Issue no 345

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Somalia’s civil war hides steady growth of internet services

Despite continuing unrest, Somalia has taken the first tentative steps towards establishing a national government and AU peacekeepers have begun to arrive. It’s too early to say whether some sort of peace will take hold but behind the seemingly endless news of civil war, the Internet has been developing apace. Somalia was one of the last African countries to get connected to the Internet after the country established its first ISP in 1999. But today the country has internet connectivity to almost 53% of the whole area of the country and the Internet business is mushrooming in the country and…

Telecoms

TCRA REPORTS FALLING NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RATES IN TANZANIA

Tanzania’s telecoms regulator the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has published data showing a significant reduction in the cost of both national and international calls in the country over the…


Telecoms

CABINET PLACES SEMI-RESTRICTIONS ON TELECOM NAMIBIA’S FIXED WIRELESS SERVICE

The Namibian cabinet has placed a local restriction on Telecom Namibia’s fixed wireless product, restricting it to a town or settlement area. Rather surprisingly the Namibian Cabinet seems to stand…


Telecoms

NIGERIAN COMMUNICATION COMMISSION REVIEWS LICENSING POLICY

In a bid to facilitate entry into the telecommunications market in the country and ensure that Nigeria becomes an information-rich society, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has reviewed its licensing…


Telecoms

GAMBIA’S GAMTEL COMMISSIONS NEW EARTH STATION ANTENNA

President Yahya Jammeh commissioned two antennae donated by the Global Voice to Gamtel at the Abuko Earth station. Speaking at the commissioning of the antennae at the Abuko Earth Station,…


Telecoms

LAGOS STATE LOSES CASE AGAINST TELECOM OPERATORS

Justice Ibrahim Auta of the Federal High Court, Lagos last week held that the Lagos State government has no right to impose on telecom operators in Lagos, the Lagos State…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The government of Benin has nominated the members of the new transitional council for the regulation of the telecommunications sector in the country. The president of the new regulation…


Internet

KDN’S WULFF EXPRESSES DOUBTS ABOUT EASSY PROJECT

Many consumers, African Governments and companies are pinning their hopes on the East African Submarine System (EASSy) to lower international bandwidth costs allowing for cheaper broadband services. But is the…


Internet

AMBITIOUS BROADBAND PLANS FOR JOHANNESBURG TAKE SHAPE

An ambitious plan to cover Johannesburg with a broadband voice and data network is taking shape, with hi-tech companies attending a briefing session next week to help thrash out the…


Internet

NEW CALL SERVICE EASES PRESSURE ON JAMBONET IN KENYA

 This year promises to be a busy one for firms offering Internet services. Telkom Kenya, now out of the comfort zone after its monopoly went out the window, says the…


Internet

VDT TO INVEST N1BN IN BROADBAND PROVISIONNING IN NIGERIA

Biodun Omoniyi, the Managing Director of VDT communications has disclosed that VDT is investing about one billion naira in Lagos targeted at restructuring its operations in order to deliver mass…


Internet

NEW OFFERS SPUR COMPETITION ON BROADBAND SERVICES IN SOUTH AFRICA

Telecommunications operator, Sentech, has announced three offerings on its MyWireless Internet platform: MyWireless Plus, MyWireless Lite & MyWireless Family. In support of the new product offerings, Sentech says that its…


Internet

 CYBERTIGI” PROJECT IS LAUNCHED IN MALI FOR DESERT COMMUNITIES

Geekcorps in partnership with USAID has launched a mobile computing kiosk program called Cybertigi aimed at Mali’s desert areas. “Cybertigi” is a mobile computing kiosk program aimed at empowering local…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK) last week signed a two-year contract, for the provision of Internet services by Safaricom. The contract is valued at Sh8.4 million, but payment…


Computing

INTEL, MICROSOFT, ZINOX PARTNER ON PC PRICE IN NIGERIA

In a landmark partnership geared at massively reducing the price of personal computers, Microsoft Inc, Intel Corporation, and Zinox have formed an alliance geared at bringing the price of acquiring…


Computing

ZAMBIA ANNOUNCES ICT TRAINING CENTRE FOR SCIENTISTS

Zambia will establish a centre to train researchers in information and communication technology skills. The centre, based at the National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR) in Lusaka, is…


Computing

INDIA INCREASES LOCAL SPONSORSHIP IN BOTSWANA

Up to 50 Batswana nationals will be sponsored to train in India under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC), the Indian High Commissioner to Botswana Vishnu N. Hade has…


Computing

PLANS NOW ON FOR AFFORDABLE IT TRAINING  IN TANZANIA  

A cheap info-tech training scheme for both individual and corporate skill needs has been established in Tanzania.  Promoters claim that it would provide comprehensive and cost-effective training for users who…


Computing

EYESSUWORK ZAFU SAYS PRIVATE SECTOR FAR BEHIND IN ICT USE IN ETHIOPIA

The private business sector in Ethiopia appears at present to be falling far behind its public sector counterpart in making use of advanced Information and Communication Technology (ICT), it was…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The introduction of new information and communication technologies (ICT) in teaching mathematics in ten primary schools in Algiers and Ghardaïa, has given "very positive" results, according to managers in…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Mobile telecommunications network service provider NetOne has rolled out a new mobile switching centre base station in Bulawayo The switching centre, which will cater for the southern region in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Hutchison Telecommunications International Ltd., a majority shareholder in Kasapa Telecommunication Company in Ghana, said it will invest $5 billion from the sale of its Indian unit in new and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EGYPT’S ORASCOM BIDS FOR BRASIL TELECOM

Orascom Telecom, a branch of a large Egyption conglomerate, this week made a bid for shares held by controllers in Brasil Telecom Participacoes, Brazil's third largest telecom, said the local…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

INTERCELLULAR'S $137M TELECEL DEAL COLLAPSES

The planned $137 million deal to sell 51 per cent equity of Intercellular Plc to Telecel of South Africa has failed. The Director of Corporate Communications of Intercellular, Fidel Otuya,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CELTEL SECURES FOREIGN, LOCAL LOAN FACILITIES FOR EXPANSION

Celtel Nigeria Ltd ("Celtel Nigeria") announced last week the signing and financial closure in Lagos and London of its US$1.43bn syndicated term loan facilities and US$189m bilateral facilities. The facilities…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MAROC TELECOM ACHIEVES OVER USD 2.67 TURNOVER IN 2006

Maroc Telecom, reported a turnover of MAD 22.6Bn (over USD 2.67Bn) in 2006, i.e. a 10.1% increase, revealed, here Friday, Moroccan telephony operator chairman, Abdeslam Ahizoune.  Ahizoune told press that…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SENTECH 'SURE IT WILL GET SHARE OF R3BN RESERVE'

State-owned signal broadcaster Sentech is convinced its cash crunch will end when Finance Minister Trevor Manuel lets it raid a R3bn contingency reserve declared in last week's budget. Sentech has…


Digital Content

GULU HOST FIRST ONLINE MEETING IN UGANDA

Gulu has been the first rural town in Africa to host an online community conference. The conference convened by Omidyar.net, an international humanitarian organisation brings donors face-to-face with the people…


Digital Content

COMESA DESIGNS $8 MILLION WEBSITE ON AGRICULTURE

COMESA has developed a website aimed at improving agricultural marketing and trade in the 20-member countries. The website, called Food and Agricultural Marketing Information System is being funded by the…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The campaign organisation of former President of the Nigeria Labour Congress. NLC and governorship aspirant in Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has launched a website geared at ensuring the dissemination…


Web and Mobile Data_old

TUNISIAN PRIVATE TV CHANNEL TO BE LAUNCHED FROM ABROAD BY END OF 2006

Tunis October 14, 2006 A private TV channel dubbed "Nessma TV" (Breeze TV) will start airing its programs from abroad at the end of 2006, it was announced this week…


Web and Mobile Data_old

UGANDA'S MPS TO INVESTIGATE  NTV’S SWITCHING OFF

A committee of Uganda's National Assembly has been directed to investigate the reasons that led to the switching off of Nation's TV station in Kampala. Speaker Edward Sekandi asked the…


Web and Mobile Data_old

BOTSWANA TV ACQUIRES LOCAL PROGRAMMES

The Director of Broadcasting Services Bapasi Mphusu last week Thursday signed contracts worth over P5 million with two local film companies for the production of four television programmes. According to…


Web and Mobile Data_old

Convergence News - In Brief

- An Egyptian state-owned satellite company has stopped broadcasts of a controversial Iraqi television station that was showing insurgent videos and denouncing the Shi'ite-led government of Iraq. The move comes…


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PEOPLE

* The fourth general assembly of the association of telecommunications regulators of West Africa (ARTAO) selected Nnamdi Nwokiké from Nigeria as its executive secretary. * State IT Agency (SITA) CEO…


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EVENTS

- SMB ROADSHOW 2007 - MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA 26th March 2007, Nile Hilton, Cairo, Egypt. IDC's SMB Roadshow provides a comprehensive and trustworthy platform for discussing strategic IT issues…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* BSCS O&M / ADMINISTRATION CONSULTANT –SOUTHERN AFRICA The company is looking for an experienced BSCS Consultant. Must have at least 3 years experience operation and maintenance and administration of…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

* TELECOM NAMIBIA AND ALVARION – NAMIBIA Wireless broadband technology provider Alvarion has announced that Telecom Namibia has selected its BreezeMAX system to upgrade its wireless in the local loop…