Issue no 354

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KDN’S FREE ACCESS OFFER UNCOVERS EXTENT OF WI-FI DEVICES

KDN’s Wi-Fi service called Butterfly has been offered for free with no login page on the basis of a word-of-mouth “whispering” campaign and the results have thrown up some potential surprises about the shape and size of the Kenyan market and what the users really want. The free trial took place over a public holiday when there would be plenty of bandwidth available. According to KDN’s CEO Kai Wulff:”We wanted to see where our traffic threshold was. It got up to 22,000 users and then we were smoked away. There were things like corrupted config files occurring.” When it crashed,…

Telecoms

COURT RESUMES CELTEL HEARING IN NIGERIA

A Federal High Court presided over by Justice Abdulahi Mustapha, will today resume hearing in suit by Oba Otudeko, Foluke Otudeko and Broad Communications Ltd, against Jubril Adewale Tinubu and…


Telecoms

POWERTEL IN US$11 MILLION EXPANSION DRIVE IN ZIMBABWE

Telecommunications company PowerTel will soon roll out a project worth US$11 million involving the installation of 3G network services to subscribers from Beitbridge to Victoria Falls. The telecommunication company is…


Telecoms

GOVERNMENT OWNERSHIP OF ETC A STUMBLING BLOCK TO WTO MEMBERSHIP

Ethiopia is unlikely to gain entry to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) without making meaningful commitments to telecommunications liberalisation, according to an assessment of the service sector presented by the…


Telecoms

ORANGE SENEGAL CONTINUES GOOD RUN AFTER REBRAND

Senegalese mobile customer numbers increased by 74% in the year to 31st March 2007, reaching 3.38m by the end of the period, giving the country a penetration rate of 27.7%.…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The newly privatised Gabon Telecom has been granted a ten year mobile and fixed line licence by the Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and ICT. - The Association of Licensed…


Internet

KENYA’S TEAMS FIBRE PROJECT LOOKS SET TO DRAW IN OTHER COUNTRIES

At the East African Broadband Workshop in Kigali on 8-9 May, five Governments signed a communiqué that may well be the first step on the road to the widening out…


Internet

NIGERIA TARGETS $70MILLION ANNUAL REVENUE FROM NIGCOMSAT-1

Ahead of the official launch of Nigeria's first communication satellite, it has been revealed that the country stands to generate an annual revenue of about USD70 million from the direct…


Internet

DOMAIN NAME DISPUTES MAY BECOME CHEAPER IN SOUTH AFRICA

The .za Domain Name Authority (.za DNA) has recently announced a formal, regulated process that aims to resolve domain name disputes without the need to employ a lawyer. This process…


Internet

NEPAD LOOKS TO LINK AFRICA SCHOOLS TO INTERNET

The New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) hopes to use satellites to connect 600,000 schools in Africa -- which have no fibre-optic cables -- to the Internet using VSAT terminals.…


Internet

BROADBAND WIRELESS TEST FOR 1000 IN SOUTH AFRICA

A thousand internet users in Cape Town and Johannesburg are being roped in to test broadband wireless services by MWEB. The tests for WiMax technology will be fully operational within…


Computing

SA’S ENATIS - 'SORT IT OUT OR WE SUE'

The Transport Department is threatening to sue the contractor "as a last resort", if the company fails to sort out the chaos in the eNatis traffic information system. The department…


Computing

IFC PARTNERS WITH NIGERIAN ICT FIRM TO DEVELOP HIGHER EDUCATION

In partnership with the World Bank's private sector lending arm, a Nigerian based firm is deploying ICT to improve higher education on the continent. International Finance Corporation (IFC) working with…


Computing

ICT EXAM POSTPONED THREE TIMES IN GHANA

The current power supply load shedding being experienced by Ghanaians is not only crippling the manufacturing industries but also having a negative effect on educational institutions in the country. One…


Computing

OPEN SOURCE THINK TANK FINDINGS PUBLISHED

The Second Open Source Think Tank was held in March in California. A report on the events findings has now been released. The event saw 100 key members of the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- In order to implement the latest compensation directive, the Addis Abeba City Caretaker Administration (AACCA) is undertaking an upgrade of its existing IT compensation programme to include current estimated…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Virgin mobile has signed up 100,000 customers during its first 11 months, giving it a minuscule share of SA's estimated 35-million cellphone users. - Celtel Nigeria has launched the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

GATEWAY TO ACQUIRE GS TELECOM IN $37.5M TRANSACTION

Gateway Communications, a leading provider of pan-African voice and data connectivity services, has agreed to acquire GS Telecom, provider of data connectivity services to corporate customers and telecommunications operators in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CALL CENTRE BOOM IS SET TO CONTINUE IN SOUTH AFRICA

CapeTown's call centre and business process outsourcing industry has grown by 30% a year for the past three years and can probably sustain that momentum as more foreign firms award…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ACCESS KENYA SHARE OFFER ENDS

Internet service provider AccessKenya has announced successful completion of its initial public offering (IPO), which it says was significantly oversubscribed. The firm said it would announce the exact amount of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MAROC TELECOM ACHIEVES USD 739MN CONSOLIDATED TURNOVER AS OF JANUARY 07

Moroccan telephony operator, Maroc Telecom, achieved a consolidated turnover of USD 739.1Mn as of January 2007, i.e. a 15.9% increase. The increase touched the consolidated operational result, which rose, up…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Mobile Telecommunications Group (MTC) said Monday that it has become the holder of 100 percent of the outstanding shares of Celtel International B.V. following the final payment of $467…


Digital Content

WEB MARKETER HAS ITS CLIENTS QUEUING IN CAPE TOWN

One of South Africa's fastest-growing internet specialists will soon have to turn away business unless it can recruit at least 20 more website developers. Cape-based incuBeta has already recruited some…


Digital Content

COMPANIES REWARDED IN CAMEROON FOR GOOD WEBSITE MANAGEMENT BUT MORE HAS TO BE DONE

Companies that have websites and whose names do not appear on the result board of the WEB'AWARDS, 2007 should really be disturbed. The publication of the results is a wonderful…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- A website that will link the Ugandan community in the diaspora has been launched. Robert Kalugo, the executive director of Ugandanlink.com, said the website will bridge the information gap.…


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PEOPLE

In South Africa, Hein Engelbrecht takes the reigns at Mecer as Dean Barkhuizen exits Branislav Zivkovic has been appointed as the MD of Lexmark International South Africa, replacing Hans Horn,…


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EVENTS

- GVF OIL & GAS COMMUNICATIONS: NORTH AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST CONFERENCE 2007 30th & 31st May, Cairo, Egypt, plus pre-Conference Technology Open Day, 29th May.  This second annual event,…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

CUSTOMER OPERATIONS DIRECTOR – ALGERIA The client is a large telecoms operator which operates in the Middle East and Africa The Customer Operations Director will be responsible for the overall…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

TELECOM EGYPT AND ERICSSON – EGYPT Ericsson has been selected by Telecom Egypt for the expansion of its transport network in the Nile Delta area. The Ericsson solution will provide…