Issue no 315

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EASSY members agree to hybrid SPV and KDN still going ahead

The trio of parties involved in getting the EASSy project of the ground – African Governments, external funders (DFIs in the jargon) and last but not least the EASSy consortium members have agreed that the project will go forward using a Hybrid Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). An exhausting 3-day all-stakeholder meeting in Nairobi produced the breakthrough but many of the difficult details have yet to be sorted out. But KDN’s Kai Wulff is going ahead with a rival project and looks like a man with more than one option should he choose to change his mind. Russell Southwood tries to…

Telecoms

CHINGUITEL SA GETS THIRD GSM LICENCE IN MAURITANIA FOR NEARLY US$100 MILLION

The Mauritanian telecommunications regulator has announced that the third GSM licence has been granted to Chinguitel SA, a Mauritanian company, for an amount of 26,600,000,000 ouguiya (US$99 million). The financial…


Telecoms

ETHIOPIA’S ETC CHANGES FROM SATELLITE TO FIBRE

Ethiopian incumbent ETC seems to have completed its link to Sudan via Gondar and begun shifting its international traffic from satellite to the new, nearly-all fibre route. Users were reporting…


Telecoms

NAMIBIAN 2ND MOBILE OPERATOR POWERCOM SAYS STILL GROWTH IN MOBILE TELEPHONE MARKET

Powercom, which was recently awarded the second cellular phone licence, believes there is still room for growth in the Namibian mobile telephone market despite the strong performance by Mobile Telecommunications…


Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICAN CELLPHONE BANKING FACES THREAT FROM NEW LAW

Efforts to increase access to financial services using cellphone technology could be dealt a blow once new surveillance legislation is enacted, say experts. The Regulation of Interception of Communications and…


Telecoms

SA’S ESKOM TO CUT ITS LOSSES ON TELECOMS

The long-awaited announcement from South Africa’s power utility Eskom that it will get out of telecoms was made during the presentation of its financial results last week. It will sell…


Telecoms

MAURITIUS TELECOM LAUNCHES TRIPLE PLAY WITH IP-TV

Mauritius Telecom launched a triple-play service with IP-TV branded My.T last week. It offers broadband at 256 kbps download speed and international calls at cheap rates using VoIP. The IP-TV…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Following the call for tender for 3rd generation licences the Moroccan regulator, the ANRT, has granted three third generation mobile licences to respectively Maroc Connect, Itissalat Al-Maghreeb (Maroc Telecom)…


Internet

KDN TO UNVEIL SH2 BILLION PROJECT

Kai Wulff, Kenya Data Networks (KDN) managing director, said the first phase of the backbone would cost $30 million (about Sh2 billion). In a statement, Wulff said work on the…


Internet

FIBRE-OPTIC LINK BETWEEN MOZAMBIQUE AND SOUTH AFRICA INAUGURATED

The small gap in the fibre network between South Africa and Mozambique has now been closed. It will now be interesting to see whether Telkom SA offers rates that are…


Internet

UGANDA ISPS JOIN FORCES TO PURCHASE CHEAPER BANDWIDTH

Four of Uganda’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have consolidated their purchase of bandwidth in an effort to cut down Internet costs and make bandwidth affordable, writes Esther Nakkazi, Balancing Act’s…


Internet

MWEB BUSINESS ENTERS SA WIRELESS BROADBAND MARKET

In line with the growth of the local high-speed Internet access market, MWEB Business has announced that it will be offering wireless broadband connectivity to SMEs. Initially a reseller of…


Internet

BURKINA FASO’S ONATEL STILL PLAGUED BY INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIVITY PROBLEMS

Word reaches us that in June Onatel again suffered near-outages on its international connections. In a message to Fasonet customers at the end of that month it apologised for temporary…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, has set up an Inter-Ministerial Commission for the Coordination of a Satellite Telecommunications Project, which will be tasked with preparing…


Computing

ETHIOPIAN FEDERAL AGENCY PLANS HIGH TECH HUB NEAR CMC

The Addis Abeba City Land Administration and Development Authority has granted a 200,000sqm plot for what federal government authorities hope will become Ethiopia's high tech hub, much like Hyderabad or…


Computing

OSN RELEASES FREE OPEN STANDARDS BOOK

Many governments and organisations are moving towards open standards and frameworks. To assist users in understanding open standards the International Open Source Network (IOSN) has released FOSS: Open Standards, the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The world’s first ever free talking computer software, ‘Thunder’, is being launched this week to bring computers and the internet alive for blind and partially-sighted people across the world.…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- The Mozambique firm Mcel launched last week a new service called emm – escritório movel mCel (mobile office mCel). emm is designed for commercial firms and business people. It…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

DIALOGUE AIMS FOR R40 MILLION IN ALTX DEBUT

Call-centre operator Dialogue Group is planning to raise about R40m to grow its business by listing on the AltX in September. The company says it can more than double in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- South African mobile phone operator MTN Group said it has paid $3.6 billion for its first settlement in its takeover of international mobile phone company Investcom. MTN confirmed that…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICA’S INTERNET SOLUTIONS BUYS KENYAN ISP INTERCONNECT

South Africa’s Internet Solutions has acquired a controlling stake in Kenyan ISP Interconnect. The company will be renamed Internet Solutions Kenya. In the deal, IS will inject Sh300million in fresh…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NASPERS LAUNCHES THE BIGGEST ONLINE BUSINESS IN AFRICA

Media24 has merged its digital arm with MWEB Studios, the division responsible for the development of web-based services, to create 24.com creating what could become one of the biggest online…


Digital Content

RACIST RINGTONE URGES VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN SOUTH AFRICA

A derogatory and racist cellphone ring tone is being passed around Cape Town, vocally depicting violent actions against black people. The lyrics of the song describe how one should tie…


Digital Content

ONLINE ICT SHOP OPENS IN UGANDA

An online shop for Information and Communication Technologies has been opened in Uganda by Comtel Integrators Africa, an ICT firm, to improve service delivery. This is the first of its…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- An international development agency launched an online game to highlight the tough transport challenges faced by health workers delivering medical supplies to remote African villages. Players of the Transaid…


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PEOPLE

* MTN Nigeria announced the appointment of Ahmad Farroukh as managing director and chief executive officer. He resumed duty immediately. He took over from Sifiso Dabengwa, who has run the…


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EVENTS

- THIRD ANNUAL AFRICAN VOIP FORUM 21-23 August 2006, Muson Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria The event offers a high-powered educational opportunity for Africa’s ISPs, telecom operators and corporate VoIP…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* TRANSMISSION CONSULTANT – SOUTH AFRICA The TND/NPI Consultant in Network Consulting group is responsible for competitive and customer focused transmission network solutions, sales support of Ericsson transmission network products…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHO?

* RELIANCE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND CERILLION – NIGERIA Cerillion Technologies has announced a new contract with Reliance Telecommunications (Reltelwireless) to implement a complete mediation solution for their CDMA network in Nigeria.…