Issue no 352 29th April 2007

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Liberia: four mobile companies bring lowest prices in West Africa

This week saw the first ICT conference in Liberia and the publication of the country’s draft ICT strategy. It was a five day event that included public and private sector slots and a day’s presentations from Cisco. It was one more sign that the country is coming back to life after a destructive civil war destroyed much of its infrastructure, including its electricity supply. Security is still being handled by the UN mission UNMIL but the newly elected Government has expressed a determination to improve things and diaspora Liberians are returning to help. Russell Southwood has just returned and reports…

Telecoms

NIGERIA: NITEL'S SAT-3 FACES THREAT OF CLOSURE FOR NON-PAYMENT TO C&W

One of Nigerian incumbent Nitel’s key sources of revenue, its international fibre monopoly on SAT3, is in danger of being shut down at the end of April because of non-payment…


Telecoms

AFRITEL SET TO ENTER GHANA'S TELECOM MARKET

Richmond Nana Aggrey, CEO and also principal promoter of MTS First Wireless, a Nigerian-based private telecommunication service provider, has indicated his optimism at getting a share of the Ghanaian telecom…


Telecoms

MEA OPERATORS IN 2006: NET ADDITIONS IN THE YEAR

African companies dominate the Middle-East and Africa region. In terms of annual net additions, we find that no fewer than 22 companies managed to add one million or more customers…


Telecoms

NCC AND CONSUMER COUNCIL TACKLE FAKE TELECOM PROMOS IN NIGERIA

Worried over increase in the fake promotions in telecommunications industry, the Nigerian Communications Commissions (NCC) has given matching orders to the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) to take disciplinary actions on…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Malian fixed line telco Sotelma, in partnership with Pakistan’s Advanced VoIP and United American Corp, has announced the successful deployment of a VoIP billing solution. As a result of…


Internet

MWEB TO CHALLENGE TELECOM NAMIBIA’S MONOPOLY ON ADSL

M-Web is launching a legal challenge to Telecom Namibia's monopoly over the ADSL infrastructure in the country. However, Chairman of the Namibia Communications Commission (NCC), David Imbili, last week confirmed…


Internet

NINE FIRMS LISTED FOR SH3.5 BILLION CABLE TENDER IN KENYA

Nine companies have qualified to bid for the Kenyan national fibre-optic backbone tender estimated at Sh3.5 billion. Information and Communications Permanent Secretary, Dr Bitange Ndemo, said the project would involve…


Internet

ISPS STRUGGLING WITH ADSL RESELL PRODUCT IN SOUTH AFRICA

Telkom recently launched their ADSL Resell product which gives ISPs the ability to resell the ADSL access portion of Telkom’s broadband service, but according to service providers they are struggling…


Internet

ORANGE’S UNIFIED LICENCE WILL SEE IT OFFER BROADBAND IN BOTSWANA

The telecommunications industry is watching keenly to see what will happen after the groundbreaking award of a unified licence to Orange Botswana and the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) by the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced the launch of its Southern Africa Office and invites experts in the region to join the international effort of developing Web…


Computing

MPS SUPPORT E-GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION IN KENYA

Kenya's legislators have surprisingly added their voice in support of the transformation to electronic governance in their operations, both within parliament and in at the constituency level. During a two-day…


Computing

IT WORKERS SCORE BIG IN SALARY STAKES IN SOUTH AFRICA

Salaries in the IT industry have risen an average of 25% in the past year, but 33% of employees still believe they are underpaid. They also know they are in…


Computing

LOW TECH IS THE REASON FOR POOR FINANCIAL ACCESSIBILITY IN TANZANIA

Poor or low technology level is one of the many factors that hinder people from accessing services from various financial institutions in Tanzania. This is because, today, the internet and…


Computing

TAIWAN BOOSTS DOCIT COMPUTER CENTRE IN GAMBIA

Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, Secretary of State for Communications and Information Technology, alongside Dr Patrick Chang, Taiwanese Ambassador to The Gambia, on Thursday, inspected the new Computer Repairing and Maintenance Centre at…


Computing

UGANDAN SOFTWARE TO BE USED IN IRAQ

A software programme for microfinance institutions (MFIs) has found a new market in Iraq. The software, which was purchased by an American Louis Berger group, will be used in three…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The operation "a computer per household," called "Ousratic" will come to a close by 2010, Algerian Post and ICT Minister Boudjemaa Haïchour indicated on Monday in Tiaret. A financial…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Zimbabwe mobile phone service provider Econet Wireless has hiked its tariffs by over 150 percent with effect from May 1 2007, barely two months after the last tariff increases.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

OGER’S 60% STAKE IN CELL-C MAY BE SOLD AS COMPANY RESTRUCTURES

Cell C is planning a thorough review of its capital and controlling structure. Shareholders are looking at a number of options, which include the sale by majority shareholder Saudi Oger…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MILLICOM’S  FIRST QUARTER REVENUE ARE UP

Millicom International, Tuesday reported first-quarter revenue of $563 million from $303 million in 2006. Subscribers increased by 94%, bringing total subscribers to 16.5 million, excluding discontinued operations. "In the first…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICA’S ALTECH GOES ON AGGRESSIVE HUNT

A third of Altech's profits should be generated from abroad within two years as the technology group explored opportunities for setting up factories and telecoms operations in emerging markets, the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Telekom Malaysia (TM) has formally completed the sale of its 30% holding in Ghana Telecommunications (GT) to the Ghanaian government. In a statement published on 20 April, TM said…


Digital Content

CRIMINALS TARGET ONLINE BANKING IN SOUTH AFRICA

Criminals are making such concerted attacks on SA's online banking industry that the major banks and Internet service providers may co-operate to standardise their technologies to keep the thieves at…


Digital Content

FNB IN MASSIVE CELLPHONE BANKING ROLLOUT IN NAMIBIA

First National Bank (FNB) has extended its wings to encompass cellphone banking to accord its customers mobile banking via secure SMS. Launched on Monday, the bank says this will pave…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Ethiopian Airlines announced this week that it now offers online (Internet) booking and electronic-ticketing services in all its 49 destinations as of this month.


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PEOPLE

Reuben September, acting-CEO of Telkom, on Thursday announced the appointment of Mandla Ngcobo, Telkom's Chief of Corporate Affairs, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Telkom Media with effect from 1…


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EVENTS

- TELECOM FINANCE MIDDLE EAST AFRICA ASIA 2007 23-24 May 2007, Madinat Jumeirah Hotel, Dubai Telecom Finance MEAI conference is the premier networking hub for senior executives at telecom operators…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

TELKOM AND ALVARION – SOUTH AFRICA Alvarion,  provider of WiMAX and wireless broadband solutions, today announced that Telkom SA Ltd., the provider of public switched communications services in South Africa,…