Issue no 422

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Zambian Minister and International Gateway – When you’re in a hole, stop digging

Despite Zambia’s sadly deceased President making helpful noises about liberalising the international gateway in Zambia, when it comes to the crunch the current Communications and Transport Minister Dora Siliya has bottled out and hidden behind some of the oldest and least plausible arguments for retaining a monopoly international gateway. The current monopoly gateway may itself be suffering from serial outages but the Minister seems to believe a single monopoly gateway makes her country more secure. To be fair the Zambian Minister has offered the country’s mobile operators a chance to operate their own gateways but only if they are willing…

Telecoms

Telkom South Africa Seeks R1.3 Billion Outsourcing Saving

Telkom may be able to trim R1.3bn a year off its running costs with a deal to outsource the care and maintenance of its core network. The operator is assessing…


Telecoms

Interconnection tariffs rules to be reviewed in Namibia

The Minister of Informational and Communication Technology has confirmed The Namibian's exposé that he restrained telecommunications operators to make public statements on their anti-competitive behaviour. The Namibian reported that Minister…


Telecoms

Uganda’s Telecom Companies Boast of Eight Million Subscribers

Uganda's four telecommunication companies are projecting to reach more than eight million subscribers before the end of this year. Subscriber estimates from four operators: MTN, Uganda Telecom, Warid and Zain…


Telecoms

Nigeria’s latest mobile entrant Etisalat to roll out in October

Etisalat Nigeria, the latest entrant into Nigeria's mobile phone market, has formally announced that as from next month it would begin to offer commercial services on its network in some…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kenya's third mobile operator, Econet Wireless Kenya is preparing to make its test run later this month as it seeks to beat the November deadline to launch its service.…


Internet

Caps on broadband Internet soon to be introduced in Namibia

Telecom Namibia's high-speed ADSL Internet system does not limit the amount of data that customers can download from the Internet - a loophole that many customers are exploiting. Telecom has…


Internet

Wananchi to Roll Out First 'Triple Play' Service in Kenya

After a series of mergers and acquisitions, Wananchi Group is set to roll out Kenya’s first triple play offer. "Next month, Wananchi will roll out in the Kenyan market the…


Internet

Emperion launches franchise programme for cybercafes in Nigeria

Emperion Nigeria Limited last week made a bold move to make internet service not only available to the large majority of Nigerians, but made a promise to extend the services…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- UUNET Kenya intends to spend Sh680 million to develop infrastructure and products compatible with the expected fibre optic network. "Rather than spend money investing between Fujairah and Mombasa, we…


Computing

Nigeria is set to Introduce E-Visa

The Federal Government is to introduce the use of electronic visa (e-Visa) to check forgery and fraud. The Comptroller General of Immigration, Chukwurah Udeh, disclosed this while briefing newsmen at…


Computing

South African ICT company enters ‘lucrative' India

Datatec has acquired a 50.01% stake in Indian ICT distribution business Inflow Technologies, marking its entry into the lucrative sub-continent and increasing its footprint in emerging markets. Inflow Technologies has…


Computing

Nigerian University of Technology Opens in Abuja

Classes have begun at the African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja, with the pioneer set of 50 post-graduate students. Fifty percent of them are from Nigeria, 30 percent…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s computer manufacturer, Omatek Computers Plc has rolled out a series of 8in and 10in Smart books. The key feature of the new Omatek Smartbooks is that they are…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Mobile services provider, Zain Kenya announced the launch of an airtime notification service to pre-paid subscribers. This will enable them to receive notification of airtime balance after making calls…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

O3B gets financial support from Google and HSBC

Finance Minister Trevor Manuel welcomed a landmark initiative by internet giant Google and Europe's biggest bank HSBC to support a plan to provide cheap, high-speed web access via satellite to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TEAMS share allotments to be reviewed by the Kenyan Privatisation Commission

The newly established Privatisation Commission has thrown a spanner in the works on allotment of shares to 12 private firms in the entity TEAMS Ltd -- the state-funded multi-billion fibre…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Google And TechnoServe to Boost Entrepreneurship in Tanzania

Google has partnered with TechnoServe and the University of Dar es Salaam in a multi-billion shillings business plan competition. The competition - Believe, Begin, Become, is to be run for…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda’s Public Universities Get Dutch ICT Funds

The Netherlands government has provided 5.7m Euros (about sh13b) to boost the development of information and communication technology in four public universities in the country. Makerere, Mbarara, Kyambogo and Gulu…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Zain Kenya has announced a major investment to improve its infrastructure. The company said it would spend Sh3 billion in the next three months on upgrading its network especially…


Digital Content

Mobile Health Initiative Expands to Over 20 Countries in Africa

The United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation’s Technology Partnership (Technology Partnership) announced today the expansion of its mobile health (mHealth) program in Africa. Working with the World Health Organization (WHO)…


Digital Content

South African Website to Launch in Brazil

A locally developed website offering free classified adverts is expanding into Brazil today in a venture backed by Internet entrepreneur Ronnie Apteker. The Vottle.co.za website lets anybody buy and sell…


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People

Jean-Michel Latute has been appointed as the new CEO of Orange in Cameroon.


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Events

* 7th IWEEK ANNUAL CONFERENCE 17 - 19 September 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa iWeek has become a critical calendar entry for everyone with a stake in the Internet sector and…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* 2nd awareness workshop organized by the EuroAfrica-ICT Project The workshop will be held at Protea Hotel, Kampala on October 20 & 21, 2008. It is organized by Makerere University,…


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Contracts

* iBurst and Herzliya – South Africa Herzliya, a provider of Billing, CRM and Business Control solutions for communication and content service providers announced that iBurst, South Africa's leading wireless…