Issue no 355

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HOME GROWN SOLUTION FROM GHANA’S EXPLAINER DC

Much of the airline industry relies on expensive legacy reservation systems, and equally expensive Global Distribution Systems (GDS) such as Amadeus and Galileo. The pricing is prohibitive for start-up airlines, and much of the functionality offered is probably never going to be used. To fill this gap, Explainer DC, a web development company of Ghana has developed eTicketManager (www.eticketmanager.com.gh). It has created a web-based ticket distribution and management solution for regional and low-cost airlines. Its functionality includes a booking engine, check-in facility, revenue and inventory management. The online booking engine allows visitors to book and pay their ticket online, and…

Telecoms

NEW RULES FOR TELECOM OPERATORS EXPECTED IN KENYA

The Kenyan Government is preparing new licensing regime for operators of telecommunication services. Information and Communications minister, Mutahi Kagwe further revealed that the process of searching for the Second National…


Telecoms

NATCOMS KICKS AGAINST PROPOSED TARIFF HIKE IN NIGERIA

The National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) has objected to the planned tariff increase by GSM operators in the country. NATCOMS in a communiqué issued at the end of an…


Telecoms

MTC NAMIBIA DEPLOYS WIND AND SOLAR POWERED CELL SITE

Motorola, Inc. and MTC Namibia last week announced that they have deployed a wind and solar power system to operate MTC Namibia’s GSM cell site at Dordabis village in the…


Telecoms

SA’S MOBILE OPERATORS THREATEN TO END BEEPING IF INTERCONNECT FEES SLASHED

Cashless customers who send 18-million text messages a day asking wealthier friends to call them back could be axed from Vodacom's network if the interconnection fee for delivering the incoming…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- South Africa’s MTN is rumoured to be taking over Datatel in Sierra Leone. - René Ndemezo' Obiang, the Gabonese Minister of Post and Telecommunication has granted a ten-year mobile…


Internet

DELAYS RAISE EASSY PROJECT COST TO MORE THAN $440M

The cost of the delayed East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) has shot up to $440 million. Part of the sharp increase in costing is attributed to a planned link…


Internet

AFRICA ONLINE SETS NEW STRATEGY

Africa Online, the pioneering pan-African Internet service provider, may finally get to live up to its big name. The company's chief executive, Mr John Joseph, publicly unveiled an ambitious $10…


Internet

21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGIES INJECTS $20M IN NETWORK EXPANSION IN NIGERIA

21st Century Technologies Limited, a leading wireline telephony and data services provider in Nigeria is injecting $20 million (about N2.6 billion) fresh funds into the expansion of its network nationwide…


Internet

ZAMNET LAUNCHES WIMAX IN ZAMBIA

Zambian ISP Zamnet Communication has launched a 802.16e WiMAX network using equipment supplied by Navini Networks. The network is currently available in most parts of Lusaka, except for parts of…


Internet

JUDGE ASKS COURTS TO BLOCK 29 ADDITIONAL WEBSITES IN EGYPT

Hrinfo has expressed dismay that Judge Abdel Fatah Murad has asked the Administrative Judiciary Court to block 29 websites, in addition to the 21 he had previously requested be made…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- At the end of March 07, Morocco had 433,399 internet subscribers. This is an 8.4% increase compared to December of the previous year, and a 37.2% increase compared to…


Computing

IT COMPANIES TO DECLARE IMPACT ON ENVIRONMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA

For the first time South Africa's top 40 listed companies, which includes Telkom and MTN, have been asked to make available information on their greenhouse gas emissions and their responses…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- In Kenya, Microsoft has partnered with the Government in the provision of computer technology to teachers, students and digital villages. - SKYE Bank Plc and the Osun State government…


Computing

FREE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION READY TO BATTLE MICROSOFT

Following the attacks earlier this week by Microsoft on the free software movement the Free Software Foundation has set up a new activist wing to fight back. The Free Software…


Computing

INDIANS AIM TO GROW IT TRADE WITH AFRICA

Information and communication technologies (ICT) are India's fastest-growing industries in production and exports, largely thanks to economic liberalisation policies and a government commitment to make the sector a priority. Last…


Computing

RECENTLY LAUNCHED EDUWIKI AIMS TO MEET FAMILY NEEDS

Shaugn Vorster launched the EduWiki two weeks ago and is proud to say that it has already doubled in size, saying, "the interesting part is tracking how quickly it grows".…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Angola mobile company Unitel has expanded coverage to Ukuma and Kuito Kuanavale districts in Huambo and Kuando Kubango provinces, respectively. - In Uganda, new wireless licensee Warid Telecom has…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VODACOM OFFERS $480M FOR MTEL IN NIGERIA

In May 2007, South Africa's Vodacom has signified its seriousness to acquire a majority stake in NITEL's mobile subsidiary, Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTel), with an offer of $480 million to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

GHANA TELECOM DEBTORS COULD NEGOTIATE PAYMENT TERMS

Ghana Telecom Company in the Volta Region has asked its debtors to come forward and negotiate concessionary terms for repaying their accumulated debt of five billion cedis. Osei Afriyie, a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EGYPT'S ORASCOM TELECOM SAYS Q1 NET INCOME UP 7 PCT

Egypt's Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH) , one of the biggest telecommunications firms in the Middle East, said on Tuesday net profit rose 7 percent to $168 million in the first…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

RECOVERY SPARKS SPESCOM’S SHARES IN SOUTH AFRICA

Shares in telecoms company Spescom temporarily gained 16% last week to reach a 52-week high of 140c as it posted interim results showing a return to profitability. A year ago…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Telecom Egypt (TE) has recorded a 9% increase in 1Q sales to EGP2.4 billion (USD426 million) compared to the same period of 2006. Net profit increased 22% to EGP585…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CORRECTIONS

Issue 354: Kenya Special The average price of a DSL subscription should have been KS3,000 (US$45), not KS30,000. This makes it one of the cheaper broadband prices for a country…


Digital Content

SOUTH AFRICA NETWORK LAUNCHES MOBILE WEB OFFERING

Local online network, 24.com, has launched a mobile platform targeting the burgeoning number of locals accessing the Internet via Web-enabled phones. Accessible directly at http://m.24.com or by SMS’ing 'Go’ to…


Digital Content

SMS ELECTION MONITORING IN NIGERIA

The Election Monitoring Report compiled by the Network of Mobile Election Monitors (NMEM) on the Nigerian presidential elections held on 21 April 2007. The idea of using mobile phones to…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA) has unveiled the VisitGauteng.net portal as part of its marketing strategy at the Tourism Indaba currently underway. _____________________________________________________________________


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PEOPLE

Tim Lowry has been appointed vice-president for the MTN Group’s Southern and East Africa region and will also be the MD of MTN SA from June 1. Other appointments include…


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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

- MPBN AND CGSN ENGINEER – MOZAMBIQUE The company is looking for a MPBN and CGSN Engineer with at least 3 years proven practical experience on the Ericsson Mobile Packet…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

LTMX AND PLAYBOX –NIGERIA The growing convergence between television and Information Technology (IT) is set to become more viable with the introduction of the Playbox technology into the Nigerian television…