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African ICT could aid green economy


African countries may consider enhancing their ICT infrastructure, after it was claimed such technology can help the economy.

Environmental benefits can also occur as a result of these developments, which must be made affordable...

Category: ICT

New fibre-optic network in Togo


The company Xtera Communications has been selected by Togo Telecom to install a high-speed Internet network of greater capacity, greater robustness, and with better network availability.

The network will allow for connection to...

Category: ICT

Publication of report on IT development


23 February last saw the issue by the International Telecommunications Union of a report on the state of development of information technologies worldwide.

Where Africa is concerned, the Seychelles, Mauritius, and the Republic...

Category: ICT

Indian telephone operator Bharti Airtel buys Zain Afrique


Indian telephone operator Bharti Airtel has acquired the African shares of Kuwaiti mobile telephone giant Zain for ten billion Dollars.

This means that Bharti will be taking on 40 million Zain customers in Africa, following...

Category: ICT

NITEL in $2.5bn takeover


Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) was yesterday (February 16th) taken over by New Generations Telecoms.

It is reported that the takeover was worth $2.5 billion (£1.6 billion) and has come after years of NITEL...

Category: ICT

African telecommunications firm 'in talks'


Telecommunications in Africa could be affected by an announcement that Kuwait company Zain is in talks about selling its African unit to Bharti Airtel.

With an enterprise value of $10.7 billion (£6.8 million), Zain Africa BV...

Category: ICT

Tunisia: Technical launch of a 3G network


A 2G/3G mobile communications network has just been launched in Tunisia by network operators Orange.

A ceremony and press conference were held on Thursday 4 February 2010 to mark the occasion, in the presence in particular of...

Category: ICT

PPPs to develop ICT in Nigeria


Public private partnerships (PPP) could be the key to encouraging ICT infrastructure investment in Nigeria, it has been suggested.

Speaking on the heels of the recent Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation conference held...

Category: ICT

Zambia to focus on hydro power


Hydro power stations and improved electricity infrastructure will be the priorities of energy company Zesco in the coming year.

Some $200 million (£125 million) has already been earmarked to generate 100 megawatts through...

Categories: ICT, Energy

Africa's ICT progress 'relies on new submarine cables'


Africa's data services progress relies on the ability of new submarine internet cables to provide more available international bandwidth at a lower cost.

Indeed, for the continent to develop its ICT infrastructure and benefit...

Category: ICT

East African telecoms infrastructure 'to be modernised'


Nokia Siemens Networks has agreed a deal with Zain to help modernise the company's telecoms infrastructure throughout its East African operations.

The dealwill see work being undertaken in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to improve...

Category: ICT

New Niger State ICT park 'will create thousands of jobs'


A new information and communication technology (ICT) park in Niger State will provide thousands of jobs for people in the region. Some 975 million naira (£3.9 million) is to be spent on the Minna complex in Nigeria, which...

Category: ICT

Which African countries are best equipped in NTIC?


The United Nations Commerce and Development Conference submitted a report on Thursday 19 November 2009 on NTIC in Africa.

Gabon featured in first place in terms of the rate of coverage for mobile telephones, followed by Algeria...

Category: ICT

Uganda-Rwanda fibre connection 'on track for 2010'


The laying of a fibre optic cable from Uganda to Rwanda should be finished by January 2010, it has been reported. Once completed, the East African Backhaul System - which will connect the land-locked nations of this region to...

Category: ICT

Lack of ICT infrastructure 'holding Nigeria back'


ICT shortcomings are keeping the Nigerian economy from fully developing, it has been suggested.

Both the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) were quoted...

Category: ICT

National domain umbrella 'to democratise Tanzanian internet'


The launching of the first umbrella domain registration facility in Tanzania this week will play an important role in bringing connectivity to more citizens, it has been suggested.

Manager of the Tanzania Network Information...

Category: ICT

Poor infrastructure causes Africa to 'lag behind with internet access'


Africa's poor telecommunications infrastructure means it is lagging behind the rest of the world with regards to broadband internet access.

A study by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) - entitled...

Category: ICT

South Africa to roll out new ICT network


The South African government has chosen a new provider to roll out the country's vast social security online network.

A distributed network of H3C and 3Com-branded solutions will be responsible for the social security grant...

Category: ICT

Uganda to see improved ICT infrastructure


Telecommunications firm MTN has been given a loan of $100 million (£60.8 million) to improve the country's ICT network.

MTN's chief executive officer Themba Kumalo was quoted by the Monitor as saying the money would be used...

Category: ICT

Launch of Terrestrial Digital Television in Gabon


Communications Minister Laure Olga Gondjout has been celebrating the launch of Terrestrial Digital Television (TNT) in Gabon this week.

“The concerns which our country’s executive authorities have had ever since independence...

Category: ICT

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