of regional networks and tariff harmonisation that would facilitate the introduction of a…


Telecoms

GHANAIAN MINISTER OF COMMUNICATION SETTLES INTERCONNECTION DISPUTE BETWEEN GT AND AREEBA

Ghana's Minister of Communications Albert Kan-Dapaah has settled an interconnection dispute between Ghana Telecom and mobile operator Areeba. This was announced by the Minister on Tuesday when he met the…


Telecoms

TANZANIAN NEW LICENSING REGIME ALLOWS FOR MULTIPLE SERVICES OVER SINGLE NETWORK

Tanzania’s industry regulator, the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA), has introduced a new licensing regime which permits multiple services over a single network, paving the way for much needed competition…


Internet

UGANDA'S BUSHNET APPLIES FOR LICENCE TO ENTER TO KENYAN MARKET

A private company that provides wireless high-speed Internet access in Uganda's rural districts is raring to enter the Kenyan market. Bushnet Ltd has been offering Internet services to the country's…


Internet

M&R IN ALLIANCE WITH ALCATEL TO WIRE MOZAMBIQUE'S MUNICIPALITIES

Murray and Roberts (M&R) is close to securing a contract to construct and maintain telecommunications infrastructure in Mozambique in partnership with French-based telecommunications giant Alcatel. M&R is currently engaged in…


Internet

UUNET SOUTH AFRICA CUTS FUNDING

Following a five-year relationship, UUNET SA has cut back its sponsorship of the Cape IT Initiative (CITI) and the Bandwidth Barn incubator in Cape Town South Africa, as part of…


Computing

E-PASSPORT COMING SOON TO BOTSWANA

In order to regulate human traffic at points of entry as well as make travel safer, Botswana's Assistant Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Oliphant Mfa called for the introduction…


Computing

COMPUTER KEYBOARD WITH NIGERIAN LANGUAGES LAUNCHED

Lancor Technologies has launched a customised keyboard that provides the option of writing in Nigerian languages. The equipment, which is known as Konyin keyboard, was developed in Nigeria by Lancor…


Computing

UNITED NATIONS SUPPORT HAND-CRANKED LAPTOPS FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN

The United Nations is supporting a project that aims to ship US$100, hand-cranked laptops to school-aged children worldwide. The One LapTop per Child organization wants to ship 1 million units…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Cisco Systems announced the official opening of its office in Algeria. An agreement has been signed for this purpose by Cisco General Manager for the Middle East and North…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CHOICE BUYS ITSELF OUT OF DIMENSIONS DATA IN SOUTH AFRICA

Two years after announcing plans to buy itself out of the Dimension Data stable, black-empowered Choice Technologies has found an investor to fund the move. Choice approached the National Empowerment…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NIGERIAN NTERCELLULAR APPROVES US$137.5 MILLION DEAL

Shareholders of Intercellular Nigeria PLC. (INP), a pioneer wholly Nigerian-owned private operator has approved the offer of US$137.5 Million investment deal from South African telecom operator, GVT/Telecel. At the meeting…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TELEKOM MALAYSIA SELLS OFF ITS MALAWIAN MOBILE STAKE

State-controlled Telekom Malaysia Bhd. said it is selling its 60 percent stake in Telekom Networks Malawi to Econet Wireless Global, a global telecommunications company, for US$24.5 million (euro20.1 million). Telekom…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Britain's BT is reportedly interested in a possible stake acquisition of the Algerian state-owned phone company Algerie Telecom. According to business sources in Algiers, a mission will take four…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

LETTER FROM BURKINA FASO

I live and work in Burkina Faso and of course use internet access and have been excited to see the arrival of DSL to the capital , Ouagadougou, and access…


Digital Content

FREE BLOG PLATFORM RELEASED IN ALGERIA

The first Algerian free blog platform, DzBlog.com, was launched last Monday in Algiers at "Al Djazaïr Dzblog Day' 2006". This symposium on weblogs, organized by "Actions technologiques," is in keeping…


Digital Content

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ICASA TO INVITE BIDS FOR BROADCAST LICENCE

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) will invite applications for a subscription for broadcast licence at the end of this month, introducing competition for current pay-television monopoly, Naspers owned…


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Convergence News - In Brief

- In Tanzania idle radio and TV frequencies will be taken back if they are not used within a year. Information and Communication minister Mutahi Kagwe said frequencies were a…


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PEOPLE

* The second national operator (SNO) in South Africa has appointed Ajay Pandey as MD. Pandey has been president of Tata Teleservices in India since 2003 following a stint as…


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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

* HOSTING JINX 2006/20009 The call for proposals for the hosting of JINX for the2006-2009 has been launched by ISPA. Proposals have to be submitted by 17:00 on Tuesday, 28…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHO?

- GULFSAT MADAGASCAR – ALVARION Gulfsat Madagascar, will expand its current network using Alvarion’s BreezeMAX WiMAX system. Since 2003, Gulfsat has been providing broadband services to corporate subscribers using Alvarion’s…