Issue no 295

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SUDATEL’S UNWILLINGNESS TO WHOLESALE BROADBAND MAY SPELL END FOR INDEPENDENT ISPs

The internet market is dominated by Sudatel as it was in the beginning the only company allowed to offer an ISP service. Indeed the growth of the first ISPs remains tangled up in its somewhat unfocused commercial Internet strategy. It bought a shareholding in an ISP called Sudanet and before Mobitel was sold to Celtel, it owned an interest in a third ISP, Mobinet. However it suffered big losses on Sudanet when it implemented a “loans for computers” scheme as it was unable to collect the outstanding loans effectively. But despite this setback, it controls more than 70% of the…

Telecoms

THE SECRET SAT3 AGREEMENT – WHAT IT REALLY SAYS

Following the South African Minister’s complaint that Telkom SA has not produced its copy of the SAT3 agreement, we have managed to talk to someone close to the Consortium who…


Telecoms

NIGERIA’S UNIFIED LICENCING: THE T'S ARE GETTING CROSSED

The post - exclusivity period granted the four licenced GSM operators effectively ended last Tuesday, February 28, 2006 with the introduction of unified licences. Like the Chief Executive Officer of…


Telecoms

KENYAN GOVERNMENT TO OFFER SNO LICENSE IN JULY ON BACK OF INDUSTRY RE-HAUL

The Kenyan government is seeking to auction a license for the country’s second national operator (SNO) in July 2006. The SNO would be awarded a unified license, allowing it to…


Telecoms

TANZANIA TO CHAIR NEWLY RENAMED COMMUNICATIONS REGULATORS ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

  The Communications Regulators Association of Southern Africa (CRASA) has unanimously elected Tanzania as its chairman. CRASA is the renamed TRASA, a regional association of SADC member states was formed…


Telecoms

‘FLASHING' REPORT IDENTIFIES FOUR MILLION FLASH CALLS ON MOBILE NETWORK

The appetite to own a mobile phone is still very high in every part of Kenya, hence this is one of the fastest growing markets for the facility in the…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

-   The Rwandan regulator is preparing the tender documents for an SNO. Most likely contender? MTN that is already a mobile operator in the country. -   The Zimbabwe power utility’s…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Old telephone lines in Keren province of Eritrea have been replaced with new ones that stretch underground. The head of Eri-Tel branch office in Anseba region, Aineta Girmai, pointed…


Internet

NCC CEO SEES UNIFIED LICENSING DRIVING INDEPENDENT ISPS OUT OF BUSINESS

Speaking at a recent stakeholder meeting on the new unified licensing regime, NCC’s CEO Ernest Ndukwe said that the new regime is unlikely to prove conducive to independent ISPs: "My…


Internet

EX- WORLD BANK OFFICIAL LAUNCHES ONLINE LOANS SERVICE

Dennis Whittle saw an opportunity to tap into what he calls the "secondary market" for donations. He quit the World Bank, and six years ago, he and a colleague started…


Internet

UN TO ESTABLISH INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON INTERNET GOVERNANCE

Following up on an agreement reached on the contentious topic of internet governance at the November World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan…


Internet

5G WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS AND POLESTAR NIGERIA BRING HIGH-SPEED WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS TO LARGEST CITY IN NIGERIA

5G Wireless Communications Inc last week announced wireless high speed Internet access for offices and homes across the city of Lagos, Nigeria, and neighbouring communities following the deployment of its…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

-  The Burundi regulator ARCT has licensed a number of VoIP providers but despite a meeting facilitated by the regulator, they have been unable to agree interconnect terms with the…


Computing

FOSSFA RATIFIES CONSTITUTION, ELECTS COUNCIL

The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa(FOSSFA) last week ratified formally its constitution and elected a new council to take the organisation forward for the next to years.…


Computing

ZIMBABWE CONTINUES TO FINANCE COMPUTER PROGRAM

Zimbabwe's Education Sport and Culture ministry announced on Monday that the ministry would continue to finance the schools five year computer program. The ministry said it is committed to ensuring…


Computing

SA TAX MAN EYES DESKTOP LINUX

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) issued a tender (RFT 37/2005) for a proof of concept Linux desktop solution for the tax-collecting government department. While SARS admits that the challenge…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigerian senators have quashed the proposal by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use an Electronic Voting System (EVS) for the 2007 elections. - Lenovo South Africa launched…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MOROCCAN OPERATORS ANNOUNCED DOUBLE DIGITS GROWTH FOR 2005

Medi Telecom achieved in 2005 a turnover of USD 473Mn, i.e. a 21% increase compared to 2004, said the Spanish Telefonica company. The good performance of the second mobile phone…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

KENYA TO SELL SHARES IN TELKOM KENYA, SAFARICOM

Kenya will offer 60 percent of its shareholding in fixed-line monopoly Telkom Kenya on the stock exchange and to a strategic investor after it restructures the loss-making company, President Mwai…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MILLICOM BUYS OUT MOBITEL TANZANIA

Luxemburg-based pan-African mobile company Millicom International Cellular has taken full control of its Tanzanian network operator MIC Tanzania (Mobitel), by buying out its local shareholders. In a USD1.332 million deal,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICAN MUSTEK DIVIDEND UP DESPITE LOSSES

Computer company Mustek has declared a healthy interim dividend of 35c a share, up from 30c last year, even though its foreign operations curtailed any increase in its operating profit.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

-   The SNO process in Zimbabwe which collapsed recently is likely to be retendered soon. Telkom South Africa is apparently interested but there appear to be few other likely bidders…It…


Digital Content

FIRST EGYPTIAN ONLINE GALLERY UNVEILED

Egyptian art is often reduced to ancient statues, sarcophagi and the wondrous riches that fill the Cairo museum. About 24 centuries after the decline of the Pharaohs, contemporary works may…


Digital Content

NIGERIAN YOUTH ICT4D NETWORK (NYIN) LAUNCHES WEBSITE

The NYIN portal (www.nyinetwork.org) was launched at the Henrich Boll Foundation Lagos Office and has since been open to youth led ICT4D efforts in Nigeria for registration. So do you…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- South African politicians can now blog their campaigns. The blog site -- short for web log -- is hosted by the Mail & Guardian Online at http://electionblogs.mg.co.za. The offer…


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NIGERIAN GOVERNEMENT WANTS BROADCASTING TO GO DIGITAL

The Minister of Information, Frank N. Nweke Jnr, has said that the federal government is committed to making sure that broadcasting system in the country embraces the digitalisation. Speaking at…


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Convergence News - In Brief

-   Incumbent Mauritius Telecom is looking to launch IP-TV on the island on Independence Day, 15 March. -   Malawi will make the move from analogue to digital broadcasting within the…


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PEOPLE

* Ugandan regulatory CEO Patrick Masambu is up for the BDT job at the ITU. The only fly in the ointment is that his name has to go to an…


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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 Forum…


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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?

- ALGÉRIE TÉLÉCOM-SIEMENS Algiers - Algérie Télécom (AT) concluded a contract with Siemens communications group and its world partner Juniper networks to develop the advanced Internet protocol (IP) in Algeria,…