Issue no 320

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Hitting the spot – African Wi-Fi hot spots come of age

Initially “pay-for” Wi-Fi hot-spots proved a difficult sell in developed countries but eventually those that couldn’t bear to be parted from their e-mail became slowly addicted. In the UK the addiction has become so bad that it is affecting sales levels in the coffee shops that offer the service. African markets are very price-sensitive so it is probably not surprising that hot-spots have been so slow to take off in Africa: it would be easy to think of it as a luxury.  But a number of countries now have a growing number of hot-spots. Russell Southwood looks at one of…

Telecoms

PHONE TAXATION 'VERY HIGH' IN EAST AFRICA

A recent study has revealed that high phone tariffs are making East African countries miss out on long term phone benefits by targeting short term tax revenue from telephone companies.…


Telecoms

MOBILE PHONES REDUCE BTC SUBSCRIPTIONS IN BOTSWANA

The fixed telephone service provided by Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) experienced a decline of 4,389 subscribers between March 2005 and March 2006. The number of subscribers fell from 136,423 to…


Telecoms

NIGERIA LOSES N200BN ANNUALLY TO ABANDONED INFRASTRUCTURE

Nigeria is losing at least N200 billion annually because it cannot use communication cables and wires installed by ministries, agencies and other parast-atals, a consulting firm working with the government…


Telecoms

MTC READY TO BATTLE POWERCOM IN NAMIBIA

MTC appears unfazed by the prospect of a powerful new competitor entering the mobile phone market, saying it has plenty of ammunition in its arsenal to fight competition from new…


Telecoms

TELKOM KENYA PROBES CABLE THEFT AT MAIN STATION

Telkom Kenya has started investigations after thieves stole cables and paralysed Internet services in six provinces. The thieves raided the firm's Kikuyu Township station at 4am and shut down Telkom's…


Telecoms

MOBINIL ASKED TO DISCONTINUE EDGE SERVICES IN EGYPT

The Egyptian telecom regulator has asked Mobinil to stop offering enhanced data services, such as streaming video, on EDGE technology. The government has asked the operator to apply for a…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The African Union has mandated Rwanda to convene a meeting in Kigali on August 29 during which 23 countries from the region will endorse the protocol, paving the way…


Internet

'LITTLE CHANCE' OF TELKOM MAKING NEW ADSL DEADLINE BUT EXPECT SPEED TO GO UP

Customers waiting for high speed internet will soon bombard the industry regulator with complaints because Telkom lacks the capacity to offer the service within a new deadline of 30 days,…


Internet

Q-KON COMMISSIONS PAN-AFRICA IDIRECT NETWORK

Q-KON has recently secured capacity on Intelsat IS10-02 hemi-beam for its new iDirect C-band platform that will provide premium services in a single beam to all of Africa. The iDirect…


Internet

BCN TO BRIDGE BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE GAP IN NIGERIA

With an initial investment of over $200 million on high bandwidth network infrastructure, Backbone Connectivity Network Limited (BCN) has said its target is to help existing national telecom providers in…


Internet

SA ISPS AWAIT SAIX PAYMENT STRUCTURE FOR UNCAPPED

Internet service providers (ISPs) may have to choose between increasing the risk associated with customer credit and suffering losses when they implement the provision not to cap local bandwidth, in…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Ghana’s national operator Ghana Telecom (GT) says it will roll out broadband internet access services to Kumasi, Koforidua and Takoradi before the end of this year, adding Tamale in…


Computing

ACER SOUTH AFRICA OVERTAKES HP’S MARKET SHARE FIGURE

Acer has taken the top spot in SA's notebook market, deposing Hewlett-Packard (HP) for the first time. Figures from research house IDC show that Acer's sales grew 48% year on…


Computing

TUXLABS EVOLVES INTO INKULULEKU TECHNOLOGIES

The tuXlabs project, initiated by the Shuttleworth Foundation, has had new life breathed into it with the formation of Inkululeku Technologies - a company formed to continue the work begun…


Computing

ETHIOPIA IS IN SEARCH OF A NATIONAL DIGITAL PRESERVATION POLICY FRAMEWORK

At a national consultation workshop, which was held this week on Digital Materials Preservation here, two officials from UNESCO and the National Archives Libraries of Ethiopia (NALE) said that there…


Computing

BARCAMP FEVER HITS SOUTH JOHANNESBURG AND DURBAN

"Open source conferencing" will hit Johannesburg and Durban by the end of the year as BarCamp fever grips South Africa. Earlier this year, Tectonic reported on preparations for the massively…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- During a virtual general assembly the members of Schoolnet Africa have decided to relocate the headquarters of the organisation from South Africa to Dakar in Senegal. Schoolnet Africa is…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Vodacom Tanzania has ramped up its network coverage of Zanzibar with the commissioning of ten new communication towers. The new equipment has been installed at Lumumba, Bububu, Chukwani and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN SINKS $2.8BN IN NIGERIA

Nigeria's mobile telephony provider, MTN, has disclosed that it has sank a princely $2.8 billion in the country since its inception five years ago. The amount is outside the licensing…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ORASCOM TELECOM  INCOME JUST KEEPS ON RISING

Egypt’s Orascom Telecom has posted a 41% increase in first half EBITDA as its group mobile subscriber base leapt 93% year-on-year to more than 41 million. Revenues in the six…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ZIMBABWE CELSYS RESULTS EXCEED EXPECTATIONS

An upbeat Celsys Ltd has reported earnings per share far ahead of analysts' expectations. Settling most debt by December, Celsys Ltd channelled free cash flows into creating real growth, successfully…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

BCX OPPOSES R261M LIMPOPO IT TENDER

Business Connexion (BCX) this week filed a formal application to review the controversial R261 million Limpopo hospital information system (HIS) tender process. One of the losing bidders, BCX filed the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has said it would be willing to invest in Telkom Kenya and it is currently holding talks with the government with a view to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

READERS’ RESPONSES:

ISSUE 318 – TRANSITION FROM SATELLITE TO FIBRE A reader from Kenya wrote in to say that despite there now being two operational fibre links from Nairobi to Mombasa provided…


Digital Content

ASK LAUNCHES BUSINESS WEBSITE IN KENYA

The Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) has launched a website to promote agriculture, livestock development and allied industries. The website, www.onlinebiashara.com, will be officially launched by President Mwai Kibaki when…


Digital Content

RWANDA GATEWAY DEVELOPS WEB PORTAL FOR JUSTICE SECTOR

All information on legal reforms and Gacaca records will soon be viewed online after Rwanda Development Gateway (RDG) develops a dynamic web portal for the whole justice sector. The new…


Web and Mobile Data_old

NIGERIAN INTERNET TV FOR LAUNCH

Lagos Television Service and White Pages Limited have concluded arrangement to launch Nigerian.TV on Friday , the television which can be accessed across the Internet is the next revolution in…


Web and Mobile Data_old

Convergence News - In Brief

- The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ), a group of media organisations, together with the Zimbabwe National Editors Forum (Zinef) have said the Interception of Communications Bill 2006 is intrusive…


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PEOPLE

Etisalat has appointed Saleh El Abdooli, formerly network development manager for Etisalat in the UAE, as the CEO for the third mobile network in Egypt, in which Etisalat has a…


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EVENTS

- 10TH ANNUAL CONTACT CENTRES WORLD AFRICA 28th - 31st August 2006, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South  Africa Effective strategies for excellence in call centers http://www.terrapinn.com/2006/ccwza/ - THE 4TH ANNUAL…


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CALL FOR TENDERS

- CALL FOR PROPOSALS (CFP) FOR CONNECTIVITY OF THE EAST AFRICAN INTERNET EXCHANGE POINTS (EAIXP) Latest news: Deadline extended to 15th September 2006 This project aims to keep the East…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN PAYPHONE BUSINESS - ANGOLA The company is currently looking for experienced Senior Consultant for Project Management in Payphone Business. The key responsibilities include:  support the client in…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

TELECOM EGYPT AND HUAWEI – EGYPT Huawei has been selected by Telecom Egypt, to provide Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology. This technology enables multiple video, audio, and data channels…