Issue no 335

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Blame the foreigner - Ghana Telecom’s Norwegian management kicked out

Ghanaian press reports were full of jubilant crowing that the Norwegian contract managers Telenor were kicked out of Ghana Telecom in the run-up to privatisation scheduled for June 2007 (watch for almost inevitable slippage on that date). Whilst the reports were full of the under-performance of the company’s contract managers, there was little discussion of the company’s considerable problems (including under-investment by the Government) or even the under-performance of some of the company’s staff. In the blame game, it’s always easier to blame foreigners than those closer to home. Ask Nigeria’s politicians who did much the same with Nitel. According…

Telecoms

DON'T GO IT ALONE ON EASSY, TELONE URGED BY ZIMBABWE GOVERNMENT

Public telephone provider TelOne should involve other players in the East Africa Submarine Cable Network project for it to raise the required foreign currency, the Portfolio Committee on Transport and…


Telecoms

EGYPTIAN FIRM TO PARTNER WITH TELKOM IN KENYA

An Egyptian company has won the tender for joint ownership of Telkom Kenya's loss-making handsets division. The Egyptian Telephone Company beat five bidders, including Kenya Power and Lighting Company to…


Telecoms

DHABI GROUP TO INVEST $150-200M IN WIMAX MOBILE COMPANY IN UGANDA

An Abu Dhabi Group is seeking a license to start a new mobile phone company in Uganda. Business Editor Paul Busharizi interviewed Bashir Ahmad Tahir about his plans. QUESTION. Who…


Telecoms

SA’S TELECOMS ACTION GROUP TO TAKE ON TELKOM IN HIGH-PROFILE CONSUMER CAMPAIGN

The Telecoms Action Group, which raised in excess of R 5,000,000 from disgruntled telecoms consumers for a campaign to highlight problems in this arena, has set a date for their…


Telecoms

MOZAMBIQUE PREPARES THIRD MOBILE LICENCE

The government of Mozambique has approved plans to award the country’s third cellular licence in the first quarter of next year. Reuters quotes Transport and Communications Minister Antonio Munguambe, who…


Telecoms

MADAGASCAR’S TELMA HITS 13,000 SUBSCRIBERS

Madagascar’s incumbent Telma officially launched its own mobile network this week. It has rolled out its network to 20 towns across Madagascar and has attracted 13,000 active subscribers during its…


Telecoms

AFRICAN COMMUNITY MEDIA AND TELECENTRES STEP FORWARD TOGETHER IN BENIN

The first Africa Telecentre Leaders’ Forum concluded last week in Porto Novo, Benin. The forum brought together community media, telecentre and network leaders from across the continent to share their…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Egypt’s Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH) has signed up its 50 millionth subscriber, adding 20 million new users across its subsidiaries in less then twelve months, the company said in…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICA’S ASA SAYS IBURST IS NOT BROADBAND

What constitutes broadband came into sharp focus this week in South Africa. An Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) ruling that iBurst may not advertise its product as broadband…


Internet

AFRICA FORMS INTEREST GROUP WITH ICANN

African participants at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting in Sao Paulo have formed a unified body that will articulate issues from participants drawn from various…


Internet

TUNISIE TELECOM SUCCESSFULLY TEST LAUNCHES WIMAX IN TUNIS

Tunisie Telecom has announced that it has recently successfully tested an experimental Wimax network in the northern Tunis suburbs. The move shows that Tunisia 's largest telephone operator with some…


Internet

GET CONNECTED WITH FREE VOIP HANDBOOK

"The idea of using the Internet as an alternative to the telephone network is not new, but the software that makes it possible certainly is revolutionary." This is according to…


Internet

LOW-COST VOICE AND DATA WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY BOOSTS FORT PORTAL IN UGANDA

Near Fort Portal, where power outages occur daily, four remote villages are harnessing solar-powered computers, wireless networks and telephones to help farmers compete in the regional economy. The computer-and-telephone system,…


Internet

ONLINE RECRUITMENT BOOMS IN SOUTH AFRICA

The rapid growth in online recruitment in the past five years is likely to continue as more people gain access to the Internet, says Inge de Klerk, general sales manager…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Netcom Africa emerged winner of the ISP of the year award at the annual Nigerian Information Technology and Telecom Awards (NITTA) ceremony . - Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) has…


Computing

CONTROVERSIAL ICT MASTER PLAN TENDER CANCELLED IN ETHIOPIA

The push to complete a national ICT master plan that would eventually connect federal offices nationwide was stymied recently when the Ethiopian Information and Communication Technology Development Agency (EICTDA) suddenly…


Computing

TANZANIA, GHANA TO SIGN AGREEMENT ON TAX SOFTWARE

The Revenue Agencies Governing Board (RAGB) and the Tanzanian Revenue Authority (TRA) would sign an agreement on Wednesday to grant Ghana the rights and utilization of automated tax mechanism software…


Computing

OPEN COURSE WARE MOVEMENT BROADENING GLOBAL ACCESS TO EDUCATION

When the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced in 2001 that it was planning to offer free online access to educational materials from hundreds of its course offerings, the university…


Computing

UN MOVES TO TACKLE GROWING E-WASTE MENACE

The United Nations (UN) has initiated moves to curb inherent dangers posed in donations of developed countries of old possibly toxic computers, mobile phones and televisions, which could pose a…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Mindset Network, a South African NGO, was announced the winner of the 2006 Development Gateway Award. The award issues a $100,000 cash prize as acknowledgement of excellence in the…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Millicom Ghana Limited, operators of TIGO cellular network has been asked to give priority to the coverage of newly created districts in its expansion programme. Within the next one…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IT GETS DARKER ALL THE TIME IN TELKOMLAND: THE HIGH COST OF TELCORDIA DISPUTE

Last week, this column noted how Telkom had been roughed up by the Supreme Court of Appeal, and how it now faces the very real prospect of paying up to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

DELTA CAPITAL CAPITALISES ON BOOMING MARKET

Delta Capital has launched a US$75 million regional telecoms fund, to allow investors to take advantage of the strong growth in the industry. The Delta Capital Middle East and North…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

DATATEC TAKES OVER UK HARDWARE, SOFTWARE AND SERVICES COMPANY

Technology group Datatec has made the first move to spend some of the £13,9m it raised through a secondary listing in London, by spending £6m on a UK company. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

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ISSUE 334: BATTLE FOR CHEAP EDUCATION COMPUTER HOTS UP I read about the cheap laptops in Balancing Act today. I have been wondering at Negroponte's success at deceiving the ICT4D…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VODAFONE GROUP RAISES STAKE IN EGYPT SUBSIDIARY

Vodafone Group raised its majority stake in Vodafone Egypt on Sunday in a deal worth 1.15 billion Egyptian pounds (101 million pounds), the stock exchange and a company official said…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

BTC TRANSFORMATION YIELDING RESULTS

The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has increased its profit to a record P138.9 million, representing a 17.7 percent revenue growth from P118.1 million the previous year. "Our aim is to…


Digital Content

MORE TURN TO THE INTERNET FOR NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA

The number of people reading the news online is continuing to rise month by month, with traditional media titles steadily pushing up their online readership. More than 2,6-million South Africans…


Digital Content

EASTERN CAPE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH GOES ONLINE

The Department of Health in the Eastern Cape has launched a new innovative website to provide members of the public with easy access to government programmes and services. The website…


Web and Mobile Data_old

WILL SA LICENSE CELLPHONE TV?

Diverse views prevailed at a workshop of telecoms experts in South Africa about the legalities of licensing television on mobiles in South Africa. Speaking at a workshop on the country’s…


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PEOPLE

* Cassandra Gabriel has been appointed as chair of the board of the Universal Services and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA). She will succeed Chose Choeu. * Moss Gondwe…


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EVENTS

- BROADBAND SUMMIT 2007 26-27 February 2007, Southern Sun, Grayston, South Africa South Africa faces a huge broadband demand, from all sides. However, the broadband access media and business strategies…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* IMPLEMENTATION MANAGER – NIGER The company is currently looking for a Senior Implementation Manager with expertise in the following areas; Management of AXE, OSS, CS3, MM implementation. Applicant must…