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South African gov’t signs 3-year deal with Microsoft

The South African government recently signed a three-year deal worth 468 million rand (US$58.9 million) for Microsoft Corp. software and services, including Windows 2000, Office and Internet service.

Africa Online buys Egypt’s MenaNet

Pan-continental ISP (Internet service provider) Africa Online Ltd. has acquired MenaNet Communications S.A.E. for US$7.8 million and is now offering service in Egypt.

MTN plans Nigerian spending spree

Mobile Telephone Network (MTN) has expanded into Nigeria via MTN Nigeria Communication Ltd., as part of the company's US$1.14 billion planned spending spree over the next 10 years.

Nigerian group forges ahead on IT project

A group of Nigerian business and academic leaders has started a project aimed at bringing large-scale hardware and software manufacturing to the nation.

MTN Cameroon taps Ericsson for new GSM network

In the area of mobile communications, Cameroon has leapfrogged other countries in Africa with a US$36.6 million GSM wireless network infrastructure put together with technology from Ericsson South Africa, a unit of L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co. Ericsson rolled out GSM installations last week for a local South African-owned mobile operator in Cameroon, MTN Cameroon.

Ghana clamps down on ISPs

In an unprecedented move, Ghana's National Communication Authority (NCA) has shut down three ISPs that government officials allege were offering illegal voice-over-IP (Internet Protocol) technology in the West African country.

South Africa plans telecom privatization

The South African minister of public enterprises has announced a sweeping plan to privatize state-owned companies, including telecommunications.

UUNet plans 2001 push into Africa

UUNet Technologies Inc. plans to expand its presence in Africa, rolling out Internet infrastructure in more than a dozen sub-Saharan African countries this year.

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