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March 2011 African ICT News (K-Z)

March 17, 2011  »  NewsNo Comment
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From investment goals to 4G - African ICT is a dynamic field.

Below is a continuation of ICT news snippets from around Africa this quarter (countries A-G can be found here). In general, nations with better online media representation tend to produce larger volumes of articles on technology advancement. Just look at some of the countries in this post: Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa. However, don’t be fooled. Smaller nations are also rolling out e-government and infrastructure building plans. Their online media presences are just smaller.

Kenya:

  • Competition for private broadband is increasing. {Business Daily}
  • Kenya still faces an abnormally high rate of cable sabotage. {New Vision}
  • E-commerce websites in Kenya need to make accurate claims or the law will soon catch up with them. {Business Daily}
  • A 5,000 acre tech hub is receiving interest from abroad. {Business Daily via allAfrica}
  • Finland shows interest in Kenya’s ICT projects. {The Standardna}

Liberia:

  • Liberia, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, is working to bring computers into the lives of Liberian women. {ReliefWeb}

Malawi:

  • All 193 members of parliament now have free Internet access. {BizCommunity}

Mauritius:

  • Mauritius takes steps to promote e-government, broadband for schools, and OLPC. {infoTech}

Morocco:

  • Maroc Telecom, with operations in Morocco, Mauritania, Gabon, Burkina Faso, and Mali, showed solid growth in 2010. {TeleGeography}

Namibia:

Nigeria:

  • Google provided substantial funding for ICT initiatives for education. {NEXT}
  • Stakeholders criticize the government for not paying enough attention to broadband and ways to lower its costs. {Daily Independent}

Rwanda:

  • Rwanda’s expensive fibre-optic project nears completion after 18 months of physical implementation. {Reuters}

South Africa:

  • In many ways, access to traditional media is still cheaper than access to digital media. {BusinessDay}
  • Expect more fibre-to-home offerings in the coming few years. {MyBroadband}

Zambia:

  • Companies can now save time by filing taxes over the Internet. {ITWeb}
  • An opinion piece encouraging Zambians to stop using Internet Explorer. {Lusaka Times}

Zimbabwe:

  • $14 billion is needed to meet the growing demand for infrastructure expected in the coming decade. {The Herald via allAfrica}

Misc:

  • Broadband services have been extended to Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.{Mail & Guardian}