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OA News: June 4-11, 2011

June 11, 2011  »  NewsNo Comment
  1. A recap of the event with photos and presentation summaries. Looks like there were a few dozen participants:
    Barcamp Benin {Barcamp Benin}
  2. Infographic showing global Internet growth predictions. Africa is expected to have 0.9 devices per capita by 2015:
    Infographic: Global Internet Traffic Expected to Quadruple by 2015 {The Atlantic}
  3. Hughes will launch the satellite later this year. The Ka-band is less saturated than others:
    First Ka-band satellite for Africa {ITWeb}
  4. The U.S. suggests African nations could learn positive economic lessons from the Chinese. However, the U.S. fears that China is investing in the African elites and not in the people:
    Clinton warns against “new colonialism” in Africa {The Africa Report}
  5. Safaricom, Orange Mali, MTN Business, Telkom SA, Neology, Sudatel, and Sonatel are among the networks that have IPv6 visible to users. Many backbones do not, although a few IXPs do. Generally, African IPv6 compliance is lagging expectations:
    African carriers focus on mobile for IPv6 Day test {PC Advisor}
  6. The GM of Microsoft Anglophone West Africa explains cloud computing in this Nigerian news article:
    What is Cloud Computing? {Vanguard}
  7. MTN South Africa anticipates 50% Internet penetration in SA by 2020:
    MTN sees internet reach growing to 50% {Business Report}
  8. Four undersea cables are active in West Africa, but some feel the bandwidth is not optimized:
    Africa needs swift Internet uptake {ITNews Africa}
  9. Images of the SEACOM landing station in Fort Jesus, Mombasa, Kenya:
    This Is Where The Magic Happens {TechCrunch}
  10. Teledata’s Cafes Club allows Internet cafe owners to run profitable businesses while giving their customers 1MB/s speeds. The company has nearly 500 cafes under this brand and that number is expected to double in the next year:
    New business model to save African cybercafés – higher bandwidth, higher margins and transactions {Balancing Act}
  11. Africa’s first mobile health summit was held last week. Hot topics were patient confidentiality, regulation, and the intent of telecoms. Up to 40 African nations are using mobile health services:
    Mobile health offers hope to patients in Africa {The Guardian}
  12. An Irish journalists take on how African media is interacting with the government:
    African regimes and bloggers at internet crossroads {Irish Times}
  13. Relatively few African women work in the telecommunications industry and even fewer old top positions. However, the number of women in high-profile tech positions has grown rapidly over the past few years:
    Number of women at the helm of tech firms up {Business Daily}
  14. An interview with an expert in developing-country telecommunications policy at Wayne State University:
    Global Insider: Africa’s Telecom Infrastructure {World Politics Review}
  15. Results from a recent European study by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development:
    Broadband connectivity speeds up economic growth, says report {The Citizen}
  16. Visa buy South African mobile bankingcompany for $110 million:
    Visa steps up push into mobile banking {Financial Times}
  17. Farmers plant their hopes on cell phones {Daily Nation}
  18. Closing a two-day conference for African Network Information Centre (AfriNIC) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Communications and Regulatory Authority (TCRA) director general Prof John Nkoma said 5 per cent of internet users in Tanzania get services from cyber cafes, 55 per cent from organizations and 40 percent from households:
    Tanzania reiterates commitment to ICT development {IPP Media}
  19. Findings from a youth-led conference session:
    Mobilising Africa’s youth with the help of ICTs {eLearning Africa}
  20. Tanzania faces difficulties managing its education system:
    ICT potential in education little tapped {The Citizen}

Publications:

  1. Based on the findings of the second global survey on eHealth:
    mHealth New horizons for health through mobile technologies {WHO}
  2. This report is the second outcome to be issued by the Broadband Commission in support of its recommendations. It offers more detailed examples, evidence, technical choices and strategies for extending broadband networks within the reach of all:
    Broadband: A platform for progress {ITU & UNESCO}