Issue no 322

Top Story

Spectrum conflicts threaten existing services and new technology take-up

This week sees the simmering spectrum conflicts that have existed in Africa boil over as the Global VSAT Forum launches a global campaign to protect the wavelengths used by C-Band operators. However this is simply the most public of a number of conflicts that Africa’s operators and regulators have before them. It is often said without challenge that spectrum is a scarce resource. But all the while Government agencies hog its use (particularly the military) and regulators allow people to buy licensed spectrum without using it for long periods. One operator told us that he had bought spectrum in one…

Telecoms

TERRACOM TO LINK FIBRE OPTIC FROM KIGALI TO KAGITUMBA

Rwanda’s Terracom will soon have a new 200km link from Kigali to Kagitumba in the Northeast tip of Rwanda. According to a release issued September 4, the fiber optic cable…


Telecoms

TELECOM EGYPT TURNS TO ZHONE FOR VOIP

Telecom Egypt has announced a project with Zhone Technologies to deploy the supplier’s MALC broadband loop carrier technology which will provide VoIP and data services for various parts of its…


Telecoms

TELONE IN ZIMBABWE SEEKS FOREIGN PARTNERS FOR TURNAROUND

Fixed telephone operator TelOne is currently looking for foreign strategic partners to turn around the fortunes of the parastatal. "We are looking mainly at foreigners for the alliances as they…


Telecoms

NIGERIA’S CONSUMER PROTECTION COUNCIL LAMENTS CUSTOMER CARE CHARGES

The Consumer Protection Council CPC has lamented the charges imposed by Telecommunications Operators on Customer Care Lines. The CPC in a submission made to the Nigerian Communications Commission NCC stated…


Telecoms

PHISHING CON TRICK GOES MOBILE

Get ready for a new inconvenience on your cellphone, and get ready for a new word in your lexicon: smishing. Smishing is an unwelcome cross between SMS and phishing, the…


Telecoms

JOB CUTS AT GABON TELECOM AHEAD OF PRIVATISATION

Gabon’s Council of Ministers last Tuesday approved what has been described as “a drastic action plan” to put the company on an even keel prior to privatisation. It included a…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has given new licences to four national service providers. This type of license will give room to the licensee to provide to end users…


Internet

KENYA AIMS FOR OWN INTERNET CABLE

Kenya has said it will seek funding to finance its own undersea internet cable after an African joint venture was delayed by disagreements. The fibre optic cable, expected to cost…


Internet

TELKOM WARNS IT COULD CANCEL INVESTMENT IN UNDERSEA LINK

Telkom South Africa might abandon its planned investment in a $300m undersea telecommunications cable designed to boost Africa's bandwidth if the return on its spending was insufficient, Telkom CEO Papi…


Internet

KENYA’S POSTAL CORPORATION BLAMED FOR INTERNET SHUT-OFF

The Postal Corporation of Kenya has been blamed for its failure to link up with Safaricom when it became evident an Israeli company would switch off its satellite link, disrupting…


Internet

DEFECTIONS MAY BE ROOT OF VERIZON COURT- INSTIGATED SEARCH

Staff defections from Internet Solutions to Verizon appear to lie behind a dramatic search-and-seize operation carried out at Verizon SA's headquarters last week. Internet Solutions won an Anton Piller court…


Internet

AFRICAN POLICE CHIEFS MOVE TO HALT INTERNET CRIME

Kenya is in advanced stages to assemble a cyber-crime laboratory for police in Eastern Africa States to arrest Internet crime. The Kenyan police boss told journalists in Kampala on September…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Moroccan telecommunications regulator, the ANRT has been reassigned the management of the .ma domain by ICANN. This decision will put an end to a situation which has until…


Computing

AFRICA GEARS UP FOR SOFTWARE FREEDOM DAY

With Software Freedom Day just over a week away on September 16, organisations across the continent are putting the final touches to their plans for the day. At the OpenCafe…


Computing

NIIT TO OFFER DEGREE PROGRAMMES IN GHANA

Two of the biggest educational institutions have formed an academic alliance in Ghana to offer Computing degree programmes. The Open University's widely acclaimed degree programme, BSc. (Hons) Computing and its…


Computing

QUALITY, NOT COST, GIVES SOUTH AFRICA AN EDGE IN OFFSHORE IT DEVELOPMENT

South African companies that want to succeed in the offshore market for software integration and development services should focus on offering scarce, niche skills, and a high quality of service,…


Computing

BUSINESS CONNEXION BEEFS UP ICT INFRASTRUCTURE

Business Connexion says that its strategy to meet client needs has seen it invest R85m in upgrading its next generation network (NGN). This infrastructure is intended to position the company…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- A brand new ICT Skills Development Centre for people who are blind or partially sighted opens its doors in Pretoria. Neville Clarence Technologies (Pty) Ltd, a business established some…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Mobile telecommunications NetOne is set to release at least 100,000 new lines onto the market in a move to expand its subscriber base in Zimbabwe. - Renatelsat, Congo CDR…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

DIALOGUE TO LIST ON JOHANNESBURG STOCK EXCHANGE

The Dialogue Group will be the country's first outsourced call centre operation to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange when it makes its debut on Tuesday, next week. Dialogue chairman…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

FRAUD PUTS US$4.9 MILLION DENT IN MTN’S NIGERIA REVENUES

A multi-million naira fraud has been recorded by the Nigerian subsidiary of South Africa-based telecommunications firm MTN, the private Punch newspaper reported Wednesday. The paper put the fraud at Nigeria`s…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES CAN BOOST SMES

Small businesses in this country are struggling to get to grips with advanced new mobile technologies, despite the advantages they offer, according to the latest findings of the Mobility 2006…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

READERS’ RESPONSES

Issue 318: No fibre link to Zimbabwe Just to correct you on your top story pertaining to Zimbabwe with regards to the comment "the transition has gone backwards: Telkom SA…


Digital Content

BOTSWANA'S HOMELESS SAN TURN TO THE INTERNET

A new website, Iwant2gohome.org, has been launched by First People of the Kalahari, an NGO. Its aim is to draw attention to Botswana's San/Basarwa people's struggle to regain entry to…


Digital Content

LARGEST AMERICAN EMBASSY WEB SITE IN THE WORLD LAUNCHED IN COTE D’IVOIRE

Ambassador Aubrey Hooks has officially launch the largest American embassy web site in the world, found at http://abidjan.usembassy.gov, during a press conference at the U.S. Embassy. The web site took…


Web and Mobile Data_old

TELKOM LAUNCHES A MEDIA SUBSIDIARY TO DELIVER PAY-TV

Telkom has grand plans to push the boundaries of its business beyond telephony and into television. The monopoly operator has applied for a pay-television licence to deliver television to homes…


Web and Mobile Data_old

HUAWEI AWARDED PHASE II IPTV CONTRACT BY MAROC TELECOM

Morocco’s Maroc Telecom has selected Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (“Huawei”), as the exclusive supplier for the second phase of its Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) project to expand the existing capacity…


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PEOPLE

* Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia has appointed David Ruach Tang as State Minister of Transport and Communications. * The South African Parliament's communications committee has selected the eight…


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EVENTS

- DIGITAL WORLD CONFERENCE 2006 12-13 September 2006, Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), in collaboration with the Growing Businesses Foundation (GBF) and the TT30 Club…


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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

* AXE INSTALLATION ENGINEER – SUDAN The company is looking for a skilled AXE installer for a short project in Sudan, Africa. You need to have knowledge of Ericsson products…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

* SAFARICOM AND VIRTUAL CITY – KENYA Mobile phone service provider Safaricom and online business applications company Virtual City have signed an agreement to offer faster communication by companies. The…