Issue no 357

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Two new fibre contenders – this time it’s Southern Africa

One new major fibre project came into the light of day last week and further details emerged about another. The first is an ambitious initiative to create a Southern African fibre network on the back of the South African Power Pool transmission network: for Expressions of Interest for building it see the Jobs and Opportunities column at the bottom of this week’s issue. The second is WAFS, a Telkom South Africa-managed project that seeks to connect South Africa to Nigeria to relieve capacity problems on SAT3. Russell Southwood investigates. African Dark Fibre Communications Ltd is at an advanced stage of…

Telecoms

NEW FIXED LINE PHONE OPERATOR APPROVED IN MALAWI

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has issued a licence to Access Communications Limited as the country’s second national operator (SNO) to provide fixed public telecommunications services in competition with the…


Telecoms

LIBERIA: NEW BILL AUTHORISES RAISING LTC FROM THE DEAD

There is a growing debate in many quarters as to the fate of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) in the new Telecommunications Act 2006 submitted to the National Legislature for…


Telecoms

MTN RWANDA, SAFARICOM IN REGIONAL ROAMING TALKS

Telecom operator, MTN Rwandacell will soon be the latest affiliate in the regional free-roaming zone bonanza. If concluded, the deal will allow nationals in Rwanda and the rest of the…


Telecoms

PHONE-TAPPING TO BE LEGALISED IN UGANDA?

Government security agencies will start tapping phones freely should the Bill seeking to legalise interception of information get approval from Parliament. The Regulation of Interception of Communication Bill 2007, which…


Telecoms

GLO AND RIVERS STATE TO SPEND N.3BN ON RURAL TELEPHONY

The administration of the immediate-past Governor of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili committed N.3billion to rural telephony in collaboration with Nigeria's Second National Carrier, Globacom. Under the state's sustainable development…


Telecoms

COPS CRACK DOWN ON BTC CABLE THIEVES IN BOTSWANA

The Cat and Mouse game between cops and BTC cable thieves might be coming to an end as police cracks down on the syndicate that has ripped off the government…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Orange Bissau, the mobile unit set up by France Télécom through its 42.33% owned Senegalese subsidiary Sonatel, launched services in the country making it the third operator in the…


Internet

UGANDA BEGINS LAYING 2,500KMS OF FIBRE

The Uganda Government has secured a US$106m (about sh180b) loan from the Chinese government to construct a national data transmission backbone infrastructure to foster the development of information and communication…


Internet

AFRICA ONLINE TO EXPAND WIRELESS BROADBAND SERVICES IN GHANA

Africa Online, an Internet service provider in Ghana has announced that it would extend its services, particularly wireless broadband infrastructure throughout the country to optimize its network capabilities for the…


Internet

ACCESSKENYA GROUP LAUNCHES “BUSH” A VSAT SOLUTION FOR REMOTE SITES

The AccessKenya Group last week launched a new Direct Out VSAT solution for remote users. Through this product christened Bush, remote users will now be able to get connected from…


Internet

E-MAIL CAN GET COMPANIES INTO TROUBLE, SAYS SA’S DELOITTE

Email may be an easy way to keep in touch but it's also an easy way to get into trouble -- especially at work. Recent scandals -- such as the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Togo’s internet users will from now on enjoy broadband with the launch by Togo Telecom of its ADSL service branded “Helim”. The service is currently available in Lomé and…


Computing

NEW ICT LAWS TO BE INTRODUCED IN UGANDA

The Government is in the process of establishing the legal infrastructure to support the e-social/economic environment. The infrastructure to support the rapid growth of the information and communication technology (ICT)…


Computing

OMATEK LAUNCHES COMPUTERS FOR ALL FOR CROSS RIVERIANS IN NIGERIA

Omatek Computers Limited in conjunction with the Governor Duke led Cross Rivers State government and Afribank last Thursday officially launched the Computer for All 'Crossriverian' Initiative. This is on the…


Computing

CISCO WITHDRAWS FROM MBEKI'S INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY GROUP

The world's largest networking company, Cisco Systems, has pulled out of President Thabo Mbeki's international technology advisory group, it emerged last week. The think-tank was launched in 2001 so Mbeki…


Computing

VIRGIN NIGERIA BEGINS E-TICKETING IN NIGERIA

Ahead of the December deadline for airlines to commence e-ticketing, Virgin Nigeria Plc says it has started the process on all its domestic routes. Larry Agose, the airline's Director of…


Computing

NEW COMPUTER SOFTWARE FOR EXAM MANAGEMENT IN RWANDA

The Rwanda National Examination Council (RNEC) has adopted a GBP164,000 (approx. Frw176 million) computer software programme for examination management system. The new software 'Faim' replaces the out-of-use Microsoft Excel and…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- This week the PCLinuxOS community have brought out the final release of PCLinuxOS 2007 which comes with all the latest versions of several popular open source programs. - The…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Mobile telecommunications Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has completed the installation of GPRS on its network which will enable its customers and visitors roaming in Zimbabwe to use the Blackberry-enabled cellphones…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MOBITEL ENTERS US$363 MILLION FUNDING AGREEMENT IN SUDAN

MTC Group has inked a US$363.3 million development deal for its Sudanese venture Mobitel. The facility, called Murabaha, has been supplied by both regional and local financial institutions including Kuwait's…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

STATE BID TO ATTRACT CALL CENTRES TO SOUTH AFRICA FALLS FLAT

A Government scheme to lure international call centre operators to SA has not elicited a single application, it emerged last week, dashing high hopes that up to 100,000 new jobs…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NIGERIAN FIRM IN BT'S $20BN DEAL

British Telecom has entered into a US$20 billion partnership deal with a Lagos-based wireline telecoms firm, 21st Century Technologies. Within the partnership agreement, 21st Century Technologies will manage the Nigerian…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AUDIT REPORT CASTIGATES ETC IN ETHIOPIA

The audit report of the Ethiopian Telecommunications (ETC) revealed that there were several flaws with different procurements made by the corporation. The purchases of broadband internet, CBAC data network, and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- South African cellular group Vodacom has reported a 22.9% increase in full-year operating profit to ZAR10.9 billion (USD1.5 billion), with revenues up 20.9% to ZAR41.1 billion. The group’s customer…


Digital Content

YOUTUBE SITE BLOCKED FOR MAROC TELECOM SUBSCRIBERS

Reporters Without Borders has voiced concern about the blocking of access to video-sharing website YouTube by the Moroccan Internet server (ISP) Maroc Telecom since May 25 2007. The ISP failed…


Digital Content

SOUTH AFRICAN BLOGGERS TO MEET PEERS IN REST OF AFRICA

Proof that blogging is going mainstream comes with a decision by 25 South Africans to attend the African leg of an international conference. The Technology Entertainment Design conference will be…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Nigerian company Gold-Sphinx Technologies, an Information Technology services provider has introduced a professional directory, the largest online locator of real estate properties and professionals nationwide. - Algeria mobile operator…


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PEOPLE

Telkom South Africa announced that Sandi Linford will replace Vincent Mashale as its Company Secretary with immediate effect. Tina Byaruhanga, the PR manager of MTN Uganda, is leaving the telecommunications…


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EVENTS

- ICTS FOR CIVIL SOCIETY CONFERENCE June 2007 – South Africa The conference and exhibition organised by SANGONeT will be aimed at increasing NGOs’ awareness of the strategic importance of…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION PROJECT: INSTALLATION AND OPERATION OF FIBER OPTIC NETWORK REGION: SOUTHERN AFRICA SUMMARY OF OPPORTUNITY Africa Dark Fibre Communications Ltd (“ADFC”), an international consortium…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

GV TELECOM, PRESTEL AND HUAWEI – NIGERIA GV Telecom,Prestel and Hauwei have signed a $250 million equipment contract for a CDMA 1x & EV-DO network rollout.The project will be implemented…