Issue no 387

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North Africa: Morocco to get full local loop unbundling in July 2008 and pressures to unbundle grow in Tunisia

With its more prosperous economies, North Africa has been amongst the leaders in terms of broadband subscribers on the continent. But now they are beginning to lead the way in terms of addressing local loop unbundling. In a recent decision, the Moroccan regulator ANRT has decreed that there will be partial unbundling starting this month and full unbundling in July 2008. Not surprisingly, operators elsewhere in North Africa are beginning to advocate these in their own country. The partial unbundling allows operators access to copper pairs for DSL connections but leaves voice operations only in the hands of existing operator.…

Telecoms

Vodacom to up its offer for Ghana Telecom?

Reports in the Ghanaian Chronicle suggest that Vodacom is preparing for the 51% stake in incumbent Ghana Telecom that the Government has decided to put back on the market after…


Telecoms

Malawi Telecom Workers' Strike Worries Minister

A dispute over retirement benefits dating back to the beginning of Malawi Telecoms privatisation is having severe consequences for Malawi. Its Information and Civic Education Minister Patricia Kaliati on Monday…


Telecoms

Mauritius Telephone Operators May Run out of Numbers, mobile operator warns

Mobile telephone operators in Mauritius are warning the government of an urgent need to solve the problem of telephone numbering as the numbers still in their disposal will soon run…


Telecoms

Telecoms Agency for Country's Poor Samples Highlife in South Africa

A cash-strapped agency designed to take telecommunications into poor and rural areas has been criticised for spending R281,000 on an advertorial in a British Airways in-flight magazine. The Universal Service…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given a six months ultimatum to Transnational Corporation (Transcorp), owners of former incumbent telco NITEL and troubled GSM operator M-Tel, to revive its…


Internet

Fuel Leakage Paralyses Take-off of Pan-African Satellite RASCOM

Technicians have announce stop-gap measures to save RASCOM-QAF 1, Africa's the newest satellite over Africa from a fuel leakage problem. Technician at Thales Alenia Space, the company that built the…


Internet

Nigeria’s Fantsuam pioneers wireless service dubbed Zittnet

Veteran Nigerian ICT NGO Fantsuam Foundation is running a rural wireless initiative called Zittnet, enabled by a partnership between IT +46, a Swedish based consultancy company focusing on ICT's for…


Internet

Morocco's blogosphere takes off

It may be a far cry from the millions of blogs active in the West, but Morocco's blogosphere has taken off as the liveliest free-speech zone in largely conservative Muslim…


Internet

Reader Comments:

An article in Issue 386, "Nigeria’s National Internet Gateway of Controversy" reads "Thompson said the establishment of a parallel company to operate the country's internet gateway contradicts some sections of…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The construction of the SEACOM cable connecting the South and East Africa countries of South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Kenya and Tanzania with India and Egypt has commenced. - Good…


Computing

Intel Pulls Out From One Laptop Per Child Project

Intel has pulled out of One Laptop Per Child project expected to put cheap laptops in the hands of children in the developing world. With this, the software giant has…


Computing

Nigeria’s IT company Chams Gets ISO 9000 Certification Endorsement

Chams Nigeria Plc, a technology company with a specialisation in plastic card technologies and electronic payment solutions has secured the ISO 9,000 certification. ISO 9,000 is a family of standards…


Computing

Young, Talented And Ambitious IT engineers willing to succeed in Uganda

We walked in Kampala for three consecutive days looking for companies for whom we could develop websites, but we failed. Two young upcoming entrepreneurs are looking into their own futures…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- UNESCO guidelines for teachers to use information and communication technology (ICT) to improve education were presented to Education Ministers from more than 100 countries, and to the press, at…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Newly appointed CEO of Gambian mobile operator Africell, Badara Mbye, told to the local paper “the Daily Observer” that the company has now reached over 400,000 active subscribers. Network…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Etisalat raises stake in Sudan's Canar to 82%

A statement released by the Emirates Telecommunications Corp. (Etisalat) said that the company has taken control of Sudan's Canar Telecommunications by almost doubling its stake to 82 percent, Gulf News…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Visafone Buys Bourdex Telecom in Nigeria

Visafone Communications Limited has closed a deal to buy 100 per cent stakes in Bourdex Telecom, a private telecoms company headquartered in Aba, Abia State. With good footprint in the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom Kenya Deal On Course Despite Violence

France Telecom, the company that bought a 51 per cent stake in Telkom Kenya last month, has no plans to revise the deal despite the recent outbreak of violence, contrary…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Bankers to gather for Technology Conference in February

Over 50 expert speakers, 10 sponsoring companies, 40 exhibiting companies, five Masterclasses, an intensive three-day conference and a full-day course in innovative banking will all add up to an event…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Vodafone Group Chief Executive Arun Sarin said this the company had "important acquisitions in Asia and Africa that we have to make" in 2008. Sarin was speaking on Sky…


Digital Content

Kenya’s House Buyers to Get Sale Details On Phone

High-end property marketing has moved a notch higher with the introduction of a text message service that allows potential buyers or tenants to receive property details without going through the…


Digital Content

Self-Service becoming a way of life for South African consumers

South African companies that want to remain competitive in a market where consumers are hungry for fast, convenient service need to offer easy-to-use self-service tools that allow customers to help…


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People

- Badara Mbye has recently been appointed as the new managing director of Africell, a GSM operator in The Gambia. - Kamel Saadaoui has been nominated as member representing the…


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Events

* 3RD ANNUAL DIGITAL BROADCASTING SWITCHOVER FORUM 29 Jan – 1 Feb 2008, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa Covering National Switchover Frameworks and Planning, the Digital Dividend, the Results of WRC…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Expert to assist drafting a comprehensive ICT Bill – Congo DRC The Danish Managament is looking for an expert to assist the Ministry of Post, Telephone and Telecommunications to…


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Contracts

* Warid Telecom and Motorola - Uganda Motorola announced that it has been selected by Warid Telecom Uganda, part of Warid Telecom International, to design and deploy an 802.16e WiMAX…