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  • Africa: E-Cart Before E-Horse Policy?

    In the West, e-commerce and other internet-driven innovations were natural by-products of largely unfettered private sector entrepreneurial zeal applied to communications network access that relentlessly improved in terms of accessibility and quality.

    Among the global e-innovators e-policy followed e-business, which was enabled by an explosion in internet usage fueled by increasingly cheap and fast internet bandwidth.

  • Africa: E-Gov Forum Calls for More Investments in ICT

    Despite a remarkable growth in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Africa, more investments in the sector are needed for improved and sustainable services.

    This was highlighted at the start of the three-day '3rd annual African e-government Forum 2009' that is taking place in Kigali since yesterday.

  • Africa: Efforts to Boost Continent's Networks Under Way

    Multi-billion dollar commitments have been made to help connect 90 per cent of Africa with the rest of the world in the next five years.

    Global VSAT Forum, the association of the global satellite industry, said it will be doubling the number of satellites serving the continent.

    Global Mobile Association, the industry body of GSM service providers, promised to spend $50 billion to connect the remote areas of the continent over the next five years.

  • Africa: Government Promoting ICT: Kaapanda

    Namibian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Joel Kaapanda says the Government has an unwavering commitment to the promotion and development of ICT, as evidenced by the creation of his ministry.

    Kaapanda said this in a speech read on his behalf by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana, on Friday at the launch of the 2009 African Economic Outlook report.

  • Africa: Government services to go on-line

    The e-Africa conference which aims to harness the power of the internet in order to build e-Governance on the continent began at Caesar's in Johannesburg on Monday.
  • Africa: How Technology is Empowering Smart Citizens

    There’s no question that a smart city extends beyond infrastructure and urban planning. For a smart city to work, it requires smart citizens and technology plays a pivotal role in enabling civic engagement.

    If a city wants to empower those who live in it, it requires initiatives that improve service delivery and technology is the solution to making e-government platforms a reality.

  • Africa: ICT can serve as an effective tool for strengthening

    In Africa, technology helps citizens hold their governments accountable Technology helps well-informed citizens collaborate, exchange ideas and participate in real-time with their elected officials…Voters can have their voices heard and officials can incorporate this feedback in their decisions

    Washington. Shimmering new call centres, the rapid explosion of mobile phones and Internet connections today mark the landscape of many African cities—where improved information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure is helping connect urban dwellers to global networks.

  • Africa: ICT connectivity to enhance Infrastructural development

    Infrastructural development is key to ensuring Information Communications Technology -ICT- connectivity in Africa.

    International Telecommunications Union - ITU secretary general Hamadoun Toure said limited development in infrastructure especially energy development and distribution on the African continent is hindering the fast growth in the telecommunications sector.

  • Africa: ICTs could help achieve Millennium Development Goals - Swartz

    Africa must invest heavily in research and development to unleash the creative ability of researchers in the area of Information Technology and Communications in order to enable the continent to address problems relating to international economic and technological competitiveness.

    Officially opening the 6th Information Technologies Africa 2011 Africa Conference and Exhibition at GICC yesterday, the Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Johnnie Swartz, said development of the ICT sector is of outmost importance and could facilitate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • Africa: In Developing World, Health Services May Be Just a Phone Call Away

    Sending and receiving money by text message. Sharing crop prices. Just talking to a loved one far from home. These are some of the ways that mobile phones have changed lives in developing countries. Another way is through e-health, electronic health services.

    One example is a telephone hotline in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Callers can receive information about family planning and the prevention of unwanted pregnancies. They are able to speak privately with trained operators about contraceptive methods and about health clinics.

  • Africa: India Launches Pan-Africa E-Network

    The event was characterised by pomp and splendour. With their arrival into the precincts of Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL) in South Delhi being beamed on the screen, heads of African missions and other dignitaries had cause to be ecstatic.

    The occasion: Inauguration of the second phase of the Pan-African e-Network Project.

    The tentacles of the project have now been spread to 12 African countries, and Zambia is among the beneficiaries.

  • Africa: Internet access is no longer a luxury

    Fibre-optics could leap-frog Africa into the future

    It is early morning in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. The traffic jam along Ngong Road, one of the city’s main feeder roads, stretches for kilometres as matatus (taxis), buses and cars try to make their way into the central business district. At the top floor of Bishop Magua Centre complex, sitting just off Ngong Road, Antony Njoroge is already at work, typing away at his computer, a mug of freshly brewed coffee beside him. He is the founder of RevWeb, a local software development company.

  • Africa: Internet bridging the gender gap

    Integration of the internet in the information, communication technology has bridged the digital divide among gender the DotConnectAfrica (DCA) Executive Director Sophia Bekele said at the annual Girl's ICT day in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia organized by International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

    According to Bekele, thanks to social media, women now surpass men in the use of ICT and have firmly moved away from seeing technology as that of a man's domain.

    The internet, she said is being utilized more by women, where women are increasing their rights, representation, and participation.

  • Africa: Launch of new cable system heralds ICT revolution

    The West African Cable System (WACS) launched in Cape Town at the weekend is set to see sub-Saharan Africa through an information and communication technology (ICT) revolution.

    The 17200km marine cable, which is to be managed by a consortium of 12 companies, stretches from South Africa to the UK linking 14 countries: South Africa, Namibia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, the Canary Islands, Portugal and the UK.

    The consortium said in a statement the operation offered the highest capacity sub-marine cable system through sub-Saharan Africa and would be the first direct access to global communication networks for Namibia, DRC, Togo and Republic of Congo.

  • Africa: M-health enables efficient healthcare

    The biggest tech trend in Africa, and the one that is making the biggest impact on the everyday lives of people, is the rise of smartphones and feature phones. Africa has seen the fastest uptake of mobiles in the world and mobile subscribers are set to hit half a billion in the next five years, according to the GSMA, says Ahmed Simjee, executive smarter Planet, IBM, South Africa.

    This statistic supports the fact that mobile technology is and will continue to be the most powerful communications platform in Africa. Driven by cheaper mobile devices and continued innovation in the mobile space, mobile technology has the power to and will transform the delivery of healthcare service into Africa.

  • Africa: Make ICTs More Accessible

    The 5th International Conference on Open Access ended last week in Bagamoyo, Tanzania after successful deliberations.

    Leadership, ICT infrastructure for development, ICT infrastructure, M-Applications and ICT in business were some of the issues that were discussed at the conference.

    It was also observed that the translation of policy to meet the demands of ICT and leadership is often problematic due to obstacles that can be attributed to human capacity, financial resources, institutional arrangements, political will and appropriate leadership.

  • Africa: Making Communication Cheaper, Faster And More Transparent

    One of the key indicators of good governance is the extent to which citizens are able to participate in decision-making in a country.

    In the past, citizens in many countries have only had access to information through their elected representatives. But with the growth of the internet and other informational tools, this is rapidly changing.

  • Africa: Mobile services likely to become a necessity

    Just as mobile phones have moved from being a luxury to a basic necessity for many across the globe, so will mobile services, like mobile money transfers, become indispensable, professional services firm Ernst & Young highlighted on Friday.

    This was particularly true for Africa, where most citizens did not have access to the formal banking sector, Ernst & Young global deputy telecommunications leader Jonathan Dharmapalan said.

  • Africa: Motlanthe: use ICT for growth

    Africa can use information and communications technologies (ICTs) to catapult economic growth, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Tuesday.

    Addressing the ICT Indaba in Cape Town, he said ICTs could be used to transform the African economy into a knowledge-based one.

    “... We must remain aware that the biggest commodity in the world today is knowledge, and the ability to generate, access, and distribute knowledge have become key determinants for a higher developmental trajectory for any nation.”

  • Africa: Nations Call for ICTs to Tackle Disease

    African health ministers have called for the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to help with attempts to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and sickle-cell disease.

    The recommendation that ICTs be harnessed to increase health awareness and empower individuals and communities was part of the Brazzaville Declaration on NCDs, which the ministers have signed.

    The declaration includes other recommendations, calling for the strengthening health systems, and support for partnerships and networks that bring together national, regional and global players including academic and research institutions, public and private sectors, and civil society to tackle the rising problem.

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