Issue no 291 5th February 2006

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Sonatel and Gamtel heading towards "triple-play implementation"

Faced with impending competition, both Senegal and Gambia’s incumbents are preparing the ground for “triple-play” (voice, Internet and “television”) services. Just back from a visit to both countries, Russell Southwood reports on the state-of-play so far. At present Sonatel Multimedia is conducting a study to look at the best way of providing VoIP over broadband. VoIP looks almost certain to be legalised for the new post-monopoly entrant (see Letter from Senegal below). Samba Sene, the D-G of Sonatel Multimedia (the incumbent’s ISP subsidiary) told us that:”It’s necessary to have it in our portfolio.” He feels that the dangers of cannibalising…

Telecoms

ICASA ENQUIRY INTO TELKOM'S SAT-3 MONOPOLY AWAITS GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

An enquiry into whether Telkom should be allowed to retain its monopoly on an undersea cable that provides most of SA's international bandwidth is on hold, pending clarification from government.…


Telecoms

EASSY CABLE CONSORTIUM WILL OFFER 20G TO START BUT CAN GO TO 640G

The EASSy cable should go live in 2007 and would meet East Africa's bandwidth needs for several years, said project co- ordinator John Sihra. "The capacity is huge. We will…


Telecoms

HIGH TAXES HIT MOBILE USAGE IN UGANDA

Uganda's telecommunications industry shrugged off a sharp rise in energy costs and taxes to report buoyant growth in subscriber numbers in 2005, But sources said yields are likely to take…


Telecoms

CELTEL INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES US$7 MILLION TECHNICAL CENTER IN KINSHASA

Celtel International, has launched a 7 million USD state of the art Technical Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This new infrastructure will serve as a technical hub for…


Telecoms

ZIMBABWE NETONE IN DRIVE TO REDUCE CONGESTION

The network congestion currently besetting Net- One mobile phone service provider is a direct and unfortunate result of the well-intententioned setting-up of 37 base stations in rural areas to reduce…


Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICA SNO 'WILL BOOST ECONOMY WITH CHEAPER CALLS’

Deregulation and the licensing of the second network operator (SNO) to rival Telkom should have a "visible impact on prices" over the next few years, newly appointed SNO MD Ajay…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Both of Senegal’s mobile brands, Alize and Tigo have launched GPRS pilots. Alize went over to a pay-for service from Tuesday of last week. 1000 customers have been testing…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Celtel Kenya launched a flat tariff of Sh24 per minute across all networks for its prepaid subscribers James Naikuni, the company's strategy and research manager, said the new tariff,…


Internet

AFRISPA HOLDS FIRST AFRICAN INTERNET EXCHANGE POINT (IXP) RESEARCH WORKSHOP AND NEW DATA COLLECTION APPLICATION

Participants from eight (8) African countries joined their Kenyan colleagues to participate in the first African IXP Research Workshop. This workshop is organised by the African ISP Association (AfrISPA, www.afrispa.org)…


Internet

STORM CLAIMS VOIP BUSINESS SUCCESSFUL: 31,000 USERS DAILY

Storm's foray into voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) services has been successful despite the lack of interconnection with Telkom and some technical issues, says the second tier telecommunications provider. The…


Internet

DAKAR AIRPORT LAUNCHES A WI-FI HOT-SPOT

Dakar Airport is offering a free test of its Wi-Fi hot-spot until its full commercial launch on Monday 6 February. However the “postes installes” were nowhere to be seen and…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Ethiopian police have detained a journalist for a US-based Website critical of the government, tightening a clampdown on independent media, a press freedom watchdog said on Tuesday. Frezer Negash,…


Computing

GOOGLE PICKS SHUTTLEWORTH'S UBUNTU

Software developed by a company founded by South African billionaire Mark Shuttleworth has been installed by Google, the world's most-used search engine. Despite such a prominent endorsement, Shuttleworth will not…


Computing

SENEGAL GOES OPEN SOURCE TO CUT SOFTWARE COSTS

Senegal's state IT agency is turning to open source software to avoid paying what it sees as prohibitively expensive licence fees for commercial software, government representatives say. "We are an…


Computing

HOW SEBETELA'S COMPANY LOST AND WON BOTEC TENDER IN BOTSWANA

It has emerged that PC Net, an IT firm owned by former cabinet minister, Boyce Sebetela was initially beaten by four companies but still won the tender to supply computers…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- In South Africa the Go Open Source campaign has set up a formal training programme to promote the use of Linux and open-source software in the business community. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICAN PRISM STRONG ENOUGH TO GO IT ALONE

Technology developer Prism has delivered on a promise of impressive growth with a 66% surge in headline earnings a share, prompting CEO Alvin Els to hope the figures would not…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MILLICOM CLOSES AFRICAN BUYOUTS IN TANZANIA AND SIERRA LEONE

Luxembourg-based cellular operator Millicom International Cellular S.A. on Wednesday said it has completed the buyout of its minority partners in MIC Tanzania Ltd. and Millicom Sierra Leone Ltd. Millicom has…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NIGERIAN FIXED WIRELESS OPERATOR RECEIVES HUAWEI FACILITATED BANK LOAN

Nigeria-based private telecoms operator Reltelwireless Limited has secured a US$20mn (NGN2.6bn) facility from the China Development Bank, which will help the operator position itself as the largest fixed line operator…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala says her country is addressing the "problems" that caused Telkom to pull out of bidding for 51% of Nigerian fixed-line telephone company Nitel in…


Digital Content

NEW MEDIUM, SAME OLD TEST FOR GOOD JOURNALISM

Johncom's new website -- www.reporter.co.za -- highlights the potential and limitations of the new craze for citizen journalism. The site invites members of the public to play at being journalists…


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TELKOM SEEKS LICENCE TO BROADCAST PAY-TV

Listed telecommunications operator Telkom last week said it could be an applicant for a South African broadcast licence.The fixed-line operator's move to broadcasting could diversify its revenue streams as the…


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LETTER FROM SENEGAL: "APPEL D'OFFRE" FOR THIRD OPERATOR IS A LITMUS TEST FOR COMPETITION

Senegal has successfully fostered the illusion that it has been incredibly successful in the telecommunications field. But that success has been its former legal monopoly operator and since July 2004…


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PEOPLE

- The board of VenFin has resigned to make way for Vodafone appointees after the mobile phone operator took control of the South African investment firm in an agreed takeover.…


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EVENTS

- ITU Workshop to Survey RFID Standards 14-15 February 2006, ITU Headquarters, Geneva For further information please consult http://www.itu.int/newsroom/press_releases/2006/Advisory-01.html - Corporate Network Management Forum: LANs, WANs, VPNs, Multimedia, VoIP, Security:…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* HOSTING JINX 2006/2009 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?

* TELKOM KENYA - HARRIS CORPORATION Leading African telecommunications operator, Telkom Kenya implements Harris digital microwave radios for central region expansion project. The contract involves to expand its infrastructure through…