Issue no 325

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Industry’s dirty little secret - cross-country transit prices keep SAT3 international bandwidth prices high

Countries that are landlocked or have no landing stations of their own are finding that having access to fibre does not reduce their SAT3 international bandwidth prices. At present few countries have more than one international access route at present. The result is that these countries are still paying the same or more than equivalent satellite prices and some are using satellite in preference to their fibre access. Worst of all, the stretch to get them to the SAT3 landing station is costing them several times more than for the stretch from the SAT3 landing station to Sessimbra in Portugal.…

Telecoms

TANZANIAN REGULATOR SETS UP A FREE HELPLINE SERVICE TO RESCUE CHILDREN

To rescue children from abuse, Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has introduced ”Child Help Line”, a free service line, which minors in distress can call to ask for help. TCRA…


Telecoms

SIERRA LEONE: ATTEMPT TO HAVE INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY TRANSFERRED TO LEBANESE COMPANY BACKFIRES

The unfolding saga of a neatly woven conspiracy to fast track the award of the implementation of the National Communications gateway to a Lebanese owned company may backfire, sources close…


Telecoms

LIBYA TO INSTALL 500,000 NEW FIXED WIRELESS PHONE LINES 

  The Libyan General Posts and Telecommunications Company, Sunday, signed a contract with the Chinese telecommunication company Huawei to implement a wireless phone project involving 500,000 lines using CDMA technology,…


Telecoms

 TARIFF READJUSTMENTS IN THE NIGERIAN TELECOMS SECTOR BRING MOBILE AND FIXED INTO NEAR PARITY

Nigeria’s tariff re-adjustments look set to be a mixed bag for Nigerian phone users. Just when MTN, the nations largest GSM operator was unveiling a tariff regime that would put…


Telecoms

ECONET CLEARS KENYA HURDLE

A Kenyan court decision last Friday dismissing a lawsuit against Econet Wireless grants the cellular company access to one of Africa's most potentially lucrative mobile phone markets. The High Court…


Telecoms

POWERTEL SET TO EXPAND COVERAGE IN ZIMBABWE

Telecommunications company PowerTel Communications is set to embark on a multi-million-dollar expansion programme of its optic fibre connection, a development which would see the company going into regional markets. The…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- In keeping with the ICASA mandatory dialling, Telkom South Africa is implementing dialling procedures for international as well as local calls.  The legal requirement prescribes mandatory 10-digit dialling and…


Internet

BATTLE OF THE ISPS IN SOUTH AFRICA: IS VS VERIZON

The legal stand-off  between Internet service providers Internet Solutions (IS, a subsidiary of Dimension Data) and Verizon Business SA (a division of the US-based telecoms giant Verizon group) is unprecedented,…


Internet

31 TELECOMS COMPANIES THREATEN TO PULL OUT OF EASSY PROJECT

This is a psychological blow to the initiative, which has already received a big body blow when 16 of the 23 member countries behind the initiative snubbed the signing of…


Internet

UGANDA GOVERNMENT HAS COMMISSIONED FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR A FIBER-OPTIC BACKBONE

A team of technical experts from the Chinese government are doing a parallel study of their own following the signing of an e-government memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Chinese…


Internet

CYBER-TERRORISM THREAT IS GETTING WORSE, SAY EXPERTS

When bombs exploded on the London underground last year killing 52 commuters, medical and emergency services were caught off guard. Many of the 700 wounded had to make their own…


Internet

NIGERIA’S  IXP SET TO COME ON STREAM SHORTLY

Nigeria’s IXP project was unveiled during the 5th International Nigeria Telecommunications Forum in Abuja in September 2006 and President Olusegun Obasanjo is expected to formally commission the project before the…


Internet

NEW SECURITY PROTOCOLS MAKE THE INTERNET A SAFER PLACE TO SHOP

Adoption of new security protocols means liability for fraud shifts from merchants to issuing banks. New security measures are expected to help grow the number of South Africans shopping online,…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Interweb Satcom Limited, an information communication technology firm licensed by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has launched mobile VSAT technology into the Nigerian market. The technology known as Broadband…


Computing

GOVERNMENT KICK STARTS COMPUTER FOR ALL NIGERIANS INITIATIVE

CANi is designed to increase PC penetration in Nigeria by making the cost of purchase more affordable and also ease payment costs. CANi's programme director, Soji Romeo, said in a…


Computing

KNOWLEDGE TREE LAUNCHES OSS DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

South Africa-developed KnowledgeTree, an open source document management application, is now available in two additional versions catering to enterprise and small business users. "KnowledgeTree SMB and KnowledgeTree Enterprise editions tailor…


Computing

MAURITIUS CYBER ISLAND AS INFINITY BPO THINKS BIG

In spite of recent rumours to the contrary, Infinity BPO is doing very well. Actually so well that it intends to double its number of employees by the end of…


Computing

UBUNTU EDGY EFT BETA OUT

The next version of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution was released today. As the name suggests, Edgy Eft will include bleeding-edge Linux technologies, with many of the packages expected in…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- International insurance group Axa is to create 1,500 jobs in call centres and outsourced administrative positions in Morocco by 2012. - With the financial support of the international organisation…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Celtel International announced the launch of One Network, the first ever borderless mobile network in the world. This allows customers to move freely across geographic borders without roaming call…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TELKOM SOUTH AFRICA SHARE SALE CREATES UPROAR

Stakeholders in the controversial purchase of a chunk of Telkom shares have instructed lawyers to unmask secret shareholders and investigate if anyone who scored from the R9-billion deal has cashed…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IS ARPU A VALID PERFORMANCE METRIC?, ASKS GARTNER

When mobile operators were rolling out their mobile networks, it was fairly easy to measure how well they were doing. You simply looked at the size of its subscriber base,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

GIJIMAAST BOUNCES BACK INTO PROFIT

Technology company GijimaAst has defied analysts' expectations, returning to profitability for the first time in four years after a string of losses and crippling liabilities of R765m. Once SA's fourth…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Quadrem Africa, an online trading hub for the mining industry, had merged with TradeWorld, creating a bigger and black-owned trading hub. The merged entity would create the largest marketing…


Digital Content

NATA WEBSITE MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN BOTSWANA

A website initiative that started off introducing Nata village to the rest of the world has made a difference in the lives of the ordinary residents. Nata made history this…


Digital Content

UGANDA'S ONLINE SHOPPING STAGGERS

Computer illiteracy coupled with inadequate Internet connectivity is a major roadblock to web-based business, where consumers purchase products or services over the Internet. Websites that are involved in online purchasing…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Egyptian Tourism Authority has revealed that its official Web site www.egypt.travel has attracted 1, 596, 096 visits since its launch in March 2006. Created to provide travellers with…


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MAURITANIA GETS NEW MEDIA REGULATORY AUTHORITY

Mauritania has announced the creation of a media regulatory body, the High Authority for Press and Audio-visual, HAPA. Communications Minister and Government`s spokesman Cheikh Ould Ebbe, said the authority, recommended…


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PEOPLE

* Following the merger between Quadrem and Tradeworld it has been announced that Danny Mackay will become Quadrem Africa's chairman,  Mike Kersten will become MD and TradeWorld CEO Francois Naude…


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EVENTS

- WORKSHOP ON BROADBAND OVER POWERLINE 3-4 October 2006, Dakar, Senegal The African Telecommunications Union (ATU) is holding a workshop on Powerline Communications (PLC), the alternative last mile platform utilizing…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* CFO - EAST AFRICA This telecommunication group is looking for a candidate that will act as the business partner in all areas of operations. As the key member of…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

TPDF AND MINCOM - TANZANIA Mincom Africa has secured a contract to provide an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution to the Tanzanian People’s Defence Force (TPDF). The multi-million Rand contract…