Issue no 362

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Kenya’s economy held back by lack of online payment authorisation systems

The Kenyan Government is putting its country forward as a place that is open for business. It is moving to privatise both Telkom Kenya and divest itself of Safaricom. It has moved with considerable speed to put in place its own fibre project TEAMS. But parts of the private sector are having difficulty keeping up with the idea of Kenya having an open, modern economy. Although there are a couple of new entrants in the country’s banking sector, it is largely dominated by international banks whose managements defer to head office on innovation. This is going to cause the country…

Telecoms

THREE LOCALS APPLY FOR MOBILE LICENCES IN MALAWI

Three local companies have joined two foreign companies in the race for a license to roll out mobile phone services. Malawi Communication and Regulatory Authority (Macra) said last Monday, local…


Telecoms

BT EMERGES FRONTRUNNER IN RACE TO BUY TELKOM KENYA, ACCORDING TO GOVT OFFICIAL

A consortium that includes British Telecoms and Libyan investors has emerged as the only strong contender to acquire a strategic 40 per cent shareholding in Telkom Kenya. People close to…


Telecoms

ETISALAT EGYPT TO BID FOR FIXED LINE LICENCE

Etisalat Egypt is to bid for Egypt's second fixed line network licence, according to a report by news agency MENA. The bid will be the first the company has made…


Telecoms

UGANDA TELECOM SETS UP REGIONAL ROAMING NETWORK

Uganda telecom will become the third local telecom company operator to go regional when it launches its regional roaming scheme next week.Hans Paulsen, the chief operations officer, said this week…


Telecoms

VOX TELECOM EXPANDS INTO CONSUMER MARKET WITH VOIP SERVICE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Vox Telecom has launched the first phase of their residential voice offering, Vox Home, competing directly with Telkom’s fixed line voice services.  The Vox solution is essentially a high-quality, low-barrier-to-entry…


Telecoms

IN BRIEF:

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given 'notice to issue direction' to all GSM operators in the country to suspend free calls and other promos being run by the…


Internet

ACCESSKENYA PLANS ACQUISITION OF ISP

Technology firm AccessKenya says it hopes to acquire part of Todays Online, another Internet service provider, but is awaiting regulatory approval. The company plans to take over a number of…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICA’S INTERNET ACCESS GROWS, BUT ONLY FOR THE HAVES

The number of South Africans with access to the Internet will grow by little more than 3% in 2007, despite massive growth in broadband connectivity. This is the key finding…


Internet

GOVERNMENT FINALISING NEW CYBER LAWS IN UGANDA

The Government is finalising new cyber laws aimed at protecting computer users from cyber crime. The information and communications technology minister, Ham Mulira, said the laws include personal intrusion, national…


Internet

INTERNET ACCCESS AND USAGE ON THE INCREASE IN MOROCCO

According the third annual edition of a national survey  organised by Morocco’s National Telecommunication Agency, the ANRT, Internet access and usage is on the increase with a heavy take-up of…


Internet

IN BRIEF:

- Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT-1, Engineer Ahmed T. Rufai has announced the commencement of commercial activities. The company has received enormous expressions of interest for the purchase of bandwidth on…


Computing

FUNDS CLEARED FOR INDIA'S E-PROJECT IN AFRICA

India's dream e-project in Africa that seeks to bridge the digital divide among 53 countries of the continent moved one step closer to reality Thursday as the cabinet approved Rs.5.42…


Computing

SITA WINS ALGERIAN STATE CONTRACT

The State IT Agency (Sita) has won a major boost of confidence from an unexpected source by clinching a contract to provide the Algerian foreign affairs ministry with a highly…


Computing

NITDA COMMENDS SPEEDSTAR 200 PCS CAPACITY FACTORY IN NIGERIA

Prof. Cleopas Angaye, the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) has described the newly opened 200 PCs per day capacity assembly factory of Speedstar brand of computers…


Computing

IT ENABLED SERVICE TO BOOST ECONOMIC GROWTH IN GHANA

The Minister of Communication, Professor Mike Oquaye, on Thursday said government had identified Information Technology Enabled Service (ITES) as a priority sector to accelerate economic growth. "Government is fully aware…


Computing

IN BRIEF:

- The Foundation for Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) has offered a prize for the best campaign against Microsoft's attempt to gain international standardisation for its Office format.- In Uganda, the…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAG

- The anniversary promotion embarked on by Celtel Nigeria to reward loyal subscribers has, instead, turned out to be a nightmare as the network's capacity to originate or terminate most…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

M-CEL RUNNING AT A PROFIT IN MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique's publicly owned cell phone company M-Cel is now running at a healthy profit while its sole competitor, the South African owned Vodacom, is still making heavy losses. According to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

BUONGIORNO BUYS SOUTH AFRICA’S ITOUCH FOR €141M

South African-born technology company iTouch is being bought out for €141m by Italian digital entertainment specialist Buongiorno. iTouch was formed in Cape Town in 1995 and started out by developing…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

UGANDA’S MPS ALLOW GOVERNMENT TO GET SH48B LOAN FOR CHINESE BACKBONE PROJECT

Parliament has allowed the Government to borrow $30m (about sh48b) from China to improve the communication sector. The money, to be borrowed from the Export and Import Bank of China,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IN BRIEF:

- The Kenyan government has begun the process of selling a 25% stake in the country’s largest cellular operator, Safaricom. Authorities are seeking an adviser to handle the initial public…


Digital Content

NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION FORUM LAUNCHES PORTAL IN MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique's National Anti-Corruption Forum (FNAC) launched its Internet portal in Maputo on Monday, at a ceremony held on the premises of the Ministry of Science and Technology.The new portal -…


Digital Content

INTERNET SECOND HOME FOR 'SILVER SURFERS' IN SOUTH AFRICA

'Silver surfers' are becoming the fastest growing demographic group, according to Online Publishers Association (OPA). "Eschewing their technophobic tendencies, and coaxed online by their grandchildren, over 65 year-old wired seniors…


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PEOPLE

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation has announced that  Bashir Patel will become its new Director of Programmes and Business Development from Monday 2nd July.Printer vendor Xerox has appointed Natesh Mani director…


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EVENTS

- SATWIBB AFRICA: AFRICAN SATELLITE & WIRELESS BROADBAND CONFERENCE & VOIP FORUM    EAST AFRICA: Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, 11-13 July 2007 WEST AFRICA: Muson Centre, Lagos, 21-23 August 2007Theme: ”Broadband…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

ERICSSON CUSTOMER WAREHOUSE CO-ORDINATOR – SOUTHERN AFRICAThe company is looking for a experienced Ericsson Customer Warehouse Co-ordinator that has at least 1-2 years experience, You need to have excellent Cutomer…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

GLOBACOM AND SHELL – NIGERIAGlobacom emerged as the official telecoms partner for Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). Under the partnership, Globacom will provide telecom infrastructure such as Base Transceiver Stations…