Issue no 430

Top Story

iVeri’s implementation of e-commerce by debit card looks set to widen the user base

There was a period a few years back when African Governments seemed to devote an enormous amount of energy to putting in place legal frameworks for e-commerce. Despite all this effort, once the legal hurdles were cleared, the practical difficulties of implementation remained formidable. And once those were overcome….well, there were just not a lot of credit card holders. So iVeri’s Barry Coetzee decided to try and sort out online ordering for debit card holders, of whom there are a larger number than credit card holders. Russell Southwood spoke to him recently about how he’s done it. Even in pretty…

Telecoms

Uganda’s Telecoms operators Told to Share Masts

Uganda’s ICT ministry will compel telecom companies to share transmission masts, Dr. David Turahi, the Director of ICT Management Services said last week. Turahi said the measure was aimed at…


Telecoms

Egypt’s Mobinil says interconnect rates unfair

Mobinil, one of Egypt’s three mobile operators, said it could accept a drop in interconnection rates but that levels suggested by the regulator were “not reasonable.” The firm said on…


Telecoms

ETC Launches Bandwidth Upgrading Project to enrol 6.5 Million More Customers in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) announced last Wednesday a bandwidth upgrading project that will allow it to take on 6.5 million more customers. While conferring with local media on the…


Telecoms

Natcoms Demands Compensation From Starcomms on Validity period in Nigeria

The National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) has called on Starcomms to pay compensation charges to its subscribers for a deliberate delay in implementing the 90 days validity for subscribers.…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned the operators laying their optic fiber transmission infrastructure to remember that they would in future share such infrastructures with new entrants into…


Internet

Cheaper, Faster Internet Gets Closer as Seacom Cable Laid

The promise of cheaper and faster international bandwidth for Africa moved significantly closer last week, with the official groundbreaking of a landing station where the undersea Seacom cable will dock…


Internet

Brazil renews commitment to train Africa TLD managers

Brazil has renewed its commitment to training Africa's TLD (top-level domain) managers after successful training in Angola, Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania. The Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sudan, Togo, and…


Internet

Altech’s court “hat-trick” in South Africa

Allied Technologies Limited (Altech) announced last week that The Minister of Communications’ urgent application to the Johannesburg High Court for a declarator, that its Notice of Application for Leave to…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The interim government of Somalia has applied to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) seeking to regain control of the .so domain. The government approached the International Telecommunication Union…


Computing

Calls for National ICT Council in South Africa

The wave of change ushered in by Barack Obama's victory in the US reached SA last night, as calls of “yes we can” echoed the Montecasino Ballroom at the beginning…


Computing

Rwanda Joins International Technology Transfer Network

The government of Rwanda through the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology's (KIST), Technology and Business Incubation Facility (TBIF), becomes the first member of Shanghai International Technology Transfer Network (SITTNet).…


Computing

Nigeria’s Cosmos computer manufacturer gets Windows Vista certification

Barely three months after its formal launch into the Nigerian market, the Cosmos brand of desktop computers from Coscharis Technologies Limited has passed the Windows Vista Logo Test conducted by…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- A total of 952 students graduated today from the Eritrean Institute of Technology in Mai-Nefhi. This first batch of graduates would play major role in the national development drive…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- MTN Rwanda announced that its mobile subscription base has reached one million. The result comes days after the South African based MTN Group announced that its Group's subscriber base…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

R22.5bn Vodacom deal signed in South Africa

UK cellular network operator Vodafone is due to sign the R22.5 billion deal to purchase an additional 15% of Vodacom from Telkom. According to a Telkom statement, Vodacom will be…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Maroc Telecom’s nine-month results out; domestic competition heats up

Maroc Telecom’s domestic fixed line, wireless and internet operations in the first nine months of 2008 generated net revenues of MAD19.28 billion (USD2.24 billion), up 7.7% on the same period…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Western Union, Orascom ally to pilot mobile money transfers

The Western Union Company has created an alliance with Orascom Telecom Holding, one of the largest mobile operators in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Orascom and Western Union plan…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigerian Communications Commission gives multi-million Naira contract to Galaxy Backbone

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given a multi-million naira Internet project to be installed at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja to Galaxy Backbone Plc to manage and sustain the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- The UK telco BT has announced plans to sell off a 30% stake in its South African operations to comply with Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) legislation. The stake is…


Digital Content

The British High Commission gets Online Visa Application for Nigeria

With online visa application process becoming popular among embassies across the globe, the British High Commission, Abuja has assured prospective Nigerian visa applicants of robust IT infrastructure for effective online…


Digital Content

Waspa Tightens Cellphone Rules in South Africa

An association governing the provision of content and advertisements to cellphones has beefed up its code of conduct to enforce ethical behaviour and to protect consumers better. The Wireless Application…


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People

- The Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Patrick Masambu, has been elected the chairman of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) Council. - Chris Scoble, the former managing director…


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Events

* MIGRATION TOWARDS ALL-IP CONFERENCE 10-12 November 2008, Fun Valley Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa The conference has been organized by the Communications Regulators’ Association of Southern Africa (CRASA) in…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* EAC Secretariat ICT Systems Assessment, Security Strategy and Policy Paper The objective of this assignment is to carry out the security and confidentiality assessment and develop a routine to…


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Contracts

* Uganda Telecom and Huawei - Uganda Uganda telecom has signed an agreement with Huawei technologies to expand its existing Next Generation Network (NGN) - an investment of over US$10…