Issue no 306

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EASSy project enters the final lap with critics on all sides

The EASSy fibre cable project is entering the final lap before construction begins. But as the vital phase that decides key issues like pricing, access and governance  comes to a close, the volume of criticism is rising. The members of the existing private sector consortium that has brought the project to this point are unhappy. The initiative has slipped from their hands and is now in effect being controlled by NEPAD’s e-Africa Commission. Ostensibly frustrated by the pace of negotiations, the Kenyan Government has broken ranks and announced that it will build a Mombasa-Djibouti cable without any Government money, blaming…

Telecoms

CAMTEL LAUNCHES NEW MOBILE NETWORK IN CAMEROON

The Cameroon Mobile Telecommunications S.A, a subsidiary of CAMTEL becomes the third mobile telephone operator in Cameroon. The Cameroon Mobile Telecommunications S.A,(C.M.T.S.A.) will have capital of CFA 600 million. General…


Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICA GETS VOIP NUMBERS AND INTERCONNECT

Speaking at the AfrISPA Forum in Kenya, Mark Elkins, Managing Director of South African ISP Posix Systems described the progress being made on key VoIP issues. He said that the…


Telecoms

UGANDA: GOVERNMENT PUTS AN END TO THE DUOPOLY

The ministry of Works, Housing and Communication has issued new telecommunication guidelines that bring a close to the duopoly of MTN Uganda and Uganda Telecom. Under the new guidelines, other…


Telecoms

ICASA CHALLENGES HIGH LEVELS OF SOUTH AFRICAN MOBILE PRICING

Are you paying too much for your cellphone calls -- everywhere you go? That's the question the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) will be asking this week in what…


Telecoms

CCK IN KENYA SWEETENS ITS SNO LICENCE OFFER

The Government last week launched a second effort at licensing a competitor to Telkom Kenya under a modified mandate, that would allow the lucky firm to offer both mobile and…


Telecoms

ZANTEL SET TO ROLL OUT ITS OWN HYBRID GSM/CDMA NETWORK

Zantel is set to roll out its own network this year on the mainland, using a combination of GSM and CDMA. It wants to use the latter to offer fixed…


Telecoms

TCRA TO LICENSE NEW PHONE FIRM IN TANZANIA

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) is  expected to provide a landline telephone services licence to Benson Informatics Limited (BOL). BOL Managing Director Vinay Chondary told the ‘Daily News’ last…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

-   MTN Rwanda is delivering data services using Wi-MAX. MTN Uganda is testing Wi-MAX to deliver broadband wireless and there is also a test network in South Africa. MTN Cameroon…


Internet

COMPETITION WILL ENCOURAGE INTERNET GROWTH IN SUDAN

Starting early 2006, the Internet market in Sudan started a journey of transformation. The 2nd telecom operator, CanarTel, initiated competition starting with its wireless Internet service. Moreover, Canar’s ADSL services…


Internet

CHINA TO FINANCE GHANA’S NATIONAL FIBRE OPTIC BACKBONE PROJECT

The government of Ghana is sourcing a soft loan from the government of China to ensure adequate fibre optics connectivity throughout the country through the National Fibre Optic Backbone project…


Internet

AFRICA ONLINE SET TO LAUNCH IBURST IN GHANA

Africa Online is set to launch Kyocera Corporation's iBurst powered wireless access solution in Ghana under the brand name of InfiNet, following successful trials of the service elsewhere in Africa.…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

-   Never a country to do things by halves, Nigeria will have IXPs in Lagos, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Kanu and Maidugu with a NOC in Abuja. ISPAN has negotiated…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Civil Aviation Authority of Rwanda offers free wi-fi access at Kigali airport. - Edouard Etonde Ekotto, the Minister of Post and Telecommunications has announced that the work to…


Computing

CSCS SET TO PROMOTE E-BUSINESS AND E-GOVERNMENT IN NIGERIA

Nigeria has recorded yet another milestone with the recent establishment of the CSCS Digital Centre. According to the Managing Director of Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Limited Mr. Onyewuchi Asinobi,…


Computing

CONSTRUCTION OF COMPUTER SOFTWARE CENTRE IN UGANDA

President Yoweri Museveni has endorsed the establishment of a $10 million  computer centre by the African Christian Development Trust (ACIDT) in Kampala. According to a letter dated April 26, 2006,…


Computing

OPEN SOURCE ‘HELPS YOU AND HELPS SA’

South African companies are being urged to adopt open source software so they can not only cut their running costs but also contribute to job creation and boost the national…


Computing

ECOWAS MINISTERS VALIDATE ICT COMMON MARKET

Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, Secretary of State for Communication Information and Technology, has returned from Abuja, Niegeria, where she joined the experts preparatory meeting to the sixth meeting of the Ecowas ministers…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- An information, communication and telecommunications (ICT) board will be set up in Kenya. The board's priority will be to make the country an ICT hub, by attracting investments in…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- MTN Nigeria subscribers base is now approaching the 10 million mark following the announcement by the group in South Africa that the Nigeria subsidiary now has 9,036,000 subscribers on…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET INVESTS IN BURUNDI’S THIRD MOBILE OPERATOR

South Africa-based Econet Wireless has bought a 65 percent stake in Burundi's ST Cellular S.A.. ST Cellular is Burundi's third biggest cellular network and Econet plans to increase subscribers four-fold…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

UCS BOASTS SOLID ALL-ROUND SHOWING

Software company UCS has issued solid results likely to please its new empowerment partner, which is buying into the business at a generous discount to its trading price. Shares in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN STUMBLES ON INVESTCOM SUMS

MTN's share price took a dive yesterday as the cellular operator spelled out exactly how dilutionary its $5.5bn acquisition of Investcom would be initially. Beirut-listed Investcom serves 4.9-million customers in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- The consolidated earnings from operations of Maroc Telecom stood at MAD 2.32Bn, USD 270Mn, in the end of the first quarter of 2006, i.e. 12.2% more in comparison to…


Digital Content

WEB SITE LAUNCHES NIGERIA'S FIRST CYBER PAGEANT

A new web site, eNowNow.com, has launched a cyber pageant on its site to help aspiring models and students gain international exposure and earn extra income. Editor/Content Manager of eNowNow.com,…


Digital Content

LAWS ON-LINE IN BOTSWANA

The Botswana government recently posted the laws of Botswana, including the Constitution of the Republic, on the internet. This is great news for anyone with a legal problem who is…


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A NEW NAMIBIAN DIGITAL CABLE TV ON HORIZON

A new pay cable TV company, Digital Cable Television (DCTE), is poised to start broadcasting shortly, following the awarding of a broadcasting licence in June last year by the Namibian…


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PEOPLE

* Mobile operator Cell C is switching CEO by appointing Jeffrey Hedberg, the former chairman and CEO of Deutsche Telekom's US subsidiary. He takes over from Talaat Laham, who has…


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EVENTS

- ELA E-LEARNING AFRICA 2006 - May 24 - 26, UNCC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1st International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training For further information please visit www.elearning-africa.com…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* CUSTOMER PROJECT MANAGER -NIGERIA The company is looking for a Customer Project Manager (CPM) to work on a project with a key vendor in Telecoms. CPM will be the…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHO?

* UNICEL AND ALCATEL - ANGOLA Alcatel has signed a US$53 million GSM expansion contract with Angola's Unitel. The project will enable Unitel to increase the capacity and coverage of…