Issue no 349 8th April 2007

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Outsider east coast fibre project comes in from the cold – Seacom goes public

There are four projects to build an international fibre cable to connect the east coast of Africa. There’s EASSy, the Kenyan Government’s TEAMS, Flag Telecom…and the fourth project? Sithe’s SEACOM has been working quietly on the fringes to put together a privately funded “carriers’ carrier” project. News has been filtering out about it but Sithe’s Brian Herlihy made his first public presentation of the project at a United Stated Trade Development Agency Africa conference ten days ago in San Francisco. Russell Southwood spoke to him about what SEACOM will be and how it will work. The new cable follows the…

Telecoms

MALAWI EYES THIRD MOBILE FIRM

Malawi is expected to have a third mobile telecommunications company operational by the end of the year, says Alex Makhwatha, director of finance and administration at the Malawi Communications Regulatory…


Telecoms

GOVERNMENT TO STRONG-ARM TELKOM SOUTH AFRICA INTO EASSY SPV

http://www.ifc.org/ifcext/spiwebsite1.nsf/2bc34f011b50ff6e 85256a550073ff1c/cf6c1ba69ac0b1f1852572830075cc48?opendocument The Department of Communications director-general made this statement after delivering her department's 2007-2010 strategy to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications last week. She also attacked the Eassy…


Telecoms

NCC EXTENDS PAYMENT DEADLINE FOR 3G LICENCES IN NIGERIA

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has extended payment deadline for provisional licences issued last week to four telecoms companies for the proposed rollout of third generation (3G) mobile services in…


Telecoms

ANOTHER NEW PHONE FIRM LICENSED IN UGANDA

The government has issued a telecommunications operating licence to Al-Warid, a Dubai-based telecommunication company. The Minister of Information Communications Technology Ham Mukasa Mulira, officially handed over the licence to the…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Major backbone network re-engineering has started in Namibia and could cause limited disruption of telecom services. Namibia Telecom is in the process of upgrading the SDH transmission backbone  from…


Internet

MWEB AND IS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT WIMAX POSSIBILITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA

MWEB and Internet Solutions (IS), two of the largest ISPs in South Africa, are optimistic about the potential of WiMax to increase the current broadband penetration rate in South Africa.…


Internet

LIBYA SIGNED AGREEMENT ON DOMAIN NAME MANAGEMENT

ICANN announced in a press release that it has signed an accountability framework with the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) managers for .ly – Libya. The Accountability Framework program provides…


Internet

FIBRE OPTIC PROJECT SHIFTS GEAR IN KENYA

The fibre optic sub-marine cable project spearheaded by the Government taken a step forward following the completion of a route survey. The East Africa Marine Systems (Teams) undersea cable should…


Internet

NIRA CALLS FOR PROMOTION OF NATION'S .NG DOMAIN

Chairman board of trustees of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) Dr. Adeola Odeyemi has re-iterated the need for all stakeholders in the Nigerian internet community to come together to…


Internet

ACCESSKENYA RECEIVES VSAT LICENSE

AccessKenya Group, the holding company which owns AccessKenya, Kenya’s leading corporate ISP, and BLUE, one of Kenya’s largest Public Data Network Operators, has announced that through BLUE it has paid…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Nigerian communication satellite will be launched on May 14, 2007, Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Turner T. Isoun has said. Nigcomsat had already been completed and moved…


Computing

SOFTWARE PIRATES FORCED TO COUGH UP IN SOUTH AFRICA

Nine computer resellers have been forced to pay compensation to Microsoft after being caught installing unlicensed software on the stock they sold. The companies in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town…


Computing

POLICE ADVOCATE FOR LAWS TO COMBAT CYBER FRAUD IN GHANA

The absence of a cyber law in Ghana is frustrating the efforts of the Vetting Crime Intelligence Analysis, (VCIA) unit of the Ghana Police Service to fighting computer fraud and…


Computing

SOMALI GOVERNMENT STARTS ISSUING NEW E-PASSPORTS

Somalia's transitional government (TFG) will start issuing new electronic Somali passports to Somali residents abroad from Sunday, 1 April, according to Abdullahi Gafow Mahmoud, Director of Somali Immigration and Naturalisation.…


Computing

ZAMBIA LAUNCHES NEW ICT POLICY

With the launch of the National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy for Zambia, it is expected that the regulatory framework will be harmonised and contribute to national development through…


Computing

ETHIOPIAN MINISTRY OF MINES AND ENERGY TO SPEND OVER 20M USD ON IT

The Ministry of Mines and Energy will be investing over US$20 million to upgrade the licensing of prospectors. The Ministry has been working for the past 10 months on an…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Unhappy with the use of proprietary software within the internet cafe manager ZybaCafe, developer AJ Venter decided "fork that" and developed the fully free OutCafe which had its first…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Nigerian mobile operator, Globacom has announced a reduction in its International Direct Dialing tariffs. The new tariff structure shows that calls to Zone 1 countries comprising the United States,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

KENYANS TO GET 34 PERCENT OF TELKOM IN IPO

The public will be offered a share of Telkom Kenya before the year ends. The Government yesterday said it will sell 34 per cent of its stake in the parastatal…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EU RESEARCH FUNDING  FOR ICT IN AFRICA

South African institutions can access European Union (EU) funding for ICT research if they are willing to collaborate with their European counterparts. This message emerged in Pretoria yesterday, at the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NAMIBIA WILL RECEIVE A CHINESE LOAN FOR GOVERNMENTT SOFTWARE

The government will engage a Chinese software company to install an electronic management system for the public service. Cabinet approved that the Office of the Prime Minister could secure funding…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TUNISIA RANKS FIRST IN MAGHREB AND AFRICA FOR ICTS INVESTMENT

Tunisia has been awarded a new international distinction and classified by the World Report of Davos on information technologies first in the Maghreb and in Africa, and 35th worldwide, out…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Pan-African cellular group MTN reported a 49% increase in turnover to ZAR52 billion (USD7.66 billion) in 2006. The rise was attributed both to organic subscriber growth and the acquisition…


Digital Content

WEBSITE WITH DETAILED BUSINESS NEWS LAUNCHED IN UGANDA

A website with comprehensive business information about Uganda has been launched, writes Vision Reporter.  “We shall provide reliable information on www.iknowuganda.com to enable people decide in confidence. Clients should therefore…


Digital Content

HOW WEB 2.0 MAKES BUSINESS EASIER IN SOUTH AFRICA

The First Tuesday group is hosting an event to explore the technology waved dubbed Web 2.0, as the internet evolves from a predominantly business platform into a more inclusive and…


Web and Mobile Data_old

DIGITAL MIGRATION STALLS PAY-TV ROLL-OUT IN SOUTH AFRICA

Multichoice and Sentech could remain the dominant forces in pay-television at least until the end of next year, as licence approvals are put on hold so as not to "undermine"…


Web and Mobile Data_old

TASKFORCE ON DIGITAL BROADCASTING LAUNCHED IN KENYA

The Government has launched a taskforce to spearhead the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in the country. The 11-member committee drawn from CCK, the Media Owners Association, the National…


Web and Mobile Data_old

BTV, RB UNABLE TO COVER ALL SESSIONS

The Department of Broadcasting Services cannot afford to cover all local authorities activities or increase local content drastically in Botswana, says the departments director. Briefing a Central District Council on…


Web and Mobile Data_old

Convergence News - In Brief

- In Cameroon, private TV operator, Spectrum Television (Stv) has signed a contract with New Skies Satellite that will enable the company to broadcast its two TV channels in 30…


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PEOPLE

Justin Morel has been appointed as the new minister for information and communications in Guinea. Chris Lundh has been appointed as the new CEO of Terracom Communications in Rwanda. Prior…


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EVENTS

- 1stWEST AFRICAN E-CONTENT SUMMIT 4-7 April 2007 – Cotonou, Benin This ICT symposium expects to launch the official discussions to establish the “Pan-African Agency for New Media, advocated to…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

PROJECT MANAGER - 3G - MOZAMBIQUE The company is looking to recruit a project manager to supervise the roll of a 3G network. The ideal candidate will have a background…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

CELTEL AND JATAAYU - AFRICA Jataayu Software, a  provider of mobile Value Added Solutions for the Network Operators and handset vendors, announced that CELTEL, a pan-African Mobile Service Provider, has…