Issue no 294

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Cameroon’s Douala1.com launches T-CDMA wireless broadband service

Cameroonian ISP Doula1.com has launched a wireless broadband product called Kikao using T-CDMA and it looks set to shake up the local market. This is probably the first T-CDMA wireless broadband service on the continent outside of South Africa. It plans to have 5,000 subscribers and to offer the service in all five of Cameroon’s major cities by the end of 2006. The technology used is IPWireless, the brand name of the UK developer and manufacturer and whilst currently a proprietary technology IPW is part of the TDD alliance that is seeking to achieve a standardisation for 3G UMTS TD-CDMA…

Telecoms

EASSY MISSES FINANCE DEADLINES – AN OFF-THE-RECORD BRIEFING

EASSy has been trying to get further commitments of US$5 million by written letter from the CEOs of the 27 members of the Consortium as part of its CNMA. The…


Telecoms

SA’S ICASA WILL SHORTEN CONTRACTS TO INCREASE HANDSET COMPETITION

An investigation by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) into whether cellphone handset subsidies are detrimental to consumers has concluded that there is no need for the subsidies to…


Telecoms

NIGERIAN MOBILE OPERATORS REJECT INTERCONNECT CLEARING HOUSES DESPITE RISING DEBT

The determination of the Nigeria Communications Commission to mitigate the crisis of interconnect debt now plaguing the telecom industry with the licensing of Interconnect Exchanges has suffered a setback as…


Telecoms

TUNISIE TELECOM PRIVATISATION AND GOVT’S LIBERALISATION PLANS HERALD MAJOR CHANGES

The planned privatization of Tunisie Telecom will be a major event in Tunisia’s telecom history. That, along with the government’s liberalization plans, will usher in a new era of massive…


Telecoms

KENYAN PS NDEMO WANTS TELECOMS SECTOR TO CONTRIBUTE 10% TO GDP

Seated in his office on the 10th Floor of Teleposta Tower, Nairobi, Dr Bitange Ndemo, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications, cuts the image of a confident CEO…


Telecoms

SECOND ALGERIA FIXED-LINE NETWORK STARTS UP

Egypt-based Orascom Telecom (OT) and Telecom Egypt will start operating Algeria's second fixed-line telephone network this week, officials said on Monday. State-owned Algerie Telecom, currently the sole fixed-line operator with…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Burkina Faso fixed line operator Onatel has complained about acts of vandalism on it network. Equipment in local exchanges have been destroyed or stolen leaving 600 subscribers without telephone…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- In a bid to ensure that people are serviced in their own languages, government has launched the Telephone Interpretation Service for South Africa (TISSA). The telephone interpreting system is…


Internet

RWANDA: TERRACOM OFFERS DSL AND PHONE LINE FOR US$80 PER MONTH

Not too long ago, a high-speed internet connection in Rwanda cost close to $1,000 per month. A whopping 22 customers could afford to buy this service from the national telco…


Internet

TELKOM SA’S NEW BROADBAND OFFICER KICKS UP A STORM OVER LACK OF LOCAL CONTENT

Telkom’s new broadband officer, Alfonzo Samuels, was recently quoted as saying that the lack of local content is one of the main reasons for the high cost of broadband in…


Internet

MONITOR GROUP WEB SITE, RADIO BLOCKED IN UGANDA

The Monitor Group in Uganda complained Friday its news Web site and radio station were being blocked within Uganda to prevent them from publishing early results from polling stations in…


Internet

PRETORIA COURT POSTPONES ANC HOAX E-MAIL CASE

The Pretoria Magistrate's Court has postponed the case against an IT consultant accused of withholding information about hoax e-mails mentioning senior African National Congress officials. The state and defence had…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- HP has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Egypt and the e-Africa Commission, paving the way for the launch of the third…


Computing

KENYA URGED TO MOVE FROM EPZS TO ICT PARKS FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH

There has been keen interest and debate about the Government's initiatives at attracting investment in the technology industry in Kenya. The emphasis of the Government appears to be on the…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICAN IT MARKET – OPTIMISM TEMPERED WITH REALITY

The South African IT sector is growing at a healthy 8.5% per annum and is expected to reach R77 billion by the year 2010. The market is where it should…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ORASCOM TELECOM SECURES US$ 2 BN COMMITTED BANK FACILITY

Orascom Telecom Holding S. A. E. ("Orascom Telecom”) has announced that it had secured a five year senior secured debt facility totaling US$ 2.0 billion on a committed and underwritten…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET WINS IN NIGERIA, TARGETS ANOTHER FIRM

Econet Wireless has won its lengthy war with rival Vodacom over Vee Mobile of Nigeria, and is already negotiating an offer to take control of Nigeria's number three mobile operator.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MALAYSIANS BREACHED DEAL ON TELEKOM NETWORKS MALAWI SHARES

Telekom Malaysia (TM) breached a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) by selling its 60% stake in Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) before MTL exercised its pre-emption rights.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Camtel, Cameroon national incumbent is up for sale. The ministry of the Economy and Finance has invited strategic partners to make their proposal to acquire 51% of Camtel. The…


Digital Content

WWW.FIBREFORAFRICA.NET LAUNCHES

This web site has been put together to provide basic information about international bandwidth in Africa, its costs and the existence of monopoly access to it. Bandwidth is the means…


Digital Content

CELLPHONE BANKING MATURES

Cellphone banking is maturing rapidly, with 180 000 registrations and 1.8 million transactions valued at R200 million since March last year, says First National Bank (FNB). “Adoption of cellphone banking…


Web and Mobile Data_old

SENTECH TO ROLL-OUT DIGITAL TV INFRASTRUCTURE

Sentech is beginning the process of upgrading SA's broadcasting infrastructure to become digitally ready to meet the broadcasting requirements of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. According to Riaan Emerich, Sentech's…


Web and Mobile Data_old

FSTV PETITIONS FG OVER EXCLUSIVITY IN DTH OPERATIONS

Indications emerged at the weekend that Frontage Satellite Television (FSTV) may have petitioned the Federal Government over alleged monopoly of Direct To Home operations in the country by foreigners, lamenting…


Web and Mobile Data_old

Convergence News - In Brief

- MultiChoice will begin experimenting with high-definition television (HDTV) some time this year.


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PEOPLE

* Alan Knott-Craig Jr has been appointed as MD of Wireless Business Solutions. Until December 2005, Knott-Craig Jr was managing director at wireless application service provider, CellFind. He says he…


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EVENTS

- Second Annual SANGONeT "ICTs for Civil Society" Conference and Exhibition 7-9, March 2006, Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa For more information, visit www. sangonet.org.za/conference2006 - Digital Broadcasting Switchover…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* REUTERS DIGITAL VISION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME The Digital Vision Program supports social entrepreneurs who seek to leverage technology-based solutions in the interest of humanitarian, educational, and sustainable development goals. The…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHO?

* NIGERIAN SWIFTTALK LTD – SKYPILOT SwiftTalk Ltd., an Internet Service Provider and network operator headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, has been selected by SkyPilot equipment to roll out advanced wireless…