Issue no 402

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Second Africa ICT Best Practice conference in Ouaga – Closing the gap between words and action

This week, the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou hosted the second annual “Africa ICT Best Practice Forum” which serves as a practical way for Governments from across Africa to share their own experiences and demonstrate practical examples of successful technology solutions in their respective countries. It attracted a large crowd of Ministers and civil servants from all over Africa and was held in at the same time as Burkina Faso’s national Internet week and the local ICT event SITICI. Isabelle Gross was there to find out what was happening. Attendance at the forum was sponsored by Microsoft, the European Union…

Telecoms

Mozambique’s Government Denies Plans to Privatise TDM

Mozambican Transports and Communications Minister Paulo Zucula assured workers of the Mozambique Telecommunications company (TDM) that the government has no plans to privatise the company. Zucula was speaking in Maputo…


Telecoms

NCA forges on with ‘beauty contest’ for sixth mobile licence in Ghana

The Ghanaian telecoms regulator, the National Communication Authority (NCA), is said to be ploughing ahead with plans to license a sixth mobile operator in the country, contrary to earlier rumours…


Telecoms

Company Aims to Bring a Smile to Poor With Free Cellphone Numbers in South Africa

Telecom’s veteran Irene Charnley is back in business with a new venture to make communications more affordable for the masses. Charnley -- a billionaire thanks to her years as a…


Telecoms

GSM Operators are Given an Ultimatum in Liberia

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has given the four GSM cell phone providers until May 7, 2008 to comply with the authority's licensing standardisation process consistent with the telecom laws…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Uganda has suspended the creation of a communications court pending the harmonisation of relevant laws. Minister for Information and Communication Technology Dr Ham Mulira said the establishment of the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Uganda Communications Commission will set up Internet facilities in 43 district health offices. The western and eastern region will each get 14 computer laboratories, the central region 12…


Internet

Private Operators to Manage Fibre-Optic Network in Uganda

The Uganda government plans to privatise the management of its fibre optic cable network. Information and Communication Technology Minister Ham Mulira said a study is being undertaken to establish a…


Internet

Nigeria’s Representatives Set to Investigate Activities of SAT-3

According to the chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Communications, Hon. Jerry Mamwe, the strike which has just been called off has raised fundamental questions on the services…


Internet

ADSL prices to be cut by half in Algeria

Algeria’s communications minister has announced that tariffs for ADSL broadband internet services will be cut by 50%. State-owned Algerie Telecom will reduce charges for a 128kbps connection to DZD590 (USD9)…


Computing

D-Link to Manufacture Networking Component in Nigeria

D-Link International of Singapore has commenced the process that will lead to the manufacturing of computer Networking Components in Nigeria. This will be the first of its kind initiative in…


Computing

New goals and vision for the OLPC low-cost laptop program

A key person behind the "$100 laptop" for schoolchildren has left the project as the organization overhauls its operations and prepares to tweak its open-source approach by welcoming Microsoft Corp.'s…


Computing

Ubuntu Hardy Heron causes download frenzy

Ubuntu’s Hardy Heron OS was released recently causing a download frenzy among Linux enthusiasts Ubuntu 8.04, aka Hardy Heron, was released yesterday and is the latest Long Term Support product…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Africans experts of the sector of road, air, maritime and railway transportation are discussing in the Republic of Algeria, mechanisms to create integrated computerising systems for the sector in…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- South Africa’s SNO Neotel unveils the price of its NeoConnect Prime consumer offering. NeoConnect Prime provides consumers with a CDMA voice & Internet device, a 2.4 Mbps Internet connection…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Beget Pins Hopes On Schools Business in South Africa

Beget is pinning its recovery hopes on a deal to serve as a sub-contractor on a much-delayed tender to supply internet access to schools in Gauteng. The technology developer produces…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda’s ICT Ministry Fails to Utilise Sh5b budget money

The information and technology ministry (ICT) used only 19.4% of the money allocated to it during the 2007/08 financial year. The MPs on the ICT committee yesterday expressed surprise on…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Growth strategy pays off for Vox Telecom

Strong organic growth and strategic acquisitions boost alternative telco’s performance Alternative telecommunications operator Vox Telecom has announced a 231% jump in revenues, to R869 million, in its unaudited results for…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom announces BEE partners

Vodacom announced the preferred strategic partners for the Vodacom South Africa BEE transaction Alan Knott-Craig, CEO of Vodacom Group, today announced the preferred strategic partners for the Vodacom South Africa…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Wireless holding group Millicom International Cellular has reported first quarter results for the three months ended 31 March 2008 which show a 42% increase in revenues to USD801 million…


Digital Content

Online fundraising project kicks off in South Africa

The worldwide growth in Internet use and fundraising by NGOs has been phenomenal. Funds raised online have increased from $250 million in 2000 to more than $5 billion in 2006.…


Digital Content

MSN gains new Maghreb portal

Microsoft has launched a new French-language Maghreb portal for its MSN service, which will provide up-to-the-minute news and entertainment for its users in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. The new portal's…


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People

* Fixed-line operator Telkom has appointed the head of the PIC, Brian Molefe, alternate director to Mr AG Rhoda.


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Events

* THIRD AFRICAN BANKING TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE 6-7 May 2008, Lagos, Nigeria The event is being hosted by AITEC Africa and will focus on "Competing in a Borderless World". This conference…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Roaming Coordinator – Guinea The primary purpose of position is to perform all technical and administrative tasks related to launch and operation of International networks/countries to facilitate Cellcom to…


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Contracts

* LTC and Alcatel-Lucent - Libya Alcatel-Lucent will build a WiMax network in Libya costing 70 million dinars ($59.68 million) to bring wireless Internet to the north African country's towns…