Issue no 405

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Botswana and Cape Verde join the ranks of the real VoIP legalisers

The Agencia Nacional de Communicacoes of Cape Verde has signalled intention to legalise VoIP. It will licence international VoIP service providers offering cheap calling and offer two classes of numbering. It has also licensed another Triple Play operator which will take advantage of the change in regulation to offer IP-TV, Internet and voice services. It joins the last real legaliser Botswana’s BTA which also opened the door to international VoIP service providers at the end of last year. Russell Southwood caught up with these innovative regulators at ITU Telecom Africa 2008. Cape Verde’s Agencia Nacional de Communicacaoes (ANAC) has approved…

Telecoms

Is it going to be an Asian or Middle East groom for South Africa’s MTN bride?

Bharti Airtel is still definitely in, Etisalat has expressed a tentative interest, but Vodafone and China Mobile can be counted out in the guessing game of who is wooing MTN.…


Telecoms

Rwanda To Announce soon Tender For 3rd Telecom License

Rwanda plans to launch a tender for the country's third telco license for mobile and fixed-line operations within four months, the country's telecommunications minister. "Probably maximum in a month we…


Telecoms

Who does control Guinea Telecom and Guinetel?

The government of Guinea-Bissau in West Africa has taken management control of national fixed line operator Guinea Telecom and its mobile arm Guinetel, amid accusations that Portugal Telecom (PT) has…


Telecoms

NCC finally issues telecoms licence to NigComSat

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has finally granted a telecoms licence to Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat), the government-owned satellite services provider in a move that may see the feuding…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Mohamed Benhamou, Head of the transports, communications and telecommunications commission at the Algerian Parliament said that a new bill on ICT will soon be submitted to provide for a…


Internet

AccessKenya Group Invests $3.5m to offer residential Internet services in Kenya

AccessKenya Group announced that it has invested $3.5 million to build out the largest WiMax network in Kenya with an initial deployment of 35 base stations. This network will form…


Internet

Johannesburg wireless ring goes live

Wireless infrastructure provider, Amobia, completed the roll out if its first network ring in Johannesburg this week. Amobia's Johann Botha says that there has been a big demand from their…


Internet

Egyptian Website Blocked As Country Hosts Africa's ITU Conference

On 12 May 2008, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information reported that the website of the Egyptian Movement for Change ( http://harakamasria.org ), or Kefaya, has been blocked for…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Namibia’s government has guaranteed funding of NAD240 million (USD32 million) to Telecom Namibia to connect the country to a new undersea cable that will provide greater broadband capacity for…


Computing

Open Source Software, Free at a price

Developers have released a beta, or test version, of the new OpenOffice.org, the most serious rival to Microsoft’s ubiquitous Office suite. Version 3 has some compelling new features, and can’t…


Computing

Kenya Plans to Build Technology Park

The Government is planning to build a 5,000 seat technology park at the export promotion zone by 2012, a move that is aimed at increasing the business process outsourcing resources…


Computing

Microsoft to limit capabilities of cheap laptops

Microsoft is launching a program to promote the use of its Windows OS in ultra low-cost PCs, one effect of which will be to limit the hardware capabilities of this…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Acer has taken the top slot for notebook in the EMEA region for the first quarter of this year. In the Middle East and Africa region (MEA), Acer was…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- MTC Namibia will be launching a new service named CallMe. It is a USSD-based service whereby customers can send a USSD message which will result in a third party…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Wholesale growth tempers profits slide at Telecom Egypt

Telecom Egypt saw consolidate net profits slip 4.8% to EGP557 million ($104 million) in the first quarter of 2008, as the operator experiences greater competitive pressure on its voice revenues…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

New Shareholder for Vodacom Mozambique

Whatana Investments, a company chaired by Mozambique's former first lady, Graca Machel, has taken a five per cent stake in Vodacom Mozambique (VM), one of the two mobile phone operators…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Emerging Markets Save Day for Didata and Datatec

A couple of years ago, Dimension Data and Datatec would have liked their US operations to be larger. It was, after all, the centre of the IT universe. Now they…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

West Africa wants a slice of the lucrative Global Outsourcing market

West African countries hoping to position themselves as future global IT hubs face an uphill struggle, according to new research from Yankee Group. Serious labour and infrastructure problems, plus a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Maroc Telecom, the largest mobile operator and only fixed-line operator in Morocco said first-quarter revenue rose 14%, helped by strong revenue growth at its Moroccan mobile division. Revenue for…


Digital Content

Poor segmentation the bane of Nigerian Mobile Marketing

I just got a promotional marketing SMS from my mobile operator asking me to sign on for daily live football scores via SMS. Great product but am I not signing.…


Digital Content

Hackers Target the Financial Gazette Website in Zimbabwe

A new 'cyber-war' has been declared on Zimbabwean newspapers as hackers attacked the website of the Financial Gazette, barely two days after Zimbabwe's Herald newspaper's website was also hacked. The…


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People

* Abdellahi Ould Ely Ould Bennane has been appointed as the new ICT Minister in Mauritania following a reshuffling of the Government. * In Algeria, Moussa Benhamadi has been appointed…


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Events

* ITU REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FORUM 2008 "Bridging the ICT standardization gap in developing countries" for the African Region 26-28 May 2008, Accra, Ghana The Forums are intended for executives from…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* HR Director – West Africa A mobile operator is looking for an HR director to design, Implement , lead, manage and drive the HR strategy, responsible for overall Hr…


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Contracts

* Globacom and Alcatel-Lucent – Nigeria French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent has announced the inking of a contract with Nigerian second national operator (SNO) Globacom to increase the capacity and performance of…