Issue no 296

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VOIP PEERING – HOW WILL IT AFFECT INTERCONNECTION PRACTICES?

As legal IP telephony spreads out across the continent, internet-based practices may begin to take over from past telephony ways of doing business. Russell Southwood looks forward to how this might affect interconnect issues and the whole structure of the industry. Two shifts are happening at a global level and the second is a direct consequence of the first: • The shift to IP-based business practices: Telecom and Internet operators do it differently at a number of levels. Put simply, at an international level telcos charge for “half-circuits” whereas the Internet operators charge for a full circuit. Telcos base their…

Telecoms

EASSY FIBRE PROJECT – THE “BEHIND-CLOSED-DOORS” DEBATE ABOUT HOW IT WILL BE DONE COMES INTO THE OPEN

Last Friday over 80 people drawn from the private sector, Government and regulators across the East African region heard for the first time publicly the debate taking place about how…


Telecoms

ZIMBABWE ECONET WIDENS LEAD OVER COMPETITION

Econet Wireless, which released more lines on its pre-paid platform last week, looks set to surpass its target of 500 000 subscribers ahead of its June schedule. Insiders say the…


Telecoms

VIRGIN TO BOOST CELLULAR COMPETITION IN SOUTH AFRICA

Another cellular operator to challenge MTN and Vodacom will next week finally unveil its plans and key staff have been put in place to run the joint venture between Cell…


Telecoms

GSM PAYPHONE ON A MOTORBIKE IN UGANDA

MTN Uganda has unveiled a modified bicycle payphone concept, the publiCom Quad Bike. The publiCom Quad Bike is a payphone concept where a payphone is mounted on a four-wheel bicycle.…


Telecoms

18 INTERESTED PARTIES BUY TENDER DOCUMENTS FOR EGYPT THIRD GSM LICENCE

Egypt’s National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has said that by March 2, 18 companies had applied to receive a copy of the specifications handbook, having issued the request for proposals…


Telecoms

SENEGAL: MILLICOM’S TIGO IS GAINING MOMENTUM

2005 has been a phenomenal year for Senegal’s mobile market, which added a reported 610,000 subscriptions, compared to 340,000 in 2004. This has occurred primarily because Millicom-owned Tigo has invigorated…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigerian telco NITEL has announced that it may cut 6,000 staff by the end of May this year. The job cuts are part of a plan to reorganise the…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- MTN Nigeria  narrowly escaped the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)'s hammer when it hurriedly interconnected Intercellular Nigeria Limited which it had disconnected early this year. The move by MTN followed…


Internet

AFRICA ONLINE IN KENYA SOFT LAUNCHES IBURST

Africa Online Kenya has soft launched a broadband wireless product using the same iBurst technology as South Africa’s WBS. Telkom Kenya launched its DSL service and chose only three ISPs…


Internet

NORTH AFRICA: ACTIVISTS CONDEMN CURBS ON INTERNET

Rights groups have condemned several Arab governments for blocking websites devoted to freedom of speech on political and social issues, calling the move an attempt to limit the free exchange…


Internet

SENTECH BETTING ON BROADBAND

Sentech is planning extensive rollouts to increase the coverage of their MyWireless broadband offering.The initial rollout will focus on Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban to ‘blanket cover’ the existing…


Internet

KENYAN SMALL BIZ - UP AGAINST ONLINE SHOPPING GIANTS

At first glance, Eric Murage and David Kuria do not look like pacesetters in the race for the slippery Internet shopping business. As directors of Dapit Investments Ltd, a small…


Internet

NIGERIA’S LINKSERVE UPGRADES NETWORK FOR BETTER SERVICE DELIVERY

Keeping in line with its culture of innovativeness, Nigeria's premier Internet Service Provider, Linkserve Limited has embarked on an upgrade of its network. The upgrade is also part of the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- In Uganda the continuous power rationing by Umeme has forced most Internet cafes in most parts of the city to close shop, a mini-survey has revealed. The manager of…


Computing

CAPDAN MAKES CASE FOR LOCAL PCS IN NIGERIA

Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) has called on the federal government to address the anomaly in the import tariff regime between fully built systems and Completely…


Computing

DON'T LET COMPUTERS GATHER NAMIBIAN DUST

Namibia like many other nations all over the world view access to quality education as a pre-requisite for the attainment of the country's development goals. This was said by the…


Computing

TRAINING GRASSROOTS IN COMPUTER SKILLS IN CAMEROON

  In the Northwest Province of Cameroon, Paul's Computer Institute, PCI, started in 1997 with three teachers and 30 students, has scored considerable success in training men and women in…


Computing

MICROSOFT AND FLOSS ADVOCATES FACE OFF AT SANGONET CONFERENCE

A subtle battle of ideologies emerged at an open source plenary held at the Sangonet "ICTs for Civil Society" conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday, as open source advocates and a…


Computing

INGATE SYSTEMS EXPANDS REACH INTO AFRICA

Ingate Systems, which develops firewall technology and products that aim to enable SIP-based live communication for the enterprise, while maintaining control and security at the network edge, intends to expand…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Constantine’s Emir Abdelkader University of Islamic Sciences acquired a digital library for the protection rare manuscripts as well as reference books. This new structure gathers about 2,000 titles. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AFRICA ICT INVESTMENTS UNDER SCRUTINY

Investments in African ICTs have come under scrutiny lately as the World Bank offered to help fund several projects, and in one case this week was rejected. The moves coincide…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

DIDATA BUYS UP REST OF INTERNET SOLUTIONS

SA's largest technology company, Dimension Data (Didata), has consolidated its hold on the country's largest internet service provider, Internet Solutions (IS), by buying the 20% it did not own from…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

US PUBLIC SECTOR PENSION FUND THREATENS TO SELL ALCATEL SHARES BECAUSE OF ITS SUDAN PRESENCE

Alcatel has rejected a campaign by U.S. pension funds to stop selling communication equipment to Sudan, the troubled African country in which an estimated 300,000 people have been killed in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Six companies have placed a bid to acquire a 35% stake in Tunisia's largest telecommunications carrier Tunisie Telecom. The partial privatisation of Tunisie Telecom estimated at around EUR1.5 billion…


Digital Content

U.S. EMBASSY GETS NEW WEBSITE IN SIERRA LEONE

www.usembassy.gov The website which is user-friendly will commence a new window into the activities of the United States Embassy in Freetown and will give access to useful US government information.…


Digital Content

CAMEROON: DOUALA STOCK EXCHANGE ON THE WEB

The website of the stock exchange of Douala went live this week. www.douala-stock-exchange.com is a step forward for those interested in reading information on the Douala stock exchange activity. Pierre…


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MOBILE INTERNET BANKING SPREADS IN SA

 The face of cellphone banking is set to change as take-up of GPRS and 3G cellphones increases, although the SMS-based mobile banking format remains popular. This is according to SA's…


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PEOPLE

* Oracle SA channel director, Deon Els has stepped down from his position. Although it is not known yet where the Oracle veteran will be heading to, indications are that…


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EVENTS

- Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum 2006 organised by the CTO 3rd- 5th April To register and other general enquires contact Bhavna Kerai on b.kerai@cto.int or call +44 (0) 207 024…


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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?

- KAGISANO GROUP HOLDING – SPESCOM DATAFUSION – SOUTH AFRICA Kagisano Group Holdings has invested R1,3m in call centre technology from Spescom DataFusion and the Nasdaq-listed, Spescom group. Kagisano purchased…