Issue no 293

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EASSY consortium reaches crunch point for choices about pricing, access and governance – interview with project co-ordinator, John Sihra

The East African fibre project EASSy is reaching a crunch point for key decisions about pricing, access, equity and governance. Ministers from African Governments will meet in March to signal their approval of work done so far on these issues. The project has been offered a package of World Bank funding in exchange for adopting Open Access principles in contrast to the closed access SAT3 fibre cable (see Telecom News below). However, EASSy appears to have chosen to reject this financing but has accepted the need to respond to the Open Access arguments in some form. So what is open…

Telecoms

SA COMMS MINISTER IN SEARCH OF “SECRET” SAT3 AGREEMENT

Government is growing increasingly frustrated with Telkom for not providing it with a copy of an agreement that governs the international fibre system links SA with the rest of the…


Telecoms

MALAWI CONCLUDES SALE OF INCUMBENT TELECO, MALAWI TELECOMS

The Malawi government last Thursday announced that it had finally passed ownership of the country`s sole fixed telephone operator to an investment consortium, Telecom Holdings Limited (THL), after a protracted…


Telecoms

RUSSIAN AFK SISTEMA PLANS TO PARTICIPATE IN GSM TENDER IN EGYPT

Major Russian holding AFK Sistema plans to participate in a tender for a GSM license in Egypt, Sistema's President Vladimir Yevtushenkov said, Kommersant business daily reported Thursday. Yevtushenkov said that…


Telecoms

LIBERIA: FORMER TELECOMS MINISTER ACCUSES EXECUTIVE MANSION OVER COMIUM, CELLCOM LICENCES

Former Deputy Post & Telecommunication Minister for Administration, Towah A. Towah has pointed accusing fingers to former Transitional Chairman Gyude Bryant for the registration of COMIUM and CELLCOM, two GSM…


Telecoms

ETHIOPIA’S ETC EXTENDS OPTICAL FIBER TELEPHONE LINE TO SUDAN

The extension of optical fiber telephone line, connecting Ethiopia and Sudan via the northern border town of Metema, has been launched, said the state-owned Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) on Tuesday.…


Telecoms

AREEBA SETS UP IN GUINEA WITH 18 YEAR LICENCE BUT ROW OVER TENDER RUMBLES ON

Areeba-Guinea, a subsidiary of Investcom is setting up following a long political imbroglio that has seen the Minister of Post and Telecommunications in open conflict with the Prime Minister over…


Telecoms

VODACOM TO LAUNCH 3G HSDPA NETWORK IN DAR ES SALAAM

Africa's second-biggest cell phone operator Vodacom will launch a 3G network in Tanzania this year, making it the second country on mainland Africa with the wireless technology. South African-based Vodacom…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Officials in Cairo said that firms wanting to apply for Egypt's third mobile licence will be able to submit offers from April 17, which must be accompanied by a…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Me banza-Kongo, the capital of the West province of Congo DRC has had since Monday a new mobile service with "Movicel". With an initial capacity of two thousand subscribers…


Internet

ETHIOPIA’S ETC LAUNCHES VISP SERVICE TO ENCOURAGE ISP GROWTH

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) has announced that it has completed all the necessary preparations to provide a virtual Internet service provider (VISP) in order to satisfy the growing demand…


Internet

ABUJA'S TRAIL-BLAZING WIRELESS INTERNET NETWORK BEING BUILT BY PRIVATE-PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP

Late last year, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Mallam Nasir El-Rufai launched the first city-wide Wireless Internet Network in Nigeria. The private-public sector joint project is…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICAN SNO SPEAKS OUT ON ADSL REGULATION

The Second National Operator (SNO) has voiced its views on the ADSL Draft Regulations in a seven page submission to ICASA. While the SNO supports ICASA’s regulations for the provisioning…


Internet

BACKLASH AGAINST INTELSAT PRIVATISATION ON “LIFELINE” OBLIGATIONS BY ITSO AFRICAN MEMBERS

The restructuring and privatisation of Intelsat has raised concerns among International Telecommunication Satellite Organisation member States (Itso). ITSO African members have accused it of abdicating its responsibilities to its lifeline…


Internet

ZIMBABWE TO RESUSCITATE INFORMATION HUTS TO “CURB MISINFORMATION”

Zimbabwe's Ministry of Information and Publicity plans to resuscitate “information huts” to enhance information dissemination in the country's remote areas. Speaking at a Public Service Commission (PSC) and Media Relations…


Internet

UGANDA’S RULING PARTY ASKS US GOVERNMENT TO BLOCK ACCESS TO WEBSITE BECAUSE OF UNFAVOURABLE ELECTION COVERAGE

The NRM has written to a US-based Internet firm to block access to the www.radiokatwe.com website. NRM spokesperson Ofwono Opondo last week said the website was publishing malicious and false…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Dr Benjamin Aggrey-Ntim, Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Communications, says the Ministry is planning to develop the country’s national broadband infrastructure to make ICT available to citizens in all parts…


Computing

CISCO TO BEEF UP SOUTH AFRICAN PRESENCE

Cisco is planning for a stronger and more visible presence in SA, says new GM Clive Fynn. “People see Cisco as being about routing and hubs. But that's not the…


Computing

EDUCATION GETS IT BOOST IN NAMIBIA

"Computer skills have now invariably joined reading, writing and arithmetic as one of the basic learning processes because having access to a computer puts the world literally at one's fingertips,"…


Computing

IFC SUPPORTS SOCKETWORKS TO EXPAND ICT IN NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES

Pursuant to its drive to link universities across the country to the information and communication technology (ICT) world, SocketWorks Limited has signed a $2.5 million (about NGN350 million) agreement with…


Computing

ASTERISK VOIP GETS SOUTH AFRICAN ACCENT

True Voice Communications and Connection Telecom have jointly released a South African package of over 340 free prompts for the open source Asterisk platform. The free prompts, recorded in a…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- OKN, a African-based Open Knowledge Network catalysing the creation and exchange of local content is now active in six African countries: Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, Uganda and Zimbabwe. In…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

BUSINESS CONNEXION HITS OUT AT INCORRECT PRESS ALLEGATIONS FOLLOWING HALF YEAR RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT

Following half year results announcement at the beginning of this week Business Connexion has released an additional note to correct some press reports that inaccurately portray their intentions regarding their…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICAN WIRELESS BROADBAND OPERATOR WBS SHARES SOLD TO LOCAL INVESTOR

Forty percent of the shares in iBurst's parent company, Wireless Business Solutions (WBS), have changed hands, to a local company headed by Alan Knott-Craig Jr. The 40% shares, belonging to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Telecom Egypt has mandated Baker & McKenzie Egypt to conduct the due diligence of Nile Online. Telecom Egypt plans to acquire an additional stake in Nile Online estimated at…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Letter from Ghana: Buying satellite connectivity – You get what you pay for

I am back from my little trip to Ghana and once again had interesting experiences while looking for satellite connectivity for my organisation. One vendor we were looking at was…


Digital Content

WSIS SECRETARIAT FREEZES WEB-PAGES FOR GENEVA, TUNIS PHASES

The Executive Secretariat of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) has announced the freezing of the web-pages of both the Geneva and Tunis phases of the summit. This…


Digital Content

WEBSITE TO MARKET TEXTILES LAUNCHED IN UGANDA

In a bid to enhance Uganda's performance in the African Growth Opportunity Act, a website has been launched to provide information about the country's textile potential. http://www.uga.edu/internationalpso/ugandatextiles/ The website is…


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TELKOM, MULTICHOICE TEST VIDEO-ON-DEMAND

A partnership between Telkom and MultiChoice to stream selected TV content over the Web has been established, says Alphonzo Samuels, Telkom's broadband executive officer. "We are investigating different compression techniques,"…


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PEOPLE

* Fujitsu has extended its investment in South Africa by appointing a new head of Core Services. Stephen Floyd joins the South African operation to lead the roll-out of the…


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EVENTS

- Corporate Network Management Forum: LANs, WANs, VPNs, Multimedia, VoIP, Security: Developing Strategies in Network Management and the Business Imperatives 23-24 February 2006, Nairobi, Kenya For further information contact, Vincent…


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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?

- NAMIBIAN MTC – MOTOROLA Namibia’s Mobile Telecommunications (MTC) has signed a five-year exclusive deal with Motorola for the supply of GSM/GPRS/EDGE and Canopy access network equipment. Under the contract,…