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Botswana’s internet subscriptions growth tops 132.2%

According to an article published on IT WEB AFRICA, Research from Statistics Botswana (SB), the country’s data authority, has indicated a significant growth in both mobile cellular and internet subscriptions. The ‘Botswana ICT 2012 Statistics’ report, released this week by statistician general Anna Majelantle, says that mobile cellular subscriptions rose from 2,900,263 in 2011 to 3,081,726 in 2012, registering a growth of 6.3%.

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‘Digital storm awaits Africa amid greater smartphone adoption’

According to an article published on IT WEB AFRICA, The increased take-up of smartphones in Africa could lead to a surge in digital adoption on the continent, says Nik Willetts, chief strategy officer for the TM Forum, a non-profit industry association.

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Nigeria to Host the CommonWealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) Forum 2013 focusing on Innovation Through Broadband

According to an article published on Techtrendsng, The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum is the constitutionally mandated ‘flagship’ event of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation which takes place every year. This year’s event will offer regional and international solutions for those in Commonwealth regions sharing knowledge, lessons learnt and key information about technological advances across the Commonwealth and beyond. ‘Innovation through broadband’ is this year’s theme on which speakers and exhibitors at the Forum will provide critical updates and insight into infrastructure, security and application challenges.

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South Africa: MP's Want ICT Boost for SA

Efforts to improve access to Information and Communication Technology in South Africa received a boost on Tuesday as the Department of Communications briefed the Committee on Communications on a number of Bills aimed at achieving this.

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World Bank: 10 principles to consider when introducing ICTs into remote, low-income educational environments

There are, broadly speaking, two strands of concurrent thinking that dominate discussions around the use of new technologies in education around the world. At one end of the continuum, talk is dominated by words like 'transformation'. The (excellent) National Education Technology Plan of the United States (Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology), for example, calls for "applying the advanced technologies used in our daily personal and professional lives to our entire education system to improve student learning, accelerate and scale up the adoption of effective practices, and use data and information for continuous improvement."

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Be Digitally Ahead,Attend the 4th NigeriaCom Conference and Exhibition

As Nigeria  despite her several daunting challenges continuously prove to be a digital hub in Africa attracting investments and opportunities, for the 4th year running, the NigeriaCom Conference-a leading Digital Technology focused event in Africa is taking place at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, in Nigeria on 17-18 of September 2013. The theme for 2013 is “Working together to provide Quality Services throughout the Digital Realm”.

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Botswana Speaks online platform goes for a “test drive”

Botswana Speaks online platform goes for a “test drive” with piloting constituencies’ citizens @ Nata/Gweta, Boteti North, Maun West, South East South behind the wheel!

The Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative Team at the Parliament of Botswana kicked off a road trip earlier this week to the four piloting constituencies of the project in order to present the online platform.  Throughout August the citizens of various villages will get the chance to a firsthand experience while they will be informed on how to use it by members of the team along with the assistance of Parliament IT staff.


Laptops equipped with internet modems will be provided by Parliament for public use during the Botswana Speaks tour.  Following a brief presentation of the platform and with the assistance of the Parliament team, citizens will be able to use the platform and send messages to their elected representative.


Read the press releases (English and translated version):

BS_Press_Release_English.doc

BS_Press_Release_TRANS.doc

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Trips in the piloting constituencies: Citizens get to use the platform

The Botswana Speaks Team at the Parliament of Botswana is going for a trip in the four piloting constituencies of the project. Two members of the team will be going to the various constituencies (different members for each trip), together with an IT Officer who will be going to all of them.

Timeline
The team will spend 5 working days in each of the four piloting constituencies as follows:
•    Nata/Gweta: from Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August
•    Boteti North: from Monday 5 August to Friday 9 August
•    Maun West: from Monday 12 August to Friday 16 August
•    South East South: from Monday 19 August to Friday 23 August

The Parliament will bring laptops with internet modems for the public to use during the meetings. After a quick presentation of the platform, most of the time will be spent on citizens using the platform and sending their questions / concerns to their elective representative with the assistance of the team.

The agenda of the meetings that will be organised this week at Nata/Gweta is as follows:
•    Tuesday 30 July : Nata, Nata Senior School, starting at 09:00
•    Wednesday 31 July: Gweta, Kutlwano Junior Secondary School, starting at 09:00
•    Thursday 1 August: Sowa Town, Joiba Complex, starting at 09:00

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eLearning Africa 2013 Report - Opinion "How Technologies Can Help with Investing in Girls Education"

Because of the many educational barriers faced by a typical girl child in Africa, it seems that promoting girl child education using technology in Africa is currently more of a fantasy than a day-to-day reality. Over the past few years, it has become evident to many governments that while it is important to educate boys, it is equally vital to invest in the education of young girls and as such, there has been a rise in the number of girl children at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

"The state of girls' education has improved significantly over the past decade. However, girls continue to lag behind their male counterparts in many areas of the world, in terms of access to education, completion of schooling, and acquisition of basic skills such as literacy" (World Bank, 2011). According to research undertaken by the World Bank, around 106 million children were out of primary school in 1999. Almost 61 million (58%) were girls compared to 45 million (42%) boys. By 2009, around 35 million girls were still out of school compared to 31 million boys. Although the gap in gender parity has decreased substantially, there are still many more girls out of primary school than boys (World Bank, 2011).


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EduNet 2013:Using Technology to enhance Learning in Nigeria

According to an article published on TechTrends, the internet, mobile phones, social media networks, PCs have made accessing and sharing information so interesting more than any other time in life. Of a truth, technology is enabling and enhancing different facets of life, education not left out. E-learning is one of the ways in which Nigeria can improve on her fallen standard of education as technology is being explored in learning. E-learning makes learning easy, ubiquitous, accessible, and affordable to a greater number of people who are not ordinarily opportune.

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Study: Support for Public Web Access in Poor Countries Fading

Decreasing interest of local governments and businesses in developing countries to provide public access to computers and Internet may close a critical source of information for underprivileged groups, a study has found.
 
A group of researchers at the University of Washington Information School in Seattle says public access to computers and Internet is still a crucial resource for connecting people to information and skills.

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ICT’s bring services closer to people

According to an article published on Daily News, the use of information communication technology in today’s world contributes to a society that can be creative and as a result improve its livelihood.

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SatCom Africa fits the growing demand for communications and internet access

With South Africa being one of the fastest growing countries in Africa it seems only fitting that the demand for communications and internet access is growing at a rapid rate.

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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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Innovation Dinner on 26th June in Lagos, Nigeria

Africa’s premier ICT news publication ITNewsAfrica, in conjunction with SAS Institute, will host the next Innovation Dinner on 26 June in Lagos, Nigeria. The theme for this exclusive event is The Changing Role of the African CIO.

The Innovation Dinner Series is a ‘by invitation only’ event that takes place every two months in South Africa and twice a year in Nigeria.It attracts ICT leaders and business decision makers from across the continent to discuss issues that impact Africa’s burgeoning ICT industry.

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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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The eLearning Africa 2012 Report

For more than a decade eLearning has promised a revolution in African education. The opportunity of mass access to world-class learning resources without the barriers of distance or cost has excited educationalists, politicians and learners alike. But has eLearning lived up to this promise? What do African eLearning professionals, practitioners, policymakers, business leaders and teachers think about this? What technologies do they use and which world views inform their work?

For the first time ever, the perspectives of eLearning professionals and a range of other stakeholders across 41 different countries on the Continent are reflected in this ground-breaking new publication from eLearning Africa.

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ITNewsAfrica’s top ten stories of the week

ITNewsAfrica's top ten stories for the week shows that during the last week the ICT market has again underlined the importance of mobility and connectivity to consumers.

A significant increase in articles about mobile service providers tailoring offerings to address growing requirements in the market was noticed – and there is more ICT activity in areas like Gabon.

See these top ten stories here

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Nigeria: Youth and the Internet - the Dangers and Benefits

According to an article published on allAfrica.com, as the world is gradually being reduced to a global village, the use of social media and IT, especially among students, has taken a new dimension. Ordinarily, the media should be a source of educational highway to broaden the intellectual acumen. But is it so? Uche Uduma takes a look at the trend.

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Rwanda: 'Smart Rwanda' to Power ICT for Transformation

Accoridng to an article published on allAfrica.com, the government has started a new initiative that seeks to apply the power of ICT in the development agenda to transform the social and economic development of the country.

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