Issue no 341

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Tradenet launches market intel platform for buying and selling agricultural goods

Last Tuesday saw the launch of an initiative that will combine lessons learned from the success of peer-to-peer sites with agricultural market intelligence in Africa. And perhaps most interestingly of all, the goal is to leverage the mobile networks and their extensive reach into rural areas to do this.  ‘There’s been lots of coverage about farmers using mobiles to get prices. Lots of it was hype. We’ve learned a lot from the early mistakes and have developed what we would consider a market intelligence platform 2.0’ says Mark Davies, the investor behind Tradenet. ‘The point is not just to deliver…

Telecoms

NIGER ISSUES CALL FOR INTEREST AS IT GOES FOR MARKET LIBERALISATION

A week ago, the Multi-sector Regulatory Authority of Niger (ARM) published a call for interest for the provision of various telecommunication services in the country. Rémy Fekete from the French…


Telecoms

SONATEL FINED OVER US$0.5M BY REGULATOR FOR MOBILE NETWORK OUTAGES

The Senegalese regualator, the ARTP  has issued a decision on January 26th in which it fined, Sonatel, the national incumbent for an amount of 3.4 billion CFA francs ($631,779)  for…


Telecoms

NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MERGE NBC, NCC SOON

Nigerian Minister of Information and Communications, Mr. Frank Nweke Jnr said that the Federal Government may soon merge the country’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)…


Telecoms

WILL COMPETITION IN FIXED LINE REVERSE ITS DECLINE IN SUDAN?

The Sudanese fixed line market is in decline. The penetration level stood at a mere 1.6% by end of 2005. Meanwhile, the cellular market reflected a completely different growth pattern.…


Telecoms

CELTEL ANNOUNCES $1.4BN NETWORK EXPANSION PLAN IN NIGERIA

MTC Group has announced plans to inject $1.4 billion (N325 billion) in Celtel Nigeria within the next 19 months to expand its network. The MTC Group Chief Executive Officer and…


Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICA CELL OPERATORS FACE ICASA BID TO CUT COSTS OF ROUTING CALLS

A fresh attempt to force down the cost of phone calls is being made by the industry regulator, with a move to slash the fees local operators charge to route…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Econet Wireless has written to the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) demanding that the regulator reverses the award of the second national operator (SNO) tender to Reliance Consortium. Econet…


Internet

KENYAN GOVERNMENT SIGNS US2.7M CONTRACT WITH TYCO

Last Wednesday the Kenyan Government signed a $2.7 million (Sh191 million) contract with Tyco Telecommunications to fund a survey on the construction of a fibre-optic link to Fujairah in the…


Internet

EGYPT BLOGGERS REVEAL NEW TORTURE CASE

  Egypt's politically active blogger community has brought to light another torture case against the regime's security services amid a rising tide of outrage over police brutality. On Saturday, lawyers…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICAN BANK MUM ON INTERNET TROUBLES

Standard Bank has still not formally explained glitches with its recent upgrade of its Internet banking interface. Consumers complain the site does not work with Firefox and Safari browsers. Others…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- New Skies Satellite says it will continue to serve existing customers without interruption despite losing its NSS-9 satellite in a spectacular fireball as it was launched in the Pacific…


Computing

TECHNOLOGY KEY TO SUCCESS AT DISCOVERY HEALTH IN SOUTH AFRICA

  The operations at Discovery Health, which is said to be the largest medical scheme in SA, with about 1,9m lives, depend to a large extent on the effectiveness and…


Computing

 RWANDA TO OFFER REGIONAL ICT SCHOLARSHIPS

Rwanda intends to offer Information and Communication Technology (ICT) scholarships to students from Eastern and Central African states. The disclosure was made by Prof Romain Murenzi, the Minister in the…


Computing

GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHES CENTRALISED DATA BASE IN TANZANIA

The government, through the National Statistics Bureau has launched a comprehensive and centralised public statistical database.  Speaking during the launch of the Tanzania Integrated Statistical Database (TISD), Permanent Secretary, Ministry…


Computing

LINUX PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTE LAUNCHES LPIC-3

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) last week announced the new LPIC-3 certification programme. The LPIC-3 is the organisation's highest level distribution-neutral Linux certification and is targeted at Linux professionals providing…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has pledged to support the Mozambican Institute of Information and Communications Technologies (MICTI) in training its middle-level technical staff, according to Mozambique's news…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Latest statistics released by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) show that the country's telecom sector now boasts of about 34 million telephone lines, made up of 32,265,827 mobile lines…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VODACOM LOOKS AT R7.5BN BLACK CAP

Vodacom is planning to use an agreement thrashed out by the hi-tech sector to sell shares worth R7.5bn and still be considered sufficiently black-owned. The company said last week that…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TRANSPARENCY ISSUES DOG $400M GSM DEAL IN NIGERIA

The recent announcement by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) that Mubadala Development of United Arab Emirates has been offered Nigeria’s fifth GSM slot for $400million has raised issues about how…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VODAFONE SAYS MYSTERY MOBITELEA STAKE IN SAFARICOM OWNED BY “CHANNEL ISLANDS COMPANY”

The mystery over the owners of the company deepened last week when Vodafone (UK) Ltd declined to reveal the local shareholders of Mobitelea, said to own a five per cent…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ONLINE AUCTIONEERS BUY INTO JUMP TECHNOLOGIES

Global internet auction company bidorbuy.com has bought 22% of Jump Internet Technologies, the brains behind the local online shopping comparison website, Jump Shopping. The size of the deal was not…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MPS QUESTION UTL PHONE DEAL WITH SUDAN FIRM

MPS have questioned the deal between uganda telecom (utl) and a Sudanese company called Gemtel. The legislators want the information and communication technology minister, Ham Muliira, to explain the contract…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Mincom, a software and service provider will be acquired by Francisco Partners in an all cash transaction valued at AUS$315m (R1.85bn).  Francisco Partners proposes to acquire all shares and…


Digital Content

LAUNCH OF A FREE ONLINE MARKET PLACE FOR SECOND-HAND TELECOM EQUIPMENTS

Allforsite has recently launched a market place where telecom operators and contractors can buy and sell second-hand telecom equipment (products that have already been used and dismantled, but that are…


Digital Content

CAREERJUNCTION LAUNCHES CV2RESUME ONLINE

CareerJunction says that it has launched a technology that will transform the face of local online recruitment.  CV2Resume is designed to convert CVs from a variety of formats into a…


Web and Mobile Data_old

HITV BREAKS DSTV MONOPOLY, BEGINS OPERATION - EXPLOITATION OF NIGERIANS UNACCEPTABLE, SAYS NWEKE

Monopoly in Nigeria's pay-television industry hitherto enjoyed by South Africa's Multic-hoice, owners of DSTV, was finally broken yesterday when an indigenous firm, Entertainment Highway Limited (HITV), began commercial broadcast in…


Web and Mobile Data_old

NTV BACK ON AIR IN UGANDA

NTV Uganda is back on air. The Nation Media Group station had been switched off on Saturday by the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation at the direction of the Uganda Broadcasting Council.…


Web and Mobile Data_old

BROADCAST DIGITAL UPGRADE WILL BOOST JOBS AND SKILLS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Upgrading the national broadcasting infrastructure from analogue to digital at a likely cost of R2bn is an opportunity to create more hi-tech jobs, boost IT skills and invigorate local television…


Web and Mobile Data_old

Convergence News - In Brief

- South African customers  may soon be able to upgrade to digital television viewing with financial help from the state as the communications department debates whether to subsidise the purchase…


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PEOPLE

Mike Frayne, co-founder and former executive Chairman of Intec Telecom Systems, joins VoluBill as a non -executive Director.


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EVENTS

MEETING AFRICA’S BANKING NEEDS: WORLD-CLASS OR ALL-CLASS BANKING SYSTEMS?” 5-8 February 2007, Nairobi, Kenya The African Banking Technology Conference will provide the region’s banking community with in-depth briefings from African…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

SENIOR LEVEL OPPORTUNITIES IN ICT – EAST AFRICA The company is a key player in the Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) sector within the East Africa region and has interests…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

GLOBACOM AND ALCATEL - NIGERIA Nigeria's second national operator (SNO) in telecommunication Globacom and global solutions provider Alcatel-Lucent have entered into a $600 million (about N78 billion) network expansion deal.…