Issue no 302

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Benin –DIY wireless enthusiasts launch Wi-Fi broadband and IP-to-IP calling

The do-it-yourself wireless movement has strong roots in the developed world and its enthusiasts have provided a constant guerrilla challenge at the edges of the market. But in Africa there have been a number of factors that have held it back. Regulation has until fairly recently favoured the incumbent and discouraged wireless innovation. Despite several attempts to seed the idea and some occasional enthusiasm, potential techie-activists  have (as with Open Source) seemed more interested in discussing the idea than actually doing anything about it. But something seems to have changed with the launch of Contonou-Wireless by a group of wireless…

Telecoms

NIGERIA: V-MOBILE OFFERS SHARE OPTION TO ECONET BUT WANTS CELTEL

A three-year battle for control of one of Africa's hottest cellphone properties, Nigeria's V-Mobile, took a new twist last week when a 65% share-purchase  option was offered to Johannesburg-based Econet.…


Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICA TELECOMS 'AMONG WORLD'S MOST COSTLY', SAYS NEW SURVEY

Charges for both fixed-line and cellphone calls in SA continue to hamper efforts by South African companies to compete in the world's shows. The survey, conducted by a US-based telecommunications…


Telecoms

SA’S INTELVISION LAUNCHES ITSELF AS SEYCHELLES' THIRD TELECOMS OPERATOR

South African firm Intelvision on Wednesday launched Seychelles' third telecoms operator, boosting competition in the islands' telecoms sector, an official said. The company started telephone and internet services, saying its…


Telecoms

NIGERIA’S SNO GLOBACOM TO ACQUIRE STAKE IN AN INDIAN OPERATOR

Second national operator (SNO) Globacom Limited is to acquire stake in an Indian operator as part of its plans to explore beyond the Nigerian telecoms market. Globacom, a relatively new…


Telecoms

ERITEL WANTS TO PUT TELEEPHONE LINES IN ALL MAJOR CENTRES IN 3 YEARS

The Eritrean Telecommunication Corporation (Eritel) disclosed that it is making relentless efforts to meet the demands of its customers and is working on the distribution of telephone lines in all…


Telecoms

AREEBA LAUNCHES NEW OPERATION IN GUINEA

Lebanese wireless holding group Investcom has announced the launch of its newest cellular operation, in the west African state of Guinea. Services, offered under the group’s preferred  Areeba banner, are…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- President Thabo Mbeki has signed the Electronic Communications Act (EC Act), formerly the Convergence Bill. A notice that he has assented to the Act was published in Government Gazette…


Internet

BOTSWANA’S PRESIDENT MOGAE PLEADS WITH NAMIBIA TO JOIN WAFS FIBRE PROJECT TO GET FRIENDLY ACCESS TO SEA

In an unusual move last week, Botswana President Festus Mogae extended an invitation to his Namibian counterpart Hifikepunye Pohamba to participate in the WAFS undersea fibre project. Perhaps Namibia needs…


Internet

ALGERIA BECOMES THE ARAB WORLD'S WIMAX PIONEER

WiMAX is commercially available in Algeria, while several operators in other Arab countries have started testing the service. Smart Link Communication (SLC) has deployed WiMAX to provide broadband wireless services…


Internet

NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NIGERIAN IXP

The Federal Government is to actively support the establishment of Internet Exchange Points, IXPs around the country in order to encourage the proliferation of the technology among the Nigerian people.…


Internet

ZAMBIA'S POSTAL SERVICE REVOLUTION FIGHTS EXTINCTION WITH E-POST

In a bid to save itself from being declared 'a closed shop' by its customers due to technological advancements the Zambia Postal Service Corporation (Zampost) has embarked on fresh initiatives…


Internet

RWANDA PICKS ICT AGENCY RITA AS ITS VEHICLE FOR EASSY FIBRE BID

The Rwanda government has nominated its ICT development agency, RITA, as its official representative to the multi-million dollar Eastern African undersea cable project. But RITA must be licensed first as…


Internet

HIGH COSTS HAMPER DOMAIN DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Department of Communications expects progress to be made on the development of an alternative domain name dispute resolution process within the next three months. The absence of an alternative…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) will hold its public hearings into its proposed ADSL regulations before the end of May, though firm dates have yet to be…


Computing

MICROSOFT TRANSLATES WINDOWS INTO THREE SOUTH AFRICAN LOCAL LANGUAGES

First-time computer users who are daunted by a barrage of alien terms and technologies will find the learning process far easier as Microsoft finally converts its most popular software to…


Computing

FACE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND NSSF SHS6B LOSS, SAYS UGANDAN MP

Face Technology caused the $3million (about Shs 6billion) loss to the National Social Security Fund, Kasilo county MP Elijah Okupa told Parliament on Thursday NSSF lost over Shs6 billion in…


Computing

CNTI APPEALS FOR COLLABORATION ON COMPUTERISED CRIME LAW FOR ANGOLA

The National Information Technology Commission (CNTI) appealed to experts of the sector for a greater participation in the elaboration of the law on computerised crime, protection of data and information…


Computing

NIGERIA RANKED THIRD IN THE WORLD FOR CYBER-CRIME, SAYS SURVEY

A computer crime as well as cyber survey conducted recently indicated that Nigeria is the most internet fraudulent country in Africa. Besides, the same report further stated that the giant…


Computing

MOROCCO TO HOST OUTSOURCED BANKING, INSURANCE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CENTRES

 Speaking at the "Moroccan Youth Days" held in the Paris-based Arab World Institute (IMA), on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Moroccan independence, Fourtou said the computer consultancy…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Young people from eight African countries have formed an e-Africa Youth Programme to promote information technology in their countries. The body has been formed as a New Partnership for…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Celtel Tanzania has launched a mobile internet access service based on GRPS/EDGE technology offering significantly faster data connection speeds than those of existing dial-up and GSM alternatives. Announcing the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

KENYA SAFARICOM SIGNS KSH12BILLION LOAN

Mobile telephone operator Safaricom has signed a Ksh12billion (about US$166.6 million) loan facility to finance the company's planned expansion of its network. Safaricom's chief executive, Michael Joseph, said the funds…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICAN ALTECH CASH PILE TOPS R1,5BN ON YEAR OF GROWTH

Technology group Altech is sitting on R1,5bn in cash while its directors continue their long-running quest to find suitable acquisitions to spend it on. A solid year of cash generation…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MAROC TÉLÉCOM’S 1Q SALES UP 12%

Moroccan fixed line and mobile operator Maroc Télécom last week announced a 12% year-on-year increase in first quarter revenues, driven by an 8% rise in fixed line and internet sales…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AS SIERRATEL INVESTIGATION STARTS NEXT WEEK, THE GOVERNEMNT OWES IT OVER $10 MILLION

As the proposed investigation instructed by President Kabbah into the activities of one of the most lucrative but backward parastatals, Sierratel is expected to start next week, the government of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Orascom Telecom is to increase its stake in Hutchison Telecom International by 3.7%, lifting its overall ownership to 23%. ‘It'll take a couple of weeks because we'll have to…


Digital Content

START-UP GIVES COAST ITS FIRST ONLINE SHOP IN KENYA

As more people turn to the Internet to transact business, the upsurge in online shops has spread to the Kenya’s Coast. Pwanitech, a company based in Mombasa, has launched onlinebiashara.com,…


Digital Content

ONLINE MEDIA COMES OF AGE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Local online advertising revenue is expected to reach R183m in 2006, and to pass the R200m mark in 2007, according to a survey from World Wide Worx. “Online Media in…


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PEOPLE

*Former President, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), Emmanuel Ekuwem, has been appointed President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held by the…


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EVENTS

WIMAX & CDMA FORUM 24-26 April, VW Conference Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa The event is being supported by the international CDMA Development Group (CDG) and will include the launch…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* PRODUCT SUPPORT –NIGERIA This International IT company requires a Product Support Specialist to be based in Nigeria to provide product support to clients.   Telecom + General SkillsEducated to degree…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHO?

MASCOM AND ERICSSON – BOTSWANA Mascom, a cellular operator in Botswana, has awarded Ericsson a 1.2m Euro contract to add 1800MHz spectrum to its network as part of its strategy…