Issue no 327

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Walls come tumbling down: Uganda licences VoIP service provider

The Ugandan regulator UCC has granted a telecoms services licence to local operator TalkTelecom to be able to provide services to both residential and corporate customers. This is the first legal opening for a VoIP service provider in the country that does not operate its own network. It’s a small start but the walls on legal VoIP are beginning to come tumbling down. TalkTelecom is planning to offer VoIP telephony and international calling cards at prices that will shake the three major operators up. On average, Uganda Telecom for example currently charges Shs771 (US42 cents) for an East African call…

Telecoms

EASSY DEAL TO BE SIGNED IN NAIROBI SOON

Pressure is building on the parties to the EASSy project as the telcos involved have announced they will sign off on their MOU shortly. Whilst this has been described in…


Telecoms

MTN UNVEILS FIBRE OPTIC NETWORK FOR ABUJA

Plans have been concluded by MTN Nigeria to unveil its newly completed Fibre Optic network in the nation's Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. This, the operator said, was encouraged by…


Telecoms

ETC IS EXPANDING TELECOM SERVICES IN 22 ETHIOPIAN TOWNS

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) said it has launched expansion works with over 132 million birr (USD15.7 million) to improve telephone services in 22 towns of eastern Ethiopia. ETC East…


Telecoms

SAFARICOM IN TALKS WITH NEIGHBOURING MOBILE OPERATORS

Kenya’s biggest mobile operator, Safaricom, is in talks with MTN Uganda and Vodacom of Tanzania to help it launch borderless services in order to facilitate regional expansion. This comes barely…


Telecoms

TELCOMS SECTOR INCREASES TARIFFS IN ZIMBABWE

The communications sector has increased local, regional and international tariffs with immediate effect, a move that has caught subscribers off guard. Among the communication firms are Zimbabwe Posts (Zimpost), TelOne,…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Moroccan Council of Ministers has adopted this week three decrees related to the issuance of the 3G licences granted to Maroc Telecom, Maroc Connect and Medi Telecom earlier this…


Internet

ANGOLA GOVERNMENT APPROVES DEAL ON SUBMARINE CABLE

A contract on a Domestic Submarine Optic Fibre Cable Project covering six coastal provinces of the country, signed by Angola-Telecom and Ericsson-South Africa, was approved by the Cabinet Council. The…


Internet

FIRMS DISCUSS THE OVERLAND EASTERN AFRICA BACKHAUL SYSTEM

Chief executives of nine telecom companies involved in the setting up of an overland Eastern Africa Backhaul System (EABs) meet this week in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to decide on…


Internet

KENYAN POSTA FIGHTS INTERNET LINK SUIT

Postal Corporation of Kenya wants a suit filed by a US-based Internet and satellite technology company blocking it from inviting fresh tenders struck out. The State firm says the suit…


Internet

AERO LAUNCHES ONLINE PAYMENT PRODUCT IN NIGERIA

Aero has launched an innovative online payment product for its customers in Nigeria , through a Reloadable Travel Card powered by eTranzact, setting a benchmark as the first private airline…


Internet

THE STEADY GROWTH OF MUNICIPAL NETWORKS IN SOUTH AFRICA

  Forget about Neotel, Telkom’s nationwide rival. The next 18 months will see SA municipalities providing perhaps a more formidable challenge to Telkom by offering cheaper, wireless and, crucially, local…


Computing

NIGERIAN ZINOX TO PRODUCE 2000 COMPUTERS PER DAY

Leo Stan Eke, the CEO Zinox Technologies limited, manufacturers of Nigeria's first branded and internationally certified computers has stated that Zinox computers will in the next one year expand its…


Computing

INTEL AUDIT ANGERS EGYPTIAN PC ASSEMBLY PARTNERS

  Mohamed Mohsen, managing director at Moonstone Integration and Essam Adel (bottom), VP at Better Business have both been paid a visit by Intel's audit team Chip giant Intel’s recent…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ICT BUDGETS SET TO GROW

According to ForgeAhead's ICT in Local Government Research Report, the local government ICT budget is expected to grow by 22% this year and 13% in 2007/2008. This report was presented…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative added Libya to its list of program participants when the nation's government placed a $250 million order for 1.2 million computers and…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Vodacom South Africa has announced the arrival of Vodafone Passport - the roaming option which aims to allow Vodacom Contract customers to take their home tariff with them, when…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CONNECTING THE POOR IS PROFITABLE, SAYS NASHUA MOBILE MD

Cellular providers stand to make a better profit margin from community service telephones (CSTs) than they do from other service offerings, says Nashua Mobile MD Mark Taylor. Taylor was speaking…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICA DATATEC PLOTS ACQUISITIONS AFTER LISTING

Datatec directors are busy plotting how to spend the GBP29m they hope to raise through a London listing, with several acquisitions in a variety of countries already The technology group…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IS VODACOM EYING IBURST?

Rumours are rife that Vodacom have their sights set on acquiring iBurst. Is this a feasible option for the cellular giant? The rumour mill has been hovering around Vodacom as…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

DECISION ON TELKOM'S  PURCHASE  OF BUSINESS CONNEXION IS DELAYED AGAIN

Business Connexion is having to rethink the date of its potential acquisition by Telkom as under-staffing at the Competition Commission has led to another delay. Telkom and Business Connexion expected…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Three international firms are among bidders fighting for control of the Gilgil Telecommunications Complex, (GTI) - the ailing subsidiary of Telkom Kenya: Sao Hills Industries of Tanzania, a leading…


Digital Content

GOVERNMENT TENDERS TO GO ONLINE IN RWANDA

The government will start advertising public tenders on the internet beginning next year, Finance and Economic Planning minister, James Musoni, has said. Musoni said this was in line with the…


Digital Content

NASHUA MOBILE'S MMS PORTAL GIVES COMPANIES MARKETING TOOL

Nashua Mobile has launched a multimedia messaging services (MMS) portal that aims to give companies of all sizes the ability to easily communicate with their customers using MMS as a…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Rancard Solutions, a provider of mobile content delivery and service management software, has released Rancard Mobility Content Server version 2.1. The main features include content forward-lock protection (digital rights…


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MULTICHOICE AND TELKOM  GET SOME SERIOUS COMPETITION.

  Mike Rwayitare, the Rwandan-born billionaire and founder of pan-African cellphone group Telecel International, will invest billions of rand in a new venture to tackle Telkom and Multichoice head-on in…


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PEOPLE

Slimane Khireddine has been appointed to the post of CEO of the group Algeria Telecom by Post and ICT Minister Boudjemaâ Haïchour.  Khireddine was the acting general director of the…


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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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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

ERP CONSULTANTS –  SOUTH AFRICA Mincom Africa is currently looking for three ERP consultants. They  must be bilingual (French & English). Previous experience as a consultant on an ERP system…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

EMC AND UNHCR – AFRICA Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) has been awarded a contract to provide satellite communications and integrate UNHCR offices worldwide. After an 8 month bidding process, EMC…