* Stakeholders in the Nigerian telecommunication sector including the country's High Commissioner to Britain, Dr Christopher Kolade have condemned the high GSM tariffs in Nigeria at the 3rd Nigerian International Telecommunications Summit started in London yesterday.
In his welcome address, the High Commissioner had tasked participants at the Summit to discuss the key issue of high telecom tariff in Nigeria as compared to the quality of service: "When you provide a service, the cost of the service to the consumer is a critical factor in the sustained success of the service. It is true that when you start giving a service, the cost to the consumer may be high, because the ground has not been tested, but it must be the objective to lower the cost as much as possible so that they can expand the market. As you hear from the presentation, the market is large and it is there. In order to utilize the market to its maximum; you need to bring down the cost within the majority of the people in the market and that is the point I was trying to make."
* Mesh networks are the way of the future, as they put power in the hands of the consumer rather than the mobile operators, says Clickatell Development Manager Gary Cousins. Cousins, who will address Futurex Cape 2004: The Conference at the end of the month, believes mesh networks will be the way of the future. "People are already setting up their own WiFi networks around Johannesburg and Cape Town. With the legislation coming in next year, we will see more and more people converting to mesh networks. "The fundamental thing is the paradigm shift it will offer. The consumers will be empowered and will no longer be at the mercy of large telecoms conglomerates." In his presentation, Cousins will take a futuristic view of where telecoms is going, covering grid computing, mesh networks and peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. "It will be a different view of how telecoms is perceived today. With regards to P2P, I will look at Skype, and how it is a threat to global telecoms."
* Our first sighting of an iPod in sub-Saharan Africa outside South Africa: Aboubacar Kossomi of USAID in Niger was toting one at the workshop last week in Dakar on international ICT issues.
* On the move: Bjorn Anderson of Ghana Telecom who was conducting the negotiations with GISPA has retired…Nii Quaynor left NCS earlier this year to go and work for Enterprise Africa...Liberia Telecomunications Corporation has a new Managing Director who will take over from Acting Chairman Wesley Momo Johnson...Paul Shaw has resigned from Africa Online in Malawi and is concentrating on doing wireless work...Rogers W'O Okot-Uma has left the Commonwealth Secretariat and is now working for Commonwealth Informatics Resources...Webmaster of Guinea's Boubah.com Bah Thierno Khaliron is the proud father of a daughter born on 22 September.
* The South African Government has appointed four new non-executive directors to the Board of Telkom: Dumisani Tabata, Richard Tenza, Veli Ntombela and Thenjiwe Chikane. Three of the new directors are replacements for non-executive directors whose three-year terms recently came to an end. The outgoing directors are Peter Moyo, Tlhalefang Sekano and Rick Menell. Chikane is replacing Themba Vilakazi, who has resigned from the Telkom board. Tabata is a director of a King William's Town-based firm of attorneys, Smith Tabata, while Tenza is a certified public accountant and director of consulting firm Global Business Equilibrium. Ntombela, a tax specialist, is a director at accounting firm Sizwe Ntsaluba, and Chicane, a chartered accountant, is CEO of MGO Consulting.