Issue no 429

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Egypt tries to control the use of GPS by banning except with individual licences

New technologies have again bumped up against the hard walls erected by the security state. Egypt has banned the use of GPS by its citizens on security grounds unless they individually apply for a licence. Egypt’s citizens seem to be taking matter largely in their stride by ignoring the ban but for businesses who have to operate inside the law it creates problems. The Russian Government has tried the same approach and eventually gave up as the modern world rolled past it using their satnav. Russell Southwood looks at why a ban of this kind would be bad for Africa.…

Telecoms

Senegal Government threatens to cut off Tigo’s 1.8 Million Mobile Phone Users in licence renegotiation

Senegal's government has threatened to cut off Tigo’s 1.8 million customers by the end of the month if its licence renegotiation with the company is not settled in the way…


Telecoms

Neotel starts price war with Telkom South Africa

Neotel's new tariffs signal a willingness to compete vigorously with Telkom on price and may signal the beginning of a price war between the two companies. Telkom is vulnerable because…


Telecoms

Gambia’s Government issues 72 hour ultimatum to Spectrum Group to account for finances

Having made a less than transparent “back-door” sale of Gamtel (and its mobile subsidiary Gamcel) to a Lebanese company called Spectrum, the Gambian Government has issued a 72 hour ultimatum…


Telecoms

Poorer pre-paid subscribers in Namibia pay more because VAT makes their rates more expensive

MTC's pre-paid customers, who make up the majority of the mobile telephone company's clients, have no idea that they are paying more than their post-paid counterparts. Although having a post-paid…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Morocco’s telecommunication regulator, L’Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT) has announced that it is launching a tender process for the country’s third GSM mobile network operating licence. Tender…


Internet

Nigerian Internet Forum seeks to address country’s capacity problems

Suburban Telecom’s Bruce Ayonote told the first Nigerian Internet Service Providers Forum which took place at the Eko Hotel last week that:"The objective of the Forum is to make the…


Internet

Kenya’s power distributor KPLC seeks to enter data transmission market

Power distributor, Kenya Power and Lighting Company has applied for a licence to enter the commercial data transmission market. It has applied for a network facilities provider licence from the…


Internet

Two more Bloggers Arrested in Egypt

On 28 October 2008, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) announced that the Egyptian security forces have arrested two more bloggers. The arrests of Abd Altawab Mahmoud, who…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

http://journaliste-tunisien.blogspot.com/2008/10/ rsf-classement-mondial-de-la-libert-de.html - BT Global Services recently extended its Global Media Network (GMN) to South Africa. The country is now connected via undersea cable and fixed line networks to 16…


Computing

ChamsCity claims it will deliver World's Largest Cyber Centre in Lagos

ChamsCity, a new subsidiary of Chams Plc, a Nigerian information technology firm with a specialisation in identity management and related solutions, has set up what it claims will become the…


Computing

South Africa’s Shuttleworth Sticks With His Free Ubuntu Software

South African internet billionaire Mark Shuttleworth has enough cash to pump into his software company, Canonical, saying he is being careful with his pennies but is willing to continue supporting…


Computing

Computer Aid Extends its programme to Cameroon

Francophone Africa Programme Officer for Computer Aid International, Tito Wambua, told The Post; "I'm in Cameroon to create more awareness about our organisation, to give detailed information to the Cameroonian…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- A World Bank ICT and Education Community of Interest Discussion (EduTech), in collaboration with the World Bank e-Development Thematic Group, infoDev and the Technology Salon has scheduled a seminar/live…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- During an interview with local newspaper, the East African, Yesse Oenga, the Uganda’s country manager of Zain mobile said that his company was about to launch a money transfer…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zain Group Posts $327 Million Net Profit

Zain Group's net profit rose by seven per cent to $327 million in the third quarter with its subscriber base reaching 56.3 million customers. During the similar period last year'…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Helios Towers to Invest $300 Million in Infrastructure Development in Nigeria

With the spate of collapsed masts affecting the Nigerian telecoms landscape, particularly Lagos State, something actually needed to be done. Site solution provider, Helios Towers set up a few years…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN-Verizon Deal Clears First Hurdle in South Africa

A controversial bid by MTN to pay an estimated R1.4bn to absorb networking company Verizon SA has won approval from the Competition Commission, the first hurdle in a two-part process…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s state to bolster ICT spend

Spending by state-owned enterprises (SOEs) on ICT at a compound annual growth rate of 11.3%, to reach R11.2 billion in 2012/13, will bolster the ICT industry during the coming economic…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- In South Africa, Vox Telecom has signed Neotel as its preferred supplier in R250m long term contract. The deal is aimed at servicing its enterprise customers which include South…


Digital Content

24.com Launches South Africa’s Blog Survey

What is intended to be the most comprehensive survey of South Africa's blogger community has been launched today by 24.com, in association with blog aggregators Afrigator.com and Amatomu.com and online…


Digital Content

Bandwidth subsidy to boost BPOs in Kenya

Business process outsourcing and call centre operators will enjoy a 20 per cent saving on their operational costs — thanks to a government subsidy on bandwidth. According to the Kenya…


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People

* The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Africa Online has died. John Joseph, who was appointed to the position in March 2007, died in a boating accident on Friday while…


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Events

* OUTSOURCING & CONTACT CENTRE – EAST AFRICA 4 – 5 November 2008, Nairobi, Kenya www.aitecafrica.com * UBUNTUNET CONNECT 2008 AND OPEN ACCESS 2008 11-14 November 2008, Lilongwe, Malawi http://www.ubuntunet.net/…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT MASTERS COURSE Eight scholarships are being made available to applicants from India, Brazil, Egypt and China wishing to study on the University of Strathclyde's one-year…


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Contracts

* CHINGUITEL AND ZTE - MAURITANIA Chinese equipment vendor ZTE Corporation has announced that it has clinched an exclusive contract from Mauritanian telco Chinguitel, part of the Expresso Telecom Group…