Issue no 311

Top Story

KDN pips EASSy at the post in $115m deal with Flag – cost of bandwidth? Around $150 per mbps per month

The EASSy saga, which has had more twists and turns than a mountain road, took what may be a final turn. Kenya Data Networks announced that it has secured a separate deal with Flag Telecom to build a spur from off the cost of Yemen to Mombasa. The deal is believed to be worth US$115 million and the pipe will be built before EASSy was planning to come on stream. And the cost of the bandwidth? An eye-wateringly low figure of around US$150 per mbps per month for Mombasa to London.  Russell Southwood spoke to KDN’s CEO Kai Wulff this…

Telecoms

BOTSWANA’S BTC TO BE PRIVATISED, SERVICE NEUTRAL LICENCES AND VOIP TO BE MADE LEGAL IN AUGUST 2006

The Botswana Telecommucations Corporation (BTC) monopoly will end as soon as the corporation is privatised and the market liberalised. Communications, Science and Technology Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi told a news conference…


Telecoms

VIRGIN PROMISES ‘TRUE COMPETITION' IN SA

After months of speculation, SA's fourth mobile operator, Virgin Mobile, has arrived, officially entering the local telecommunications market. Speaking via video link yesterday, Virgin Group chairman Sir Richard Branson unveiled…


Telecoms

LAGOS MOVES AGAINST INDISCRIMINATE ERECTION OF TELECOM MASTS

Worried  by the indiscriminate activities of telecom operators in the state, the Lagos State Government through its newly established Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASIMRA) has given private…


Telecoms

KASAPA’S PALITZ CALLS FOR GHANAIAN GOVERNMENT TO GET OUT TELECOMS OWNERSHIP

The Managing Director of Kasapa Telecom Limited, operators of Kasapa, Bob Palitz, has expressed deep reservation on the governmental involvement in the telecommunication industry. He said it was out of…


Telecoms

KENYA’S SAFARICOM USES VOIP TO HALVE INTERNATIONAL CALL RATES

Users of Safaricom, Kenya's largest mobile phone service provider, will this month receive a 50% cut on international call rates through a VoIP-enabled services. Safaricom revealed that its international gateway…


Telecoms

WORKSHOP LOOKS AT PLANS TO BUILD DRC’S NATIONAL BACKBONE

A recent workshop in Kinshasa looked at plans put forward in a feasibility study in preparation for building a national backbone for the country. The first day of the workshop…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Dubai-based Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, Etisalat, said it plans to bid for a 35% stake in state-owned Algeria Telecom.  Algeria's Ministry of Postal Services, Information Technology and Communications will…


Internet

SA’S MTN TO CHALLENGE TELKOM ON BROADBAND

MTN has thrown down the gauntlet to Telkom. The cellular network operator has warned its fixed-line rival that wireless networks will become as dominant in broadband Internet access as they…


Internet

50 PERCENT OF BANDWIDTH IN NICOMSAT ALREADY SOLD

The minister for Science and Technology, Prof Turner Isoun has said that 50 percent of all the bandwidth that would be available on the Nigeria Communication Satellite NICOMSAT has been…


Internet

CELL C LAUNCHES WIRELESS BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY FOR HOME USERS

Cell C has launched a mobile USB modem, thus setting its sights on the residential PC and dial-up market. According to the company, this means that consumers, particularly families, who…


Internet

MACHA HOSPITAL OVERCOMES PROBLEMS OF RURAL CONNECTIVITY IN ZAMBIA

Zambia’s Macha Hospital is set to overcome the sort of rural connectivity problems that bedevil other countries in Africa, writes Balancing Act’s Zambia correspondent Timothy Kasonde Kasolo. Macha hospital is…


Internet

SENEGALSE CYBER-CAFÉ ASSOCIATION ATTACKS SONATEL FOR POOR SERVICE

The association of cybercafes of Ziguinchor in Senegal  has made public its disappointment regarding the bad quality of internet service provided by Sonatel, the Senegalese national imcumbant. Some days the…


Internet

INTERNET SOLUTIONS LAUNCHES FIRST HSDPA GSM NETWORK ROUTER

Internet Solutions (IS), a South African converged communications services provider, last week launched the first HSDPA GSM router. The device, which runs on cellular networks, allows for secure multi bearer…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Egyptian authorities have ordered the release of award-winning pro-democracy blogger Alaa Seif Al Islam. The blogger and his wife were joint recipients of the 2005 best blog prize awarded…


Computing

RELIANCE ON TECHNOLOGY MAKES FIRMS VULNERABLE TO SECURITY BREACHES

The reliance that technology, media and telecommunications companies have on digital information and technology has made them vulnerable to attack, with half suffering a security breach in the past 12…


Computing

NIGERIAN FG URGED TO ESTABLISH POSITION 2011 FOR E-PAYMENT DEVELOPMENT

Stakeholders in the e-payment industry in the country have advised the Federal Government to establish a five year vision for the industry, tagged "Vision 2011" to chart a comprehensive developmental…


Computing

APPEAL FOR MIRROR SITES TO HOST OPEN SOURCE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

http://ocw.mit.edu/ Unfortunately, the MIT OCW materials are largely underutilized in many African regions where Internet connectivity is limited.  To overcome this limitation, we have installed a small number of mirror…


Computing

MOZAMBIQUE’S ISUTC LAUNCHES OPEN SOURCE LEARNING AND APPRAISAL SYSTEM

LIMEAA (Laboratório Informático de Ensino, Auto-Aprendizagem e Avaliação) is a web-based learning and appraisal system, conceived in 2002 as a way to support ISUTC's rapid expansion without compromising on its…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- European I.T. manufacturer, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, has set its sights on 100 percent growth in Egypt this year, predicting sales to increase to US$12 million – roughly 10 percent…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Mobile services provider MTN Group announced the official launch of MTN Congo, following the group's acquisition of Libertis Telecom (100% stake) in December 2005. The MTN brand replaces all…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CHINESE FIRMS TO ACQUIRE INTERCELLULAR, CELLCOM

Two Chinese firms- Huawei Technologies and ZTE have indicated interest in acquiring major stakes in Intercellular Nigeria Limited and Cellcom Limited, Minister of Communications, Chief Cornelius Adebayo, has said. Intercellular…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ORASCOM EGYPT CONSIDERS CLOSER TIES WITH HUTCHISON

Egypt’s Orascom Telecom Holding is considering raising its stake in Hong Kong’s Hutchison Telecommunications International by 3.3%, according to reports quoting CEO Naguib Sawiris. "We are currently building our reserves…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EMERGE AFRICA BUYS INTEGREAR SYSTEMFLO

Emerge Africa, the master value-added reseller (VAR) in Africa for business process management (BPM) company Global 360, has bought the Systemflo division of Integrear, Global 360’s local partner for the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

WATANIYA CLOSES FINANCING FOR TUNISIANA DESPITE ARBITRATION

Kuwait’s Wataniya Telecom has announced the closing of US$442 million in debt financing by its mobile services subsidiary in Tunisia, Orascom Telecom Tunisie operating under the brand name Tunisiana. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CELTEL TAKES OVER VMOBILE IN NIGERIA

Celtel International, a branch of the MTC group, has concluded an agreement for control of 65% of Vmobile, one of the leading mobile telecommunication operators in Nigeria, for over 1…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Celtel has secured a $70 million (about Shs128b) funding for its expansion plans in Tanzania. In addition, it is anticipated that Celtel Tanzania will access an additional $15 million…


Digital Content

UGANDA GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES ORPHANS' WEBSITE

The government has launched a website on orphans and other vulnerable children in Uganda. Syda Bbumba, the gender and social development minister, said www.mglsd.go.ug/ovc would provide up-to-date information on orphans…


Digital Content

More

PEOPLE

* Charles Zouzoua, the current DG of Celtel Gabon has been appointed as the new DG of Celtel Malawi. Jean-Yves Kouassi-Goly will replace him at the head of Celtel Gabon.…


More

EVENTS

- BANDWIDTH MANAGEMENT AND OPTIMISATION WORKSHOP 2-6 July 2006, South Africa The International Network for the availability of Scientific Publications ( INASP - http://www.inasp.info ), the Tertiary Education Network (TENET…


More

JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR US$100,000 DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY AWARD The Development Gateway Foundation is calling for nominations for its US$100,000 prize for outstanding achievement in the use of information and communication…


More

CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHO?

GHANA TELECOM AND ALCATEL SHANGHAI GT to receive USD15 million worth of equipment from Alcatel Shanghai Ghana’s national fixed line operator Ghana Telecom (GT) will receive USD15 million worth of…