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Telecoms in Africa

CDMA 450: A CELLULAR SOLUTION FOR RURAL AFRICA?

GSM is by far the most widespread cellular technology in Africa offering voice communication facilities to millions of people who are not able to receive a reliable landline service. In…

ERICSSON UNVEILS MOBILE TRIPLE PLAY VISION

Ericsson has unveiled its vision of a future where telephony, voice and broadcast as well as mobile and fixed-line networks have converged into a single infrastructure that gives consumers and…

TOP TEN VIRUSES AND HOAXES REPORT TO SOPHOS

local distributor for Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against spam and viruses, has revealed the top ten viruses and hoaxes causing problems for businesses around the world. The…

SIMPUTER: COMPUTERS FOR THE POOR OR AN IDEALISTIC DREAM?

The Simputer , a cheap, pocket-sized computing device designed for use by rural populations in India , has been hailed as a breakthrough in bringing the world of computing to…

PLATFORM-BASIC LAUNCHES NEW WEB PUBLISHING SYSTEM

The on-line content market is currently supporting a surge in systems designed to simplify the web development process, some of which simultaneously provide editing tools that enable content control by…

WIRELESS HAS ITS PROS, BUT IS NOT WITHOUT SECURITY IMPLICATIONS

Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) bring true mobility to the business arena. It allows users to move from area to area while maintaining connectivity and offers a variety of business…

E-CENTRIC UNDERTAKES SEVEN CALL CENTRE CAMPAIGNS FOR EUROPEAN CO’S

A small business in Midrand is making waves in the international call centre market.Woman-owned e-Centric has undertaken seven call centre campaigns for UK and Dutch companies in the past six…

SMS AS A BUSINESS MARKETING TOOL HAS "MORE POTENTIAL THAN E-MAIL"

Empowerment company Sechaba Technology Services has unveiled an SMS solution that it says will allow companies to promote their solutions through cellular phones. Indian-based software company Lifetree Convergence developed the…

E-MAIL ACCESS THROUGH PASSING BUSES

The Karnataka state government in India has computerised land records. The only problem is that the servers storing these records are in district headquarters and are not easily accessible to…

DIGITAL CITIES - A STRATEGIC LINK ACROSS THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

The concept of creating digital cities or metropolitan network areas is fast gaining interest across the world. Interest in SA comes from a wide spectrum of industry participants, particularly as…

WORLD TALK DEVELOPS INTERNET VOICE PORTAL FOR RURAL AREAS

WorldTalk gives people in rural areas in developing countries access to information in their own language, over any telephone. It aims to set up self-sustainable enterprises in developing countries, provide…

NEW STUDY PROVIDES REALITY CHECK ON UPTAKE OF E-COMMERCE IN AFRICA

Balancing Act’s e-commerce correspondent Cordelia Salter-Nour talks Robin Mansell from the London School of Economics, one of the co-authors of a new study on e-commerce in developing countries. Its conclusions…

MOBILE PAYPHONE BOOST FOR SMES

A GSM handset that street vendors can use as a public payphone could create a million jobs in Africa over a 24-month period, says its creator. The payphone developed by…

AFRICAN COUNTRIES CONSIDER US CDMA WIRELESS STANDARD

Under pressure to provide unlimited access to telephones, African countries are considering a US technology that also offers the promise of bringing the Internet to some of the world’s poorest…

RFID IN RETAIL: SUN ANTICIPATES SUPPLY CHAIN REVOLUTION

The introduction of Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) asset tagging is set to revolutionise the supply chains of retail organisations in the near future. That’s according to Andre Muzerie, Sun Microsystems…

NEW PAYPHONE HELPS CONNECT AFRICA

In response to high demand across Africa for community payphones, Tellumat Mobile has launched a fixed-mobile solution that can be taken into the most remote areas of the continent. "The…

SA TELKOM BUYS ADVANTEX FIELD SERVICE MANAGEMENT SOLUTION

Service and maintenance costs are one of the key fronts in the battle on costs, particularly for incumbent telcos. They need to be able to make more productive use of…

SMC MOBILE TRAVELLER'S KIT IS A VITAL TOOL IN MOBILE WARRIOR ARSENAL

As any mobile business executive will testify to, the proliferation of Wireless LAN (WLAN) technology, both locally and abroad, has not yet reached the point of ubiquity, where users can…

TBM DELIVERS INFORMATION AND AVERTISING THROUGH SA REVENUE SITES

Johannesburg-based digital media company, TBM, is developing its concept of using an existing digital highway to deliver tailor-made educational and training content to individually addressable South African Revenue Service (SARS)…

ACTIONAIDS AIMED AT RAISING AWARENESS AMONGST PC-USING EMPLOYEES

Echoteq, a subsidiary of Ovations Technologies, last year launched ActionAIDS - a solution with a clean, factual look and feel - aimed specifically at creating more awareness of HIV/AIDS among…

LAPTOP USERS DEMAND NEW PERFORMANCE BENCHMARKS

With high speed data transfer speeds of 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) speeds now commonplace within corporate networks, users are looking towards the next performance benchmark; 1000 Mbps or one…

WORMS IN MOBILE PHONES - WILL THEY AFFECT YOUR PHONE?

The Russian anti-virus software house, Kaspersky Labs says that it has detected the first ever computer virus that can be distributed via mobile phones. Cabir, the first network worm which…

MOBILE MESSAGING TO BECOME THE NEW COMMUNICATIONS TOOL FOR BUSINESSES

Data revenues for Vodafone increased to 15.9% of controlled service revenues for the year to December 2003 from 13.9% for 2002. SMS, however, still accounted for nearly all of the…

SA'S EASYPAY AIMS TO KNOCK A HOLE IN THE MOBILE PRE-PAID CARD MARKET

Easypay could revolutionise the way cellular airtime is sold by recruiting thousands of roaming entrepreneurs armed with a kit to transfer talk time instantly to end users. The entrepreneurs will…

AFRICA’S DIGERATI: IDN’S FRANCIS QUARTEY ON GT CONTRACT AND MUCH ELSE

IDN’s Francis Quartey is one of the leading players in the Ghanaian ISP market and is looking to expand regionally. News Update interviews him about his future plans and the…

A PYRAMID BRIEFING ON WIMAX - IS IT RELEVANT FOR AFRICA?

Industry analysts John Yunker of Pyramid has provided an invaluable briefing on Wi-Max that asks all the big questions. Wi-Max is increasingly being mentioned in the African context because of…

COOPERATIVE MODELS BEAR FRUIT FOR LIQUID THOUGHT

Cooperative business ventures are an emerging trend in South African among IT and telecommunications companies providing complimentary services to the mid-market.   The cooperative model – unlike the “co-opetition model”…

BEGET LAUNCHES MOBILE AS PANIC BUTTON SOLUTION

Communications software developer Beget Holdings has launched a solution that turns most cellphones into a mobile panic button, alerting family and friends to a distress situation and pinpointing the sender’s…

WEB-BASED PROPERTY ANALYSIS TOOL EMPOWERS THE INDUSTRY

The property professional’s demand for greater and immediate access to critical market data for use in valuations, models and analyses has led to the introduction of a new suburb trends…

SMS MESSAGING 'IMPROVES DEBT COLLECTION’

Using cellphone SMS messaging in debt collection is proving to have a better success rate than conventional telephone calls or correspondence, says Beget Solutions talking to Iain Scott of ItWeb.…

In Search Of The Business Model - In Brief

- The Electoral Commission used for the first time satellite phones in last week’s Yatta by-election in Kenya. The commission has supplied all the 79 returning officers with the phoness…

WIRELESS HAS ITS PROS, BUT IS NOT WITHOUT SECURITY IMPLICATIONS

Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) bring true mobility to the business arena. It allows users to move from area to area while maintaining connectivity and offers a variety of business…

OPEN SOURCE SPECIAL

FREE SOFTWARE AND OPEN SOURCE FOUNDATION FOR AFRICA LAUNCHED The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) was launched last week at the WSIS Prepcom meeting. Eric Osiakwan…

Waabeh shows snapshot of Africa’s music streaming industry

Online music streaming has been booming ever since iTunes was released more than a decade ago. With African content for Africans in mind, services such as Nigeria’s iRoking and Kenya’s…

A COLLABORATIVE LEARNING APPLICATION FOR LOW BANDWIDTH

Collaborate is an application that has been designed to create a virtual classroom environment where hundreds of learners and trainers can interact and learn in real-time through slow internet connections.Its…

VODAFONE LAUNCHES SOLAR CHARGER FOR MOBILE PHONES IN NIGERIA

Vodafone launched a solar charger for mobile phones enabling users to recharge batteries anywhere where the sun is shining. This is another important addition to the independence and mobility offered…

THE NEED FOR SPEED - FACTOR THAT SLOWS ONLINE RETAIL GROWTH

Speed is the hidden factor behind the slow-down in growth of online retail in South Africa, writes Arthur Goldstuck. According to latest World Wide Worx report, "The Goldstuck Report: Online…

A NEW BREED OF CYBER-LAWYERS:"ICT LAW IS A GREAT LEGAL ADVENTURE"

 As ICTs continue to proliferate, they also continue to become a target for government intervention and legislation. Within the legal profession ICT has been coming into its own as a…

SOFTWARE ALLOWS BLIND PEOPLE TO WORK AS CALL CENTRE AGENTS

Blind people can now pursue careers as call centre agents, thanks to a software solution developed by a blind programmer in Pretoria. Using the proprietary scripting from a screen-reading program…

ONE CLUB OFFERS PROGRAMME WITH "CASH-BACK" USING SMART CARDS

Smart card technology has been harnessed for the first time in SA to reward and engage shopping centre customers. Shoppers belonging to One Club, a smart card-based customer engagement programme,…

VODACOM TANZANIA ROLLS OUT SOLAR-POWERED BASE STATIONS

In an empowerment initiative aimed at rural and other areas of Tanzania where electricity supplies are scarce or absent, Vodacom Tanzania has announced that they are rolling out Vodadukas powered…

THE MARRIAGE OF TWO PHONES - FIXED AND MOBILE COME TOGETHER WITH BLUETOOTH

Is the fixed-line phone a dead duck? Look at the numbers and the trends, and you might well conclude that it is. Mobile phones now outnumber fixed ones, and their…

MALAWI - SOLAR POWER FOR BETTER RURAL CELLPHONE ACCESS

Siemens Communications has developed a solar-powered base station for cellular network operators operating in remote areas that lack electricity supplies. The first base station, in Chiringa, Malawi, has been supplied…

MECER LAUNCHES MECER NET

Mecer has joined with local ISP Branded Internet to launch Mecer Net, a Branded ISP (BISP) that targets Mecer dealers and end-users.Lance Terner, CEO of Branded Internet, says the BISP…

KACE LAUNCHES MOBILE FARM PRICES SERVICE

Farmers will be able to receive farm prices through mobile telephones in order to enhance their bargaining power. This new service was announced last week by Dr Adrian Mukhebi, the…

PHOENIX INTRODUCES MAXIMUM MP3 FOR MUSIC LOVERS

According to software republisher, Phoenix Global Software, music lovers in SA will shortly have access to the PC industry's most comprehensive music management software suite, with the local release of…

HIGH SPEED WIRELESS BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS A REALITY

With the recent announcement of Motorola’s new fixed wireless access system, Canopy, residential and small business customers can now look forward to affordable access to the Internet at Broadband speeds…

ONLINE PAYMENT - THE AFRICAN ECOMMERCE NIGHTMARE POST 9-11

Cordelia Salter-Nour of eShop Africa explains the negative impact of 9-11 security precautions on Africa’s fledgling e-commerce businesses. If you want to sell something online but are a business based…

In Search Of The Business Model - In Brief

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INTERVIEW WITH JEAN-SÉBASTIEN ROURE, UNCTAD

The International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO (ITC) supports developing and transition economies in their efforts to realize their full business potential. Cordelia Salter-Nour, News Update’s e-commerce correspondent interviews Jean-Sébastien Roure, Associate…

3G: BRIDGING AFRICA’S DIGITAL DIVIDE?

Cellular services based on next-generation technologies such as EDGE and 3G will find a strong market in Africa if they are tied to useful applications, despite the widespread poverty on…

BANKS BOOST CRM WITH UNISERVER SMS

Orion Telecom’s Uniserver SMS product, a solution aimed at the insurance and financial services sectors, is being adopted by several players in these fields, including Nedbank. The Uniserver SMS offering…

KRONE LAUNCHES NEW 10 GIGABIT PER SECOND BLOWN-FIBRE

Higher capacity upgrades now easier and more cost-effective. ADC announced today that Krone, recently acquired by ADC, has launched a new blown-fibre option for its highly successful OM3 10 Gigabit…

CROSSING A BORDER TO GET INTERNET ACCESS

http://www.knowprose.com/node/8706 Today, the first person I bumped into when I walked into the lobby of the hotel was none other than Bukeni Waruzi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.…

NEW HANDHELD VOIP TESTER SPEEDS IP PHONE DEPLOYMENT, TROUBLESHOOTING

Fluke Networks announced last week a major new inline network test tool. NetTool VOIP offers a breakthrough in VOIP (voice over IP) troubleshooting technology with an industry-first "edge testing" approach.…

FIVE MYTHS ABOUT WI-FI

John Yunker from Pyramid Research debunks five things they say about wi-fi, the buzz technology that Africans are now talking about. MYTH #1 People won’t pay for Wi-Fi if venues…

NEW SOFTWARE PROVIDES SECURE WORLDWIDE TRACKING AND DOCUMENTATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

The Benetech Initiative, a Silicon Valley non-profit, last week announced the release of The Martus Human Rights Bulletin System, an open source technology tool designed to assist human rights organizations…

Digital Toolbox - In Brief

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MOBILE COMMUNICATION TOOL FOR ESTATE AGENTS

Sybase SA, through its Unwired Practice, and USP Designs have launched CyberAgent Mobile, a mobile communication tool designed to allow estate agents to administer, catalogue and publish properties online, anywhere,…

"WHY FREE BEER DOESN’T SELL" - LINUX NOT AN EASY ANSWER FOR AFRICA

In a recent article for Linux Journal, Ethan Zuckerman of Geek Corps points out some uncomfortable truths for those promoting open source as the answer to developing countries’ software problems.…

SMART CARD MARKET EXPLODES

The smart card industry is poised for an unprecedented explosion in this country, with three large-scale roll-outs set to begin in 2005, and several more waiting in the wings. More…

NIGERIAN ENGINEER INVENTS MULTILINGUAL COMPUTER KEYBOARD

A Nigerian Mechanical Engineer based in the United States of America, Mr. Olukayode Oluwole, has invented a multi-lingual computer keyboard, capable of typing "diacritical marks and characters" of over 400…

LG LAUNCHES PHONE FOR MOSLEMS

Global IT leader, LG Electronics, has launched a new mobile handset, the F7100 Qiblah phone, which caters to the prayer needs of Muslim faithfuls, in Nigeria. The new phone has…

E-BILLING ADOPTION ON THE RISE

E-billing is a technology that is catching on fast in this country. Instead of sending and receiving bills by post, which is time-consuming, inconvenient and expensive, more companies and individuals…

TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT IN GAUTENG

Gauteng’s traffic law enforcement has been enhanced with the introduction of two new midi-buses fitted with new technology. The province’s MEC for Public Transport, Roads and Works Khabisi Mosunkutu Last…

DR EKWOW SPIO-GARBRAH, NEW CEO OF THE CTO

At the beginning of September, the CTO appointed Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah its new CEO. A Ghanaian, Spio-Garbrah is a former politician, ambassador and PR man. Most recently he served as…

CERTANCE PUSHES THE ENVELOPE ON CAPACITY AND PERFORMANCE WITH NEW LTO TAPE DRIVES

Storgate, sole distributor for the Certance brand of backup solutions in South Africa, recently announced Certance's introduction of the CL 800 LTO Ultrium 3 series and CL 400H LTO Ultrium…

NEW HP PROLIANT SERVERS USE AMD OPTERON PROCESSORS

With HP's recent inclusion of AMD Opteron processors in its ProLiant range of Servers, two new units have hit South African shores with the intention of redefining price performance and…

SLASHING REVENUE LOSS…………WITHOUT CAPITAL COST

In today’s telecommunications industry, operators are constantly dealing with evolving technologies, demanding clients, and the need to continuously roll out new products and services. Consequently, it is hardly surprising that…

ARUBA NETWORKS ANNOUNCES ENTERPRISE MOBILE INTERNET ACCESS

Aruba Networks announced this week an enterprise-class mobile access point that will put users at the edge of their corporate network no matter where they are located. When it becomes…

IP PHONES EXTEND GAIN OVER CIRCUIT PHONES

The Internet Protocol (IP) communications market for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) could be worth $9 billion by 2006, according to research conducted by Cisco Systems, based on…

SMS VIA WALKIE-CELLPHONE?

Ericsson has announced a new way to send messages via a GSM network that is said not to require users to type an SMS, or send an e-mail, and costs…