South Africa: Neotel to scoop bandwidth boon
18/03/2009 (Mybroadband.co.za) --
The country's second national operator, Neotel, has become the anchor tenant on the broadband marine cable Seacom. The fledgling operator is now poised to deliver vast quantities of cheaper bandwidth to South Africa.
Access to internet highlighted by new global report
12/03/2009 (APC) --
How do we ensure access to the internet is a human right enjoyed by everyone? This is one of the critical questions asked by an annual publication that highlights the importance of people’s access to ICT infrastructure – and where and how countries are getting it right or wrong, and what can be done about it.
South Africa: National broadcast slammed again
11/03/2009 (Mybroadband.co.za) --
THE SABC has again been criticised in a report on corporate governance prepared by Deloitte & Touche for Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri. The report says there is a lack of accountability at the broadcaster.
South Africa: Acces boom full steam ahead
11/03/2009 (Mybroadband.co.za) --
South Africa is set for an access boom. That's according to industry analysts who suggest that last year’s court case between the Department of Communications and Altech, which allowed local network operators and smaller businesses to roll out their own networks, combined with the imminent landing of the SEACOM sub-marine cable on South Africa’s East Coast has set the scene for a major shift in the local access landscape.
South Africa: Corporate governance and ICTs
11/03/2009 (Mybroadband.co.za) --
A draft of the Third King Report on Corporate Governance (King III) has been released for public comment. Unlike previous reports, King III deals with ICT governance in detail for the first time. However, some lawyers are not impressed.
South Africa: Icasa delays mobile TV policy
26/02/2009 (MyBroadband.co.za) --
The Independent Communications Authority (Icasa) unexpectedly withdrew an invitation to apply for mobile TV licences recently.
South Africa: Mobile penetration increases steadily
17/02/2009 (MyBroadband.co.za) --
Cellphone penetration in South Africa has gone up, but average spending has continued to dwindle as a result of various pressures on consumers. According to the latest figures from the South African Advertising Research Foundation, 67% of adults in the country have cellphones. This was up from the previous survey, which showed that 60.5% of South Africa had cellphones.
Broadband "glut" predicted in Africa
Industry pundits argue that it's unlikely that all the fibre-optic cables planned for Africa are going to succeed. And, perhaps for the first time, projections of a "capacity glut" are being made.
Senegal: Linking up through technology
12/02/2009 (APC) --
Seven women and thirteen men from Anglophone and Francophone Africa and the Caribbean met during the last days of September in Gorée Island, Senegal. They have many things in common, but one in particular is their ability to make innovative connections between gender, agriculture and ICTs. This ability has led them to be finalists of the Gender, Agricultural and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) small grants fund...
12/02/2009 (Balancing Act) --
Three hundred and eighty people gathered from all over the world in Johannesburg recently to discuss how mobile phones might be used for social and political purposes in developing countries. The topic clearly touched a nerve, writes Russell Southwood.
IGF gets under way in India
12/01/2009 (KICTANeT) --
The First East African Internet Governance Forum was inspired by the realization that there was a need to address the limited participation of African stakeholders in global internet governance debates. That's according to KICTANeT's Alice Wanjira, who was speaking at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) currently taking place in India.
East Africa prepares for global IGF
26/12/2008 (Computerworld) --
Representatives from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have gathered in Nairobi to discuss common issues regarding internet governance, in preparation for next month's global Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
South Africa: Nothing new with Neotel
01/11/2008 (Mybroadband.co.za) --
Businesses are complaining that South Africa's second national operator is not promising much - at least right now.
South Africa: Where to now with universal access?
01/11/2008 (SANGONeT) --
In recent weeks the CEOs of two national development agencies in South Africa, the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA), were fired or suspended for incompetence or misconduct. These incidents raise serious questions about the integrity and intent of the people entrusted with guiding development efforts in the country, writes SANGONeT Director David Barnard.
Nepad e-schools on the blink
30/10/2008 (MyBroadband.co.za) --
The e-schools satellite learning programme, run by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), has linked less than 100 schools in Africa to the internet. That's after promising to connect some 600,000 schools on the continent in 2003.
TIGA awards for ICT and government delivery
30/09/2008 (UNECA) --
The Economic Commission for Africa and the the Canadian Fund for Africa have launched the Second Technology in Government in Africa (TIGA) Awards. The awards aim to recognise the work of African governments in the effective use of ICTs for public service delivery.
South Africa: Citizen journalism under the spotlight
16/09/2008 (Highway Africa) --
More than 700 journalists from over 40 African countries were expected to attend the 12th Highway Africa conference in Grahamstown, South Africa. The conference is the world's biggest gathering for African journalists and took place on 8 - 10 September. This year's theme was citizen journalism.
Google edges into Africa
16/09/2008 (BBC) --
Google is helping develop a system to bring high-speed internet connections to three billion people in developing countries in Africa and elsewhere. The 03b Networks system aims to use satellites to provide broadband services at the same speeds as those on offer in rich countries.
South Africa: Court rules on free networks
02/09/2008 (The Weekender) --
A landmark ruling set to shake up the telecommunications sector has been issued by a South African high court. The ruling effectively ends the incumbent Telkom’s lingering monopoly by decreeing that technology company Altech has the right to build its own network.
South Africa: FOSS activists take on electoral commission
02/09/2008 (Tectonic) --
The head of South Africa’s government open source working group, the chief technical officer of the State IT Agency and the Shuttleworth Foundation have laid a complaint with the Human Rights Commission against the Independent Electoral Commission for excluding non-Internet Explorer users from it website.
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