Indian Ocean Islands ICT update
Tech activity in the Indian Ocean Islands has been heating up of late. Especially in Madagascar where ICT events are more common than ever. Plus, this weekend, the annual WebCup event will be held in Madagascar, Réunion, Mayotte, and Mauritius. Here’s a quick recap of recent Internet news by island:
- StartupWeekend Tana will be held the weekend of May 24th. The 54-hour event will give an opportunity to young Malagasy to realize their entrepreneurial projects.
- Cafe TIC has been held three times. The discussion has been productive, discussing everything from blogging to mobile engagement. (Photos)
- WebCup Madagascar is being held May 18th-19th.
- Telma, the first telecom operator in the country, will work with the French Sogecom to install 2,000km of fibre optic cable this year.
- Orange Solidarité Madagascar continues to open Internet centers that operate in each of the country’s 22 regions.
- Comorans on Twitter have been discussing their national identity. According to GlobalVoices, “the hashtags #TesPasComorien and #Teamcomoco are stoking conversation among Comorian Twitter users about what it means to be from the island nation.”
- Comores Telecom privatization may occur near the end of 2013
- An unreliable 2Mbps connection costs upwards of 75,000 francs (US $195)
- WebCup Mayotte will be held for the first time from May 18-19
- WebCup Réunion will be held for a fourth time from May 18-19
- WebCup Mauritius will be held May 18-19
- In March, the Government of Mauritius promised to give jobs to Ugandan professionals in the ICT sector as one of its initiatives for improving partnership with Uganda.
- The Mauritius e-Government portals platform, which includes the government’s internet, intranet portals, and a large set of e-services, was unveiled during a March launch event by the Mauritian Minister of ICT.
- Airtel has offered 3G for years, but 3.75G appears to be available since at least March