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October 2011 Blog Posts (18)

Gijima: SA’s first Apple Systems Integrator

Core Group, the Value Added Distributor (VAD) for Apple in Southern Africa, announced today, 31 October 2011 that Gijima, Information Communication and Technology (ICT) company, has been appointed the first Apple Authorised Systems Integrator (SI) in Southern Africa.

With a growing need for IT departments to support Apple technology in the integration of both company-owned and personal devices,…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 31, 2011 at 3:11pm — No Comments

How to Empower SMEs through cloud computing


Lizelle Christison.

IP EXPO Manager.

Operating a successful SME in the current economic environment takes a fiercely determined and entrepreneurial attitude, some out-of-the-box thinking to gain a competitive edge and a keen financial mind to manage cash flow and save on costs.

Over the…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 31, 2011 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Integr8 powers companies to stay ahead

Service providers in the technology game say the evolving provision of managed Information Communication Technology (ICT) services is of critical influence and importance to socio-economic growth.


They refer to converged communication, multi-mobile driven communication (as well as the reality of ‘anywhere, anytime’ connectivity and higher capacity networks) as the underbelly of commerce today.


Then there is more sophisticated back-up and security measures -…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 27, 2011 at 8:47am — No Comments

Safaricom gets new CFO from Vodafone Qatar

The leadership mantle at Safaricom’s cash office has changed hands after chief finance officer Chris Tiffin stepped down after being at the helm for three years. His place has been taken by John Tombleson, a chartered accountant, who is joining the firm after a four-year stint as Vodafone Qatar’s chief financial officer and acting CEO. Mr. Tiffin entered Safaricom at a time when its near stranglehold of the mobile telephony market had come under attack from rivals Telkom Kenya, Airtel and…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 26, 2011 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Web 3.0 – It’s all about Facebook

The next level of Internet application, Web 3.0, has revolutionised the way we live, work and interact. It is a version of the Internet that is dominated by multi-media devices, cloud computing, social networking, and personalised web presence.


Years of innovation, research and development has given rise to several versions of the Internet, including Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. The first version focused primarily on content and traffic generation, whilst the second has been…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 19, 2011 at 8:42am — No Comments

Vodafone Webbook launched in South Africa with Ubuntu software

Vodacom today announced that it is the first Vodafone operating company to launch the Vodafone Webbook, which is expected to bring simplified, value-added internet access to thousands of South Africans, many of whom have until now had no access, or have depended on cellphones for internet connectivity.

The device is extremely compact and lightweight, weighing less than 1 kg. The Vodafone Webbook is presented with a 10" LCD screen, 512MB of memory and an additional 4GB of storage…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 18, 2011 at 4:01pm — No Comments

Hold, touch and engage the latest in Unified Communications technology

Q-KON SA, a certified Gold Distributor of Network Equipment Technologies (NET) products, together with senior management from NET, will make the NET UX1000 (Unified Exchange 1000) Series all-in-one branch office network solution available for demonstration at Microsoft Tech-Ed 2011.


As unified communications increases in significance within commerce, particularly for growing businesses, Q-KON SA is eager to demonstrate the relevance of the UX1000 to the South African…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 18, 2011 at 10:40am — No Comments

Bargain Bucket, Syncrony combine to support cash-strapped consumers

Syncrony (Pty) Ltd., a Gauteng-based provider of Web design and content management services, has developed a specialised online shopping platform for its client Bargain Bucket.


Bargain Bucket is an online shopping site that offers consumers short-term bargains that are comprised of one or many items at significantly reduced prices.


The company concentrates on end-of-line, end-of-season and batch bargains. It also offers a weekly or monthly grocery run focused on…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 18, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Brightstar and MTN SA partner up

The deal builds upon Brightstar’s recent expansion of operations and services in the region.

Beginning October 1, Brightstar will provide MTN SA with Device Portfolio Management services, Supply Chain services and OEM engagement services that will encompass the operator’s full portfolio of handsets, data devices, laptops and tablets. These services will enable MTN to continue its focus on improving…


Added by Linda Larbie on October 13, 2011 at 4:48pm — No Comments

New computer centre from Vodacom Millionaires connects Rheenendal primary school in Knysna

Rheenendal Primary School outisde Knysna in the Southern Cape has become the fortunate recipient of a fully equipped computer centre, one of four that the Vodacom Millionaires programme donates to nominated public schools across South Africa monthly.

Portia Maurice Chief Officer, Corporate Affairs comments, “Vodacom has donated computer centres all over the country and many of them are based in remote rural areas. To date, we have donated almost 250 computer…

Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 11, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Telecoms with 3G, the industry is maturing in Africa

The lounge Africa Telecom People, held on 5 and 6 October in Abidjan, celebrated 25 years of mobile telephony on the continent.…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 10, 2011 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Vodacom celebrates KwaZulu-Natal region winners of the 2011 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards

This morning the winners of the KwaZulu-Natal region for the 2011 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards were presented with their prizes, and applauded by the judges at a champagne breakfast event at the Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge in Umhlanga Rocks.

After an entry period that lasted a month, and a rigorous judging process involving 13 judges, Vodacom is thrilled to announce the regional winners of the 2011 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards.

The winners in the KwaZulu-Natal…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 6, 2011 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Youth, Technology and the Changing Face of Power in 21st Century Africa


Erika Amoako-Agyei

I once read that “the battle for control or leadership of the world has always been waged most effectively at the idea level. An idea, whether right or wrong, that captures the minds of a nation’s youth will soon work its way into every area of society, especially in our age of multimedia.”[1] Given…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 6, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Uganda / Rwanda Scholarships for MSc Management & Information Systems by Distance Learning with Manchester University

The University of Manchester is providing two fully-funded scholarships as part of its Equity & Merit programme, to study its MSc Management and Information Systems by distance learning, starting in January 2012.


Applications are now being accepted, and the deadline for completion is Friday 11 November 2011.  Full details at:…


Added by Richard Heeks on October 5, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Zimbabwe's Econet H1 earnings up 16 pct

Zimbabwe's Econet Wireless, the country's largest mobile phone operator, has reported a 16 percent increase in half-year earnings, mainly driven by subscriber growth.

Earnings per share rose to $0.44 in the six months to end-August, up from $0.38 in the same period last year, Econet said in a statement. The firm's after-tax profit was $74 million, up from $64.3 million previously.

Econet, which has over 70 percent share of Zimbabwe's mobile phone market, said its…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 4, 2011 at 10:10am — No Comments

Scangroup moves to Ghana, eyes new buyouts in Africa

Scangroup has formed two advertising firms in Ghana and acquired the business of partner agency to boost its regional presence and reduce reliance on the East African market. The firm will establish Scanad Ghana Limited and Ogilvy Ghana Limited that will take over the exiting advertising business of Media Majique and Research System (MMRS), which will stop operations.

Scangroup will offer Mr Reginald Laryea USD525,000 (KES52.5mn) who owned MMRS  and a 20 per cent stake in the twin…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 3, 2011 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Vodacom to support home-grown apps

The Vodacom Apps Store has reached 100 000 downloads in its first month, and the company is now launching a program to support local talent in applications development.

This Vodacom Developer Program aims to create an environment of collaboration and innovation amongst the local developer community.

The program will launch in Johannesburg on 7 October 2011 at the Protea Fire and Ice Hotel in Melrose Arch from 6-9pm and in Cape Town on 10 October 2011 at Vodacom’s main auditorium…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 3, 2011 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Global companies line up for 4G licence contract

Global telecoms firms are seeking to secure bids for the lucrative 4G licence spectrum in a contest that has seen Airtel sit out and Telkom Kenya risking being locked out for submitting its bid after the deadline.

Out of the 17 firms that handed in bids, eight are international but have partnered with local companies. They include Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, ZTE, Lollakfi of UK, Ericsson, IBM, Epesi Communications and Cisco Networks.

Unlike in the past when the licence was…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on October 3, 2011 at 12:16pm — No Comments

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