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Rural schools need Internet, Ugandan government told
24th March 2009

The Government should set up infrastructure to enable Internet connections in rural schools, the headmaster of Bugema Adventist Secondary School, Mesusera Mugumya has said. “Schools in rural areas should access the Internet at an affordable cost,” he said. Mugumya said the trading centres where Internet facilities are available, are too expensive for the students and the schools.

He said with an Internet facility in place, students would be able to acquire research skills and knowledge. Mugumya was on Saturday addressing students and parents during the thanksgiving service for the excellent performance of students in last year’s O’level and A’level examinations.
http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/19/675758?highlight&q=Bugema%20A...


South Africa falls in global technology rankings
27th March 2009

FOR the sixth year running, SA has slid down the rankings of the world’s most technology-savvy countries, with a lack of government commitment to technology blamed for the deterioration.
The government must concentrate on education and do more to encourage the creation of technology and telecommunications infrastructure, says the World Economic Forum (WEF). SA now ranks 52nd out of 134 countries in the WEF’s Global Information Technology Report, down from 51st last year. The report assesses how well countries are using information and communications technologies by studying the business, regulatory and infrastructure environments.
http://www.businessday.co.za/articles/topstories.aspx?ID=BD4A968251


Angola’s IT minister announces telecommunications network expansion
24th March 2009

The Angolan Telecommunications and Information Technologies minister, José Carvalho da Rocha, announced over the weekend in the northern Bengo Province, that his sector expects to expand the telecommunications network and improve the meteorology services countrywide. The official, who said this during a visit to learn about the functioning of some structures of his sector, also emphasised that his department intends to turn the post office in Bengo Province into a multifunctional and modern system, in order to provide good services to the population. The official, who said this during a visit to learn about the functioning of some structures of his sector, also emphasized that his department intends to turn the post office in Bengo Province into a multifunctional and modern system, in order to provide good services to the population.

The travel of José Carvalho da Rocha to Bengo Province is part of a programme of visits that his department is carrying throughout the country. The travel of José Carvalho da Rocha to Bengo Province is part of a program of visits that his department is carrying throughout the country.
http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/en_us/noticias/ciencia-e-tecnolo...


East and Southern Africa Telecommunications Report Q1 2009

The latest update on the telecommunications markets of East and Southern Africa contains revised mobile market growth forecasts for all eight of the countries surveyed. In each case, we have also extended our forecasts to the end of 2013. Our new forecasts are based on an assessment of Q308 subscriber data published by the region’s telecoms regulators and by its various mobile operators.

In our last update, we noted the arrival of a third mobile operator in Botswana and the launch of services by Orange Kenya, the new name for Kenya’s incumbent operator, in which France Telecom now has a 51% stake. At the end of November 2008, Kenya saw the arrival of fourth GSM network when Econet Wireless Kenya (EWK) launched commercial services, almost five years after it was first granted a licence. Econet reportedly has Essar of India as a major financial backer.

The past few months have also seen the arrival of additional competition in Uganda, which followed the acquisition by France Telecom of a 53% stake in HITS Telecom Uganda. The company subsequently rebranded as Orange Uganda and revealed plans to launch services under the Orange brand in the coming months. The launch of commercial services by Orange Uganda will raise the total number of Ugandan mobile operators to five. Meanwhile, Tanzania already has five mobile operators and a sixth is expected to launch. The high level of competition in these markets is expected to bring about impressive growth over the next five years.
http://www.companiesandmarkets.com/Summary-Market-Report/East-and-S...

E–Gov forum calls for more investments in ICT
27th March 2009

Despite a remarkable growth in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Africa, more investments in the sector are needed for improved and sustainable services.
This was highlighted at the start of the three-day ‘3rd annual African e-government Forum 2009’ that is taking place in Kigali since yesterday.
Delegates at the conference maintained that the use of telecommunications is progressing on the African continent but called for more initiatives to promote it.
http://www.newtimes.co.rw/index.php?issue=13845&article=14468


Interview: Tata to Bring IP Services to East Africa via SEACOM Undersea Cable
17th March 2009

Tata Communications has earned the right to serve as anchor tenant on an undersea fiber-optic cable that’s 9,320 miles long and is poised to connect much of the east African coast. With massive cable operations linking continents, the company has one of the largest undersea global footprints in the world. Tata Communications recently launched a system that connects Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Japan, and adds that network to similar lines in the Pacific, Atlantic and Eurasian markets. http://businessvoip.tmcnet.com/topics/trends/articles/52400-intervi...

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