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Egypt’s second landline licence set for issue next year

July 5, 2007 • Top StoriesComments Off on Egypt’s second landline licence set for issue next year

Egypt is set to receive a second fixed services operator, according to a report by TeleGeography.com. The Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr Tarek Kamel has announced that the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has set the terms and conditions for the award of a second landline licence, according to the...

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Call for new regulatory framework to allow greater access to financial services via mobile phones in developing countries

July 5, 2007 • Top StoriesComments Off on Call for new regulatory framework to allow greater access to financial services via mobile phones in developing countries

A new regulatory framework is needed to encourage financial transactions by mobile phones and transform access to financial services in developing countries, claims a new policy report ‘The Transformational Potential of M-Transactions’ , published...

Telkom Kenya sparks pricing wars as it rolls out wireless

July 5, 2007 • Top StoriesComments Off on Telkom Kenya sparks pricing wars as it rolls out wireless

The telecommunications sector pricing war that has been raging between the two mobile phone firms, Safaricom and Celtel, is set to climb a notch with this afternoon’s launch of Telkom Wireless, Telkom Kenya’s Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)-based...

Mexican tycoon overtakes Bill Gates as world’s richest man

July 3, 2007 • Top StoriesComments (1)

Microsoft founder Bill Gates looks to have lost his title as the world’s richest man, toppled from top spot by the Mexican telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim. Three months ago the cigar-chomping Mr Slim quietly slipped past legendary US investor Warren Buffett...

Nigeria: FG, Microsoft to Build Innovative Centre

July 3, 2007 • Top StoriesComments Off on Nigeria: FG, Microsoft to Build Innovative Centre

THE federal government, in collaboration with Microsoft Incorporated Nigeria had concluded arrangements to build an innovative centre in Abuja, even as over fifty federal government employees were being trained by Microsoft at the Bola Ige Information...

BCX decision exposes South African market failings

July 3, 2007 • Top StoriesComments Off on BCX decision exposes South African market failings

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal is reported to have blocked a bid by national telecoms operator Telkom SA for national ICT services provider Business Connexion Group. The tribunal has yet to formally announce its decision, but is expected to do so...

Technology hinders Nigerian banks’ quest for top position

July 3, 2007 • Top StoriesComments Off on Technology hinders Nigerian banks’ quest for top position

The quest by Nigerian banks for the top positions in Africa, under the guidance of Chukwuma Soludo, is going well on the capital front, but remains very shaky on the technology leg. First forced into mergers and recapitalisation by Soludo, governor of the...

Malicious codes are being distributed through MySpace

July 3, 2007 • Top StoriesComments Off on Malicious codes are being distributed through MySpace

PandaLabs has warned of the appearance of several malicious codes that are using MySpace pages to spread. Cybercrooks want to distribute their creations to as many users as possible. That’s why they use networks that attract millions of Internet,explains...

Brazil’s High Resolution Technology to Map Congo Basin for Oil

July 3, 2007 • Top StoriesComments Off on Brazil’s High Resolution Technology to Map Congo Basin for Oil

July 3 (Bloomberg) — High Resolution Technology Petroleum, a Brazilian geological surveyor, will begin mapping an uncharted area in the Democratic Republic of Congo that may have oil deposits, Hydrocarbons Minister Lambert Mende said. The Rio de...

MTN, Celtel in Pan-Africa leadership tango

July 3, 2007 • Top StoriesComments Off on MTN, Celtel in Pan-Africa leadership tango

Now that the acquisition spree seems to have come to a slowdown, Africa’s two largest telecommunications groups, South Africa-based MTN Group, and MTC-backed Celtel International, can concentrate on developing their strategies to maximise growth within...

South Africa: Local Web 2.0 site hits the sweet spot

July 3, 2007 • Top StoriesComments Off on South Africa: Local Web 2.0 site hits the sweet spot

While many local Web 2.0 sites are struggling to find a foothold in the market, one is proving to be a hit among South African netizens. Amatomu – a South African Blog Aggregator – was launched four months ago, and is already nearing 1 000 blog...

Bloggers give CNN feedback on new site

June 28, 2007 • Top StoriesComments (1)

CNN is close to completing an overhaul of its website after publicly testing the new look. For several weeks, the new CNN.com design has been published concurrently with the existing site at beta.cnn.com, which is no longer available. Using a blog, the...

Arab African International Bank launches Egypt’s first ‘Visa Mini card’

June 28, 2007 • Top StoriesComments Off on Arab African International Bank launches Egypt’s first ‘Visa Mini card’

At only about half the size of a standard card, AAIB Visa Mini card is the latest payment innovation in the Egyptian market. It offers cardholders a multitude of key benefits including convenience, flexibility, and security. “AAIB has been the gateway...

Nigeria: FG Spends N12 Billion On Software for Banks

June 28, 2007 • Top StoriesComments Off on Nigeria: FG Spends N12 Billion On Software for Banks

Federal Government has disclosed that not less than N127billion (US $1billion) is spent on the importation of software annually for use in the banking sector of the country. Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA),...

South Africa: Firms Put Web Tools On Cellphones

June 28, 2007 • Top StoriesComments Off on South Africa: Firms Put Web Tools On Cellphones

LOCAL companies Fontera and Jump are adapting internet based technologies for the small screen as cellphones continue to massively outstrip computer usage. Cape Town’s Fontera believes the social networking phenomenon of Facebook and YouTube will prove just...

League of champions

June 28, 2007 • Top StoriesComments Off on League of champions

Panda Software, provider of virus and intrusion prevention solutions including Panda EnterpriSecure and Panda BusinesSecure, today announced it will offer certified solutions through Intel Enabled Server Acceleration Alliance (Intel ESAA). As a member of...