Issue no 307

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Two major North African markets look set to become legal VoIP pioneers, says new report

Although the Middle East has largely set its face firmly against the introduction of VoIP, two North African countries – Algeria and Egypt – look set to become the pioneers of legalisation. But whereas elsewhere, legal VoIP has not spurred IP network roll-out elsewhere, in Algeria it has been the impetus for new investment in wireless networks, according to a new report published by Balancing Act this month. The five North African countries examined in the report – Algeria, Egypt, Lybia, Morocco and Tunisia – are the largest internet markets on the continent, with over 7 million individual users. Morocco…

Telecoms

CHINA MOBILE PARENT SNAPS UP MILLICOM TO BECOME GLOBAL PLAYER

China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC), the state-owned parent of China Mobile, the largest cellco in the world by total subscribers, has agreed a deal to acquire Millicom International Cellular (MIC)…


Telecoms

NAMIBIA ARRESTS VOIP OPERATORS

Five foreign nationals - one woman and four men - were arrested  on charges of fraud and contravening the Postal and Telecommunication Act of 1992. The Namibian Police and Telecom…


Telecoms

ECONET ACQUIRES STAKE IN SA CELLULAR FIRM TO ENTER THE BURUNDI MARKET

Econet Wireless has acquired a controlling interest in ST Cellular South Africa, formerly Spacetel Burundi, one of the four licensed operators in Burundi. Econet has embarked on a major programme…


Telecoms

MTN RWANDA SAYS IT”S NOT BLOCKING TERRACOM

MTN Rwanda has denied that it is trying to block Terracom Communications by not carrying calls from that network, said an MTN official.   Marketing manager Albert Kinuma said that…


Telecoms

PHONE OPERATORS SEEK FAIR TRADE IN AFRICA

Mobile phone operators are calling for a reduction in international call charges to allow cross-border telecommunications. "More affordable international calls would help Africa become more integrated into the global economy,…


Telecoms

PLIGHT OF RURAL TELECOMS FIRMS HIGHLIGHTED BY CCMA RULING IN SOUTH AFRICA

The founder of one the black-owned telecommunications operators struggling to survive in rural areas has won compensation from his company after being unfairly dismissed. Dominic Mokhethi has won his case…


Telecoms

BOTSWANA’S MASCOM AND ORANGE IN BUST UP OVER SHORT CODE USE

A war is likely to erupt between two cellular providers Mascom and Orange Botswana with the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) as the referee. Mascom allegedly mistakenly used a short code…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Namibian government approved the awarding of Namibia's second cellular phone licence to Powercom (Pty) Limited. Powercom is a joint venture between power utility NamPower and Telenor from Norway.…


Internet

WHOLESALE ADSL PRICES UNDER SPOTLIGHT IN SOUTH AFRICA

ISPs have asked the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) to regulate ADSL tariffs in a manner that ensures they too have fair access to ADSL infrastructure owned by Telkom.…


Internet

EGYPT’S ORASCOM AND INTEL TEAM UP FOR REGIONAL WIMAX

Egypt-based operator Orascom Telecom has entered into a joint venture with Intel Capital to create Orascom Telecom WiMAX Limited. In November 2005, Intel Capital, the venture capital investment arm of…


Internet

MERALI, CHAIRMAN OF KDN CONDEMNS GOVTS FOR SLOWING DOWN EASSY PROJECT

Sameer Africa wants the private sector to be involved in speeding up the Sh15 billion Eastern Africa fibre optic cable project (EASSy). Sameer Africa chairman, Naushad Merali, on Wednesday said…


Internet

CALIFORNIAN 5G WIRELESS SIGNS WI-FI DEAL WITH SENEGAL’S NEXT

California-based 5G Wireless Communications Inc. last week announced that it has signed an Authorized Channel Partner agreement with NEXT SA, a Senegal-based engineering  and consulting firm specializing in the development…


Internet

UGANDAN ISP INFOCOM LAUNCHES WI-MAX BROADBAND SERVICE

Ugandan ISP, Infocom, has launched a broadband Internet wireless service technology in the country to provide higher speed for large companies that want their businesses to perform better, writes Balancing…


Internet

ETHIOPIAN OPPOSITION WEBSITES AND BLOGS GO DOWN: IS IT CENSORSHIP OR A TECHNICAL GLITCH? ASKS RSF

Reporters Without Borders has called on Ethiopia's information and culture minister, Hailu Berhan, to explain why several websites critical of the government have been inaccessible in the country since 17…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Further steps to liberalise the telecoms sector have been announced by the South AfricanCommunications Minister Ivy Matsepe Casaburri, including plans to use state-owned signal carrier Sentech as the core…


Computing

NIGERIA LOSES N11.2BN TO SOFTWARE PIRACY

Study report has shown that Nigeria loses a total of N11.2bn (about $80 million) annually to illegal deployment or use of computer software in the country. The report, which covers…


Computing

SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS RISK LOSING RIGHTS TO PROGRAMS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Software developers are in danger of losing the right to own the programs they have created if a judgment by SA's Supreme Court of Appeal is allowed to stand, warns…


Computing

ZIMBABWE RESERVE BANK UPGRADES CHEQUE PROCESSING WITH UNISYS SYSTEM

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has replaced its ageing NCR cheque processing system at its Harare and Bulawayo centres with a new system supplied and implemented by Unisys Africa. The…


Computing

ZINOX BEGINS OFF-SHORE PRODUCTION IN GHANA

Nigeria Information Technology (IT) identity, Zinox Technologies Limited is set to commence offshore production of internationally certified branded computer systems, laptops and servers beginning with Ghana in September 2006 The…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Tunisia and South Korea signed last Wednesday in Seoul a memorandum of understanding in matters of information and communication technologies as part of the working visit of minister of…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Following a three-month re-branding promotion, Uganda Telecom Limited has registered more than 15,000 new customers, according to company sources. The firm recently merged the operations of Mango (its mobile…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN’S ANNUAL FIGURES SHOW 26% REVENUE INCREASE OVER 9 MONTHS

The MTN Group has released its annual report for the year ended 31 December 2005. The Group recorded revenue of R27.2bn, a 26% increase on the nine months ended December…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

KENYAN STATE PLANS TO SELL STAKE IN TELKOM BY APRIL 2007

The Government plans to sell its stake in Telkom Kenya by April 2007 through an initial public offering (IPO) on the Nairobi Stock Exchange by April next year. President Kibaki…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Egypt’s Orascom Telecom has posted a 45% increase in first quarter EBITDA as its group mobile subscriber base doubled year-on-year to more than 35 million. Revenues in the three…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ISSUE 306: RESPONSE FROM EASSY CONSORTIUM MEMBERS

In response to your article in issue 306, it is worth clarifying the operators’ viewpoint. We believe: a) The EASSy members have spent three years and over US$ 3 million developing…


Digital Content

NGO DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP LAUNCHES ON-LINE LIBRARY IN ANGOLA

The Canadian NGO Development Workshop (DW-Angola) launched an online library Wednesday. The library aims at improving the access to information on the development process of Angola and is part of…


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PEOPLE

* Uganda is fielding Patrick Masambu, the Uganda Communication Commission's Executive Director, for the job of the Telecommunications Development Bureau chief in Geneva. Masambu's candidature was endorsed by both the…


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EVENTS

- VOIP AFRICA 2006 05-09 June 2006, Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa VoIP Africa 2006 will be IIR's second African forum focusing on the crucial, and interrelated, topics…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* MSC/HLR/SCP Consultant - GABON The company is looking for an MSC / HLR / SCP (softswitch essential) Engineer to work in Gabon starting Immediately.  At least 5 years proven…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHO?

* CONSORTIUM AND  LIMPOPO HOSPITAL – SOUTH AFRICA The R261 million tender for upgrading and maintaining hospital information systems in the Limpopo province has been awarded to LHC Health Solutions,…