Issue no 326

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One for the money, two for the show…Cabo Verde Telecom launches IP-TV

This week saw Cape Verdean incumbent telco Cabo Verde Telecom launch IP-TV ahead of the new competitor in its market. It also saw the introduction of what is probably the first African push-to-talk service by Maroc Telecom. But why is this happening? African markets are different from elsewhere comes the swelling chorus. Well maybe they are but maybe they aren’t. Russell Southwood looks at the two new services. Cabo Verde Telecom has set up a new subsidiary CVMultimédia that will be offering 21 television channels, Internet and voice: in other words, a full “triple-play” offer. The move is seen as…

Telecoms

WAITING FOR THE SENEGALESE SNO – OVER TWO YEARS AND COUNTING

It has been over two years since the Senegalese Government announced that it would licence a second national operator to compete with the national telco incumbent Sonatel. Other than some…


Telecoms

MALAWI MOBILE LTD LOSES APPEAL CASE ON NETWORK LICENCE 

The Supreme Court of Malawi Friday upheld a High Court ruling that stopped Malawi Mobile Limited (MML), from rolling out after the mobile service provider overstayed its roll out period.…


Telecoms

UGANDAN REGULATOR SAYS FIRMS CAN HOOK UP TO KENYAN CABLE

A representative of the Ugandan regulator UCC has given the go ahead to private telecom companies to join the Kenyan Government submarine cable project. This may undercut the credibility of…


Telecoms

NEW INTERCONNECT RATES FAVOURS TELONE, SAY ZIMBABWE MOBILE NETWORKS

Zimbabwe’s telecommunications sector is heading for a bitter dispute with the Post and Telcommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) over proposed new minimum termination rates for fixed and mobile international…


Telecoms

NIGERIA’S UMBRELLA OPERATORS FLOURISH ON BOOSTER CARD SALES

Nigeria’s airtime resellers are commonly referred to as business centres, or “umbrella operators,” a moniker that comes from their typical set-up: a table, some chairs, one or more handsets, and…


Telecoms

TANZANIA’S TCRA ISSUES NEW WIDER ICT LICENSES

Tanzania has introduced a new type of licence, which allows a licensee to provide to end users a range of electronic communication services including among others payphone services, Internet and…


Telecoms

MOBILE PHONE CHAT ROOM ATTRACTING 20,000 USERS A WEEK

"I'm a 24-year-old trapped in a 47-year-old's body," declares Herman Heunis. But he can escape the trap. Armed with a cellphone equipped with his software, he is one of the…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Employees of the embattled Nigerian Telecommunication Company Limited (NITEL), have issued a week ultimatum ending October 10, to the Federal Government, asking it to settle all outstanding salaries and…


Internet

INTERNET SOLUTIONS WANTS TO INVEST IN EASSY

Internet Solutions (IS) wants to be part of the East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy), despite the uncertainty of the economic model, says Internet Solutions director Hillel Shrock. The company…


Internet

INTERNET BOOMS IN SENEGAL AS INTERNATIONAL BANDWIDTH BREAKS 1 GIG BARRIER

In less than two years, the bandwidth of traffic on Internet services provided by Senegal's telecom Sonatel has doubled. By today, Internet services provided by Sonatel are the most extensive…


Internet

ICT EXPERTS CALL FOR THE SETTING UP OF CYBER CRIME UNIT IN GHANA

With the increasing threat of cyber crimes to Ghana's aim of becoming the hub of the information super-highway on the west coast of Africa, Information Communication Technology (ICT) experts in…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) last week signed a new agreement with the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) that is a dramatic step forward…


Computing

HIGH PERFORMANCE CALL-ROUTING AND BILLING ENGINE RELEASED

Yo Uganda Limited, a voice solutions and software development company based in Uganda, East Africa has announced the release of YBS - a high performance call routing and billing engine. …


Computing

RWANDA OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES NEPAD E-SCHOOLS PROJECT

Rwanda is the fifth country to launch the project after Uganda, Ghana, Lesotho and Kenya, but is the first country to have completed implementation in all the six schools. "I…


Computing

GHANAIAN GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS ADOPTION OF ELECTRONIC-GOVERNANCE PROGRAMME

The Government of Ghana is considering the adoption of an electronic governance programme as a mechanism to promote lateral and horizontal collaboration among the Metropolitan/Municipal/District Assemblies (MMDAs) to bring information…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICA PLANS TO TRAIN 30,000 TO WORK IN RURAL CALL CENTRES

Up to 30 000 South Africans will ultimately be trained to work in call centres as government moves to make the country a more competitive destination for business process outsourcing…


Computing

BRINGING OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE TO SCHOOLS

Metropolitan, together with the Shuttleworth Foundation, Inkululeko Technologies and the KZN Department of Education, has installed an Open Source computer centre, known as a tuXlab, at the ZamaZulu Secondary School…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Kampala International University will soon launch it's digital library (literally, an electronic bookstore) fondly referred to as the e-granary. According to the university's IT director Alex Mbaziira, the facility…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Glo, the mobile arm of the second national operator, Globacom, introduced what it claims is the lowest pricing in the market while also making it possible for subscribers to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TELKOM KENYA UNVEILS CALENDAR FOR SALE OF DIVISION

Telkom Kenya will go into a joint venture with the firm that wins a tender to buy a stake in its subsidiary, Gilgil Telecommunications Industries (GTI). The winner will be…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN GROUP RAISES STAKE IN NIGERIA SUBSIDIARY

  Thus increasing its shareholding in MTN Nigeria to 81.87 per cent from initial 74.89 per cent, and promised to inject additional fund to boost its operations in Nigeria. Chief…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SUN MICROSYSTEMS LOOKS TO SELL 30 PERCENT TO BLACK INVESTORS

The CEO of hardware and software company Sun Microsystems is being asked to approve an empowerment policy likely to see it sell 30% of its South African branch to black…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ALL BTG’S OPERATIONS IMPROVE PERFORMANCES

Bytes Technology Group (BTG) announced its interim results for the six months ended 31 August 2006 with improved performances by all its operations compared to the prior period. Headline earnings…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ESKOM ENTERPRISES AND TRANSNET REVIEW HOLDINGS IN ARIVIA.KOM

Eskom Enterprises and Transnet are reviewing their shareholdings in state-owned information technology company Arivia.kom, says the group's latest annual report. Arivia.kom was formed through the merger of Transnet's IT division,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Vodafone Egypt has agreed to buy a 51% stake in Egyptian ISP Raya Telecom from Raya Holding for EGP104 million (USD18 million), with an option to acquire the outstanding…


Digital Content

UGANDA GETS SMS, INTERNET BANKING

Ducont, a Dubai-based information technology service provider, has teamed up with Uganda's Solutions For Business to support financial institutions in the country. Officials said during a presentation on October 4…


Digital Content

CELL PHONES ENTER CYBERSPACE WITH .MOBI

The mobile web is about to receive a major shake-up with the start of open registration for cell phone-specific website addresses. The general public can now register websites ending with…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Algerian news agency "Algérie Presse Service" has launched Sunday its photo website where users can find a wide range of photos on national political, economic, cultural and social events.…


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PEOPLE

South Africa Dimension Data has appointed on its board chartered accountant Peter John Liddiard as a non-executive director.  Liddiard is a member of the boards of Idion Technology Holdings and…


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EVENTS

- ACHIEVING BEST VALUE IN HUMAN RESOURCE AND SKILLS MANAGEMENT USING INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) 23rd-24th October 2006, Johannesburg South Africa. ICT enables Human Resource Practitioners in Africa access to…


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CALLS FOR TENDERS

STATE ACCELERATED BROADBAND INITIATIVES (SABI) Expression of Interest to Build and Run Broadband Infrastructure in all State Capitals and Selected major Commercial Cities in the Country In a bid to…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

SI TECHNICAL PROJECT MANAGER - ZAMBIA The company is currently looking for a Senior SI Technical Project Manager with the following skills: He must have Ericsson Charging System/Intelligent Networks competence…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

- MOBITEL AND SIEMENS - SUDAN Siemens Communications, one of the world’s largest communications providers announced that it has signed a global frame agreement with MobiTel Sudan, part of Mobile…