Issue no 338

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FLAG TELECOM ANNOUNCES IT WILL BUILD KENYA-SOUTH AFRICA FIBRE ROUTE

India’s Reliance Communications is planning to spend US$1.5 billion on four more new undersea cables, rolling out the FLAG Telecom network to an additional 23 countries and upgrading its entire system to next-generation IP infrastructure. An African route will connect Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Madagascar and Mauritius. Flag Telecom has already four shortlisted contractors for building the cable and will issue contracts shortly. Although it is cagy about timings, it says that all four phases of its plans (including Africa) will be completed within three years. The model used to raise capital for its Falcon cable gives some indication…

Telecoms

GET READY TO DIAL WITH 10 DIGITS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Fixed-line operator Telkom says systems are ready for the migration to 10-digit dialling, which begins next Tuesday. From January 16, fixed-line users, like their cellphone counterparts, will have to dial…


Telecoms

NIGERIA GRANTS UAE FIRM  5TH MOBILE LICENCE

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has offered a Unified Access Service Licence to Emirates-owned Mubadala Development Company. The licence includes the fifth and last spectrum in the Global Service for…


Telecoms

EGYPTIANS CROSS FINGERS AS LOSER CRIES TELEPHONY FOUL IN KENYA

A bid by an Egyptian firm to buy a 70 per cent stake in Kenya's tottering multi-million telephony gadgets assembling firm, Gilgil Telecommunications Industries, has hit a hitch after a…


Telecoms

NIGERIA’S NCC TO OFFER 3G LICENCES BUT ARE THEY VIABLE?

  With a fast-growing market, it could be a good time to look into the potential of 3G, some might say, and certainly the Nigerian Communications Commission seems to feel…


Telecoms

MTC REACHES OUT TO REMOTE AREAS IN NAMIBIA WITH SATELLITE

The country's first mobile phone operator, Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), has invested N$17 million in satellite technology that will expand its network to remote places. In an interview, MTC spokesperson…


Telecoms

LIVING WITH NEW MARKETING TRICKS IN GAMBIA

At the beginning of December Gambians were treated to what was in fact the first instance of a marketing gimmick the like of which they had never seen before. The…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- A new telecom firm, Yo, Uganda Ltd is to provide cheaper  international calling services using VoIP after successful tests. This is the second company that has come up with…


Internet

EASSY PROJECT DISPUTE TAKES NEW TWIST

The protracted wrangle between the NEPAD's e-Africa Commission and a consortium of companies that initially conceived the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) project now looks set to result in…


Internet

TERRACOM AND MTN TO TUSSLE OVER GOVERNMENT DEAL IN RWANDA

Terracom and MTN Rwandacell are set to compete for the provision of internet services in the country, after a two-year contract that the government signed with the former expired amid…


Internet

EGYPT MOVES TOWARD WIRELESS BROADBAND REGULATION

Egypt’s National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) is pushing forward with its second phase plans to introduce Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) regulation in Egypt. The regulator has announced a conference to…


Internet

ANTI-FRAUD SITE CREATOR TAKES ON THE FRAUDSTERS

In a new book published at the end of last year called Greetings in Jesus Name!, author Mike Berry describes how he and a network of anti-fraud activists have taken…


Internet

SHOPPERS GET THE HANG OF BUYING ONLINE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Local consumers are finally catching up with the rest of the world, with more of them going online to shop, according to auction company bidorbuy, which has seen a steady…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Canada's Infotec Business Systems Inc, which uses webcams to broadcast live footage of wild animals on the web, says its 'Africam' site has captured the first live kill of…


Computing

EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY IS MOVING TOWARDS REGIONAL E-GOVERNMENT

The East African Community (EAC) is in the process developing and having a harmonised e-government strategy. This will act as an add-on onto the other objectives of the sub-regional grouping…


Computing

E-COMMERCE IN NIGERIA - WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS

Today, thanks to e-payment solution companies like MasterCard, InterSwitch, VisaCard and e-transact, Nigerians can not only pay, withdraw or transfer funds anywhere in the country, they can also make purchases…


Computing

SECOND LIFE OPENS TO DEVELOPERS

Linden Lab, creator of 3D virtual world Second Life, is releasing the code of its viewer application to the open source community. Developers can now make modifications and add new…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The central bank of DRC has announced that it is going to roll out a new accounting and financial software at the beginning of February 2007. The bank is…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- MTSFirst,wireless  in  Nigeria has reduced its tariffs for subscribers on its Per Second Billing platform. The telecommunications outfit announced in a statement made available today disclosed that the new…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

GLOBACOM TO TAKEOVER WESTEL IN GHANA?

Speculation is rife that Nigeria’s SNO, Globacom is set to take over the operations of Westel communications in Ghana. Westel was granted a license to operate a mobile service late…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MYSTERY SURROUNDS WAR VETS ASSOCIATION'S TELECEL SHARES IN ZIMBABWE

Mystery surrounds the sale of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association's shares in Telecel Zimbabwe's second largest shareholder, the Empowerment Corporation, with several legitimate members in the dark over…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SETPOINT SHARE RALLIES ON TALK OF POSSIBLE TAKEOVER OFFERS

Shareholders in SetPoint Technology seem eager for a shake-up within the industrial hi-tech group, with its shares surging 28% on news that it may no longer survive as a stand-alone…


Digital Content

NAMIBIA GOVERNMENT  WEBSITES INACCURATE, SOME UNCHANGED SINCE 1999

Judging by the outdated information on the Namibian Government's website, Namibia seems not to have made it into the new millennium yet. The Internet address - www.grnnet.gov.na - takes the…


Digital Content

‘WHITE ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT’ WEBSITE LAUNCHED

A new website, formed to assist white people in business to ‘take action to survive economically’, was recently launched. The White Economic Forum ( http://www.blankeekonomieseforum.org/Englishindex.html ), a website for white…


Digital Content

WEB MAPS SHOW OLD VIEWS OF AFRICA 

A collection of rare maps of Africa, dating from 1530 to 1915, has been made freely available on the internet by Northwestern University in the US. Curator David Easterbrook says…


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JUMPTV SIGNS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH ORASCOM'S LINKDOTNET

JumpTV Inc, the world's leading broadcaster of ethnic television over the Internet, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with LINKdotNET to market all of JumpTV's channels on a subscription basis…


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MULTICHOICE RELAUNCHES DSTV BOUQUET IN ZIMBABWE

Multichoice Africa has relaunched the DStv Compact bouquet, now featuring 25 satellite television channels and more than 50 music and radio channels. DStv Compact is designed as an alternative to…


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EVENTS

DIGITAL BROADCASTING SWITCHOVER FORUM 2007 29th January – 1st February 2007. InterContinental Sandton Sun & Towers, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa Hosted by ICASA and organised by the CTO  the digital…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

CUSTOMER PROJECT MANAGER - NETWORK ROLL OUT – SOUTH AFRICA The company is looking  for an Ericsson & Huawei experienced Customer Project Manager to be based in South Africa. The…