Issue no 359 17th June 2009

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One laptop per child starting pilots in South Africa and Nigeria

Although the roll-out date for One Laptop Per Child’s (OLPC) low-cost machine has been put back until October 2007, OLPC is using a limited number of trial machines to run pilots to gain experience of how it will work in the local context. The machine is made of tough white and green plastic, has a four-hour battery, a color screen and built-in Wi-Fi. Russell Southwood caught up last week with Antoine Van Gelder who is part of OLPC’s South African developer programme. He gave a frank but enthusiastic assessment of what’s being done to get the machine into use in…

Telecoms

SUDAN TO LIBERALIZE COMMUNICATION SECTOR

The liberalization and privatization process of Sudan’s communication sector is on the right track, according to the country’s Information and Communications Minister Al-Zahawi Ibrahim Malik. He said the African country…


Telecoms

TELKOM SOUTH AFRICA PLANS PRICE REDUCTIONS FOR AUGUST

In its drive to make telecommunications more affordable and accessible, Telkom has planned overall price reductions from 1 August this year. The telecommunications giant is waiting for word from the…


Telecoms

GSM USERS MAY PAY N8.1BN ANNUALLY FOR ANTI-THEFT SCHEME IN NIGERIA

Mobile phone subscribers will pay about N8.1 billion annually under a proposal being pushed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to implement a system for blocking stolen handsets on the…


Telecoms

ETHIOPIAN TELECOMMUNICATION CORPORATION EXPANDS MOBILE SERVICE

The Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) announced that is expanding mobile telephone service in connection of the celebration of the Ethiopian Millennium. The General Manager of ETC’s Corporate Communications, Abdurhim Ahmed,…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- In Benin, the government of President Yaya Boni, has announced an increase of the fees for mobile phone licences from 5 to 30 billion CFA (from US$10 to US$60…


Internet

EASSY SIGNS INTERCONNECTS TO EUROPE AND ASIA

The East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) has concluded interconnection agreements with three cable systems to carry traffic between Africa, Europe and Asia. It has also included the Comoros in…


Internet

MALAWI GOVERNMENT EXPLORES LEGALISING VOIP

The Malawian Government has joined the lengthening list of African governments looking at legalising VoIP. Information and Civic Education Minister Patricia Kaliati disclosed this at a weeklong seminar on VoIP/SIP…


Internet

ISP CONSORTIUM PLANS NATIONWIDE BROADBAND NETWORK IN NIGERIA

25 Internet service providers (ISPs) across the country have decided to come together to form an alliance to build a broadband network in all the major cities of Nigeria. The…


Internet

SATELLITE IMAGES PUT ALL EYES ON DARFUR

A US science organisation has developed a system to enable human rights groups to access high-resolution satellite images and monitor the activity of military groups in Sudan's western region, Darfur.…


Internet

DOMAIN NAME RULES 'ARE WORKING' IN SOUTH AFRICA

The inflexibility of two companies which were fighting over the brand name Mr Plastic has been resolved in the first verdict handed down under new rules for quelling local internet…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Google has opened its first office in the region in Cairo, Egypt. The branch has been set-up in part to support and promote recently launched Arabic language versions of…


Computing

NAMIBIA GEARS FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING

Although Cabinet has only agreed in principle to consider electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the next national and presidential elections at the end of 2009, the Electoral Commission of Namibia…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- UNIDO and Microsoft signed an accord in Ouagadougou to implement a common initiative to equip African Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with second-hand computers collected from big companies. -…


Computing

GAMBIA’S ICT MINISTRY SIGNS MOU WITH MICROSOFT

Mrs Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, Secretary of State for Communications and Information Technology has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft Africa for cooperation and support in various areas of Information and…


Computing

TANZANIA’S AIRLINE PRECISION CONFIDENT OF E-TICKETING TARGET STATUS

Precision Air, the fifth e-ticketing compliant airline in Africa, is targeting to attain 100% e-ticketing eligibility by September this year. Alfonse Kioko, the Airline's managing director and CEO, said recently…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Celtel Nigeria has spent around NGN8.6 billion (USD69 million) on the expansion of its network over the last twelve months with the completion the transmission backbone from the South…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ZANTEL PAYS 350M DIVIDENDS TO ZANZIBAR GOVERNMENT

Zantel, a cellular phone company has paid TS350 million (US$285,000) to the Zanzibar government as its share of dividend for a two year period from 2005-2007. Zantel board chairman Salem…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ODD COUPLE TELKOM AND VODACOM MAY PART

Telkom and Vodacom are sending out signals that their long and often fiery relationship is coming to an end, with Telkom looking likely to sell its 50% stake to Vodacom's…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IFC INVESTMENT HELPS IMPROVE AND EXPAND MTC-CELTEL MOBILE SERVICES IN FIVE AFRICAN COUNTRIES

IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, last week announced that it will provide financing to five subsidiaries of Celtel International B.V. to help expand and upgrade…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CASH-FLUSH VODACOM 'ON PROWL FOR MAJOR BUY'

Vodacom is planning a multi- million-rand acquisition to catapult it further in the internet arena, and has set its sights on a technology group that is welcoming its overtures. CEO…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VAT CONFUSION OVER NEW TELEPHONE TARIFFS IN NIGERIA

Confusion has continued to trail the adjustments made by mobile and fixed telecommunication operators to their tariffs as a result of the 100 per cent increase in the value added…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Telkom South Africa has reported an 8.4% rise in operating revenue to ZAR51.62 billion (USD7.32 billion), though operating profit fell back 1.4% to ZAR14.47 billion. The fall in earnings…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

WHAT READERS SAY

ISSUE 358 – BGAN LAUNCH CORRECTIONS In this issue you stated that Inmarsat had re-launched its Regional BGAN Service. In fact, the system is not Regional BGAN (RBGAN) which will…


Digital Content

ANONYMITY IN THE BLOGOSPHERE A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE

Even though mystery "rent boy" Skye recently removed the list of his alleged clients from a web log (blog) which threatened the reputations of a number of high-profile South Africans,…


Digital Content

LAUNCH OF A WEB SITE EMPOWERING THE DISABLED IN TUNISIA

People with specific needs in Tunisia will henceforth be able to access a new website allowing them better integration in society. Thanks to a website launched by the Ministry of…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Government of South Africa has launched a web site www.sa2010.gov.za which aims to provide information on government's preparations for the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup.


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PEOPLE

Nigeria's Internet Service Provider, HiREST Africa Limited has announced the appointment of Mrs. Ify Obim as the company's Regional Director for the Eastern Region of Nigeria. The Executive Board of…


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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

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - UBUNTUNET ALLIANCE – NAIROBI, KENYA The UbuntuNet Alliance wishes to appoint an enthusiastic and self motivated person as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This is a full-time…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

UNITEL AND ERICSSON - ANGOLA The Angolan private telephone company Unitel and Ericsson signed an agreement for the supply, equipping and assistance estimated at USD 45 million. Ericsson will install…