Issue no 330

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Satellite dominates cellular backhaul, says new study

A specially commissioned annexe study for Balancing Act’s African Satellite Markets shows that some 29 out of 55 African countries and territories get more than 80% of their total international Internet bandwidth by satellite, and many fixed and mobile operators in the region are also dependent on satellite for their domestic communications as well. A large and increasing amount of the satellite capacity above Africa is being used for cellular backhaul, to provide mobile operators with the transmission capacity to connect switches (MSC) to base stations (BTS) beyond the reach of their terrestrial networks. Nearly a quarter of the total…

Telecoms

VOXTELECOM, TELKOM IN VOIP INTERCONNECT FIRST IN SOUTH AFRICA

DataPro-owned VoIP telephony provider, VoxTelecom, says that it has become the first VoIP provider to sign an interconnect agreement with Telkom, overcoming a major hurdle to the widespread adoption of…


Telecoms

WESTEL RECEIVES LICENCE TO OPERATE MOBILE SERVICE IN GHANA

The Ghanaian daily newspaper Graphic Ghana reports that Western Telesystems (WESTEL) Ghana Limited has been granted a licence by the regulator, the National Communications Authority (NCA), to operate a mobile…


Telecoms

NETWORKS MIGHT BILL IN FOREX IN ZIMBABWE

A new law that came into effect last week giving state phone company Tel*One a complete monopoly over international traffic could force Zimbabwean mobile service providers to charge international outgoing…


Telecoms

UGANDA OPENS UP TELECOMS SECTOR

Uganda's Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) on Wednesday completely liberalised its telecommunications infrastructure provisioning, effectively removing MTN Uganda and Uganda Telecom's exclusivity period. Until Wednesday, only MTN and Uganda Telecom's could…


Telecoms

SAFARICOM TO ROLL OUT TRIAL 3.5G SERVICE IN NAIROBI

Nairobi residents will soon be able to enjoy faster downloads of music, video and email to their cell phones. Safaricom last week said it would roll out 3.5G services, the…


Telecoms

"WE WILL NOT SHIELD STAFF WHO ARE CRIMINALS," GT MANAGEMENT WARNS

The management of Ghana Telecom (GT) company has made it clear that it will not shield its staff members found indulging in any criminal act such as stealing of cables…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to the Nigerian local paper this Day, the Minister of Communications, Dr. Obafemi Anibaba said that the federal government will soon auction the fourth GSM licence under the…


Internet

WIRELESS VOIP A REALITY WITH STORM AND SENTECH IN SOUTH AFRICA

A commercially installed wireless VoIP solution based on Sentech's BizNet Xpress has gone live thanks to the collaboration between VoIP supplier, Storm, and telecommunications company, Sentech, the companies say. A…


Internet

 ANGOLA TO INVEST IN ‘ADONIS’ SUBMARINE CABLE TO BOOST CONNECTIVITY

Angola’s Savings and Credits Bank (BPC) is set to provide USD70 million towards the rollout of a new submarine fibre-optic cable network which will connect the country’s coastal provinces, according…


Internet

INTERNET BODY GRAPPLES WITH MULTILINGUAL WEB ADDRESSES

  The organisation that manages the Internet's technical core on Wednesday said it was running tests to determine whether countries can register web addresses in their own language, an option…


Internet

 ERWIN COMES TO THE RESCUE ON THE BROADBAND WAGON IN SOUTH AFRICA

Details are still sketchy about what government intends to do with Infraco, a new company it unveiled last week to lower the cost of broadband. Which assets are in the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- SPI (Sanlam Private Investments) launched Sanlam iTrade, an online trading portal, giving investors who thrive on the adrenaline rush of trading on the Internet a new outlet for playing…


Computing

RWANDA FIRM STARTS PHONE BANKING

The advent of a mobile phone took the modern world by storm. The concept of a palm-size gadget that one can use to call, SMS or even beep anyone anywhere…


Computing

NIGERIA'S MULTIMILLION DOLLAR E-GOVT PROJECT CLAIMS SUCCESS

  An e-government project in Nigeria's Delta state, an oil producing region and one of the nation's most developed micro-economies, has reaped rewards, according to a government spokesman. Charles Nenyiaba,…


Computing

ZYBACAFE ALPHA VERSION OUT

  After nearly a year of design and months of coding, developer A.J. Venter was proud and happy to announce that the first alpha release of ZybaCafe is available. Venter…


Computing

UGANDA GOVERNMENT FAILS TO FUND ICT INCUBATOR

The long-awaited Information Communication Technologies incubation centre will not be set up after government failed to avail $600,000 (about Shs10.8 million) for the venture. The incubation centre, which was due…


Computing

PIRACY CREATES JOBS, FOSS CREATES OPPORTUNITIES

"Piracy creates jobs but free and open source software and open standards create opportunity and entrepreneurs." That was the word from Johannesburg-based Anriette Esterhuysen, executive director of the Association for…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Francophonie University Agency, AUF, run by the Paris-based International Francophonie Organisation, OIF, has opened a digital camp in Algiers, to assist Algerian researchers and students, OIF sources said…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- In Ethiopia activities are under way to make 200 rural kebeles in three states become beneficiaries of telephone services in the budget year, the Southeast Region of the Ethiopian…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MAROC TELECOM’S REVENUE UP BY 11.8%

Maroc Telecom first nine months revenues amounted to 17,083 MAD million, up 11.8% due to the strong momentum of all its activities. Third quarter consolidated revenues reached 6,195 MAD million,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VODAFONE BUYS 51% OF RAYA TELECOM

Mobile phone operator Vodafone Egypt and telecommunications group Raya Holding are in the process of handing over company shares, after a contract sale agreement, says Jihan Mahmoud, senior marketing executive…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SAFARICOM MAKES $12.77 MILLION PROFIT, A RECORD FOR REGION

Mobile company Safaricom has posted the biggest profit ever in East Africa - Ksh 12.77 billion ($174 million) - edging out listed company East African Breweries Ltd from the position…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- EMP Africa Management LP (“EMP Africa”) announced today that as of September 30, 2006 one of the Africa focused private equity funds it manages, the West Africa Growth Sicar…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ONE PERSON’S VIEW: ERIC OSIAKWAN ON OPEN ACCESS TO SAT

Since publishing the Open Access EASSy paper @ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/eric/ (you must read it to understand the article below), I have been challenged on the viability of Open Access to SAT3…


Digital Content

SOUTH AFRICAN B&BS NEED A WEB-LIFT FOR 2010

Last year, in addition to the already buzzing internal tourism industry, 7,3-million foreigners visited South Africa. For the most part, our tourism industry operates efficiently, with the result that a…


Digital Content

CAMEROON NORTH WEST PROVINCE ARTISTS ON THE NET

"Art is all about seeing"was the opening sentence of Till Forster at the launching of the North West Province artists website at the German Cultural Center last Wednesday, October 25th…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

-   Dave Gale of South Africa’s Storm is writing a very informative blog called the Digital Pilgrim: http://www.hittingthewire.co.za/ -   Alkatek, Inc. has announced the launch of Phase 2 of its…


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NTV GOES TO UGANDA IN A MONTH'S TIME

Nation Television will be launched in Uganda at the end of November. Preparations for the launch were at an advanced stage and the company was keen to see the launch…


Web and Mobile Data_old

M-NET UPGRADES EQUIPMENT IN R10M DEAL

M-Net says that it is putting in Avid ISIS technology for its Supersport production facilities. The deployment is expected to be completed by early December, and to go on air…


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PEOPLE

* Logicalis has named Ian Cook as CEO, says international ICT company Datatec Group. Cook will head up Datatec's IT infrastructure solutions and network integration business from the beginning of…


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EVENTS

- GSM-3G WORLD SERIES - NORTH AFRICA 8-9 November 2006, Sheraton Tunis Hotel, Tunis, Tunisia "What are the market impacts of additional competition and 3G licensing in North Africa? How…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

3G RADIO NETWORK CONSULTANT – SOUTH AFRICA The company is currently looking for a Senior 3G Radio Network Consultant with expertise in 3G Radio Network Design and Tuning. Applicants to…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

* ETHIOPIA AIRLINE AND SABRE IT Ethiopian airline Thursday announced the upgrading of its passenger service management by switching from SITA to Sabre IT system with effect from midnight of…