Issue no 344

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The convergence moment – Gateway launches pan-African pay-TV service

African communications provider Gateway Communications this week announced that it would launch GTV, a pan-African pay-TV delivered service. By lowering the price of its service it will create some competition in what thus far has been a largely uncompetitive area. But whilst there has been much talk about convergence, this move is the first major scale, pan-African investment in broadcast content by a telecoms connectivity provider. Russell Southwood talks to Gateway’s President Julian McIntyre about what prompted this move. GTV will provide a variety of content at a more affordable subscription to its main rival DSTV, including sport, movies, popular…

Telecoms

LIBYA TO PRIVATISE MOBILE PHONE SECTOR

Libya is planning to privatise its mobile phone sector next week as part of a programme of wider economic reforms, the son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi said Thursday. "The…


Telecoms

MTL ATTACKED FOR FAILING TO ROLL OUT NETWORK IN MALAWI

Information and Tourism Minister Patricia Kaliati on Wednesday accused the Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) of failing to roll out one year after its privatisation saying many people are still facing…


Telecoms

COMMUNICATION REGULATOR CAPS MOBILE TARIFFS AT SH30 IN KENYA

Mobile phone users will now pay a maximum of Sh30 on calls regardless of the tariff they are in. Industry regulator, Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), on Thursday ordered Safaricom…


Telecoms

GHANA’S REGULATOR ASKS SERVICE PROVIDERS TO GIVE ACCURATE INFORMATION

The Acting Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Major J. R. K. Tandoh (Rtd) has stressed the need for service providers to always give accurate, sufficient as well as…


Telecoms

UCC TO SPEND $100 MILLION IN RURAL AREAS IN UGANDA

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is to spend over $100m (sh176b) on development of Information Technology (IT) infrastructure in rural areas, an official has said. The commission's fund manager for…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Ugandan Parliament is set to involve Interpol in investigations concerning an interconnection deal between Uganda telecom and Gemtel Limited. - The Congolese government has been testing video calling…


Internet

MTN CUTS DATA RATES IN SOUTH AFRICA

MTN has reduced rates on data contracts and data bundles by up to 20%. MTN customers can now also pay as little as 20c per MB when buying the 1GB…


Internet

UUNET LAUNCHES VIDEO-CONFERENCE SERVICE IN KENYA

UUNET Kenya, a local business communications provider has finalised plans to launch video conferencing facilities in the country. The intended introduction of the service so far limited to such institutions…


Internet

TRANS-KALAHARI PROJECT TO BOOST CONNECTIVITY IN BOTSWANA

The Trans-Kalahari project, which will cover an approximate 2000 kilometres of optical fibre, has the potential to change the country's ICT infrastructure. Marking the ground-breaking launch of the Botswana Telecommunications…


Internet

ISPA UPBEAT ABOUT TRANSPARENT SOUTH AFRICAN REGULATOR ON ADSL REGULATIONS

The public call by The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) for input regarding the ADSL regulations published in the Government Gazette in August 2006 was answered by the Internet…


Internet

EGYPT JAILS DISSIDENT BLOGGER FOR FOUR YEARS

An Egyptian court sentenced a dissident blogger to four years in prison Thursday for insulting Islam and defaming President Hosni Mubarak. The court, in the second city of Alexandria, sentenced…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Internet Society of South Africa (ISOC-ZA) has officially launched the Spam Bounty Hunter Programme. This is intended to provide information on spam, how to deal with it, when…


Computing

CABINET GOES FOR OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE IN SOUTH AFRICA

The South African cabinet has reconfirmed a commitment to use more free and open source software in government departments to slash its technology running costs and increase the opportunities for…


Computing

COMPUTERISATION OF ELECTORAL REGISTERS ACCELERATES IN CAMEROON

The Minister of State, Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation (MINATD), Marafa Hamidou Yaya in a press conference stated that the computerisation of the voters' registers has already started in…


Computing

MOZAMBIQUE SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH MICROSOFT

The Mozambican government signed in Maputo on Wednesday a partnership agreement with the multinational computer company Microsoft. The document, valid for three years, was signed between Science and Technology Minister…


Computing

MATHEMATICS GET MORE INTERACTIVE WITH CD-ROM IN MAURITIUS

Teachers, blamed for their traditional approach in the classroom, often argue that there are no tools to help them to be more innovative. To respond to this need, the Mauritius…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigerian Yellow Pages, one of the largest business directories of business in Nigeria has improved its services with the release of Auto-Run-CD-ROM, Nigeria Yellow Pages for Window, Internet Browser…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Namibia Telecom reported a service outage in the North - area code 065 – last Monday. This was due to Telecom Nambia carrying out software upgrades at the Oshakati…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TELKOM BUYS AFRICA ONLINE – WARRING BUYERS AGREE

The African Lakes Corporation Limited and Africa Telecoms Company Limited announced that they have reached agreement with Telkom SA, clearing the way for the sale of Africa Online. In particular,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTC ANNOUNCES A RECORD NET INCOME OF USD 1.051 BILLION FOR YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2006

As of December 31 2006, MTC Group was operating on 2 continents and was serving 27.037 million active customers – an increase of 98% compared to the same period last…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VODAFONE STAKE IN SAFARICOM IS INDIRECT

The complex web of Vodafone's involvement with Safaricom in Kenya has been revealed by a UK newspaper. The foreign firm's involvement in Safaricom is indirect through the shell company Mobitelea…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET EYES CONTROLLING STAKE IN TELECOM LESOTHO

Econet Wireless Holdings is expected to exercise its rights to buy a controlling stake in Telecom Lesotho, the sole fixed-line operator in the tiny mountain kingdom completely surrounded by South…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

THE COURT STOPS SALE OF TELKOM SUBSIDIARY IN KENYA

The intended privatisation of Gilgil Telecommunications Industries has been stopped by the High Court. One of the losing bidders, Muringa HoldingsLtd got the temporary orders stopping the execution of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

UGANDA GOVERNMENT IS NOT SELLING ITS UTL SHARES

The Government is not selling its shares in uganda telecom (utl), a statement from the information and communications technology (ICT) ministry has revealed. "We wish to clarify that Ucom, a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EARNINGS FALL AT BUSINESS CONNEXION IN SOUTH AFRICA

Telkom's potential acquisition of Business Connexion is just one of three events that weighed on the technology group's financial performance for the six months to November. Disappointing results show its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Time has now been called on potential investors to subscribe to shares in Transnational Corporation (Transcorp), which owns 75% of Nigeria’s incumbent telco NITEL and its mobile subsidiary M-Tel.…


Digital Content

PREPARE FOR ADVERTISING AND FLOOD OF SPAM ON YOUR CELL

The money-grabbing cellphone industry is plotting its revenge on ungrateful consumers. Customers have blithely ignored fancy services like television, video conferencing and internet access on their handsets despite the operators,…


Digital Content

PHONES BOOST WAR AGAINST CRIME IN KENYA

The use of cell phones to track down criminals in the country is a fairly new system which has paid dividends. While many assume that cell phones are private, what…


Digital Content

NASTY CYBER WARS AS KALONZO WEBSITE IS HACKED IN KENYA

Kalonzo backs Raila for President", said Kalonzo Musyoka's official website on Thursday as all visitors were automatically redirected to Raila Odinga's official campaign website for this year's General Election. The…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Cabinet in South Africa has expressed concern over recent hoax e-mails and SMS text messages concerning the health of former President Nelson Mandela and has called on the…


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NEW TUNE ON PIRACY

The entertainment industry, worried about piracy of digital content, is turning to onerous antipiracy schemes using digital rights management (DRM) technologies. But consumers don’t like DRM and it may be…


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PEOPLE

- Bill Hoggarth, country manager of SAS a software company has become responsible for directly overseeing the Africa and Middle East region. - Professor Peter E Kinyanjui has been appointed…


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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

ERICSSON CUSTOMER PROJECT MANAGER – SOUTHERN AFRICA The company is looking for an experienced Ericsson Customer Project Manager. Must have at previous experience on Ericsson Project Management. The ideal candidate…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

NEOTEL, CISCO AND DIMENSION DATA – SOUTH AFRICA Neotel has awarded components of its infrastructure roll-out to Cisco, through its partner, Dimension Data Africa. The two companies will provide the…