Issue no 356

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Transcorp looks at new carriers carrier strategy for“car wreck” Nitel

Although Transcorp succeeded in buying Nigeria’s incumbent Nitel, it does not have the necessary funds to invest in developing it. Despite conducting a fairly vigorous round of fundraising, both local and international investors have remained lukewarm about putting their money into this “car-wreck” of a company. Its new management has begun to face this reality this week as it presented its new strategy to its Board, the Transformation and Repositioning Initiative. Thus far Transcorp have not played their cards well. The attitude of its first set of managers managed to scare off BT (after sacking one its staff), which had…

Telecoms

MINISTER ADDS FOUR YEARS TO TELKOM'S LOCAL LOOP MONOPOLY IN SOUTH AFRICA

Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri has effectively handed Telkom another four years of monopoly in the landline telephony market, drawing criticism from analysts who say any further delays will hamper the…


Telecoms

CONFUSION OVER SIMILAR CALL IDENTITY NUMBERS IN BOSTWANA

Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) may find its decision conflicting with customer interest after it allocated Orange Botswana and Mascom Wireless numbers all start with the 74 number. Mascom started using…


Telecoms

NEW GSM OPERATOR TO LAUNCH IN GAMBIA

President Yahya Jammeh, will tomorrow, officially inaugurate Comium a new GSM company in The Gambia and a subsidiary of Luxembourg-based but Lebanese-owned company. According to a Comium spokesperson:”Comium Gambia's mobile…


Telecoms

IS UNVEILS TELCO AMBITION IN SOUTH AFRICA

Internet Solutions (IS) is positioning itself to be the country's latest fully-fledged telecommunications operator, says CEO Angus MacRobert, following communications minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri's budget vote speech last week. Matsepe-Casaburri said…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Camtel, the national incumbent in Cameroon is struggling with mounting dissatisfactions among it temporary labour force. Several months ago, the company signed an agreement to resolve some of the…


Internet

UGANDA’S MPS REJECT $2.12 MILLION INTEREST ON CHINESE LOAN FOR THE BUILDING OF A NETWORK BACKBONE

A plan for Uganda to establish a National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Network backbone have hit a wall after Parliament rejected the "high" interest rate on the loan from…


Internet

WEST AFRICA SCHOLARS CALL FOR CHEAPER BANDWIDTH ON SAT3

The Association of African Universities has called for African leaders to use the end of a monopoly on a submarine communications cable to provide cheaper Internet access for students. The…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICA’S STATE DEPARTMENTS GET R454M IP NETWORK FROM NEOTEL

The government would invest R454m over the next five years in a new network to improve service delivery by offering faster access to more than 3000 departments, and reduce costs…


Internet

WIMAX TO BE DEPLOYED IN THREE CITIES IN NIGERIA

Nigerian ISP ipNX Nigeria Ltd has announced that US vendor SOMA Networks is to install next-generation wireless broadband systems in the major cities of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. SOMA…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- iBurst South Africa has passed the 40,000 subscriber mark, cementing SA's position as the world's biggest market for iBurst wireless broadband. - The Ethiopian Population Census Commission will purchase…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICA’S RESEACHERS GAIN ACCESS TO SUPERCOMPUTING

South African researchers now have the advantage of using massive computing power in their quest for new knowledge and applications. This is as a result of a joint initiative of…


Computing

SUN PARTNERS CBC TO MARKET OPEN SOURCE IN NIGERIA

In a bid to popularise the use and adoption of Open Source technology in Nigeria, Sun Microsystems, a leading global information technology firm, has entered into partnership with City Business…


Computing

UGANDA STANBIC BANK GETS NEW PAYMENT SOFTWARE

Stanbic Bank has introduced software to ease payments of large volumes of money by Electronic File Transfer (EFT) or Real time Gross Settlement (RTGS). The new system comes only days…


Computing

FUTUREX FEELS THE ABSENCE OF THE 'BIG GUYS'

Walking down the aisles at the Futurex trade show last week was an unsettling experience. You didn't bump into other people and jostle for space as you do at some…


Computing

ACER ACHIEVES BIGGEST EAST AFRICAN PC DEAL IN ETHIOPIA

Acer Computer, a worldwide supplier of notebook and desktop computers has announced the completion of a deal to supply the Ethiopian Ministry of Education (MOE) with high-end Acer computers. The…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Global Information Society Watch 2007 report - the first in a series of annual reports- looks at state of the field of information and communication technology (ICT) policy…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Telecel Zimbabwe has signed additional roaming agreements with unnamed international operators as the mobile operator seeks to increase its share of the market as the country steps up preparations…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SH2.1 BILLION REFUNDS FOR ACCESSKENYA IPO INVESTORS

The majority of the over 26,000 retail investors who applied for AccessKenya Initial Public Offer (IPO) are set to receive a meagre 900 shares. These are applicants who applied for…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EGYPT WELL-PLACED AS THE NEXT HOT SPOT FOR IT OUTSOURCING

Yankee Group says that it thinks Egypt could soon become the India of the Middle East as it seeks to develop its share of the global outsourcing market. As this…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AFRICA CELLULAR TOWERS GAINS ON DEALS IN WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA

Telecommunications infrastructure and support systems supply group Africa Cellular Towers has continued to benefit from trading conditions. The company, which listed on AltX in November last year, increased net profit…


Digital Content

SOUTH AFRICAN MP DE LILLE URGES ACTION ON BLOGS, MXIT

ID leader Patricia de Lille has urged the government to regulate internet blog sites and the popular Mxit text message service. De Lille also indicated that the ID will ask…


Digital Content

MOBILE PHONES REVOLUTIONIZE AFRICAN BANKING

Mobile phone banking is expanding across the region from South Africa to Kenya and is putting the poor directly in control of their own finances like never before. In Africa,…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Information on government services is now available in all 11 official languages, from Afrikaans to isiZulu on www.services.gov.za . - In line with other African countries, Gabon’s administration has…


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PEOPLE

Peter Watt has resigned from his position of CEO of Business Connexion. Deputy CEO Benjamin Mophatlane will take over. Two Algerian journalists, Tarak Hafid (Le Soir d’Algerie) and Mourad Slimani…


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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

PROJECT MANAGER – ERICSSON - ALGERIA The company seeks and experienced Telecom Project Manager. Applicants will have at least 5 years experience as PM in telecom Projects. Experience in running…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

TELMA AND LANDPARK - MADAGASCAR Mobile operator Telma has acquired licences from Landpark to set up a management information system for its telecom and IT equipment. WANA AND COMPTEL -…