News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 137 on 20 November 2002

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SOUTH AFRICA’S TORTUROUS LIBERALISATION: SNO, SNO, QUICK, QUICK, SNO...

South Africa’s telecoms liberalisation process took another crab-like step forward last week. The prize will be the first large, liberalized market in Africa. With eventually three international operators, bandwidth prices (that have been kept high by incumbent Telkom) will start to tumble. The process also faced a legal challenge from the trade union grouping Solidarity over share allocations. But this week saw the last stage of the torturous Second National Operator (SNO) bidding process. The successful bidder will get a 51% shareholding that will join Eskom and Transtel (30%) and the Black empowerment group Nexus Connection (19%). The split between…

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ZIMBABWE’S SNO APPROVED AFTER A "PAINFUL WAIT"

20 November 2002

Zimbabwe’s government has broken open its telecoms monopoly by granting a licence to a second fixed line telephone company, TeleAccess. "This comes as a great relief and gives us the…


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STWS OPENS A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL CALL CENTRE

With over 1500 call centres already based in South Africa and hopes that the call centre industry can employ up to 50,000 in the years ahead, STWS, the low-cost voice…


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UUNET NAMIBIA PEERS WITH TELECOM NAMIBIA

UUNet Namibia has signed an agreement with Telecom Namibia to offer a national peering solution to its customers in the local market. "The agreement between UUNet and Telecom Namibia only…


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NIGERIA’S OPERATORS LAY OUT THEIR FUTURE SERVICE PLANS

All state capitals in Nigeria are to be hooked on to NITEL’S Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) next year.Work on this, according to NITEL’s Territorial Manager in Asaba, Mr…


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SONATEL TO OFFER ADSL CONNECTIONS

Sonatel has announced that it will offer ADSL broadband connections that will be ten times faster than existing Senegalese internet connections. The new service will be branded as ADSL NetHome…


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SA’S DEPT OF COMMS WANTS ‘ILLEGAL’ TELECOMS EQUIPMENT

The Department of Communications (DOC) has issued a tender for the installation of least-cost routing (LCR) equipment on its telephone system. Yet Telkom, majority owned by the government, has long…


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NIGERIAN ISPs LOBBY NCC OVER ISM BAND

20 November 2003

As the February, 2003 deadline given by the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) for commercial occupants of the Industrial Scientific and Medical Research (ISM) band approaches, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in…


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In Brief

- African ICT market research company BMI-TechKnowledge says the Internet non-access services market is expected to grow from 12% of the total IT services market in 2001 to 18% in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

BOTCHED US$16M DEAL WITH IFC LED TO AFRICA ONLINE PURGE

According to Kenya’s Daily Nation the corporate sackings that saw six top managers depart Africa Online last week have been linked to a botched investment deal at its owner, African…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Zimbabwe’s High Court last week postponed placing mobile telephone service provider Cosmos Cellular (Pvt) Limited under provisional judicial management until the outcome of Cosmos’ Supreme Court appeal. The Posts…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

RESPONSES

ISSUE 136: GO AHEAD AND FORM ZAMISPA I have been reading your news often and it is very interesting how the same things go around the African countries. I can…


Digital Content

M-WEB PROVIDES FIRST AFRICAN MICRO-BILLING SYSTEM

M-Web is launching a new micro-billing service that will allow subscribers to add the cost of their online purchases to their monthly M-Web bill, so paying only one account monthly.…


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African Web News And Useful Sites - In Brief

- AfriCam said its appeal for donations in February had brought in $32 000 from the AfriCam community, which had been sufficient to keep the site running until November. However,…


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OPENLINK USES MONO TO ENABLE CROSS PLATFORM INTEGRATION OF .NET

Ximian, Inc., the leading open source desktop company, today announced that OpenLink Software, Inc., an industry leader in the development and deployment of secure, high-performance Universal Data Access and Web…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

- The Tanzania Communications Commission is inviting bidders to provide consultancy services to establish a cost-oriented interconnection charge model among telecommunications network operators in the United Republic of Tanzania. Bidding…


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EVENTS

AITEC ANNOUNCES EXTENSIVE EVENT PROGRAMME FOR 2003 AITEC has announced an ambitious exhibition and conference programme for next year, including 20 events in nine countries. In addition to the group’s…