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Country ICT Roundup (mid-August to mid-September)

September 19, 2010  »  NewsNo Comment

Tracking ICT progress on a granular level across the African continent is a time-consuming process. As such, it is difficult to keep up with national news from smaller nations. The majority of stories indexing for ‘Africa ICT’ or ‘Africa Internet’ revolve around broad themes of undersea cables, foreign investment, regional conferences, or South Africa. Here is an attempt to gather a variety of stories that have gone less noticed over the past month:

Africa:

  • Using space technology for disaster management is in the future for Africa. Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, and South Africa already have space programs to facilitate this need. {Reuters AlertNet}

Central Africa:

  • 13 nations will connect to the SAT-3 cable via landing stations in Cameroon and Chad. {Telecom Paper}

Egypt:

  • Using social media to support human rights and force government transparency. {NPR}
  • Political debate seeks revival on the Internet. {Reuters Africa}

Ghana:

  • The fastest rising searches during August reflect Ghana’s increasing move towards e-learning and ICT in schools. {Peace FM Online}
  • A new ICT center was established with the aid of a U.S. university. {GBC}

Malawi:

  • Greater transparency is needed in Malawi, but it will take more than NGOs to combat corruption. {Global Voices}

Mauritius:

  • Tariffs will be reduced in the next few months. {TaxNews.com}

Namibia:

  • Telecom Namibia’s new Ultimate Internet Combo combines broadband with the purchase of a computer and accessories. {Namibia Economist}

Nigeria:

  • Minister: Nigeria’s image is not properly reflected by how it appears on the Internet. {allAfrica}

Sierra Leone:

Tanzania:

  • .tzNIC attempts to stimulate national domain pride. {The Citizen}

Zambia:

  • India’s Pan-Africa e-Network Project will provide expertise to support e-governance, e-commerce, infotainment, resource mapping, and other services for African countries. {allAfrica}