Archive for April 16th, 2007

source: TeleGeography.com

Despite having previously stated that it was not interested in a new service neutral licence, Orange Botswana yesterday became the second telephone operator to receive one. The 15-year concession, granted by the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA), will allow Orange to provide all forms of communications services, regardless of the method of transmission, enabling the operator to set up its own international gateway and deploy its own infrastructure. Orange has hitherto had to rely on incumbent BTC’s network, and has frequently complained of its poor reliability. Mr Thari Pheko, CEO of BTA, said it was encouraging for the market to be moving towards fixed-mobile convergence, and urged Orange to introduce new services so that the benefits under the new licensing framework could be realised as soon as possible, [continue reading]

source: IOLRadebe to officially launch eNatis

Transport Minister Jeff Radebe will officially launch the much awaited eNatis system in Johannesburg on Tuesday 17 April 2007.

The eNatis system utilises state-of-the-art technology that will assist to register, store, record, manage and enforce the requirements of the National Road Traffic Act (NRTA) and the National Road Traffic Regulations (NRTR).

The system will ensure that all infringements are centralised within its database to provide improved service with regard to the payment of traffic fines, etc and will be compatible with a variety of anticipated enhancements. – Sapa

see also:
South Africa: Traffic data goes online
The queue is dead, long live the Internet

BoB extends operations overseasAdd to Clippings
source: India Business
Nimish Shukla
[ 16 Apr, 2007 0142hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

AHMEDABAD: In its bid to become a global face of Indian banking, Bank of Baroda plans to expand its international operations.

It is opening 10 new overseas branches in the next three months at Johannesburg, UK, Ghana, Bahrain, Australia, Qatar, Tanzania, Botswana and Port of Spain.

It will establish subsidiary firms in Ghana, Port of Spain and Botswana to undertake banking operations there, while it will have full-fledged branches or representative offices in Australia, Qatar and Johannesburg.

Anil Khandelwal, chairman BoB, said it has applied for opening a branch in Shanghai and its first branch at Ghonzau in China.