Tanzania: Minister Endorses ICT Outsourcing in Public Services

A business processing outsourcing framework which will be used by different public service delivery agencies including in digitising documents is in the pipeline.

Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Professor Makame Mbarawa said that the process of developing the framework which started last year has been delayed because it needs private sector input.

"I hope that stakeholders from the private sector will be part of the process so that they advise us on the best possible framework," Prof Mbarawa said.

Thuraya connects Central African Republic humanitarian units

Thuraya has announced its partnership with SOS Children's Villages International's Gulf Area Office to bring satellite connectivity to remote communities in the Central African Republic (CAR).

The collaboration facilitates communication between SOS Children's Villages in the CAR, helping the charitable organisation connect its programmes as well as coordinate emergency preparedness and response teams.

Thuraya's donation includes Public Calling Office units, Thuraya SatSleeves and Thuraya IP+ broadband terminals as well as Thuraya SIM cards and airtime.

A cheap new tablet that can speak Zulu

South Africans can now choose to have a tablet with Zulu-language capability, rather than an iPad, thanks to Vodacom.

SA’s largest cellular network this week launched the Smart Tab 3G, which will sell for R999 (on a prepaid deal) and was designed for the low-cost market. Its features, however, are comparable with the top brands, from the iPad to the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Computing - In Brief

EOH Company and Infor Master Partner, Softworx  has launched the Africa Partner Network (Softworx APN) to channel Infor software sales and consulting services throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

Vodacom launches SA-targeted tablet

Johannesburg - Vodacom has launched a low-cost tablet that has been designed specifically for the South African market, reported City Press on Tuesday. This was in a bid to drive greater data usage as voice revenues continue to slide.

“Just over a year ago we stepped back and looked at the devices currently in the market in South Africa and realised there was a massive gap. The smartphones and tablets on offer were either prohibitively expensive or cheap and badly specced,” said Vodacom’s commercial officer Phil Patel.

French Tablet Maker Launches in Egypt, Set to Expand to Senegal & Nigeria

Top-New-PlatinumsFrench tablet and smartphone maker Archos, recently signed a deal with Uni Group for distribution in Egypt as a door to its final launch in Africa beginning from Senegal, Nigeria and the Maghreb countries.
Uni Group, a mobile phone leader in Egypt distributes products in more than 1700 sales points all over Egypt and is number 3 in the mobile phone market in Egypt according to GFK. There deal in May this year, will help the firm’s launch affordable devices in Egyptian market.

IBM Watson goes live in Africa

As digital platforms evolve with online, mobile and social media channels, companies like Metropolitan Health need to deepen their interactions with customers and transform the way they provide marketing, sales and service.

IBM and Metropolitan Health revealed the first commercial application of Watson in Africa. According to IBM, its Watson application is a ground breaking computing platform able to interact in natural language.

East Africa: UNHCR, Vodafone Foundation and Safaricom Bring Tablet-Based Learning to Dadaab Refugees

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Vodafone Foundation and Safaricom, have recently announced a partnership to bring transformative mobile-based education programmes to pupils at 13 schools in one of the world's largest refugee camps.

The Instant Network Schools at Dadaab refugee camp will offer learning programmes to 18,000 young refugees between the ages of seven and 20 years.

The announcement came as the world marked the World Teachers Day to honour the teaching profession and call for quality education.

Vox Telecom makes a play for Cloud in SA

Vox Telecom is looking to make a play for Cloud once again. Speaking at the final leg of its national cloud roadshow, Craig Freer, head of products at Vox Telecom told attendees that: “Although cloud services isn’t a new concept, cloud adoption in South Africa is fairly unique in that it is being driven bottom-up by our SMEs, whereas in the US and Europe, this is a top down approach.”

Computing – In Brief

IT services spending in South Africa is expected to increase 10.5 per cent year on year in 2015 to total US $5.7 billion, according to the latest forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC).

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