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June 2011 Blog Posts (19)

Thomson Reuters Commemorates Partnership With IMIST

Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, will host a welcome event Thursday, June 30, to celebrate its new partnership with Institut Marocain de l'information Scientifique et Technique (IMIST). The three-year contract will bring Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge(SM) - an integrated and versatile discovery search platform - to scientists and researchers at 14 IMIST public institutions.

Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 29, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

IMF Executive Board Completes Sixth and Final Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement for Zambia

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the sixth and final review of Zambia’s economic performance supported under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF). The Board’s decision will enable an immediate disbursement in an amount equivalent to SDR 18.395 million (US$29.3 million), bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to an amount equivalent to SDR 220.095 million (US$350.4 million). In completing the review, the Executive Board approved a waiver for… Continue

Added by Linda Larbie on June 27, 2011 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Hughes and Bharti Airtel Win Innovation Award for Integrated Satellite Broadband Solution in Africa

Bharti Airtel utilizes Hughes broadband satellite solution to help close the digital divide, providing Internet access, rural telephony and GSM backhaul in Mali, West Africa


Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, and its customer, leading telecom company Bharti Airtel, were named as…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 27, 2011 at 6:17pm — No Comments

ICT as Main Driver to Ten Years of Economic Growth in Kenya

The World Bank recently published the striking claim that "ICT has been the main driver of Kenya’s economic growth over the last decade"; responsible for all of Kenya's per capita GDP growth in the 21st century's first decade.



Added by Richard Heeks on June 27, 2011 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Support to Fill Connectivity Gaps in the Gambia, Guinea and Burkina Faso

The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank approved today three projects totaling US$92 million to boost ICT infrastructure and access to better services in three African countries. Burkina Faso, Guinea and The Gambia received grants of US$23 million, US$ 34 million and US$35 million respectively, as part of a US$300 million West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (WARCIP) as endorsed by the Board on January 20, 2011.


According to Boutheina Guermazi,…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 22, 2011 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Avnet extends its Africa focus

Avnet Technology Solutions has extended its focus on the fast growing African region by investing heavily in the resources with a dedicated team of highly skilled sales, technical, financial and marketing professionals to expand its footprint across the continent. Avnet is also expanding its portfolio of products, solutions and services for solution providers on the African continent.

A recent IDC forecast states that IT spending on the African continent will grow by 10% to touch US$…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 21, 2011 at 7:40pm — No Comments

Vodafone in Partnership with Whizzkids Successmaker opens E-Learning Center

Telecom Brand of the Year Vodafone Ghana, in partnership with WhizzKids SuccessMaker, a computer based Maths & English Company, has opened an e Learning Centre at the Vodafone internet cafe at Cantonments. The facility will engage children aged 5 to 14 years to receive Maths and English Tuition that is expected to accomplish a year’s progress in just six months on average following students’ initial assessment.

The collaboration between Vodafone Ghana and WhizzKids…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 21, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Ericsson uses technology for good to help reconnect refugees worldwide

With more than 42 million refugees in the world, many affected by political conflict and natural disasters, the added desperation of being separated from their family and friends without feasible means of tracing them can only compound their suffering.

In response to a call from UNHCR to “do 1 thing” to support refugees, Ericsson is leading an industry initiative to use technology as a force for good in support of the refugee cause. Today – World Refugee Day – Ericsson, Refugees…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 20, 2011 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Empowering SME's of Africa with Low Cost Business Solutions

“Africa will soon be in the fast lane of the information superhighway if presentations and deliberations at the recently concluded Highway Africa Conference are anything to go by”.

IT industry and the prologue of different software’s continue to be one of the coveted factors behind the technology growth of Africa. Today, we belong to the era of Cloud Computing that is aimed at optimize, strengthening and eco-friendliness. However, Africa can still considered to be one of the most…


Added by Saumya Pillai on June 17, 2011 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Vodacom uses mobile technology to help fight community crime

Vodacom has partnered with The Khulisa's Youth out of School Ubuntu Club in Tembisa to help the community fight crime through a mobile technology project.  The telecommunications company has donated a computer and seven cellphones to the Club. These will be used by the young patrollers in the community to keep in touch and to report all crime incidents, as well as update the community on current events.

"The main objective of this campaign is to develop a healthy group identity…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 16, 2011 at 8:47am — No Comments

IFC Leads $115 million Financing for Vodafone Ghana, Helping Expand Telecoms Services

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has mobilized a $115 million financing package for Vodafone Ghana from Chinese, German, and African institutions to help the company enhance its telecommunications network, and spread the benefits of mobile phone and broadband services in Ghana, especially in rural areas.

The debt package includes financing from a diverse group of commercial banks and development finance institutions, and is IFC’s first syndication with the Export-Import Bank…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 16, 2011 at 8:41am — No Comments

Regional Telecom Leaders Prepare to Set Strategies for Evolving Networks & Services in Dakar

Over 600 telecom leaders from across West & Central Africa will gather in Dakar at West & Central Africa Com conference. Their agenda for the 2 days is to establish strategies, set best practice benchmarks and find innovative ways of evolving networks and services to capture growth potential in the fiercely competitive West & Central African market.

The West & Central African telecoms sector has entered a new phase in its evolution. Thanks to improved connectivity,…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 16, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Vodacom invests in employee leadership across Africa

Vodacom, in partnership with the Wits Business School, on Monday saw twenty-four employees graduate from the Vodacom Advanced Executive Programme (VAEP).

The 2010 intake for the prestigious employee development programme included representatives from four other African offices for the first time, entrenching Vodacom's commitment to grow leaders across the African continent.

"The VAEP programme is an important development tool for us, especially since it gives our top employees…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 16, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Wavetec Sponsors African Business Awards As Technology Partners

Wavetec proudly announces its partnership with the most prestigious event, African Business Awards 2011 as “The Technology Partners”. By partnering with this event, Wavetec aims to recognize business leaders and companies that have excelled in Africa over the last year. The idea is to motivate the business sector in Africa, for the outrival contributions towards the African development a boost in economy. This event will help enhance the African image in the international market ensuring…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 13, 2011 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Kenya Data Networks Invests KES320m in Network Upgrade

Kenya Data Networks (KDN) has contracted Israeli ECI Telecom, a global provider of network infrastructure, to upgrade its network as the company continues to improve services to its customers.

The KES320m (USD4m) contract covers the completion of all fibre rings, thus ensuring continuity and redundancy on all KDN networks. The upgrade will also include the deployment of a self-supporting, fully-meshed network that will be able to meet increased traffic and provide quality of service…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 8, 2011 at 9:58am — No Comments

Vodacom’s new Airtime Advance service keeps hundreds of thousands connected

In less than two weeks since it was launched, Vodacom's revolutionary new Airtime Advance service has helped more than 200,000 people remain connected.  Airtime Advance makes it possible for prepaid customers to get R10 worth of airtime which can then be repaid the next time the customer recharges.

Speaking about the service, Portia Maurice, Vodacom's Chief Officer of Corporate Affairs said, "We knew there was a market for this type of product but the uptake has been simply phenomenal. …


Added by Linda Larbie on June 7, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Airtel Africa inks network expansion and management contract with Huawei

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa has announced an agreement with Huawei, a leader in next-generation telecommunications network solutions, to modernize and expand Airtel’s 2G & 3G network infrastructure in Africa.

As per the agreement, Huawei would be responsible for designing, planning, modernization and expansion of Bharti Airtel’s networks, as well as managing operations and maintenance. A…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 2, 2011 at 1:45pm — No Comments

MTN adjudged Top Corporate Brand in Africa

MTN Group was recognized as the top corporate brand in Africa at the fourth BrandFinance Global Nation Brands League Awards.

The event hosted by Brand Africa in collaboration with BrandFinance, saw MTN beating Standard Bank (SBK), Absa (ASA), First National Bank (FNB), Nedbank (NED), Investec (INL), Telecom Egypt, Telkom (TKG), Guaranty Trust Bank and Mobinil, who together with MTN constituted the top 10 brands in Africa.

According to BrandFinance the award also puts MTN…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 2, 2011 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Vodafone Ghana Win Best Procurement Community Award

Vodafone Ghana has been awarded the prestigious award of "Best Procurement Community" at the Pan Africa Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Awards ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The winning submission outlined Vodafone Ghana’s initiatives and successes in raising Health and Safety (H&S) awareness and introducing best procurement practise across the community encompassing 1,400 employees, 800 suppliers and the general public as a whole.

A statement…


Added by Linda Larbie on June 2, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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