MWeb tests WiMAX

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South African internet service provider (ISP) MWeb is to trial WiMAX (worldwide interoperability for microwave access) mobile broadband in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The trial will involve around a thousand home and business users. MWeb has recently been allocated a WiMAX test licence by regulator Icasa, and is hoping to secure a commercial WiMAX licence when the remaining spectrum is …

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MWeb tests WiMAX services with Alvarion equipment

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South African ISP MWeb has announced the launch of a broadband internet WiMAX trial in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The trial will involve around 1,000 home and business users testing its mobile WiMAX services. MWeb has recently been allocated a WiMAX test licence by regulator Icasa, with MWeb hoping to secure a commercial WiMAX licence when the remaining spectrum is …

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Mobile Cellular Statistics (Free)

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Mobile cellular subscribers     Cellular mobile subscribers As % of total         CAGR Telephone     (k) (%) subscribers     2000 2005 2000 – 05 2005 1 Algeria 86 13’661.4 175.5 84.2 2 Angola 25.8 1’611.1 128.6 94.3 3 Benin 55.5 750 68.3 90.8 4 Botswana 222.2 823.1 29.9 86.2 5 Burkina Faso 25.2 633.6 …

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Takeover battle underway for Portugal Telecom

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Namibian writes…One of Europe’s biggest takeover battles kicks off today in Portugal when Sonaecom’s 10,7-billion-euro hostile bid for its larger rival Portugal Telecom gets underway.   Sonaecom unveiled its offer of 9,50 euros per share for what is the nation’s biggest listed company in a surprise move last February but Portugal’s stock market regulator only gave the bid its approval on …

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Namibia’s MTC expands mobile network via satellite

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Telegeography writes…Namibian GSM operator Mobile Telecommunications (MTC) has invested NAD17 million (USD2.4 million) in satellite technology to expand the reach of its GSM network to remote regions. The country’s only cellco has awarded a contract to Advanced Telecoms for the implementation of a satellite backhaul system, with implementation and support being provided by domestic satellite firm SatCom. The rollout will see …

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GSA Says HSDPA Launched in 50 Countries

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GSA – the Global mobile Suppliers Association, says that 138 mobile network operators have committed to HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) deployments in 63 countries, and commercial HSDPA mobile broadband services are now available in 50 countries. Recent launches by Entel PCS, Chile (the first in Latin America) and MTC, Namibia raised the number of commercial HSDPA networks to …

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MTC Namibia launches USD5.8 million 3.5G network

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Namibian cellco Mobile Telecommunications (MTC) officially inaugurated its new W-CDMA/HSDPA mobile network last week at a function in Windhoek. The 3G network, estimated to cost NAD40 million (USD5.8 million), initially offers data transfer speeds of up to 900kbps. During phase one, the network will be deployed in Windhoek and the coastal towns of Walvisbay and Swakopmund. In phase two, commencing …

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3G Arrives in Namibia

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MTC Namibia says that it has launched a robust 3G network making it only the third operator on the African continent to have done so. During Phase 1 the network will be deployed in Windhoek, the capital and the coastal settlements of Walvisbay and Swakopmund. Phase 2, commencing in April 2007, will eventually cover majority of the country’s commercial settlements. …

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Zimbabwe, Botswana sign Eassy undersea cable protocol

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Zimbabwe and Botsawana have signed the East African Submarine System (Eassy), taking the total number of signatories to nine our of 23 countries that originally agreed to implement the project in 2003. ITWeb reports that Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, Zambia and Malawi, all of which were expected to sign up, did not do so. The current signatories include South Africa, Tanzania, …

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Africa closes tech gap with flashy phones

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Rickety minibus taxis weave between corrugated iron shacks, dodging street hawkers and the odd scrawny child with trousers gaping at the knee. Alexandra is one of South Africa’s roughest townships, and yet you can switch on your laptop there, slide in a data card and access your e-mail in seconds using the world’s most advanced commercial wireless technology. About a …

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