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May 2011 Blog Posts (16)

Cloud Computing a top priority for SMEs across Africa – MTN Business

Cloud computing offers a technology outsourcing option, via the use of the Internet that saves massive costs whilst providing the technological tools and services SMEs need to sufficiently and competitively operate. Says Johnny Aucamp, General Manager of Strategic Relations in Africa for MTN Business; “With an estimated 90% of SMEs operating across the African continent and making up large proportions of its GDP,…


Added by Linda Larbie on May 30, 2011 at 4:25pm — No Comments

LG introduces to the Egyptian market: Touchphone for Generation Z

LG Electronics announced the release of the LG T310i, a vibrant colored full-touch mobile phone designed to match the unique lifestyles of young “Generation Z” mobile consumers looking for great style and great connectivity.

The LG T310i is full-touch handsets suitable for younger users or first-time touch phone users. Tailored for the distinctive needs of today’s youth market, the LG T310i provides more versatile texting functionality, enhanced music options, wider social networking…


Added by Linda Larbie on May 30, 2011 at 4:11pm — No Comments

SkyVision Launches iDirect Evolution Network to Expand VSAT Coverage in Africa

VT iDirect, Inc., a company of VT Systems Inc., announced that SkyVision Global Networks Ltd , a leading global provider of IP connectivity over satellite and fiber optic systems, has expanded its VSAT coverage in Africa by launching an iDirect Evolution network. The provider has deployed an iDirect 5IF satellite hub in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), allowing it to extend its SkyVision VPN service to local government and enterprise customers. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP… Continue

Added by Linda Larbie on May 30, 2011 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Mobile Phones & Quality Services

Mobile phone use is growing faster in Africa than anywhere else given a moment's thought. The demand for mobile phones in Africa in the last few years has been more than most people expected and continues to expand. Operators have traditionally target urban areas, but it is the demand from rural and low income areas that have exceeded all expectations.

The use of phones has already become part of African culture. As urban markets become saturated, the next generation of phone users… Continue

Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on May 30, 2011 at 11:57am — No Comments

eLA11: Africa demonstrates a strong commitment to ICT-supported education

African countries are increasingly engaging in the development of ICT-based solutions for education and training, according to Dr Mohammed Gharib Bilal, Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania.


Opening Africa’s leading conference on ICT-supported education, eLearning Africa, in Dar es Salaam on May 25, Dr Bilal said, “We are now witnessing increasing investments in ICT on our Continent, the enthusiasm of the youth in adapting new technologies and bridging the…


Added by Linda Larbie on May 27, 2011 at 5:02pm — No Comments

New Report Highlights Pivotal Role for Mobile Technology in Emerging Markets

Co-funded by Vodafone and the World Wide Web Foundation as part of a series of studies on the socio-economic impact of mobile, the 2011 SIM Report provides substantial evidence to suggest that extending data services to as many people as possible will deliver considerable economic and social benefit. Given the ubiquity of mobile and the growing number of low cost smart devices, it is likely that data services will be primarily accessed via mobile, particularly in emerging markets where there…


Added by Linda Larbie on May 27, 2011 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Second Phase of TIGA awards celebrate ‘ICT for Education’ projects at the 6th eLearning Africa event

The second leg of the long-awaited 2011 Technology in Government Awards (TIGA) in the ‘ICT in Education’ category were celebrated at a high-profile event and ceremony, Friday morning. Over 1,400 participants from about 80 countries are attending the eLearning Africa 6th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training, at the Mlimani City Conference Centre, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The awards, according to the Information and Communication Service of the…


Added by Linda Larbie on May 27, 2011 at 4:53pm — No Comments

The networks of our time

If there is anyone who still wonders about the level to which we are reliant upon networks and immediate connectivity, consider the extent to which ‘triple play’ now dominates our daily interaction.


‘Triple play’ or the running of multimedia (voice, data and video) over a single channel is really a hotspot for technology application and concentration of expertise.


The ICT and telecommunications supply channel is aware that consumers want to be able to manage…


Added by Linda Larbie on May 26, 2011 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Vodacom gives power to customers to make calls when they have no airtime

South Africa's leading cellular network has once again blazed a new trail with the launch of Vodacom Airtime Advance, a service which will make it possible for prepaid customers to use mobile voice and data services when they run out of airtime.

"We like to think of Airtime Advance as a solution that could be a life line for our customers when they have no airtime and are in desperate need of it. With Airtime Advance, we are giving our customers the ability to communicate even when they…


Added by Linda Larbie on May 23, 2011 at 2:41pm — No Comments

For Africa, by Africa, in Africa

Samsung’s latest offering pitched at Nairobi techno-forum

The world’s journalists and business leaders descended on Nairobi Kenya to attend the second annual Samsung Africa forum. This is where Samsung Electronics reveals its latest innovations including Internet-connected TVs, consumer-inspired digital cameras and the latest mobile technology, combined with plans for developing Samsung’s regional market presence.

George Ferreira, the chief operations officer of Samsung…


Added by Linda Larbie on May 19, 2011 at 4:23pm — No Comments

IBM Expands Further Into Africa, Opens Senegal Subsidiary

IBM  announced the opening of a new branch office in Dakar, Senegal, as part of the company's geographic expansion initiative to strategically increase its presence in key growth markets.

The new subsidiary will enable IBM to deliver high-value solutions and services to meet the growing needs of clients in Senegal and West Africa, where the company is working closely with a number of business partners. IBM already serves a number of key clients in West Africa, spanning sectors including…


Added by Linda Larbie on May 17, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Vodacom helps eTutor SA achieve 100% pass rate for Maths

• Failing students improve scores to pass National Senior Certificate Maths Literacy and Pure Maths

• eTutor SA project moves beyond pilot phase to fully converged  implementation plan

• Vodacom converged satellite and mobile business solutions delivers the goods via the cloud

 It's no secret that South Africa has severe challenges when it comes to delivering education equally to all learners across the country. Many of our schools are in rural areas, and are in need of…


Added by Linda Larbie on May 17, 2011 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Foreign investors target Nigerian mobile money business

Foreign investors are showing interest in the emerging mobile money business in Nigeria and may soon bring the needed funds to airlift the system, our correspondent has gathered.

The Central Bank of Nigeria had granted approval in principle to 16 operators in 2010 to roll out mobile money networks across the country. Through the networks, customers will be able to use their mobile devices to send and receive monetary value.

Those granted the approvals…


Added by Linda Larbie on May 12, 2011 at 6:58pm — No Comments

Outsourcing to Africa

Africa is a far better place to do business than five years ago. The spread of mobile telephony has revolutionized ordinary life in a continent with the world's lowest penetration of fixed-line telephones.

Satellite links have vastly improved Internet access, and a new undersea cable that runs along the coast of Africa (SAT-3) promises to improve and reduce the cost of all types of communications.

Surprisingly, wage competitiveness is a problem. Although Africa is the world's…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on May 10, 2011 at 10:48am — No Comments

Brand Evaluation: Omogo Reloaded Logo


According to O'Guin,… Continue

Added by ResQ Records/PiKture Time Films on May 8, 2011 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Africa Business Confidence Index continues to show growth

Manufacturing index 54.7 and non-manufacturing index 56.0, both numbers still indicating growth for the 4th consecutive month; manufacturing down by 5.6 percentage points; non-manufacturing declines by 2.9 percent compared to March.

The Africa Business Confidence Index (ABCI) for April shows growth in both the index for manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors in Africa. The difference compared to March in the indices for both manufacturing and non-manufacturing… Continue

Added by Bas Vlugt on May 5, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

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