Issue no 332

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Kenya begins the countdown to cheap international fibre

It’s like waiting for a matatu. You wait for ages and none come along. But just when you’re about to give up hope, three come along at the same time, all trying to come to a screaming halt in front of you. Kenya now has three (or more) potential international fibre projects that could be complete within 12 months. Each one is loudly proclaiming that it will deliver cheap international bandwidth. Russell Southwood took the temperature in the market last week about what the impact of this bandwidth will be upon the market. The Kenya Government has signed an MOU…

Telecoms

NUMBER PORTABILITY IS LIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA

This week saw South Africa become the first country on the continent to offer mobile users number portability. Predictably some of the mobile operators – most notably Vodacom – were…


Telecoms

KENYAN GOVERNMENT DARES ECONET TO SUE OVER GSM LICENCE

Differences between the Kenya government and Econet Wireless International, bubbled to the surface when the Permanent Secretary for Information and Communication Dr Bitange Ndemo told the firm's executive director Zachary…


Telecoms

VODACOM'S TOUGH CALL AFTER BELATED EXPANSION NOD

There is a bittersweet tinge to the confirmation that Vodacom finally has shareholder approval to go forth and multiply. For years Vodacom has watched in frustration as rivals MTN, Celtel…


Telecoms

MUGABE DEMANDS AGENCY, PROFIT SHARE FROM TELECEL

After failing in his clandestine bid to buy a stake in Telecel Zimbabwe, Leo Mugabe is now demanding that the telecommunications company surrenders part of its profits to him. He…


Telecoms

NIGERIA WILL BE AFRICA’S LARGEST PHONE MARKET

Nigeria is set to take over from South Africa as the largest mobile phone market in Africa by the end of 2007. This information was disclosed by Informa Telecoms &…


Telecoms

COPPER THIEVES CONTINUE TO BE A PLAGUE FOR AFRICAN TELCOS

This week, there are three further reports of damaging copper cable thefts from Namibia Telecom, Uganda Telecom and Telkom Kenya. Telecom Namibia says it has suffered losses amounting to N$760…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Airtel Seychelles has set up its second international gateway at its headquarters in Providence, doubling capacity in response to increased international voice and data traffic. The new gateway operates…


Internet

CAPE TOWN WISPS TO FORM INDUSTRY BODY AFTER REGULATOR ASKS FOR LICENCES

Cape Town-based wireless Internet service providers (ISPs) have a new sense of urgency to form their own industry body. This comes after a number of them received letters from the…


Internet

NIGERIA’S HYPERIA SELECTS MAGNAQUEST’S MQSUBSCRIBE

Nigerian ISP Hyperia has selected MagnaQuest’s Convergent Customer Management & Billing solution (CM&B), MQSubscribe . It will enable Hyperia to manage its Internet and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) billing…


Internet

POWERLINE TECHNOLOGY SUPPLIER GTS APPLIES FOR SA PAY TV LICENCE

  Live transmission of quality TV and video requires at least 5Mbps, whereas South Africa currently only has 0.5Mbps actual speed — one-tenth of the speed required, says Patrice Lasserre,…


Internet

DATAPRO ENTERS 3G/HSDPA MARKET TO OFFER BROADBAND INTERNET

Datapro has decided to tap into the mobile broadband market and will now be offering 3G/HSDPA services to its customers. Simon Butler, product manager for broadband solutions at Datapro, stated…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Côte d’Ivoire Télécom (CI-Télécom) is reportedly planning a XOF1.5 billion (USD2.9 million) investment in ADSL services. Local newspaper Le Patriote quotes the telco’s CEO Bruno Kone who outlined the…


Computing

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPROVES E-PASSPORT FOR NIGERIANS

The Federal Government has approved the production and imple-mentation of the Electronic Passport in the country to meet the standards of other countries of the world. The approval was given…


Computing

SA’S ICT R & D SPENDING IS NOT TURNING INTO PATENTS

While SA is spending on R&D, this is not filtering through to patent level. Dr Andrew Paterson, research director of the Education Science and Skills Development Research Programme at the…


Computing

KNOWLEDGETREE RELEASES TECH PREVIEW

The Cape Town-based developers of open source document management system KnowledgeTree, have released a technology preview of the forthcoming version 3.3. The team says the new version has significant user…


Computing

IGNORANCE OF E-WASTE PUTS CORPORATES AT HIGH RISK

Many of SA's corporates are apathetic towards the environmental legacy that is being created through incorrect e-waste management. That is according to Allan Werth, CEO of African Sky, who says…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Multi links,Nigeria, a private telephone operator has unveiled the first mobile phone -  the Motorola V3M, RAZR -  to run on a CDMA network in Nigeria. Multilinks stated that…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ORASCOM TELECOM’S REVENUE UP BY 35%

Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH) has announced its consolidated results for the third quarter 2006. It has posted a 37% increase in third quarter EBITDA as its group mobile subscriber base…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

BANKS PUT TOGETHER $80 MILLION TO BAIL OUT TELKOM KENYA

Cash-strapped Kenyan incumbent Telkom Kenya has been given the go-ahead to raise a considerable sum to bail it out after Vodafone gave the Kenya Government the go-ahead to offer a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICA TELKOM EARNINGS UP BY 11%

  Telkom posted a 10,6% rise in first-half earnings today - at the top end of forecasts - and said a pact blocking its cellphone unit Vodacom from expanding in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

PARACON BENEFITS FROM 'STRONG DEMAND' FOR IT SKILLS

Technology staffing supplier Paracon has pushed up its profit by more than a third after enjoying a "significant demand" for the hi-tech skills it places in both permanent and contract…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- An international satellite reseller is in the market looking to make acquisitions in sub-Saharan Africa. - Steady improvement in Dimension Data's global operations saw the hi-tech group ratchet up…


Digital Content

MTN LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE ALL-IN-ONE VOICEMAIL-EMAIL SOLUTION

MTN has launched an all-in-one mail service called i-Mail (MTN Integrated Mail), a new fully integrated and flexible web based mailbox management service.   The new i-Mail service is offered…


Web and Mobile Data_old

THE IMPACT OF DIGITAL BROADCASTING ON FILM DISTRIBUTION

Content originators and content distributors agree that a lot more work needs to be done to empower Africa's filmmakers. The emergence of mobile tv, and IPTV have not reduced the…


Web and Mobile Data_old

Convergence News - In Brief

- Multichoice is now offering KBC Channel 1 and NTV all over Kenya on Dstv.


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PEOPLE

* The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) meeting in Antalya, Turkey has elected Dr. Hamadoun I. Toure of the Republic of Mali as its next Secretary-General, while Mr. Houlin Zhao of…


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EVENTS

- WIRELESS BROADBAND AFRICA –EAST AFRICA 29 November –1 December 2006, Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya AITEC Africa is hosting the first Wireless Broadband Forums in Nairobi. Leading developers and suppliers…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* MGW R4 ENGINEER - MADAGASCAR The company is looking at an engineer that has at least 5 years proven Network Management with emphasis on MGw R4 activities for the…