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Free Wi-Fi areas for South Africans – Zuma

According to the interesting article published on ITNewsAfrica website, on the topic of connectivity in South Africa, Zuma highlighted that the government would invest heavily in broadband. “We will invest in a comprehensive plan to expand broadband access throughout the country and substantially reduce the cost of communication,” he said.

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Major Tech Trends of 2013 and how they shaped the Technology Ecosystem in Nigeria

According to an article published on Techtrendsng, the year started on a very high note and we anticipated that it would be a great year for technology development in Nigeria. Several Tech events took place which brought about some level of awareness in global tech trends and also paved way for projections into 2014.

The major Tech Trends of 2013 that did motivate great change in Nigeria’s tech scene are based on Increased eCommerce adoption, several Broadband development plans by government, Big Data and Cloud Computing Awareness and implementation, Increased Digital Marketing, Adoption of Social Commerce, increased Mobile penetration and  in the use of smart phones, increased number of Startups, Support for App Development initiatives.

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Broadband and ICT to increase Nigeria GDP by 3%

According to the article published on IT News Africa website, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications Technology Omobola Johnson revealed that if Nigeria achieves its targets of a five-fold increase in broadband penetration by 2017, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) could increase the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 3%.

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Broadband a ‘win-win’ for governments

According to an article published on BizTechAfrica, how broadband could improve economics and create a win-win situation for governments was the fulcrum of a presented by the Chief Executive of Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT), Engr. Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai at the  recent e-Nigeria conference on local content hosted by Nigerian IT Development Agency (NITDA) in Abuja.

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The unique power of mobile broadband technology in Africa is a good chance of meeting the MDGs deadline

According the article, the ubiquitous broadband has suddenly become the springboard from which nations seek to do so much for themselves within the interconnected world. In this report Olubayo Abiodun, Clifford Agugoesi and Chimezie Ndubisi highlight the nexus between high-speed internet connectivity and the attainment of the MDGs by African nations.

African governments are still fixated on how to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) given the many challenges that they have to deal with. The mandate has not been made any easy given the rising costs of governance, spiralling challenges and competing needs in the midst of dwindling fortunes in the political and economic spheres. From combating diseases to reducing child mortality, implementing Universal Basic Primary Education, ensuring gender equality, intractable security issues and political upheavals, the MDGs are somewhat intertwined. This is where mobile broadband has been described as the single most important hope left for Africa to accelerate towards meeting the MDGs by the target date of 2015.

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South Africa Report 2013: Understanding What is Happening in ICT in South Africa a supply- and demand-side analysis of the ICT sector

While the South African information and communication technology (ICT) sector continues to demonstrate dynamic growth, particularly as driven by the mobile sector, the growth has not met the national objective of affordable access to the full range of communication services. Access to mobile services continues to grow, however,broadband access (particularly access to fixed broadband) remains very low in comparison to other lower-middle-income countries, and the prices of all communication services remain high by both African and global standards.

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Local Internet advertising is estimated to grow

South African Internet advertising revenue will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.4% in the next five years. This is according to PwC's latest South African entertainment and media outlook, which shows SA's Internet advertising market is growing at nearly twice the global rate.

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South Africa is the fifth country in Africa for internet access

According to allAfrica.com, forty-one percent of South Africans use the internet, placing the country 5th in Africa and 92nd worldwide for individual internet usage, and above the world average of 35.7%, according to the 2013 State of Broadband Report released by the UN Broadband Commission on the weekend.

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Mobile phones have been a gift for development, says Jeffrey Sachs

According to an article published by the Guardian, access to, and the use of, technology should not be a standalone goal in any future development agenda because it will be the tool by which the targets will be achieved, according to Jeffrey Sachs.

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Broadband internet is expanding but least developed countries still remain unconnected, UN Reports

With nearly two out of every five people in the world online by the end of the year, more than two-thirds of those living in developing countries will not have access to the Internet, the United Nations today reported in a global survey of broadband access.

The report, the second produced by the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, surveyed broadband access in 160 economies around the world. It reviewed progress on price, household and individual access, government broadband policy and gender, and access to high-speed technology.

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GSMA to accelerate African broadband roll-out

Six sub-Saharan African countries have joined forces with the global association for mobile operators, the GSMA, to try to accelerate the roll-out of mobile broadband in the region.

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Africa "rich with ICT opportunity"

According to the article published by BiztechAfica, Africa presents an ‘ocean of opportunity, but a sea of difficulty’ for businesses, says VMware.

Addressing a VMware cloud computing conference in Johannesburg, South Africa this week,Wayne Biehn, Regional Manager – Africa at VMware, said Africa was poised for massive ICT transformation, presenting myriad opportunities for investors.

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Mobile boost means more jobs

SA's neighbour, Botswana, has initiated a process that Southern African governments hope will accelerate mobile access to an additional 300 million citizens in sub-Saharan Africa – and ultimately create millions of jobs.

Vice-president of Botswana, Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe, on Friday convened a meeting with the GSMA and ministers representing the governments of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia, to agree on common priorities to accelerate the roll out of mobile broadband in the region, with the view of creating an additional 3.2 million jobs for Sub-Saharan Africa by 2020.

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Sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate mobile broadband rollout

The Vice President of Botswana, the Honourable Dr Ponatshego H. Kedikilwe opened a meeting on Friday 06 September of the Governments of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia to agree common priorities to accelerate the roll out of mobile broadband in the region, with the view of creating an additional 3.2 million jobs for Sub-Saharan Africa by 2020.
The Governments of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia to agree common priorities to accelerate the roll out of mobile broadband in the region.

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East African Communications Organisations (EACO) Congress and Exhibition, 24th – 26th June 2013

The East African Communications Organisations (EACO) Congress and Exhibition is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre.The Congress is the highest decision making organ of EACO held on an annual basis on a rotational basis among the five East African member States. It brings together Regulators and Operators of Broadcasting, Postal and Telecommunications/ICT services. Kenya is the host of the EACO Congress in the year 2013.

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East African broadband market ripe for growth, says exec

According to an article published on IT WEB AFRICA, East Africa has ample opportunities for future broadband growth despite the challenges that may threaten such growth, according to MTN Business managing director, Tom Omariba.

Speaking at the East Africa Com 2013 conference in Nairobi, Kenya Omariba projected great growth in East Africa with more investments on the cable connection.

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Focus on ICT in South Sudan

The Republic of South Sudan, formerly known as Southern Sudan, is located in East-Central Africa and forms part of the United Nations sub-region of Eastern Africa. Although a recently formed state, and still in the process of building its economy, there is already a significant amount of activity within the country’s ICT sector, particularly efforts to expand broadband connectivity and mobile services. Towards the end of 2012, it was reported that much is expected from the country’s pan-African e-Network Project to develop numerous projects using technology and e-government as the basis for infrastructure development across Africa.

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ItNewsAfrica: Universal Service Funds key to driving broadband in Africa

It is critical that African governments and the public sector work together more closely than ever to deliver universal broadband access across the continent if it is to drive economic growth, create jobs and provide a range of economic and social benefits. That is the key theme of the Intel Africa USF & Broadband Leaders Forum, which will bring together regulatory authorities, Universal Service Fund Managers, Government Ministries and broadband stakeholders in Zanzibar for a four-day summit.

Ralph Corey, Director within the World Ahead Program at Intel, says the forum provides a way to help Universal Service and Access Funds (USAFs) Leaders share experiences, challenges and ideas that contribute to building capacity throughout the region.

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Africa Must Deepen Broadband Penetration To Achieve Growth

According to an article published on VENTURES AFRICA, Frank Jejding, the newly-appointed Head of Region for Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa, has call on Africa governments to fashion out ways to deepen broadband penetration on the continent.
 
Jejding said potential of the African markets are yet untapped and the benefit of mobility in broadband connectivity has become very critical and governments must support its growth.
 
“Africa needs to combine mobility, cloud technology and broadband. This will improve the continent’s development. I believe that ICT solutions will address poverty, increase expansion and boost productivity.”
 

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Ethiopia: Ericsson launches school broadband project

Global telecommunication services operator Ericsson has launched a new school broadband project in Ethiopia aimed at boosting Internet services for local schools in an effort to increase infrastructure and services for the younger generation.

It said that it will bring “voice and data communications to the Millennium Village Project (MVP) in Koraro in a remote part of northern Ethiopia as a way of increasing understanding and access to Internet for schools. With access to 3G connectivity more than 4,000 students and their teachers at two schools involved in the Connect To Learn initiative will now have access to modern learning and teaching resources through Ericsson’s cloud-computing platform,” Ericsson said in a statement released on Thursday.

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