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Dgroup Weekly Roundup: 22nd - 28th April, 2013 PDF Print E-mail

1. Gambia bans Skype, Viber and other VoIP services. Initiated by Albert Mucunguzi

Government argues that VoIP services are "depriving the country of the much needed revenue from International and National calls". Apparently this claim was a complete misconstruction of the press release communicated by the Gambian Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA).


Ministry of ICT in The Gambia has described the report as a "complete misconstruction of the Press Release"(in other words, quoted out of context).


Government can still get that revenue from the ISPs.

Could there be an incumbent monopolistic government owned telecom that is being protected?

Could this be about politics and control of communication?

Conclusion/ Remarks

It is difficult to enforce this law except with a great firewall like that of China.

The Government of The Gambia is calling on citizens of The Gambia to continue to enjoy Skype to reach their loved ones at home and abroad. Contrary to local press and cyber publications that the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has banned the use of Skype and Viber facilities in The Gambia, the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure has described the claim as a complete misconstruction of the press release communicated by PURA in the regulator’s bid to stop the massive loss of revenue to registered internet suppliers by the criminal unscrupulous individuals who use and Internet cafes that charge the unwitting public for international calls.

2. Airtel to acquire Warid Telecom Uganda. Initiated by Robert Baguma Mwesigwa


Move will increase their subscribers’ base and many other benefits like 3G network, Blackberry services etc.

Warid customers will maintain their 070- prefix.


Is it an acquisition or a merger?

How will this move affect service delivery?

Will subscribers keep their warid number?

Conclusion/ Remarks

The expected subscriber base may reduce a bit when users that had both numbers decide to drop one of them.

3. UNIMD Vacancy Newsletter Initiated by Margaret Sevume

Vacancy Announcement to  interested and qualified Applicants



It’s a scam! A UN agency does not use a hotmail address, document was created at night  in 16 mins, no revisions or editing thereafter,  the domain imd-un.org does not belong to the UN family and it was created on 19-Mar-2013 for one year.

Fraudsters use “minor" differences in the email address to confuse people.

UN jobs don’t usually mention salary and contracts are seldom open unlike in this case.

Conclusion/ Remarks

Where is the scam? After applying one is told that s/he is successful and then requests for money for an interview, to process visa, work permit, hire apartment etc would start.

Better to check on the official websites, and see if they are such jobs available/listed and how to apply.

Government ought to have a clear strategy on how to tackle unemployment which brings out such vices.

4. State House, govt websites outdated Initiated by Drake Patrick Mirembe

A mini-survey by The Observer has found that many government sites have out-dated information.



Someone could be bagging money every month for website maintenance but no work is done.

Considering the budget, are Ugandans getting value for money?


There ought to be the budget for updating all the government websites.

University interns can competently do the work.

5. Oracle Training Material for OCA Initiated by Cosmas

Could anyone on the list help with free Training Materials?



When is the next intake?

Conclusions/ Remarks

24th June 2013 regular classes and 26th June 2013  for weekend classes

Course duration is 3 months.

There are 2 certification exams, each exam is UGX 450,000. Training fees is UGX 650,000



The views, opinions and assumptions expressed in this document are those of the dgroup members and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of I-Network.


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