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January 2012 Blog Posts (28)

Certification fraud denting market

Fewer available places at tertiary education institutions and a marked decrease in learners who have matriculated with mathematics and science is a major concern to education authorities and employers.

Learners are desperate for the opportunity to enrol for further study. This sense of desperation was reflected by the recent incident at the University of Johannesburg, during which one person was killed and several others hurt when would-be applicants stormed the premises in an…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 31, 2012 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) opening Africa up more seriously to ICT

This week Africa Business Communities meet with Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO). He talks about CTO's involvement in the Telecommunications development and business in Africa.



Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 31, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Africa Cup of Nations / Samsung Inspires Fans to ‘Show Their Spirit’ for Africa’s biggest football tournament

Company creates spaces for fans to enjoy matches and share their passion for the game

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a global leader in the consumer electronics industry - and long-time supporter of African football - is rallying fans across the continent to show their passion for the game, and has launched a series of interactive live and…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 30, 2012 at 3:34pm — No Comments

MTN extends managed services partnership with Ericsson

MTN renews Ericsson as managed services partner in Ghana

•          Illustrates MTN’s ongoing efforts to enhance the experience for over 10 million subscribers in Ghana

•          The deal covers network operations, field maintenance and optimization for an additional year

MTN a leading telecommunications company with a presence in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East today, announced the extension of its managed services agreement with Ericsson for its Ghana…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 30, 2012 at 3:22pm — No Comments

South Africa: 2012 Report To Explore Changing Face Of Province's Manufacturing Industry

Effective governance and strong anti-corruption measures have played a key role in generating confidence and stability in the Western Cape which is paving the way for attracting increased investment to the province, according to its Premier Helen Zille.

Zille acknowledged that the Western Cape enjoyed advantages over some of the other provinces, including a strong tourism industry which gained increased exposure at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

But she told the global…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 30, 2012 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Lukewarm state of triple play in SA

Given the worldwide swarm over triple play or the attraction of multi-media (voice, video and data) application over a single channel, it is interesting that growth of this technology breakthrough is lagging in South Africa.

It should come as no surprise that triple play has emerged so strongly on the global stage. Network environments, both private and within commerce, have been adapted to leverage off this ability to manage and apply multimedia.  

It has significance in…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 30, 2012 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Exact training just the ticket for business – FOXit

FOXit (Pty) Ltd., a Microsoft Learning Solutions Partner and service provider focused on Project and Portfolio Management in business, has conceptualised a training offering that defies traditional parameters and is already helping to empower people to perform their duties more effectively.

The company facilitates SNIPit sessions, which are short, digital, focused training sessions based on Office applications, soft skills and general business education. They are not exclusively…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 30, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Research shows 11.5 million tweeted in Africa in last quarter of 2011

Research conducted by Kenyan-based Portland Communications and Tweetminster indicate 11.5 million tweets originated from Africa in the last three months of 2011.

The report launched in Nairobi and posted on the researcher’s website indicates young people Tweeting from mobile devices are driving the growth of Twitter in Africa.

It said “60% of Africa's most…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 30, 2012 at 10:43am — No Comments

Edge-Core Networks stacks up Ethernet value with latest switch Solution extends operating temperature range for SMB/ Enterprise Market

Edge-Core Networks, a global networking solution provider offering a complete range of enterprise-level and service provider/carrier Ethernet networking equipment and services, has launched the ECS4810-28TS, an enterprise Layer 2 Gigabit Ethernet stackable switch.

The solution consists of 24 1000BASE-TX ports and 4 Gigabit combo (RJ-45/SFP) ports, with an extended operating temperature range from -20˚C to 65˚C.



Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 26, 2012 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Q-KON successfully completes XipLink installation to accelerate satellite access

Following its recently formed VAR-integrator partnership with XipLink, Q-KON, an established engineering group and provider of managed network services and turn-key solutions, has announced the successful installation of hub optimisation technology with its Internet Broadband Service (IBS) satellite access service.

XipLink is a global developer and supplier of wireless bandwidth optimisation products. The company's XipLink Optimisation Software (XipOS) core product delivers…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 26, 2012 at 1:29pm — No Comments

African Energy sector is open for business

The African energy sector is open for business. In actual fact there has been no better time than now to conduct business on the continent. The number of projects has quadrupled from that of 10 years ago and many of the continent's governments are now democratic, paving the way for economic growth.

In support of the opportunities within the energy sector, the annual Africa Energy Indaba which will be held on 21-23 February, has developed a unique roundtable which will focus and…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 25, 2012 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Vodafone unveils Africa’s greenest building

Today, Vodacom unveiled the completed Vodafone Site Solutions Innovation Centre, the first ever 6-star Green Star SA rated building in South Africa, at its head office in Midrand. The Green Building Council of South Africa rating validates the centre as the greenest building in Africa.

Speaking at the official launch of the building, Vodacom CEO, Pieter Uys highlighted the opportunity for companies to use their own sector technology and expertise to find solutions to meet critical…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 25, 2012 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Orange and the Wikimedia Foundation partner to offer Wikipedia in Africa and the Middle East at no extra cost

In the first partnership of its kind, Orange and the Wikimedia Foundation will provide more than 70 million Orange customers in Africa and the Middle East (AMEA) with mobile access to Wikipedia - without incurring data usage charges.

Orange and the Wikimedia Foundation today announced a major partnership designed to make knowledge more easily available to Orange mobile customers throughout Africa and the Middle East. In the first partnership of its kind for Wikipedia, Orange and the…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 24, 2012 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Q-KON Enhances VSAT network in Africa Market with IDX 3.0 UPGRADE

iDX 3.0 allows network operator to improve efficiency and scalability for enterprise service providers

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Q-KON, a leading 1st tier satellite network operator in the African market, has upgraded to iDirect’s iDX 3.0 software. Through iDX 3.0, Q-KON is able to integrate TDMA and SCPC connectivity on a single network, offering enterprise service providers an efficient…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 24, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Ghana's telecom bosses disagree over Glo

The bosses of the existing five telecom operators in Ghana have expressed varying opinions about the entry of the sixth operator, Glo, into the market.

Whiles some say the Ghanaian market is not ready for a sixth operator, others are of the opinion that opportunities for growth still exist in the Ghanaian market for a sixth operator.

Glo has just launched its number reservation campaign that allows one million people to reserve special numbers on Glo’s 023 networks. But…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 23, 2012 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Edge-Core Networks offers locals a switch to IPv6-ready infrastructure

New solutions ideal for managed converged services

Edge-Core Networks, a global networking solution provider, has announced the launch of the ES3528MV2, a Layer 2 Fast Ethernet standalone switch consisting of 24 100BASE-TX ports and 4 Gigabit combo (RJ-45/SFP) ports, as well as the ES3528MV2-DC, an identical switch using DC rather than AC power.

The upgraded switches form part of the company’s extensive range of enterprise-level and service…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 23, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Vodacom appoints chief financial officer.

Vodacom , the South African mobile operator, has appointed Ivan Dittrich as its chief financial officer, it said on Wednesday.

Mr Dittrich had previously been the chief financial officer of Datatec , the information and communications technology group, since May 2008 and a member of its board since March 2008.

He had also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 18, 2012 at 3:51pm — No Comments

MTN Sudan will boost revenue, subscribers this year, chief executive says.

MTN Sudan expects to raise its market share to 35 percent by the end of 2012 from 27 percent last year, Chief Executive Officer Muhammad Ziaullah Siddiqui said in an interview in Khartoum on Jan. 13. The company estimates it will have 9 million subscribers by Dec. 31 and revenue of $5.7 million, compared with $4.4 million in September 2011, he said.

"Sudan is a fast-growing market and we look forward to further strengthening our position" by introducing new technologies, Siddiqui…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 18, 2012 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Q-KON SA reinforces unified communications strategy with UX1000 type approval.

Q-KON SA has confirmed that the Unified Exchange 1000 Series all-in-one branch office networking solution, the UX1000, manufactured by Network Equipment Technologies (NET), has successfully undergone type approval certification with Neotel.

This means that the solution has been thoroughly tested under laboratory conditions and is fully compatible with Neotel infrastructure.

The UX1000 is a single box, multi-function appliance targeted at businesses with up to 400 users.…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 18, 2012 at 9:27am — No Comments

Online banking targeted in 2012.

Banks urge clients to upgrade security as cybercrime explodes.

South African banks are confident in their security systems' ability to withstand attacks on their online banking platforms, even as Kaspersky Lab warned the number of crimes committed in this area is rising rapidly all over the world as hackers bypass technical measures taken by banks.

"In 2012, attacks on online banking systems will be one of the most widespread methods of stealing money…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on January 18, 2012 at 9:20am — No Comments

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