Issue no 391

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Tomorrow’s Internet users today – African universities play catch-up with online content

African universities are crucial to the future development of the Internet on the continent in two ways. Firstly, they contain one of the largest groups of existing and potential users: today’s student user is tomorrow’s future decision-maker. Secondly, universities should be generators of content that will be used by the same students to increase their knowledge and skills. The Kenyan Government and Google have both said they want to provide free Internet connectivity to students. Russell Southwood looks at what the Webometrics rankings can tell us about how far Africa’s universities have to travel. http://www.webometrics.info/top100_continent.asp?cont=africa It provides a raking of…

Telecoms

CCK to Set Up New Licence Regime in Kenya

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) plans to introduce a single licensing framework and market structure beginning July 1st 2008. Currently, the regulator said, it is collating views from stakeholders…


Telecoms

Cost of Pre-Paid Calls to Rise in Namibia

Users of pre-paid airtime sold by telecommunications providers have been slapped with a 15 percent value added tax (VAT) from February 1st. This follows a 15 percent VAT imposed by…


Telecoms

Visafone, EMTS go live soon as telecoms market hits 41.5 million lines in Nigeria

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telecoms sector regulator said last weekend that two new companies, Visafone and Emerging Market Telecommunications Service (EMTS) are soon to roll out commercial service…


Telecoms

South Africa's SNO Neotel delays residential services launch

Neotel has confirmed an updated launch date for its commercial residential services.Last year Neotel said that consumers can expect a commercial residential offering in the first quarter of this year.…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Pan-African satellite RASCOM has been put in orbit despite the serious problems it encountered during its launch in December 07. Fuel linkages have shortened the satellite life expectancy to…


Internet

Telecom Egypt commissions new submarine cable network linking Northern Egypt to France

Telecom Egypt, the incumbent telecom operator in Egypt, and Alcatel-Lucent announced they have signed a USD125 million contract to deploy a new submarine cable network linking Sidi Kerir in Egypt…


Internet

VANS fume over licence conversion process in South Africa

Value added network services (VANS) are decrying the Independent Communications Authority of SA's (ICASA's) delay in converting them to full individual electronic communications network services (ECNS) licensees, and lawyers are…


Internet

Google Starts Recruitment Plan to Up Clout in Africa

Internet search company Google Kenya's Nairobi office is searching for five senior executives for its African operations, laying the foundation for a looming market share battle on the continent. The…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Uganda’s Ministry of ethics, Nsaba Buturo, has announced that the Government has plans to review the pornography law in place. "The anti-pornography bill will soon be tabled in Parliament…


Computing

Federal Government Bans Import of Tokunbo (secondhand) Computers in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) last week banned the import of secondhand computers and other used electronic items otherwise known as Tokunbo. Briefing State House correspondents after the FEC meeting…


Computing

Translate.org Recognised for Multilingual Software in South Africa

South Africa's leading developer of multilingual software, Translate.org.za, has been recognised by the Pan South African Language Board, for its ground-breaking work in this field. The PanSALB award for Multilingualism…


Computing

Nigeria: Much scepticism about OPLC project

One Lap Top Per Child Project has been putting a brave face on the pull-out of Intel from its project. However, the tide of scepticism is growing about the project…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- South Africa has rolled out its new next generation network across its main public administrations at a cost of R454m. Neotel won the contract ahead of Telkom last year…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- South Africa’s mobile operator, MTN, has become the first cellular network company in the world to introduce fluctuating fees that could see users save up to 95% if they…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Cellphone banking grows up as penetration rate doubles

The penetration of cellphone banking in South Africa has more than doubled in one year, according to the Mobility 2007 research study, released in November 2007. And that usage will…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda’s Mbire Sells 50 Percent of Nilecom to South Africa Firm

The Celcom Group, a South African telecom company, has acquired a 50.5% stake in Nilecom, one of MTN's exclusive dealers in Uganda. Nilecom is owned by Charles Mbire, a city…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nokia Siemens, Huawei Renew Commitment to TD Joint Venture in Nigeria

Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei) have announced the signing of a formal agreement to reinforce the R&D capability of their joint venture, TD Tech by injecting…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mobile Phone Tax Revenues Hit Sh4.8bn in Kenya

The mobile phone industry's importance in the domestic economy grew significantly last year pushing the service providers to the league of top tax payers, official data indicates. Monthly Economic Review…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- The Public Enterprises Evaluation and Privatisation Agency (PEEPA) has signed a contract agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to act as transactional advisors in the Privatisation of Botswana…


Digital Content

90 Percent Internet Fraud in Nigeria targeted at the financial sector

Kalu Ndukwe of the Nigerian Internet registration Association, NIRA has stated that over 90% of internet scams in the country is targeted at the financial sector. Ndukwe who made the…


Digital Content

Why You Should Switch Off Your Bluetooth?

Your Bluetooth could land you into a lot of problems if left unattended. While a Bluetooth offers a number of interesting features that can simplify our daily lives, savvy blue…


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People

* The management of Celtel Nigeria has announced the departure of Henry Imaseka and Tito Alai from the company's board. In a related development, the Management of Celtel Nigeria has…


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Events

* ICT AFRICA 13-15 February 2008, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ICT Africa 2008 offers: A Plenary session featuring policy makers, Business leaders and key ICT research leaders High quality, peer reviewed…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Operations Manager – Congo (Brazaville) The company is looking for an experienced and mature O&M Engineer to lead a team of 4 O&M engineers ( Core Network, IN, OSS,…


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Contracts

* Zain Group and Det Norske Veritas - Africa Zain Group, owners of Celtel International, a leading mobile telecoms operator across the Middle East and Africa, has pledged to comply…