With MTN’s Help, One of South Sudan’s Oldest Schools Now has a Computer Lab

At a public school, one of the oldest in South Sudan, pupils mill around a newly built computer lab, taking a peek at a new technology they can hardly comprehend.

“We want engineers out of you; we want doctors out of you,” Engineer Stephen Lugga Juma, undersecretary of the ministry of Telecommunications, the top telecommunications public service job, tells the pupils.

“That is the importance of this lab. Actually, it is the stand of the International Telecommunications Union that telecommunications is now a right.”

Data centres – the world’s greatest energy guzzlers

Data centres have for years been known to be excessive consumers of power, consuming up to 3% of all global electricity production, and roughly ten times more per square metre than the average office. Previously, energy efficiency wouldn’t necessarily be at the top of an information technology (IT) organisation’s priority list, but rising power costs, and an ongoing need for more hardware and equipment as well as booming data consumption is changing the way data centre operators are planning and running their facilities.

Intel to donate 30 computers worth Kshs 1.5 million to boost ICT clubs in 9 secondary schools

Intel Corporation has this morning announced a donation of 30 computers worth KES 1,500,000 to boost ICT clubs in 9 secondary schools located in various counties across Kenya.

Intel has already trained and equipped teachers with necessary skills to start and run ICT clubs in 12 schools across Machakos, Nairobi, Kiambu and Kajiado counties and this donation is aimed at equipping additional ICT clubs in girls’ schools.

East African PC shipments fall 10.8% in 2014

PC shipments to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia totalled 657,472 units in 2014, according to preliminary figures from International Data Corporation. IDC said this is a decline of 10.8 percent from the 736,869 units recorded in 2013. The decision to end production of cheap mini-notebooks pushed the overall numbers down, says James Mutua, a research analyst at IDC East Africa.

MTN plans innovation hub at Cape Town business school

The MTN Group and the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) have announced a partnership to boost sustainable innovation in Africa. Under the new deal, MTN will invest ZAR 15 million over the next three years in the MTN Solution Space, an innovation hub at the UCT GSB. The collaboration will combine the research strengths of the UCT GSB with MTN's technological expertise and resources to create, amongst others, mobile apps and programmes for educational, medical and economic empowerment, as well as to promote entrepreneurship and small business growth.

Computing - In Brief

The Sage One Accounting cloud accounting software is now available in a number of major markets throughout sub Saharan Africa, following a partnership between Sage Pastel Accounting and MTN Business. The distribution agreement will cover all 10 countries in which MTN offers cloud services. These are Nigeria, Uganda, Cote d’lvoire, Guinea Conakry, Cameroon, Swaziland, Zambia, Ghana, Rwanda and South Africa.

Internet Solutions launches disaster recovery service

South Africa's Internet Solutions (IS) has launched Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). The cloud service includes connectivity, hosting, network, licensing and hardware, with the ability to be managed via a single interface. DRaaS enables clients to replicate critical applications and data in one virtual environment (primary site) in Johannesburg to a separate disaster recovery site. At the click of a button, clients can enable continuous replication of their virtual machine, regardless of size, operating system or application.

We need an accessible cloud in Zimbabwe

I don’t know when it began, but it has been going on for a while now in the boutiques and other indigenous clothes stores. As soon as you enter the store you notice that all the clothes have no price tags. A creepy guy or lady follows you around as you go around the racks. Most of the time, they inquire on how they can help you.

Then you realize that most of the clothes for sale are not even on display but hidden in a secret warehouse somewhere and you need to be a fashion expert to know exactly what you want and get it.

Chinese Inspur Group Unveils Zimbabwe’s First Supercomputer

Leading Chinese personal computer and server manufacturer, Inspur Group, recently unveiled a Supercomputer in Zimbabwe with a capacity to process 36 trillion calculations per second. The Supercomputer facility was launched at the University of Zimbabwe. It makes the southern African country one of very few in the continent to house such an asset.

DRC: Google plans to open an Office in Kinshasa

US Internet giant Google plans to boost internet connectivity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and will open an office in Kinshasa in the near future. The information was revealed by the Head of Google Francophone Africa Tidjane Deme, following a meeting with Thomas Luhaka, the DRC’s Minister of Posts, Telecommunications, New Technologies and communication.

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