MainOne to open West Africa’s biggest data centre

MainOne has officially broken ground for what it says will be West Africa’s biggest Tier III + Data centre.

The plan for the MainOne Data Centre, the largest of its kind in West Africa at 1,500 square meters with a 600 rack capacity, was unveiled at the ground breaking ceremony in the Cable Landing Station in Lagos.

The event was witnessed by dignitaries including representatives from LASG, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Captains of Industry, the media and company stakeholders.

Source: Biztech Africa

Computing - In Brief

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed cyber cafes to register details of their users, in a move to curb cyber crime in Africa's most populous nation, Techmoran reported. The regulator said its attention had been drawn to an increase in the rate of cyber crime committed through cyber cafes.Cyber cafe owners and operators are to maintain an up-to-date database of subscribers and users, including their full names, physical addresses, passport photos and telephone numbers.

Ghanaian Invents Pocket PC Tablet

A 28 year old Ghanaian, Derrick Addae, CEO of GIL Corporation from Kwabre-Aboaso in the Ashanti Region, has invented a pocket PC tablet which can compete with most of the known tablets on the international market like Apple’s IPad and Samsung’s Galaxy tablet.

Addae’s invention is called ‘G’ Slab and is capable of making phone calls, it has wi-fi and Bluetooth and built-in Microsoft word with which one can upload any document from USB stick or Dongle.

Source: Modern Ghanaian

Modular data centre specialist Flexenclosure receives large order from MTN Côte d’Ivoire

Flexenclosure, a specialist developer of intelligent power management systems and pre-fabricated data centres for the ICT industry, has received an order from MTN Côte d’Ivoire. Flexenclosure will supply a 336 square meter customised eCentre data centre in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast.

Source: Press release

Ethiopia: Schoolnet Programme to Connect All Secondary Schools in Addis Abeba

The Addis Abeba Education Bureau said it will connect all secondary schools in the metropolises with the Schoolnet programme this academic year. About "2,500 computers have already been purchased at a cost of 23 million Br to connect the schools," Bureau head, Delamo Otore, said.

The connection would encourage interaction among teachers and students of secondary schools as well as helps students to benefit from computer networking, among others, according to Delamo.

Source: Addis Fortune

Microsoft enters into cooperation agreements to accelerate African innovation

While attending DEMO Africa, Microsoft Corp. announced strategic cooperation agreements with three incubator organizations across the African continent to enable startups, innovators and Africa’s developer community to grow their skills and build businesses with Microsoft technologies. Under the recently launched Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, Microsoft has entered into agreements with CcHUB in Nigeria, DTBi in Tanzania and AfriLabs, the pan-African hub network.

Source: Microsoft News

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- Kenya: Even as the government sets to roll out the laptop project next year, only 1,650 schools are connected to the national grid. Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale says measures are being taken to ensure that all primary schools have power by next year. The ministry of energy has advertised for procurement of solar power for 130 schools.

Kenya: Govt Cancels Laptop Tender Over Sh20 Billion Deficit

The government has terminated the primary schools laptop tender after the lowest bidder quoted Sh32 billion against an anticipated budget of Sh12 billion creating a deficit of Sh20 billion.

This was after an evaluation of the bids by the education ministry technical team revealed that the tenders ranged from Sh23,000 per laptop to Sh28,000.

Cabinet Secretary for Education Jacob Kaimenyi said procurement processes must ensure efficiency, transparency and accountability.

Source: Capital FM

Uganda wins Random Hacks of Kindness East Africa 2013

On the weekend of  October 5th - 6th 2013, 13 software developers came together at Outbox to participate in the Random Hacks of Kindness (RHOK) East Africa.

The hackathon also had participants from Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania.

RHOK brings together software developers to build solutions that solve a number of social problems. Team ATAPs won the national RHOK event in Kampala and later on went to win the regional East Africa event.

Source: OutBox Blog

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- Nigeria: Determined to address daily operational challenges facing managers of data centres, KITS Technology has said it will inject fresh knowledge of best practice into Data Centre Design (DCD) and Operation Management (OM), in the most efficient, secure and reliable manner. Director, Business and Strategy, KITS Technologies, a Data Centre Infrastructure Service Provider, Taofeek Okoya, who spoke in Lagos at a recent Data Centre Design, Cloud Computing and Audit Seminar, identified some of the operational challenges of data managers, and advised on the best way forward.

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