Issue no 353 6th May 2007

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Second edition of BA voice and bandwidth projections forecast large increase in wireless broadband

According to the second annual edition of Balancing Act’s Voice and Data Forecasts the thirst for broadband is driving bandwidth growth. The rapid take-up of broadband in general and wireless broadband in particular has driven increases in Internet bandwidth and will be the prime driver of  growth over the next five years. Additional growth from dial-up subscriptions over the forecast period to 2011 will be 689 mbps. But growth from all forms of broadband over the forecast period to 2011 will be 43,529 mbps, almost a tripling of bandwidth required.  Wireless broadband may well be a much larger contributor than…

Telecoms

WEST AFICAN CABLE PROJECT INFINITY SIGNS MOU WITH VSNL

Infinity Worldwide Telecommunications Group of Companies and VSNL International Pte Ltd. , the international arm of Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (NYSE: VSL), have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as…


Telecoms

THE ALL-NEW, SINGING AND DANCING TELKOM

Telkom South Africa is about to go all “triple play”,  aiming to become a one-stop news, communication and entertainment shop. Soon you will be able to turn to Telkom for…


Telecoms

TELECOM NAMIBIA MADE TO LOCK ITS FIXED WIRELESS OFFER TO SPECIFIC AREA  

The deadline has come and gone for Switch users. As from this week Switch users started making and receiving calls from their specified towns or settlement area. They will no…


Telecoms

MTN AND TERRACOM  DUEL OVER SMS INTERCONNECT IN RWANDA

Rwanda’s only two large voice players MTN and incumbent Terracom are fighting over SMS interconnections between their two networks. The dispute has not been resolved and Terracom has taken is…


Telecoms

KASAPA LOOKS TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT FOLLOWING HIGH COURT RULING IN GHANA

Ghanaian mobile operator Kasapa hot back after a legal action that tried to remove its current Board of directors. The action was bought by two people, one of whom Prince…


Telecoms

3 BILLION LEONES SHAM FROM THE  NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION IN SIERRA LEONE  

The recent move by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in presenting a cheque of Le 3 billion as contribution to the nation's treasury or Consolidated Revenue Fund is suspect at…


Telecoms

C & W REBUTS THIS DAY’S NITEL BANKRUPTCY STORY

The article we carried last week based on a story by This Day that Cable and Wireless was to put Nitel into bankruptcy for unpaid SAT3 bills has been denied…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- On April 5th, a little more than 60 days from the failure of NSS-8, the SES Global Board approved the capital expenditures necessary for the replacement of it with…


Internet

NIGERIA'S FIRST INTERNET EXCHANGE READY

Nigeria's first Internet eXchange Point IXP, the result of the collaboration between the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Internet Service Providers (ISPs), is ready for operation. A statement disclosed…


Internet

IBURST ADD NEW FEES TO THEIR BROADBAND OFFERINGS

iBurst has introduced two new fees for services which were previously free, a move which may surprise some segments of the broadband industry. iBurst has announced that from the beginning…


Internet

TERRACOM CONNECTS INSTITUTIONS TO FIBER OPTIC IN RWANDA

Over 90 Government and private Institutions in Rwanda are currently under the Terracom fiber network that allows the sharing and distribution of computing and educational resources, Freddy Kamuzizi, the in…


Internet

SOUTHERN AFRICAN ADSL COSTS – TECTONIC COMPARATIVE SURVEY

South Africa, despite being far and away the most developed country in Southern Africa, does not outdo its neighbours on Internet connectivity.  Tectonic did a little digging into ADSL costs…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Benin Telecom has announced that it has increased its international capacity on SAT3 from 45Mbps to 155 Mbps. - With an upgrade to its satellite operator license granted recently…


Computing

SAHARA TO START ASSEMBLY PLANT IN MOZAMBIQUE  

The government of Mozambique has agreed in principle to the opening of a 3000 unit per month Sahara assembly operation in Maputo.  This development is seen as the foundation operation…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICA'S E-READINESS? – CHOOSE YOUR STATISTICS

South Africa has shot up the rankings of the world's most technology- ready countries -- but only if you believe the Economist Intelligence Unit rather than the World Economic Forum.…


Computing

'DIGITAL VILLAGES' TO BE SET UP ALL OVER KENYA TO SPEED UP ACCESS TO DATA

The Government plans to set up 'digital villages' throughout the country, to ease access to information for its citizens. Information assistant minister Koigi Wamwere said during the weekend that the…


Computing

UGANDA’S GOVERNMENT CLEARS SH219 BILLION NATIONAL ICT DEAL WITH CHINA

THE government has cleared the establishment of a national network system to spearhead the development of Information and Communication Technology in the country. The government has entered an agreement with…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Angola has won the first category prize of the Technology In Government in Africa (TIGA) awards on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) with the project "Government's Portal", in the…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Etisalat has launched Egypt's third mobile phone network tomorrow, and will be operating over a 3.5G platform. The new network has been built by Ericsson and Huawei at a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICAN MTN SUBSCRIBERS SOAR, SHARE PRICE UNMOVED

AN 11% growth in subscriber numbers by cellular operator MTN has done nothing to impress investors, with its shares edging up marginally 0,97% to R102,99 as 7,2-million shares changed hands…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TRANSCORP SET TO INJECT N11BN TO REVIVE M-TEL IN  NIGERIA

After having had great difficulty in raising funds for its new investment in Nitel, its new owners Transcorp have chosen to invest N11.3 bn in its mobile arm M-Tel, perhaps…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ETISALAT INCREASES STAKE IN ATLANTIQUE TELECOM TO 70%

Etisalat has increased its shareholding in West African operator Atlantique Telecom with the acquisition of an additional 20% of the company’s shares taking its total stake to 70%. Atlantique Telecom…


Digital Content

LEADING EGYPT BLOGGER GOES OFFLINE DUE TO HARASSMENT

One of Egypt's most prominent political bloggers has decided to call it a day, citing harassment by security services as his main reason to quit. The Egypt-based blogger, known only…


Digital Content

BANK OF UGANDA LAUNCHES WEBSITE

Bank of Uganda has launched a modern website that will bring about transparency between the Central bank, commercial banks, and the general public on key financial matters. The $49,000 (Shs84…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- South Africa’s online technology publisher ITWeb is launching a website as a social hub for readers of its digital lifestyle titles. The My Digital Life website will let people…


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PEOPLE

Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) councillor Mamodupi Mohlala has tendered her resignation and asked to be released from her duties two months early. Outgoing State IT Agency (SITA) CEO…


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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

ERICSSON MICROWAVE INSTALLATION SUPERVISOR / COMMISSIONING ENGINEER – SUDAN The successful candidate will have the below listed experience: - Commissioning and maintenance of MDRS 155 or equal Long distance Microwave…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

GLOBACOM AND ALCATEL – NIGERIA Globacom has announced the signing of a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to install West Africa's first wireless network based on Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service/High Speed Packet…