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February 2012 Blog Posts (33)

Vodafone and Visa forms Largest Global Mobile Payments Platform

Vodafone and world-acclaimed credit card processor, Visa have jointly announced a worldwide mobile payments partnership.



The companies will work together to develop a Vodafone-branded stored value mobile payment service that would be offered to Vodafone’s 398 million consumers across more than 30 countries where Vodafone has operations.



The new Vodafone/Visa mobile…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 29, 2012 at 9:34am — No Comments

Edge-Core Connect Partner Program for Europe and Africa goes live

Fully integrated commercial, technical and marketing support offered for project development



Edge-Core Networks Corporation, a global networking solution provider offering a complete range of enterprise-level and service provider/carrier Ethernet networking equipment and services to partners around the world, has announced the launch of the Edge-Core Connect Program - an exclusive new channel program created for EdgeCore partners in Europe and Africa.…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 29, 2012 at 8:22am — No Comments

Etisalat to expand it's business with Intelsat 22

Intelsat S.A., the world's leading provider of satellite services, announced today that Etisalat UAE, a leading telecommunications services provider in the Middle East, has signed a multi-year agreement for capacity on Intelsat 22, scheduled to launch in late March 2012. As part of the multi-transponder agreement, Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat will utilize the satellite's capacity to expand the reach of its broadband and GSM backhaul services to its customers in the Middle East, Africa, Europe…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 29, 2012 at 8:16am — No Comments

ICTs, Climate Change and Development Case Study Repository

Nineteen new case studies on use of ICTs in relation to climate change in developing countries are available at: http://www.niccd.org/casestudies.htm

They cover:

- ICTs, Climate Change and Disaster Management

- New ICT Routes to Climate Change Adaptation

- ICTs and Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change

- ICTs and Climate Change Mitigation

- ICTs and Climate Change…

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Added by Richard Heeks on February 28, 2012 at 1:48am — No Comments

MTN boosts African Opera Mini users by 1665%

A special version of the Opera Mini mobile web browser, launched by MTN and Opera Software last year to MTN's subscribers, has been met with great enthusiasm by MTN customers across the 15 markets where it's currently available. In a mere twelve months, MTN subscribers have increased their use of Opera Mini by 1665%.



Opera Mini has seen a phenomenal uptake since…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 27, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Mobile project management on the move as FOXit launches global first

FOXit (Pty) Ltd., a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and service provider focused on Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) in business, has spearheaded the development and release of METROit - the first available Windows Phone application to seamlessly connect to the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) and PPM solutions.



METROit is an embedded application, based on Microsoft’s Metro styling and new user interface, that has been introduced to mobilise and revolutionise…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 27, 2012 at 9:15am — No Comments

SkyeVine set to make satellite broadband a reality in Africa

Users of technology across the continent can now benefit from a breakthrough in prepaid broadband connectivity. A South African company called SkyeVine, a wholesale operator of data broadcast services for Africa, is ready to empower organisations and companies with VSAT broadband connectivity.



SkyeVine spokesperson Anton Kotze says the company’s principle strategy is to ensure value transfer to all key stakeholders. SkyeVine is empowering Internet Service Providers (ISPs) with…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 23, 2012 at 1:27pm — No Comments

SMC Networks launches new router to offer locals broadband brilliance

SMC Networks, a global provider of LAN hardware and broadband connectivity devices, has announced the launch of the Barricade™ Wireless Gigabit Broadband Router (SMCWGBR14-N2) a high-performance wireless gateway that includes four Gigabit Ethernet ports, a USB 2.0 port for external storage devices, and 802.11n 300Mbps high-speed wireless functionality.



Featuring a Network Address Translation (NAT) firewall with Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) to protect from hacker attacks, the…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 23, 2012 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Ghana: Airtel Money Keeps Extending

Airtel Ghana has extended its M-Commerce service aka Airtel Money, to the Melcom Plus supermarket at North Kaneshie in Accra.



This means that shoppers can pay for their shopping at Melcom Plus using their mobile phones without physical cash.



Melcom Plus joins other retail outlets where Airtel Money can be used to pay for various services and for shopping.



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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 23, 2012 at 9:05am — No Comments

Airtel and Firstbank sign MOU on Mobile Money service

The landscape of e-banking services in Nigeria is set to witness a major shift as two leading companies in banking and telecom sectors of the economy, FirstBank of Nigeria Plc (FirstBank) and Airtel Networks Limited have agreed to combine their strengths to provide seamless mobile money services to millions of Nigerians.



Speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two companies recently in Lagos, the two companies promised to combine their strengths…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 22, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Local Apps take off - Vodacom App Store hits 1 million downloads in less than six months

2012 is set to be the year that home-grown apps take off in South Africa.  In September 2011, Vodacom was the first network operator to launch a local app store.  The express intention was to spur the development of a local app industry, creating apps relevant to the unique environment in South Africa as well as creating jobs and income opportunities at the same time.



Speaking about the progress since last year, Prins Mhlanga, Managing Executive of Digital Media at Vodacom…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 22, 2012 at 12:24pm — No Comments

SMC Networks ready to bring IPv6 wireless value to SA

SMC Networks, a global provider of LAN hardware and broadband connectivity devices, has announced the launch of the SMC7904WBRA-N2 Barricade™, a three-in-one high-performance wireless ADSL2/ADSL2+ router that includes an ADSL modem, four Fast Ethernet ports, a USB 2.0 port for external storage devices, and 802.11n 300Mbps high-speed wireless functionality.



Offering Quality of Service (QoS) and multiple security features, the IPv6-ready router is an ideal, cost-effective solution…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 22, 2012 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Register early for Mobile Money West Africa summit, Lagos, Nigeria

MobileMoneyAfrica, Africa’s leading resource for mobile financial inclusion today announced that executives from EcoBank International, Africa centre for mobile financial inclusion, citi Bank, PayG Solutions, Mfino, Comviva, Finsol –Kenya,Intel Capital,UBA,Mfino,3Line,Globacom, BICS, MobileMoney Consulting –UK, Oceanic Bank International, MTN GHANA, Fortis MobileMoney, Nipost, comnavig, MTN,Netsignature, Microensure, Experian MicroAnalytics are among the first round of speakers that will…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 22, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Climate Change Mitigation, ICTs and Development: New Strategy Brief

Written for policy makers and strategic planners in senior climate change and ICT4D roles, this new briefing provides guidance on how best to use ICTs for climate change mitigation in developing countries:

http://www.niccd.org/ICTs_and_Climate_Change_Mitigation_Strategy_Brief.pdf

Added by Richard Heeks on February 22, 2012 at 2:02am — No Comments

Orange launches new service to make Facebook® accessible on every phone in Africa

Orange is launching an innovative service making Facebook accessible on any phone across the Orange footprint in Africa.



Orange is launching a new service to provide swift, simple, and cost effective mobile access to Facebook for an even wider range of customers.



Facebook via USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) allows all Orange customers to access the…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 20, 2012 at 8:21am — No Comments

Inaugural showcase invites leaders in African ICT

ITNewsAfrica will be hosting its inaugural Tech Demo Africa Showcase, aimed at showcasing cutting-edge technology from established companies, as well as start-ups.



Hosted at the Radisson Blue Gautrain Hotel from 17th – 18th April 2012, Tech Demo Africa will focus on enterprise technology and eGovernment, and will feature cutting-edge demonstrations and engaging…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 20, 2012 at 8:10am — No Comments

Integr8 stays on top of global managed service providers

The Integr8 Group, South Africa’s largest privately owned ICT managed services provider, is the number one Managed Service Provider (MSP) in South Africa for the second consecutive year, the third best in EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) and the only South African company amongst the top thirty five worldwide.



This is according to the latest MSPmentor 100 Report brought out by the global guide to managed services produced by Nine Lives Media, a division of Penton…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 16, 2012 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Project management refinement – the solution to outfox competitors

As businesses clamber for lead generation and turnover amid difficult market conditions, the benefit of well-entrenched project management in operations merits serious consideration.



This is the view of management at FOXit (Pty) Ltd. (FOXit), a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and service provider focused on Project and Portfolio Management in business.



A project is globally defined as being “a temporary endeavour with a defined beginning and end, undertaken to meet unique…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 16, 2012 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Screening applicants key to addressing unemployment

Managed Integrity Evaluation (Pty) Ltd. (MIE), ), an established credentials verification services provider in South Africa, says by employing hard-working, dedicated people and assisting in efforts to combat certification fraud, companies will contribute towards sustainable development and job creation.



Employment and development have been identified as priorities by the South African government.



In his State-of-the-Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma explained that…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 16, 2012 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Keeping the pillars of the modern global corporate in tact

It takes drive, tenacity, commitment and focus to run any services company in today’s market. Most Chief Executive Officers would agree with the notion, but for those at the helm of a global ICT services enterprise, the words are gospel.



Robert Sussman is the co-founder and joint-CEO of the Integr8 Group, South Africa’s largest privately owned managed service provider.



Integr8 has been actively involved in a myriad of local and global ICT projects, focusing on the design,…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on February 15, 2012 at 12:22pm — No Comments

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