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Old January 24th, 2008, 11:58 PM   #61
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Limpop, South Africa gets Wireless Broadband

Wireless broadband for Limpopo
Gcina Ntsaluba Buanews
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24 January, 2008
The Limpopo government has undertaken a massive project to install the infrastructure for wireless broadband technology

The Limpopo government has undertaken a massive project to install the infrastructure for wireless broadband technology so residents can gain access to internet throughout the province.

The project, which is expected to be completed by March 2010, involves connecting about 6 000 sites around the province, including 4 400 schools and a number of clinics and hospitals situated in some of the more remote areas.

Lizel Bodenstein, an information and communication technology (ICT) service manager for the Department of Local and Provincial Government said so far they had shortlisted 13 companies to implement the project.

"This is a closed bid tender for the 13 companies that have been short-listed for the job," she said.

Ms Bodenstein said the winning company will be announced on 23 February.

This company will then be responsible for installing, designing, maintaining and strategically placing the provincially shared broadband network.

She said due to the skills shortage in the province, the winning company may have to bring in skilled labourers and technicians from elsewhere.

The current shortage of electricity may, however, hamper the project, Ms Bodenstein noted.

http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Broadband/2648.html
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Old January 27th, 2008, 05:42 PM   #62
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Southern Africa gets free2view Satellite TV

Rogue satellite TV group vows to defy Icasa
THOM MCLACHLAN Business Day

A TEAM of roguish space cowboys offering a free digital satellite service is planning to take on Icasa, claiming “they cannot do anything to stop us”.

Free2View, a UK-based satellite television service broadcasting from Paris into s ub- Saharan Africa is breaking the rules with wil ful abandon, raising questions about whether regulation can keep up with the pace of technology.

The company, which recently announced it had secured the rights to air US news channel MSNBC, plans to grow its list of channels to 36 over the next three years. But it does not hold a broadcast licence in SA, a move Icasa believes will cost them.

“We are bringing content to a continent that has been starved of it and we’re going to do it free, without having a piece of paper that (we) couldn’t acquire even if we tried,” said Free2View chief operating officer Elissa Wilding.

Icasa said it had a variety of options it could follow to stop Free2View from offering its service, including obtaining a court interdict to stop the illegal activity. The regulator said on Friday that Free2View would be acting in contravention of the Electronic Communications Act.

“Any entity that intends to provide a broadcasting service intended for receipt within the borders of SA requires a licence issued by Icasa. Any attempt to provide such a service constitutes a criminal offence … the authority has mechanisms in place to deal with such circumstances,” it said.

Free2View ’s chief technical director Malcolm Ramsay said : “What can they do to stop us, short of shooting a satellite out of the sky or arresting people who have a satellite dish and decoder?

“The constitution guarantees you can receive and impart information — we are merely imparting information. As to how and where people can receive free satellite transmissions … unless (Icasa) wants to go back to the apartheid era, there is nothing they can do.”

Free2View plans to make its income from advertising. However, if it is not legally able to operate in SA, it cannot actively sell airtime to advertisers here, Ramsay said. However, there is nothing stopping advertisers from buying ad-space from the group’s London offices.

Because the uplink site — where the signal is distributed to the Usat satellite — is based in Paris and the company is registered in the UK, Icasa may find it difficult to stop the pirate broadcasters.

Icasa spokesman Joel Sekgoela said the regulator was planning to start the free-to-air regulatory process next year , but until that had been completed, Free2View was operating illegally and could be stopped.

http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Telecoms/2668.html

This applies to the whole of Southern Africa. I for one think it's awesome. 36 channels of goodness for free. ICASA are probably feeling as powerless as us consumers are feeling.
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Thanks Lydon, its good to see you are interested in these developments.
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Old February 1st, 2008, 12:19 PM   #64
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South Africa Ranked 5th, Nigeria 9th in Global Connectivity Rankings

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SA ranked 5th in world connectivity score
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31 January, 2008

The Connectivity Scorecard is intended to examine quality as well as quantity of ICT usage and infrastructure, as well as show the need for action by business and government.

Businesses and governments must make better use of their communications and computing infrastructure if they are to benefit from the full economic and social benefits of ICT, according to a breakthrough study by Professor Leonard Waverman of the London Business School and global economic consulting firm LECG. The Connectivity Scorecard analyses not only a nation’s ICT infrastructure but the effectiveness of its use.

According to the study, commissioned by Nokia Siemens Networks, even the world’s best connected countries are not exploiting communications technologies to their fullest potential, and, in many cases, policy and regulatory activity designed to promote connectivity is not having the impact intended.

The Connectivity Scorecard ranks the USA first in a group of 16 innovation-driven economies (as defined by the World Economic Forum), although its score is only 6,97 out of a possible 10. The differentiated nature of the scorecard compared to other rankings is illustrated by the fact that Korea, typically a high scorer on other indexes, is ranked 10th on the list, with a rating of just 4,78.

The Connectivity Scorecard measures the extent to which governments, businesses and consumers make use of connectivity technologies - the copper wires, fibre-optic lines, mobile phones and PCs that underpin today’s information economy - to enhance social and economic prosperity.

For each component of the scorecard, countries are benchmarked against the best in class in their tier; thus if a country was best in all dimensions, it would score a maximum of 10. Countries typically considered to be highly connected achieved only modest scores on the scorecard – the average score for a group of 16 countries that include the USA, Sweden and Korea was 5,05.

These results indicate an opportunity for countries to add hundreds of billions of dollars in economic benefit by rethinking how they measure and enable connectivity, according to the study authors. The authors point to a well-known study by Crandall and Jackson that showed a $500bn long-term economic benefit to the US just from achieving near-universal broadband penetration. Given the room for improvement on multiple measures of connectivity, there is every reason to believe that the worldwide gain from improving connectivity would be several multiples higher.

Russia placed first among the nine nations that are classified in the study as resource- or efficiency-driven economies. The country’s high literacy rate, along with solid scores on several measures of usage and infrastructure, especially mobile usage, resulted in a rating of 6.11. Malaysia finished second, with 5,82, and SA fifth, with 4,11. India and Nigeria were placed 8th and 9th, with scores of 1,68 and 1.1 respectively.

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Old February 1st, 2008, 11:46 PM   #65
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Vodacom goes first tier
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31 January, 2008

Vodacom is investing in their own international fiber links, national fixed line infrastructure and an extensive WiMax network.

Vodacom is set on becoming a major Internet player in South Africa. The mobile operator is currently the largest wireless provider in South Africa, but the company is not content to stay put, they are spreading their wings to become a true first tier ISP.

Through Vodacom Business – a new Vodacom division which will be launched officially in late February – the company is establishing itself as a big player in the ISP market, competing with the likes of Internet Solutions and Vox Telecom.

Speculation persists that Vodacom - along with other large IT players like Altech - is one of the major bidders for Verizon Business South Africa. Such an acquisition will definitely give Vodacom Business a jump start in the corporate market, but Verizon Business is rumored to have become very expensive which may make it less attractive than previously.

Vodacom COO Pieter Uys further pointed out that Vodacom has already invested hundreds of Millions of Rands in Vodacom Business, making a large acquisition less necessary.

Apart from its own physical fiber infrastructure in local cities, Vodacom is also investing in its own international fiber links to international destinations.

Vodacom currently purchases international bandwidth through the likes of SAIX and Internet Solutions, something which is holding the company back when developing and delivering services to corporate clients.

Uys said that Vodacom is also working closely with all new international submarine cable projects like EASSY, SEACOM and InfraCo to secure future bandwidth for the company.

In the case of failure of all of these projects Vodacom is willing to build their own international fiber infrastructure, but this, Uys said, is definitely a last resort as it makes more financial sense to pool resources with these international projects.

Futhermore Vodacom is progressing well with their 802.16e (mobile WiMax) network rollout. The WiMax offering will be designed an ADSL replacement service and also to serve the bandwidth needs of corporate clients.

While Uys would not elaborate on potential pricing models, he did say that WiMax will not be seen as an HSDPA related offering and added that the pricing models may well vary significantly.

Vodacom is planning to launch a commercial WiMax offering before April.

http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Telecoms/2736.html
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Old March 6th, 2008, 02:45 AM   #66
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Nigeria leads Africa's Internet usage chart
03 March, 2008 12:00:00 Bill OKONEDO and Ben Uzor jr.
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Nigeria has scaled up from five million to eight million Internet users between December 2006 and December 2007 and currently has the highest number of Internet users on the African continent.
The Seychelles, which has just 29,000 Internet users, however leads in Internet density on the continent. The total population of the Seychelles is 81,895 and its Internet density is 35.4 percent.
This is according to data made available by Internet World Statistics, on its website.
The Seychelles which leads the continent in Internet density today had only 6,000 Internet users in 2000. Now, its share of the continent's Internet density is 0.1 percent and it has seen a growth rate of 383.3 percent in the seven years between 2000 and 2007.
Nigeria, for which the report recorded a population of 135 million, for 2007, had only 200,000 Internet users in the year 2000. With eight million Internet users today, the country's Internet density stands at 5.9 per cent. The country thus has 18.1 per cent of Africa's Internet user share.
Next to Nigeria as regards volume of Internet users, comes the North African nation of Morocco, which had 6.1 million users as at December 2007. Morocco's total population for the same period is given as 33.75 million and its 6.1 million users represent 18.1 percent of the country's population and 13.8 percent of the total Internet users in Africa.
After Morocco, comes the fellow North African nation of Egypt, which has six million Internet users, representing 7.5 percent of its population and 13.6 percent of Internet users on the continent. Egypt's' population is recorded on the chart as 80.33 million.
South Africa trails Egypt with 5.1 million Internet users. This figure represents 11.6 percent of that country's population and 11.5 percent of Africa's Internet users. South Africa's population is stated as 43.99 million.
Surprisingly, the war-torn nation of Sudan comes fifth on the continents Internet user table. Sudan, which has a total population of 39.3 million, is reported to have 3.5 million Internet users, representing 8.6 percent of its' population and 7.9 percent of the continents' Internet users.
After Sudan comes Kenya which has 2.8 million Internet users, representing 7.5 percent of its population and 6.3 percent of the continents' Internet users.
Algeria follows with 2.5 million Internet users. This figure represents 7.4 per cent of its' population and 5.6 percent of the continents' Internet users. The country's population is given as 33.33 million.
Tunisia trails Algeria with 1.6 million users, representing 15.7 percent of its population and 3.6 percent of the continents Internet users. Tunisia's population is 10.2 million.
Zimbabwe is ninth on the table, with 1.2 million Internet users, representing 9.9 percent of its' population and 2.8 percent of the continents' Internet users. Zimbabwe's population is 12.3 million.
Uganda ranks tenth on the table with 800,000 users, representing 2.5 percent of its' population and 1.7 percent of the continents Internet users.
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), including the Internet have long been identified as essential tools for the effective bridging of the knowledge and economic gap between the west and the countries of the African continent.
They sharpen decision support systems for public administrators focused on improving the planning and monitoring of development programmes.
ICTs and the Internet have also been identified as having the capacity to automate the process of delivering service to the citizenry and thereby bringing about transparency.
Some of the ways in which this is done, is by the collection of various payments which citizens need to make to government agencies.
The use of ICTs and the Internet can shorten queues at collection centres, improve accuracy in billing and accounts and provide immediate proof of payment to citizens.
Through the use of ICTs and the Internet, citizens can also obtain access to crucial information about markets, which can determine whether they turn a profit or make a loss.
ICTs and the Internet also facilitate distance learning, thus bridging the knowledge gap and creating better and more opportunities.
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i find morroco's position most interesting, especially in relation to South africa
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Outsourcing moves away from India

China, Morocco and Hungary are the new locations of choice for offshore centres

Tom Young, Computing, 29 Feb 2008
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BT, EDS, IBM and TCS have all opened centres in China

China, Morocco and Hungary are the latest locations of choice for IT services suppliers looking for offshore outsourcing centres.

Of the 21 new facilities opened by the UK's 20 largest firms, four were set up in China, three in Eastern Europe and three in Morocco.

Outsourcers are now looking away from India – where only two centres were opened - because of the rising cost of the rupee and increasing staff wages.

"What we are seeing is vendors looking to reduce their reliability on India’s
heated labour market, while adding non-English language skills to support
clients in regions such as Central Europe," said Nick Mayes, senior consultant at Pierre Audoin Consultants.

BT Global Services, EDS, IBM and TCS have all opened sourcing facilities in China in the last 18 months due to lower costs and a growing market for IT outsourcing in the country.

Eastern Europe and Morocco are considered good locations for such centres because of high skill levels and low labour costs.

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India losing status as offshore king China and Morocco starting to shine…

India is losing its stranglehold as the offshoring destination of choice as China, Morocco and Hungary gain ground.

In February 2007 silicon.com's Steve Ranger visited the Indian tech hotspots of Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune.

Fewer global delivery centres were opened in India by the UK's 20 largest IT services suppliers than in each of the three countries over the last year.

The competitive Indian labour market is driving companies to alternative destinations, say Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC) in its report.

The 20 largest UK companies analysed in the report included Accenture, BT Global Services, Capgemini, Capita, CSC, EDS, Fujitsu, HP, IBM and Logica.

Of the 21 centres opened since January 2007 by the big 20, only two were in India, while four were in China, with three were Eastern Europe and Morocco respectively.

Nick Mayes, senior consultant at PAC, said there is no "serious threat" to India's outsourcing dominance in the short term but companies are looking to reduce their reliance on "India's heated labour market".

China's emergence as a global sourcing hub has traditionally been slow but the report found that BT Global Services, EDS, IBM and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have all opened sourcing facilities in the country in the last 18 months.

The two facilities launched in India were both outside the traditional hotspots of Bangalore and Mumbai - IBM's new centre in Noida and TCS's expansion site in Hyderabad.

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The reason South Africa is so low down on the list is because of Telkom to put it simply. They are living proof of how a monopoly can truly stuff things up. Thankfully, Neotel has started competing with them, and a number of cellular networks and other companies have started building their own fibre rings.
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Experts expect South Africa to reach 2 Million broadband users by 2010.

Broadband growth is accelerating in South Africa, a trend which has been witnessed worldwide. With decreasing prices and increased availability more consumers are dumping their dial-up connections in preference of ADSL or high speed wireless connections.

According to Vodacom Business’ Wally Beelders South Africa will have between 1.5 Million and 2 Million broadband subscribers by 2010.

This will be made up mostly by HSDPA customers from Vodacom and MTN. Some analysts predict around 1 Million 3G/HSDPA subscribers in 2010, with other wireless technologies like WiMax, WiFi, CDMA2000 and iBurst adding a few hundred thousand to the total.

ADSL will most likely be the second most popular broadband access technology behind 3G/HSDPA, with Telkom’s predictions falling in at around 800 000 ADSL subscribers by 2011.

http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Broadband/3058.html

Note: Broadband users, not internet users
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Old March 10th, 2008, 09:26 PM   #71
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Namibia hosts IT roadshow

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afrol News, 7 March - A technology roadshow is taking place in the Namibian capital Windhoek on Friday.

Organised by information technology distributor [Comztek Namibia] and its vendor partners, the show entails several activities, including a technology showcase and presentations.

The show will provide Comztek resellers and their end users with up-to-the-minute information on the latest technologies, products and programmes. Adobe, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Nietshild, Symantec and 3Com would deliver vendor presentations.

“Comztek Namibia prides itself on being a one-stop shop for its resellers, by distributing a wide range of ICT products, solutions and services," said the Regional Manager of Comztek Namibia, Davel Botha.

"It is our pleasure to be hosting this technology roadshow for resellers, thereby providing up-to-date technology information in the specialist areas of networks, software infrastructure, security and storage, and consumer electronics.”

Comztek Namibia is a branch of its parent body in South Africa that started operation in May 2004. The parent company is believed to be the leading ICT systems and communications partner in South Africa.

By staff writer

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Old March 12th, 2008, 11:23 PM   #72
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Random but relevant =)

Xbox 360 price cuts
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11 March, 2008

Microsoft will reduce the price of its Xbox 360 gaming consoles this Friday.

Microsoft announced that it is lowering the estimated retail price (ERP) for its Xbox 360 family of consoles in Europe and South Africa, with an entry-level price of R1999.00.

From Friday, 14th March, Xbox 360 Pro, which includes a 20GB hard drive and one wireless controller, will have an ERP of R2999.00, a saving of R700.00 on the current ERP.

The Xbox 360 Elite, which comes with a 120GB hard drive enabling consumers to store huge quantities of content, such as their own music, will have an ERP of R3999.00, a saving of R600.00.

The Xbox 360 Arcade console will have an ERP of R1999.00, a saving of R700.00.

“Xbox 360 is now mass market in Europe and South Africa,” said Chris Lewis, Vice President, Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business in EMEA.

“We have reached and surpassed several key milestones that form part of our long term strategic plan to achieve critical mass in Europe and South Africa; and our portfolio now offers the kind of mainstream entertainment experiences that secure wider appeal for Xbox 360. These factors allow us to execute on our strategy to widen the market for Xbox 360, as planned.

“We continue to offer intense, immersive gaming experiences for gamers – but now we’re priced in a way that will allow new consumers to find out for themselves why Xbox 360 is the ultimate in high-definition entertainment.” said Lewis.

“History shows that R1999.00 is the price point where a console’s audience begins to expand, and with these new ERPs in place we’re ready to bring more consumers into the Xbox 360 world.”

http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Gaming/3132.html
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Morocco, Ghana and Egypt ride ICT global wave


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The majority of computer chips, telephone handsets, laptops, TV screens, DVD players and other electronics and telecommunications products are now manufactured in developing countries, a new United Nations Commission for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report reveals.
Developing nations´ share in exports of services related to information and communication technology (ICT) is also growing. However, this is primarily due to strong growth in the developing world´s two largest economies, China and India. China is the world´s largest exporter of ICT goods, and India leads in international sales of ICT services.
The Information Economy Report 2007-2008 details how the ICT industry is growing faster than many industries globally and is increasingly shifting to the developing world, mainly Asia. The ICT industry not only includes the assembly of hardware or consumer electronics, but also the delivery of ICT services, such as those related to software and IT consulting, telecommunication and call-centre activities. The latter particularly have grown in developing countries as they search for new market niches and job opportunities in the service industries. In such countries as Morocco, Ghana, and Egypt, government-devised development policies have spurred economic expansion of ICT business and employment.

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Mobile phone users in Morocco number rises to 20 million




The number of mobile phone users in Morocco passed 20 million at the end of 2007, according to the country's telecoms regulator.

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GTI launches Africa's largest commercial WiMAX network in Algeria
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Feb 15, 2008 at 05:19PM
Markets, WiMAX, Broadband Wireless, Algeria: Galaxia Telecom International PLC, the telecom integrator and operator specializing in the innovation and deployment of wireless broadband technologies, has announced the listing of the company's shares on the Open Market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the launch of its first mass market WiMAX network in Algeria. Today's listing of the company's shares on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange offers investors the opportunity to invest both in wireless broadband technology and in emerging markets.

Galaxia Telecom is one of the few listed companies in the wireless WiMAX area with exposure to the potentially high growth rates for WiMAX services in emerging markets. The European listing for Galaxia Telecom International PLC comes at a turning point in demand for WiMAX services and provides investors with a route to access the growth of broadband wireless telecommunications solutions internationally, said Dr. Abdellah Hoummady, CEO of Galaxia Telecom International PLC.

WiMAX technology is the greatest hope in terms of bridging the digital divide in emerging markets at reasonable costs, while at the same time leapfrogging the traditionally slower development stages of the telecommunication infrastructure in developed markets.

By embracing WiMAX technology on such a large scale, Algeria has decided to make a big push to reduce the digital divide both within Algeria and with the rest of the world. "In our view, it is the optimal technology, reliable and cost effective for a large country such as Algeria, which needs to cover the needs of a sizeable but dispersed population of 33m people across a vast territory over 5 times the size of Germany", explains Dr. Hoummady. GTI is currently engaged in discussions with a number of other national operators and WiMAX related providers worldwide.

The deployment of WiMAX in Algeria, called Athir, is the first commercial application of WiMAX technology on a nationwide scale, and is the result of a groundbreaking agreement between Galaxia Telecom International (GTI) and Algerie Telecom (AT), the largest telecommunications service provider in Algeria. At a time when technological innovations are evolving at a fast pace and new technologies quickly become outdated, the launch of the WiMAX network is a concrete response to real concerns in addressing the need for widely available, fast and cheaper communication services in Algeria, thus bridging the digital divide, says His Excellency Dr. Boudjemaa Haichour, the Algerian Minister for Post, Information Technology and Communication. According to the contract, Algerie Telecom will provide existing infrastructure, access network, marketing and distribution, with Galaxia Telecom providing broadband equipment (base stations, CPEs), installation, BWA network backbone, platforms and training.

The Algerian WiMAX network has been undergoing testing in the last six months in all weather conditions. In the first phase of deployment, targeted customers will be businesses, government and organizations (B2B). The second phase, starting in September 2008, will be focused on consumers.

About Galaxia Telecom International PLC

Galaxia Telecom International PLC is a Canadian company with an international footprint specializing in the innovation and deployment of wireless broadband technologies, most specifically in WiMAX. Galaxia Telecom designs and integrates Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) end-to-end solutions and products and has extensive experience in modular solution design and manufacturing, rapid time-to-market and cost effective solutions, employing state-of-the-art and industry standard access technologies.

About Algeria's telecom market

Algeria has 33m inhabitants and has one of the largest young populations in the Middle East, with a median age of 25.2 years. The number of internet users in Algeria is estimated at 2.46 million. High speed internet access is very scarce at approximately only 200,000 users in the whole country (0.6% of the population) and is considered a luxury reserved for larger corporations and organisations. Access to the internet at present in Algeria is via DSL or Satellite High speed. Fixed-line penetration rate is still very low in the country, with approximately 7 per 100 persons having a main-line connection in 2004
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South Africa's Second National Operator Reveals Consumer Pricing

Neotel consumer tariffs revealed
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24 April, 2008

Neotel unveils the price of its NeoConnect Prime consumer offering.

Neotel is slowly releasing its NeoConnect Prime offering into the consumer market and has revealed the product description and price.

NeoConnect Prime is Neotel’s first consumer and small business offering, providing subscribers with a converged voice, fast Internet and SMS service.

Pricing

NeoConnect Prime provides consumers with a CDMA voice & Internet device, a 2.4 Mbps Internet connection with 10 GB of monthly bandwidth, 1 000 free on-net voice minutes and 50 free on-net SMSs for R 599.00 per month.

There are no additional installation or activation charges, device rental or hidden costs. “It is a true all-in-one price…the only extra payment is for out-of-bundle usage,” said Neotel’s head of retail products and services, Maneesh Mittal.

Out of bundle bandwidth will cost 7 c per MB, and billing will be per MB precluding the need to purchase data bundles.

Text messages to other networks will be charged at 35c per SMS while out-of-bundle on-net SMSs cost 10 c each.

Out-of-bundle and off-net call rates will be the same as the recently published enterprise rates: Neotel call charges

This initial offering targets a specific segment of the market, but there will be many more flavours available soon Neotel pointed out. Mittal said that Neotel will launch a variety of new packages - some significantly cheaper while others will be more expensive – in May during its commercial launch which will be wider in scope.

Comparative pricing

Neotel’s price for its NeoConnect Prime offering stacks up well when compared with other similar offerings in the market.

The NeoConnect Prime service, with a peak speed of 2.4 Mbps, can be compared to iBurst’s Internet & iCall service, Telkom’s 4 Mbps ADSL service, MTN’s 1.8 Mbps HSDPA service and Vodacom’s 3.6 Mbps HSDPA offering.




All in all it works out to around at least half the price of similar offerings!
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iPhone Coming to South Africa!

Woot! I've been waiting for this...now I can finally pick one up knowing it will work

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Vodacom to bring iPhone to SA
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06 May, 2008

The iPhone will soon be available in South Africa through Vodacom

Vodafone has announced it has signed an agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone in ten of its markets around the globe.

Later this year, Vodafone customers in Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey will be able to purchase the iPhone for use on the Vodafone network.

Vodacom has confirmed that it will provide the iPhone to its subscribers through the Vodafone agreement, but could not provide further details regarding potential pricing structures or time frames.

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Old May 10th, 2008, 05:26 PM   #78
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Emirates International Investment Company reveals ambitious Dhs1.8bn plan to establish six hi-tech cable factories globally
As part of its strategy to broaden its international presence and develop its business units, the Emirates International Investment Company (EIIC) has announced ambitious plans to build six hi-tech factories in the UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Algeria, Romania and Vietnam, at a value of Dhs1.8bn


1. EIIC reveals $5bn Dounya Parc Algerian project
2. Emirates International Investment Company to establish Abu Dhabi’s first clinker-cement factory for Dhs1.5bn
3. EIIC begins construction of Dhs350m Electrocab Emarat cable factory in Algeria
EIIC’s decision to construct these factories in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Algeria, Romania and Vietnam comes at a time when the region is experiencing a great construction boom.

To satisfy market demand, EIIC is estimating production levels of 40,000 tonnes/year of copper and 7,000 tonnes/year of aluminium low, medium and high voltage cables, all of which will adhere to best international standards.

EIIC has already begun construction on two UAE-based factories in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi: the first manufacturing aluminium rods producing 100,000 tonnes/year, and the second manufacturing magnetic wires producing an estimated 25,000 tonnes/year.

Mr Omar Younis, General Manager of EIIC-owned Electrocab which is managing the factories, stated that the company plans to boost production of copper cables in its Algeria factory to 60,000 tonnes/year in order to meet demand in the Algerian and North African markets.

He confirmed that the KSA, Romania and Vietnam factory blueprints are completed and the sites have already been selected.

Mr. Younis insists quality is the priority for EIIC. “We have secured a team of specialised cable professionals who will ensure top-notch quality management for all our products and that they follow international requirements. First-class machinery has been sourced from Europe’s leading suppliers to outfit all of our factories”.
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EIIC begins construction of Dhs350m Electrocab Emarat cable factory in Algeria
In line with their expansion strategy, Emirates International Investment Company (EIIC) has announced the construction of a third wire and cable factory.

EIIC will invest Dhs350m in the wire and cable factory in Algiers, Algeria, with an expected completion date in 2009.

Mr. Omar Younis, Electrocab's General Manager, said “The factory is to meet the increasing demand for power and building wire cables in the Algerian and Western Arab markets. The Algerian wire and cable factory is a direct result of the success of the Abu Dhabi facility, which has also led us to construct the magnet wire factory in Industrial City, Abu Dhabi as well.”

Mr. Younis explained the product range will include low, medium and high voltage cables in copper and aluminum that adhere to best international standards.

The factory will be built on a 10 hectare site and will encompass manufacturing, distribution and management facilities. Production will commence in mid 2008 at a primary annual level of 40,000 tons of copper and 7,000 tons of aluminum, and increase in the future. Mr. Younis insists quality in all its aspects is the priority for EIIC and has created a team of experienced cable professionals with the responsibility to ensure that all finished products satisfy international requirements. Top quality machinery has been sourced from Europe’s leading suppliers.

EIIC owns investments in many sectors, including banking, industry and commerce which in a short time, has created many unique and innovative projects
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New Google backed initiative to provide high-speed, low-cost Internet to Africa


O3b Networks today announced it will begin deployment of a new global communications infrastructure to provide high-speed, low-cost Internet connectivity to emerging markets in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

Backed with financial and operational support from Google, Liberty Global and HSBC Principal Investments, the new system will reduce bandwidth costs for telecommunications operators (telcos) and Internet service providers (ISPs) -- enabling cost-effective voice and broadband services at speeds equivalent to those enjoyed in the developed world.

Developed nations, particularly in the northern hemisphere, are well served by an extensive submarine fiber network. The deployment of a fiber network in many developing markets is not commercially viable or practical.

According to the O3b Networks the system will offer fiber performance over satellite, at prices comparable to fiber in developed regions.

“By allowing direct connection to core networks and 3G Cellular/WiMAX towers, the O3b Networks system will completely change the economics of telecommunications infrastructure in the world's fastest-growing markets for communications services.”

O3b said that the rapid growth of telecommunications services in emerging markets demonstrates the demand as well as the commercial and social benefits available. In O3b Networks' target markets, where the deployment of high-capacity bandwidth is restricted due to geographic, economic or political barriers, the Company's low-cost, low-latency Internet backhaul and 3G Cellular backhaul services will allow telcos and ISPs to offer affordable, high-speed Internet access services -- effectively bridging the digital divide between developed and emerging markets.

O3b Networks' operational and technical development is well underway. Production of the initial constellation of 16 satellites has begun. The system's 2,133 transponder equivalents will deliver low-latency Internet backhaul at speeds reaching 10 gigabits per second. Service activation is scheduled for late 2010.

The scalable nature of the system allows for additional satellites to increase capacity and meet growing demand.

O3b Networks was founded by successful high-technology entrepreneur Greg Wyler with a mission of making the Internet accessible and affordable for billions of people in emerging and developed markets.

Wyler, along with O3b Networks Chairman John W. Dick, recently helped pioneer the first commercial 3G mobile and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks in Africa.

That experience revealed the urgent need in developing countries for low-latency, gigabit backhaul services that can power high-speed data and voice connectivity for consumers, businesses, schools and health care facilities.

"Access to the Internet backbone is still severely limited in emerging markets," Wyler said.

"Only when emerging markets achieve affordable and ubiquitous access to the rest of the world will we observe locally generated content, widespread e-learning, telemedicine and many more enablers to social and economic growth which reflect the true value of the Internet. O3b Networks will bring multi-gigabit Internet speeds directly to emerging markets, whether landlocked in Africa or isolated by water in the Pacific Islands."

Bringing together Google, Liberty Global and HSBC has created a team that is ideally suited to help bring this new service to market.

"O3b Networks' model empowers local entrepreneurs and companies to deliver Internet and mobile services to those in currently underserved or remote locations at speeds necessary to power rich web-based applications," said Larry Alder, Google Alternative Access Team Product Manager.

"We believe in O3b Networks' model and its goal of expanding the reach of the Internet to users who currently have limited and expensive connection options, as it complements our mission of organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful."

Liberty Global is the world's leading international cable operator, offering advanced video, telephone and broadband Internet services to 16.1 million customers across 15 countries.

Liberty Global CEO Michael Fries said, "Core transmission capacity is one of the most significant barriers to rolling out the high-speed telecommunications infrastructure necessary for a developing country and its economy. Using innovative modern satellite technology, O3b Networks will make fiber-quality connectivity available throughout most of the world, without having to lay any fiber."

Richard J Cole, HSBC Global Head of Principal Investments & Private Equity, said, "HSBC's Principal Investments business is pleased to invest in O3b Networks and support the company's enabling high-speed, low-cost Internet connectivity in emerging markets. This investment is integral to HSBC Principal Investments' strategic focus of investing primarily in growing emerging markets."

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