Issue no 312

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Cable theft – the cancer eating at the heart of the fixed network

This week Cote d’Ivoire’s Union nationale des entreprises des télécommunications (UNETEL) called a press conference to protest against a rash of cable thefts. Vandalism is a constant problem for Africa’s fixed network operators. Like a cancer, it eats away both at the physical state of the network but also at traffic revenues and customer confidence. Usually this problem is generated by people stealing cables in the hope of reselling the copper obtained. Russell Southwood looks at the financial impact of this cancer on Africa’s fixed network operators. UNETEL’S President . Loukou Kouadio Michel called for security to be reinforced around…

Telecoms

SAT3 COUNTRY REGULATORS AND POLICY-MAKERS COME TOGETHER TO DISCUSS END OF NATIONAL MONOPOLIES

On 24-25 July 2006 regulators and policy-makers will come together to discuss what happens when the national monopolies granted to African SAT3 consortium members comes to an end in June…


Telecoms

SWITCH TO NETWORK MIGRATIONS SETS STAGE FOR ALL-OUT CELLPHONE RIVALRY IN SOUTH AFRICA

Midnight on September 18 will be a traumatic time for SA's cellular network operators. For the first time in Africa customers can expect their existing phone number to be moved…


Telecoms

KENYA: MOBILE OPERATORS GRANTED INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY LICENCES

Mobile phone users may soon pay lower rates for international calls following the granting of international voice gateway licences to the two mobile operators. Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) -…


Telecoms

TELECOMS DISTRIBUTORS ACCUSE NIGERIAN GSM OPERATORS OF IRREGULARITIES

President of Association of Licensed Telecoms Distributors of Nigeria, Dr. Ayo Ojo last week called on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to rise to its responsibility of checking the excesses…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology of Botswana which has issued a draft of its rural telecommunications strategy, has invited the public to make written submissions. The significance…


Internet

FIBRE UNDER-SEA CABLE TO LINK MOROCCO AND FRANCE

Moroccan incumbent  Maroc Telecom has announced the launching of an under-sea optical fiber cable, worth about $34.3m, that will link north-west of Morocco and southern France.   The cable is…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICA CELL C TRIALS WIMAX FOR BROADBAND

Mobile operator Cell C revealed it is conducting tests to determine the feasibility of rolling out a WiMax network in SA. “A WiMax network could rival [Telkom's] ADSL both in…


Internet

COURT UPHOLDS EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT'S RIGHT TO BLOCK OPPOSITION WEBSITES

Reporters Without Borders has condemned a ruling by an administrative court attached to Egypt's council of state upholding an information and communication ministry decision in mid June 2006 that the…


Internet

RWANDA TO GET INTERNET DOMAIN NAME BACK

Rwanda is going to be among the few countries in the world that will be offering free registration for an Internet Domain name to her citizens, The New Times has…


Internet

METROPOLITAN NETWORK SET TO COMMENCE OPERATION IN ABUJA

Backbone Connectivity Network (BCN), a high band rate service provider with its headquarters in Abuja, has announced its network operation to commence in August. In a statement by its Managing…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- MTN Cameroon, the country’s largest mobile operator, has announced that it has been awarded a licence to offer internet access services by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. At…


Computing

USAID PUSHES FOR RURAL MOBILE BANKS IN UGANDA

Banking institutions have been urged to start rural mobile banking services to attract more people into the banking industry and help the country instil a savings culture; much lacking in…


Computing

IT FIRMS QUEUE FOR PATIENTS' DATA SYSTEM TENDER

Leading IT and health-care firms are gearing up to bid for a government contract to provide an electronic record system for patients using public hospitals and clinics. Insiders say the…


Computing

NATIONAL LIBRARY IN ETHIOPIA LAUNCHES DIGITAL INFORMATION CENTRE

The National Archives and Library Agency (NALE)  launched a development information service center with the support it received from the World Bank. Then agency said the development of the information…


Computing

INTERNET SOLUTIONS FIRST IN THE WORLD TO ROLL OUT MICROSOFT HMC 3.5

Software as a Service (SaaS), is defined as the delivery of fully functional, outsourced and centrally hosted applications through the web. SaaS offers the availability of feature rich applications at…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Air Botswana is introducing electronic tickets or e-tickets. The move is part of cost control, and an attempt to align AB ticketing with international standards. Under the new arrangement,…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Ghanaian GSM network operator ONEtouch has launched a new value added service, OneChat, which allows customers to send and receive SMS messages anonymously in chat rooms. SMS messages are…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

FOREX GENERATION IS A PRIORITY FOR ECONET IN ZIMBABWE

Zimbabwe’s largest telecommunications company, Econet Wireless, is pursuing various strategies to counter the negative effects of current economic challenges. Company chairman Mr Tawanda Nyambirai last week said the company also…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SHAREHOLDERS BACK MTN'S ACQUISITION OF INVESTCOM

Africa's largest mobile telephony company, MTN Group, said that most of its shareholders voted in favour of a $5.5bn acquisition of Lebanon-based Investcom. MTN's Chairman, Cyril Ramaphosa, said that almost…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

DIDATA OF SOUTH AFRICA BUY 51 PERCENT STAKE IN SAMEER'S ICL

South Africa-based Dimension Data (Didata), a global information technology solutions and services company, has acquired a 51 per cent stake in ICL East Africa, the leading provider of end-to-end IT…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- President Olusegun Obasanjo ordered all ministries, parastatals and agencies to immediately commence the process of reconciliation of debts owed the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) to enable the full settlement…


Digital Content

MOZAMBICAN MINISTRY LAUNCHES SINGLE COUNTER PORTAL

The Mozambican Ministry of Industry and Trade launched in Maputo on Wednesday its Internet portal for the "Single Counters" (BAU) as a means to introduce new models of providing services…


Digital Content

CITY SLUM SHARES ITS STORY ON THE WEB

http://www.korogocho.org "On our web site you will find articles about life in slums, theses, comments, reflections, photos, projects, and letters from missionaries and young people living in Korogocho" Fr Daniele…


Web and Mobile Data_old

SENTECH ON TRACK FOR 2010 HD BROADCASTS

National signal distributor Sentech says that in the next two months it might be able to transmit high definition (HD) television to the country, four years before SA hosts the…


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PEOPLE

Wojtek Skowronski, GM for engineering services at ICASA, tendered his resignation late last week. Skowronski was the last remaining Icasa GM after a string of resignations in the past few…


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EVENTS

- BANDWIDTH MANAGEMENT AND OPTIMISATION WORKSHOP 2-6 July 2006, South Africa http://www.inasp.info - TELECOMS AND INVESTMENTS 2006 4-6 July , 2006 at Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Abuja - Nigeria. For…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

CALL FOR INTEREST: 2ND PHASE OF CITI’S WOMEN IN ICT PROJECT The Cape IT Initiative is looking for Women owned ICT companies for the 2nd Phase of the Women in…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHO?

ALGÉRIE TELECOM AND ALCATEL - ALGERIA Alcatel  announced the signing of a commercial partnership with Algérie Telecom to provide Algerian enterprises with advanced communication services aimed at improving productivity, enhancing…