Issue no 308

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JAMBO TELECOM SEEKS TO FIND THE BUSINESS SHAPE OF TOMORROW

Launched 3 November 2005, Jambo Telecom is the new Telkom Kenya subsidiary responsible for end-user Internet and value-added services. It sells Telkom Kenya’s dial-in access service. The user can call one national access code (9444) and simply enter the user name Jambo and the password Jambo and get connected to the Internet for the price of the call. Jambo Telecom estimates that there are 60,000 accesses made every month and that probably represents about 30,000 regular users. It has set 20,000 dial-up ports to handle demand and it is currently doing about 3 million minutes a month. The service has…

Telecoms

FOUR NIGERIAN OPERATORS APPROVED FOR NEW UNIFIED LICENCES

Four operators – Starcomms, Prestel Cable and Satellite TV Systems, Intercellular Telecommunications and Multilinks Telecommunications – have become the first companies to be approved for new Nigerian unified licences. Starcomms…


Telecoms

UGANDA HEDGES ITS BETS IN CHOOSING BETWEEN EASSY OR KENYAN BREAKAWAY

With the key meeting happening this week to decide the fate of the EASSy project, Uganda has publicly said it will not decide between the NEPAD and Kenyan government proposals…


Telecoms

NAMIBIA GRANTS SECOND MOBILE LICENCE TO POWERCOM JV WITH TELENOR

The government has awarded a second cellular licence to Powercom (Pty), a joint venture between power utility NamPower and Telenor, a Norwegian communications, IT and media company. "Cabinet as has…


Telecoms

CELTEL KENYA SWITCHES ITS NETWORK TO 3G

Celtel Kenya joined the network upgrade race taking place across the continent with the announcement that it had put in place 3G. At a press conference to announce the change…


Telecoms

EARLY SMOKE SIGNALS FROM SENEGAL ON SNO: UNIFIED, VERTICAL LICENCE

Senegalese regulator ART last week took part in a media dialogue (organised by CATIA and the Panos Institute) designed to look at the consequences of the arrival of its shortly…


Telecoms

NIGERIA’S CONSUMER PROTECTION COUNCIL CLOSES MTN OFFICES OVER YELLO PROMOTION FOR A SECOND TIME

For the second time in three weeks, the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) shut down the Abuja regional headquarters of MTN Nigeria, and threatened to press for the withdrawal of its…


Telecoms

IVERI LAUNCHES CREDIT CARD PROCESSING VIA MOBILE PHONES

iVeri Payment Technologies (iVeri), a provider of card acceptance gateways for financial institutions, announced last week the release of the iMPi mobile phone credit card acceptance application. With enhanced encryption…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telecoms companies are losing an average of 5% of their revenue to fraud, costing the global industry about $60bn every year. The situation is no different in South Africa,…


Internet

MALI’S ISP ASSOCIATION MEETS TO DISCUSS IXP

AFIM (Association des Fournisseurs Internet au Mali) andt AFRISPA (the African ISP Association) organised a two day workshop (31 May-1June 2006) to discuss the setting up of a local IXP…


Internet

EGYPTIAN BLOGGERS BEATEN AND SENT TO JAIL

Reporters Without Borders has condemned the arrests of two bloggers, Mohammed Sharkawy and Karim El-Shaer, during a demonstration at the Press Syndicate in Cairo on 25 May 2006, and the…


Internet

THIRD ANNUAL VOIP FORUM TO BE HELD IN LAGOS

Lagos is to host the third annual African VoIP Forum over 31 July – 3 August, with the theme "The developmental and business imperatives of IP telephony in Africa". The…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Asterisk development team has announce new releases of its primary projects: Asterisk 1.2.8, Zaptel 1.2.6 and libpri 1.2.3.All of these releases incorporate a number of bug fixes, with…


Computing

TANZANIAN BANKS OUTDO EACH OTHER IN LAUNCHING ATMS

Two financial institutions last week rolled out plastic money facilities intended to modernise and ease the clients' rigors of tracking for cash money from banking halls. Both headquartered in Dar…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICA’S IBM SET TO SIGN DEALS WORTH $385M THIS YEAR

IBM is set to sign new business deals worth $385 million this year. This is expected to fortify its position in SA and favourably position the group for the next…


Computing

NILE BASIN INITIATIVE BUYS CYBERLIBRARY OPEN SOURCE MANAGEMENT

The Nile Basin Initiative (www.nilebasin.org) will be taking advantage of Xsoft Application Service Provider capability hosted in the UK, which means there is no need to purchase expensive hardware or…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has bowed to popular pressure by dropping its earlier plans to use electronic voting machines in the 2007 polls. However the Federal Executive…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Efonica, a global Internet telephony company with offices based in Dubai Internet City and New York, has developed a network to provide an equivalent to the Skype service for…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CELTEL ANNOUNCES INTENTION TO BUY VMOBILE BUT ECONET CONTESTS THE PURCHASE

Africa's third largest mobile services provider has bought a majority share in Nigeria's Vmobile for $1bn, the company said last Tuesday. "MTC Group has acquired Vmobile in Nigeria through its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

FRANCE TELECOM KEEN TO BUY IN NORTH AFRICA BUT FINDS PRICES TOO HIGH

France Télécom says it is looking to acquire telecoms companies in North Africa, but is concerned about the high asking prices, which it says are pricing it out of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN INTERESTED IN TRANSTEL BUT…..

MTN is watching the sale of assets of Transnet's telecommunications unit Transtel, but would first see what exactly is being sold and if it made business sense, says MTN SA…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- After announcing its desire to buy a controlling stake in Nigeria's mobile operator, Vmobile, Celtel International has said it is no longer interested in going ahead with the bid…


Digital Content

FEEDELIX WIRELESS LAUNCHES FIRST NON-LATIN SCRIPT FOR SMS/MOBILE IM

Feedelix Wireless Inc last week announced the release of FeedelSMS, its first mobile software product for Ethiopic languages. Feedelix provides the first and only existing solution in the market to…


Digital Content

COTE D’IVOIRE’S PROCIM LAUNCHES WEB SITE

It may not be a great time for Cote d”Ivoire but Procim (Promotion de la Côte d'Ivoire au mondial 2006) decided that this week would be a good time to…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The European Commission and the l’Institut méditerranéen last week held a symposium to discuss the Medina (Mediterranean by Internet Access) project. With EU funding, the aim is to produce…


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NATION MEDIA SET TO LAUNCH NEW UGANDAN TV CHANNEL

A new TV channel is set to be launched in Kampala in the fourth quarter of 2006. The Channel, NTV (Uganda) is a division of Nation Broadcasting whose parent company…


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PEOPLE

* South African business e-mail solutions provider Rocketseed has appointed Mark Williams as its new MD


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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

* 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?

- GILAT AND ANGOLA TELECOM Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. will provide Angola Telecom with a satellite transmission link to expand the existing fixed and cellular backhaul infrastructure. The company said…