Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

source: Mmegi

More than 90 percent of the African business decision-makers were confident that that Internet and related technology costs would drop and competition would dramatically increase as a result of the rush of new undersea cables connecting to the continent, the latest ‘Telecoms Trends in Africa 2010’ report has stated.

The report, released by World Wide Works and Database 360, also revealed that most African countries remained heavily reliant on slow or expensive forms of connectivity, such as dial-up and satellite, but that they were starting to migrate to broadband.

Database 360 interviewed 1, 100 Internet-using small, medium-sized and large business across 20 African countries. World Wide Worx analysed the data and compiled the report. Database 360 MD Louise Robinson said that there was “little doubt” that the very nature of businesses was changing in this new connectivity era. “It’s amazing to see how the level of Internet usage shoots up wherever the new undersea cables have landed and fibre optic networks have linked the cables to [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Dec 22 2009 21:32

Seattle – A federal appeals court ordered Microsoft Corp. to stop selling its Word program in January and pay a Canadian software company $290m for violating a patent, upholding the judgment of a lower court.

But people looking to buy Word or Microsoft’s Office package in the US won’t have to go without the software. Microsoft said Tuesday it expects that new versions of the product, with the computer code in question removed, will be ready for sale when the injunction begins on January 11.

Toronto-based i4i Inc. sued Microsoft in 2007, saying it owned the technology behind a tool in the popular word processing program. The technology in question gives Word users an improved way to edit XML, or code that [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-11-17 16:34

Beijing – A Chinese court has found Microsoft Corp infringed a Chinese company’s intellectual property rights by including certain fonts in its operating systems, according to a court judgement.

Beijing’s No1 Intermediate People’s Court found Microsoft had exceeded the scope of a previous agreement to use and sell fonts owned by Zhongyi Electronic Ltd, Dow Jones Newswires reported, citing a judgment on [continue reading]

source: BOPA
05 November, 2009

GABORONE – Lack of technological know how has proved to be a serious challenge for diversifying Botswanas economy.

Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Kenneth Matambo said the private sector might have funds, but technology has proved to be a huge challenge for manufacturing goods.

He said that it is time Batswana get into partnership with companies that are technologically alert if they are keen to make an impact in the industrial market, both locally and internationally, adding that the government has decided to invest highly on education because it wants to boost Batswanas confidence in business related issues.

Mr Matambo said eventhough the mining sector has grown, the countrys economy cannot solely rely on diamonds and that is the reason why they are preaching the idea of diversification despite being aware that the business concept is something new to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Microsoft this week officially launched Windows 7 for installation on new computers and for purchase in computer retailers across Botswana.

Windows 7 is Microsoft’s newest version of its popular Windows desktop operating system, which promises to be the best yet to be distributed by the company.

More than a billion people around the world, of every language and every culture, use Windows every day at work, at home and on the go.

As each version of Windows was released over the years, more features, better ways of working together with team members, staying in touch with friends and family, and general computer usage have been [continue reading]

source: BBC News
By Adam Blenford
BBC News, Nairobi

A new high-speed undersea cable connecting East Africa with the rest of the world is poised to go live, Kenya’s top internet official has told the BBC.

The launch of the government-backed East African Marine System (Teams) comes as providers face a backlash over slow connection speeds and high prices.

Internet providers have increased speeds and lowered costs since the Seacom cable went live in August.

But users say services still remain too expensive for most ordinary Kenyans.

Senior government official Bitange Ndemo said [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The much-anticipated undersea fibre optic cable linking Africa to Europe is expected to bring cheaper internet connectivity to Botswana before the end of the year after a local consortium clinched a $38 million deal with wholesale bandwidth provider Seacom.

Abari Communications, a majority citizen-owned consortium said its bandwidth deal is five times bigger than the current capacity in the country. The company said the increased capacity will result in high speed internet and a drastic reduction in costs.

“The prices will gradually go down because we use an open system model, whereby we offer the same price to all internet service operators,” Abari Communications managing director, Neo Nwako said after the launch of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)
Samuel Kamndaya And Bethuel Kinyori
23 July 2009

To what extent will the Seacom cable benefit Tanzanians living far from Dar es Salaam, is the question that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) experts grapple with, as President Jakaya Kikwete officially switches on the much-anticipated cable in Dar es Salaam today.

Seacom directors say everything on how the $600 million cable venture is going to help lower internet charges, will be made clear today as experts ponder on the time when the charges are to be lowered.

“We will make everything clear tomorrow (today) in the afternoon as soon as the president switches the cable on under all circumstances, internet charges will have to go down,” a director with Seacom, Mr Michael Njumba told The Citizen yesterday.

Currently, the use of satellite communication costs about $300 per megabyte per second, but it is expected to drop to $100 when the use of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Kolari Private Limited trading as Independent Management Consultants (IMC) has announced that it has been selected as a 2009 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Awards finalist in Networking Infrastructure Solutions.

IMC is based on the BCL Mine Site in Selebi- Phikwe and BCL Limited is one of their major customers. The infrastructure optimisation projects undertaken by IMC at BCL are amongst the solutions that have contributed to them being recognised with this award.

“To be recognised on a worldwide stage is a fantastic validation for us and for our customers,” said Alex Mac Donald, a Director at IMC. “To be the first Microsoft partner in Botswana and in fact the entire East and Southern Africa region (excluding South Africa), to ever receive an award at the worldwide conference makes this achievement especially significant,” he said. Awards will be presented in [continue reading]

source: News24

Cape Town – South African consumers and businesses should not expect broadband prices to fall by a dramatic amount overnight when the Seacom cable goes live in a few weeks from now.

That’s according to Steve Briggs, Head of Commercial at iBurst. He said that the 1.28 Tbps East African undersea fibre-optic cable system promises some relief from high international bandwidth prices over the medium-to-long term.

However, consumers will need to wait for more submarine cables like the West Africa Cable System (Wacs) and the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (Eassy) to go live before prices start to tumble dramatically.

The construction of the Seacom cable was recently completed and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Naomi Antony
4 June 2009

The “One Laptop per Child” (OLPC) scheme, which has sent over a million US$100 laptops to children in the developing world, has been criticised by researchers who found that, unless they are introduced with care, they become little more than distracting toys in the classroom.

The study, conducted in Ethiopia, revealed that students wanted more content on the laptops and teachers were not adequately trained on how to make use of them.

The OLPC scheme was launched in 2005 to provide each child in the developing world with a low-cost laptop to encourage “self-empowered” learning.

More than one million laptops [continue reading]

1 June 2009

Critical portions of the 15 000km Seacom undersea fibre-optic data cable linking southern and east Africa, Europe and south Asia, and its associated land-based infrastructure, have been completed on schedule.

These include the branching units and shore-ends necessary to direct the traffic to the landing stations across eastern and southern Africa. All cable landing stations have also been completed and are operational.

Testing is currently under way, and the system is set to go live in July.

“The team has made tremendous progress over the past couple of months and we are truly excited to finally have the finish line in sight,” Seacom CEO Brian Herlihy said in a statement last week.

The entire system will be operated and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
5 May 2009

Washington, DC — “The number of people in Africa using their mobile to access the Internet has rocketed over the last year. In many instances the number of mobile Internet subscribers far outstrips their fixed line equivalent. … By the end of 2008, South Africa had 1.35 million Internet subscribers, of which, according to World Wide Worx, 794,000 were wireless Internet subscribers …I hear you saying that this is South Africa and the rest of Africa is different. [But similar proportions hold in Uganda, Tanzania, and other countries] – Russell Southwood, Balancing Act Africa

This AfricaFocus Bulletin contains this article from the latest Balancing Act Africa on the rapid expansion of mobile internet access in Africa.

Also included: a link to a new book on “Mobile Phones: The New Talking Drums of Everyday Africa” featuring case studies of Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Sudan, and Tanzania; excerpts from another recent article from Balancing Act Africa on the rapid advance of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

National Broadcasting Board (NBB) Chairman, Dr Masego Mpotokwane has said that the process to switch from analogue to digital broadcasting transmission is deeply involving, hence the need for concerted efforts from all stakeholders to achieve the goal.

Speaking at the launch of the Digital Migration Task Force in Gaborone last week, Mpotokwane said that as a signatory to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Botswana is obliged to effect the migration from analogue to digital transmission and that failure to do so by the stipulated time could result in the country failing to benefit from some of the digital services that are on offer around the globe.

Digital switchover is when the current analogue terrestrial television broadcasting switches to digital. Digital television is an advanced broadcasting technology that transmits TV pictures and sounds as computerised bits of information. The main advantage of digital television is that [continue reading]

5 May 2009

The US$600-million, 14 000km West Africa Cable System linking southern and western African countries with Europe should be in service by 2011, providing high capacity international bandwidth and further reducing telecommunications costs on the continent.

A consortium of leading African and foreign telecoms operators signed a construction and maintenance agreement with manufacturer Alcatel-Lucent last month to construct the 8.84-terabit-per-second, fibre-optic submarine cable and its landing points.

Companies that signed the agreement include South Africa’s Broadband Infraco, MTN, Tata Communications/Neotel, Telkom and Vodacom, as well as Angola Telecom, Cable & Wireless, Telecom Namibia, Portugal Telecom, Sotelco and Togo Telecom.

“The West Africa Cable System represents a significant telecommunications infrastructure investment through [continue reading]