Issue no 314

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Powerline deployed in SA and Uganda– IP-TV trial this autumn

Powerline technology has always seemed to promise much but never seem to quite come to the boil. But Goal Technology Solutions (known as GTS) has rolled out operational 30 meg connections in South Africa and is currently deploying in Uganda for UTL. And come October this year it will be trialling IP-TV. Russell Southwood spoke to its CEO Adrian Maguire about why it had succeeded where others have failed. GTS is a spin-off of the Power Line Communications division of Grintek Telecom. The GTS team worked for Grintek in this division for two years before setting up GTS in September…

Telecoms

NITEL BUYER TRANSCORP FAILS TO MAKE $500M DOWN PAYMENT

Transnational Corporation Plc (Transcorp), preferred bidders in the negotiated sale of Fed-eral Government’s owned Nigeria Teleccomunications Limited (NITEL) may have started to renegotiate the terms of the deal. Transcorp last…


Telecoms

ZAMBIA COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY RECORDS SIGNIFICANT GROWTH'

Zambia's communications industry has recorded a significant growth over a period of one year from 2004 to 2005, the Central Statistical Office (CSO) has revealed. The CSO monthly bulletin for…


Telecoms

PORTUGAL TELECOM PRESSURED TO SELL ITS STAKE IN UNITEL

Portugal Telecom is reportedly coming under pressure to sell its 25% stake in Angola's Unitel - even though the company recently tried to increase its holding in the mobile operator.…


Telecoms

GHANA’S REGULATOR, NCA TO INCREASE PACE OF COMPETITION WITH REGIONAL LICENCES

Ghana’s telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (NCA) has announced new measures designed to speed up the pace of competition in the country’s telecoms industry. The core of the new…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Following the call for tender for 3rd generation licences the Moroccan regulator, the ANRT, has announced that six companies had asked for the documentation and four have submitted a…


Internet

ALCATEL WINS SH15B EASSY FIBRE OPTIC TENDER

French company, Alcatel has won a Sh15 billion tender to lay a cable connecting the Eastern African coastline to the global fibre optic network. Representatives of regional state telecommunication companies…


Internet

THREE CAMEROONIAN ISPS MERGE TO TAKE ON MOBILE OPERATORS OFFERING INTERNET ACCESS

Three Cameroonian ISPs are about to merge to present a unified front to compete with Orange and MTN’s new internet offers. International Computer Center Network (known as ICC Net), Créolink…


Internet

IBURST PLANS 20,000 INTERNET CAFES

iBurst, one of South Africa’s largest wireless broadband providers, is planning to roll out 20 000 Internet cafes by 2010. Thami Mtshali, iBurst CEO, said that the project’s focus is…


Internet

NETHOPE IS CROSSING THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN NGOS

Smart use of technology has a powerful and positive impact on the delivery of humanitarian assistance and sustainable community development - whether it is equipping aid workers with satellite phones,…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) has established a satellite Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer in Nyagatare in the Eastern province of Rwanda. The centre will…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICA OFFERS SPECIAL TRAINING FOR WOMEN WHO RUN TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES

Women who run hi-tech companies in Western Cape are being invited to enter a competition with prizes of business mentorship up for grabs. The contest is being run by the…


Computing

EXPERT SCEPTICAL ON E-COMMERCE TAKE UP IN ETHIOPIA

A country with unskilled labor force and having limited access to computers, has a difficult task to keep up with the technology needed to engage in e-commerce business. Besides, the…


Computing

$100 LAPTOP ROLLOUT EVER CLOSER

Things have progressed since the $100 laptop prototype was first publicly unveiled at a press conference with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and MIT's Nicholas Negroponte at last year's second phase…


Computing

TECHNOLOGY IS THE SOLUTION, SAYS GATES

Microsoft founder Bill Gates touted technology as a solution to Africa's development problems, saying his organisation aimed to boost development on the world's poorest continent. The computer billionaire was in…


Computing

CAPE VERDE RANKED SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE ON IT

Cape Verde is Portuguese-speaking African country with most access to information technology and communications, both in terms of availability and price, according to the International Telecommunications Union. On the International…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Nigerian Federal Government has ordered 1million Laptops for Children At N13bn. Nigeria has paid for one million, $100 a piece Laptops computers designed by One Laptop per Child…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Rwanda’s latest mobile operator Terracom has announced that it has reached the 7000 customers milestone in less than a year. - Millicon Sierra Leone Ltd is to launch a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MOODY'S DOWNGRADES CELL C'S RATINGS

International credit ratings agency Moody's Investors Service has downgraded South Africa's third mobile operator Cell C's Corporate Family rating and related debt issues. Moody's also assigned a negative outlook to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VENDOR MERGERS ARE EXPECTED IN A CROWDED SOUTH AFRICAN IT MARKET

The local technology market is too small to support all the service providers that are battling for business, and consolidation among rival vendors is inevitable, says research house BMI-TechKnowledge. Spending…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ETHIOPIA’S ETC UNDERSHOOTS PROFIT TARGET WITH US$45M PROFIT

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) made a net profit of 379.5 million birr in the past nine months. A nine-month performance report presented by ETC to Parliament last Monday indicated…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Ghanaian Government is negotiating for a $30-million Chinese concessionary loan to speed up Information Communication Technology (ICT) connectivity to rural areas. Two-thirds of the Ghanaian population lived in the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

READERS’RESONSES :

ISSUE 310 – THE AFRICAN ISP IS DEAD ! LONG LIVE THE AFRICAN ISP ! I read your article "The African ISP is dead! Long live the African ISP!" with…


Digital Content

SENEGAL MIGRANT SONG HITS THE NET

Young Senegalese have given up all hope at home, DJ Awadi says. A hard-hitting song accusing Senegal's government of forcing young people to risk their lives to seek their fortunes…


Digital Content

NEW EAST AFRICAN INTERNET FORUM

Tafuta.Net offers a non-commercial platform for information, promotion and Contacts concerning East Africa. Everybody can take part from all over the world. The main language is English. But it offers…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Senegalese government has launched a new portal www.demarches.gouv.sn to enable citizen to access online forms and submit applications for about 100 procedures. The government plans to increase this…


Web and Mobile Data_old

TERRESTRIAL TV IS STILL GOING STRONG IN MOROCCO.

Although 75% of households in Morocco own a satellite dish, 93% still tune into terrestrial TV, indicating that local terrestrial channels still have a strong foothold in the country. A…


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Convergence News - In Brief

- Huawei Technologies has deployed an end-to-end internet protocol television (IPTV) solution for Maroc Telecom. Employing the internet protocol television (IPTV) solutions designed and implemented by Huawei, Maroc Telecom has…


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PEOPLE

* The Executive Director of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Patrick Masambu, has been endorsed by the African Union (AU) as Africa's sole candidate for the position of Director of…


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EVENTS

- EXPLOITING IT FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Conference on Information Technology and Economic Development (CITED2006) July 21-23, 2006, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana For further information see www.information-institute.org/cited/ - THIRD ANNUAL…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* SALES/MARKETING EXECUTIVE – KENYA EMC Corporate Overview Emerging Markets Communications, Inc. (EMC) is a premier provider of global satellite communications. Utilizing a high quality, fully managed network, EMC offers…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHO?

* MAROC CONNECT AND ZTE – MOROCCO ZTE Corporation has been selected by Maroc~Connect, part of Moroccan business group ONA, to deploy an All-IP CDMA2000 solution for a nationwide telecoms…