Issue no 299

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African mobile roaming charges – one of the last forms of legal daylight robbery

Last week the European Commission announced that it will force mobile companies to lower their excessively high international roaming charges and scrap all roaming charges for receiving calls abroad. A fortnight ago the annual meeting of the Arab ICT Regulators Network heard a presentation of a study of Middle East roaming charges that covered parts of North Africa. It also concluded that in the field of roaming that there was an absence of real competition and this was a strong disincentive to operators to negotiate lower prices. Sub-Saharan Africa’s solution? An expensive African Telecommunications Study to develop a single SIM…

Telecoms

UGANDA’S REGULATOR UCC ALLOWS ILLEGAL USE OF VOIP

Ugandan communications industry regulator, Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has allowed private Internet operators to provide VoIP services in spite of the lack of law legalizing their use, writes Esther Nakkazi.…


Telecoms

PORTUGAL TELECOM GETS THE NOD ON MTC FOR NAMIBIAN MOBILE

South African cellphone giant MTN has lost its bid to buy 34 per cent shares in Namibia's sole mobile telecommunications provider, Mobile Telecommunications (MTC). MTN was one of the two…


Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH OWN TELECOMS NETWORK

Plans are in the pipeline for the South African government to establish its own telecommunications network, a move that could see increased competition for SA's fixed-line utility Telkom. State IT…


Telecoms

MUTIPLE TAXATION IS AFFECTING GSM GROWTH IN NIGERIA

Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Ernest Ndukwe, has warned that the numerous taxations and other levies imposed on GSM operators by states and local governments are…


Telecoms

ZAMTEL OWED K204 BN

The Zambia Telecommunications Company limited (ZAMTEL) has said it is owed about K204 billion in telephone bills by business houses and the public. And Zamtel said satellite mobile phones were…


Telecoms

ECONET INVESTS US$2M IN LESOTHO NETWORK UPGRADE

Econet Ezi-Cel Lesotho is investing US$2 million to double its network capacity and install new equipment that will enable the company to introduce new upgraded products and value-added services. Chief…


Telecoms

TELECOM ITALIA FOR EGYPT?

Telecom Italia is the latest big name to be considering a bid for Egypt’s third mobile licence, according to AFX News. ‘Telecom Italia is evaluating the possibility of participating,’ an…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Director of International Operations at Gambia Telecommunications Company Limited (Gamtel) has joined the list of people who have been arrested in connection with the Tuesday foiled coup. According…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Mobile operator Globacom, which provides services under the Glo Mobile banner, has expanded the reach of its GPRS service to all its entire network. Glo recently rolled out its…


Internet

SNO LAUNCHES RESIDENTIAL WIMAX BROADBAND OFFERING
Spoof story for April Fools from My Adsl.com

In a surprise move the SNO (Second National Operator) announced late Friday that it has successfully trialled its new 5 Mbps WiMax broadband offering and that they will start a…


Internet

MOZAMBIQUE’S TDM LAUNCHES ITS BROADBAND OFFER AT cUS$60 A MONTH

TdM (Telecomunicações de Moçambique), the national fixed line operator in Mozambique just launched its broadband offer at the beginning of last month. Connections start at 64/64 kbps up to 512…


Internet

GROWTH OF THE INTERNET WILL COME THROUGH GROWTH OF CONTENT SAYS AFRISPA

The African Internet Service Providers Association launched their first position paper in a series which is focused on strategies for increased Internet growth. “A call for a paradigm shift to…


Internet

NIGERIA: INTEL, SUBURBAN TELECOM SIGN MOU

World's largest manufacturer of chips and micro-processors, Intel signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nigeria's Suburban Telecom Limited as part of efforts to accelerate the deployment of the Wireless…


Internet

TOP WEBSITES IN EAST AFRICA AND ABOUT THE PEOPLE'S TASTES AND PREFERENCES

As Internet use increases in Africa, an increasing number of people are spending more time on the web seeking news, information and entertainment. In a groundbreaking analysis of websites in…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Mozambique MCell is now offering the possibility to access the Internet via cell phone connection. The package netMóvel 50 costs 250 000,00 Mt (about USD 10) per month and…


Computing

TEXSMS IS CHANGING THE OUTLOOK ON COMMUNICATIONS COST SAVING

TelePassport has released their latest version of texSMS, a new Microsoft Outlook-based SMS application which seamlessly SMS-enables Outlook. Andrew Pitout, SMS Product Manager at TelePassport, describes as "basically a small,…


Computing

MUMIAS SUGAR INVESTS SH300M IN IT PROJECT IN KENYA

Mumias Sugar Company (MSC) will this year invest Sh300 million in a major Information Technology (IT) programme aimed at improving services to farmers. Managing director, Dr Evans Kidero, said Sh200…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT DEFENDS NOT PAYING FOR SMES TO ATTEND CEBIT

The trade and industry department has hit back at criticism that it did not fund a South African stand at the world's largest information technology trade fair this year, saying…


Computing

RWANDA EARMARKS US$1BN FOR TELECENTRES

The Government has earmarked a total amount of US$1billion (Frw560bn) to be invested in establishing and promoting telecentres in the country. The Executive Director of the Rwanda Information and Technology…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Intel Corporation has formally opened its office in Nigeria to serve the West African region, as Intel continues with its plan to increase its presence in the area and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

STAKE IN TUNISIE TELECOM WILL BE A STRATEGIC INVESTMENT, SAYS DUBAI HOLDING

The consortium of TECOM Investments and Dubai Investment Group (TECOM-DIG) - both members of Dubai Holding - which emerged the highest bidder for 35% of Tunisie Telecom, said today that…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NAMPOST TURNS INTO TELECOM HOLDING'S CASH COW

Nampost has, for the first time, achieved the cash cow status for Namibia Post and Telecommunication Holding (NPTH) after recording impressive results for the year ended 30 September 2005. According…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICAN CLICKATELL TO SET UP SHOP IN US AFTER DEAL

Cape-based technology company Clickatell is moving its headquarters to California after merging with MultiMode, a company offering similar services in the US. The terms of the deal are not being…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN RWANDA CLIENTELE HIT 275,000 - PAYS 3BN IN TAX

Telecommunications giant MTN Rwanda registered a subscriber base of two hundred and seventy five thousand customers in 2005, and paid over three billion Francs in taxes. Anthony Masozera, the company's…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

DYNAMIC CABLES HAS BEST YEAR YET

Dynamic Cables has reported an attributable profit of R8.29 million for the year to December 2005, almost triple the R2.86 million achieved in 2004. This was on a 30% increase…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CORRECTION: GHANA INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIVITY PRICES

Correction: Due to a miscommunication, we wrongly reported the price of international connectivity negotiated by Ghana’s ISP association, GISPA. The price is actually much lower: it is either $4,500 duplex…


Digital Content

GHANA'S TOTAL ECLIPSE LIVE ON INTERNET

Internet users were able to view the total eclipse of the sun in Ghana via the internet. Scientists from the University of Cape Coast in collaboration with experts from the…


Digital Content

THE FIRST FREE NIGERIAN BLOGGING COMMUNITY?

This week saw what claims to be the first Nigerian blogging community created by Nigerians for Nigerians launched this week. The idea behind this website (nigeria.ms) is to give every…


Web and Mobile Data_old

PEOPLE IN TOUCH WHEREVER, WHENEVER

Debates about which technologies will emerge as the foundation of future voice and data services are not stopping local players from taking a gamble to stay ahead of their rivals.…


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PEOPLE

* The world prize of the Information Society has been given jointly to Abdoulaye Wade, the President of the Republic of Senegal and Tim Berners Lee the inventor web. *…


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EVENTS

- SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT TRAINING WORKSHOP 3 - 7 April 2006 Grand Palm Hotel, Gaborone, Botswana For futher information contact in the UK Segun GEORGE Kemilinks International Tel +44 793 909…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* ISOC REGIONAL MANAGER FOR AFRICA The Internet Society is a not-for-profit membership organisation founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy. It is dedicated…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHO?

* TELECOM EGYPT – CONVERGYS Convergys will manage the replacement of Telecom Egypt's existing billing systems with its Infinys solution by providing the following professional services: project management, business requirement…