MTN Rwanda launches cloud computing services

MTN Rwanda has introduced cloud computing services that are expected to help businesses minimise costs and improve productivity. MTN Cloud Services provide business automation tools to enterprises across professional services, micro-finance, health and SME sectors.

Source: Telecompaper

Teen turns scrap into satellite booster

A self-made inventor from northern Namibia has invented a satellite dish booster from scrap material to boost internet connectivity through radio signals for people in rural areas or in areas that have weak network signal.

Josua Nghaamwa said he is inspired by Alexander Graham Bell who invented the modern telephone that has presently become a daily necessity.

Nghaamwa initially made his mark at the age of 18 when he created a cellphone using discarded radio parts and old toy cellphone scraps and other junk material.

Source: New Era

Computing - In Brief

- Eneza is not necessarily seeking to replace the Kenya Government's laptop project but when it comes to enhancing education for the young Kenyan students through the use of technology, it is coming pretty close. Eneza (Swahili for 'to reach' or 'to spread') comprises of a team of volunteers who are on a mission to give students access locally and is easily accessible through the mobile device. Eneza also gives parents, school administrators and teachers the necessary tools to help their students. These tools are in the form of meaningful data and tips.

Kenya: UK Tech Firms Deliver E-Learning Solutions to Kenya's Marginalised Girls

The UK's Department for International Development (DFID) has announced a strategic partnership with the private sector to deliver e-learning programmes in Kenya to thousands of marginalised girls.

Source: CIO East Africa

Designing effective MOOCs for refugees

There are many problems that need to be overcome before the full potential of online learning can be realised for refugees.

But solutions are already on the horizon, and some were presented at the Humanitarian Innovation Conference held at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, last weekend (19-20 July).

The most obvious difficulty to online learning is access to the internet, which can be prohibitively expensive and very slow for those living in refugee camps, the meeting heard.

Source: SciDevNet

Rwanda: Online Civil Registration Launched

The government has launched online registration of newborns, deaths, marriages and divorces, among others, as a way of consolidating the country's statistics and coming up with timely and accurate figures.

The web-based application to record vital events occurring in the lives of Rwandans is being piloted in Huye District, Southern Province.

The pilot study, launched yesterday, will last three months and it is being championed by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR).

Source: The New Times

iWayAfrica partners SevenC Computing

African operator Gondwana International Networks (GIN) announced that its iWayAfrica business will be partnering with managed services company SevenC Computing to grow its foothold in key territories.

The move will enable GIN and iWayAfrica to continue growing the brand throughout Africa. Winston Smith, General Manager terrestrial for GIN and iWayAfrica said that the partnership with SevenC Computing offers a range of a managed ICT services for business customers.

Source: Telecompaper

Kenya: New Portal to Offer Free Online Courses to Africa's Managers and Entrepreneurs

The African Management Initiative (AMI) has launched the first series of online courses developed with top business schools aimed at reaching one million African entrepreneurs and managers in the next decade.

Currently reaching over 800 managers, the first course - Managing Customers and Markets - is available on AMI's new online learning platform. The course was developed by Strathmore Business School.

Source: CIO East Africa

Egypt: Online Registration System Hacked

The online registration system for the forthcoming elections was the target of a "violent attack" by computer hackers aimed "to undermine the citizens' right to register on electoral lists," a statement of the Independent Higher Authority for the Elections (ISIE) said, Thursday.

The authority's technical team is working on the system to repair it as soon as possible, the same source specifies.

Source: Tunis Afrique Presse

Computing – In Brief

Telkom is investigating the feasibility of turning its network of public pay telephones into Wi-Fi hotspots. Chief of marketing at Telkom, Enzo Scarcella told SABC News that the idea was still at its infancy, with Telkom testing the feasibility of creating data hotspots.

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