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IT engineers, Students, Researchers, Users, Providers...the third version of iMENTORS is for You

 

iMENTORS, that begun in April 2012 by Stockholm UniversityandGov2u, launched version three in December 2013 and is one step closer to mapping the majority of e-infrastructure (resources, tools and data supporting community research and development) of the past five years in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to lay a foundation for better services, encourage research and connect cross-continental progress.

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What lies ahead for business and IT in 2014?

Theo Priestley, Software AG’s Chief Evangelist writes an opinion in ITNewsAfrica.com about what lies ahead for business and IT in 2014. Theo Priestley, Software AG’s Chief Evangelist, delves into the murky depths of the current trends and pick three that will shape organizations for the next 12 months…but with one underlying theme…DATA

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iMENTORS-a crowdsourcing map on ICT infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa goes live!

iMENTORS goes live and is one step closer to becoming the most comprehensive crowdsourcing map on ICT infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa! Register and create your profile on the platform. Do not forget to send us your feedback on the beta version of the platform!

Check out the map now: www.imentors.eu/map.html

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The Fast Changing World of Information and Communications Technology

According to an article published on the World Bank Data blog, mobile phones and the Internet are increasingly seen as essential requirements for the exchange of information. Data from World Development Indicators 2013 illustrates the dramatic change in access across the world in the last decade: mobile phone subscriptions have roughly doubled every two years since 2002, now exceeding the number of fixed line subscriptions in 2002. By the end of 2011 there were 5.9 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide, almost one for every person if distributed equally. And almost a third of the world’s population had online access to the Internet.

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Future networks will cost less than today

According to ItNewsAfrica.com, future networks will cost about half of what traditional networks cost today. They will require a smaller capital investment to roll out, and will be cheaper to operate because they’ll be easier to manage, provide unified access, and require less power and cooling.

Today, most campus networks comprise around 80% wired ports serving individual users, and 20% WLAN ports supporting multiple users. However, there’s a growing swell of users across the globe pushing organisations to create ‘bring your own device’ ready environments, and usher in the enterprise mobility era that will inevitably change the structure of networks.

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