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April 2012 Blog Posts (34)

Tullow supports local manpower development

Tullow Ghana Limited has reiterated its commitment to support local manpower development for Ghana's budding oil and gas industry.

The Company and other partners have donated Geo-Science books to the KNUST College of Engineering to aid graduate training in Petrochemical and Allied Engineering.

According to Nana Appiah Kyei, Subsurface Manager at Tullow, the teaching and learning of Geology and Geophysics are fundamental disciplines in crude oil…


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

Africa’s Top Ten countries with fastest internet speeds

Africa has always been viewed as a continent that isn’t very connected in terms of internet speeds and the number of users – compared to other countries in the world. Research done by Net Index has reaffirmed this belief, and while Africa has some pretty impressive average internet speeds, the continent’s top country only managed to rank 77th on their list of 174 countries from around the world.

“Based on millions of recent test results from, this index compares and…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 30, 2012 at 10:03am — No Comments

MTN Rwanda drops data prices

MTN in Rwanda has announced that they will be reducing their pricing on data bundles – by almost half. The new pricing structure will come into effect for post-paid and top-up users, as it tries to compete with the entry of India’s Bharti Airtel into Rwanda late last month.

“We continued with our aggressive push for market penetration especially in rural areas,” MTN’s Chief Marketing Officer, Yvonne Makolo in an email to Business Times.

Under the new pricing, MTN’s 250Mb…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 30, 2012 at 9:08am — No Comments

Cyber threats a concern for Tanzanian ICT sector

The Tanzanian ICT sector is rapidly expanding and has become a strong pillar for the country’s socio-economic development. This is according to Prof. Makame Mbarawa, Minister for Communication, Science and Technology in Tanzania.

As a result, one of the key aspects noted was that, despite the growth of the ICT sector in the Tanzania, issues such as cyber crime remain a key challenge that is currently facing many developing countries.

The minister emphasized on the need…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 30, 2012 at 9:03am — No Comments

New unmanaged SMC switch urge greener outlook on networks

New generation unmanaged SMC switches help customers reduce energy costs and cut carbon emissions

SMC Networks, a global provider of LAN hardware and broadband connectivity devices, has announced the launch of the latest members to the EZ Switch™ 10/100 family, the SMCFS501, SMCFS801, and SMCFS2601. With no configuration required, each Fast Ethernet switch is simple to set up--and network migration is seamless as the switches are equipped with 10/100 Mbps auto MDI/MDIX…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 26, 2012 at 7:50am — No Comments


--Michael Stephens, of video conferencing firm LifeSize, said: "If the strikes go ahead they will undoubtedly lead to severe delays which could cost businesses millions. When that cost is combined with a disgruntled workforce, businesses could be faced with a serious problem."--


What stories or problems have you had where maybe Video Conferencing could have helped make the Job easier or the communication better?



Added by Aston Crouch on April 25, 2012 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Internet: A great benefit for us all

One cannot imagine life without ICT because of the improvements it has brought to all of us. Now it can be said that the internet has made information freely accessible.

It is also the perfect tool for education, business and information. It is a wonderful information hub because you can find information about everything online. This benefit also has negative…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 23, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Vodafone tops them all at Second Ghana Telecom Awards

Vodafone Ghana’s aggressive approach to everything they do on the Ghanaian telecom market paid off at the Second Mobileworld Ghana Telecom Awards, as they swept an unprecedented six out of a total 17 competitive and four honorary awards.

Vodafone maintained the prestigious Telecom Brand of the Year award from last year, snatched Customer Service of the Year and Marketing Campaign of the Year from Airtel, and won Best Business/Enterprise Service of the Year (Vodafone Business…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 23, 2012 at 11:37am — No Comments

Who is willing to step up and take ownership of delivery?

Sometimes it’s good to know that we are not alone. This week, the UK’s Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has called for clearer legal definitions of ‘personal data’ if it is to carry out its mandate of enforcing the contentious Data Protection Act (DPA). We have also seen the European Council of Ministers fumble over their definitions of net neutrality and how the Internet should be governed to ensure fair and equitable access.

These two international stories highlight the…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 23, 2012 at 11:34am — No Comments

Facebook has the attention of global banks, financiers

Management behind ZunguZ, the multi-tier cloud platform that integrates into the social graph (social networking and the user), are encouraged by the increase in focus by the financial sector on Facebook as a credible platform for consumer banking.

The company and micro-payment service was launched to the South African market recently. With the introduction of version, ZunguZ officially entered its second phase of development.

Local entrepreneurs and organisers of…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 23, 2012 at 11:29am — No Comments

Nominations announced for the Africa Technology Awards: 19th May, 2012

After the landmark ‘Digital Marketing’ summit in Nairobi, the Afri-Tech Group is poised to host its next solution-based summit in Johannesburg – “Technology & Digital” summit. This 3 day summit is set to welcome experts from around the globe from 14th – 16th May, 2012.

The event will be graced by some of the most innovative minds of 21st century – in collaboration with the most acclaimed innovators and strategists in the fields of health, education, science &…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 23, 2012 at 11:26am — No Comments

MISA stresses need for access to information in Africa

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) on 15 April 2012 bemoaned the current state of access to information in Africa, citing the negative impact the glaring lack of information is having on the citizenry. This observation was made during the ongoing NGO Forum of the 51st Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) in the Gambian capital of Banjul.

Referring to the African Platform on Access to Information campaign initiated in 2011, MISA regional…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 23, 2012 at 11:22am — No Comments

Don’t be short-changed with SMS, take the satellite route says Q-KON

On a price-per-packet of information basis Short Message Service (SMS) is the most widely used communications channel in Africa – and the most expensive claim experts in the rollout and service of satellite infrastructure. For businesses and consumers, there is merit in considering investment in satellite-based communications service for data exchange says Dawie de Wet, CEO at Q-KON.


The company is an established engineering group and provider of managed network services and…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 19, 2012 at 9:25am — No Comments

VoIP in South Africa – a somewhat muffled user experience

There are rumblings emerging from the midst of the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) space – they are the groans of frustrated users who have invested in the technology with little or no guidance and support. Like most other areas of ICT and telecoms, the value of VoIP lies in understanding its correct application.

VoIP is an active market segment. Solution development and an increase in adoption have upped levels of interest. In addition to recapturing the attention of the…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 19, 2012 at 9:20am — No Comments

Ghana’s mobile achievers ready for 2nd Mobile World Telecom Awards

All is set for Ghana to host the second annual Mobile World Ghana Telecom Awards to be held on Friday the 20th of April at the Holiday Inn in Accra.

This event recognizes the achievements of companies in Ghana’s Telecom & ICT sector and is fast becoming a popular event in Ghana’s technology space.

There are 17 competitive awards, and four special awards at stake in the award scheme organized by Instinct Wave Limited, publishers of Mobile World Magazine.

According to…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 19, 2012 at 9:14am — No Comments

Bharti Airtel announces Managing Director for Kenya

Bharti Airtel, a global telecom services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has announced the appointment of Shivan Bhargava as Managing Director for its Kenyan operation.

Bhargava was earlier the Chief Operating Officer and in his new role he will be responsible for leading Airtel’s aggressive growth plans in Kenya.

Announcing the…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 19, 2012 at 8:23am — No Comments

Huawei appoints a new CEO for Kenya

Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has  announced the appointment of Wind Li as the new Chief Executive Officer for its Kenya representative office. Li takes over from Herman He, who served as CEO for over five years.

Prior to his new appointment, Li served as the company’s Regional Director of Sales. He has over 10 years…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 19, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Schneider Electric unveils vendor partner programme

APC by Schneider Electric, an integrated power and cooling services company, has launched its Channel Partner Programme (CPP), aimed at driving business growth and profitability.

The programme is designed to help build business relationships with new and existing partners, and the CPP is focused on five critical success factors -- channel profiling, alignment with business opportunities, empowerment, enablement and profit.  

Each success factor has clearly defined…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 16, 2012 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Social networks – the building blocks of next generation corporations

Social networks have grown to the extent that they have become a primary channel through which people now engage in business. People management specialists say the market has reached the point where it is no longer a case of whether or not to consider social networking in the business arena, it is simply when and how it should be monitored.

Leading, established service providers focused on the growing human resource development space believe corporate South Africa has only just…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 16, 2012 at 11:06am — No Comments

FOXit offers enterprises a fresh view of data with PIVOTit

FOXit (Pty) Ltd., a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and service provider focused on Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) in business, has developed and introduced a data visualisation product called PIVOTit to the global market. PIVOTit provides a graphical view of data collections and offers real-time data collation and enhanced management capability.

The product was initially aimed at organisations with Microsoft Project Server 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 16, 2012 at 11:02am — No Comments

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