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Techno Hubs Planned for Townships in South Africa

As part of its ambitious broadband project, the City of Johannesburg plans to set up techno hubs where people can access the Internet and boost their technology skills. According to…

Sahara nets mobile prestige with latest netbook offering in South Africa

Sahara Computers has launched a new 8-inch netbook to address the growing demand for a product within what analysts describe as a high-volume, burgeoning market segment. The company has expanded…

NAMIBIA GEARS FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING

Although Cabinet has only agreed in principle to consider electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the next national and presidential elections at the end of 2009, the Electoral Commission of Namibia…

IT COMPANIES TO DECLARE IMPACT ON ENVIRONMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA

For the first time South Africa's top 40 listed companies, which includes Telkom and MTN, have been asked to make available information on their greenhouse gas emissions and their responses…

HACKERS STEAL SA DATABASE FOR RIVAL AUSTRALIAN COMPANY

International espionage that targeted a large online business in SA saw hackers compromise its database and hand the details of 600000 customers to its rivals. The attack was instigated by…

ZAMBIAN MINE IN MULTI-MILLION ICT INFRASTRUCTURE UPDATE

One of the Zambia’s largest mining companies, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), has embarked on a multi-million dollar drive to upgrade its information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure, enhancing communication between…

Computer News - In Brief

- US news website Huffington Post has announced that it will partner with Ushahidi to monitor major issues highlighted by the US electorate during the Presidential election.

Microsoft set to launch youth portal in Nigeria

As part of its far-reaching 4Afrika Initiative, Microsoft will be partnering with The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS), a social enterprise organisation, to develop a national website, helping Nigerian youth…

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…

Reporters find Northrop Grumman data in Ghana market

A team of journalists investigating the global electronic waste business has unearthed a security problem too. In a Ghana market, they bought a computer hard drive containing sensitive documents belonging…

EC-Council, New Horizons to Boost Cyber Security in Nigeria

EC-Council, a United States (U.S.) based international certification body on information security and e-business, in collaboration with New Horizons, a Nigerian based knowledge provider on Information Technology (IT), is set…

D-Link to Manufacture Networking Component in Nigeria

D-Link International of Singapore has commenced the process that will lead to the manufacturing of computer Networking Components in Nigeria. This will be the first of its kind initiative in…

Computer News - In Brief

- UNIDO and Microsoft signed an accord in Ouagadougou to implement a common initiative to equip African Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with second-hand computers collected from big companies. -…

Computer News - In Brief

- In Kenya, Microsoft has partnered with the Government in the provision of computer technology to teachers, students and digital villages. - SKYE Bank Plc and the Osun State government…

COPYRIGHT COMMISSION SEIZES PIRATED CPU'S IN NIGERIA

It was a bad day for the staff and management of Standard Alliance Insurance Limited as it had its head office on Plot 280/281, Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria, Lagos besieged…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Federal Govern-ment through the National Universities Commission (NUC) has earmarked US$50,000 (N6.5 million) to pilot e-learning in three universities in the country. These will be sited in universities…

SAVANT SEEKS TO ACCELERATE DEVELOPMENT OF SOUTH AFRICAN ICT SECTOR

The launch of SAVANT, a public-private partnership between Government and several key players in the South African technology industry, seeks to accelerate development of the South African Information and Communication…

In Brief

-President Uhuru Kenyatta's adviser on political affairs Joshua Kuttuny has asked Kenyans to support Jubilee's laptop project saying the gadgets are vital in developing nations. Kuttuny criticised leaders opposed to…

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…

Computer News - In Brief

- South Africa’s Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ) says it will continue to work on the transformation of the judiciary by increasing spend on IT. The budget would…

Computer News - In Brief

- Tarsus Technologies has announced the extension of its distribution agreement with Cisco to encompass Linksys, the company's consumer- and small business-focused brand of networking solutions.

New goals and vision for the OLPC low-cost laptop program

A key person behind the "$100 laptop" for schoolchildren has left the project as the organization overhauls its operations and prepares to tweak its open-source approach by welcoming Microsoft Corp.'s…

NEPAD DRAFTS YOUTH INTO ICT DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

Africa's effort to accelerate development through increased Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) has gained momentum with the formation of the NEPAD e-Africa Youth Programme that is intended to generate awareness on…

Computer News - In Brief

- A cooperation agreement for introducing new e-government projects was signed last week between the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Oracle Corporation. This protocol states that…

Ubuntu Hardy Heron causes download frenzy

Ubuntu’s Hardy Heron OS was released recently causing a download frenzy among Linux enthusiasts Ubuntu 8.04, aka Hardy Heron, was released yesterday and is the latest Long Term Support product…

STATE SECTOR RESTRUCTURING SQUEEZES IT SECTOR IN SOUTH AFRICA

Cost-cutting measures and restructuring taking place in state-owned enterprises are hitting the information technology industry, as these organisations apply strict cost controls to match their falling budgets. State-owned enterprises spent…

OPEN SOURCE WILL CHANGE COURSE OF AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT, SAYS BRAZILIAN PROFESSOR

At the ICANN conference, Brazilian Professor Hartmut Glaser was positively beaming while explaining how the software is likely to change the direction and pace of Africa's technological development. "We know…

Etisalat Misr to deploy Huawei’s 400G core router

Huawei Technologies has announced that mobile network operator Etisalat Misr will deploy NE5000E, the vendor’s 400G core router, as core nodes for the national IP backbone network (IPBB) in Egypt.…

Computer News - In Brief

- Africans experts of the sector of road, air, maritime and railway transportation are discussing in the Republic of Algeria, mechanisms to create integrated computerising systems for the sector in…

OPEN SOURCE OFFICE OPENS IN SOWETO

The CSIR Meraka Institute's Open Source Centre, in conjunction with open source software (OSS) movement, the Kasi Open Source Society (KOSS), is opening a satellite office in Soweto today. The…

FUJITSU-SIEMENS COMPUTERS WANTS HIGHER NIGERIAN MARKET SHARE

Bombarded all around with major headline news about the opportunities that abound in the huge Nigerian IT market, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers finally took the decision to play a more active role…

KENYAN PRIVATE SECTOR AND CIVIL SOCIETY WANT ROLE IN ICT POLICY

Representatives of civil society in Kenya have called for its inclusion in the redrafting of a policy on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in the East African…

Tanzania: Public-Private Agreement Set to Establish ICT Park

The Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (Costech) is formalizing a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement to develop an ICT park in Dar es Salaam.A statement issued by Costech last week…

South Africa: Global Partners Join Forces On Square Kilometre Array radio telescope

The world's biggest telescope project has taken a crucial step forward, with its international partners joining forces and agreeing funding for the detailed design of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).The…

South Africa Sees Huge Spike in Demand for Tablet Devices in Q4 2013

Shipments of tablet PCs to South Africa increased 107.1% year on year in the final quarter of 2013 to total 513,000 units according to the latest insights from International Data…

Laptop ‘tops other ICT tools important for e-learning’

The information and communication technology (ICT) device with greatest potential for education and training is laptop, whereas Facebook is the most popular social media, according to a new survey of…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Ugandan Government plans to set up an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ministry. The new ministry, when formed, will bring together activities of the Directorate of Information, the…

SCHOOLNET AFRICA SIGNS FIRST LARGE VOLUME PC DONATION TO ITS CAMPAIGN

SchoolNet Africa has signed its first agreement on a donation of 10,000 PCs for African schools with KPN, a Dutch-based telecommunications company on 6 April 2005. According to Ad Scheepbouwer,…

KEYTOOLS LANDS FIRST MAJOR AUSTRALIAN DEAL

South Africa-based KeyTools International today announced that KeyTools Australia has signed a major contract with X F Enterprises (Australia) (XFE), for a mobile consumption management system (MCMS). This is said…

EGYPTIAN E-GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE MOVING FORWARD

It takes a citizen an average of 3.5 visits ­ about nine hours ­ to a government office to complete any given transaction, like obtaining a driver’s license or applying…

Zambia: High-Tech Border Post Transforming Trade

A few weeks ago, a truck driver got the shock of his life when his employer called from South Africa asking why he had siphoned fuel from his vehicle while…

Uganda: Govt Initiates ICT At A-Level

Starting next term, all students at A-level will be taught either information and communications technology (ICT) or mathematics. Grace Baguma, the deputy director of the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC),…

Computing – In Brief

- Dell has started providing support services under the name Prosupport in various parts of Africa. The services will be free of charge Prosupport will enable customers to obtain free…

E-PASSPORT COMING SOON TO BOTSWANA

In order to regulate human traffic at points of entry as well as make travel safer, Botswana's Assistant Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Oliphant Mfa called for the introduction…

COMPUTER SYSTEMS OF ECOWAS CUSTOMS TO BE INTERCONNECTED

Customs administrations in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have been advised to ensure interconnection of computer systems of member states. The position was canvassed at a meeting…

SAP RELEASES AN APPLICATION AND INTEGRATION PLATFORM, SAP NETWEAVER

According to SAP Netweaver puts all of the stuff that it feels should be basic into one package – Java, applications, portals, business intelligence (BI), knowledge management (KM), process management,…

FINTECH INSTALLS I-FLEX SOFTWARE FOR MICRO LENDER KUSCCO

An ambitious multi-million project to Kenya’s credit unions started last week when Fintech Technologies begins training the would-be beneficiaries. The move marks the implementation stage of a deal signed last…

Kenya’s Ministry Proposes Ban on Used Computers

The government is proposing a ban on second-hand computers to curb dumping and encourage local assembling. A study on electronic waste conducted in Kenya in 2008 indicated that the country…

Kenya: Safaricom Picked for E-Cheque System

Kenya Bankers Association has awarded Safaricom a five year contract to provide data services in implementing the recently launched cheque truncation system. The service provider will connect all 42 commercial…

Nigeria: Ekiti Teachers, Students to Get Laptops

Ekiti State Government is to equip both teachers and students with laptops, even as the state has received textbooks worth N40 million from a US-based Non Governmental Organisation.The state commissioner…

Rwanda - Tech giant Microsoft unveils Windows 8 in Kinyarwanda

Microsoft has announced that the newest version of its flagship product, MS Windows 8, will also be in Rwanda’s main language, Kinyarwanda.Microsoft said in a statement that MS Windows 8…

Africa’s MTN Group Joins Ubuntu Touch CAG

African telecom ‘giant’ MTN Group is the latest network to join Canonical’s ‘Carrier Advisory Group’ for Ubuntu Touch.The South Africa based company operates across 21 countries. These include several African…

COMPUTER KEYBOARD WITH NIGERIAN LANGUAGES LAUNCHED

Lancor Technologies has launched a customised keyboard that provides the option of writing in Nigerian languages. The equipment, which is known as Konyin keyboard, was developed in Nigeria by Lancor…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Western Cape Education Department has marked the delivery of computer labs to at least 320 schools in the province. The laboratories were installed through the Khanya Technology in…

NEW HP SERVER FROM TARSUS MAY SPELL THE END OF DESKTOP SERVER

While every SME will acknowledge the need for ICT in their organisation, budgets are limited and expertise is not a ready resource, leading many small companies to make the most…

TUNISIANS PROMOTING EMPLOYMENT THROUGH FIVE CYBERPARCS

Five cyberparcs, spaces equipped with modern communications networks have been put up in Gafsa, Kasserine, Monastir, Siliana and Le Kef, were being promoted at an information day at technopôle d’El…

Computer News - In Brief

* Kenswitch, the KS75 million shared ATM project for 18 banks, will be launched next month. Kenswitch is a project of Fintech and the Kenya Bankers Association.

Portugal's biggest computer retailer expands to Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde

Chip 7, Portugal's biggest network of shops specialising in computers, plans to expand activity in 2010 to Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Madeira and the Azores, the company's founder has announced.…

Google Holds Software Contest for African Students

Search engine giant, Google, has announced the start-off of it's annual African software programmers competition which is coming barely two weeks after the launch of it's latest map domains which…

FG Okays Establishment of Computer Crime Prosecution Unit in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Federal Government has approved the establishment of a Computer Crime Prosecution Unit (CCPU) for the prosecution of those involved in cyber crime related offences. A statement from the Chief…

Computer News - In Brief

- Gambia: Tujereng Youth Centre, a joint project between the village of Tujereng and Strode College in Street Somerset, England, inaugurated its new Internet Cafe on Friday 1st April, 2011.…

Computer News - In Brief

- South Africa - As a special offer until 31 January 2012, Quark has announced that its current QuarkXPress customers can upgrade to QuarkXPress 9. The offer applies to all…

Computer News in Brief

- In a filing to the French stock market regulator, Maroc Telecom has revealed that it plans to invest MAD10 billion (USD1.2 billion) to upgrade its broadband network. The telco,…

Computing - In Brief

- MTN Uganda contributes to the digitalization of the Kampala Public Library. With the growing trends in technology, MTN Uganda has bridged the library’s digital divide and increased the utilization…

80 Percent of Computer Products Fake in East Africa

Up to 80 per cent of computer consumable products on sale in East Africa could be fake, a major regional distributor with branches in four countries has claimed. Among the…

UNITED NATIONS SUPPORT HAND-CRANKED LAPTOPS FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN

The United Nations is supporting a project that aims to ship US$100, hand-cranked laptops to school-aged children worldwide. The One LapTop per Child organization wants to ship 1 million units…

Computer News - In Brief

- The new mail list for African script issue is now active at Unicode.ORG. This is a forum for discussion of African scripts, including native scripts and imported scripts (e.g.,…

SMART CARD TO BE LAUNCHED IN NAIROBI TO CURB FRAUD IN HEALTH SECTOR

A tamper-proof membership information and administration management system for medical schemes will be launched in East Africa next year. The smart card technology is expected to help curb the rising…

Kenyan Exports Software as IT Sector Grows

Kenya’s rising profile as a software developing nation is set to place the commodity on the country’s list of exports this year as companies and governments continue the search for…

Ghana: Education Minister - 'One Laptop Per Child' is Good But...

The Education Minister, Alex Tetteh Enyo has said the one laptop per child (OLPC) concept is a good one, but issues of sustainability and security needs to be properly addressed…

New Deal to Provide Teachers With E-Syllabuses in Kenya

Teachers in public schools can now buy laptops loaded with the current syllabus and training material following a public/private partnership initiative which aims at integrating e-learning in the education system.…

Flexenclosure receives order from Vodacom in Mozambique for new primary data centre to support network expansion

Flexenclosure, a specialist developer of intelligent power management systems and pre-fabricated data centres for the ICT industry, has received a multi-million dollar order from Vodacom Mozambique for its modular and…

Meet the computer whizz from Togo who built his first robot at age seven

“I could make many, many things with that,” said Sam Kodo, looking at a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. “Just think about it. If you fail, at least you have tried.…

East African Local Authorities plan to implement eGovernment

Local Authorities in East Africa are planning to implement Information and Communication Technologies in an effort to increase efficiency of their operations in service delivery to the citizens. This was…

ENGAGING POLICY-MAKERS AND REGULATORS IN AFRICA - THE CATIA EXPERIENCE

For the past three years the Catalysing Access to ICTs in Africa programme (CATIA) has worked towards strengthening the context for the vibrant adoption and use of ICTs in Africa.…

Computer News - In Brief

- Cisco Systems announced the official opening of its office in Algeria. An agreement has been signed for this purpose by Cisco General Manager for the Middle East and North…

TUNISIA LAUNCHES NEW STRATEGY TO PROMOTE INFORMATION SOCIETY

In the run-up to it hosting the WSIS Summit at the end of next year, Tunisia has launched a new strategy "a knowledge-based economy". The new measures aim at reducing…

ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES DRAFT ICT POLICY WITHOUT FUNDS TO BACK IT

Though the Zambian government has launched the National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy, it has not set aside any funding measures to have the ICT policy implemented, writes Timothy…

Local partnership strengthens South Africa’s ICT offerings

Local developer of risk mitigation and workforce optimization solutions, Spescom DataVoice, signed a strategic partnership agreement with GijimaAst, a South African Information Communication Technology (ICT) company. The agreement states that…

Computer News - In Brief

- Leabridge Technologies, a Zimbabwe ICT firm, has been engaged by South African firms to provide advanced technology security services at the 2010 World Cup. - Uganda is reconsidering its…

Ugandan Students write E-Campus Digital Software

The practice of keeping students records manually at Kyambogo University has ended. This follows the invention of E-Campus software that will see all the activities on the institution carried out…

Umhloti Primary gets solar-powered PC lab

GiveITback, in partnership with Poynting and African Union Communications, has donated the first of its solar-powered computer labs to Umhloti Primary School, in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, to create a better understanding…

Cisco invests ZAR 60 mln in Square Kilometre Array project

Cisco has signed an agreement with South Africa's Department of Science and Technology (DST) to become the Square Kilometre Array's (SKA's) technology partner. The US-based company will invest ZAR 60…

Africa’s Soils to Be Digitally Mapped

A digital map of the state of Africa's soils is to be put together in an initiative launched this week. The African Soil Information Service, launched in Nairobi, Kenya, will…

ICT Bill in Offing in Rwanda

A bill to regulate the fast growing communications sector in the country is in pipeline, Eng Albert Butare, State minister for Energy and Communication has said. "Sectors like internet governance,…

DIGITAL FINGERPRINT RECORDS READY SOON IN SOUTH AFRICA

The home affairs department has almost completed the conversion of about 30-million hard-copy fingerprint records into digital images, says Deputy Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. The digital format will allow…

SUPERCOM WINS USD2.5M AFRICAN ID CARD CONTRACT

 Smart card and electronic ID solutions provider Supercom last week announced that it has entered into an agreement with an unnamed African government agency to provide an end-to-end national identification…

Computer News - In Brief

ticta_tz@yahoo.com - The Bank of Alexandria has selected Cairo-based Raya Integration, a subsidiary of Raya Holding to design and deploy LAN and WAN networks to enable the bank’s complete automation.

Computer News - In Brief

- As part of Tunisia's ambitious program which aims at building 10 technopoles in several governorates to disseminate digital culture and new technologies within the next ten years, a strategic…

Nigeria Launches Vision 2020 ICT Blueprint

The Federal Government has launched the Vision 2020 Information Communication and Technology development implementation blueprint. A document it says if fully implemented, will breach the developmental gap between Nigeria and…

Computer News - In Brief

* Kigali — Umwalimu Sacco, a teachers' Credit and Savings Cooperative, is set to buy and distribute laptops to all their members across the country in a programme that is…

Data Protection bill withdrawn in Ghana

The Minister of Communication Harruna Iddrisu has defended the withdrawal of the Data Protection Bill from the House of Parliament.The Minister explained that during a meeting with the joint committee,…

Morocco's strategy to build digital trust

The threat of cybercrime has become an integral part of the daily lives of individuals, businesses and government agencies in Morocco.Every day, news websites and social networks report attacks against…

Gambia National Library to Be Digitalised

The director general of the Gambia National Library Service Authority (GNLSA) has on Tuesday informed lawmakers of the joint session of the Public Accounts and Public Enterprises Committees (PAC/PEC) of…

Togo embarks on wide-scale project to deploy fibre to 500 administrative centres

The Government of Togo has launched an ambitious project to connect 500 institutions, including ministries, government agencies, hospitals, universities and airports, to fibre-optic infrastructure by the end of next year.…

Softline Accpac partners with SA Outsourcing to expand business in Africa

Softline Accpac has partnered with SA Outsourcing (the South African operations of Enterprise Outsourcing) to expand mid-market and enterprise offering, Sage ERP X3, as well as its award-winning Accpac CRM,…

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory Administration and the Intel e-learning are adapting a 10 million dollar-library digital content to the Nigerian secondary school curriculum to be made freely available to…

MPS TO INVESTIGATE SHS2 BILLION NAKASEKE TELECENTRE PROJECT IN UGANDA

Parliament is to investigate the circumstances under which the government handled the procurement of the multi-million Nakaseke Telecentre project. The chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Information and Communication Technology…

SA'S SITA DENIES BUYING INTO MIT'S US$100 LAPTOP PROJECT

MIT's Nicholas Negroponte's plans for a US$100 laptop for developing country students (see issue 275) received a heavy blow last week when one of the backers he had announced denied…

INTERNATIONAL CALL CENTRE INVESTMENT BOOMING IN CAPE TOWN

Eleven new operations from the international market, representing a total committed investment estimated at R380 million, have established call centres or business process outsourcing (BPO) operations in the Western Cape…

COMPUTER DEDUCTIONS USED IN TOGOLESE WAGES SCAM

The Togolese Anti-Corruption Commission has uncovered a very costly scam at the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Officials at the Ministry had put in place a scheme that allowed them…

Second Life will manage East Africa’s E-Waste

A newly licensed electronics recycling company in Uganda - Second Life - is setting up a facility to manage East Africa's e-waste.These will include things like obsolete computers, mobile phones,…

Uganda: Video-Conferencing to help delivering public services

Government agencies will now be able to hold meetings without necessarily leaving their offices. Thanks to the new technology called Secure Messaging and Collaboration system that was launched yesterday.The new…

Zimbabwe: Utande, Sage Launch Cloud Computing Platform

Zimbabwean firms are set to benefit from a new cloud computing platform, the Sage Enterprise Resource Planning X3 Cloud.The new Internet-based computing product, which will allow for sharing of resources,…

Computing – In brief

Avaya Inc a provider of solutions that enable customer and team engagement across multiple channels and devices, has announced that they are currently working with five County Governments in Kenya…

Computing – In Brief

Napteker is an African online systematic pharmaceutical directory that provides education and information to its users on important issues pertaining to use of medicines in Africa, such as dosage, drug…

Rwanda to Host OLPC Learning Centre for Africa

Rwanda is set to become home to the pilot learning centre for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project in Africa due to its outstanding progress in promoting the child…

South Africa open source development company Shorewall wins logo competition

A logo design by South African Gareth Davies has won the Shorewall logo design competition. Davies works at SA open source development company Thusa. Thusa makes extensive use of the…

ELECTRONIC COMMERCE SHOW POTENTIAL IN MOROCCO

The development of electronic commerce in Morocco is dependent upon increasing the number of merchant sites, improving internet access and the active involvement of banks. While still in its early…

OPENLAB4 RELEASED INTO GROWING AFRICAN LINUX MARKET

OpenLab International has announced the international release of its Linux distribution OpenLab4. Already installed in more than 500 schools and community centres across Africa, OpenLab caters for desktop as well…

JAMBO OPENOFFICE: FIRST RELEASE of SWAHILI OPEN SOURCE DESK TOP

On 4th December 2004, The Open Swahili Localization Project, also known as Kilinux, announced the first ever release of a free office suite software in Swahili, called "Jambo OpenOffice." Jambo…

EGYPT'S EAAT SIGNS TO RUN LE2.5 MILLION US TECH GRANT PROGRAMME

  The Egyptian Association for Advanced Technologies (EAAT) has signed an agreement with the US-based General Dynamics Company, the US IT aid advisor to Egypt, to run L.E. 2.5 million…

INFINITY BPO OPENS 40-SEAT CALL CENTRE

Mauritian Infinity BPO baptised its new call centre operation last week. The building will be completed at the end of April. The 40 seat call-centre is on the sixth floor…

Move to Cancel Cipro IT Tender in South Africa

Two top executives of the Companies and Intellectual Property Organisation (Cipro) have been suspended on allegations of being criminally involved in awarding a R153m information technology contract to a small,…

President Goodluck Commissions N3.8 Billion University of Nigeria Wireless Project

President Goodluck Jonathan launched the University of Nigeria’s (UNN) N3.8 billion digital wireless infrastructure project during his visit to the university on last Thursday. The project is expected to provide…

Nigeria: Government Begins Electronic Monitoring of Petroleum Products Distribution

In a bid to stem the large scale fraud associated with the distribution of petroleum products from the major depots to the hinterlands nationwide, the Federal Government commenced the electronic…

Computer News - In Brief

- Nairobi, Kenya — The government has announced that  it will be possible for investors to register their businesses online by September. Finance Minister NjeruGithae told Parliament that the e-registration…

Amref using e-learning to train Ugandan midwives

The African Medical and Research Foundation (Amref) is rolling out e-learning to train midwives to diploma level in Uganda.According to the organisation, without more sufficiently skilled nurses, healthcare in the…

Amharic Office Word Application Software Almost Complete

A project working on the localization of two software types is about a month away from finalization, knowledgeable sources disclosed. The joint ICT glossary project, currently in its finale stages,…

Computer News - In Brief

- The government of Rwanda has plans to import up to 100,000 computers this year to boost the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) programme that was launched by President Paul…

RWANDA'S KIGALI INSTITUTE IN FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES

Rwanda's oldest science institution is facing a cash crunch due to a considerable debt — allegedly the result of embezzled funds. According to the Rwandan newspaper The New Times, the…

SOUTH AFRICA FINES ITS FIRST SOFTWARE PIRATE

A Ukrainian sailor convicted of pirating computer programs is the first person to be convicted of software piracy in South Africa. Andrei Goncharko, 48, who was fined R5 000 and…

ETHIOPIAN MINISTRY OF JUSTICE IMPLEMENTS LAN

The Ministry of Justice inaugurated Local Area Network (LAN) established at a cost of 3,378,445 birr to enhance its service delivery. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Justice Minister Harka Haroye…

Computer News - In Brief

- Indian company Teledata Informatics Ltd is set to start its commercial operations at Durban in South Africa. With the new office at Durban, the company can install and support…

FARIMED CONCLUDES FOUR NEW CONTRACTS IN KENYA, LESOTHO, MOZAMBIQUE, BOTSWANA

First contracts outside SA have helped FariMed show growth of 250% since its launch in April 2003. FariMed has concluded its first contracts outside of SA, with a total value…

Computer News - In Brief

- UK-based National Computing Centre (NCC) has started a partnership with Clone Consultants Uganda to offer its first PC Competency Automated testing system in the country.

Computer News - In Brief

- A rural information and communication technology project has started in Gulu and Amuru districts in Uganda. The project, aimed at equipping residents with skills in the use of internet,…

Uganda Passes Cyber Laws

Uganda's Parliament has passed into law the electronic transactions and electronic signature bills that will improve the regulations for security of electronic transactions and devices. Until now, Ugandans have been…

Computer News - In Brief

- Computer Aid International (CAI) will be holding series of information sessions in Abuja on the Moodle eLearning and Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) information training packages for lecturers…

Rwanda: New Software to Enhance Science Education

Local schools no longer have to struggle to recruit experienced science teachers to explain to students how temperature, humidity, electricity, sound are measured following the introduction of a software that…

Kenyan company rolls out 'Solar Classroom in a Box'

Kenyan technology company, Stonehouse, plans to roll out a new system called 'Solar Classroom in a Box' for rural schools with no access to electricity in Kenya.Learners will have access…

Blind SA students receive e-braille computers and MP3 players

Two schools in the Western Cape have received portable computers and MP3 players designed for blind users, in a R1 million (US$113 million) investment push by the Western Cape Education…

Kenya bets on ICT sector to spur growth

Spreading business opportunities in the Information Communication and Technology sector (ICTs) to small and medium enterprises could boost the country’s overall economy, says experts. Other than that, the quality and…

Uganda’s Army gets Computerised Data Management System

The UPDF has installed the integrated information management system at all the division and brigade headquarters to eradicate ghost soldiers on the payroll, reports Chris Ocowun. "This is part of…

BOOST TO NEPAD FROM THE GATES FOUNDATION

A US$600,000 grant to the science and technology office of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) will help improve the advice it gives to the African Union and the…

AFRICAN DEVELOPERS BUILD PHARMACY MANAGEMENT TOOL

African free software developers have released early versions of a free hospital pharmacy management system. The developers that initiated the project were part of a three week-long developer workshop at…

VIDEO iPODS IN SA WITHIN TWO MONTHS

The date for the South African release of Apple's video iPod has not been announced, but Digicape director Robin Olivier expects the device to be on the shelves within six…

IBM TO OPEN LINUX COMPETENCY CENTRE IN SOUTH AFRICA

  IBM South Africa is putting the final touches to plans for a South Africa based Linux competency centre and hopes to open for business before the end of the…

Ministry of Finance Launches Revenue Website in Liberia

The Ministry of Finance has taken another giant step to modernize its tax administration and revenue-generating schemes after officials formally launched the Ministry's Revenue Department website Friday (Oct. 15). The…

Computer Murder

- The police in Namibia’s Omusati Region are investigating a case of murder after a 82-year-old woman, Lovisa Shikongo from Uukwandongo village near Okahao, was killed over a missing computer…

Seacom brings ICT training to South African slum

Seacom has partnered with Change the World Trust (CTW), a non-profit organisation, to create a technology training centre serving the informal settlement of Zandspruit in Gauteng in South Africa. This…

Telkom boosts rural e-learning

Six Mpumalanga schools facing ICT infrastructure challenges have been given a connectivity boost by the Telkom Foundation’s Connecting Schools project.Yesterday saw the handover of 303 tablet computers to teachers from…

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…

Computer News - In Brief

- NComputing, a provider of ultra low-cost computing solutions, is partnering with the United Nations to provide computers for educational purposes to schools in developing countries. The program, under the…

Over 12,000 young Nigerians to Benefit From KarRox N100 Million IT Scholarship Project

No fewer than 12,000 Nigerian youths are expected to benefit from the over N100 million IT empowerment scholarship project floated by one of Nigeria's frontline IT training institute, KarROX Nigeria…

E-Agriculture for Togolese Farmers

A 'Center for Commercial and Agricultural Information' (PICA) for the collection and the publication of price lists via the internet has been launched in Togo to enable farmers and traders…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Nigerian Federal Executive Council on October 25 approved $10m for the immediate take-off of the Computer for All Initiative, a government programme in partnership with Microsoft and Intel…

LINUX TRAINING HITS THE ROAD TO REACH SMALL TOWNS

Linux Holdings is planning to take open source training to smaller towns in South Africa and even beyond the country's borders with its "Academy on Wheels". Instead of setting up…

Computer News - In Brief

A new computerised global distribution system that enables service providers like airlines, hotels and car rental companies disseminate information about their services will be launched. The Amadeus System was introduced…

FRENCH COMPANY'S DECISION TO OFFSHORE TO MOROCCO SPARKS WAGE ROWIN FRANCE

The decision by Timing, a sub-contractor of Cegetel, to outsource some of its work to Morocco has stirred up a storm of protest from its French call-centre employees. Timing's main…

SA’S COMPETITION COMMISSION SAYS NO TO 4 BANKS BUYING COMPCORP

SA’s Competition Commission last week said no to the four major commercial banks acquiring real estate-software company Comcorp Online and its BondTrak software that is used by mortgage originators (real…

Computer News - In Brief

- The race for Kenya's video conference market is on as infrastructure and software vendors position themselves to tap into the market with niche specific products, a move that is…

Government to Fund youth Polytechnics’ ICT labs

The Kenya Government through the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is rolling out a master plan to equip youth polytechnics across the country with ICT and Agribusiness facilities for…

Ethiopia: Ericsson launches school broadband project

Global telecommunication services operator Ericsson has launched a new school broadband project in Ethiopia aimed at boosting Internet services for local schools in an effort to increase infrastructure and services…

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…

As Liberian schools remain closed, tablets could become digital classroom

Schools in Liberia have been closed since July as the country has confronted a deadly Ebola outbreak that, so far, has killed nearly 3,000 people.With 1.4 million school-aged children currently…

UNISA uses Freedom Toaster to provide digital course material

The University of South Africa (UNISA) is one of the world’s largest distance-learning universities and is now using Freedom Toasters from Breadbin Interactive, rebranded as ‘UNISA Toasters’, to provide students…

South Africa votes against Microsoft new document file format

Last weekend South Africa voted against a Microsoft proposal to have a new document file format adopted as an international standard. Whatever the outcome of the vote, the process has…

INDIAN GOVERNMENT TO HELP LAUNCH PAN-AFRICAN KNOWLEDGE NETWORK PROJECT

In a move to connect 53 African countries, the government of India took the initiative of providing the African Union with Information technology (IT) facilities, the Embassy of India in…

ANGOLA: MPS WANT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FUNDS INCREASED

Angolan Parliamentarians defended funding from the 2006 State Budget for the Ministry of Science and Technology so a special attention is paid to the information technology. The call came during…

Computer News - In Brief

- Printer company Oki has been launched into the Nigerian market, through Channel IT, Nigeria, Limited and IBM West Africa has opened a fully fledged service centre in Lagos. -…

ABSA IMPLEMENTS ORACLE BALANCED SCORECARD

The information management division of Absa Bank says it has begun the roll-out of an Oracle balanced scorecard implementation on Oracle’s database platform. The new balanced scorecard structure, says Absa,…

Senegalese caravan aims to boost ICT youth training

Senegal’s Rufisque Municipal Council has set up a caravan to train youth on new media tools, in a move aimed at bridging the region’s digital divide.The exercise, scheduled to run…

Computing – In Brief

- An NGO calledChild Affairs has tasked teachers not to allow children have access to social media networks without supervision. Managing Director of the NGO Francis Okpeta who said this…

Computing - In Brief

- 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…

Computing – In Brief

Focus Softnet, a global ERP and software solutions development company, has announced that it has signed Future Kenya as their new partner in Kenya. According to the terms of the…

Computer News - In Brief

- Intel today announced the successful completion of Phase I of the implementation of the Intel-Powered Classmate PC into 6 schools inside and outside Cairo in Egypt. Following the conclusion…

Uganda’s Makerere University to Charge ICT Fee

Makerere University will charge an ICT fee for both private and government-sponsored students. Each undergraduate will have to pay sh50,000 and post-graduates will pay sh80,000 per academic year. The decision…

Computer News - In Brief

- President Olusegun Obasanjo directed two federal ministries, - Education and Finance as well as State House to create full-fledged information technology (IT) departments/units within the next three months. He…

UGANDA PIONEERS IN ARV TECHNOLOGY

Uganda has become the first country in the world to benefit from a healthcare information system that manages, measures and monitors the distribution of Anti retroviral drugs (ARVs). Harvey Stewart,…

Experts call on Tanzania’s Government to set up an ICT Agency

Experts have called on the government to establish an agency that will coordinate and manage ICT activities so as to enhance the sector's growth. The call was made during at…

Computer News in Brief

- Police Bureau of Changzhou City in China has donated ten laptops worth 15m/- to Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police to facilitate activities by the force to combat crime.-…

Adobe Set for Relaunch in Nigeria

Adobe, one of the world's renowned computer software firms is set to re-establish its presence in Nigeria. This follows the recent appointment of Licence to Learn WECA Limited as Adobe's…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Seychelles' public sector ICT workforce will shrink considerably as a result of the current restructuring being undertaken by the government. In a recent interview the minister responsible for…

SOUTH AFRICA - OPEN SOURCE GIVES SOUTH AFRICAN FARMERS A LEG UP

EuroOSCOM the first European conference on open source took place in Amsterdam last month. Though it was roughly a third smaller than its North American counterpart, EuroOSCON attracted the cream…

Egypt Joins High-Speed Science Network – other African countries to follow

African science ministers are hoping to extend a high-speed fibre optic network - currently linking Egypt to the northern hemisphere - to other countries in Africa. The Global Ring Network…

Middle East and Africa IT spending set to boom

IT spending continues to increase in the emerging regions including the Middle East and Africa, at a pace far outstripping that of the industrialized world, according to Gartner, Inc. The…

NIGERIA'S ATM MARKET IS FASTEST GROWING IN AFRICA

Nigeria in the last few years has recorded technological advancements against all odds. First was the tsunami like rapid growth of the GSM technology which in the last five years…

NAMIBIAN MINISTER EXPRESSES ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNNS ABOUT THE $100 LAPTOP

Namibia has warned against possible adverse environmental consequences amidst the hype following the launch of the "100$ Laptop", an ambitious project hoped to open education communication to children all over…

Technology lifts status for many African women

For the last decade, cultural issues as well as a lack of information, capital and opportunity have been advanced as reasons why there are few women in technology-related businesses in…

Mauritius goes down six places in global ICT rankings

According to a global report on ICT, Mauritius is ranked 51st in the use of ICT for its development. Operators point at the need to go faster in implementing the…

Google launches incubator for South African start-ups

South African start-ups will soon be able to apply for incubation support from Google SA. The international search giant has launched Umbono, a technology incubator based in Cape Town.Google SA…

Digital Project Heralds New Dawn for African Libraries

For Jennifer, a Kenyan student of cultural heritage, accessing scholarly resources for her academic projects always presents an anxious moment. To conduct research, she must travel far to locate libraries…

AFRICANS NEED TO DEVELOP OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE

Jollitte, who was presenting a paper at the Highway Africa conference, said countries like South Africa have developed a lot of software in different areas using open source, but have…

NIGERIA'S ELECTORAL COMMISSION TO TEST ELECTRONIC VOTING SYSTEM

Independant National Electoral Commission (INEC) said last week that it would test run the controversial Electronic Voting System (EVS) in the planned revalidation of voters register next January. Chairman of…

WORLD IT FORUM COMES TO AFRICA FOR THE FIRST TIME - TO BE HOSTED IN BOTSWANA

The World IT Forum (WITFOR) is coming to Africa for the first time in September, when it will be staged in Gaborone, Botswana. WITFOR is a UNESCO initiative sponsored by…

TRANSLATE.ORG.ZA OFFERS SOFTWARE IN SOUTH AFRICAN LANGUAGES

Translate.org believed it was not only possible but important to produce multi-lingual software and through this to improve the lives of many South Africans. Through its work you can now…

Computer News - In Brief

- The GLOBAL project, through Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) in Madrid, released a new version of Isabel, Isabel v5, at the end of February 2010. Accompanying the new release…

Firm Launches New Low Cost Solar Computer in Uganda

UK based IT firm, Inveneo Inc has launched a low cost solar/battery powered computer onto the Ugandan market. The computers at Ush1.6 million (US$941) a piece are mainly targeting the…

India - Engaging Africa With Software And Soft Power

India cannot match rival China's massive investments in Africa, but it is using its information technology capabilities and its affordable university courses to stay relevant on the continent."How do you…

Computer News - In Brief

- Rwanda has been selected to host the Third Annual African e-Government Forum scheduled to take place between 14-16 April, next year. - Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has said…

NEW INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE COMPUTERS FOR ALL IN GHANA

A new enterprise between the Ghana government and multinational computer microchip maker Intel, is expected to bring affordable computer ownership within reach of thousands of Ghana households and small business…

Computer News - In Brief

- Acer South Africa has turned in a strong performance in the third quarter of 2005 by retaining its strong second place in the South African notebook market and moving…

EGYPT'S BURGEONING IT SECTOR CONTINUES TO SEE GROWTH DESPITE DOWNTURN

As one of the few sectors in Egypt that continued to show strong growth during the economic downturn of the past five years, 2005 looks likely to turn out to…

IBM MAY OPEN CALL CENTRE IN SA

Within the next two months, technology company IBM should decide whether to open a massive call centre operation in SA or take its business elsewhere. If SA wins its favour,…

COMPAREX WINS NAMPAK CONTRACT

Comparex Africa has won a R70m three-year outsourcing deal to supply information and communications technology services to packaging company Nampak.Comparex will run a network and data centre for 120 Nampak…

South Africa’s Government Rejects Used UK Computers

A British charity that puts used computers into African schools slammed the South African Government for failing to support an initiative that would see all of South Africa’s 5 million…

Why Even Kenyan Rural Colleges Must Take Up E-Learning

Education is meant to equip young people with skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will enable them to become productive members of society. However, when a system that is meant to…

Omatek Signs MOU With Ogun State in Nigeria

Determined to make Ogun State an ICT hub in Nigeria, the government of the state through Gateway ICT Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding with Omatek Ventures Distribution Limited…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Government of Liberia has announced the introduction of computer skills training program in several public high schools across the country aimed at making high school graduates computer-literate. About…

CHANNEL DATA RELEASES LATEST VERSION OF CONNECTED'S DATAPROTECTOR FOR PC PROTECTION

Connected Corporation, together with official South African distributor Channel Data has announced the immediate availability of DataProtector/PC version 7.5, a solution for automated enterprise-wide PC data protection. Realising a comprehensive…

Computer News - In Brief

- SA IT solutions integrator, Symetrix announced the acquisition of Cape-based Navision solutions provider, Astral Business Solutions.

SA’S MUSTEK, PINNACLE LOBBY GOVERNMENT

Local South African computer manufacturers Pinnacle and Mustek are lobbying the trade and industry department to ensure local products are given a fair chance to compete. The companies, along with…

IN BRIEF:

- Microsoft has launched software piracy awareness campaign in Cameroon which has a 84% piracy rate, coming second in Africa just behind Zimbabwe according to the Business Software Alliance. Local…

Zimbabwe: Copac Main Computer Hacked Into

The Constitutional Parliamentary Select Committee (COPAC) is allegedly embroiled in a new crisis, with a source saying that the main computer server has been hacked into and important details changed…

Computer News - In Brief

- Abuja — Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that it is ready to partner with the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) in the establishment of the national…

New ICT Programme to Address South Africa's Tech Skills Shortage

The Department of Communications has launched a new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) programme to address the country's ICT skills shortage. The National e-Skills Dialogue Initiative (Ne-SDI) which will be…

COMPUTER AID STARTS REFURBING IN NAIROBI

Computers donated from the developed world are both fuelling and feeding an appetite for computers in Africa where a new machine could cost more than a year's wages. The Masai…

Computer News - In Brief

- Harris Corporation, a leading global provider of wireless equipment and services, has been selected to supply a new microwave radio network to Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), the fastest growing…

Computer News - In Brief

- Personal computer shipments for Europe, the Middle East and Africa rose six percent in the fourth quarter, the second straight quarterly increase, but a recovery is still a long…

Egypt's Hardcopy Peripherals Market Suffering Under Weight of Downturn, says IDC

IDC research shows that shipments of hardcopy peripherals to Egypt continued to record sharp year-on-year declines in volume during the second quarter of 2009. This marks the third consecutive quarter…

Rwanda: IT Firm Scoops International Award

Camara Rwanda, a social enterprise based in Kigali, has been awarded with 'Most Innovative Development Project Award' by the Global Development Network (GDN).The firm received the award during the 12th…

South Africa: HP Has No Regrets About BEE

Hewlett-Packard (HP) remains the only multinational technology player granted government exemption from selling its shares to black empowerment partners, and the company says it does not regret that early move…

FUJITSU SIEMENS COMPUTERS BROADENS SERVICE REACH IN AFRICA

Fujitsu Siemens Computers followed up its recent announcement that it has increased the number of service partners in SA with an announcement that it has also trained several service partners…

South Africa gets Kindle

Amazon's Kindle will be available to South Africans from the middle of this month. While cracked versions of the famed e-book reader have been used in the country, the official…

FIVE COMPANIES BID FOR GHANA STOCK EXCHANGESE AUTOMATION

Five companies, one local, have submitted bids for the contract to automate the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE). A team constituted by the Exchange will start the evaluation of the companies…

MTN Computer Laboratory Goes to Waste in Ghana’s Prisons

A computer laboratory, constructed by MTN, to provide computer skills for the inmates of the Ankaful Prisons Complex, is being wasted, as the inmates are not currently using the computer…

Rwanda: African Development Bank Pledges More Support for ICT Centre

The centre will provide an academic and research programme based on the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) curriculum which is expected to start early next year. Carnegie Mellon University is a…

Computer News - In Brief

- Botswana’s Ministry of Education (MoE) has received 731 computers with printers from the Indian High Commission in Gaborone. The computers will be distributed to schools in the country. -…

AMAZON.COM LAUNCHES SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT CENTRE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) has announced that it is launching a software development centre in Cape Town, South Africa. The centre will focus on developing new and innovative web services…

Microsoft to launch anti-piracy media campaign in Ethiopia

Microsoft Corp. has announced that it will soon start a strong media campaign against pirated computer software programs. Andrew Waititu, licensing and compliance manager for East Africa, on told journalists…

NEW TUNISIAN AGENCY SET UP TO BOOST E-COMMERCE

A new agency has been recently set up to supervise, guide and advise small and medium enterprises, as well as other enterprises in their e-trading dealings. The agency which is…

Queue Management Systems Installed in Hospitals in Rwanda

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has installed 'Customer Directing System' software or Queue Management System (QMS) in the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK), Muhima and Rwamagana hospitals.The move is…

Computer News - In Brief

Uganda IT company, Computer Point has partnered with IBM, to provide computing and information technology services to companies that want to streamline their Information systems. Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) has…

Microsoft offers students free access to its technologies to improve employability

Microsoft East and Southern Africa has unveiled an online learning platform, a fully cloud-based learning experience to assist students acquire technologies that would enhance their employability.Dubbed Microsoft Virtual Academy the…

Vodacom to offer hosted computing services in South Africa

Vodacom promises to transform hosted computing landscape in SA through partnership with Microsoft South African businesses will soon have access to business software services on a pay-as-you-go basis, thanks to…

School Books to Go Digital in Kenya

Textbooks may soon be available online if a pilot project yields results. The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has entered into an agreement with the Kenya Institute of Education (KIE)…

GLOBAL COMPUTER GRID LINKS FAR-FLUNG AFRICAN SCIENTISTS

African scientists will be able to connect up with fellow researchers who have moved overseas through a 'grid computing' project. Launched by UNESCO this week (20 November) and co-sponsored by…

RELIANCE ON TECHNOLOGY MAKES FIRMS VULNERABLE TO SECURITY BREACHES

The reliance that technology, media and telecommunications companies have on digital information and technology has made them vulnerable to attack, with half suffering a security breach in the past 12…

ALGERIA TO INVEST USD5 BILLION IN PROJECT TO PROVIDE COMPUTERS FOR FAMILIES

Algerian minister of post, information and telecommunication technologies, Mr. Boudjemâa Haichour, declared that the investment needed for providing 6 million computers for Algerian families is estimated at $5 billion, it…

Computer News - In Brief

- Computer Warehouse Group (ExpertEdge) has announced that SAP has appointed it as an approved SAP E-Academy Centre in Nigeria. Jaco Van Zyl, the Manager , Education Business Solutions for…

BANKS, ICT FIRMS, OTHERS TO CONTRIBUTE 1 PERCENT PROFIT TO IT FUND IN NIGERIA

A new law has compelled all banks, insurance, informa-tion and communication technology companies to dedicate one percent of their profits before tax to the National Information Technology Development Fund (NITD…

Kenya’s ICT entrepreneurs get plaudits and prizes

It has been an amazing week for Kenya’s ICT sector, according to a report in Business Daily.First, Murags (aka John Waibochi) became the proud caretaker of a million dollar enterprise…

South Africa: MTN Business offers cloud-based,virtual PCs

MTN Business announced the launch of Desktop as a Service (DaaS) this week.According to Gartner’s latest research, worldwide hosted virtual desktop market will increase through 2013, reaching 49 million units.“Through…

Kenyan Elections Authority to Involve Hackers in Testing its Electronic Systems

If you really think that you are a hacker worth his salt, you need to be ready because Kenya’s election authority will be looking to involve you in a systems…

Nextzon Set to Implement N2.8 Billion E-Cross River Initiative in Nigeria

Nextzon Business Services Limited, in partnership with Cisco and Dimension Data, is set to implement the proposed e-Government Initiative of the Cross River State Government. The programme, aimed at deploying…

South Africa’s election body rejects Linux users

The South African Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), which runs democratic elections in the country has a web site that does not allow widely used linux browsers like Firefox to access…

KENYA’S FIRST E TOURISM CONFERENCE STRESSES THE NEED TO STAY COMPETITIVE ONLINE

Nairobi… Kenya’s first ever E-Tourism Conference, hosted by the Tourism Trust Fund, was held today, attracting over 150 delegates from the ICT and tourism sectors.  Safaricom, Accesskenya and Kenya Airways…

NIGERIAN FG URGED TO ESTABLISH POSITION 2011 FOR E-PAYMENT DEVELOPMENT

Stakeholders in the e-payment industry in the country have advised the Federal Government to establish a five year vision for the industry, tagged "Vision 2011" to chart a comprehensive developmental…

KENYAN UNIVERSITY TO OFFER LINUX TRAINING  

  Kenyan company Circuits & Packets Communications (C&P) last week signed a deal with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) to offer advanced GNU-Linux training at the university.…

AFRICAN BANKS FIND IT EASIER TO MEASURE TECH RETURNS, SAYS UK EXPERT

African banks find it far easier to measure return on investment on new IT systems than their European counterparts do, because of the obvious improvement in customer service levels, writes…

KILIMANJARO AIRPORT NOW GOES DIGITAL

The Kilimanjaro International Airport is getting more 'cute.' KIA is in the process of becoming the first air terminal in the country to be installed with the state-of-the-art, Common Use…

Zimbabwe: Mobile Computer School on wheels

Local ICT firm Nhava Global will in October launch a mobile computer training school targeting remote areas. The Institute for Capacity Development in Africa aims to bridge the gap in…

Computer News - In Brief

- Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), South Africa's sole air traffic operator, unveiled a new hi-tech three-dimensional air traffic control simulator at its Kempton Park training college.- For the…

Tanzania: Record Keeping Tech in Schools Launched

A new technology that keeps records of academic, discipline and other information for students in secondary schools and colleges has been launched.The new system dubbed 'centralized students' information' will enable…

ICT gap drags Kenyan universities down in global ranking

Hampered by unreliable Internet access, limited funding for research and brain drain, Kenyan universities have slipped in their global rankings, new research shows. In ranking by Spanish research firm Webometrics,…

Software Stakeholders Form Association in Uganda

ICT Cluster, an association of software stakeholders, is to help members regulate and develop the industry. Charles Basajja, the executive facilitator of ICT Cluster, said the group unites people from…

The case for locally manufactured PCs according to Matomo

When HP partnered with Matomo Technologies in 2003, to manufacture an affordable and reliable desktop computer for small- and medium-sized business (SMB) customers, little did the market know that five…

AFRICA BUILDS OVERSEAS IT INDUSTRY

Most of us have heard the estimated statistics on piracy and how much is 'lost' through people using pirated software as opposed to buying it. Translate.org.za says that 254 copies…

APPEAL FOR MIRROR SITES TO HOST OPEN SOURCE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

http://ocw.mit.edu/ Unfortunately, the MIT OCW materials are largely underutilized in many African regions where Internet connectivity is limited.  To overcome this limitation, we have installed a small number of mirror…

STANDARD BANK SIGNS MULTI-MILLION MS DEAL

Standard Bank on Wednesday announced that it has signed an enterprise licensing agreement with Microsoft SA for the upgrade of its 42 000 desktop PC platforms over the next three…

KENYA’S UCHUMI STORES COMPLETE SATELLITE LINKED IT SYSTEM

Uchumi Supermarkets have completed the implementation of a new satellite-based IT system that links its entire stores. The new technology, the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), places all Uchumi’s 28 stores,…

IN BRIEF:

- Algeria’s  Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security Tayeb Louh called, on to generalise the use of the chip card "Chifa" in all the provinces of the country by…

Computer News - In Brief

- Two weeks ago at G-Uganda and G-Kenya Developer Day events, members of the Google Education team talked about Google Code University (GCU), an online course repository containing educational material,…

Computer News - In Brief

- A leading Tunisian ICT engineering and consulting group, "Telnet", has become the exclusive maker of a robotic systems for a US energy company based in Houston (Texas), the official…

Nigeria: Local OEMS Worry Over Dominance of Foreign PCs

By the time the just concluded Nigerian Information Technology Exhibition, (NITEX) was drawing to a close last week in Lagos, there were worries among local computer assemblers following growing dominance…

Africa: Social Media Skills for African Youth With Disabilities

Open Society Foundation and Disability Right Initiative have formed an organization to cater specifically to the disabled African youth - African Youth With Disability Network.Through the network, African youths around…

Without satellite, cloud service is just a concept Q-KON

Without satellite, cloud service is just a theory. That is the view of Dr Dawie de Wet, CEO of Q-KON, who says that cloud services are entirely dependent on reliable…

Computer News - In Brief

- Microsoft Nigeria has launched a language interface pack for Windows Vista in three major Nigerian languages; Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo as part of its Local Language Programme (LLP). The…

Computer News - In Brief

- Over $30 billion has been earmarked for the development of Information Communication Technology (ICT), in the Commonwealth countries. This was disclosed at a press briefing in Abuja as Nigeria…

Kenyan Government to Recruit Trainees for Rural E-Centres

The Kenyan Government will give priority to the disadvantaged in free entrepreneurship training for ICT-related businesses. Speaking during a media briefing, Victor Kyalo, the deputy executive officer of Kenya ICT…

SOUTH AFRICA’S RESEACHERS GAIN ACCESS TO SUPERCOMPUTING

South African researchers now have the advantage of using massive computing power in their quest for new knowledge and applications. This is as a result of a joint initiative of…

NEW RULES FOR SAFE DATA ON CREDIT CARD NUMBERS

  Anyone who accepts and stores credit card numbers — and that includes small and medium enterprises — must comply with strict new security regulations by December 31 or face…

MOZAMBIQUE’S ISUTC LAUNCHES OPEN SOURCE LEARNING AND APPRAISAL SYSTEM

LIMEAA (Laboratório Informático de Ensino, Auto-Aprendizagem e Avaliação) is a web-based learning and appraisal system, conceived in 2002 as a way to support ISUTC's rapid expansion without compromising on its…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Sebeta School of the Blind in Ethiopia has reportedly introduced computerized braille technology. Computer Section Coordinator with the school, Abeya Bidika said that the new software called "Emboser"…

ACT 2004 IN MAURITIUS PROMISES TO BE ‘KEY NETWORKING EVENT’

ACT 2004 is set to attract a wide range of participants from throughout the continent to participate in this ‘key networking event’. Flavien Bachabi, Vice-President of Africa sales for Intelsat’s…

New IBM Software Introduced in Tanzania

Information and Communication Mid-Africa Limited (ICMA) has introduced IBM's Tivoli Foundation software solution for small and medium businesses in Tanzania. The firm's Managing Director, Johan Grobler, told the 'Daily News'…

Rwanda: Courts to Be Linked Digitally

In a bid to ease the activities of the judicial sector in the country, courts will, from next month, be digitally interlinked. In an interview with The New Times, the…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher , has launched an electronic litigation Judiciary Information Technology Policy (JITPO), to accelerate dispensation of justice. He noted that the e-litigation…

Rwanda: Korea to Fund a U.S. $5.6 Million ICT Innovation Center

The youth and ICT ministry and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Rwanda have on Wednesday signed an MoU to enhance the ICT Innovation center. The center will be…

East Africa PC Market Rallies As Introduction of Kenya's VAT Bill Begins to Bite

PC shipments to East Africa increased 3.0% year on year in the final quarter of 2013 to total 140,251 units, according to the latest insights from IDC. ­ Strong gains…

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…

Task Force Recommends Separate Ministry for ICT in Nigeria

The Presidential task force for the restructuring of government institutions and organisations has recommended the creation of Ministries of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and a Ministry of Information. The…

SUN PARTNERS CBC TO MARKET OPEN SOURCE IN NIGERIA

In a bid to popularise the use and adoption of Open Source technology in Nigeria, Sun Microsystems, a leading global information technology firm, has entered into partnership with City Business…

TRAINING BENCHMARK FOR SOFTWARE HOUSES IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Trade and Industry Department is investing almost R1.5m in a programme run by the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering to make local software developers more globally competitive. The aim…

 OBSIDIAN AND ZEND PARTNER FOR PHP

  Local Linux and open source solution provider, Obsidian Systems, has announced a partnership with PHP company, Zend.   "There are three major programming languages in wide use on the…

Computer News - In Brief

- European I.T. manufacturer, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, has set its sights on 100 percent growth in Egypt this year, predicting sales to increase to US$12 million – roughly 10 percent…

READERS' RESPONSES AND CORRECTIONS

ISSUE 266 - Ghanaian powerline test One reader who prefers to remain anonymous wrote:" This Cactel thing is hilarious. Electricity Corpotration of Ghana's problem is not just electricity dropping out…

A LINUX TOOLKIT FOR NON TECHNICIANS IN COMMUNITY BASED TELECENTRES

www.chasquinet.org The main components of the toolkit are: - Introduction to technological sustainability: The reasons for why a tool kit for open source software for community based telecentres is necessary.…

New Website Contains All Laws in Namibia

A comprehensive project to make a host of legal information available to users via a web interface was launched in Windhoek this week. This ambitious undertaking known as the Namibian…

Kenya Institute of Education to promote ICT at school

The Kenya Institute of Education has partnered with the private sector to promote use of ICT in schools, a move aimed at improving performance of learners. Under the partnership with…

Entrepreneurs Can Now Signup To Own ‘Online Stores’ – Konga

Fast rising Nigerian online store, Konga.com, is giving Nigerian entrepreneurs and wholesale businesses the opportunity to own an online store which is accessible to the general public.Konga on Tuesday announced…

M2M communications will be a big focus in 2014, says TruTeq Devices

Mobile communications is going to grow from strength to strength in the coming years and one of the areas where we will see a lot of activity during 2014 is…

CEC Liquid Telecoms to invest over $15m for infrastructure upgrade

Broadband wholesaler CEC Liquid Telecoms says it will invest more than US $15million this year to improve and expand its infrastructure, managing director Dr Chabuka Kawesha said yesterday.He said the…

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…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Egyptian IT sector is poised to become the next regional IT destination, with expectations to increase its value from USD 889 million in 2006 by over 75 per…

UGANDA STANBIC BANK GETS NEW PAYMENT SOFTWARE

Stanbic Bank has introduced software to ease payments of large volumes of money by Electronic File Transfer (EFT) or Real time Gross Settlement (RTGS). The new system comes only days…

NIGERIAN OMATEK TO OPEN GHANA FACTORY IN MARCH

Omatek Computers is set to open its Ghana factory in March. It reiterated that the opening of the Omatek factory in March would officially mark the start of business by…

COMPUTER POINT ENDS PAPER USE ERA AT UGANDA UNIVERSITY

Computer Point has installed an automated academic records processing system worth $861,784 (about sh15b) at Makerere University. The system will facilitate access of student academic records at the click of…

Computer News - In Brief

- In preparation for its privatisation and to increase operational efficiency, Cameroon Airlines has announced the change of its legacy communications system to SITA's Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP…

CIDA RECEIVES R12 MILLION WORTH OF E-LEARNING COURSE CONTENT FROM LEARNING RESOURCES

People effectiveness specialists, Learning Resources, announced today the donation of the full range of NETg and Harvard Business School Publishing e-learning courseware to CIDA City Campus, South Africa’s first virtually…

IBM Helps Cross River Varsity on Modern Tech in Nigeria

Having worked through the months to successfully complete another program of corporate citizenship activity in Nigeria aimed at helping Cross River State compete in a global marketplace, IBM consultants have…

Computer News - In Brief

- The University of The Gambia (UTG) in collaboration with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation EU-ACP (CTA) Monday began a five-day training for staff of higher educational…

US$22.5m African Development Fund loan for Bamako Digital Complex

The African Development Bank Board of Executive Directors has approved a USD 22.5m African Development Fund loan to the Republic of Mali to finance a major digital complex in the…

Computing - In Brief

- Government of China continues to demonstrate bilateral commitments to Liberia aimed at enhancing the long-existing ties between the two countries; the latest being the donation of assorted communication equipment…

Innovation: A Solar Energy-Powered PC Made in Mali

As part of our series on innovation made in Africa, we recently showcased the 3D printer made from E-waste in Togo and a spell checker for Bambara language. Today, we…

Computing – In Brief

Kenya: In a letter addressed to the ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiangi by ICTAK Secretary General Kamotho Njenga, the lobby claims that the Board's appointment is illegal. In its…

Two caring farmers plus hi-tech maths and science tablet = A for maths

The intervention of two brothers, both semi-retired engineers and farmers, armed with a unique classroom support package containing video-based maths and science content, led to achievement against the odds for…

FUTUREX FEELS THE ABSENCE OF THE 'BIG GUYS'

Walking down the aisles at the Futurex trade show last week was an unsettling experience. You didn't bump into other people and jostle for space as you do at some…

'MICROSOFT IS IMPERIALISTIC' SAYS OPEN SOURCE ADVOCATES

Microsoft Corporation's products have been locked out of the on-going World Social Forum (WSF) in Nairobi Kenya. With over 300 computers provided for participants and the press, organizers of the…

WORLD BANK TO FUND ICT BUREAUX IN KENYA

The World Bank will fund the setting up of information communication technology (ICT) bureaux in all constituencies. The establishment of the bureaux or ICT villages is part of a project…

Computer News - In Brief

- Acer, has invested USD2 million to create a service infrastructure in SA in line with international standards. "As a leading vendor of notebooks in SA, Acer realised the importance attached…

NAMIBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA GETS MEDIUM ICT ACCESS RATING IN ITU REPORT

South Africa and Namibia are the only two southern African countries included in the Œmedium access’ list of the world’s first Digital Access Index (DAI), which measures an economy’s access…

Computing News: In Brief

*Members of the Cameroon chapter of the Centre for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development-Cameroon (CBSD-Cameroon), have been schooled on e-learning with the objective of adequately building their capacities to fully assume…

Mobile solar classrooms to teach IT in rural Uganda

Three solar panels, a battery, ten folding chairs, five tables, fifteen Intel-powered Classmate PCs and two teachers in a small van: This is the basic “equipment” of the Mobile Solar…

Computing - In Brief

- Hewlett Packard (HP) recently hosted its elite partners across Africa in Dubai recently, where it announced Dataflex as its best sales partner of the year 2013.

Computing - In Brief

- The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's TouchTutor education content, which is now pre-loaded on Future Mobile Technology's netsurfer SCHOLAR Android tablet under an exclusive licensing agreement, has been awarded one…

ACER ACHIEVES BIGGEST EAST AFRICAN PC DEAL IN ETHIOPIA

Acer Computer, a worldwide supplier of notebook and desktop computers has announced the completion of a deal to supply the Ethiopian Ministry of Education (MOE) with high-end Acer computers. The…

COURT BATTLES LOOM AS PARTNERS FALL OUT IN SOUTH AFRICA

The joint owners of a software development house have become bitter enemies, with six separate court cases in play as each accuses the other of reneging on agreements and flouting…

GAMBIA’S NICE PLANS TO ROLL OUT 75 CYBER-CAFES IN RURAL AREAS

Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, Secretary of State for Communication, Information and Technology, on Monday, formally launched the multi-utility internet café of Next door Internet Communication and Energy service Café (NICE) Gambia Ltd,…

AFRICA’S FIRST LINUX DESKTOP IMPI LAUNCHED IN SOUTH AFRICA

www.glug.org.za Impi is the Zulu word for ‘a group of warriors’ and Impi Linux is one with a host of proven open source software. www.openoffice.org www.cubit.co.za "Most developers in the…

Nigeria Computer Society, Govt to Boost Lagos Mega-City Project

The need to drive the planned Lagos mega-city project with software technology was the focus of a one-day collaborative forum between the Lagos branch of the Nigeria Computer Society and…

Zinox Launches E-Learing Revision Suite in Nigeria

Internationally certified personal computers brand in the country, Zinox Computers, has launched electronic learning revision suite in effort to bring relief to all stakeholders in the nation's education sector.Announcing this…

ITU scores Africa low in global ICT rankings

Despite increasing deployment of broadband infrastructure and growth of mobile technology, Africa is the lowest-scoring region in the ICT Development Index (IDI) released by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) last…

Zinox goes live in Ghana, eyes West African PC market

Chairman of Zinox Technology, Leo Stan Ekeh says he has his eyes on expanding the reach of Nigeria’s leading PC maker across other West African nations as the company last…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Global Information Society Watch 2007 report - the first in a series of annual reports- looks at state of the field of information and communication technology (ICT) policy…

TANZANIAN POLICE STATIONS COMING ON BOARD IN COMPUTERIZATION

Police stations in Arusha region, and probably in the whole of Tanzania are one of the few places where clumsy clicking sounds of archaic manual typewriters could be heard. In…

CISCO TO CREATE TWO COMPANIES IN SOUH AFRICA

The global networking giant Cisco is restructuring its local operations to create two new companies that will be 25% black owned. While Cisco's existing operation in SA will not sell…

BRIDGES.ORG STUDY COMPARES USE OF FOSS vs PROPRIETARY SOFTWARE IN AFRICAN COMPUTER LABS

Bridges.org's "Comparison Study of Free/Open Source and Proprietary Software in an African Context: Implementation and Policy-Making to Optimise Public-Access to ICT" was published last week to provide needed background information…

Computer News - In Brief

- Bugs in Gaïnde, the online customs system implemented in Senegal are causing considerable financial losses for the Government. - South Africans have been waiting almost a year for phase…

Public Workers to Undergo ICT Training in Tanzania

The University of Dar es Salaam Computing Centre (UCC) last week launched a two-year project on capacity building on the effective use and management of information and communication technology in…

Microsoft Launches Office 2007 for Africa

Microsoft Corporation has launched Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student for Africa, which is expected to significantly reduce the rate of software piracy in the continent. According to Microsoft East…

Checkpoint Software Technology Debuts in Nigeria

As part of its determination to take its solutions across the globe, the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, Checkpoint last week announced its operations in Nigeria.With this, the world…

Security Software Company Confident About Zimbabwean Market

ESET NOD32 Antivirus, a global security software distribution company is confident about its prospects in the Zimbabwean market and has pledged to support the country's efforts to develop the security…

Computer News - In Brief

- Three years after President Paul Kagame launched the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program, about 65,000 computers have since been distributed to some 128 primary schools in Rwanda. The…

Liberia: Internal Affairs Ministry to Create On-Line Library Soon

The Ministry of Internal Affairs in collaboration with the Krao Association in the Americas is expected to create an On-line Library shortly.According to a press release, The Krao Association is…

Uganda is Changing Rural Lives With Financial Software

Through Post Bank Uganda, the government is changing the financial landscape with an intended massive rollout of financial software to the countryside to empower the rural folk. The introduction of…

KENYA TO ASSEMBLE CHEAPER COMPUTERS

Kenyans will soon have a cheaper, locally assembled computer. Three local universities and a tertiary institution yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding that will result in Kenya joining nations assembling…

THIEVES TARGET COMPUTER DISKS IN MOZAMBIQUE

Criminals are attacking Mozambican state institutions, and stealing the hard disks from computers, reports Tuesday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias". Citing sources in the Criminal Investigation Police (PIC), the…

ZAMBIA'S ICT PROFESSION NEEDS STANDARDIZED QUALIFICATIONS, SAYS TRAINING BOSS

Zambia needs a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) so that Qualifications are standardized, writes Balancing Act's Zambian Correspondent Timothy Kasolo. Speaking at the Computer Society of Zambia (CSZ) organized seminar on…

GHANA'S BUSYINTERNET RECEIVES WORLD BANK GRANT FOR INCUBATOR PROGRAMME

  BusyInternet Ghana Limited, a private Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre, has received a grant of 100,000 dollars from the World Bank- administered Information for Development (InfoDev) Programme to…

Internet Security Firms Now Targeting the East African Market

An anticipated upsurge in Internet users in Africa and more specifically the East African region is drawing the attention of cyber security firms. The region is now much more prone…

Overdependence on Foreign Software Threatens Vision 20-2020 for Nigeria

While nations of the world, especially India are retooling their software products for global competitiveness, there has been growing concern in the Nigerian IT industry regarding the country's over dependency…

Police Launch 'Neighbourhood Watch' in Computer Village

To further combat criminal activities in the largest African ICT market, the Computer Village Ikeja, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ikeja division, Imohimi Edgal (CSP), has launched Community…

Uganda Embraces Digital Animation Technology

Makerere University and Digimation UK have entered a partnership under which has been mandated to conduct digital animation courses in the faculty of computing and information technology. The partnership agreement…

Rwanda: MTN Inaugurates 'ICT School Project' in Rusumo

MTN Rwanda on Thursday inaugurated the 'ICT School Project' at Rusumo High School in Eastern Province. It consists of a computer lab equipped with 36 internet-connected computers set up by…

Zimbabwe gets solar-powered computers from India amid power crisis

Zimbabwe has received solar-powered computers from India, one of the fastest growing economies, even as several parts of the country are off-grid. The computers have already been distributed in three provinces…

Microsoft is playing a dangerous game with Vista, says Tarsus chief in South Africa

Microsoft's release of Windows Vista earlier this year caused somewhat of a stir in the market, receiving an overly critical response to its newest operating system from literally every corner…

Computer News - In Brief

- Mandriva Linux, the global editor of Linux distribution has incorporated a subsidiary, Mandriva Linux West Africa Limited with headquarters in Lagos. The objective behind the establishment of ICT firm's…

MICROSOFT CHARITY GOING BEGGING IN SOUTH AFRICA

Not enough charities are coming forward with sensible business plans to win donations from Microsoft SA, the company says. Microsoft makes more contributions to social responsibility initiatives than any other…

UGANDA GETS NEW TECHNOLOGY TO DISSEMINATE HEALTH DATA

Uganda has become the first country in the world to develop and test the functional information processing network, a project aimed at addressing the information needs of the health sector.…

TARSUS ANNOUNCES SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA EXPANSION

Tarsus Technologies has announced the expansion of its operation into the sub-Saharan Africa region, with the establishment of a dedicated product management and sales team that will focus on the…

MICROSOFT REWARDS ITS MAURITIUS PARTNERS AFTER 25% GROWTH

Four Mauritian companies that contributed to Microsoft Indian Ocean's growth of 25% in the last financial year have been given awards by the company. According to Marc-Henri Ravaux, Director of…

WIRELESS DEVICES INCREASE HACKER RISK, SAYS SECURITY SPECIALIST

‘Friendly attacks’ show most of corporate South Africa is vulnerable to potentially devastating network invasions. Banks, financial institutions and other large businesses are running a continual risk of confidential data…

First Black American University Opens ICT Centre in Abuja

One of the oldest black American private universities from the south-eastern USA - Raleigh, North Carolina, known as the Shaw University, has opened an information centre in Abuja. The centre…

Computer News - In Brief

- Kenya is among three African countries that are eyeing a software developed by the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) to market and sell agricultural products through an internet portal. Others…

Computing News: In Brief

*Tunis — Developed recently as a result of the Tunisian-French cooperation, the "Neptune" application, is a software that enables remote management, monitoring, control and storage of data relating to treatment…

Nigeria: ITAN Signs MOU With ATCON on Information Sharing

There appears to be dawn of a new era in the Nigerian ICT sector as the Information Technology (Industry) Association of Nigeria, ITAN in collaboration with the Association of Telecommunication…

East African Lawmakers Begin ICT Assessment

Members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), last week began a five-day tour to assess the state of information and communication technologies within member states.They are members of the…

Uganda: Mulago to Computerise System

David Nuwamanya the Assistant Commissioner for Support Services at Mulago National Referral Hospital says the hospital is in the process of transforming the whole supply chain system from a manual…

Ugandan government to implement cloud computing

The Uganda government is planning to implement cloud computing in order for its citizens to attain access to information on government ministries, agencies and departmentsNITA-U (National Information Technology Authority) has…

Kenya IT hubs launched for primary schools

Eighteen digital hubs for Kenyan primary schools, allowing pupils access to computers and the internet, have been officially launched.Funded by the British council and Microsoft, they are intended to serve…

Kenya: Cloud Uptake On the Rise Despite Challenges

The uptake of Cloud solutions is on the rise with latest research indicating that 70 per cent of organisations in Kenya are utilizing these solutions.This is according to a study…

Kenya’s Uwazi is crunching data to help firms unlock business

Founded by Dennis Onyango and Sharon Adongo, Kenya’s Uwazi, a data and technology consulting firm aims to help organizations efficiently manage their data and programs apart from it being a…

Kano Makes ICT Training Compulsory in Schools

Kano State government has said it would make the teaching of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) mandatory at all levels of education and that it had commenced the training of…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Federal Government of Nigeria has renewed the licensing agreement with the Microsoft Corporation under a strategic partnership agreement. Director-General of National Information Technology and Development Agency (NITDA). Prof.…

Computer News - In Brief

- The government of Senegal signed a partnership agreement with Microsoft. The signing coincides with the opening of the computer software developer's Dakar office. This will be Microsoft's tenth direct…

FEW TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEACHERS IN CAMEROON

The glamour that followed the introduction of computer studies in secondary and high schools in the country, a few years ago, has lost its initial head of steam. Today, computer…

GOOGLE PICKS SHUTTLEWORTH'S UBUNTU

Software developed by a company founded by South African billionaire Mark Shuttleworth has been installed by Google, the world's most-used search engine. Despite such a prominent endorsement, Shuttleworth will not…

SA SNAPS UP APPLES - UP TO 10,000 MACHINES SOLD THIS YEAR

South Africans are expected to buy between 9,500 and 10,000 Apple computers and between 40,000 and 50,000 iPods this year, says distributor Apple IMC executive director Rutger-Jan van Spaandonk. Van…

SIYATHETHA PARTNERS WITH UNISYS IN R28M RURAL SERVICES DEAL

In a deal worth R28 million over a four-year period, Siyathetha Transact has partnered with Unisys to provide GPRS point-of-sale terminals to retailers countrywide, particularly those serving the rural areas.…

SHUTTLEWORTH LAUNCHES DEBIAN-BASED UBUNTU LINUX

Ubuntu Linux, a new community-driven Linux distribution based on Debian, was released last week. Ubuntu is an African term meaning "humanity to others". Development of Ubuntu is being driven Canonical…

SOUTH AFRICAN PC MARKET MAINTAINS YEAR ON YEAR GROWTH, SAYS BMI

ICT market analyst, BMI-TechKnowledge, has released the latest PC quarterly figures for the period January to March 2004. This quarterly PC update research report reveals a year-on-year growth in units…

SA-SOURCED SOFTWARE USED TO IMPROVE DESERT LOCUST MONITORING AND FORCASTING IN MAURITANIA

The International Association for Applied Acridology (the study of grasshoppers and locusts) is using SAS software - sourced in SA - to determine which plant habitats favour locust communities in…

Computer News - In Brief

- Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has pledged to support new ICT training to be undertaken at Tumba College of Technology (TCT) in Rwanda. The courses which begin next February…

Computer News - In Brief

* Dar Es Salaam: Techno Brain Limited Tanzania, has won the 2010 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award from Africa region.* Tanzania: Donors who want to access how their…

Budget 201: R2.2bn for home affairs IT project in South Africa

South Africa’s National treasury has allocated R2.2bn over five years for the department of home affairs’ “Who Am I Online?” project, which has been stalled by a legal dispute with…

Computer News - In Brief

-Nigeria The State government-owned Gateway ICT has awarded scholarship on ICT training to 300 youths.- On the 1st - 4th of March 2012, the Kuyu Project in partnership with the…

Congo-Kinshasa: My Blog, My Voice in the DRC

Freedom of speech is elusive in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Alain Wandimoyi chooses to make his voice heard in cyberspace. His mission: to denounce the inequalities and injustice…

Computing - In Brief

- Nairobi: Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said last week preparations for the class one laptop project will be completed by the end of September. He said a pilot exercise…

Qlik Cloud Offerings Unveiled: First in Business Intelligence to deliver Data-as-a-Service

Qlik, a visual analytics provider, has announced its Qlik Cloud offering that is comprised of multiple services.  As a result of its recent DataMarket acquisition, the Company is introducing Qlik…

Italy Supports E-Government programme in Mozambique

The Italian government has pledged to grant five million Euros (about 6.7 million US dollars) to finance the third phase of the Mozambican government's Electronic Network programme, that began in…

ICT Students Flock to Polytechnic in Namibia

The number of young people interested in pursuing a career in Information Communication Technology courses at the Polytechnic of Namibia has grown over the past years. Rector of the Polytechnic…

CORRECTION AND WHAT READERS SAY

In issue 341 we mistakenly referred to New Skies satellite that was destroyed on launch as NSS9. Of course, it should have been NSS8. Issue 340: Four African countries try…

NICI SECOND PHASE LAUNCHED IN RWANDA

The Rwanda Information and Technology Agency (RITA) last week launched the second phase of the National Information Communication Infrastructure plan (NICII) with a call on all stakeholders in different ministries…

SENEGAL GOES OPEN SOURCE TO CUT SOFTWARE COSTS

Senegal's state IT agency is turning to open source software to avoid paying what it sees as prohibitively expensive licence fees for commercial software, government representatives say. "We are an…

DJIBOUTI: POLICE NATIONALE COMPUTERISEs ITS CENTRAL FILING SYSTEM

The new management at Djibouti's police Nationale is leading a modernisation campaign throughout the organisation. The computerisation of its central records system and its network are one of the most…

Computer News - In Brief

- South Africa Airways (SAA) has entered into partnership with a Spanish IT group. The new pact is expected to sharpen its competitive edge in the region. The airline, a…

CAMEROUN: MICROSOFT OFFERS FREE WINDOWS TO PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Microsoft last week launched its Fresh Start for Donated Computers, an education initiative designed to provide Windows 98 or Windows 2000 to schools using donated computers in Cameroon and Ethiopia.…

Computer News - In Brief

www.openresearch.co.za www.openresearch.co.za/refurbq.html www.openresearch.co.za - ICT market analyst BMI-TechKnowledge has announced the release of its latest publication, the South African Banking Technology Report 2004, which reveals that the local banking industry…

SA TECHNOLOGY BREAKTHROUGH MAKES A SPLASH IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET

It is not very often a leading technical expert from Microsoft itself can be heard to say, "I do not know of anyone else doing anything like this". Well it…

Firm to Enhance Lecturers' E-Learning Skills in Nigeria

A Lagos-based Information Technology (IT) training firm, HiiT Limited, has expressed its readiness to build and enhance lecturers' proficiency in E-learning, as part of its contribution towards improving the quality…

Kenya: MPs Approve Trillion Shilling ICT Centre

The Parliamentary Accounts Committee has endorsed the proposal to set up a technology park at Konza, Eastern Province. This means that the centre, known as Konza Technology City, and intended…

Computer News - In Brief

- Beta Computer has signed a partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria to distribute affordable computers to students through a student ownership scheme.

Avanti signs $4m pact for Tanzania schools connectivity

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – UK-based Avanti Communications Group Plc signed an agreement valued at $4.5 million (Tsh.8 billion) to connect 250 public schools with internet. The deal falls under…

Computer based Examination to be introduced in Nigerian universities for Students

Five universities, six other institutions and independent bodies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Testing Company Limited, an electronic outfit that conduct eletronic test to conduct computer based…

Kelly Eager to Fill Computer Staff Shortage in South Africa

Employment service provider Kelly Group is upbeat about growth opportunities in some segments of its business despite tough trading conditions and a margin squeeze in other segments in the face…

Computer News - In Brief

- The College of Telecommunications and Information Technology (CTIT) of Ethiopia and the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Wednesday signed a 169,520 US dollars grant agreement. USTDA's grant…

HOW SEBETELA'S COMPANY LOST AND WON BOTEC TENDER IN BOTSWANA

It has emerged that PC Net, an IT firm owned by former cabinet minister, Boyce Sebetela was initially beaten by four companies but still won the tender to supply computers…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Durban Institution of Technology (DIT) Translate-a-thon kicked off on Saturday, with the second annual mass event to translate up to 30,000 computer software words into Zulu. Forty people,…

Computer News - In Brief

- LinuxWorld will be held in Sandton, Johannesburg next year. Exhibitions for Africa and IDG World Expo will organise and host the South Africa version of LinuxWorld. The exhibition and…

Computer News - In Brief

- Sahara Computers has stepped up efforts to capture market share in Africa. The Africa campaign is determined, aggressive and focused says MD Atul Gupta. The company has already opened…

Nigeria's top PC maker eyes expansion abroad

Nigeria’s laptops and largest PC manufacturer, Omatek, is targeting continental growth, after establishing a market base in West Africa. The company has manufacturing plants in Ghana and Nigeria and has…

Promoters of Christian Communities Eye New Online Opportunities

Promoters of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) within the wider Catholic teaching efforts plan to use the new online resources in promoting evangelization."This is one of our new insights and we…

Computer News - In Brief

Zimbabwe’s local software dealer Chips Computing Services walked away with six awards for its role as a Sage software dealer at a recent Softline conference in South Africa.Nigeria's NGOs have…

Zimbabwe government websites hacker helped FBI penetrate ‘Anonymous’

News organisations and blogs globally are reporting that the hacker responsible for leading attacks on the Zimbabwe government’s (and other countries as well) websites following the Wikileaks stir in December…

Start e-learning programme life skills

In april 2012 Viafrica's pilot 'KIDSworks' began in Tanzania and Kenya. The project Kidsworks will provide ICT support to some social organisations that visit schools with life skills programmes. These…

Can netbooks really cut it in Africa?

The genesis of netbooks can be seen in machines such as the One Laptop per Child XO device, and its rival the Intel Classmate - both originally targeted at the…

Computer News - In Brief

- Microsoft’s consoles cost around 13% less in South Africa than in America. Recently an article was written comparing the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii in terms of pricing. It…

Computer News - In Brief

- In South Africa the Go Open Source campaign has set up a formal training programme to promote the use of Linux and open-source software in the business community. The…

Rwanda: U.S. 5 Million Data Centre to Be Launched This Year

The construction and installation of the National Data Centre (NDC), which will serve government and private institutions within Rwanda and the region to store and backup important information with a…

CAMFED-Ghana Builds 3 ICT Centers

A non-governmental organization in Ghana, CAMFED, The Campaign for Female Education is currently building three ultra modern Information Communication Technology centers in some selected districts of the Northern region of…

Solar-powered learning initiative takes off in Uganda

As part of an effort to bridge the ‘digital divide’, the Intel Learning Series Alliance in partnership with Jasco, Custom Technologies and the Xavier Group, have delivered a completely solar…

Microsoft in deal with Zim government to “simplify & standardise systems”

A report by Finx tthis week says that Microsoft’s President for Microsoft Middle East & Africa (MEA), Ali Faramawy, is currently in Zimbabwe to forge a partnership with the government…

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is to establish a software testing centre in Kano ICT park. - A cooperation agreement between Tunisian and Indian technological parks was…

Sahara Computers to set up Assembly Plant in Mozambique

A factory assembling computers is to be set up in Maputo this year, resulting from a partnership between the Mozambican government's Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (MICTI) and the…

SMILE, YOU'RE ON CAMERA: CCTV SYSTEM FOR NAIROBI

During investigations into last month's London bombings, images from surveillance cameras swiftly identified the attackers. Similar images led to the arrest of another group suspected of being responsible for a…

South Africa launches an ICT Programme to Empower Rural Communities

The Department of Science and Technology is currently implementing a national ICT research development and innovation (RDI) strategy which will target rural and marginalised communities.Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor…

West African e-twinning project makes gains

Working collaboratively online helps educators develop teaching material that transcends national boundaries and reaches learners of different cultures.  This has been the experience of teachers taking part in an ongoing…

Computer News - In Brief

- On 5 May, 2012 the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) rewarded bloggers that post on a regular basis, have great and useful content, are creative and innovative. The awards…

Flexenclosure Supplying Second Data Centre to MTN Ivory Coast

Prefabricated data centre specialist Flexenclosure says that it has received a second large order from MTN C te d'Ivoire for a customised eCentre. The two technical facilities are the first…

Microsoft Sign Sh2 Billion Pact with Uganda Comtel

Microsoft and a local firm, Comtel Integrators Africa, have signed a sh2b agreement to develop localised software and provide related services. "We are investing sh2b in this project that will…

FUJITSU SIEMENS JOINS NEPAD E-SCHOOLS PROJECT

Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) has joined forces with the Nepad e-Schools Initiative in order to promote the growth and development of IT on the African continent. The Nepad e-Schools Initiative…

FIRSTRAND SELECTS CHM VUWANI IN SA’S LARGEST CONSUMABLES TENDER

IT solutions provider CHM Vuwani has secured a sole contract to supply banking and financial services giant FirstRand Limited with its full requirement for consumables, ranging from specialised paper, to…

Computer News - In Brief

- Reddington, an Indian listed IT distributor and supplier has announced it will consolidate its operations in Africa naming Uganda as one of its major areas of focus.- The Women's…

Computer News - In Brief

- Following the India-Africa Science and Technology Ministers conference it was announce that India had set aside a US$5 billion facility for the development of science and technology in Africa.…

Kenya’s laptop project tender cancelled, again

Kenya’s Jubilee Coalition laptop project tender that had been issued has yet again dismissed by judges, now the tendering process will have to start all over again and will take…

ISO dismisses OOXML appeal by emerging countries

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has dismissed appeals by emerging market leaders SA, Brazil, India and Venezuela on the publication of Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML). Heads of the…

South African Tech Lobby Urges Mpahlwa to Update Copyright Act

Software and computer technology businesses have called on Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa to make changes to the "archaic and outdated" Copyright Act, which they claim has allowed software…

SOUTH AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY PREPARES STATEMENT FOR WSIS PHASE II IN TUNIS

As the world starts preparing for the second phase of the ground breaking United Nations World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) to be held from 16-18 November 2005, South African…

CITI LOOKS FOR HIGHER INTERNATIONAL PROFILE WITH WEB UPGRADES

The Cape Information Technology Initiative (CITI) said substantial upgrades had been made to its website as part of the drive to forge stronger links to the international ICT market, for…

Secondary Schools to Be Networked in Bostwana

About 100 secondary schools will at the beginning of next term be linked together through the computerised school Internet connectivity project.This was revealed through a Savingram circulated to all the…

Computer News - In Brief

- To increase computer literacy among Sierra Leoneans, the country's parliament have passed an act allowing the government to remove all duties related to importing computers into the country. -…

Zinox, Intel, Microsoft to Empower Students in Nigeria

In a bid to promote the use of computers among students in the country, Zinox, Intel and Microsoft have formed a partnership that will empower 100,000 Nigerian students this season…

South Sudan Eyes Rwanda's ICT Expertise

The Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) is targeting Rwanda as a source expertise in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), its official has said. The Director of GOSS Investment Mission in…

MAJOR SURVEY REPORTS GROWTH IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN IT SECTOR

South Africa’s much-maligned information and telecommunication technologies sector emerged from 2002 with not only its reputation intact, but also its bottom line, according to a recent survey. Despite the high-profile…

UCS BREAKS NEW GROUND IN RETAIL APPLICATION MARKET

In June last year South Africa’s UCS Group acquired a 93% share in retail software house Ultimate Connection, with the objective of leveraging the local dealer market in order to…

Uganda: Row Over Ban On Used Computers

A ban on import of used electronic equipment took effect last week, amid continuing controversy over how to deal with the growing environmental hazard. The ban was ordered in a…

Five Nigerian universities selected to compete in Microsoft’s finals for the “Imagine Cup”

Microsoft Nigeria has launched its global software development contest in the country, known as Imagine Cup.Imagine Cup was designed by Microsoft to encourage students to apply their imagination, passion, and…

East Africa: Pastoralist's digital network wins global learning award

The pastoralist regions of East Africa have been variously described as vast, pristine swathes of land, teeming with wildlife and livestock amid nature's unspoiled beauty; or drought-prone hardship areas, marginalised…

Nigeria’s Federal Government Shifts Attention to Children On Computer Education

The federal government has announced plans to shift its attention to children on computer education, an official said The minister said the focus of this administration is to train children…

HP leads the way on resolving electronic recycling challenges in Africa

HP last week announced the launch of a project with the Global Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF) and the Swiss Institute for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) to address the growing…

Electronic Tickets to be tested in Luanda Buses

An electronic tickets system might be used in Luanda's public transport buses, with a view to a tighter control of revenues and reduction in evasions. Under the system, the passenger…

ORACLE GLOBAL SUPPORT CENTER IN EGYPT NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Oracle has officially opened its Global Product Support center based within Egypt’s Xceed contact center, the largest of its kind in the southern Mediterranean region. OracleThe facility, one of only…

BYTES TECHNOLOGY GROUP BUY XEROX’S SA SUBSIDIARY

Xerox Corporation and Bytes Technology Group last week announced their agreement for Xerox to sell its equity interest in its South African subsidiary to its current joint venture partner, the…

LOCAL GHANAIAN COMPUTER MANUFACTURERS WANT GOVT BACKING

Local computer manufacturers have appealed to the government to consider them in the process of national competitive bidding. According to them, anytime they tender in their bidding, the government says…

Kenya: Schools E-Learning Project Excites ICT Sector

Players in the ICT sector are positioning themselves ahead of a planned government project to introduce electronic learning in public schools. The decision by the government to create and deploy…

Durban's citizen-friendly, OSS site

The official website for Durban, otherwise known as the Ethekweni municipality, has undergone a facelift. The site, which switched from Microsoft to Plone roughly two years ago, has had some…

Uganda: New software marks the end of paper medical forms

Wilson Kutegeka's health information management system software that stores and networks patients' medical records is another master piece from a young Ugandan breaking into the world of science innovation.Kutegaka's software…

University of the Witwatersrand & edX Partner To Bring MOOCs In Africa

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits) has partnered with edX to bring massive open online courses (MOOCs) to a global learning audience.Education investment has remained the same yet the…

East African Breweries Spends Billions On IT to Grow Business

East African Breweries has spent Sh1.6 billion on a SAP installation in its last budget year, and it also plans to spend an additional Sh600 million on more IT systems…

South African Student coder talks on Joomla, Google

Charl van Niekerk, a student living in George, earlier this year became the first South African to participate in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC). Tectonic caught up with him…

Shuttleworth backs KDE desktop environment

Celebrating its 10th birthday this past week the KDE project announced that Mark Shuttleworth was to be its first patron in a new financial support programme for the popular desktop…

GHANAIAN COMPANY RELEASES FIRST LOCALLY PRODUCED CHILDREN'S EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE

ChildNet Electronic Publishing, Ghana's first local educational software developer and producer will be launching its first product, Squirrel's Compututor. ChildNet Electronic Publishing was formed in 2003 by four University and…

NEPAD SET TO LAUNCH ITS ELECTRONIC AFRICA COMMISSION PROCESS

THE New Partnership for Development (NEPAD) is about to form the Electronic Africa Commission Process (EACP) to make sure, among other things that African schools are equipped and have access…

Computer News - In Brief

- Customs and Excise in Djibouti last week held a workshop to help implement their new customs system. As part of this upgrade, it has taken delivery of a vehicle…

Appfrica, The East African Start-up Incubator, explainded by its founder

TechMasai had the pleasure to interview Mr. Jonathan Gosier, an innovative software developer and entreprenuer based in Uganda. He is the the founder of software development firm and start-up incubator…

IN BRIEF:

- In Cameroon, the Ministry of Justice has signed up for the roll out of the Integrated Computer System for the Management of State Personnel and Pay Roll (SIGIPES). The…

Kenya: Computer Imports Up 76 Percent

Personal computer shipments into the East African market expanded by 76 per cent in the first quarter of 2011 even as the worldwide market shrunk.A recent report by market research…

Nigeria: Minister Supports Protection of ICT Infrastructure

The Minister of Communications and Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, has declared support for the calls to make Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure in the country, a critical infrastructure protected by…

West Africa: Sonatel reveals digital education project

Senegalese operator Sonatel has launched the Orange Foundation’s digital education project for Africa in the presence of the country’s minister of education, Serigne Mbaye Thiam.According to the operator, the project…

Third African FOSS conference heads to Senegal

Time is running out to register for Idlelo 3, the third African Conference on Free and Open Source Software and the Digital Commons. The conference will be held in Dakar,…

Computer News - In Brief

-Nigeria's IT solution providers, Digitplus Nigeria Limited has signed up with Taiwan based Twinmos Technology. The deal, according to a statement, would see the Nigerian company in partnership with Twinmos…

Computer News - In Brief

- President Olusegun Obasanjo said this week that the Federal Government of Nigeria would soon unfold the National e-Health Policy for the country. - The Government of Uganda has instituted…

CISCO SYSTEMS SEES MASSIVE POTENTIAL IN AFRICA

Networking company Cisco Systems expects to sustain annual growth of 10%-15% for the next few years as the volume of traffic carried on global networks surges as much as 500%…

SA SMART CARD SECTOR ON THE BRINK OF A BOOM

With the imminent launch of tens of millions of smart cards into the South African marketplace, 2005, say the experts, is the year this technology finally takes off. South Africa…

CITI PARTNERS WITH EUROPE’S BIGGEST ICT INCUBATOR

In a further effort to lower barriers to entry into the UK for South African start-ups, the Cape Information Technology Initiative (CITI) said last week it had formed a partnership…

SA’S SKYNET’S OFFERS ADVANCED TRACKING SOFTWARE

Skynet Worldwide Express has developed advanced computer software that allows its branches in different countries to easily communicate on shipments ensuring competitive costs for customers. Skynet - Zambia director Mandy…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Ethiopian Information Communications Technology Development Agency (EICTDA) is organising the annual ICT Exhibition and Conference that will be held from June 2 through 6, 2010 and has assigned…

Tanzania: Microsoft Kiswahili Interface Pack Launched

Kiswahili speakers can now use Microsoft windows 7 in their language thanks to Windows 7 Kiswahili interface pack launched this week in Dar es Salaam.The Windows 7 users may switch…

Computer News - In Brief

- In Zambia, the Government has launched a web-based spatial data infrastructure system embedded in the Zambia Preparedness and Response Information Management System (ZAPRIS) aimed at enhancing early detection of…

Computing – In Brief

Acer South Africa has announced that it appointed PartServe Channel Support as its carry-in warranty service centre. PartServe now carries out all repairs to Acer equipment, regardless of whether it…

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s best Computer Brand of the Year 2007, Zinox Computers, will from April this year, commence daily commercial output of 5,000 personal computers from its new modern factory in…

SOUTH AFRICA - CUTTING PIRACY WOULD BOOST ECONOMY

A 10 % points drop in South Africa's piracy rate could create jobs, increase tax revenues and provide major benefits to the local economy, according to a study by Business…

CISCO TARGETS SA PUBLIC SECTOR

Networking company Cisco aims to make its IP Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS) technology available to the local market, with the public sector being its main target. advertisement This comes…

ZAMBIAN MINES MINISTRY TO BE COMPUTERISED

The Ministry of Mines will this year implement a computerised system for the management of mining licencing information. And technical director of Spatial Dimension, a mineral services company based in…

Computer News - In Brief

- South Africa’s Metal Industries Benefit Fund Administrators (Mibfa), which administers the Metal and Engineering Industries Retirement Funds, has awarded Dimension Data (DiData) a R62m outsourcing contract to replace the…

Computer News - In Brief

- HP has combined the HP and Compaq channel programmes and incorporated them into one set of initiatives, demonstrating, it says its strong commitment to its channel partners. - Intrinsic…

Nigeria: CWG Canvasses Unity Among it Groups

Group Managing Director of Computer Warehouse Group, Austen Okere has challenged the various IT associations in Nigeria to form one single body to address the myriads of challenges facing the…

MTC offers subsidised laptops to Namibian Students

Mobile operator MTC is offering students and staff members at the University of Namibia and the Polytechnic laptops at highly subsidised rates inclusive of broadband Internet access through MTC’s 3G/HSDPA…

BRANDED PROPRIETARY SOFTWARE HOLDS MARKET SHARE IN SA PUBLIC SECTOR MARKETS

Free software isn't making much headway in public-sector circles. Government hasn't lived up to its promise to use free open-source software in preference to paying for it from companies like…

Computer News - In Brief

- Apparently Blackberry will not enter the Kenyan market because its minimum licence agreement is 50,000 users and therefore the market is too small. However those who have investigated selling…

KISWAHILI SOFTWARE SET FOR LAUNCH

Computer software maker, Microsoft, is set to launch a Kiswahili software programme targeting over 110 million speakers of the language in the world. The newly-developed programmes, to be launched today,…

WSIS PROCESS LUMBERS FORWARD WITH GENEVA AGREEMENT ON DSF

After 10 days of intense negotiations at the second preparatory meeting of the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), negotiators have reached consensus on the…

Microsoft to expand empowerment programme in South Africa

Microsoft SA is about to embark on a second phase of its R475m black economic empowerment “equity equivalence” investment programme and is looking for as many as five black-owned independent…

India’s £7 laptop project, a dream or reality for Africa?

Indians may soon be able to buy the ultimate in credit-crunch computing - a laptop that costs only 500 rupees (£7). The government-developed laptop is the latest in ultra-cheap engineering…

ELECTRONIC COMMODITY EXCHANGE TO BE TESTED IN UGANDA

The Uganda Commodities Exchange (UCE) is considering using the electronic Warehouse Receipt System to open up opportunities for domestic, regional and global trade for Ugandan farmers, writes Balancing Act's Uganda…

ACER STRENGTHENS POSITION IN SA LCD MONITOR MARKET

Acer South Africa moved up to the number two spot in the South African branded LCD monitor market in the third quarter of 2005. That's according to the latest numbers…

Computer News - In Brief

- Thousands of Gauteng public servants got their salaries late, due to a Standard Bank technical problem this week. - Indicative of the companies' strengthening partnership, 3Com SA recently appointed…

Data Recovery Services too expensive yet for Ugandan’s SMEs

Organisations in need of data recovery services now have reason to smile following Computer Point Uganda Ltd's decision to lower its monthly charges from a high of $4,000 to as…

Computer News - In Brief

- During the ministerial meeting of the Second Africa-India held on 23 May, 2011, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Jean Ping and India’s Minister of External…

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…

Medo launches a programme to empower young women in science, technology, engineering and maths

Last night, Medo hosted a discussion and presentation of its Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) programme. The event took place in Cape Town, with the young school…

Sierra Leone IT centre complements Africa e-network plan

A proposal from India's new High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Shamma Jain, is paving the way for an Information Technology Centre for Excellence in the country in the wake of…

IT WILL NOT MEET CURRENCY DEADLINE SWITCH IN ZIMBABWE

Computer systems will not to meet the deadline for changeover to the new currency, an information technology (IT) expert has warned. Zimbabwe dropped three zeros from the currency last Monday,…

CHARGE REASONABLE FEES FOR IT COURSES - BOAFO TELLS IT SERVICE PROVIDERS

Sampson Kwaku Boafo, Ashanti Regional Minister, has expressed concern about the exorbitant fees charged or courses offered by Information Technology (IT) education service providers in the country. He said the…

Adama University Instigates e-Learning in Ethiopia

Adama University (AU), formerly known as Nazareth College of Technical Teachers Education, on Thursday declared that it instigates the first self-developed, campus-wide eLearning environment in the university. The eLearning program,…

Côte d’Ivoire adopts Bill on Electronic Transactions

The Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs of the National Assembly of the Côte d’Ivoire has adopted the Bill on Electronic Transactions presented by the Minister of Post and Information…

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…

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili has called on the government of India to extend its assistance to the people of Nigeria in the development of…

NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PLANS CRASH-PROGRAMME ON ICT

Worried by the low level skill acquisition in information and communication technology in the country's educational system and its resultant negative impact on job creation efforts, Federal Government has unveiled…

A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF OPEN SOURCE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Voice over IP was the hot button in January, and the open source world turned to Asterisk to provide an alternative solution. In particular, a new company called OpenVoice managed…

Uganda’s electricity utility gets high-tech to implement smart grid

UMEME is spending up to $700,000 on contracts to Uganda based companies to implement parts of its recently launched Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System. This $5m worth system…

UN commends Galaxy Backbone for e-Government initiative

The United Nations Public Service Awards for 2013 has recognised the role of Galaxy Backbone Limited in driving electronic governance in various institutions of government. Galaxy Backbone’s ‘1-GOV.net’ initiative was awarded…

Avaya & HP Enterprise Service to jointly Offer African Enterprises cloud services

Avaya and HP Enterprise Services (ES) have signed an agreement stating that the two will offer cloud-based unified communications and contact centre technology, and management solutions for enterprises.The two companies…

Ghana promotes itself as Africa’s premier BPO destination

Ghana wants to positions itself as one of the premier BPO destinations in Africa. The 1st GASSCOM International BPO Conference And Exhibition was held at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel…

Information And Communications Bill Validated in Gambia

The Department of State for Communications, Information and Information Technology (DoSCIIT), in collaboration with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), and other stakeholders in the telecommunications sector, yesterday, converged to…

Computer News - In Brief

-The Ghanaian Ministry of Public Sector Reform handed over 450 pieces of computers and accessories with printers to selected public sector agencies to boost their service delivery. The equipments were…

Computer News - In Brief

- In Angola a co-operation agreement in the domain of technology was signed among the National Commission of Information Technologies, the Reserve Bank (BNA) and the US computing firm Microsoft.…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Postal Master General of the Nigeria postal service Ibrahim Mori Baba has said NIPOST will soon commence online postal, financial and communication service in the country. - South…

Computing - In Brief

- The Malawi Industrial Research and Technology Development Centre (MIRTDC) says it will continue to strive towards complementing Government in her efforts of improving skills for small and medium entrepreneurs…

Kenya National Library Services Launches E-Resource Centre for accessing information offline dice design

The Kenya National Library Services (KNLS) has unveiled an e-granary server referred to as “the Internet in a Box” at its Nakuru branch. The facility offers instant access to over…

Buses Ferry ICT to Rural Areas in Rwanda

In a much-publicized move to take information technology to ordinary citizens, Rwanda Development Board (RDB/IT) has finally introduced two models of ICT buses with Telecentres. Two of these buses arrived…

Rwanda Launches One Laptop Per Child Programme

President Paul Kagame has said that enabling all primary school children to own computers was the government's ultimate goal. This was during the official launch of the One Laptop per…

NREN to be formed by April 2010 in Senegal

On 20-21 July 2009, a national policy dialogue meeting was held in Dakar, Senegal to discuss ways and means of establishing an NREN, a university networking organisation that will help…

Liberia’s Minister Highlights Plan for ICT

Liberia is making effort to develop information and communication technology (ICT) in the country, says deputy information minister, Gabriel I.H. Williams. Just as it is ongoing in Sierra Leone where…

Open Source Software, Free at a price

Developers have released a beta, or test version, of the new OpenOffice.org, the most serious rival to Microsoft’s ubiquitous Office suite. Version 3 has some compelling new features, and can’t…

1,000 MANAGERS TO BE TRAINED FOR KENYA’S DIGITAL VILLAGES

The Kenya government is launching a Digital Village Project to establish information and communications technology centres throughout the country. To jump-start the process, the programme is designed to train 1,000…

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…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) plans to open a science and information technology (ICT) industrial park at Busitema University in Busia district. The UIA executive director, Maggie Kigozi, said…

Computer News - In Brief

- The International Air Transport Association has recognised the role played by Kenya Airways in promoting the uptake of e-ticketing by airlines within the region. Award plaque engraved "100 per…

Kenya Plans to Build Technology Park

The Government is planning to build a 5,000 seat technology park at the export promotion zone by 2012, a move that is aimed at increasing the business process outsourcing resources…

NAIROBI TO HOST ORACLE’S REGIONAL OFFICE

Oracle Corporation, the world’s second largest software manufacturer, has announced plans to open a regional office in Nairobi. The office, to serve 20 African countries, will be open next month.…

EGYPT’S TECHNOLOGY INCUBATOR IDEAVELOPERS ENCOURAGES ICT START-UPS

Ideavelopers is the first technology incubator in Egypt. Ideavelopers has come out of a project that started at CIIC, the equity firm that merged brokerage house EFG-Hermes in 2002. CIIC…

Nigeria Spends US$1 Billion On Software for Banks

Federal Government has disclosed that not less than N127billion (US $1billion) is spent on the importation of software annually for use in the banking sector of the country.Director General of…

South Africa: Milpark Launches New Online Platform

MyMilpark, Milpark Business School's new online learning environment, provides a platform for students with their own e-mail address.Milpark recognises that the student is the principal player in the teaching-learning transaction…

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…

Microsoft to limit capabilities of cheap laptops

Microsoft is launching a program to promote the use of its Windows OS in ultra low-cost PCs, one effect of which will be to limit the hardware capabilities of this…

NITDA RESTRUCTURES, BUILDS FUTURE ON INDIGENOUS SOFTWARE

Nigeria’s IT regulatory body, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is to focus on software and applications development as new man at the top Prof Cleopas Angaye sits to…

Computer News - In Brief

- The United Nations launched two community multimedia centres (CMCs) on Thursday to enable rural communities to take part in the information technology revolution. The CMCs were opened in Bahir…

ASYST KENYA WINS OGILVY & MATHER ACCESS ACCOUNTS CONTRACT

ASYST International SA last week announced that its Kenyan subsidiary had won acontract for the purchase and installation of the Access Accounts Dimensions Lite’ product at Ogilvy & Mather in…

DELL SIGNS MOU TO SET UP OFFSHORING PLATFORM IN MOROCCO

Morocco and the American leading global systems and services company Dell last Monday signed a memorandum of understanding under which the American company will set up an offshoring platform in…

IBM Appoints ICT Brokers as Distributor for West Africa

IBM West Africa has appointed ICT Brokers, a Nigerian multinational IT Firm, as an IBM Distributor to support the sale of IBM hardware across West Africa . "Our partnership with…

Rwanda: Actionaid Boosts Fight Against GBV

National Police's anti-gender based violence (GBV) offices received computers and cameras worth Rwf 8.5 million from Actionaid Rwanda to support their efficiency in curbing the vice.The equipment will be dispersed…

Computer News - In Brief

- Acer has taken the top slot for notebook in the EMEA region for the first quarter of this year. In the Middle East and Africa region (MEA), Acer was…

UGANDA HOSTS REGIONAL ICT POLICY BODY, CIPESA

Uganda has been chosen to host the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) to enhance regional participation in international ICT policy processes. CIPESA, a programme…

UNISYS AFRICA HELPS CURB RUNAWAY VOICE-OVER-DATA COSTS WITH NEW SERVICES

Unisys Africa is helping local companies take care of network performance issues when running voice over data, as well as keeping costs in line and maximising return on investment (ROI).…

WORLD BANK BUYS 50,000 COMPUTERS FOR COLLEGUES IN TANZANIA

The World Bank will soon buy 50,000 laptop computers for use by higher learning students in Tanzania. The computers will be supplied by Toshiba and the procuring agency is the…

IBM Appoints ICT Brokers as Distributor for West Africa

IBM West Africa has appointed ICT Brokers, a Nigerian multinational IT Firm, as an IBM Distributor to support the sale of IBM hardware across West Africa . "Our partnership with…

Rwanda: KIST Gets Ultra Modern ICT Facility

Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremye, together with visiting Chinese official, Li Yuanchao, yesterday launched a state of the art e-Learning facility at Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST).The laboratory…

Uganda: MoH Launches Electronic System to Curb Shortages in the Health Sector

Ministry of Health launched a Human Resource for health Information System a digitalised information system for managing human resource in the Ministry. The purpose of the system is to improve…

Nigeria: Apple Establishes Presence in Nigerian ICT Market

Apple has announced a new plan to make its products officially available in Nigeria through its official Apple channels. This is the first time the company will make such move…

IBM starts rolling out Watson supercomputer in Africa

IBM began rolling out its Watson supercomputer system across Africa on Thursday, saying it would help to address continental development obstacles as diverse as medical diagnoses, economic data collection and…

NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SIGNS THREE YEAR AGREEMENT WITH MICROSOFT

The Nigerian Federal Government in line with its avowed commitment to deploy information and communications technology to accelerate economic growth has signed a three year agreement with Microsoft. The partnership…

Computer News - In Brief

- South Africa's second-ranked IT firm, Datatec (DTC) - which generates more than 95% in revenues offshore - is evaluating opportunities to develop black economic empowerment partnerships for its local…

Computer News - In Brief

- Eskom has signed a R1 billion outsourcing deal with arivia.kom, to address Eskom’s IT requirements to the end of 2005. - Gateway Communications has selected NexTone’s session controllers to perform…

ANGOLA IS READY TO BECOME AN INFORMATION SOCIETY

Angola's deputy minister of Science and Technology, Pedro Teta, Saturday in Luanda said Angola is now in a better position to become an information society, thanks to the progress in…

Angola: Meditech Firm Defends Information Technology Merged With Business

Every company interested in investing in the IT sector needs to incorporate it into their activity in order to better manage expenses and prevent failed expenditures. This view was defended…

Nigeria: Kudos, Knocks for Draft Harmonised ICT Policy

Varied reactions have greeted the recent release of the country's draft National Information and Communications Technology (ICT) policy, which seeks to harmonise all existing disparate ICT policies into a single…

Computer News - In Brief

- Sierra Leone’s Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Tamba Mansa Ngegba, has expressed interest on behalf of his country for a computer charity organisation to work in Sierra…

Mozambique to get military comms school

New Mozambican operator Movitel has allocated over USD1.5 million toward equipping a communications school for the Mozambican Defence Force.The school, to be built in Malhampsene in Matola, will offer training…

Kenya: Laptop Project Set for April Rollout

Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has said the laptop project will be rolled out before the end of this years' first quarter.He said the tendering process was cancelled after the…

Zitouna Bank chooses IBM cloud for core banking systems

IBM announced that Zitouna Bank has selected cloud capabilities consisting of IBM systems, software and services to transform its core banking platform and develop new services for customers.As in many…

NEW ICT LAWS TO BE INTRODUCED IN UGANDA

The Government is in the process of establishing the legal infrastructure to support the e-social/economic environment. The infrastructure to support the rapid growth of the information and communication technology (ICT)…

GOVERNMENT OF RWANDA PROMISES LAPTOPS TO PRIMARY PUPILS

The government of Rwanda has committed itself to provide a laptop to every Rwandan primary school pupil within five years, the education minister has said. Dr Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya said…

IMPACT OF CYBER-FRAUD ON KENYAN BANKING SECTOR "DEVASTATING"

Kenyan Commissioner of Police Edwin Nyaseda told the participants at the Fourth Interpol African Working Party on IT Crime held in Nairobi last week that "attacks on the banking sector…

Cape Verde Technology Centre to be financed by China

The Cape Verde Technology Centre is to cost US$17 million and be funded by China, the Cape Verdean prime minister, José Maria Neves said in Praia last Friday, at the…

HP AND UNESCO TEAM UP WITH AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES TO COUNTER BRAIN DRAIN

HP and UNESCO today announced their selection of universities in Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe that will benefit from their joint project “Piloting Solutions for Reversing Brain Drain into…

IFM Plans to Offer Doctorates in IT in Tanzania

THE Institute of Finance Management (IFM) will start offering Doctoral Degrees (PhDs) in Information Technology and Management to cater for the growing demand of experts in the industry. The programme,…

Nigeria: 2011 Budget and Calls for IT Ministry

The National Information Development Agency NITDA and the Nigeria Communication Satellite limited NIGCOMSAT were the only two government IT parastatals allocated funds in the 2011 budget proposal of President Goodluck…

Kenya: City Council of Nairobi Services Are Now Digital

Queries on council services will now be possible with a click of a button on your mobile phone. The City Council will this morning launch the phase one of its…

Computer News - In Brief

- Ghanaian operator Rlg Communications expects to deliver the last 34,249 laptops to Ghana's Basic School Computerisation Project by the end of this month, Biztech reported. Rlg, which assembles the…

Computing – In Brief

- Microsoft under the 4Afrika initiative will offer financial support to five African start-ups in an effort to empower the next generation of developers and entrepreneurs in the continent. The…

Microsoft 4Afrika Launches Women-Only Cloud Startup Academy in Morocco

Microsoft 4Afrika, the Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Morocco (AFEM), and INWI today officially launched the Cloud Startup Academy in Morocco to help young Moroccan women especially recent graduates or…

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…

IT College Students to Get Laptops in Botswana

Students studying at the NIIT have been given an opportunity to own laptops, which they would return at the end of their studies or take home as a start to…

OMATEK LAUNCHES COMPUTERS FOR ALL FOR CROSS RIVERIANS IN NIGERIA

Omatek Computers Limited in conjunction with the Governor Duke led Cross Rivers State government and Afribank last Thursday officially launched the Computer for All 'Crossriverian' Initiative. This is on the…

A LITTLE METHANOL GOES A LONG WAY WITH LAPTOP FUEL CELL

Over the holidays, TopTechNews.com and MobileCrunch reported on a new fuel cell technology by Samsung that might have a direct impact on the digital divide. Essentially, what they've done is…

PRESIDENT OBASANJO TO LAUNCH COMPUTER FOR ALL NIGERIANS INITIATIVE

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,President Olusegun Obasanjo last week unveiled a novel initiative that will make personal computers more affordable to Nigerians. The project, dubbed the ˜Computer…

BENIN ANNOUNCES THAT IT WILL COMPUTERISE ELECTORAL LIST BY 2006

Benin has announced that it wants to computerise its electoral list before Presidential elections in 2006. The "Liste Electorale permanente informatisée (Lepi)" has thus far remained something of a mirage…

SOUTH AFRICA COULD BECOME OUTSOURCING "PLACE OF CHOICE

An Increasing number of companies in developed economies are outsourcing IT functions and business processes offshore to companies in developing countries because of the cost advantages. "SA is well positioned…

TOP SA BLACK ICT COMPANY CREATES LECHABILE STORAGE SOLUTIONS COMPANY

Top Black ICT Company 2003, Lechabile IT Services has announced that it has signed a deal with Dan McMahon (previously of MGX Storage Solutions) that will see the establishment of…

Zambia, Tanzania missing out on benefits of ICT

Although Africa is experiencing tremendous growth in the telecom sector, Zambia and Tanzania are not among countries that are fully benefiting from investments, according to ICT experts. Zambia and Tanzania…

IN BRIEF:

- Biblionix has announced that it will donate its Apollo automation system for use at the planned new library of the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center (IGSC) in Kigali, RNA has…

WFP Gives Computers to NDMA in Gambia

The World Food Programme (WFP) Friday donated computers and accessories to the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) at a handing over ceremony held at the Office of the Vice President…

Computer News - In Brief

-The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said last week Nigeria is now ranked third among the top ten sources of cyber crime in the world just as it said…

Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange to introduce three ICT products next year in Tanzania

Beside investing in bonds and shares, the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) is set to introduce a number of new products in a move to bolster the bourse and…

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria: As part of efforts to boost electronic payment system in the country, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed banks in the country to begin the implementation…

Africa: Mathematical Model Developed to Predict Malaria Outbreaks

Ethiopian and Norwegian researchers have developed a mathematical model that can identify conditions that increase the likelihood of a malaria outbreak up to two months ahead of its occurrence.The computer…

Africa: U.S.$35 Raspberry Pi Could Round Up Computer Viruses

A computer costing only US$35, the Raspberry Pi, could be used to create a firewall to improve 'security hygiene' in developing countries, says the researcher behind the idea.Internet users in…

Computing – In Brief

ABOUT a quarter of the Nigeria's population has cited the lack of security as the biggest challenge impeding on the adoption of e-Commerce. This is according to Sumesh Rahavendra, head…

How does Kenya Cope with Recycling Electronic Waste

Used electronic equipment poses health risks to people who might want to recycle them. Martin Muteti, a consultancy manager with Practical Action, an NGO, points out that the country is…

CISCO WITHDRAWS FROM MBEKI'S INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY GROUP

The world's largest networking company, Cisco Systems, has pulled out of President Thabo Mbeki's international technology advisory group, it emerged last week. The think-tank was launched in 2001 so Mbeki…

LOW COST LAPTOP PROJECT SOON TO BE LAUNCHED IN NIGERIA

The first batch of computers built for the One Laptop Per Child project could reach users by July this year. The scheme is hoping to put low-cost computers into the…

IT SKILLS GAP MAY THWART SOUTH AFRICA’S TECH BOOM

Hopes that liberalisation of the telecoms sector will let SA use new technologies to catch up in the global economy could be thwarted by a severe skills crisis. Firms eager…

MASTERCARD LAUNCHES PROGRAMME TO ADVANCE SMART CARD ADOPTION IN AFRICA

MasterCard International last week launched its OneSMART MasterCard programme in Africa at a smart card exhibition at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.The objective of the programme is to provide, under…

DIGITAL MALL AND ALICORNIO AFRICA LAUNCH APS MODEL SERVICE

Digital Mall, in collaboration with Alicornio Africa (previously Sagent Southern Africa), has announced a new service for information integration, business intelligence and data warehousing based on an Application Service Provider…

INDIAN IT INVESTORS EYE BOTWANA MARKET

Members of an Indian delegation of investors in Information Technology which visited Botswana last week said they would soon come back to finalise venture company formations. The delegation came at…

Zimbabwe’s Cabinet Approves National ICT Strategy Plan, Blueprint

Cabinet has approved the newly-crafted national information communication technology strategy plan and the ICT blueprint is expected be launched at the end of next month. Information Communication Technology Minister Nelson…

Regional Thetha ICT Project - Overview of Outcomes

The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) implemented the Regional Thetha ICT Discussion Forum Project in five Southern African countries during the past two years. Covering Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and…

Connect Technologies Unveils e-Lawyer Software in Nigeria

Nigerian leading local software application makers, Connect Technologies Limited has released into the Nigerian IT market an e-Lawyer application software solution.The solution, according to the Managing Director of Connect Technologies…

E-Dairy promises efficiency and improved earnings for dairy farmers in Kenya

Nothing tells of the tribulations of a Kenyan dairy farmer better than a visit to Isaac Kimani’s mixed farm at Limuru on the outskirts of Nairobi.  For the 22 years…

Rwanda: Computer Programmers Klab, Opens a Beta Release

There would be no Silicon Valley if it was not because of the garages and Stanford University's dorms from where computer wizards developed today's most influential web based companies.With Rwandans'…

Computing - In Brief

- South African start-up Vumatel, which recently won a project to deploy a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Parkhurst, an upmarket suburb of Johannesburg, is reportedly planning to deploy fibre-optic broadband…

Ghana Association of Software & IT Services launch

GASSCOM to promote the growth of information technology services and business process outsourcing in Ghana Anybody with the misfortune to need help or advice from a public utility, government agency,…

VIRGIN NIGERIA BEGINS E-TICKETING IN NIGERIA

Ahead of the December deadline for airlines to commence e-ticketing, Virgin Nigeria Plc says it has started the process on all its domestic routes. Larry Agose, the airline's Director of…

TECHNOLOGY KEY TO SUCCESS AT DISCOVERY HEALTH IN SOUTH AFRICA

  The operations at Discovery Health, which is said to be the largest medical scheme in SA, with about 1,9m lives, depend to a large extent on the effectiveness and…

Computer News - In Brief

- China has offered Guinea a US$9-million "preferential loan" to help computerise the West African country's system of administration. - UAE based IT distributor EMPA is predicting that Egypt could…

RADIO FREQUENCY TAGS COULD FRUSTRATE BAGGAGE THIEVES AND SAVE MILLIONS

Airport baggage theft and mishandling, which cost the global airline industry $750m annually in compensation claims, could soon be a thing of the past should the new radio frequency identification…

NIGERIAN GOVT OKAYS TECHNOLOGY VILLAGE FOR ABUJA

Nigeria's quest for technological advancement may have received a boost as the Federal Government yesterday approved the setting up of a technology village in Abuja. The project, which is to…

SELEBI TO CONNECT AFRICANS TO INTERPOL IT SYSTEM

South African National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi says he will use his position as head of Interpol to connect 44 of the 182 member states to the I-24/7 Global Communication…

Computer News - In Brief

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NETRUNNA AIMS TO SIMPLIFY BUSINESS CONTINUITY IN WINDOWS, LINUX

Netrunna Enterprise, a locally designed and developed product that provides rapid imaging, deployment, compliance and recovery capabilities for all ICT environments, was launched in Johannesburg this week.The road show moves…

Kenya Education Network Trust (KENET) published tender to procure a network operation centre

The Education ministry is gearing up for a series of ICT investments aimed at strengthening ties between institutions. The latest segment of a digitisation programme within the sector has started…

Computer News - In Brief

- Exim Bank is expecting to install new software system mid this year which will, among other things, allow its customers access to Internet and mobile phone banking in Tanzania.…

Electronic School Fee Payment System in Kenya

The man behind PesaPay, an online payment tool and founder of Verviant Consulting Services Agosta Liko, has unveiled a new platform that will ease payment of school fees.The innovation known…

Computer News - In Brief

- Mobile operator Tigo Rwanda has entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Education to roll out Internet access in primary schools under the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)…

Ghana Government abandons E-Voting for 2012 Polls

Ahead of 2012 general election, the Electoral Commission of Ghana has confirmed that it has jettisoned the idea of introducing electronic voting (e-voting) for the conduct of the polls. The…

Computer News - In Brief

-  Seventh-graders at Willink Middle School in Webster have written nonfiction digital books to send to children in Sierra Leone through the Books of Hope project.

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…

Ethiopian Airlines Unalarmed by Satyam Scandal

Following the Satyam Scandal in India, there were fears in many quarters that the development would affect the multi-million dollar IT transformation project of Ethiopian Airlines since Satyam, with partner…

Computer News - In Brief

- Under new separate deals signed with the Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure and the Kenya Education Network (KENET), Google, the internet search giant said it would provide free Google Apps…

NEW COMPUTER SOFTWARE FOR EXAM MANAGEMENT IN RWANDA

The Rwanda National Examination Council (RNEC) has adopted a GBP164,000 (approx. Frw176 million) computer software programme for examination management system. The new software 'Faim' replaces the out-of-use Microsoft Excel and…

 RWANDA TO OFFER REGIONAL ICT SCHOLARSHIPS

Rwanda intends to offer Information and Communication Technology (ICT) scholarships to students from Eastern and Central African states. The disclosure was made by Prof Romain Murenzi, the Minister in the…

Computer News - In Brief

- The NEPAD e-Africa Youth Programme Interim Steering Committee was today elected in the final day of the NEPAD e-Africa Commission Youth Programme conference being held in the resort town…

AL YOUSUF OPENS NEW CENTER IN CAIRO AS LOCAL DEMAND FOR PCS UP

In response to the growing market penetration of personal computers, Al Yousuf has opened an exclusive distribution centre in Egypt. The facility is the first dedicated Al Yousuf Distribution LLC…

Computer News - In Brief

- Channel Data, the southern African distributor for Legato Software, has released Legato's new browser-based solution designed to give users a logical view of an entire Legato network platform, based…

SKILLS2LEARN INVESTS R6M IN SA

Skills2Learn has invested R6 million into establishing an e-learning company, responding to the tremendous need for skills development in SA. Together with its US parent, Skills2Learn is a South African…

Makerere University to collaborate with UTL in setting up Regional Centres

Makerere University has embarked on a programme to decongest the university by opening regional centres across the country. Students from rural areas who want to join Makerere University will be…

Computing News: In Brief

*Gamtel last week donated a desktop computer and an HP laserjet printer to Gamtel Ward at the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital (RVTH).*Kigali — Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST),…

Zimbabwe: FBC Holdings introduces a mobile financial software application

FBC Holdings has introduced a mobile financial software application that provides users with free data from global financial markets including stocks, mutual funds, currencies, commodities, financial futures, oil and precious…

Team Nerds Compete in Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals

Team Nerds, a team of four students from University of Technology, Akure, represented Nigeria in the just concluded 2011 Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals held in New York, the United States…

Nigeria: Asus Partners Intel to Launch Two New Computer Products

Asus, a computer manufacturer has officially announced its presence in the Nigeria technology market, with the launch of two new products. The company partnered Intel Corporation to launch two Intel…

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…

Uganda: E-Government - Phase Two Begins This July

The information and communication technology (ICT) ministry wants to avoid the errors and challenges experienced in the first phase of installing the national data backbone fibre cables by involving local…

Uganda ICT users create ICT consumer lobby

A group of Uganda ICT enthusiasts have moved to create a consumer lobby that will help address concerns of dissatisfied users of computer products and services. Members of the private…

Computer News - In Brief

- This week the PCLinuxOS community have brought out the final release of PCLinuxOS 2007 which comes with all the latest versions of several popular open source programs. - The…

GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHES CENTRALISED DATA BASE IN TANZANIA

The government, through the National Statistics Bureau has launched a comprehensive and centralised public statistical database.  Speaking during the launch of the Tanzania Integrated Statistical Database (TISD), Permanent Secretary, Ministry…

NIGERIA'S ITAN ACCUSES GOVT AGENCIES OF FRAUD IN IT PROJECTS PROCUREMENT PROCESS

The Information Technology Association of Nigeria, (ITAN) has condemned what it calls unfair practices by some government agencies as it relates to Information Communications Technology procurement, saying that such practices…

Computer News - In Brief

- Kenya and Tanzania have agreed to exchange data and intelligence using computer on those avoiding border duties between the two countries.

Computer News - In Brief

- To ensure that products from senior high schools are equipped with requisite skills that will prepare them adequately for further academic work and possibly the job market, Information Communication…

Digital Multimedia Academy to Open Next Month in Rwanda

The Africa Digital Multimedia Academy, which is supported by Pixel Corps, a US-based digital media firm, will next month open its doors, at the Regional ICT Training Centre (RITC) of…

mLab Southern Africa Opens Application for Membership

mLab Southern Africa (SA), the region’s new incubator for entrepreneurs and innovators with a focus on mobile technology, is pleased to announce that application for membership has opened. The head…

Nigeria: Technology Companies Partner Anambra to Deploy ICT in Schools

A consortium of internet communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and services providers led by the Galaxy Backbone, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard (HP) among others, have reiterated their commitments to partner with the…

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.…

HP announces the winners of the 2009 Innovation in Education Grant Initiative

HP’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region announced the 2009 EMEA winners of the Innovation in Education Grant Initiative, which rewards secondary schools and universities for their innovative teaching…

Open heritage project launches in South Africa

A new project to make South African heritage available to a broader audience was launched in Johannesburg today. The OpenSA! pilot project aims to “nurture creativity by making it easier…

LINUX PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTE LAUNCHES LPIC-3

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) last week announced the new LPIC-3 certification programme. The LPIC-3 is the organisation's highest level distribution-neutral Linux certification and is targeted at Linux professionals providing…

Computer News - In Brief

- South African IT distributor World Computer Systems (WCS) has expanded its operation by opening a new office in Midrand. According to WCS MD, Mohammad Denath, WCS has come a…

Controversy Brews at Addis Chamber Over IT Solution Buy

The acquiring of a multimillion Birr software solution by the secretariat of the Addis Abeba Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (AACCSA) has provoked stern controversy among the board and…

Computer News - In Brief

- A regional ICT forum on the East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking Project (EAPHLN) kicked in Kigali. The five-day workshop aims at establishing efficient, high quality, accessible public health…

South Africa: Vodacom's Launches Energy-Efficient Data Centre

Vodacom's new state-of-the-art, energy-efficient data centre on Cape Town's foreshore was designed and built not only to help the telecoms group reduce its carbon footprint, but also so that cost…

DHL observes changes in Africa’s technology market

Competition within the technology sector is becoming more intense and Asia’s importance as both a manufacturing location and a consumer market is growing. However, although Asia is still key to…

Computing – In brief

- The Lagos State Ministry of Science and Technology has announced its partnership with Microsoft and Oracle, designed to boost Information and Communications Technology (ICT) service offerings in the state.

Bridging the digital divide for developing countries

The BingBee, a touch pad which was developed four years ago to help bridge the digital divide and give poorer communities access to computer technology, is a success at the…

Computer News - In Brief

- Just three weeks ahead of its final voter registration drive, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa has made good on its promise to make its website accessible…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has pledged to support the Mozambican Institute of Information and Communications Technologies (MICTI) in training its middle-level technical staff, according to Mozambique's news…

GRINTEK ADDS E7M UPGRADES TO SWAZILAND’S MATSAPHA AIRPORT

The Matsapha International Airport is now effectively equipped with one of the most modern communication and instrument landing systems in the world following upgrades worth E7million by South Africana aviation…

CAPE TOWN’S BANDWIDTH BARN BOASTS NEW INTERNATIONAL TENANTS

The UUNET Bandwidth Barn is rapidly becoming home to a burgeoning number of ICT start-ups, of strong international flavour. Among the tenants working from the Barn’s new premises in Strand…

Nigeria: Banks Import N1bn Software Annually

A recent survey on software development and use in Nigeria, has revealed that about N1billion worth of software products are imported annually by banks, making the sector one of the…

Plans to Set Up Science & Technology Park in Gambia

The government of The Gambia, in partnership with UNESCO and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) are exploring ways and possibilities of setting up a science and technology…

Computer News - In Brief

- TWAS is currently seeking nominations of young scientists in Africa whose research in computer science promises to have a positive impact in the developing world. Each year, three winners…

Tripoli, US Embassy launches online English-language club

The American Embassy has launched an online English-language club to encourage Libyan youngsters to improve their English communication skills.The club, which is aimed at people between the age of 16…

Raspberry Pi + Indiegogo = One Rural School In Swaziland Kitted Out With A Computer Lab

Most of the million plus US$25-35 Raspberry Pi microcomputers shipped to buyers to-date have been helping U.S.- and U.K.-based makers realise their electronics’ dreams. But the original mission of the…

Computer News - In Brief

- Microsoft Nigeria has launched the language interface pack for Windows Vista in three major Nigerian languages - Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.

Technology Center Opens in East Province in Cameroon

Residents of Abong-Mbang in the Upper Nyong Division in the East Province of Cameroon are now connected through the opening of a new technology centre. The Chantal Biya Centre for…

MAURITIUS TO MAKE USE OF TRANSPORT MODELLING SOFTWARE

In order to make the software bought by the government useful, the officers will have to gather some data like for instance the percentage of cars, lorries and buses that…

KENYAN ICT HEALTH CONFERENCE CALLS FOR A NATIONAL TELEMEDICINE CENTRE

A two-day seminar on improving healthcare in Kenya through information and communication technology, organized by Kenya ICT Federation and AITEC, brought together 70 local and international participants from the medical…

FIRST AFRICAN LINUX SCHOOL OPENS IN MAURITIUS

The first Linux school in Africa opened its doors in Mauritius last week. According to its Director-General, Akil Pirbhai of Pascal Computer Services, which launched the project in collaboration with…

STMICROELECTRONICS OPENS CHIP DESIGN CENTRE IN MOROCCO

Expanding its presence in Morocco, STMicroelectronics last week announced the inauguration of its new IC design and software development centre in Rabat. The ceremony, held Wednesday, was attended by the…

Stolen Namibian hardware finds a market in Angola

Computers and hard drives stolen from various ministries and Government agencies are finding a ready market in neighbouring Angola. According to reliable sources, electronic equipment stolen in Namibia seems to…

Computer News - In Brief

* Kigali — Twenty one civil servants from the Workforce Development Authority (WDA), Kicukiro College of Technology and Tumba College of Technology have completed a six-week course in Cisco applications.The…

Zambia: Airtel Donates Computers to Ndola Schools

Airtel Zambia has donated nine computers, three routers, data bundles and furniture to three Ndola Basic schools worth K60 million.The recipients of the computers included Chibolelo, Nkwazi and Twapia.The computers…

Ontario vendor bringing solar-powered laptop to Africa

A Canadian company is hoping its take on a solar-powered, water-resistant laptop will give Africans a new computing solution.Launching Tuesday in Accra, Ghana, WeWi Telecommunications Inc.’s laptop is designed to…

Nicholas Negroponte’s accidental revolution

Digital pioneer Nicholas Negroponte, the man behind the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project to put cheap computers in the hands of children in poor countries, has inadvertently kickstarted a…

OMATEK COMPUTERS GETS FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA’S SUPPORT

First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) Plc is staking N1 billion in Omatek Computers to finance ownership of computers by Nigerians. The bank has also formally adopted the Omatek brand as…

WITFOR ATTRACTS 800 PARTICIPANTS TO DISCUSS HOW ICT CAN IMPROVE LIVES

The new Information Age has provided Africa with an opportunity to increase and accelerate development for the benefit of its people. Addressing a World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR) conference on…

Computer News - In Brief

- Microsoft is to establish IT academies at Ghana’s University of Cape Coast and the University of Education at Winneba on a pilot basis. Microsoft and the World Bank would…

UCS PARTNERS WITH FERNRIDGE TO MUSTER GREATER CLIENT VALUE

Retail software company UCS Group has acquired a 51 percent share in urbanology specialist Fernridge Consulting. The acquisition represents an investment by UCS in the analysis-driven market of urbanology and…

CENTRAL BANK OF UGANDA REVAMPS INFORMATION SYSTEMS TO SUPPORT GROWTH

Uganda’s Central Bank has chosen Oracle to help the growth of its operations. With the growth of the Banks activities, it found itself with several isolated legacy information systems, which…

SA fruit exporter Capespan uses software to track fruit shipments

Capespan, one of the world's leading marketers and distributors of fresh fruit, has implemented a leading in-memory business intelligence solution to help it manage its complex international business.The company has…

Ghanaian church trains 900 more young people in IT use

Soul Food Ministries International (SFMI) in Ghana said it has trained another 900 young people in the use of ICT through its 'free for all' training initiative, which has been…

Solar-powered mobile health centre rolls into Cape Town

Solar truck equipped with remarkable range of facilities could revolutionise healthcare in rural parts of sub-Saharan AfricaAt the back of the truck is a small soundproof booth with a chair,…

Computing In Brief

- Kenya: Belgium has given a 10.5 million euro (Sh1.2 billion) loan for installation of communication technology infrastructure in both the county governments and the central government. The funding will…

ICT training for female journalists kicks off in Botswana

Educating female journalists in online reporting will not only bridge the training gap between men and women on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) but enhance their work too. Permanent Secretary…

UBUNTU FEISTY BETA DELAYED

The beta release of Ubuntu Feisty, the latest release of the popular Linux operating system, has been delayed for a day because of kernel issues. In an email to the…

TANZANIAN BANKS OUTDO EACH OTHER IN LAUNCHING ATMS

Two financial institutions last week rolled out plastic money facilities intended to modernise and ease the clients' rigors of tracking for cash money from banking halls. Both headquartered in Dar…

FIRM LAUNCHES SINGLE SOURCE DATA SOFTWARE IN UGANDA

Consumer Insight, a market research agency, has launched Target Group Index (TGI), a single source database on products, brand and media usage, lifestyles and attitudes across sections of consumers. Under…

DRC INTRODUCES NEW SATELLITE NAVIGATION SYSTEM AT 10 AIRPORTS

The aviation section of MONUC is about to introduce a satellite-guided navigation system (Smns) at ten airports in the DRC: Bukavu, Bunia, Goma, Kalemie, Kananga, Kindu, Kinshasa, Kisangani, Lubumbashi and…

Computer News - In Brief

- Channel Data Legato has expanded its influence, with ICSN Namibia, a Windhoek-based ICT systems and office equipment specialist, becoming its first Legato software partner outside SA. - Africa Digital…

Computer News - In Brief

- The SA Post Office has paid a damages settlement of R711000 to stave off threatened legal action for software piracy. The out-of-court settlement is the largest victory to be…

IN BRIEF

- Athi River town will host Kenya's first ever ICT hub, according to plans by the Government, an idea bolstered by the increasing numbers of foreign companies that want to…

Computing News – In Brief

- South African ICT infrastructure management and managed services specialist firm Integr8 IT, part of the Integr8 Group, has been acquired by Business Connexion for an estimated R126 million (around…

UNHCR partners with Microsoft, HP to boost refugee education

The UNHCR in partnership with Microsoft and HP has launched the Community Technology Access (CTA) project in Dadaab in northern Kenya. The CTA is an initiative to harness the potential…

Computer News - In Brief

- In Nigeria, a voluntary body known as the Chibuzor J. Okpata Free Computer Education in Nigerian Prison Services, has given over 4,600 prison inmates the opportunity of acquiring computer…

GOOGLE INKS SOFTWARE DEALS IN RWANDA AND KENYA

Google will partner with Rwanda and Kenya to make Web communication tools such as e-mail and PC-to-PC voice calling more widely available in Africa, the company said on Monday. The…

SOUTH AFRICA’S IBM SET TO SIGN DEALS WORTH $385M THIS YEAR

IBM is set to sign new business deals worth $385 million this year. This is expected to fortify its position in SA and favourably position the group for the next…

NIGERIAN JACITAD CALLS FOR HARMONIZATION OF IT BILLS

The Joint Action Committee for IT Awareness and Development (JACITAD has called for a harmonization of the two IT related bills now before the Senate. The two bills are the…

NIGERIA: SYMANTEC NAMES BI-TRAXAXXENT PARTNER

Bi-TraxAxxent Company Limited, a leader in Information Technology solutions and services has been appointed an enterprise security partner by Symantec Corporation. This unique achievement is one in which no other…

U.S. EMBASSY IN SENEGAL LAUNCHES NEW CALL-CENTRE VISA INFORMATION SERVICE

The U.S. Visa Information Service in Senegal has been streamlined to facilitate timely and accurate dissemination of information to the public regarding how to apply for a United States visa,…

Computing – In Brief

 - The Ministry of Education has handed over a total of 7,200 laptop computers to basic schools in the Ashanti region to support the teaching and learning of Information Communication…

Kenya: Students Showcase Kenya's First Tablet

The Jubilee Manifesto to have every class one child have access to a laptop may soon be realised, thanks to a locally made tablet established by a youth group.The tablet…

Liberian Open Government Partnership could get SMS platform

Liberian Deputy Information Minister Andrew Tehmeh has called on the government to develop an SMS platform to gather feedback on national development, aimed at enhancing the Open Government Partnership (OGP).…

Federal Government Bans Import of Tokunbo (secondhand) Computers in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) last week banned the import of secondhand computers and other used electronic items otherwise known as Tokunbo. Briefing State House correspondents after the FEC meeting…

PC Shipments to Ghana and Nigeria Increase, says IDC report

The combined Personal Computer (PC) markets of the West African countries of Nigeria and Ghana jumped nearly 14% in volume on year to reach just under 250,000 units valued at…

Computer News - In Brief

- Local Senegalese ICT website, Cipago reported that the European Union has launched the EuroAfrica ICT programme to foster the development of communications and IT project between Europe and Africa.…

NILE BASIN INITIATIVE BUYS CYBERLIBRARY OPEN SOURCE MANAGEMENT

The Nile Basin Initiative (www.nilebasin.org) will be taking advantage of Xsoft Application Service Provider capability hosted in the UK, which means there is no need to purchase expensive hardware or…

TANZANIA’S COSTECH RUNS PILOT PROJECT WITH VILLAGES

A pilot computerisation project is to be undertaken in selected villages, the aim being to improve local governance through better documentation of social services and agriculture. The Tanzania Commission for…

NETWORK SECURITY THINK-TANK LAUNCHED IN SA

A Think-tank to improve network security was launched in SA last week to conduct research and share knowledge for the benefit of all computer users. The forum was devised by…

SAHARA SIGNALS ITS INTENTION TO SUPPLY AFRICA

Sahara Computers has unveiled a number of prominent billboards in several key regions throughout Africa in a bid to attract additional business interest and further entrench its presence within this…

Computing - In Brief

- Green, bar-coded identity books will be replaced with identity smart cards from July, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor said. The South African company, Altech Card Solutions, had won the…

Translate.org Recognised for Multilingual Software in South Africa

South Africa's leading developer of multilingual software, Translate.org.za, has been recognised by the Pan South African Language Board, for its ground-breaking work in this field. The PanSALB award for Multilingualism…

Uganda: University Students, Lecturers to get Cheaper Laptops

Uganda looks set to join the growing list of countries offering PC purchase incentive schemes with one aimed at students and lecturers. If all goes according to plan, University students…

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has bowed to popular pressure by dropping its earlier plans to use electronic voting machines in the 2007 polls. However the Federal Executive…

ZAMBIA: EFFECTIVE ELECTRONIC PAYMENT SYSTEMS REQUIRE IMPROVED TECHNOLOGY

Electronic payment systems of any kind need very good telecommunications network and computer systems, Bank of Zambia (BOZ) banking currency and payment systems director Morris Mulomba has said. In an…

TECHNOLOGY PREDICTS THE WEATHER

A new weather prediction system, which can be built using remodelled PCs, has been launched for South African farmers. The Weather Station solution by Ultimate Retail Solutions (URS) predicts the…

Nigeria: Minister Tasks Lawmakers Over ICT Bills

The Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, has stressed that lawmakers have a critical role to play in the development of the nation's Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector through advancing…

Nigeria: Much scepticism about OPLC project

One Lap Top Per Child Project has been putting a brave face on the pull-out of Intel from its project. However, the tide of scepticism is growing about the project…

SA travel agency adopts Asterisk for VoIP calling services

SafariNow, an online travel agency specialising in accommodation around southern Africa, is the most recent company to announce its choice of the open source program Asterisk to improve its telephony…

NAMIBIA: NEW COMPUTER SYSTEM FOR TRADE ACTIVITIES AT AGRA

Agra last week unveiled Agrismart, a new state of the art computer system, electronically efficient and tailor-made for the agricultural trade retail industry, to speed up transactions at the same…

Computer News - In Brief

- Rectron has introduced HP's smallest LaserJet printer, the LJ 1020 as well as the compact and black and white printer, the LJ 1022 to South African SOHO (small office,…

Nigeria: NigComSat-1R for Launch December 19, Says MD

The Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited said the Nigerian Communications Satellite-1Replacement (NigComSat-1R) would be launched on Dec. 19. The managing director of NigComSat-IR, Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai stated this at the stakeholders' conference…

Zinox Boss says “ we have the Capacity to Produce Three Million PCs in a Year in Nigeria

Zinox Technologies Limited, promoters of Zinox brand of computers said it has the capacity to push three million personal computers in the Nigerian hardware market in one year as part…

Computer News - In Brief

- South Africa has rolled out its new next generation network across its main public administrations at a cost of R454m. Neotel won the contract ahead of Telkom last year…

Computer News - In Brief

- Ian Gilfillan is heading up a group of Cape Town free content advocates that have launched a bid to host Wikimania 2008, the annual conference of the Wikimedia Foundation,…

SOUTH AFRICA EDUCATION SOFTWARE WINS GLOBAL FANS

International open courseware practitioners have adopted Kewl, an education application framework developed in South Africa. This is according to Philipp Schmidt who says a number of organisations providing open courseware,…

Computer News - In Brief

Neptune Software PLC, UK, plans to open an offshore development centre in Lagos, confirming its commitment to the African market. The offshore development centre will be the first of its…

Nigeria: Microsoft, British Council Commit U.S.$2 Million to 80 Digital Hubs in the Country

At the just concluded Microsoft's Partners in Learning global forum 2011 held in Washington DC, the software giant in partnership with the British Council have each committed $1 million to…

Rwanda’s Engineers Develop e-Attendance Software

A group of young engineers from the Rwanda Information Technology Authority (RDB/RITA) have developed a new software that will help in the human resource management in the country. The software…

ARROW NETWORK SYSTEMS SELECTED FOR THE TECH MUSEUM AWARDS

The Tech Museum of Innovation, one of America’s leading science and technology museums, announced today Arrow Network Systems as a 2006 Tech Museum Awards Laureate. The Tech Museum of Innovation,…

MOROCCO REMOVES ALL TARIFF BARRIERS ON IT PRODUCTS

Morocco has joined a WTO agreement on removing all tariff barriers to information technology (IT) products such as personal computers and telecoms equipment. The step is expected to attract foreign…

Computer News – In Brief

- Chevron has donated IT equipment and software to the Rivers state University of Science and Technology. They include 104 workstations, four printers, two server workstations, multimedia equipment, seven AutoCAD…

Nigeria Partners with Sweden to Create Spatial Data Infrastructure

The Federal Government of Nigeria has asked the overseas agency of the National Land Survey of the Swedish Government to assist in digitizing and networking land administration in the country.…

CONSOLE WAR DELAYED IN SOUTH AFRICA

Computer gaming is a growth area worldwide and South Africa is no exception. Gamers in SA can largely be split into two camps: those who use their PCs to play…

ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD BECOMES A CLOSER REALITY

"Inspiring in many ways" said Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, describing the 'US$100 laptop' which was officially unveiled at a press-conference held during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)…

FOUR US FIRMS LICENSED TO SET UP DATA AND CALL CENTRES IN UGANDA

The Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) has identified four US companies that are to be licensed to establish call and data centres. The four, whose names were not readily available are…

Stakeholders Review Rwanda's ICT Growth

Stakeholders in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector held last week an in-depth analysis of the sector's challenges and progress in the last two years. The expected outcome -…

South Africa: Education without the textbook crisis

As the Limpopo textbook crisis began unfolding this year, three entrepreneurs began thinking. What if textbooks no longer had to be delivered by road, but could be uploaded onto a…

Computer News - In Brief

- A group of South African developers have released a new version of Linux. First we had Impi, then we had Ubuntu. Now a group of South African developers have…

MICROSOFT INTRODUCES INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE PROGRAMMES

Microsoft (MS) is working towards unifying communities through the use of indigenous languages, the Regional General Manager for West, East, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, (WECA) Thomas Hansen said…

UGANDA - STOCK MARKET READY FOR COMPUTERISED TRADING

The stock exchange in Kampala is to end issuing of paper certificates to investors in the capital market late this year by introducing electronic accounts. The electronic accounts will be…

WOOLWORTHS PARTNERS WITH SAS TO NURTURE LIFETIME CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS

One of SA’s leading quality retailers has upped its investment in business intelligence to further build and nurture lifetime relationships with its customers. Woolworths is partnering with SAS, leaders in…

ICT Works for South African Activists

More than half of the 800 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in South Africa say information technology has had a major effect on their ability to advance human rights and they are…

Google’s ‘chosen few’ students to map out African campuses

Google is assembling 90 students from 12 countries to participate in a 2-week conference through its initiative the Google Student Ambassador programme (GSA), to map out Africa’s campuses and the…

Tanzania: Govt Instals Computerised System to Monitor Veld Fires

THE government has put in place a computerized system that can spot veld fires and, via satellite, notify responsible authorities on daily basis.Presenting a paper during the on-going workshop on…

Nigeria: Corps Member Builds ICT Resource Centre for Community

A Batch A corps member, Tom Samuel serving in Gadabuke Development Area of Nasarawa State has built an ICT resource centre for the residents of Kullo Village in the area…

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…

Computer News - In Brief

- A frame contract entitled ‘Contrat Progrès 2006-2012’ for the development of the ICT sector has been signed between the Moroccan Government and the ABEPI, the association representing the interest…

OPEN OFFICE NOW AVAILABLE IN 11 SOUTH AFRICAN LANGUAGES

After 75 000 translated words and many months of hard work, Translate.org.za is scheduled to release OpenOffice.org 2.0.1 in all 11 official South African languages later this month. Translate.org.za director,…

PWC, FRAXION PARTNER ON SPEND MANAGEMENT SOLUTION

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and software company Fraxion have collaborated on a solution for international best practices in spend management. The Global Best Practices solution is aimed at delivering an “industry-specific, charter-compliant,…

Computer News - In Brief

- SA’s Department of Communications has awarded a tender to a consortium of consultants to undertake an inventory of databases to determine which are critical for the country. The consortium…

Computerize Nigeria Project Launches Phase 2 of 750,000 PC Ownership

Computerize Nigeria Project (CNP), has launched the second phase of its 750,000 Computer Ownership promo. According to the Head, Computerize Nigeria Project, Mrs. Loretta Agbakoba, this step is to further…

Rwanda: ICT Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Challenges

Top stakeholders in the country's ICT sector, yesterday met at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) to share experiences and devise a joint strategy to address various challenges…

Tech ‘can help’ in Eastern Cape education crisis

Technology would go "a long way" to reduce the challenges in the Eastern Cape’s rural schools, Cofimvaba’s acting district director Malizole Skama said at the launch this week of the…

Sierra Leone: Prisons Service Launches Website

The Sierra Leone Prisons Service last Thursday 14 February officially launched its website, which is expected to closely bringthe activities of the Prisons to the public - both nationally and…

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.Project iMlango is a…

ICT development strategies agreed at Africa Region meeting

ITU’s African Region Preparatory Meeting for the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 (WTDC) concluded last week in Kampala, Uganda with delegates reaching consensus on regional strategies to foster the development…

Kenyan Students Design Vote Tallying Software

A group of university students in Nairobi has developed tallying software that could cut costs and eliminate errors at the Electoral Commission of Kenya. The students said the software could…

Computer News - In Brief

- In response to local customers' demands for a way to securely store, manage, analyse and report on mission-critical business data, Microsoft Nigeria has released its most cost-effective and advanced…

IBM PRODUCTS TO COST LESS IN KENYA

The Chinese company that has acquired the personal computing division of America's technology giant, IBM, announced on Monday it was cutting prices of some IBM products in Africa. Mr Dan…

PERIBIT EXPANDS AFRICAN FOOTPRINT

Peribit, the wide area network (WAN) bandwidth optimisation technology company, has expanded its footprint in Africa, with the appointment of a new reseller in East Africa, K-Ninety East Africa Limited…

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has launched the e-NHIS aimed at increasing the coverage of the scheme as well as serve as a mechanism to checkmate fraudulent activities.…

Gijima Drops as Contract Woes Drag On in South Africa

IT firm Gijima Group is negotiating a settlement with the Department of Home Affairs to resolve the dispute over a R2,5bn contract that has knocked the company's share price and…

Zimbabwean Government & Apple in iPad joint venture

Apple has agreed to enter a joint-venture with the Zimbabwean government to deliver solar-powered iPads to rural and remote schools, reducing the digital divide between rural and urban areas in…

Computer News in Brief

- The poor international ranking of Nigerian universities has nothing to do with the intellectual capacity of lecturers and students, but their inability to manage resources effectively, as well as…

Computer News - In Brief

-  MTN Business, a unit of MTN Group, has launched cloud computing services that will be targeted at small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in six countries in Africa, including South…

Computing – In Brief

- The Kenya ICT Board has released phase two of the Julisha survey report which indicates that the sector performed well with good growth in value, usage and access across…

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,…

South Africa’s SABC ‘spends big on IT hardware for strike’

National broadcaster SABC has spent hundreds of thousands of rands on laptops and computers to prepare for a possible strike by its workforce, and is setting up a temporary broadcast…

EFCC Develops Software to Combat Cyber Crime in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) says it is developing computer softwares that would monitor internet services in the country as a way to combat cyber crimes. Spokesman of the…

OMATEK MAKES HISTORY, WINS SYSTEM BUILDER PARTNER AWARD

Omatek Computers Limited has won ‘The System Builder Partner’ 2005 award for the West, East and Central Africa (WECA) region conferred on it by software giant Microsoft Corporation at its…

NEW ICT INITIATIVE IN RURAL CAMEROON

The ComICT Centre project is going to launch a computer and internet training centre in the rural community of Buea. What marks out this project is its intention to use…

Lagos Introduces E-Tutor in Schools

Lagos State government has introduced an education software known as e-tutor in its schools, as part of its continuous efforts to improve the quality of education in the state.The software,…

Uganda: Indian Software Vendor to Set Up E-Govt Kiosks

India’s largest software vendor, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), has announced plans to set up franchise internet kiosk, a new IT model, to link rural areas in Uganda.The group, that has…

Omatek launches new product in Ghana

Omatek Ventures Plc, the leading indigenous computer assembling company, has introduced “Style Me” a new range of artistic cover designs for its Smart book and desktop casings. This makes it…

Kenya: Safaricom Launches Data Storage Services

Safaricom has entered the data storage business as it seeks to diversify its product portfolio from the voice market that has witnessed decline in revenues following a price war in…

Nigeria’s Federal Government Intensifies Fight Against E-Waste

The Federal Government yesterday said it has stepped-up measures to address the growing environmental problem caused by indiscriminate dumping of used and expired electrical and electronic appliances. Director-General, National Environmental…

African developers release open source virtual classroom

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources (AVOIR) project have released version 1.0.1 of the Chisimba/KEWL3 Realtime Virtual Classroom. Avoir is a…

HP TO SHIP UBUNTU PCS, SERIOUS ABOUT LINUX  

  The HP Linux and Open Source roadshow rolled into Johannesburg last week with the message that Linux is now a "standard" product offering from the company. The annual roadshow,…

UCONNECT TAKES ICT TO UGANDAN SCHOOLS USING REFURBS

At least 100 schools that would otherwise not afford it have been able to buy computers at lower prices from an NGO that extends Information Technology to rural areas. The…

APPLE'S MINI IPOD DUE TO GO ON SALE IN SA BY END-JULY

South African music fans should be able to get Apple Mini iPods within days of the 24 July worldwide launch, says Apple SA MD Bruno Verolini. Despite fears that SA…

The Encipher Tablet, The Nigerian Eletronic Tablet Is Revolutionary In Just Existing and price starts at N55,000 ($399)

Encipher Limited has announced that their ‘highly controversial‘ Andriod-powered tablet will be available only in Nigeria (for now) and starting at N55,000 ($399). The news of the Encipher Tablet was…

SeedCamp selects top African startups

Seedcamp, a European micro seed fund that invests in early stage startup companies, has selected 11 South African technology startups topossibly attend the SeedcampWeek programme held in September in London,…

Computer News - In Brief

- South Africa’s IT firm, Internet Solutions (IS) has announced that the upgrade and expansion of their Bryanston data center has been completed, with Parklands due to be complete in…

Kenya: ICTs Centres to Be Set Up in All Public Schools

The government will spend Sh1 billion to construct ICT workshops in public secondary schools in the next three years. Education PS James Kiyiapi said his ministry has given out computers…

Computer News - In Brief

- A trade e-portal has been developed by the Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Associations to address the challenges faced in importing and exporting to and from the East…

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…

Computer News - In Brief

- Police Academy of Information Technologies has been inaugurated in Algeria by General Manager of National Police (DGSN) Ali Tounsi. This new facility is destined to welcome police trainees who…

Computer News - In Brief

- A laptop equipped with an access to the Internet, meant for pupils and students and to be sold at DZD 29,990 (US$488), will be available within a month, announced…

AFRICAN SOFTWARE TO GAIN GLOBAL POPULARITY?

A decade ago, Ubuntu was a word that shook apartheid South Africa. Today, it is a word that may be keeping Bill Gates awake at night. Ubuntu is an African…

Computer News - In Brief

- In Cape Town, the students of Maitland High School in Kensington will avail the benefits of ICT. The K.I.C. van der Westerhuizen computer room boasts 25 computers with word-processing…

LAGOS RESIDENTS TO GET ELECTRONIC TAX CARDS BY JANUARY 2005

Lagos State Government has disclosed that from January 2005, all tax paying adults in Lagos will be issued with electronic tax card to replace the present tax clearance certificate. Deputy…

East Africa: Children to Get Laptops in a New Deal

The East African Community (EAC) has signed an agreement with the One Lap per child initiative to avail laptops to children in the region. Juma Mwapachu, the secretary general of…

Utomate Electoral Process, Asagba Tasks Computer Society

The Asagba of Asaba, HRH Prof. Chike Edozien, has urged the Nigerian Computer Society, NSC, to do all it can to help the nation automate the electoral process, so that…

Namibia: Ovaherero Introduce Management System

The Ovaherero Traditional Authority has developed a software management system to register all Hereros on one database. The system would capture various information, including individuals' profiles, paternal and maternal ancestry…

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…

IBM opens cloud computing hub in Kenya

IBM has launched a hub in the Kenyan capital Nairobi offering cloud computing and data analytics services to banks, insurance firms and government agencies.The facility – which is based alongside…

Brian Computers and Niger State Sign MoU in Nigeria

In a bid to ensure that the citizens of Niger State are empowered with IT knowledge and skills needed to face the 21st knowledge economy, Nigerian PCs assembler, Brian Integrated…

Computer News - In Brief

- A Moroccan magistrate questioned an 18-year-old science student in court on Tuesday about his alleged role in unleashing computer worms that disrupted networks across the United States last month.…

IMPLEMENTATION OF KENYAN IT PLAN TO COST MORE AND TAKE LONGER

The implementation of the Kenyan government’s comprehensive strategy ICT strategy will cost Sh3 billion, and is scheduled to be completed in 2010.The implementation of the plan is in the early…

SA COULD LOSE OUT ON GLOBAL DEMAND FOR QUALITY SOFTWARE

The software development outsource market is booming with India, once the ‘home’ of these operations, facing increasing competition from Russia and other former Eastern Bloc countries as well as Canada…

Computer News - In Brief

* Accra — The Center for Democratic Development (CDD- Ghana), a non - partisan organization, has asked Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to put in serious policy efforts to…

Computer News - In Brief

- MTN Business has unveiled a virtualized server solution in Kenya. This solution will enable business to store and secure data at the company's offices. "This solution is an outsourcing…

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…

Hewlett-Packard introduces large-scale e-waste recycling in Africa

Today there are more mobile phones in Africa than there are in America and they will all eventually need to be disposed of. Electronic waste is expected to top 60…

Social Security Fund in ICT Drive in Rwanda

Retired workers demanding their pensions in Rwanda Social Security Fund have reason to smile with introduction of computerised record keeping to ensure quicker service delivery. In a bid to maintain…

SAHARA TO INVEST P2 MILLION TO OPEN ICT TO PUBLIC IN BOTSWANA

SAHARA Computers Managing Director Ashok Narayan who was speaking in an interview to Monitor said that his company is investing P2m over a period spanning two years to meet the…

DIDATA AND SUN INSTALL GSM MANAGEMENT FOR VODACOM

When faced with complex technical requirements compounded by limited workspace in its GSM Fault Management center, Africa’s leading cellular network operator, Vodacom, selected Dimension Data to implement Sun Microsystems’ Sun…

Software Firm Targets East African Markets

SW Global an international technology company is set to compete for a share of East Africa's software applications market by starting operations in the region.According to Ms Veronica Ssempbewa, General…

Samsung sets up smart school in Sudan

Samsung ElectronicsSamsung Electronics Africa has set up a smart school solution to transform teaching and learning in Sudan. (Image source: Samsung Electronics Africa)Samsung Electronics Africa has announced it has launched…

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…

Computing - In Brief

Ethiopia: Four Hello services were launched with quick-dial four digit numbers, giving access to sponsored services and lists. Belcash also hosts a mobile cash transfer platform for remittances from Ethiopians…

OSS powers South Africa’s fastest growing websites

With unique readers growing by 190 percent over the past year, Engineering News has been named by Nielson Online as South Africa’s fastest growing website. The publication’s sister sites, Mining…

CISCO MAKES CHANGES TO ITS DISTRIBUTION MODEL FOR AFRICA

Cisco Systems, has announced that it has evolved its solution distribution model for sub-Saharan Africa, bringing cost, time-to- market and support benefits to distributors, resellers and customers alike. "With the…

ORACLE SIGNS MOU TO ‘CONSOLIDATE DEVELOPMENT OF ICT IN MOZAMBIQUE’

Oracle Corporation last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Higher Education of the Government of Mozambique, consolidating and further enhancing its national strategies in Information…

BANK OF GHANA TO LINK ITS ATM NETWORK TO OTHER BANKS

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) is to link the Automated Teller Machines (ATM) of all commercial banks in the country to make it possible for users to access their moneys…

Tanzania: Computerisation Helps to Slightly Raise Brela Efficiency

One year since the Business Registration and Licensing Authority (BRELA) introduced computerised system, very little success has been recorded as most applicants shun the online submissions.Business registration is now being…

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.…

Computer News - In Brief

- The growing adoption of electronic forms of payment in Nigeria has become a revolution. From less than 50,000 transactions recorded on the Interswitch network four years ago, it has…

TANZANIAN POLICE COMUNICATION SYSTEM GOES DIGITAL

President Benjamin Mkapa last week inaugurated in Dar es Salaam a new digital terrestrial trunked radio communication system for the police force designed to allow efficient crackdown on soaring crime…

SOUTH AFRICA'S FIRST VIRTUAL CLASSROOM IS A HIT WITH STUDENTS

Two schools have engaged in a resource-sharing project in a way that places their students in a classroom of the future. Unlike other schools in a similar situation, which bus…

E-LEARNING WELCOME FOR ZAMBIA BUT TOO EXPENSIVE, CLAIMS ACADEMIC

Electronic Learning (E-learning) is good for the developing countries like Zambia but it is too expensive for the Zambian people, claimed lecturer Billy Kahota, writes News Update’s Zambia correspondent Timothy…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Nigeria Linux Users’ Group (NGLUG) aims to promote Linux and Open Source awareness in Nigeria by creating opportunities for interested likeminded individuals to contribute and share knowledge with…

Nigeria: NECO to Tackle Exam Malpractice Through Biometric Data Checks

The National Examination Council (NECO) says it would fight examination malpractice through the use of biometric data capturing machines.The Head of Information Technology Division of NECO, Mr Tayo Odukoya, who…

NEW COMPUTER PARTNERSHIP TO INCREASE ACCESS TO ICT IN RWANDA

Computer Aid International, a British registered not-for-profit officially launched an innovative new partnership with local not-for-profit, E-ICT, on November 29 in Kigali. By providing an affordable solution to high cost…

PM TECH'S NEW BUSINESS MONITORING SOFTWARE PUTS COMPANIES ON THE MAP

PM Tech Holdings has introduced the latest version of its acclaimed Business System Monitoring (BSM) enterprise-wide solution, Enterprise Gauge, which offers a number of enhancements and features that is now…

Computer News - In Brief

- The cost of computers has not reduced in the Zambian market despite Government’s duty reduction on computer products from 15 per cent to five per cent. One World capacity…

Silvablac Turns Your Computer Into a Television

As Kenyans enjoy the fruits of a liberalised communications market and spend more time in front of their television screens, Kimiti Wanjaria hopes to harness the power of TV into…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Federal Government has inaugurated the e-Nigeria 2011 Local Organising Committee. E-Nigeria Conference which is scheduled to hold in September 2011 is NITDA's annual flagship awareness campaign aims at…

Ethiopia: LG Electronics to Open Technical College

LG Electronics is opening a million dollar Technical & Vocational Education & Training (TVET) College in September 2013.The college will offer courses in Information Technology (IT); electronics; and television and…

Federal Government Plans Six Science Parks to Boost Technical Development in Nigeria

In a sustained effort to mainstream Nigeria as a technologically driven economy, the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is to champion the establishment of Science parks in the six…

LAND DATA ON COMPUTER SOON SAYS KENYAN MINISTER

All information on land will be available at the touch of a button, Lands minister Amos Kimunya has said.Kenyan's will in future know who owns what land, its location and…

SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES HR SOFTWARE IN MOMBASA

A new software product for general and specific office use has been launched in Mombasa. Known as the e-Horizon Human Resource Management System (HRMS) 3.0, the Software Technologies product will…

EGYPT’S MCIT SUPPORTS NEW MODEL FOR INVESTMENT IN EGYPTIAN MARKET

Within MCIT’s initiatives to develop the ICT export industry in Egypt, Dr. Ahmed Nazif, Minister of Communications and Information Technology attended last week’s launch ceremony of IBM Egypt’s Knowledge Factory.…

DIDATA INTRODUCES SPACE-SAVING FACILITIES CABINET

Dimension Data’s Advanced Infrastructure solutions group has introduced a Portable Facilities Cabinet (PFC), a versatile mobile solution that can be pre-packaged with servers, switches and storage devices prior to system…

Zimbabwe Ramps Up E-Government Development

Zimbabwe is in the process of ramping up the development of its e-government platform, Minister of Information and Communication Technology Nelson Chamisa has said.Speaking at the inaugural Zimbabwe ICT Achievers…

Kenya: Laptops Not a Priority says one Teachers’ Unions

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education and Kenya National Union of Teachers have been divided over the pledge by jubilee government on the introduction of laptops to all standard…

Cape Verde: CV Movel installing 14 public ICT access centres

CV Movel, the largest cellco in Cape Verde, located some 570 kilometres off the coast of west Africa, has installed its third ‘multimedia centre’, providing public internet/computing access and other…

Mozambique agrees With China On Science And Technology cooperation

The Mozambican and Chinese Ministers of Science and Technology, Venancio Massingue and Wan Gang, on Monday signed an agreement to step up co-operation in scientific and technological matters. Under the…

ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD ORDER REPORTS 'INCORRECT'

Reports that Brazil, Nigeria, Argentina and Thailand have each committed to buying a million laptops from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) programme are "incorrect", a spokesperson for the project…

ICTe-AFRICA EVENT IN NAIROBI BOMBS OUT IN SPECTACULAR FASHION

The recent ICTe-Africa event in Nairobi bombed out completely. Visitors and delegates reported extremely low numbers with often fewer than 30 people present outside of speakers and exhibitors. The event…

Computer News - In Brief

- Information integrator Alicornio Africa has been appointed sole distributor of US-developed Instante real-time reporting software. - Makerere University Library has received 60 computers and a printer worth sh133m from…

FULCRUM IT PROVIDES PROJECT EXPERTISE TO HELP DIGITISE NATIONAL TRAFFIC SYSTEM

Enterprise Project Management (EPM) support and services specialist Fulcrum IT has provided its expertise and knowledge of this environment to Tasima, an arivia.kom-led consortium, to support the development and implementation…

Computer News - In Brief

- Telkom’s Centres of Excellence laboratories and MTN’s science centres, designed to make technology fascinating for children, are among the finalists in the fifth annual Science and Technology Awards. -…

Youth to Benefit From World-Class ICT Training At Togolese Centre

Young people across West Africa will have the opportunity to boost their career prospects through the study of information and communication technologies (ICTs) thanks to a new training institute set…

Computing – In Brief

- Monday, April 22nd, Alcatel-Lucent and SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria organized a cheque presentation ceremony at the oriental hotel in Lagos, Nigeria to celebrate the donation of USD $20,000 granted…

Zimbabwe: Econet Rolls Out Digital Learning Platform

Mobile telecommunications giant, Econet Wireless has rolled out a digital educational platform that will increase access by university students and lecturers to learning materials.The platform, dubbed EcoSchool, has been on…

Firefox add-on makes special characters easy

Do you ever find yourself frustrated by having to type in accented letters, international characters or symbols into Firefox? If so, the FireFox add-on abcTajpu may just make your life…

RWANDA IS SELECTED AS MODEL FOR E-TOURISM

Rwanda Office for Tourism and National Parks (ORTPN) has been selected to be a model for executing e-tourism in Africa. This development followed a long-term partnership between the United Nations…

INTEGRATED FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM A BOON FOR UGANDAN GOVERNMENT

As part of a long-term strategy for improved public expenditure management to drive its macro-economic environment and reduce poverty, the Government of Uganda’s Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development…

Computer News - In Brief

www.fossfa.org/database - AITEC is relaunching Computers and Telecomms in Africa magazine to coincide with the ACT Summit in Abuja at the end of August. (See Press Release below) - The…

Computer News - In Brief

- The National Information Technology Development (NITDA) said if a national legislative and regulatory framework is put in place by the government, the country can generate over $75 billion annually…

Barnstone helps Zimbabwe’s Accountant General get back on track

Modern states require sophisticated financial systems to manage complex state finances and ensure that revenues are collected and expenditure is well managed. Zimbabwe’s drive to rebuild its finances was thus…

Intel’s Latest Campaign To Halve African Technology Gender Gap

Intel has launched a new digital literacy campaign under its “She Will Connect” initiative to reach 5 million African women and therefore halve the gender gap in technology in the…

ICT Sector Grows At Snail Pace in Botswana

Driven mainly by a conducive environment and infrastructure set up by government, Botswana's Information, Technology and Communications (ICT) sector continues to develop although at a slower pace than expected, an…

Calls for National ICT Council in South Africa

The wave of change ushered in by Barack Obama's victory in the US reached SA last night, as calls of “yes we can” echoed the Montecasino Ballroom at the beginning…

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has expanded its automated trading floor system to the Ilorin branch in the Kwara state. - Algeria’s e-governance project, which aims at creating an electronic…

NEPAD TO LAUNCH E-SCHOOLS INITIATIVE IN UGANDA

The New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) will launch the first demonstration of the Africa e-school project at Kyambogo College School in Kampala. The initiative aims at equipping African schools…

SOUTH AFRICA’S YOUNG COMPANIES EYE UK MARKETS

Liquid Thought, one of a clutch of successful young IT companies to emerge from Cape Town in the past few years, has opened an office in London to source new…

Rwanda: 100,000 More Laptops for Schools

The Ministry of Education aims to have distributed 200,000 computers to primary school children across the country by the end of the year. The exercise is under the One Laptop…

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…

Dutch NGO Spark launches Somali business incubator

Dutch non-government organisation (NGO) Spark and partners have launched the Africa House business incubator and entrepreneurship development centre in Gargeisa, Somalia, the first such project in the Somali regions.Africa House…

South Africa’s firms missing opportunities in global software testing market

South Africa needs to move faster to seize opportunities in the rapidly expanding global computer software and systems testing market, currently worth about $56bn annually. Says Liza van Wyk, CEO…

Rwanda Joins International Technology Transfer Network

The government of Rwanda through the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology's (KIST), Technology and Business Incubation Facility (TBIF), becomes the first member of Shanghai International Technology Transfer Network (SITTNet).…

SA’S ENATIS - 'SORT IT OUT OR WE SUE'

The Transport Department is threatening to sue the contractor "as a last resort", if the company fails to sort out the chaos in the eNatis traffic information system. The department…

ETHIOPIA IN OPEN SOURCE PUSH

Since the inception of the Ethiopian Free and Open Source Network* (Efossnet), in February 2005, the open source software movement in Ethiopia has picked up strong momentum. It is showing…

ANGOLA WINS SPAM AND SPYWARE WORLD CUP

Angola may have a better chance of beating Brazil in the World Cup than the bookies first thought, if research from McAfee SiteAdvisor is correct.  An analysis of screensaver pages…

NEPAD SIGNS MOU WITH HP AND UGANDAN GOVERNMENT

The NEPAD e-Africa Commission has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hewlett-Packard (HP), thereby formalizing Uganda’s participation in the NEPAD e-Schools Demonstration Project. The occasion took place on Friday…

FUNDS CLEARED FOR INDIA'S E-PROJECT IN AFRICA

India's dream e-project in Africa that seeks to bridge the digital divide among 53 countries of the continent moved one step closer to reality Thursday as the cabinet approved Rs.5.42…

Kenya: Financial Services Automation Spurs Tech Firms' Growth

Local technology firms are cashing in on demand from the financial sector as banks move to automate their processes and streamline operations.While the development has seen a number of institutions…

Southern Africa: Region Cracks Down on Cyber Crime

Southern Africa is taking steps to respond to rising cyber crime, which is now among the world's fastest growing crimes.Cyber crime involves use of the computer networks to harm the…

Kenya begins construction of 'silicon' city Konza

Kenya's president has launched a $14.5bn (£9.1bn) project to build a new city intended to be an IT business hub and dubbed "Africa's Silicon Savannah". It will take 20 years…

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…

Kenya’s Angani formally launches cloud services

Kenyan fully automated cloud infrastructure startup Angani has formally launched its cloud and hosting services, which it says are focused on the small and medium enterprise (SME) market and the…

African researchers rank Asus Eee over OLPC's XO

Though the XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project is aimed directly at children in developing nations, research by African universities and Computer Aid International ranks the…

Nigeria’s Cosmos computer manufacturer gets Windows Vista certification

Barely three months after its formal launch into the Nigerian market, the Cosmos brand of desktop computers from Coscharis Technologies Limited has passed the Windows Vista Logo Test conducted by…

IFC PARTNERS WITH NIGERIAN ICT FIRM TO DEVELOP HIGHER EDUCATION

In partnership with the World Bank's private sector lending arm, a Nigerian based firm is deploying ICT to improve higher education on the continent. International Finance Corporation (IFC) working with…

Computer News - In Brief

- Microsoft has made its Setswana Language Interface Pack (LIP) for Windows XP available. The product, which forms part of the company's worldwide Local Language Programme (LLP), transforms the operating…

SOUTH AFRICAN PC USER BASE TO TOP 5 MILLION

The number of personal computers in use in South Africa will pass the 5 million mark for the first time this year, according to a new study released today. The…

CAMEROON: CUSTOMS OPERATIONS COMPUTERISED TO CUT COST

A trial computerised system known as Automated System for Customs Data, ASYCUDA, which aims to speed up customs clearance operations and reduce cost to the benefit of both businesspeople and…

MICROSOFT COUNSELS NIGERIAN BANKS ON CONSOLIDATION

Microsoft Nigeria has counseled banks in the country to focus on exploring Windows Server System solutions that could make their business operations easier, cheaper and more secured. According to the…

SITA WINS ALGERIAN STATE CONTRACT

The State IT Agency (Sita) has won a major boost of confidence from an unexpected source by clinching a contract to provide the Algerian foreign affairs ministry with a highly…

Poor Software Responsible for DDC Machines Malfunction in Nigeria

Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), the umbrella body for IT professionals in the country, has blamed the observed irregularities and difficulties encountered by Nigerians in the ongoing voter registration exercise, on…

Rwanda: 3,200 ICT Teachers to Train Others

At least 3,200 teachers who, last year, completed a one-year ICT training course conducted by Rwanda Education Board (REB) will, this academic year be deployed to various schools countrywide.The teachers…

Apple reinvesting in South Africa

The world’s biggest technology company, Apple, has quietly established a South African office and now appears set to grow its presence in the local market.It’s the first time the company…

Computer News - In Brief

- An ICT task force, chaired by the vice president and co-chaired by the minister of information and communications, has planned a two-day stakeholders' conference slated for April 30 and…

Computer News - In Brief

- A total of 952 students graduated today from the Eritrean Institute of Technology in Mai-Nefhi. This first batch of graduates would play major role in the national development drive…

ICT Minister Faces Inquiry Over 150 Million US Dollars Computer Deal in Uganda

In a Parliamentary session last Monday MPs gave junior ICT Minister John Alintuma Nsambu two weeks to explain reports that he was using his post to promote personal business. Nsambu…

ICT EXAM POSTPONED THREE TIMES IN GHANA

The current power supply load shedding being experienced by Ghanaians is not only crippling the manufacturing industries but also having a negative effect on educational institutions in the country. One…

INTEL AND AMD BATTLE FOR LOW-COST COMPUTER MARKET

Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) are taking their fierce rivalry to the Third World. At stake is an untapped emerging market of 3.8 billion people, whose purchasing…

FAILURE RATES LOWER ON LOCALLY ASSEMBLED HP DESKTOPS

With confidence returning to the South African IT market, driven to a huge degree by the strengthening of the Rand against the Dollar in the first quarter of this year,…

Computer News - In Brief

- Qatar's Minister of Finance H E Yousuf Hussein Kamal, who is also deputy chairman of the IT and communications supreme council, arrived in the Tunisian capital to chair Qatar's…

EGYPT LOOKS TO TOP US$15 BILLION IN SOFTWARE EXPORTS IN A DECADE

While finding a way to boost computer ownership and bring Egypt more online has been a conundrum exercising many minds of late, the country?s communications minister has predicted a major…

NITDA COMMENDS SPEEDSTAR 200 PCS CAPACITY FACTORY IN NIGERIA

Prof. Cleopas Angaye, the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) has described the newly opened 200 PCs per day capacity assembly factory of Speedstar brand of computers…

Uganda: Multinational Firms Partner to Improve ICT

Technology firms, Computer Point and IBM, have signed an agreement aimed at improving Uganda's information and communication technology (ICT) to transform the country's business operations."This partnership is a positive step…

Computer News - In Brief

- A computer scientist and former deputy governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chinedu Emeka, has developed a computer software that could be used to track criminals and check their activities…

Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs to sort, modernise archives

The Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced plans to organise and modernise its archives, which escaped numerous attempts of being looted or destroyed over the past two decades.Sheikh Ahmed…

Computing - In brief

Microsoft will extend its Biz4Afrika SME portal from initial trials in South Africa and Kenya to establish a pan-African version by the end of next month.The portal is intended to…

South Africa’s PC brand sales slump

Sales of local computer brands are slumping as consumers instead opt for more well-known international brands. This has put pressure on local brands such as Sahara and Mustek's Mecer as…

OPEN SOURCE THINK TANK FINDINGS PUBLISHED

The Second Open Source Think Tank was held in March in California. A report on the events findings has now been released. The event saw 100 key members of the…

Computer News - In Brief

- Kenya Airways says over 500,000 of its passengers flew on e-tickets over the past 12 months. The airline has so far rolled out 20 stations on e-ticketing within its…

SWEDEN TO BACK OPEN SOURCE DEVELOPMENT IN ZAMBIA

The Swedish government has pledged to support the development of Open Source software through training and capacity building programmes writes News Update's Zambian correspondent Timothy Kasolo. This was said at…

MINISTRY ENCOURAGES PUBLIC SECTOR TO PURCHASE MADE IN GHANA COMPUTERS

Several thousand computers will be procured by the Government of Ghana in 2003 making it the single biggest purchaser of IT in the country. In its effort to encourage the…

IT ENABLED SERVICE TO BOOST ECONOMIC GROWTH IN GHANA

The Minister of Communication, Professor Mike Oquaye, on Thursday said government had identified Information Technology Enabled Service (ITES) as a priority sector to accelerate economic growth. "Government is fully aware…

Computer News - In Brief

Kenya’s government will convert guidelines on electronic waste management into law in July, a move that is expected to attract more investors to the recycling business and increase the cost…

36th Dedicated Centre Opened

According to ITWeb, writing for DefenceWeb, the Department of Science and Technology opened its 36th dedicated centre, in the country's biggest province, in a bid to demystify science and raise…

Windows 8 launches in the Kinyarwanda language

Microsoft has released its latest version of Windows to include the Rwandan language of Kinyarwanda. The operating system now supports 109 languages.After the release of MS Windows 8 in October,…

Nigeria: Coscharis Technologies Targets 500 PCs Per Day By 2009

Emecheta Ofondu, chief executive officer, Coscharis Technologies spoke to Vanguard’s reporter, Emeka Aginam on its latest brand of indigenous computer brand. “We believe that there is gap in the information…

Computer News - In Brief

- In order to implement the latest compensation directive, the Addis Abeba City Caretaker Administration (AACCA) is undertaking an upgrade of its existing IT compensation programme to include current estimated…

IT WORLD GROUP WANTS PRESIDENCY TO SHUN IT COMMISSION BILL IN NIGERIA

The Joint Action on Information Technology Awareness and Development (JACITAD) has appealed to President Olusegun Obasanjo to withhold his assent to the National Information Technology Commission Bill 2006 over fundamental…

THE NALEDI3D FACTORY DEVELOPS THE "INTERACTIVE 3D LEARNING OBJECT"

The Naledi3d Factory, based at the new Innovation Hub in Pretoria, is working on a new education and training paradigm. They have combined the concepts of Virtual Reality (VR) and…

INTRINSIC SEES RETURNS FROM AFRICA, HEIGHTENS FOCUS

Squaring up to the challenge of developing further business in Africa this year Intrinsic Technology, the South Africa-based solutions and systems integrator, has cemented vendor relationships, beefed up its partner…

IN BRIEF:

- The Foundation for Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) has offered a prize for the best campaign against Microsoft's attempt to gain international standardisation for its Office format.- In Uganda, the…

Talking business with the man behind Tanzanian startup Bongo Live

When Taha Jiwaji saw that his parents couldn’t afford to market their computer company to customers in Tanzania using the traditional methods of TV, radio and magazine adverts, the inspiration…

IBM's Master The Mainframe Contest Closes In Kenya, South Africa

Held for the first time in Africa, competition attracts record number of participants with four Africans selected for global contest in New York this AprilIBM has officially announced the close…

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria's representatives to this year's World Cyber Games grand finale scheduled to hold in November in Cologne, Germany are to contest to participate in four of the 14 events…

POWER OUTAGE’S THREATEN SOUTH AFRICA’S IT SECTOR

Eskom's latest power outage has raised concerns in the ICT industry that economic and sector growth could be hampered for the next decade. An economist, who did not want to…

Computer News - In Brief

http://www.mwalimu.co.tz - The Federal Government said last week that about N1billion ($2.95 million) has been spent on the procurement of software and accessories for the ASSYCUDA machine which would be…

Computer News - In Brief

- Zimbabwe’s First Banking Corporation Limited intends to acquire a new core banking system following last week’s signing of an agreement with Fintech International, the local representative of software developer…

ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD ORDER REPORTS 'INCORRECT'

Reports that Brazil, Nigeria, Argentina and Thailand have each committed to buying a million laptops from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) programme are "incorrect", a spokesperson for the project…

India Launches Pan-Africa E-Network

The event was characterised by pomp and splendour. With their arrival into the precincts of Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL) in South Delhi being beamed on the screen, heads of…

Computing - In Brief

- Jongilanga High School and Chief Henry High School in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, will be the recipients of Internet connection and computer facilities from tomorrow, Friday, January 25,…

Nintendo’s Wii launches in South Africa

Nintendo’s Wii, the most popular gaming console in the world, has been launched in SA and will be available in local stores this weekend. The Wii is priced at R2…

CABINET GOES FOR OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE IN SOUTH AFRICA

The South African cabinet has reconfirmed a commitment to use more free and open source software in government departments to slash its technology running costs and increase the opportunities for…

UNIDO AND MICROSOFT PARTNER TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH IN UGANDA

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Microsoft have jointly announced the launch of a new programme designed to focus on how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can be…

EGYPT’S SMART VILLAGE WANTS TO BE REGIONAL IT HUB

After spending nearly three years on drafting boards and scale models, Egypt’s ambitious Smart Village Pyramids project has finally come to life in bricks and mortar. The Smart Village, the…

RWANDA IS SELECTED AS MODEL FOR E-TOURISM

Rwanda Office for Tourism and National Parks (ORTPN) has been selected to be a model for executing e-tourism in Africa. This development followed a long-term partnership between the United Nations…

Nigeria Needs Global Link in Technology - Oputu

For Nigeria to position itself for the actualization of the goals of Vision 20:2020, it needs to have an important link in the global production chain in technology, innovation, manufacturing…

Liberia’s iLab lights up

Opened in May 2011, iLab Liberia, based in the capital, Monrovia, owes its existence in many ways to Ushahidi, Kenya’s outstanding technology firm that launched the iHub in Nairobi. Amidst…

Nigeria: 12 Public Primary School Teachers Get Computer Appreciation Scholarship

No fewer than 12 public primary school teachers drawn from Bariga and Shomolu communities in Lagos State were empowered last Saturday with three months free computer appreciation scholarship programme by…

Samsung unveils solar-powered school in DRC

Samsung Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) Ministry of Primary, Secondary, and Vocational Education officially handed over a solar-powered Internet school (SPIS) in Kinshasa.According to Samsung, this forms…

Cote d'Ivoires Tech Solutions to Local Problems

When Ivorian Thierry NDoufou saw local school kids suffering under the weight of their backpacks full of textbooks, it sparked an idea of how to close the digital gap where…

Zimbabwe’s Governement to Promote Solar Energy for Computers

In the absence of a reliable supply of other energy sources, the Zimbawean Government has launched a programme to promote the use of solar energy as an alternative source of…

Tunisia: Microsoft launches IMPRESS entrepreneurship programme to back start-ups

Microsoft has sponsored the IMPRESS programme to back the ten best start-up projects it finds through its Microsoft Innovation Centre in Tunisia’s El Ghezala technopark. "We have designed the IMPRESS…

COMPUTERISATION OF ELECTORAL REGISTERS ACCELERATES IN CAMEROON

The Minister of State, Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation (MINATD), Marafa Hamidou Yaya in a press conference stated that the computerisation of the voters' registers has already started in…

Computer News - In Brief

- Seychelles is the latest COMESA member country to receive financial and technical assistance from the organisation to set-up a national ICT committee. The National Information and Communication Technology Consultative…

Chinese company to begin work on Ghana’s $30m e-governance project

Work on the 30 million-dollar E-governance backbone Project is expected to begin soon, Gideon Quarcoo, Deputy Minister of Communication said on Monday. The Management of China-based Huawei Telecom was awarded…

NEPAD TO LAUNCH E-SCHOOLS INITIATIVE IN UGANDA

The New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) will launch the first demonstration of the Africa e-school project at Kyambogo College School in Kampala. The initiative aims at equipping African schools…

Ugandan IT Aids Teachers, Health Workers Share Knowledge

The quality of education and health care in the African region is anticipated to improve following the inauguration of an online project at Makerere University last week. The project, known…

South Africa’s computer manufacturer Mustek launches Windows 7 tablet

JSE-listed technology distributor has unveiled a Windows 7-based tablet computer, the Mecer Xpress, on the same evening Apple announced the iPad 2. But Mustek says the Mecer Xpress is aimed…

Teraco opens Durban data centre as colocation demand continues to rise in South Africa

Durban North, 30 September 2011 – Teraco Data Environments today opened the doors of its third vendor neutral colocation facility in River Horse Valley. Dark fibre Africa, MWeb, Telkom, Neotel,…

Computer News - In Brief

- To increase compliance of motorists to the ongoing Online Vehicle Registration, the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is demonstrating the exercise to local communities. The one-month exercise, which started on…

Microsoft Unveils Strategic Cooperation With iHub and m:lab to Accelerate Innovation in East Africa

As part of the recently launched Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, Microsoft Corp. has announced a strategic cooperation with business incubator iHub and the m:lab East Africa consortium to enable startups, innovators…

Computing - In brief

- The national policy on Information and Communication Technology will contribute significantly to the newly adopted Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation as a principal driver of economic development, Senior…

Computing - In Brief

- Cote D'Ivory's YooMee awarded the billing contract for its recently launched LTE network to Broadband Systems.

The Abuja Technology Village Will Become a Reality

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Dr. Aliyu Modibbo Umar, has stated that one of the main challenges of his administration is to ensure that the Abuja Technology Village…

New bank in Tanzania invests heavily in ICT systems

Traditionally Africa’s banks have been slow to upgrade their internal processes using ICT. But for any new entrant coming into the market, the implementation of ICT systems is a real…

MOZAMBIQUE SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH MICROSOFT

The Mozambican government signed in Maputo on Wednesday a partnership agreement with the multinational computer company Microsoft. The document, valid for three years, was signed between Science and Technology Minister…

AFRICA A SOFTWARE PIRACY HUB

An International Data Corporation (IDC) report on global software piracy has found that 80% of all software sold in Africa is pirated. The global average piracy rate is 35% and…

South Africa: ICT spending: 2010 set to top 2009

BMI-T says that “2009 was rocky but will 2010 be rolling” when it comes to government ICT spending Many South African citizens are on the edge of their seats waiting…

ETHIOPIA IN OPEN SOURCE PUSH

Since the inception of the Ethiopian Free and Open Source Network* (Efossnet), in February 2005, the open source software movement in Ethiopia has picked up strong momentum. It is showing…

Computer News - In Brief

* Kampala:A cybercrime prevention centre has been launched in Uganda to fight crime related to the misuse of the internet and such other technologies.* Rwanda: The Centre for Treatment and…

Experts Meet on eHealth and Telemedicine Harmonization in Africa

The Experts Meeting on Health and Telemedicine Harmonization in Africa, opened today, Monday 28th February, 2011 at the Headquarter of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to present its…

Tanzania: Bank Promises Improved Services With New Software

Ecobank Tanzania customers should anticipate improved services as the bank changes bank management software.The shift from Globus to Flexcube, to become effective on Monday next week, will affect all of…

Energy price hike sees datacentre pricing-model revision

Recently the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) granted power utility Eskom an 8% average increase per annum over the next five years. Lex van Wyk, chief executive officer…

MTN Group joins AWS Direct Connect service to bolster cloud connectivity

MTN Group has joined Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Direct Connect service in a bid to improve cloud connectivity and its ability to attract large multinationals to its network.The operator will…

US$20 Million needed for ICT Task Force in Sierra Leone

The national information and communication technology (ICT) task force and E-readiness survey officially launched last week by Sierra Leone’s vice president needs a whooping US$20 million for its implementation. Alhaji…

Mobile tops Ubuntu goals for Intrepid Ibex

Ubuntu training Canonical chief executive, Mark Shuttleworth, announced plans for the October release of Ubuntu Linux. The release, due out in October this year, is to be called Intrepid Ibex…

Computer News - In Brief

- Bytes Systems Integration has announced a newly signed deal with Axis Communications South Africa, network IP video suppliers. In terms of this deal, Bytes SI will partner with Axis…

MATHEMATICS GET MORE INTERACTIVE WITH CD-ROM IN MAURITIUS

Teachers, blamed for their traditional approach in the classroom, often argue that there are no tools to help them to be more innovative. To respond to this need, the Mauritius…

RWANDANS LOOKING TO SET UP E-PARLIAMENT TO GIVE CITIZENS ACCESS

Rwanda is searching for solutions to come up with an e-parliament, which will enable legislators to communicate not only among themselves, but also with their constituencies electronically, said the minister…

Kenyan outsourcing tech park faces challenges

The Kenya government is planning to go ahead with the construction of an ambitious US$1 billion technology outsourcing park, even though property owners of the site have filed a case…

Computer News - In Brief

- Microsoft has made its Setswana Language Interface Pack (LIP) for Windows XP available. The product, which forms part of the company's worldwide Local Language Programme (LLP), transforms the operating…

Rwanda: Minister Calls for Extensive Use of ICT in Land Management

The Minister of Lands and Environment, Stanislas Kamanzi ,wants to use ICT to facilitate land transactions. His Ministry intends to introduce Land Administration Information System (LAIS) in all districts. Kamanzi…

Better African bandwidth drives cloud services

The arrival of more stable bandwidth is proving critical to the uptake of cloud-based managed services across Africa, according to Kaseya. South African-based Kaseya Africa says it has witnessed a…

Computer News - In Brief

- The City Council of Nairobi has developed an e-Construction Permit Management System with the help of the World Bank The Director of Planning Tom Odongo said yesterday that the…

Computer – In Brief

Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Atef Helmy said international companies operating in the IT sector are keen on increasing investments in Egypt despite hard conditions in the country…

Computing - In brief

To douse the cry of marginalisation by the Southern Kaduna people, Kaduna State Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has commenced the process of converting the Kafanchan campus of the Kaduna State…

National Smart Cards to Be Issued This Year in Rwanda

Beginning this year, all Rwandans will be able to access and coordinate various services automatically using the new smart card electronic system. This was announced last week by Pascal Nyamulinda,…

Computer News - In Brief

- South African technology company Dimension Data hopes to capitalise on the twin pressures of climate change and electricity shortages by advising companies on the more energy efficient use of…

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigerian Yellow Pages, one of the largest business directories of business in Nigeria has improved its services with the release of Auto-Run-CD-ROM, Nigeria Yellow Pages for Window, Internet Browser…

GOVERNMENT TO RUN 'MADE IN NIGERIA' SOFTWARE

The Federal Government has approved a directive that only ‘Made in Nigeria’ software should run on the IT systems of the nation's public offices and institutions. Technology Times checks reveal…

AFRICAN COUNTRIES SLOW TO DRAW UP ICT POLICY STRATEGIES

There are only 28 countries in Africa with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy strategy papers, Timothy Kasolo. Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) Atsuko Okuda says ICT policy status indicates…

Home Affairs Technology to Improve Service Delivery in South Africa

An innovative new system aimed at speeding up the processing of identity documents (IDs), is currently being implemented at Home Affairs offices around the country. The system, known as live…

Computer News - In Brief

- Business Connexion Namibia was awarded the Acer reseller of Year 2009. - John Dramani Mahama, the Vice President, called on the developers of school curricular to consider mainstreaming Information…

Computer News - In Brief

The House of Representatives threw out the Cyber Security and Information Protection Agency Bill on the ground that it is a mere duplication of the functions of some existing law…

The ban of Second Hand Computers is a cause of concern in Uganda

Leading the fight against electronic waste which pollutes the environment in Africa is Uganda. The country has implemented a complete ban on the import of second hand electronics. But since…

Angola: Telecommunications Minister Lays Cornerstone for Building Cazenga Media Library

The first stone for the construction of the Media Library in Cazenga municipality in Luanda was laid on Thursday by the Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology, José Carvalho da…

Botswana’s National Archives Goes Electronic to Boost Service Delivery

The Botswana National Archives and Records Services (BNARS) is embarking on a project that will see all government ministries and departments using an electronic archiving and record management system. At…

PINNACLE SAYS SETA’S TENDER FOR CARDS EXCLUDES IT

Computer manufacturer Pinnacle has taken umbrage with a government tender that specifically calls for foreign models, preventing local technology developers from bidding. The tender issued by the Services Seta (sector…

LAPTOP SALES IN SOUTH AFRICA GIVE LOCAL IT MARKET THE EDGE

The local computer market experienced double-digit growth last year, with the 1,29-million units sold generating revenue of R9,36bn. Unit sales were up 10,9% from the previous year, but falling prices…

TUNISIANS KEEN TO ACQUIRE BRAZILIAN OPEN SOURCE KNOW-HOW

Tunisia is interested in the Brazilian project for the diffusion of the use of open source and freeware, computer programs distributed freely and that are already being used at the…

Computer languages go local with Microsoft’s Local Language Programme in Africa

For most English speakers, computer terms such as “instant messenger,” “download” and “cut and paste” seem quite ordinary. But for millions of African indigenous language speakers, the absence of technology…

Digital divide rife at schools in South Africa

Only 7,000 schools in South Africa are connected to the Internet, with 21,000 more falling behind in this regard. During his budget vote speech yesterday, Deputy Communications Minister Obed Bapela…

Ghana’s Government to spend between $10m to $25m on e-school project

Government is expected to spend between $10 to $25 million within the next five years, under the e-school project to procure laptops and desktop computers for schools, Mr Haruna Iddrisu,…

Childrenís laptop project extends to 400 schools

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has so far covered 407 schools across the country. At least  207,026 laptops have been distributed, according to Nkubito Bakuramutsa, the OLPC Coordinator…

Rwanda: Mentors to Get Net Books and Projectors

Approximately 1000 net books and projectors will be distributed to senior and school-based mentors to support high quality teacher training in English language and teaching methods.The five week national distribution…

Computer News - In Brief

- The long-awaited bill for Namibia's information communication technology (ICT) sector will be tabled in Parliament soon, a Cabinet Minister said. The new ICT bill is expected to open up…

OUTSOURCING TO THE WORLD FROM EGYPT

Raya Contact Centre finalised deals earlier this month with EMAAR Misr, the Egyptian branch of the Dubai-based EMAAR Properties real estate company and Piraeus bank, a retail bank headquartered in…

U.S. COMPUTER PROJECT MOVES SENEGALESE MERCHANTS INTO DIGITAL AGE

Africans are finding it easier to buy into globalization, thanks to a U.S. government-funded program that encourages merchants in Senegal to use computers and the Internet to sell their products.…

GX TECHNOLOGY TO OPEN NIGERIAN IMAGING CENTER

GX Technology Corp. announced last week it is opening an advanced imaging center in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.The Port Harcourt center is the second of three advanced imaging centers scheduled to…

Sainsbury's Goes Bananas For Fair Trade PC Donations

Retailer Sainsbury's is donating more than 4000 of its PCs to health and education projects in South America and Africa, in a move which the retailer claims will extend the…

Computer News - In Brief

- In Uganda, twenty senior six best performing female students completed an intensive three-week CISCO training at Tumba College of Technology (TCT) in Rulindo District.The students emerged the best performers…

Rwanda: Progress report on the OLPC program

By 2017, Rwanda intends to distribute half a million laptops to primary school students across the country through the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program. However, as Nkubito Bakuramutsa, Rwanda's…

Nigeria: Huawei Awards ICT Scholarship to 15 Unilag Students

Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria has awarded ICT scholarships to 15 students of the University of Lagos. The Huawei ICT Scholarship scheme is targeted at full-time undergraduate students who are committed…

Recycled computers for schools in Swaziland

Computer Aid, a London-based charity has helped to computerise all secondary schools in Swaziland, recycling computers no longer wanted by private companies.More than 5,500 computers have been delivered to the…

Computing - In Brief

Zimbabwe: Government will introduce a digital system that enables easy identification of mining claims and proper licensing procedures to curb disputes over concessions, an official has said. The cadastral system…

FSF WANTS TO PARTNER WITH HARDWARE MAKERS

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) yesterday released a paper entitled, "The road to hardware free from restrictions", detailing ways major hardware manufacturers with power in the market can work with…

ETHIOPIA SEEKS UNESCO SUPPORT TO STRENGTHEN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY CONTRIBUTION

Education Minister Dr. Sintayehu Wolde-Michael said Ethiopia needs the support of UNESCO in its efforts to strengthen the contribution of science and technology to socio-economic development. The Minister said the…

ETHIOPIA’S CSA LAUNCHES NEW SURVEY RESULTS DATABASE

The Central Statistical Agency (CSA) launched on Tuesday new software -EthioInfo- the Agency said "provides socio-economic and demographic data base in a user friendly manner." At a launching ceremony held…

SA'S CSIR LAUNCHES AFRICAN ICT INSTITUTE

An African institute for information and communications technology was launched on Tuesday at the CSIR, in Pretoria, to coincide with world Telecommunications day. The Meraka Institute will focus on developing…

Computer News - In Brief

- Uganda’s Defence ministry has launched a computerised automated information management system, which is expected to remove 'ghosts' from its payrolls. - Under the patronage of Lebanese Minister of Education,…

Samsung plans to establish a research and development centre in Kenya

Electronics firm Samsung plans to establish a research and development centre focused on planning, design and development of electronics suited to the Kenyan market.Samsung Deputy Managing Director Robert Ngeru said…

Rwanda: 1000 Fake Laptops Sold to Minaloc

The laptops were destined for local leaders at the cell level, who needed to improve service delivery with the help of latest technologies. PAC heard that on November 16, 2009,…

Namibia: Computerised Health Records On Track

The Ministry of Health recently advertised a tender for the supply of computer equipment for hospitals in Oshakati, Rundu, Keetmanshoop and Windhoek as part of the implementation of the E-Health…

Laptops that run on the sun

A small software developer from London, Ont., is taking on a risky and audacious new project: laptops that run on sunlight.WeWi Telecommunications Inc., a 15-person company, unveiled this week a…

Government offices in Morocco catch the technology bug

Morocco's public sector is increasingly wired with information and communications technology (ICT) but faces challenges in equipping and supporting employees, a recent survey showed. The comprehensive survey, the first of…

UN LAUNCHES CONSORTIUM TO TACKLE E-WASTE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

The UN is to set up an initiative to extend the life of computers and electronic equipment and tackle the growing problem of 'e-waste' in the developing world. Discarded electronic…

SOUTH AFRICAN HOME AFFAIRS TAKES OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE TO HEART

The home affairs department has taken the government's commitment to open source software to heart, with plans to install the Linux operating system at its 635 foreign missions, border posts…

TELKOM SOUTH AFRICA EYES DIMENSION DATA

South Africa's fixed-line phone company Telkom is on the prowl for a technology firm to beef up its data business and has approached Dimension Data shareholders about a possible deal.…

Computer News - In Brief

- CFC Bank has picked Temenos Inc. to supply it with banking software. The bank's Managing Director Robert Barry said the software would enable the bank to change from I-Flex…

TOTAL ETHIOPIA INTRODUCES FIRST ELECTRONIC PAYMENT SYSTEM

Total Ethiopia officially announced Wednesday at the Hilton Hotel the implementation of “Topcard”, a new electronic payment system for the first time in the country. Topcard has been on sale…

Computer News - In Brief

- In Rwanda, the Government has placed an order to purchase 50,000 digital television sets to facilitate the commitment to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting by next year. The…

South Africa: A Tablet Made for Locals

Local developer Wise Tablets, based in Centurion, has announced the imminent release of a new range of tablets that will cater specifically for the country's consumer and educational needs. The…

Angolan police seize independent newspaper’s computers

The Committee to Protect Journalists told Bikyamasr.com that today Angolan police raid at the independent weekly Folha 8, which was conducted in connection with a politicized investigation into the publication…

Kenya: Laptop plan runs into headwinds

Matters have been made worse by a teaching fraternity locked in a bitter salary dispute, throwing the project’s implementation strategy into disarray.“Most teachers in primary schools are computer illiterate and…

Microsoft will computerize the Public Administration of Equatorial Guinea

On Tuesday, June 23, the agreement between the company Microsoft, a multinational company of the computer programming sector, and the Government of Equatorial Guinea, was closed to carry out the…

Zimbabwe’s Institute of Technology to Offer E-Commerce Degree

The Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) will from next month offer an e-commerce degree, the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa. HIT acting Vice-Chancellor Engineer Quinton Kanhukamwe said the…

Nigeria is set to Introduce E-Visa

The Federal Government is to introduce the use of electronic visa (e-Visa) to check forgery and fraud. The Comptroller General of Immigration, Chukwurah Udeh, disclosed this while briefing newsmen at…

LIBYA INTRODUCES COMPUTER SCIENCE IN PRIMARY SCHOOL

Libya is to build about 100 schools equipped with laboratories and computer hardware and provide this specialisation to more than 50,000 male and female schoolteachers this year in computer technology,…

ZIMBABWE RANKS LOWEST AMONGST SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRIES DEVELOPING ICTS

Zimbabwe has once again been ranked last among southern African economies that are developing their information communication technologies (ICTs). According to the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s Global Information Technology Report…

MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA'S FIRST TECHNOLOGY DISTRIBUTORS ASSOCIATION LAUNCHED AT DISTREE MEA 2006

New association to be open to all Technology distributors in Middle East & Africa (MEA); aims to provide platform for best business practices and communications between channel and vendors Middle…

SLOW PACE OF SA'S LEGAL SYSTEM AIDS SOFTWARE PIRACY

Antipiracy body the Business Software Alliance (BSA) plans another crackdown in SA to force companies to use legal software. The alliance has met the trade and industry department to propose…

MOROCCAN AGRI-BIZ CLAIMS TO BE BEST EQUIPPED SECTOR WITH ICT

Agri-businesses in Morocco claim to be the best equipped in ICT terms according to a report in the last edition of Alimentareus, citing the results of a survey conducted by…

KENYA’S PRIVATE SECTOR SETS UP NEW ICT BODY TO INFLUENCE POLICY

The new government in Kenya has been challenging the private sector to organize itself to speak with one unified voice as it engages with government in the formulation and implementation…

Orange, Equity Bank deal to provide internet-enabled computers in Kenya

In a landmark partnership, integrated telecommunications solutions provider Orange will sell internet-enabled phones and computers within Equity Bank branches countrywide while the bank will extend a credit facility to customers.…

Computer News – In Brief

- Lagos has been ranked bottom of the world's largest 25 cities in use of information and communications technology (ICT) to transform the lives of its citizens according to the…

Ghana: Govt to Distribute RLG Laptops to Teachers

The Minister of Education, Lee Ocran, says in order to help improve ICT education, his ministry would soon be donating laptops to all teachers across the country, to make them…

Computers – In Brief

- The Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MoICI) of the Republic of The Gambia and the Institute for Information Industry (III) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) yesterday signed…

SkyVision gives Education and e-Learning kits to Orphans In Ghana

SkyVision has donated its flagship satellite connectivity solutions to further support students at Ghana’s Crossover International Academy.SkyVision’s donation included upgrading the academy’s communications equipment with the support of VT iDirect,…

Cisco to help partners build sustainable business models for cloud, software & services

At Cisco One Africa Partner Summit held in Johannseburg South Africa, Cisco announced it aims to work with partners to help them build sustainable business models for cloud, software and…

Do South Africans know when their software is fake?

South Africans prefer genuine software to the fake article – but some people will go to extraordinary lengths to get their hands on the real thing without actually paying for…

South African ICT company enters ‘lucrative' India

Datatec has acquired a 50.01% stake in Indian ICT distribution business Inflow Technologies, marking its entry into the lucrative sub-continent and increasing its footprint in emerging markets. Inflow Technologies has…

TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY OPENS THIS YEAR IN ANGOLA

The Technologies and Sciences private university (UTEC), whose classes are set to start in the second quarter of 2007, is opening with 480 vacancies in eight courses of a four…

SOUTH AFRICA PATENT OPPOSITION COULD BE COSTLY

The battle to get a Microsoft-held XML patent overturned may not be as easily won in South Africa as it was in New Zealand last week. And it is likely…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Rwanda Development Gateway Group, a Government ICT development project, last Friday, launched a countrywide programme aimed at training senior secondary school teachers on Information Technology. - The Federal…

UGANDA SOFWARE INDUSTRY GROWS THROUGH MICROSOFT USER GROUP

A Dot NET user group was launched in Kampala recently. The group, supported by the East African arm of Microsoft but run as a separate and independent entity, brings together…

UGANDA PLANS ICT INCUBATOR TO ENCOURAGE SECTOR GROWTH

Uganda is setting up a USD600,000 (Shs 1.2bn) Information Communication and Technologies (ICT) incubation centre to help ICT businesses seek markets. It is hoped that the centre will enable those…

INTRINSIC INSTALLS MAJOR DATABASE APP IN LARGEST COAL TERMINAL

A seven-fold increase in performance, massive scalability and expertly-managed business processes are just some of the benefits claimed by Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) since it cut across to HP…

Firm Introduces 'Paperless Classroom in Nigeria

Aside the growing number of private schools in Nigeria that have impacted on the education sector, another initiative that is set to drive the sector further is the introduction of…

South Africa: Rand, Foreign Competition Hinder IT sales

Allied Electronics Corporation (Altron), a family-owned business and one of South Africa's largest electronic and electrical equipment companies, said last week the strong rand affected its exports and created stiff…

USAID to Support ICT Developments in Kenya

The US government is to extend technical assistance to Kenya in developing ICT strategies on universal access and broadband.According to an agreement signed between the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK)…

Pamoja’s Cloud Service ecosystem taking shape in Africa

Pamoja, a leading Cloud services and content aggregation business entity in the SEACOM stable, has entrenched the value of its service in East Africa and officially made this high-growth region…

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s Minister of State for Education Hajiya Aishatu Jibril Dukku has inaugurated this week the ministerial implementation committee on National Information Technology Education Framework (NITEF) to fast-track implementation of…

Nigerian University of Technology Opens in Abuja

Classes have begun at the African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja, with the pioneer set of 50 post-graduate students. Fifty percent of them are from Nigeria, 30 percent…

Computer News - In Brief

- The first e-learning platform, DZCampus, has been launched in Algeria. Initiated by the national library in cooperation with two Algerian companies specialised in interactive training and communication, this solution…

OVER 80% OF ICT REFORM’S GOALS ACHIEVED IN ALGERIA

Over 80% of the reforms’ goals in new information and communication technologies’ sector (ICT) have been “achieved,” according to Mahieddine Ouhadjj, senior executive at the Post and ICT ministry. In…

SOUTH AFRICA - BIGGEST SEARCH ENGINE TO LAUNCH THIS MONTH

Dissatisfied with the quality of current South African search engines, Alistair Carruthers has built Jonga which he hopes will become the first stop for South African Web searches when it…

ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE ANTI-FRAUD COMPUTER MEASURES

The Zambian government will later this year introduce a new bill in parliament that will protect the misuse of computers and the protection of fraud in banks and other financial…

Computer News - In Brief

- Cash-flush Altech has finally dipped into its R1bn treasure to pay R559m for Namitech, a smart card and secure technologies company in the Nampak stable. - Study papers presented…

Police Move Against Laptop and Phone Thieves at Nigeria’ s Computer Village

For the street urchins and persons bringing in stolen Laptops and GSM handsets for sale in the Computer Village Ikeja , it may not be business as usual again, as…

An Electronic Education Initiative is launched for Students in Nigeria

National Universities Commission (NUC), is collaborating with the e-DON Initiative to provide a platform for Nigerian students to be able to reach out and be reached within their classrooms by…

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs connected 66 embassies and high commissions abroad following the launch of their Global Communication Network (GCN) and ICT training centre. Minister of Foreign Affairs…

Computing – In Brief

The Ugandan government is facing a lawsuit from a local IT firm over its plans to siphon off half of the country’s ICT fund and rechannel it into a consolidated…

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s computer manufacturer, Omatek Computers Plc has rolled out a series of 8in and 10in Smart books. The key feature of the new Omatek Smartbooks is that they are…

Programos Wins Local Content Award in Nigeria

Programos Software Limited, Nigerian developer of software products for financial institutions, capital market and stockbroking firms in Nigeria, has emerged the winner of the Best Software Company with Local Content…

Computer News - In Brief

- Oracle has released another free software tool for building, deploying and managing secure Web applications using only a Web browser. Oracle Application Express Release 2.2 makes it easier for…

HP SIGNS CONTRACT WITH CAIRO BANK FOR 24/7 SERVICE BACK-UP

HP has recently been appointed by Cairo Bank to upgrade its IT system to ensure 24x7 oneline service availability through multi-channel call centre, ensuring better service availability and effectiveness. HPAs…

BANK OF UGANDA INSTALLS SH1.8B SOFTWARE

The Bank of Uganda (BOU) has signed up for Richmond Software worth sh1.8b for its foreign reserve management operations. "There was a need for a pro-active financial management system to…

ALGERIA’S BADR LAUNCHES COMPUTERISATION PROJECTS

Automatic bill payments and "bancassurance" are among the computerisation projects to be undertaken by Algerian bank, Banque Algérienne de Développement Rural (BADR), said Farouk Bouyacoub, the company’s D-G last week.…

Computer News - In Brief

• A state-funded project to help South African IT entrepreneurs develop business skills says it has partnered with over 400 companies since its launch 18 months ago. Most of these…

Child helplines launched in Zimbabwe to offer counselling and help

Child helplines are an outstanding example of the benefits of modern communication tools in helping people access the information and resources they need. Children are among the most disempowered in…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Tarek Kamel, announced the launch of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) at the Smart Village. Viewed as a technological and…

South Africa: Gijima in Apple tie-up

It appears there was method in Gijima’s madness after all. The JSE-listed IT company that earlier this year said it would buy all its employees Apple iPads has signed the…

Nigeria: Apple Establishes Presence in Nigerian ICT Market

Apple has announced a new plan to make its products officially available in Nigeria through its official Apple channels. This is the first time the company will make such move…

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…

Illegal Contract With Computer Company Suspended in Mozambique

The Mozambican Labour Ministry has suspended an apparently illegal contract between the National Social Security Institute (INSS) and the company MOZ IT Ltd, which had been hired to computerize the…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Egyptian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) has selected a comprehensive Juniper Networks routing and security solution to build a nationwide IPv6 network for the Egyptian Universities…

YOUNG LEADERS SIERRA LEONE LAUNCHES COMPUTER CENTRE

Young Leaders Sierra Leone Chapter, unveiled on Monday two Computers, Scanner, and a Printer at the National Museum Conference Hall, Cotton Tree donated to them by United Kingdom branch. Spokesman…

PAKISTANI MINISTER AWAIS LAGHARI SEEKS SUDAN VENTURES IN IT

Pakistan has offered a strategic relationship in the IT sector to Sudan, combining joint ventures and transfer of expertise and technical know-how. Minister for Information Technology, Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari…

ACER NAMES JET DISTRIBUTION AS PREFERRED AFRICAN PARTNER

Multinational PC brand, Acer, has signed an African distribution agreement with specialist distributor, Jet Distribution. The agreement will see the latter distributing Acer's entire product range, which includes PCs, notebooks,…

WESTERN CAPE’S SOCIAL SERVICES DEVELOP CHILD-TRACKING SYSTEM

Time Quantum has announced that the ICT department of social services of the Provincial Administration of the Western Cape (PAWC), has developed and implemented a street child tracking system, using…

Computer News - In Brief

- A Cape Town information technology company has designed software that can be used to enhance the experience of reading non-fiction books. The software has "conversational guides" called "cogs", that…

Nigeria’s National Universities Commission Data Base offers hosting to improve student access

Access to data online for graduates and undergraduates of Nigerian Universities had been a difficult exercise unlike what obtained in other climes. However, the establishment of National Universities Commission Data…

Zambia: KCM Donates 110 Computers to Nine Schools

Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) has provided 110 computers to nine schools and orphanages on the Copperbelt in a bid to enhance Information Communication Technology and the quality of education.The donation…

Mozambique to get military comms school

New Mozambican operator Movitel has allocated over USD1.5 million toward equipping a communications school for the Mozambican Defence Force.The school, to be built in Malhampsene in Matola, will offer training…

Nigeria: Microsoft, Jobberman Partner On Aiki.ng Employability Portal

Microsoft Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jobberman, Nigeria's leading recruitment website. The purpose is geared towards addressing unemployment and unlocking youths potential in Nigeria and other…

South Africa’s IT services set to break USD 4bn

The local information technology (IT) services market is expected to exceed $4 billion (R31 billion) this year, representing a year-on-year increase of more than 11 percent, according to the latest…

MEDSCHEME MIGRATES INFRASTRUCTURE TO LINUX WITH UNISYS

Medscheme, the largest medical aid administrator in southern Africa, recently made history, saved money and substantially improved its performance by upgrading its IT infrastructure. The project saw Medscheme upgrading its…

SA'S DEPT OF MINERALS AND ENERGY IMPLEMENTS NBX SYSTEM FOR VoIP

Choice Technologies, an IT systems and integration company, says that it has successfully implemented a 3Com NBX system at the Department of Minerals and Energy's Pretoria head office. The new…

DRC'S CENTRAL BANK LAUNCHES SUPERVISORY SOFTWARE

DRC's Central Bank has launched the setting up of software to supervise intermediary financial institutions. The Governor of the Central Bank Jeane-Claude Masangu and the President of the Regional Sub-Committee…

NIGERIA EXPORTS SOFTWARE TO UGANDA, SIERRA LEONE

Nigeria's non-oil export profile may have been boosted with the exportation of some softwares developed in the country now making waves in markets in Uganda and Sierra Leone. The President…

GRINTEK DEVELOPS SMART POWER SUPPLY UNIT FOR POS TERMINALS

 ICT specialist Grintek Telecom, a Grintek Limited company, has developed a 'smart' power supply unit for point of sale (PoS) terminals, providing an integrated standard power supply, a GSM GPRS…

SA’S BLACK EMPOWERMENT CLAUSE HOLDING UP ICT CHARTER

DeadlocK between multinational computer giants and their local counterparts could delay the long-awaited information technology and computer (ICT) charter beyond its June deadline. The third draft charter stipulates that technology…

Tunisian Government Opens New Cyberpark in Southern Tunisia

In Tunisia, the ICT sector currently accounts for 11% of the country's GDP. Efforts are underway to further boost its contribution to reach 13% of the GDP in the next…

Nigeria: National Software Policy Will Boost Economic Diversification

The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Prof. Cleopas Angaye, has said the national software policy being developed by the Federal Government will help in making the…

Computer News - In Brief

- Ghanaian operator Rlg Communications expects to deliver the last 34,249 laptops to Ghana's Basic School Computerisation Project by the end of this month, Biztech reported. Rlg, which assembles the…

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…

Gemalto selected for Algerian ePassport

Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, announces it has been chosen to provide the Algerian governmental agency “Hôtel des Monnaies de la Banque d’Algérie” with its Sealys eCover for…

Computing – In Brief

IWayAfrica Zimbabwe has been awarded its Cisco Select Certified Partner status after demonstrating the technical ability and product knowledge necessary to sell, install and support Cisco solutions.

Computer News - In Brief

- South Africa’s minister of public service and administration, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, took centre stage at a protest march in Norway. The march was held to protest alleged irregularities in the…

LOW COST, LOW ENERGY COMPUTER FINDS WAY TO DEVELOPING MARKETS

A group in Sweden have quietly developed a new, low cost computer, specially designed for use in developing countries. Features include sturdy case, low energy consumption as it runs on…

AFRICANS MEET IN GHANA IN FEBRUARY FOR WSIS PREPCOM

With the second stage of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) set to be held in November in North Africa, a three-day African preparatory meeting next…

ECOBANK NIGERIA LAUNCHES MASTERCARD AND CARDS TECHNOLOGY BECOMES THIRD PARTY PROCESSOR

With the launching of MasterCard Credit card issued by Ecobank Nigeria, a window of business opportunity opens to 900,000 ATM locations, 32.8 million merchants' acceptance locations in over 120 countries…

GOSSIP LAUNCHES AN ONLINE WHO'S WHO OF OPEN SOURCE DEVELOPERS

 The Go Open Source campaign today launched GOSSIP, an online who's who of South African open source companies and companies. “Called GOSSIP – an abbreviation for Guide to Open Source…

OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE CENTRE OPENS IN KAMPALA

The African Open software community in Uganda is to set up a regional training centre in Kampala to train up to 200 students a year with the help of Dutch…

"KENYA’S DRAFT ICT POLICY AND STRATEGY NEGATES DEVELOPMENT GOALS"

Kenya recently held a national ICT convention aimed at bringing together a wide group of stakeholders to discuss Kenya’s information and communications technology (ICT) policy and most importantly work towards…

NEW SA HOTHOUSE FOR SOFTWARE ENTREPRENEURS TAKES OFF

An incubation centre for software entrepreneurs has proved so popular that it has had to double in size more than a year ahead of schedule The Softstart centre has already…

Govt Plans New Laws to Check Dumping of E-Waste in Nigeria

The Federal Government said it will soon enact new laws that will regulate the importation and dumping of end-of life electrical/electronic equipment into the country to check the harmful effects…

New software provider enters Ugandan market

A new software service provider “Twenty Third Century Systems” (TTCS) will this week launch its services in Uganda.The Uganda launch will be the fourth destination for the company among the…

Computing In Brief

- A software development company, Logicode (Private) Limited, was launched in Harare last week. The company has been in existence for more than two years. Speaking at the launch, Logicode…

Computer News - In Brief

- A Liberian women and children NGO, the Volunteers for the Care of Abused and Abandoned Children- (VOCAAC) has donated a set of computers to the Center of Media Studies…

Computer News - In Brief

- The continent's scientists and professionals in the Diaspora as well as their counterparts back home have teamed up to establish a world-class African Institute for Science and Technology (AIST).…

3COM SA INTRODUCES SECURITY SWITCHES FOR SECURE NETWORKS

3Com SA has unveiled its 3Com Security Switches 7245 and 7280, two cost-effective security services switches that offer large enterprises and service providers a safer, simpler way to secure their…

CAPE TOWN SCORES FIRST OUTBOUND GERMAN CALL CENTRE

Cape Town’s burgeoning contact centre industry has chalked up another high-profile international client, with local company Sales Engine winning a contract to provide telesales services to two state lotteries in…

Computer News - In Brief

-   The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has chosen Hyperion Strategic Finance as its financial modelling and evaluation software solution, aiming to guarantee enhanced levels of accuracy in terms of financial…

Computer News - In Brief

- Telkom, Vodacom and Absa have entered into a strategic alliance aimed at the development and marketing of communications and banking solutions between the three. The agreement will not be…

Computer News - In Brief

- Storage software provider, Veritas Software, has announced an expanded relationship with EDS, the global services company, that aims to enable EDS to help organisations to improve the performance and…

SOUTH AFRICA: REPORT SAYS CITI SUCCESS SETS EXAMPLE FOR ICT CLUSTER

The success of the Cape Information Technology Initiative’s (CITI) efforts to foster cluster development in the Western Cape is setting a precedent for ICT development in South Africa, an Infonomics…

Computing News: In Brief

* In a bid to solve the problem of inadequate computers in most universities of Rwanda in the country, the Ministry of Education is considering providing laptops to students in…

Africa has to start collecting data, conference hears

South Africa is spearheading activities to collect and curate research data about the African continent in an effort to shrug off its data-poor image. A prototype of the World Data…

Computer News - In Brief

- Communication, Science and Technology minister Prof Makame Mbarawa last week launched a state-of-the-art communication and information technology centre, dubbed ‘TANZICT and Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi)’ in Dar es…

Rwanda’s Mayors Promise ICT for All in 2008

All Rwandans at the cell level could have access to ICT facilities by the end of next year if plans presented by district mayors yesterday are implemented. A cell is…

TARSUS TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES NEW IPAQS AVAILABLE

Tarsus Technologies has announced the availability of several new iPAQ PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) in the HP stable. These devices have been designed to take advantage of new functionality brought…

KENYA AIRWAYS TO START E-TICKETS

Kenya Airways (KA) is in the process of commencing electronic ticketing at its agencies.The airways country manager, Emmanuel Okware, said this during a press conference in Kampala last week."This is…

RWANDA LAUNCHES SECONDARY SCHOOLS COMPUTERISATION PROGRAMME LAUNCHED

Rwanda has launched a national programme to provide computer laboratories, Internet access and computer training for teachers in secondary schools. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the government said the…

RSAWebAcquires New Data Centre to Accommodate Increased Demand for Cloud

Internet service provider RSAWeb last week announced the acquisition of their second Data Centre facility, located in Cape Town, South Africa. The new facility was strategically purchased to accommodate increased…

MTN SA launches low-cost Steppa Tablet

Following the sell-out of the Steppa 1, MTN SA has revealed the next device in their low-cost range – the Steppa Tablet.Bundled with 200 MB data for 12 months, the…

Laptops in Africa's classrooms; saviour or a waste of good money?

AFRICA’S tech boom has made many governments on the continent eager to incorporate e-learning into their education policies, to mixed success.Rwanda’s One Laptop per Child project has seen over 203,000…

E-Ticketing to be launched soon in Nigeria

An electronic system of ticketing, an initiative of National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA), supported by Zenith Bank, will soon hit the Nigeria airline market. Christened BSP e-Ticketing, it…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is working towards the creation of a friendly ICT learning environment in Kenyan educational institutions.The Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Professor…

Computer News - In Brief

- Datacentrix has almost completed the implementation of its Microsoft Great Plains business solution at SA National Parks. The project is scheduled to go live on 1st April 2003.

Solar-Powered Computer Lab Brings Internet to North of Kenya

From the grazing fields to the mobile cyber cafe - this seems to be the new thing awaiting the youth in Northern Kenya who want to communicate with the "outside…

Africa’s Nations Call for ICTs to Tackle Disease

African health ministers have called for the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to help with attempts to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and sickle-cell disease.The recommendation…

Tanzania: Computer Project to Benefit Mtwara, Zanzibar Pupils

Thousands of pupils and teachers from public primary schools in Zanzibar and Mtwara region are set to benefit from the TZ21 project, a five-year United States Agency for International Development…

Samsung Bequeaths Kenyan Primary Schools With E-Learning Libraries

VENTURES AFRICA – In line with its commitment to providing quality platforms for education of school children in Kenya, Samsung has started an initiative which will see the South Korean…

Computting - In Brief

Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye has disclosed that the state government is building an ultra modern e-based learning outfit that will incorporate e-instructional television, e-classroom and e-drama…

Lagos Shuts Computer Village Over Tax issue

Lagos has shut down its famous computer village in Ikeja over alleged failure of the marketers to pay personal income tax. Officials of the state Board of Internal Revenue on…

Angola’s IT Sector recorded significant growth in 2007

In 2007 Angola recorded significant growth in the sector of information and communication technologies. Available data indicate that about 3 million citizens are connected to Internet and are cell phone…

SOUTH AFRICA OFFERS SPECIAL TRAINING FOR WOMEN WHO RUN TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES

Women who run hi-tech companies in Western Cape are being invited to enter a competition with prizes of business mentorship up for grabs. The contest is being run by the…

CORRECTIONS

ISSUE 231: ACCRA COURT ORDERS PRINCE KOFI KUDJESON TO REPAY USD67,000 FOR DEFRAUDING KASAPA (FORMERLY CELTEL) The sum involved was actually USD670,000 and the source of the Court report was…

Uganda: Sh3 Billion Lost to Software Piracy

Microsoft loses Sh2.8b monthly to piracy in Busoga, Buganda and Ankole, a survey has shown. However, the firm loses over $15b (about sh31.7 trillion) annually due to software piracy, Andrew…

Computer News - In Brief

* The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) is to organise a three-day training workshop for its members in the North East geopolitical zone on e-governance. According to a…

New Senegalese Business Incubator Opened to Support Early-Stage ICT Enterprises

On April 19th, 2011, the Dakar Information and Communication Technologies Incubator (CITIC) officially launched. This business incubation center is the result of a public-private partnership among infoDev, a donor funded…

Computer News - In Brief

- Lecturers and staff from four universities across Ethiopia are receiving computer training thanks to the work of a UK charity and a Worcester college In total, 50 people will…

Exams in Zimbabwe to be marked electronically for first time ever

Exams in Zimbabwe to be marked electronically for first time everZimbabwe’s secondary school examinations will be evaluated using the electronic marking technology for the first time ever, even as the…

IBM expands its operations in Kenya

IBM is expanding its operations in Kenya from simply sales and marketing offices to a fully fledged operation to capture growth in the East African region. During the press conference…

ICTs represent 10% of Tunisia's GDP

Tunisia's Ministry of Communication Technologies is willing to increase the part of the ICT sector in the country's GDP in order to reach a 13.5% share by 2010, against 7.8%…

Computer News - In Brief

- Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is consolidating its presence in sub-Saharan Africa, and has shown quarter-on-quarter growth of about 30% in the region. AMD has had a local presence since…

EXPERT SCEPTICAL ON E-COMMERCE TAKE UP IN ETHIOPIA

A country with unskilled labor force and having limited access to computers, has a difficult task to keep up with the technology needed to engage in e-commerce business. Besides, the…

Nigeria: 'Citizens Spends N25 Billion On Software Imports', says NOTAP

Nigeria has spent over N25 billion in the past decade to acquire foreign software and other forms of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the National Office for Technology Acquisition and…

Piracy 'Blame Game' Puts Businesses at Risk in South Africa

When asked why their business is using unlicensed software, the number one excuse given by business managers is "it is someone else's fault", the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has revealed…

Nairobi Targets Technology to Raise Parking Revenue

The City Council of Nairobi projects to grow its monthly revenue from car parking services by 78 per cent to Sh16 million when an automated system is set up in…

Kenya: IT Entrepreneurs Find Surprise Success in Dadaab Refugee Camps

Two decades on, Dadaab is home to many resourceful refugees who feel unable to return to Somalia Mohammed Bashir Sheik was four when he arrived at Dadaab refugee camp with…

Uganda: Citizens Opt for Cloned Computers

Uganda Green Computers, an initiative by the Government to enable small and medium size enterprises to buy affordable computers to because of the popularity of cloned computers in the market.…

Refurbished PCs make computer ownership more affordable and accessible in South Africa

Six local computer refurbishment partners have joined Microsoft's Secondary PC programme in South Africa to make high-quality PCs more affordable for people across the country. By participating in the programme…

$100 LAPTOP ROLLOUT EVER CLOSER

Things have progressed since the $100 laptop prototype was first publicly unveiled at a press conference with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and MIT's Nicholas Negroponte at last year's second phase…

Expansion of ICT sector fuels Egypt’s economic growth

Reports last week revealed that Egypt’s overall economy expanded by 4.7 percent in the fiscal year through June, fuelled by the expansion of its information and communications technology sector which…

Teacher Gets US$400,000 to Establish ICT Centre At Damongo in Ghana

A National Business plan competition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme, Believe Begin Become has awarded a 32 year old teacher of Damongo Secondary School (DASS), Prince Yakubu Tahiru an amount of…

Computer News - In Brief

- Kenya Reinsurance Corporation slashed its dividend to invest the money in a new Enterprise Resource Platform (ERP), management said. Kenya Re managing director Jadiah Mwarania believes the system will…

Tunisia: Young Tunisian Finds Friends in Techgirls Program

As a young child, Nada Lakhal first learned to use a computer so she could email her parents whenever they left town on various trips. Since then, the 16-year-old Tunisian's…

Samsung to open up assembly plant in Ethiopia

Samsung Electronics Co. will be opening up a laptop and printer assembly plant in Ethiopia over the next few months. This is seen as a strategic move in increasing its…

Reducing the Cost of ICTs for Kenyan NGOs

There are approximately 4,000 non-profit organisations operating in Kenya today. These organisations make a significant contribution in response to the development and service delivery challenges facing the country. The strengthening…

Computer News - In Brief

- There appears to be tough time ahead for software pirates as the Software giant, Microsoft Nigeria, in conjunction with the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN)…

TECHNOLOGY IS THE SOLUTION, SAYS GATES

Microsoft founder Bill Gates touted technology as a solution to Africa's development problems, saying his organisation aimed to boost development on the world's poorest continent. The computer billionaire was in…

ENABLIS ROLLS OUT VC ICT INVESTMENT SERVICE TO SOUTHERN AFRICA  

The Enablis global entrepreneurial network is set to expand further into Africa following a further R27,6m donation promised over the next five years from Accenture and Telesystem. Conceived at the…

Computer News - In Brief

- Computer manufacturer and technology importer Mustek 's profit has taken a serious dive, with a loss of R67.,8m caused by foreign exchange fluctuations bringing its figures down, the company…

South Africa’s IQ to Recruit 150 Indian Software Developers

Privately owned IQ Business Group is planning to import 150 Indian software developers over the next 18 months and use them as mentors to train local recruits. The scheme will…

Computer News - In Brief

- Deputy Minister lauded the initiative of leading South African company Esquire Technologies, which donated computers, sporting equipment and books to the Lenasia Secondary School as its contribution to Mandela…

Vodacom expands training programme

Vodacom's teacher training centres will be open for members of the public to use computer facilities free of charge.Vodacom's teacher training centres will be open for members of the public…

Computer News - In Brief

- Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Information Communication and Technology has finalised the Information Communication and Technology draft Bill as it moves to meet some of its targets in the 100-day plan.…

Greenpeace lashes rising e-waste in Africa

Greenpeace called on the world's electronics companies Tuesday to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their products, saying toxic waste from wealthy nations' gadgets ends up being dumped in poor countries despite…

CAPE VERDE RANKED SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE ON IT

Cape Verde is Portuguese-speaking African country with most access to information technology and communications, both in terms of availability and price, according to the International Telecommunications Union. On the International…

BANQUE SÉNÉGALO-TUNISIENNE LAUNCHES E-CASH CARD CALLED KALPÉ

Banque Sénégalo-Tunisienne (BST) announced the launch last Thursday of a banking card that can carry cash for Senegal named Kalpé. It can be used to pay bills and to access…

10,000 subscribe to Botswana’s First National Bank’s electronic service

Banking giant First National Bank (FNBB) is reaping the benefits of introducing the unique electronic banking service in the country. The bank says its electronic banking service is so far…

ICT teachers improve their skills in Cameroon

Close to a 100 teachers from Government secondary and high schools in the Southwest Province of Cameroon have been drilled on new developments in Information and Communication Technology, ICT, and…

MPS SUPPORT E-GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION IN KENYA

Kenya's legislators have surprisingly added their voice in support of the transformation to electronic governance in their operations, both within parliament and in at the constituency level. During a two-day…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Nigerian Federal Government has ordered 1million Laptops for Children At N13bn. Nigeria has paid for one million, $100 a piece Laptops computers designed by One Laptop per Child…

MICROSOFT TRANSLATES WINDOWS INTO THREE SOUTH AFRICAN LOCAL LANGUAGES

First-time computer users who are daunted by a barrage of alien terms and technologies will find the learning process far easier as Microsoft finally converts its most popular software to…

CITY LODGE AWARDS R1,4M SOFTWARE CONTRACT

City Lodge Hotels has awarded a R1,4m contract to business and financial software reseller and solutions provider Lorge, to install and implement Accpac Advantage Series Enterprise Edition accounting software. The…

CS HOLDINGS, TELKOM FUND SYSTEM FOR SA’S LEGAL AID BOARD

In a deal worth R14.4m, JSE-listed CS Holdings, in partnership with Telkom, is to develop and implement an administration and financial management system for the Legal Aid Board, an independent…

Uganda’s ICT Minister Nsambu promotes solar power for PCs

In an interview with eLearning Africa, ICT State Minister for Uganda John Chrysostom Alintuma Nsambu talked about how solar and battery power should be used for PCs in the African…

South Africa: Microsoft gets nod for BEE deal

Software giant Microsoft SA expects to name the first four or five winning partners in its multimillion-rand empowerment deal by next February. This comes after it dispelled government's concerns, which…

Tech whiz brings gift of computers to Ghana’s children

When techno-whiz Seth Owusu left Ghana for the United States in 1991, he had never used a computer before.But two decades later, he’s using the power of technology to provide…

Uganda’s University develops Firefox web browser in local language

Makerere University Faculty of Computing and Information Technology [CIT] has created a Luganda version of Firefox Mozilla Internet browser which will now be accessed by more millions of people who…

IT WORKERS SCORE BIG IN SALARY STAKES IN SOUTH AFRICA

Salaries in the IT industry have risen an average of 25% in the past year, but 33% of employees still believe they are underpaid. They also know they are in…

FACE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND NSSF SHS6B LOSS, SAYS UGANDAN MP

Face Technology caused the $3million (about Shs 6billion) loss to the National Social Security Fund, Kasilo county MP Elijah Okupa told Parliament on Thursday NSSF lost over Shs6 billion in…

SHUTTLEWORTH, CANONICAL LAUNCH USD10M UBUNTU FOUNDATION  

Mark Shuttleworth and Canonical, founders of the popular Ubuntu Linux-based operating system, today announced the creation of The Ubuntu Foundation with an initial investment of USD10m. The Ubuntu Foundation will…

DATAFIN CLINCHES OUTSOURCING DEALS WITH UK-BASED COMPANIES

DataFin has successfully completed outsourcing contracts with three UK-based companies. Plans to set up further similar alliances are under way. The projects involved recruiting and setting up development teams for…

IN BRIEF:

- An early version of the Linux-based OpenMoko NEO 1973 has been released to allow developers to begin writing applications and device drivers. Although dubbed by some as an iPhone…

Rwanda: Bus Company Introduces Electronic Payment

A commuter bus service company, Kigali Bus Services (KBS), effective today started issuing electronic cards for its passengers, a technology that is the first of its kind in the Great…

Kenyatta Hospital Records Set to Go Digital

The ICT Board is planning a Sh34 million project to digitise records at the Kenyatta National Hospital, to increase efficiency and improve service delivery.Commencing in April, the project will see…

Computer News - In Brief

- The government of Mauritius is negotiating with Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD). for the provision of low-cost personal computers. The Mauritian government's objective is to bring the price of…

LOW TECH IS THE REASON FOR POOR FINANCIAL ACCESSIBILITY IN TANZANIA

Poor or low technology level is one of the many factors that hinder people from accessing services from various financial institutions in Tanzania. This is because, today, the internet and…

CNTI APPEALS FOR COLLABORATION ON COMPUTERISED CRIME LAW FOR ANGOLA

The National Information Technology Commission (CNTI) appealed to experts of the sector for a greater participation in the elaboration of the law on computerised crime, protection of data and information…

Computer News - In Brief

- JSE-listed UCS Group has been named Top IT Company in Gauteng at the Top 300 National Companies Awards held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Gauteng on October 16.…

GIFEC to set up ICT centres in nurses training institutions in Ghana

The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) on Monday rolled out its electronic connectivity agenda for 2011, which includes setting Information, Communication and Technology centres in all nurses training…

Mozambique: 40 Million Dollars to Computerise Civil Registration

Maputo — The Mozambican government needs 40 million US dollars in order to computerise the civil registration system throughout the country, reports the electronic newsheet "Canal de Mocambique".The National Director…

Nigeria: Omatek Launches its latest 8 inch version Notebook

One of Nigeria’s leading OEM companies, Omatek Computers Limited has launched the latest version of its 8" notebook into the Nigerian market. Speaking at the launching ceremony which was held…

TAIWAN BOOSTS DOCIT COMPUTER CENTRE IN GAMBIA

Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, Secretary of State for Communications and Information Technology, alongside Dr Patrick Chang, Taiwanese Ambassador to The Gambia, on Thursday, inspected the new Computer Repairing and Maintenance Centre at…

NIGERIA RANKED THIRD IN THE WORLD FOR CYBER-CRIME, SAYS SURVEY

A computer crime as well as cyber survey conducted recently indicated that Nigeria is the most internet fraudulent country in Africa. Besides, the same report further stated that the giant…

Computer News - In Brief

- London- and Johannesburg-listed Datatec expects its results for the second half of the year to be an improvement on the previous year, as profitability continues to pick up. In…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) on Tuesday presented 360 computers to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development for distribution to 24 Community Development Vocational…

biNu and Worldreader Partner to Bring Digital Books to Millions of Mobile Users

biNu, a content rich, social networking platform optimized for mobile feature phones and low-end smartphones, today announced a partnership with Worldreader to deliver digital books to biNu users. The partnership…

Cisco, in association with World Wide Worx, has released the findings from the Cloud in Africa:

The research shows that Cloud computing uptake is about to explode in Africa’s major economies, as businesses gain confidence in both the security and reliability of the Cloud.Key findings from…

Why Pamoja says Cloud cover is good for Africa

Cloud is ready for your business in 2014, but is your business ready for the Cloud? This was the question put to delegates at an information session on the impact…

Inventor of Africa’s first medical tablet wins international award

Arthur Zang, an IT engineer from Cameroon, is one of five Rolex Award young laureates that will receive funding for an innovative invention that has the potential to change the…

Airtel Gabon, Unesco launch USD 4 mln schools IT programme

Airtel Gabon has signed a XAF 2.4 billion (approximately USD 4 million) cheque to the 'Former ma generation – Gabon 5000' programme, which is also backed by the education ministry…

Ghana soon to have an ICT Policy in place

The Minister for Communications, Dr. Benjamin Aggrey-Ntim has assured the nation that it would soon set a policy that would ensure the smooth penetration of Information Communication Technology (ICT) into…

Fight for Project Rosa may be over : T-Systems the winner?

Old Mutual and Mutual and Federal have identified a preferred potential supplier for what has been described as one of the biggest ICT outsourcing contracts in the local financial sector.…

UGANDAN SOFTWARE TO BE USED IN IRAQ

A software programme for microfinance institutions (MFIs) has found a new market in Iraq. The software, which was purchased by an American Louis Berger group, will be used in three…

MOROCCO TO HOST OUTSOURCED BANKING, INSURANCE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CENTRES

 Speaking at the "Moroccan Youth Days" held in the Paris-based Arab World Institute (IMA), on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Moroccan independence, Fourtou said the computer consultancy…

SOUTH AFRICAN ICT GIANT INVESTS IN TANZANIA

The South Africa Business Connexion (Pty) Ltd acquired Intrinsic Technology in December last year, and has since then been working closely with management in the Tanzania office to ensure that…

New IT company to open soon in Gambia

The Gambia's information and technology industry will soon see the birth of another major information technology company, the BizDataSoft Solutions. This development was disclosed to this reporter by Famara Sawaneh,…

Zimbabwe: President Launches E-Government

President Mugabe yesterday launched Zimbabwe's e-government programme and handed over laptops and printers to Vice Presidents Joice Mujuru and John Nkomo, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputies Thokozani Khupe…

Africa: Report Warns of Dangers of Increasing E-Waste in West Africa

A newly-released United Nations report has revealed that West Africa is facing a significant increase in waste generated by electronic equipment which poses mounting health and environmental risks.About 85 per…

Nigeria - Federal Government launches Students’ PC Ownership Scheme’

The Federal Government last week, demonstrated its commitment to put personal computers (PCs) and laptops in the hands of every Nigerian, when it launched the ‘Students’ PC Ownership Scheme’, in…

Computing – In brief

- Nigeria - Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board in partnership with Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, has introduced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in public primary schools across the state.…

IBM Set 10-year Plan to Address Cognitive Computing in Africa

The International Business Machine (IBM) has come up with a 10-year business model that will address cognitive computing in Africa. This, according to the company, will help develop data for…

Google appoints Upperlink as SMB reseller for West Africa

Google has appointed Upperlink as its premier Small and Medium Business (SMB) reseller for West Africa. As part of the Apps Reseller programme, Upperlink will receive training, support and deployment…

WTEC to train Nigerian girls on internet, social media

Lagos-based Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre has expressed its preparedness to train girls in public schools on the use of social media and the internet.In a statement signed by the Executive…

KDN to Embark on a Countrywide Digital Villages Roll Out in Kenya

The Kenya Data Networks (KDN) is embarking on a major roll out of a KShs. 210 million initiative to expand the reach of ICT and its benefits to the rural…

Slow down coming in South African ICT sector?

South African technology resellers of all sizes are facing renewed cash-flow pressure and finding their livelihoods more threatened than ever before. Pierre Spies, CEO of Tarsus Technologies says these challenges…

Computer News - In Brief

- The operation "a computer per household," called "Ousratic" will come to a close by 2010, Algerian Post and ICT Minister Boudjemaa Haïchour indicated on Monday in Tiaret. A financial…

Computer News - In Brief

- Young people from eight African countries have formed an e-Africa Youth Programme to promote information technology in their countries. The body has been formed as a New Partnership for…

UGANDA HOLDS FIRST ICT JOURNALISM AWARDS

The first ever Uganda ICT Journalism Awards took place on Friday May 6th 2005, in a rather low-key ceremony recognizing journalists who have tried their best to bring out the…

Uganda: French Firm to Computerise Land Registry

The Government and the Private Sector Foundation have signed a contract with a French firm to computerise land records. The head of the Private Sector Foundation, Gideon Badagawa, said IGN…

Kenya: HIV and Aids Research Shifts to New Technology

Two research institutions have adopted a technological solution to maximise efficiency in data collection in HIV and Aids research.The Questionnaire Development System (QDS), which the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri)…

Computer News - In Brief

- South African IT firm Face Technologies which won the N$63,8 million contract to provide the elections body with mobile voter-registration units, has defended its winning bid, saying it takes…

Computing News – In Brief

- The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the government agency responsible for the implementation of Information Technology (IT) policies in the country has said that this year's conference on…

South Africa's Western Cape launches free Wi-Fi pilot

South Africa's Western Cape government has launched a free Wi-Fi pilot project at The Hague Primary School, in Delft, and plans to extend it to Atlantis, Robertson and the Garden…

More funding for integrated fingerprint and DNA database in South Africa

The upgrading of information technology and telecommunications system will be one of projects South Africa will fund to the tune of R5 billion to fight crime. Following the country’s budget…

Is Microsoft Swahili Version Failing?

When Microsoft announced in 2003 that it had launched a Kiswahili version of their Microsoft Office applications, linguists saw it as a big triumph for the language - and a…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Ugandan Government has offered Microsoft land and a go-ahead to construct a software development facility. Microsoft signed a letter of intent with the Government and the United Nations…

DECISION TIME ON BOTSWANA' MAITLAMO STRATEGY

It's decision time on Maitlamo, the National ICT Policy master plan that is intended to transform Botswana through the effective countrywide use of information and communications technology. An ‘open house’…

Nigeria’s House of Representatives Shelves Electronic Voting

The House of Representatives said Nigeria cannot afford to adopt the electronic voting system now because of the high level of illiteracy amongst the electorate, the challenge of epileptic power…

ECA seal ICT deal with Microsoft

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and global computer giant, Microsoft Corporation have sealed a partnership memorandum of understanding that aims to foster regional cooperation and economic growth in…

Rwanda’s Traders Want VAT On It Equipment Scrapped

Business was booming until November last year. But now, dealers in IT equipment are crying foul over the Value Added Tax (VAT) imposed by Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA).The traders have…

E-Payment Delays Salaries of Public Servants in Nigeria

Federal Civil servants have been gnashing their teeth as the implementation of government's e-payment programme locked their salaries in bank vaults. An investigation by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)…

Computer News - In Brief

- Dakar in Senegal will host next week the third annual conference on open source software with the support of the African Foundation for open source software. - PC-BSD, an…

SA MP3 CONTEST TO HEAT UP

The portable digital music marketing war is about to heat up in South Africa, with the appointment of Cape Town-based Reviva Technologies as the local distributor of portable digital music…

Milestone for Stop-Start Gauteng School Computer Lab Project

An eight-year-old project to install computer labs in all Gauteng schools has finally reached 1300 classrooms, after an initial R500m scheme was abandoned and a fresh R2bn tender issued. Gauteng…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Rwanda Capital Market Advisory Council (CMAC) has plans to introduce electronic trading. According to its Executive Director, Mr. Robert Mathu, this “is the only way we shall integrate…

Computer News - In Brief

- MTN Ghana has opened a new ICT Centre for the Abossey Okai Traders Association and the entire community as part of efforts to bring quality telecommunication services closer to…

OLPC’s decision to end small-scale deployments hits African roll-outs

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has quietly shut the door on small-scale OLPC deployments, preferring to focus on large-scale installations only. The move is a serious blow to…

DAR ES SALAAM STOCK EXCHANGE SET FOR ELECTRONIC TRADING

The Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) will go electronic as soon as the installation of the Automated Trading System (ATS) is complete. According to Jonathan Njau, the chief executive…

KENYAN FIRM LAUNCHES NEW SOFTWARE

A Kenyan company recently launched new procurement software that will help firms save on costs. The software, known as Impex, is an e-intelligent software that requires minimum human input to…

First Taste of Success for a Young Software Developer in Rwanda

A senior-six student in Essa Nyarungunga, has made a name for himself by creating computer software that is already being used by some companies. Yves Kamanzi does not just study…

Nigeria: Muslim Centre Organises Seminar On Cyber Crime for Students

The management of Muslim Community Centre, Wuse, Abuja on Thursday organised a one day seminar on the dangers of cyber crime for the students and staff of Fou'ad Lababidi Islamic…

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…

Computer News - In Brief

- Financial services provider Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) goes live on the Temenos T24 core banking software provided by Swiss integrated core banking systems company Temenos. T24 replaces the bank’s…

MICROSOFT ANNOUNCES VISTA AVAILABLE FOR AFRICAN BUSINESS CUSTOMERS

 Reaffirming its commitment to markets across Africa as part of its global activities, Microsoft last announced the availability of Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System and Exchange 2007 for business…

Computer News - In Brief

- Zimbabwe's Minister of Rural Housing and Social Amenities, Emmerson Mnangagwa, last Monday disbursed 20 state-of-the-art computers to two schools in Kwekwe. Manunure High School and Mbizo Secondary School received…

Computer News - In Brief

- Kebbi state in Nigeria will introduce e-payment system in order to fish out ghost workers in the government pay-roll. To achieve the set objective of the e-payment system, a…

Kenya: Techno Brain Offers IT Placement for Graduates

Techno Brain, a software development company has partnered with the NetHope Academy by providing placement opportunities for fresh university graduates for a six-month program at the academy to enhance their…

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,…

KENYA WILL GET ELECTRONIC TAX RETURNS BY 2008

Next year could see the last gatherings of crowds as Kenya Revenue Authority employees gather their annual paper mountains.Taxpayers will be able to file their returns electronically by June 2008,…

WEB TOOL BUILDS AFRICAN LANGUAGE COMPUTING

LocaleGEN, an online tool to help build African language locales in up to 700 African languages, will be released. Alberto Escudero-Pascual, a software localisation developer known for his work on…

SOUTH AFRICAN COMPANY LAUNCHES NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR PDA

February will see the launch of a personal navigation system for handheld computers in SA. MapIT is launching Map and Travel South African Cities, which the company says can route…

KOFI ANNAN CENTRE SETS BOLD AMBITION BUT GETS PRIVATE SECTOR CRITICISM

Ghana is to be the site for the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence that will be linked to the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing in India as a further…

Computing – In Brief

- MFI pro print, the distribution partner for Hewlett Packard (HP) has launched the new HP Indigo 5600 digital offset printing press into the Nigerian market.- The State Information Technology…

Morocco announces court ICT system upgrades

The Moroccan government has announced that it has launched a new ICT digital court project for all its judicial system at the court of cassation in Rabat. The move will…

Computing – In Brief

The country's communication and technology regulator, the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), has since trained police officers on detecting and investigating cyber-related crimes, said Stella Libongani, the inspector-general…

Nigeria’s Datasphir Solutions CEO hits out at the growing market for secondhand ICT products

Industry experts and retailers have bemoaned the influx of secondhand IT products into the Nigerian market, even as they expressed concern that its presence will continue to cripple the country's…

ANGOLA’S INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES STEERING PLAN COMES INTO EFFECT

The Cabinet Council's decree that approves the Government's Steering Plan on Information Technologies (ITs)aimed at the equipping of the organisms with technological means, improvement of the quality of services and…

A COMPUTER FOR AFRICA

Ochuko Onoberhie is from the Fantsuam Foundation in Nigeria, a non-profit founded in 1996. Among the many many projects pursued by the organisation one -- the Solo computer -- stands…

SA’S BYTES TECHNOLOGY GROUP ACQUIRES STORAGE COMPANY OPTITEK

Bytes Technology Group Limited (BTG), the JSE-listed company and member of the Altron group, has announced its acquisition of Optitek, an industry acknowledged consultancy company, specialising in the design and…

Gemalto Selected to Build Secure and Reliable Biometric National Registry in Gabon

Gemalto, has been selected by the Government of Gabon for its national biometric identification initiative, following an international tender. The program aims to build a reliable national biometric civil registry…

South Africa’s hi-tech tour operator

Imagine being in a foreign country, sitting on a tour bus, and having the possibility of borrowing a tablet computer to get online and call home to tell your family…

South Africa’s Government sets timelines for ICT projects

Government has laid out its programme of action for ICT projects for the last four months of the year and set strict deadlines that each department will have to meet.…

Laptop Ownership Programme Moves to Teachers and Students in Uganda

The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology's (ICTs) laptop ownership programme that initially targeted the civil service has moved onto school teachers and their students. The Civil and Corporate Employees…

SOFTWARE PIRATES FORCED TO COUGH UP IN SOUTH AFRICA

Nine computer resellers have been forced to pay compensation to Microsoft after being caught installing unlicensed software on the stock they sold. The companies in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town…

THE PROMISE AND PROBLEMS OF TELEMEDICINE

As the 11th annual conference of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth drew to a close Wednesday in Cape Town, South Africa, the ability of Africa to adopt and…

ONLINE AUCTIONING ROAD SHOW UNDER WAY

Online marketplace Bidorbuy is running a national road show to inform existing and potential traders how to auction their wares online. The Bidorbuy seminar-style road show started in Pietermaritzburg on…

IT MARKET TO DOUBLE IN MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA BY 2008, SAYS IDC

HP together with International Data Corporation (IDC), last week discussed the implications of the enormous growth that the IT industry is facing in the Middle East and North African (MENA)…

Computer News - In Brief

- Senegal’s ambitious Project Technopole seems to have been stopped in its tracks. It appears to have been a victim of regime change as it was a priority of the…

SA’S SMEs STILL HAVE FAITH IN IT’S COST-CUTTING ABILITIES, SAYS SURVEY

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have faith in IT’s ability to reduce costs and bring about profitability, says Arthur Goldstuck, MD of research firm World Wide Worx, who launched his…

Gilat Satcom Partners with Global Tracking of Ethiopia to Offer Fleet Management and Personal Tracking Solutions

Gilat Satcom, a provider of domestic and international fiber and satellite-based connectivity services in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, announced last week that it has concluded a partnering agreement…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Namibia Non-Governmental Organisation Forum (NANGOF) Trust last week donated a batch of used laptops to six community and faith-based organisations in the Hardap and Karas regions.

Computer - In Brief

- In an effort to meet the growing demand for highly skilled IT professionals, three of Kenya's leading universities are teaming with IBM to create an advanced educational and training…

Dimension Data Launches Cloud Services in Nigeria

Dimension Data has announced the launch of its global Managed Cloud Platform (MCP) that is now available in Nigeria to serve the needs of public and private enterprise, as well…

India's Amity University offers IT degrees to Africans

One of India's top universities, Amity, is to offer online IT degrees and diplomas to 100,000 students on the African continent over the next five years. The 100,000 IT students…

Rwandan IT Firm Wins Award for developing mobile applet to purchase electricity token

Short Messaging Service (SMS) Media, a Rwandan Information Technology (IT) Company, which has developed a solution that allows you to purchase prepaid electricity (cash power) using your mobile phone has…

POLICE ADVOCATE FOR LAWS TO COMBAT CYBER FRAUD IN GHANA

The absence of a cyber law in Ghana is frustrating the efforts of the Vetting Crime Intelligence Analysis, (VCIA) unit of the Ghana Police Service to fighting computer fraud and…

IS INNOVATION HUB THE WAY FORWARD FOR BOTSWANA?

Speaking at a conference on the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gaborone, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning,  Baledzi Gaolathe, said the policy was central to the governments macroeconomic management,…

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) has launched plans towards the computerisation of its services as well as the scaling up of its mail delivery speed from seventy-two (72) hours to…

MERGER: DIGITAL PARTNERS WITH GRAMEEN FOUNDATION USA

On September 13th, 2004 Digital Partners merged with Grameen Foundation USA (GFUSA; http://www.gfusa.org/technology_center/), under the Seattle based Technology Center Initiative umbrella. Since its inception at the dawn of the "Digital…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Kofi Annan Technology Centre is nearing completion alongside State House. There have been two main financial contributors to the project: the Ghanaian government who have put up the…

Nigeria Gets a New Online Search Engine

A new online search engine, Wankel, has been developed and launched in Nigeria and the brain behind the innovation, Yusuf Bodija told newsmen in Ibadan, Oyo State that Wankel is…

Nigerian government reveals partnership deal with Omatek Computers

Olusegun Aganga, Nigeria’s trade and investments minister, has revealed the government will partner with computer manufacturing company Omatek in a bid to promote indigenous technology. The minister disclosed this after…

Computer News - In Brief

- The National Information Technology Authority - Uganda (NITA-U) is now a reality following the signing of the bill by President Museveni in July 2009. The authority is expected to…

Electronic Crimes May Attract 14-Year Jail Term in Nigeria

Jail terms ranging from five to 14 years await any person found guilty of committing financial crimes through the use of mobile phones, internet and Automatic Teller Machines (ATM). This…

SOMALI GOVERNMENT STARTS ISSUING NEW E-PASSPORTS

Somalia's transitional government (TFG) will start issuing new electronic Somali passports to Somali residents abroad from Sunday, 1 April, according to Abdullahi Gafow Mahmoud, Director of Somali Immigration and Naturalisation.…

Computer News - In Brief

- A new satellite-based information system will allow poorer nations to gain cheap access to crop, health and climate data, enabling them to better prepare for natural disasters.Starting next year,…

SA IT START-UPS TO GET FUNDING BOOST

Entrepreneurs are already signing up with non-profit and commercial organisation Enablis, ahead of the launch of its first operational hub in SA to provide ICT start-ups with funding and support.…

EGYPT TO GET NEW PRINTER ASSEMBLY UNIT

A letter of intent (LoI) has been signed between three organisations to set up a printer assembly facility in Egypt.The promoters are the Electronics Factory of the Arab Organisation for…

Business Community in Rwanda to Be Linked Online

Rwandan businesses will start accessing markets and other business opportunities from the Asian, Caribbean and European markets through Community of Opportunities for Development (com4dev).Com4dev is an initiative by Pro-Invest, funded…

Rwanda: MPs Want Mineduc to Ensure One-Laptop-Per-Child Serves Its Role

The parliamentary committee on education, technology, culture and youth has assessed the impact the one-laptop-per-child program has had so far, and found that, although the program has made commendable progress…

UWE students refurbish computers for west Africa charity

Students from Bristol have refurbished computers for use in internet cafes in west Africa as part of a charity drive.The project is the initiative of Bristol-based charity Deki which helps…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Mozambican and South Korean governments have open an Information Access Centre in Maputo, which will give citizens access to basic computer services. The centre contains a training laboratory,…

Whistle Blowers' Computer Link Cut in Kenya

A computer system in Government offices that enables public servants to report corruption cases anonymously has been blocked, threatening the war against graft. Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, which runs the service…

ZAMBIA LAUNCHES NEW ICT POLICY

With the launch of the National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy for Zambia, it is expected that the regulatory framework will be harmonised and contribute to national development through…

NIGERIA: INTEL COMES TO TOWN, SETS UP OFFICE AND INITIATE DIGITAL PROGRAMMES

Finally, Intel is ready to do business in Nigeria. This is after a couple of years of test-running the Nigerian business environment with only a few appointed resellers. Now, Intel…

NIGERIA - COMPUTER SOCIETY OPPOSES MERGER OF NITDA, NCC AND NBC

The Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) has opposed the call for merger of some government agencies including the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the…

IVERI PAYMENT TECHNOLOGIES AND CREDITCARD SERVICES SAL FORM STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO TARGET AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST CARD MARKET

CreditCard Services SAL (CSC) and iVeri Payment Technologies (iVeri) today announced a strategic alliance to enter Africa and the Middle East's emerging card market. The two established players in the…

SUN APPOINTS PYTRON AS ITS SA DISTRIBUTOR OF STAROFFICE

Sun Microsystems has announced that it has appointed Pytron Technologies as the first South African distributor of its StarOffice productivity suite. StarOffice is being promoted as an increasingly popular alternative…

Computer News - In Brief

- Kigali — The government, through the One Laptop Per Child programme (OLPC), Friday, donated 585 laptops to students.16 teachers were also given a laptop each as a way of…

Tanzania: Firm Seeks to Improve Computer Literacy

Over 100 schools have been provided with computer labs while 1000 others are expected to benefit in the next five years, thanks to an international organization known as Camara.The Organization's…

Second ICT awards held in Ghana

President John Agyekum Kufuor on Saturday said the healthy partnership between the private sector and government was yielding positive strides in the development of Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and…

ETHIOPIAN MINISTRY OF MINES AND ENERGY TO SPEND OVER 20M USD ON IT

The Ministry of Mines and Energy will be investing over US$20 million to upgrade the licensing of prospectors. The Ministry has been working for the past 10 months on an…

UPS DEMAND SOARS IN WESTERN CAPE

Demand for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) solutions is surging in the Western Cape, particularly among small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as businesses try to cushion themselves from the impact of…

SOUTH AFRICA - OPEN SOURCE TENDER AWARDS DELAYED TO THE BEGINNING OF NEXT YEAR

Submissions for the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) open source tender closed in October this year, with at least 12 technology companies vying to be placed on the preferred list…

SENEGAL: AQUADEV IMPLEMENTS REAL-TIME MICRO-FINANCE SOFTWARE

Despite the importance of the sector, there are few micro-finance institutions with ICT systems capable of generating financial information in real time. NGO Aquadev has now developed such a piece…

UGANDA'S ICT INCUBATION CENTRE DELAYED BY SLOW PAYMENT FROM GOVT

Implementation of Uganda‚s Information Communication and Technologies (ICT) incubation centre has hit a snag following a delay by Government of Uganda, the main sponsor of the project to disburse funds,…

RECENT NIGERIAN COURT CASE STOPS PIRATING COMPANY IN ITS TRACKS

Anyone who thought wild Nigeria was a land of unbridled opportunity for devious gains, take note. Not only has Thoroughbreed Software Consulting, a Nigerian company been barred from dealing in…

Computer in Brief

- After a facility tour of its plant last Monday in Lagos, Minister of Trade and Investments, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, while commending state-of-art factory of one the nation's leading indigenous…

South Africa appeals ISO’s OOXML decision

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has filed an appeal against the ISO decision to accept Microsoft’s Office OpenXML (OOXML) as an international standard. South Africa is the first…

Computer News - In Brief

- Unhappy with the use of proprietary software within the internet cafe manager ZybaCafe, developer AJ Venter decided "fork that" and developed the fully free OutCafe which had its first…

RWANDA TO INVEST US$3 MILLION IN BUILDING TELECENTRES

Vendors in telecommunication equipment and ICT technologies must be bracing for a lucrative multi-million dollar Community Information Centres' (CIC) project, announced by the government recently. A hefty Frw1.68b (US$3m) will…

Computer News - In Brief

- Gestetner SA, in association with retail giant, Makro, has launched an 'ownership through rental' model for small and medium enterprises. This means a range of entry-level colour and mono…

IBM JOINS BLACK IT AWARENESS WEEK

IBM has joined the International Black Technology Awareness Campaign to promote the value of technology in black communities. This year's event, named Black Family Technology Awareness Week (BFTAW), will see…

NAMIBIA'S OTAVI VILLAGE GETS NEW SAP SOFTWARE TO RUN VILLAGE

A new chapter in development and finding solutions to help Namibia's local authorities to deliver services effectively was written at the northern town of Otavi when a data processing company…

Computer News - In Brief

- Global Technology Holdings (Glotec) has finalised agreements to dispose of all its remaining operating businesses. The Glotec share was suspended last week at the request of the group's directors.…

32 AND 40-INCH LCDS FROM SAMSUNG NOW AVAILABLE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Tarsus Technologies has announced the local availability of the Samsung Syncmaster 323T and 403T LCD monitors, designed for use as information boards, presentation displays or virtually anywhere a large display…

ITAN’S AYODELE WANTS 20% QUOTA FOR NIGERIAN SOFTWARE

Chief Olaide Ayodele, Chief Executive Officer of the Information Technology (Industry) Association of Nigeria called on the Federal Government to create a 20% quota for software deployed in Government organisations.…

Computer News - In Brief

-  Some 139 clients of SA’s First National Bank will have their Visa cards cancelled after a hack into a card processing company’s database last week - Research house Forge…

Computer News - In Brief

- A software package dealing with the evolution of a tsunami and its impact on Algerian coastal areas has just been developed by researchers from the Mohamed Boudiaf University of…

Computer News - In Brief

- Computer retail shop, PC Outlet, has formally opened its first mega store in Nigeria. The outlet offers a wide variety of leading computer products. PC Outlet will be the…

MAC MINIS HIT SA SHELVES LAST WEEK

A limited number of Apple's entry-level mini desktop computer will go on sale in Johannesburg and Cape Town this weekend, says distributor Apple IMC Southern Africa. Announced over a month…

HI-TECH SOFTWARE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Mackeed Masemola and his friend Martin Pistorius are having a conversation through their computers. Mackeed, confined to a wheelchair, has switched on a video conferencing tool and waves a cheery…

NIGERIA'S EXPERTEDGE LAUNCHES ORACLE XPREMIUM

Expertedge, the Software arm of Nigeria's Computer Warehouse Group (CWG), is set to launch an Oracle Support Service Consultancy called Oracle Xpremium Support Services. This service is targeted at her…

ZAMBIA’S COMPUTER MISUSE AND CYBER CRIME BILL NOT MAKING IMPACT

Computer Society of Zambia (CSZ) President and IT Lecturer Milner Makuni last week told a meeting of E-Brain that far too few people were aware of the implications of the…

Google Uganda Launches Two New Local Language Domains

Google Uganda, on Monday launched two local language operations enabling about five million people access services in native languages. The launch of the Runyakitara and Luo languages at Makerere University…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Ministry of Mines in Zambia will implement a computerised system for the management of mining licensing information in 2005. The Technical Director of Spatial Dimension, a mineral services…

FULL SUITE OF ICDL ADVANCED COURSEWARE TO BE DISTRIBUTED IN SA

Masterskill, IT education courseware and learner management systems specialist, is the first company in SA to receive approval to distribute the full suite of Advanced International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL)…

AST GETS COMPUTER MANAGEMENT CONTRACT FOR PHARMACEUTICALS IN MOZAMBIQUE

AST has been awarded a contract by John Snow to work for the Central de Medicamentos e Artigos Medicos (CMAM) of the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Mozambique with funding…

GHANAIAN GOVERNMENT BECOMES LATEST TO SIGN WITH MICROSOFT

Earlier this month the government of Ghana signed a memorandum of understanding with Microsoft, aimed at creating a workforce that is literate in information and communications technology. Last month, Angola…

Nigeria: Home Made Software Best according to Obaro

John Tani Obaro is the Managing Director of SystemSpecs, a Nigerian Information Technology (IT) solution provider company. In this interview with Senior Correspondent AjibolaAbayomi, he shares his experience as a…

Zinox is No. 1 Selling Notebook in Nigeria, Says IDC

The laptop range of Zinox Computers, Nigeria's first internationally certified branded computers, has emerged the best selling notebooks in the Nigerian market, according to the latest report by International Data…

Angola: Telecommunications Minister Lays Cornerstone for Building Cazenga Media Library

The first stone for the construction of the Media Library in Cazenga municipality in Luanda was laid on Thursday by the Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology, José Carvalho da…

Nigerian Keyboard Firm Sues One Laptop Per Child Project

The One Laptop Per Child foundation is being sued over its keyboard design by the Nigerian-owned, Massachusetts-based firm, Lagos Analysis Corp. Lagos claims the non-profit outfit illegally reverse-engineered their software…

GOVERNMENT KICK STARTS COMPUTER FOR ALL NIGERIANS INITIATIVE

CANi is designed to increase PC penetration in Nigeria by making the cost of purchase more affordable and also ease payment costs. CANi's programme director, Soji Romeo, said in a…

SAHARA COMPUTERS SUPPLIES PC POWER FOR CYBER-GAMERS

Cyber warriors in Gauteng battled it out at Eastgate last weekend during a regional qualifying event to secure a place in the finals of the South African leg of the…

Computer News - In Brief

http://www.catia.ws - The Nigerian Federal Government is to introduce information technology into schools curriculum and make it compulsory. Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Ufot Ekaette told the…

South Africa: Microsoft to Empower IT Companies

Global software group Microsoft will today unveil a R500m empowerment programme that, instead of selling shares to individuals, will assist black-owned software companies to grow into global entities.Microsoft is one…

Uganda: Audit Association to Boost IT Governance

There have been recent highly publicised incidents of fraud and system failures have brought IT security and reliability in focus. Last week Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) was…

Rwanda: Mentors to Get Net Books and Projectors

Approximately 1000 net books and projectors will be distributed to senior and school-based mentors to support high quality teacher training in English language and teaching methods.The five week national distribution…

New Software to Ease Clearance of Goods between Kenya and Uganda

It will now be easier to process clearance transit goods destined to Uganda from Kenya following development of software that enables the revenue authorities of the two countries to share…

KNOWLEDGE TREE LAUNCHES OSS DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

South Africa-developed KnowledgeTree, an open source document management application, is now available in two additional versions catering to enterprise and small business users. "KnowledgeTree SMB and KnowledgeTree Enterprise editions tailor…

CHINA'S LENOVO TO ATTACK KENYAN MARKET WITH CHEAP PCs

A Chinese firm that recently took over IBM's personal computer (PC) business will set up distribution structures in Kenya for its array of products - ranging from mobile phones to…

Computer News - In Brief

- SA-based Value Logistics has outsourced its entire wide area network (WAN) to Bidvest's network solutions company, I-Fusion. With 74 branches and sub-depots countrywide, Value Logistics required a comprehensive contract,…

MALAYSIAN ICT FIRM IN DEAL TO DEVELOP SWAZI NATIONAL ICT BLUEPRINT

Malaysia’s information technology company, Applied Information Management Services, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Swaziland to develop a national blueprint for the Swazi ICT sector and develop the kingdom…

eGovernment Project in Uganda Reflects on Successes and Challenges

What happens to a project after IICD support ends? This question was recently addressed at a focus group meeting of the Mbarara District Net project in Uganda, operating independently since…

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- Kampala — Busitem University is to start an institute of communications technology at its main campus in Tororo district. The move was revealed after a meeting between the university…

Computing - In Brief

Zimbabwe: Government will introduce a digital system that enables easy identification of mining claims and proper licensing procedures to curb disputes over concessions, an official has said. The cadastral system…

Nigeria’s Federal Government starts ICT Training for Education Inspectors in Nigeria

The Federal Government has formulated a new policy that would enable federal education inspectors to acquire Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training, to enable them to compute the activities of…

Kenya’s Copyright Board Takes Piracy War to Cyber Cafes

Cyber café operators within Nairobi are torn between legalising their Microsoft software operating system, shifting to Open Source Code or closing shop all together following the crack down on illegal…

MAURITIUS CYBER ISLAND AS INFINITY BPO THINKS BIG

In spite of recent rumours to the contrary, Infinity BPO is doing very well. Actually so well that it intends to double its number of employees by the end of…

WHY COMPUTER PRICES CAN'T BE REDUCED IN NIGERIA - ZINOX BOSS

After four years of producing world class computers in Nigeria, the Chairman of Zinox Technologies, Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh, has blamed high import duties and too many delays at the…

TURNOVER OF MOROCCAN CALL CENTERS HITS EURO 85 MILLION PER YEAR

Moroccan call centers boast a turnover of Euro 85 million per year, the French daily Le Figaro Economie reported. Advisor to the Moroccan King, André Azoulay, has recently said that 85% of…

UGANDAN JUDICIARY LAUNCHES ELECTRONIC COURT RECORDING SYSTEM

The Ugandan judiciary has launched an electronic court recording system to replace the paper and pen method. The Principle Judge, Herbert Ntabgoba, who presided over the launch last Thursday, described…

University of Lagos Launches Laptops for Staff and Students Project

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Tolu Odugbemi has reaffirmed the institution's commitment to transfer relevant skills to students so that they could be in tune with the…

Computer News - In Brief

- A R129 million Motion Control System will track the movement of tourists, ahead of the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup.

Tech Mahindra to expand into Nigeria

Tech Mahindra, a global systems integrator and business transformation consulting company, plans to establish its Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) operations in Nigeria.The company hopes that by establishing their headquarters in…

SMEs in Zimbabwe Urged to Utilise IT

Small to medium enterprises have been urged to utilise new information technology software in order to improve business efficiency. Pastel (South Africa) product manager Alfred Nhira said most companies in…

Ghana: Tecno Launches Phantom Pad

Tecno Ghana has launched the latest addition of its line of smart products, with the unveiling of the new Phantom PAD.The Phantom PAD offers an excellent combination of a phone…

Dell to partner with Uganda firm to offer low-priced laptops to students

Computer maker, Dell is partnering with Xavier Group, a local consultancy firm which has started an initiative that will see university students and tertiary institutions in Uganda get low-priced laptops.…

South Africa: Cyber crime hits Government

Three IT specialists appeared in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court yesterday for siphoning R950 000 from the Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation. They were not asked to plead…

Computer News - In Brief

- The United Kingdom Engineering Council has given the Accra Institute of Technology (AIT) a full accreditation to offer its engineering qualifications through City and Guilds of London, the body…

UBUNTU EDGY EFT BETA OUT

The next version of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution was released today. As the name suggests, Edgy Eft will include bleeding-edge Linux technologies, with many of the packages expected in…

AFRICAN FREE SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS TO GATHER IN UGANDA  

Africa Source II, a week-long workshop that will bring together free software developers from across the continent, is to be held in January next year. The workshop will be held…

KENYA'S DATALOGIX TRIES TO "CON" KENYAN PIPELINE COMPANY, COURT TOLD

A firm claiming Sh365 million from Kenya Pipeline Company for alleged information technology services was last week described as a briefcase company. The High Court heard that Datalogix Ltd was…

Computer News - In Brief

- Concord Communications announced today that it has signed a worldwide partnership agreement with Dimension Data that expands on existing regional relationships between the companies.

Ministry to Launch E-Health programme in Rwanda

In line with the country's goal of promoting the use of ICT in all institutions, the Ministry of Health (MOH) is set to roll out, state-of-the-art software systems in all…

South Africa: Didata Buys US Cloud Services Company

South Africa's Dimension Data (DiData) has acquired US enterprise cloud company OpSource for an undisclosed sum, as part of its efforts to accelerate and expand its cloud computing service offerings.The…

ISPON Begins Nationwide Search for Software Talents

ON the heels of the global software contest powered by Microsoft Corporation which held in Sydney, Australia a fortnight ago, the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) has flagged…

Nigeria: Time Now to Embrace Cloud Computing, Say EMC Officials

As cloud computing gains ground worldwide, Regional Manager for West Africa, EMC Corporation, Rasheed Jimoh, has argued that since Nigeria has automatically become the business hub of many local and…

Ivorian made educational tablet to be unveiled during Mobile World Congress

Qelasy is the name given to the tablet, which could soon be available to consumers all over Ivory Coast. While some might consider the touted selling price as prohibitive for…

2008 Computer sales hit N34b in formal sector in Nigeria

Nigeria's formal computer sector sold 407,621 laptop and desktop computers in the year 2008, according to a report from IDC. This figure broke down into 211,499 desktops and 196,122 laptops.…

Nigeria’s Ambara State partners with Microsoft to put Igbo language into software

Anambra State government is partnering the American Computer giant, Microsoft, to programme Igbo language into computer software. Governor Peter Obi, who disclosed this at the first Ofala celebration of the…

EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY IS MOVING TOWARDS REGIONAL E-GOVERNMENT

The East African Community (EAC) is in the process developing and having a harmonised e-government strategy. This will act as an add-on onto the other objectives of the sub-regional grouping…

Computer News - In Brief

- International insurance group Axa is to create 1,500 jobs in call centres and outsourced administrative positions in Morocco by 2012. - With the financial support of the international organisation…

Computer News - In Brief

- Realyst, a supplier of Contract Risk Management solutions, last week announced that it had strengthened its presence in Africa with the appointment of Softworks Limited as one of its…

COMPUTER SOCIETY OF KENYA SEEKS LAW TO REGULATE THE IT SECTOR

The Computer Society of Kenya (CSK) wants parliament to enact a law recognising it as the regulator of the ICT sub-sector.The association said supportive legislation needed to manage development of…

Computer News - In Brief

- The newly formed Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) has received a major boost from Ericsson. Speaking in Gaborone, the company's head of marketing responsible for sub-Saharan Africa, Lars Linden, said…

Kenya: Computer courses to become compulsory in middle level colleges

Knowledge of computers is to become compulsory for students aspiring to join the government's tertiary training institutions.A baseline survey conducted by the Ministry of Higher Education in the 47 mid-level…

Computer News - In Brief

- Johannesburg, South Africa –Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions,  announced further expansion into South Africa with the appointment of InfoBuild…

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Monrovia — A project aiming to provide high school students with the needed and most recent academic materials has been launched in Liberia. The Project is being launched by the…

Cisco sees silver lining in cloud take up in Africa

Cisco has released its results and analysts believe the network company is focused on the increased uptake of cloud computing across Africa going forward. An ICT research analyst from Frost…

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…

Cote d'Ivoire starts One Citizen, One Computer programme

Cote d'Ivoire's government has provided the first 208 computers and tablets to 32 organisations, universities and schools one month after announcing its 'One citizen, one computer plus an internet connection'…

South Africa’s State IT Agency seeks R5m from consultants

State IT Agency (SITA) chairperson Zodwa Manase is expected to testify today in the Pretoria High Court in a lawsuit against a business consultancy that purportedly owes the state-owned organisation…

Computer News - In Brief

- Intel Corporation has helped Zinox Computers produce two low cost notebooks known as the Zinox Classmate and the Zinox Smart Star Plus to meet the computing needs of scholars,…

E-COMMERCE IN NIGERIA - WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS

Today, thanks to e-payment solution companies like MasterCard, InterSwitch, VisaCard and e-transact, Nigerians can not only pay, withdraw or transfer funds anywhere in the country, they can also make purchases…

Computer News - In Brief

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Computer News - In Brief

- The Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) has announced moves to acquire the 3 Dimensional, 3D, Geological Modeling to tackle the incidences of collapsing buildings as well undertake other geological…

Namibia: E-Justice Debuts in Namibia

Windhoek — Judges, legal practitioners and staff members of the Office of the Chief Registrar of the Superior Courts are in the process of user-testing the new e-Justice system to…

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…

SA slips in global ICT index

Johannesburg - Falling lower down the World Economic Forum (WEF) global information and communication technology (ICT) rankings is becoming an annual occurrence for South Africa.The WEF this week released its…

Computer News - In Brief

- South Africa and Uganda are to strengthen their co-operation in areas of science and technology. South African Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena and his Ugandan counterpart Ephraim Kamuntu…

Nigeria is betting on E-Tourism products to revamp the industry

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, said the recent launching of e-Tourism products would re-shape the tourism industry. He said the e-products were intended to…

SECOND LIFE OPENS TO DEVELOPERS

Linden Lab, creator of 3D virtual world Second Life, is releasing the code of its viewer application to the open source community. Developers can now make modifications and add new…

Namibia: Old Mutual Donates Computer Software

Old Mutual has donated computer software valued at N$20 000 to Delta Secondary School in Windhoek. The contribution is the company's way of thanking learners for achieving good result in…

IS accelerates cloud adoption with EMC powered technology

Internet Solutions (IS) has announced that it has extended its partnership with EMC Corporation by joining the EMC Velocity Service Provider Program as a Gold Partner. Furthermore, IS will deliver…

Computing – In Brief

- Under a grant from USAID, the Lubuto Library Project has set out to create lesson plans in Zambia’s seven national languages. The project aims to demonstrate that libraries can…

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…

Computing – In Brief

Accra — Business owners and new businesses in Ghana can now register their companies online following the launch of an e-registrar portal aimed at streamlining business registrations in the country.…

E-Learning Taking Root in Education Institutions in Kenya

The days when children came home with dozens of books to finish homework are numbered. Online homework is now being introduced in some Kenyan schools and online companies such as…

Computer News - In Brief

- The central bank of DRC has announced that it is going to roll out a new accounting and financial software at the beginning of February 2007. The bank is…

Computer News - In Brief

- Medical Services minister Anyang' Nyong'o is calling on Kenyans to embrace information technology in the provision and access to health services. Nyong'o said his ministry is committed to implement…

Computing - In Brief

- Durban-Data Imports, the official importer and distributor of Olivetti's range of colour and mono digital photocopiers, is partnering with Huge Telecom by adding GSM-based telephony solutions to its product…

ODF translation to be simplified by South African IT company

South African localisation experts, Translate.org.za, have launched a new project to simplify ODF document translation. The project aims to develop software that will convert documents in the ISO-approved OpenDocument format…

MICROSOFT TO INVEST USD1 BILLION IN EGYPT, MOROCCO AND MOZAMBIQUE

A USD1 billion package of investments may soon be injected by Microsoft into the information technology (IT) sectors of three African countries, Egypt, Morocco and Mozambique. The initiative is a…

Computer News - In Brief

- Four students from Makerere University in Uganda are to represent East African universities in this year's Microsoft Imagine Challenge Cup world finals to be held in France next month.…

SA’S NEWEST BUDGET AIRLINE FLIES WITH ORACLE AND PORTAUNIVERSE

Portal Universe today launched PortalUniverse ARDCS, aimed at the local and international low-cost/low-fare airline market, and confirmed that 1time, SA’s newest low-fare airline, is the first airline to purchase the…

MICROSOFT GEARS UP TO GET PUBLIC SECTOR CONTRACTS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Microsoft South Africa is aiming to boost its relationship with the government as part of a global move to improve its service delivery to the public sector, according to Moss…

Rural Ugandans bank on OSS-built system

East African cellphone company, Simba Telecoms last week introduced an innovative local money transfer service in Uganda. The system, developed by Cape Town-based Jeshurun Consulting, was built using a variety…

ETHIOPIA LAUNCHES AU E-NETWORK PROJECT WITH INDIAN HELP

Ethiopia has been selected as the first country to benefit from the pilot phase of the Pan-African E-network Project, a joint initiative between the Indian government and African Union (AU)…

Computer News - In Brief

- Lechabile Storage Solutions has announced that they have successfully completed testing of a cost-effective computer-based storage system for video surveillance applications.The high cost of storing video on computer-based storage…

Computer News - In Brief

- The open source software (OSS) movement is undoubtedly gaining momentum in SA with the local enterprise market and government starting to gain a better understanding of the value proposition…

Eaga sends PCs to Africa

Re-using computers in African schools can provide more benefit than recycling Energy efficiency advisory group Eaga is sending its old IT equipment for reuse in developing countries in Africa rather…

SMALLER MARGINS DRIVE DELL INTO IT SERVICES SECTOR IN SOUTH AFRICA

Declining margins on technology hardware are driving Dell to muscle into the market for IT services and support, bringing it into conflict with a new range of rivals. Dell's services…

Zimbabwe: National ICT Strategic Plan Launched

The Government has unveiled the National Information Communication strategic plan that will run from 2010 to 2014, and is expected to usher the country into the global information "super highway".…

East African PC sector 'inconsequential' compared to mature markets

Computer vendors and channel suppliers targeting the East African region from the Middle East are addressing a market worth barely $200m a year and where mobile systems have only had…

Shuttleworth Foundation backs ISO ruling

The Shuttleworth Foundation has announced its support for the decision by the The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) to reject the Microsoft-driven bid to fasttrack the OOXML document format as…

DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY GROUP EXPLORES BURUNDI

A delegation of officials from Rwanda Development Gateway (RDG), the Centre for Geographical Information Systems (CGIS) and ICT training centre (RITC) is trying to initiate a country gateway in neighbouring…

CATI SAYS IT WILL BE SELLING PCs "MADE IN SENEGAL"

Based in Dakar, La Compagnie Africaine de Technologies Informatiques (Cati) wants to promote African ICT knowledge and bring Africa up to the same level as Europe, writes Isabelle Sciamma of…

HP expands to Angola and Libya

HP announced its decision to establish new sales and support subsidiaries in Angola and Libya by 2010. This latest expansion will increase HP’s footprint across the continent to nine full…

Nigeria: Software Development Policy Ready Soon

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) says that the policy for software, hardware and network development will be ready in the second quarter of 2010. The Director-General of NITDA,…

Angola: Enana Extends Aeronautical Information Services to Africa/Indian Region 23 May 2012

The Aeronautical Information Service "AIS"of the National Airport and Air Navigation Exploration Company (ENANA) will be extended to Africa/Indian region.This was said to Angop on Tuesday in Luanda, the administrator…

Malawi to Have Booming ICT Services in Rural Areas, says Minister

Malawi Information and Civic Education Minister Patricia Kaliati on Friday said that the country will have a booming information and communication technology services after successfully piloting ICT telecentres in some…

Computer News - In Brief

- Achievement Awards Group, a South African motivational organisation, has implemented the open source voice over IP solution, Asterisk, to upgrade the capability of its specialist call centre and to…

SUB-COUNTIES GET DATABASE IN UGANDA

The Ugandan Government is set to spend about USH1bn to design a community information system data base. The system will simplify the dissemination of information by the Government. It will…

Computer News - In Brief

- Ghana's 120 rural banks are to be computerised and linked to a Wide Area Network (WAN) under a US$22-milion package as part of benefits from the US Millennium Challenge…

CONSORTIUM TEAMS UP WITH CIDA CITY CAMPUS TO PROVIDE OPEN SOURCE SKILLS TRAINING

Sun Microsystems’ Sun Educational Services (SES) division has concluded an agreement to provide open source training courses to CIDA City Campus as part of a consortium that is assisting the…

Nigeria’s Federal Government Equips 474 Schools With ICTs Facilities

About 474 schools, spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country have so far benefitted from complete set of Internet tools and other communications facilities provided by the Universal…

IICD and NComputing Collaborate to Boost Development in Burkina Faso, Zambia and Bolivia Africa Using Innovative Low-Cost ICT Solutions

IICD and NComputing Inc signed an agreement in December to cooperate to promote reliable low-cost ICT solutions among IICD’s partner organisations in Africa and Latin America. Partner organisations in Bolivia,…

Toshiba has eye on African market

Toshiba has taken a focused approach to the East and West African markets, says Africa channel manager Nelo Neves. Hi-tech computing giant Toshiba is predicting “considerable growth” in sub-Saharan Africa,…

Ghana: Govt to Provide Additional 100,000 Laptops to Students

The government has planned to increase the distribution of laptops to second cycle and tertiary students to boost the teaching and learning of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) in the…

Computerisation of Tax Payments Planned in Mozambique

The computerization of tax payments will begin in the second half of this year, according to Hirminio Sueia, the director of the Studies, Strategic Planning and International Cooperation Office in…

SAP’s investment in Meraka Institute generates high-level ICT students

SAP's R50 million investment in skills in SA is showing dividends, says the company's ambassador Les Hayman. “We have invested, for the last few years, quite heavily in the Meraka…

IT STAFF 'LACK INNOVATION' IN SOUTH AFRICA

Local software developers are lacking in talent and innovation, stoking a high level of dissatisfaction among companies that employ them or use their products. A severe lack of innovation and…

DELL'S STRATEGY TO CLAIM EAST AFRICA MARKET

Giant computer maker, Dell, which recently announced a new distributorship deal in the East African market, is bullish about its prospects about the potential in this market. The firm's regional…

CISCO LOOKS FOR INCREASED BUSINESS IN NIGERIA

A network of highly-skilled partners, increased marketshare in new business areas and closer relationships with customers - these are just some of the goals that Internet and infrastructure solutions giant…

War Torn Burundi Sees Future In IT Outsourcing

One of the world's poorest countries is following offer African nations in looking to IT offshore services and crowd-sourcing. The effects of a twelve year civil war may still be…

Computer News - In Brief

- Work on Ghana’s first Technology Park at Adako-Jachie in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality of the Ashanti Region has started. The $2 million project is being funded jointly by the Kwame…

South Africa: Home Affairs Saves Billions in IT System Saga

Government has saved over R2 billion in tax payers' money and averted a protracted court case by settling a dispute over the upgrading of the Department of Home Affairs' information…

Microsoft recognizes innovative teachers, school leaders - In Education, Technology

The global software giant, Microsoft has announced the winners of its annual Microsoft Partners in Learning Middle East and Africa forum, an event that recognises innovative teachers who creatively and…

Computer News - In Brief

- Rwanda: Schools to Get E-Libraries: Isaro Foundation, a local NGO, will establish electronic or digital libraries in secondary schools countrywide in a bid to improve reading and writing skills…

Ghana’s Government sold 11,000 computers last year under GAPP

Government in 2008 sold 11,000 units of Personal Computers under the Government Assisted PC Programme (GAPP) to the public, private, educational institutions and individuals. Dr Kwabena Duffuor, Finance Minister, who…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) will provide 500,000 computers for the Least Developed Countries (LDC) to help enhance their technological development, the Executive Secretary of the Digital…

UBUNTU PLANS NEW ULTRA-FREE VERSION

In the usual announcement to the Ubuntu developer list Ubuntu founder Mark Suttleworth this morning announced the name of the next Ubuntu release plus one, due out in October 2007:…

ISPON COMMENDS OBASANJO OVER TECHNOLOGY PARK

The Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) has commended the President of the federal republic, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for allowing the conversion of a part of the old Federal…

Computer News - In Brief

- Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and VP General Dynamics last week opened an IT Liaison Office in General Dynamics Virginia’s premises. This new form of cooperation will…

Computer News - In Brief

- The total personal computer shipments for the Europe, Middle East and Africa in the third quarter this year dropped by 9.3 per cent, hit by the global financial crisis,…

Nigeria: JTB Plans E-Registration for Taxpayers

As the Joint Tax board get set to commance the e-registration of tax payers, one state from each geo-political zone would participate in the pilot scheme.This was disclosed by the…

Eritrea: Endeavors Underway to Introduce Technology and Information System Education At All Levels

Alem Habte, director of the Ministry's Information Technology and Communications branch, said that such education was limited to secondary education level since 2005, and that the current endeavor aims at…

Raspberry Pie for comes to Zimbabwe

One of the major reasons Zimbabwe continues to drop behind in the computing arena is the cost of computing devices. A good smartphone or tablet will set you behind US…

Rwanda: MTN Rwanda Launches Cloud Computing Services

Through its Business General Manager Norman Munyampundu, the telecommunications giant announced that it would be offering cloud services to businesses in Rwanda and providing access to ICT services while helping…

ICT BEE charter in limbo in South Africa

The ICT steering committee has not yet met to finalise the drafting and adoption of its black economic empowerment (BEE) framework - and no dates for a future meeting have…

RITA, US FIRM IN ICT DEAL IN RWANDA

The Rwanda Information and Technology Authority (RITA) and SolidWorks Corporation, a US firm, have entered into a deal to boost Information, Communication and Technology in the country. According to a…

MICROSOFT LAUNCHES LOW-COST WINDOWS XP FOR AFRICA

Within days of the official release of the first African language interface pack (LIP) for Windows XP, Microsoft has announced the coming release of a new edition of the operating…

IBM'S ACQUISITION OF SA'S ASCENTIAL SOFTWARE ‘BENEFITS LOCAL MARKET'

Ascential Software's South African customers will benefit from IBM's acquisition of the company last week, says a local Ascential distributor. Centerfield Software MD Julian Field says the deal, in terms…

iPad prices officially dropped in SA

Core Group have responded in kind to Digicape's iPad price cutsThe official distributors of Apple products in South Africa, Core Group, have cut the retail prices of iPads after Digicape…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Rwanda Education Board (REB) will, this month, launch an ICT-based training programme, to guide teachers in integrating basic ICT into their lessons. Primary school teachers will be the…

Nigeria: AfDB to establish U.S.$11 Million IT - Based Research Centres for Students

The Resident Representative of African Development Bank (AfDB) Dr Dore Ousmane, said the bank had established $11 million information technology based research centres to enhance science and technology education for…

Tutorys brings social learning to Africa using online video tutorials

Internet access and computing are quickly spreading across Africa. However, certain skills are needed before a user can enjoy all the benefits a computer has to offer. Truly using a…

Computing – In Brief

- Ghana’s Fidelity Bank has signed a five year deal with IBM for the management of all the bank’s technology infrastructure and services, as the bank seeks higher efficiency to…

IBM Expands Global Research Network into South Africa

Johannesburg research lab to support South Africa's national priorities and drive innovation using big data, cloud and mobile technologiesIBM announced plans to expand IBM Research – Africa with a new…

Computer News - In Brief

- South African based company Face Technologies which has been selected by Uganda’s Transport Ministry to implement the switch to computerised driving licences is stuck with over 40,000 driving permits…

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria's premier Independent ATM Deployer (IAD), Consortium and operator of QuickCash brand of ATM network has completed its Europay MasterCard Visa (EMV) certification interface, making it the first independent…

UGANDA SOON TO JUMP ONTO THE OUTSOURCING BANDWAGON

Since independence, Uganda has been actively engaged in the outsourcing industry, offshoring the refining and value-addition processes of most of her raw materials to Europe and America - to her…

MICROSOFT TO TRAIN UGANDAN TEACHERS

The technology battle in Uganda is taking shape as global software company Microsoft clinches a partnership with the Government to train teacher-trainers to handle and teach using Microsoft software. A…

Computer News - In Brief

International ICT company Intel Corporation will continue supporting the Ministry of education to train teachers and students on information technology. The company has picked 1050 schools in Kenya where five…

Computer News - In Brief

- Kenya: The technical chair of the Konza Techno-polis Development Authority Tom Luusa has castigated leaders in Makueni and Machakos for fighting over the location of Konza ICT Centre. Speaking…

UNESCO & Osun State to replicate e-Learning in Nigeria

Following Osun’s impressive e-learning project, UNESCO has requested to reproduce and adopt the educational learning resource material and content of Opon-imo so that it can be used to promote its…

MTN sets up ICT Resource Center at Shimoni Teacher’s College via ‘21 Days of Yello Care’

MTN Uganda staff today kick-started their annual 21-day-long staff volunteerism initiative in which employees across MTN’s international footprint take time off to physically get involved in activities that uplift communities…

Programme to train students in computer repairs launched in Ghana

A programme to train students in technical institutions to repair and service computers has been launched by the Ghana Education Service in Accra. The Computer System Support Programme (CSSP) is…

GAMBIA GETS A TECHNOLOGY CENTRE

The West African Council for Science, Technology and Development Centre (WASTDC) has been established in Banjul to undertake tasks on related problems in collaboration with other West African countries. According…

SPESCOM SUPPLIES BROADCAST EQUIPMENT TO NAMIBIA BROADCASTING CORPORTATION

Spescom MeasureGraph has supplied an Avid Media Solution to the value of R4.9 million to the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC). NBC is Namibia's public service broadcaster. Spescom MeasureGraph is the…

Rwanda: Govt to Adopt New Technology to Process Salaries

Information technology will now be adopted to improve the processing and management of salary schemes of civil servants, the Minister of Labour, Anastase Murekezi said. He made the remarks while…

Computing – In Brief

Tanzania: Community Development Parliamentary Committee has directed the government to review the electronic ticketing system to make it more viable. Reading the committee's report on Thursday in Parliament, Chairman Saidi…

Bushenyi Schools to Lose 500 Computers in Uganda

Bushenyi district might lose a donation of over 500 computers if the Government goes ahead to implement a ban on the importation of used computers. While presenting this year's budget…

MPs, Minister Nsambu Clash Over Laptop Deal in Uganda

The ICT junior minister, John Alintuma Nsambu, has denied accusations that he used his position to do personal business with the government. "It's not true that I am using my…

AFRICA URGED TO TAKE UP INDIAN US$55M ICT DEVELOPMENT OFFER

Information and communication technology (ICT) gurus meeting last week recommended that Africa should take up the US$55 million offer by India to develop ICTs across the continent over the next…

GHANAIAN INSURANCE COMPANY BUYS NIGERIAN SOFTWARE PACKAGE

A Ghanaian insurance company Network Assurance has bought a Nigerian-developed software called Perfect Pension.The Managing Director of General Systems Technology Limited, developers of the software, Shola Kuku said the selection…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Central African Republic (CAR) government in conjunction with the French Foreign Affairs ministry, plans to set up three community-based internet centres in CAR provinces, official sources said in…

Kenyan Tech Firms Lobby for Government Software Tenders

Innovators are lobbying to have the first option in developing software for government ministries, departments and parastatals, saying this would help the nascent segment grow while offering the public sector…

Kenya Revenue Authority in New Bid to Stop Simba System Faults

Kenya Revenue Authority plans to contract two other network service providers to boost the efficiency of its customs IT system which suffered an outage early this week.Traders were once again…

Poor Conditions Cause Breakdown of Election Commission’s Computers in Mozambique

The Electoral Administration Technical Secretariat (STAE), the electoral branch of the Mozambican civil service, says that the repeated breakdowns of computers used in the current voter registration are due to…

Zinox Launches Digital Knowledge Democracy campaign in Nigeria

Zinox Technologies has launched a new projects through its Computerise Nigeria Project, CNP. The project known as Digital Knowledge Democracy and described by officials as an Independence Anniversary gift was…

SENEGAL WANTS TO BREAK IN THE CALL CENTRE BUSINESS

Senegal's attempt to break into the European call center business has not been easy In the blue-carpeted office of the PCCI call center, young men and women sit before banks…

HP AND IEEE PROVIDE IBADAN UNIVERSITY WITH COMPUTER CENTRE

Hewlett-Packard and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) have together set up a state-of-the art computer centre at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. The 60-seat computer centre…

BOTSWANA COMPUTERISES COMPANY REGISTRATIONS

The company registration process will be computerised instead of being done manually. Government had commissioned KPMG Consulting to come up with a solution that would replace the manual data collection…

Department of Labour and Siemens to split in South Africa

The Department of Labour (DOL) will not renew its contract with Siemens to deliver its IT systems. DOL acting director-general Sam Morotoba presented the current status of the contract to…

Gambia: Government Launches Gaminfo Database

The Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBoS) launched the GAMINFO Database Tool in Banjul last week. GAMINFO is a Human Development (HD) Monitoring tool that is developed by the Statistics Bureau,…

The first smartphone made in Africa is not all it seems to be

News of the first African-designed smartphone release caused a lot of excitement last year. And so it should have: Africa is, after Asia, the largest mobile phone market in the…

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…

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s Senate has begun the process of amending the 1945 Evidence Act to permit the admissibility in court of electronic- and computer-generated evidence. The Act only provides for the…

Tunis Based 'Francophone Digital Campus' Plans to Launch Four Distance Learning Masters in ICT

The Tunis Francophone Distance Campus is planning to launch its own Distance training programs. Inaugurated in 2002, it has so far provided courses designed by European universities.The Campus Director, Mejdi…

Computer News - In Brief

- The tendering process for the award of the computerised driving permits to Face Technologies was marred by irregularities, investigations by Uganda Parliament's finance committee have revealed. The committee recommended…

CAPDAN MAKES CASE FOR LOCAL PCS IN NIGERIA

Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) has called on the federal government to address the anomaly in the import tariff regime between fully built systems and Completely…

NEW KENYAN COMPUTERISED CUSTOMS SYSTEM IN COURT DISPUTE BUT WILL NOT BE WITHDRAWN

The new computer system for customs at the centre of a court battle between the Kenya Revenue Authority and clearing and forwarding agents will not be withdrawn. It will instead…

MOROCCAN IT SECTOR EXPERIENCES RAPID GROWTH DESPITE WIDESPREAD PIRACY

The local Moroccan press has published a series of statistics on growth in the IT industry. This has been accompanied by an investigation by the Paris-based Middle East magazine Arabies…

CÔTE D’IVOIRE: CONFERENCE TO PROMOTE THE USE OF OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE

Last week there was an Open Source Conference in Cote D’Ivoire that was addressed by Christian Roland of Assic on the theme:"Les logiciels libres et les collectivités territoriales". Didier Kla…

ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF KENYA(ECK) LAUNCHES COMPUTERISED ELECTORAL MAPS

The Electoral Commission of Kenya last week launched a Sh40 million computerised mapping system to help in the planning and conduct of elections. The Geographical Information System (GIS) will enable…

Computer News - In Brief

- Bytes Technology Networks (BTN), a division of Bytes Technology Group Limited (a member of the Altron Group), has been appointed Glenrand MIB Limited’s Microsoft Licencing Consultant to licence and…

R35m Continuity South Africa deal finalized

The R35m sale of 51% of disaster-recovery firm Continuity SA by JSE-listed outsourcing specialist the Dialogue Group, has been finalised. CoroCapital, the investment banking firm and subsidiary of Coronation, now…

Bringing open access to Africa: BioMed Central announces far-reaching program

Currently only 0.7% of all research published comes from sub-Saharan Africa, yet African researchers have a key role to play in finding solutions to the many challenges faced by African…

Assembly of Computers in Mozambique At Standstill

The project to assemble desktop and laptop computers in Mozambique seems to have collapsed, thanks to a dispute between the Mozambican government and its foreign partner in this venture, the…

Kenya: Oracle's Centre of Excellence to Bridge It Skills Gap in Kenya

A major challenge the ICT sector in Kenya is facing is the IT skills gap as most Kenyan youth lack opportunities to gain technology-related skills that can enable them work…

Computer News - In Brief

- In Zimbabwe, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has announced a review of ICT legislation. The organisation has circulated a questionnaire asking whether the Posts and Telecommunications Act,…

Draft law will make ICT expensive in South Africa

The Consumer Protection Bill, currently making its way through the National Council of Provinces, will have a “significant” impact on the way ICT companies operate, says industry lawyer Mike Silber.…

DON'T LET COMPUTERS GATHER NAMIBIAN DUST

Namibia like many other nations all over the world view access to quality education as a pre-requisite for the attainment of the country's development goals. This was said by the…

FRENCH GOVT AND MANDRAKE TO ROLL OUT LINUX ACROSS AFRICA

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mandrakesoft have announced a plan to provide a network of sixty public Internet access points throughout Africa. The project, known as Aden, plans…

KENYAN GOVT LOOKS TO GET RID OF OLD EQUIPMENT, SAYS CABINET ICT ADVISER

The Kenyan Government looks set to upgrade its computer equipment as part of an e-government strategy that will start in June this year, according to Peter Gakunu, ICT adviser to…

SYNAPSYS OFFERS LIQUID-COOLED PCs FOR AFRICA

Mainstream thermal management technology will soon reach its limits, says Arthur Williamson, MD of Synapsys, a South African-based distributor of advanced cooling systems. In Africa, air-cooling systems are under abnormal…

Computer News - In Brief

The Introduction of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System in 2007, otherwise called the E-payment has saved the Federal Government of Nigeria N12 billion, the Minister of Finance has said.

Computer News - In Brief

- In Kenya Treasury has allocated Sh7 billion to Information and Communications Technology, although future votes will be slowed down as the government re-channels the funds to more pressing areas.…

Uganda: Kcca to Issue Computerised Taxi Stickers to curb forgeries

Owners of commuter taxis operating in Kampala city now have computerised Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) stickers, the KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi, has announced.The stickers, bearing KCCA logo, are…

South Africa: City of Cape Town Plan to Acquire Drones

Shortly after referring to its CCTV system as "Big Brother" and expressing support for public video surveillance, the City of Cape Town has revealed that it is in the "planning…

University Students to Get Cheap Computers in Uganda

The Government will help students in tertiary institutions get laptop computers. Alintuma Nsambu, the information communication technology (ICT) state minister, said the students would acquire the computers at a cost…

TRAINING GRASSROOTS IN COMPUTER SKILLS IN CAMEROON

  In the Northwest Province of Cameroon, Paul's Computer Institute, PCI, started in 1997 with three teachers and 30 students, has scored considerable success in training men and women in…

ICOZA AND SANGONET LAUNMCH NGO.ZA TO PROMOTE ICT USE IN SA NGO SECTOR

The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) and ICOZA launched a new joint venture, called NGO.ZA, last week in Johannesburg. Jay Naidoo, former Minister of Communications, and Chairperson of the J&J…

SA’S DIREQLEARN LAUNCHES OPENLAB3-EDU FOR SCHOOLS

DireqLearn has announced the South African release of the OpenLab3-edu computing solution at the Innovation in Education, Schools ICT Conference, held at SACS, Cape Town, 5-7 April 2004. OpenLab3 is…

Computer News - In Brief

- Bytes Technology Networks, a division of the JSE listed Bytes Technology Group Limited has been awarded the contract to provide world class e-learning solution and services to Munich Reinsurance…

Madagascar: Online Research Network launched

Madagascar has launched an online research network, the Research and Education Network for Academic Learning Activities (iRENALA), which aims to boost science, technology and education in the country, as well…

Major Botswana insurance firm switches to e-documents

Botswana Insurance Company (BIC) has said that it has transformed most of its physical documents into electronic format.Komissa Burzlaff, BIC strategy development and marketing manager, has said over 89,000 documents…

Nigeria: NPC Insists On Biometrics, Satellite to Conduct 2016 Census

As a complete departure from the 2006 census exercise, the National Population Commission (NPC) said it would ensure that biometric, digital satellite and other information and communication technology (ICT) facilities…

Computing - In Brief

Flexenclosure, a designer and manufacturer of prefabricated data centre buildings and intelligent power management systems for the ICT industry, has opened a new office in Johannesburg, South Africa, to serve…

Ultraportable Ubuntu version out next month

Canonical head and Ubuntu founder, Mark Shuttleworth, says that Ubuntu will be releasing an ultraportable version of Ubuntu next month. In an interview today with the Guardian, Shuttleworth said: “We’re…

RWANDA FIRM STARTS PHONE BANKING

The advent of a mobile phone took the modern world by storm. The concept of a palm-size gadget that one can use to call, SMS or even beep anyone anywhere…

MICROSOFT AND FLOSS ADVOCATES FACE OFF AT SANGONET CONFERENCE

A subtle battle of ideologies emerged at an open source plenary held at the Sangonet "ICTs for Civil Society" conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday, as open source advocates and a…

KENYAN ICT SECTOR SEEKS SPECIAL REGULATORY STATUS TO CUT RED TAPE

Kenya's Information and Communication Technology sector is seeking a special status to enable it attract more investors.Last week, Information minister Raphael Tuju said only such a status could improve the…

GHANAIAN GOVERNMENT AWARDS CONTRACTS FOR REGIONAL ICT CENTRES

The Ghanaian Government has awarded contracts to the tune of one billion cedis for the provision of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centres in all districts of the Upper West…

Computer News - In Brief

- NICE Systems, a provider of multimedia digital recording solutions, applications and related professional services for business interaction management, and Dimension Data, a leading global technology company providing solutions and…

Kenya: Microsoft, British Council to Build 90 Digital Hubs

Kenya is among the six nations earmarked for a multi-million project in six Sub Saharan African nations, for the launch of digital hubs under Badiliko project. The project which is…

Computing - In Brief

- From March 22nd the public administration, in the cities of Bobo-Dioulasso, Koudougou Ouahigouya Kaya and Fada Ziniaré N'gourma are connected to the central government through WiMAX base stations. These…

Kenya Leads in M2M Connections in Africa

Kenya has stood out among the early adopters of machine to machine communications in the continent with half of all respondents questioned by IDC's 'Annual Europe Middle East and Africa…

Computer News - In Brief

- Only 89% of African airlines subscribing to the International Air Transport Association's Billing Settlement Programme (BSP) are ready for the change to e-ticketing at the end of this month.…

NIGERIA'S MULTIMILLION DOLLAR E-GOVT PROJECT CLAIMS SUCCESS

  An e-government project in Nigeria's Delta state, an oil producing region and one of the nation's most developed micro-economies, has reaped rewards, according to a government spokesman. Charles Nenyiaba,…

INGATE SYSTEMS EXPANDS REACH INTO AFRICA

Ingate Systems, which develops firewall technology and products that aim to enable SIP-based live communication for the enterprise, while maintaining control and security at the network edge, intends to expand…

MOROCCAN PIRATES NOW RISK JAIL UNDER NEW LAW

The much-talked about Moroccan pirates will now risk a jail sentence under a law on intellectual that will be passed shortly. It was approved unanimously in early January by the…

ZAMBIAN COMPUTER SOCIETY PRESIDENT RECOMMENDS COMPUTER REGISTRATION

Computer Society of Zambia President Milner Makuni is proposing an amendement to the Computer Bill that would register all computers when they bought, writes Balancing Act's Zambian Correspondent Timothy Kasolo.…

Kenya’s Universities Turn to E-Learning in a Bid to Improve Services

Kenyan Universities are increasingly turning to e-learning as a tool to facilitate improved education. They also want to rope in more students through better access to facilities, hoping to reach…

Uganda Adopts New IT Banking System to impose financial discipline on Government spending

The government's expenditure will be checked as Bank of Uganda(BoU) introduced a new banking system that is expected to bring financial discipline. This replaces the old system that was weak…

Kenya unwraps multi-million data centre

Kenya Data Network  (KDN) has unveiled a multimillion-dollar state-of-the art data center to be used for hosting data and software applications.Speaking at the launch this week, KDN Chief Executive Officer…

Computer News - In Brief

-  Apelon, Inc., an international provider of terminology and data interoperability solutions, has been selected to assist the development and implementation of an electronic health enterprise architecture for Rwanda to…

ZYBACAFE ALPHA VERSION OUT

  After nearly a year of design and months of coding, developer A.J. Venter was proud and happy to announce that the first alpha release of ZybaCafe is available. Venter…

Computer News - In Brief

- Constantine’s Emir Abdelkader University of Islamic Sciences acquired a digital library for the protection rare manuscripts as well as reference books. This new structure gathers about 2,000 titles. The…

NIGERIAN INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION URGED TO START AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ON ELECTRONIC VOTING SYSTEM

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been urged to quickly start an awareness campaign on the electronic voting system which the Commission chairman, Prof. Maurice Iwu, says will be used…

  CONTROVERSIAL DOOM 3 GAME UNLEASHED LAST WEEK IN SA

  Hundreds of gaming fanatics are expected to gather at Northgate last week, for the long-awaited launch of Doom 3 at midnight. Megarom and Budget Technologies are hosting the South…

MICROSOFT INVESTS N20M IN LAGOS DIGITAL VILLAGE

Microsoft will invest an estimated sum of N20 million in partnering the recently commissioned Lagos Digital Village (LDV). The LDV, is the second of its kind in the country partnered…

Computer News - In Brief

- Mombasa port stakeholders are pushing for the speedy implementation of Port Community Based System (PCBS), a single window electronic document processing programme which could slash cargo staying time by…

Regulator NATCOM and University of Sierra Leone Partner to Promote ICT

Sierra Leone's telecoms regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), and the University of Sierra Leone (USL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing the two institutions to work together for…

SAP and PlaNet Finance Hit Critical Milestones for Social Sustainability in Ghana Shea Value Chain Initiative

Stanford University Case Study Uncovers Significant Progress, Including Production of Higher Quality Nuts and Butter; Olam International Commits to Purchasing Nuts, SAP® Software Enables Socially Sustainable Value ChainsUsing education, microfinance…

Sierra Leone: Using Technology to Close the Gender Gap

Admire Bio has the reassured presence of a successful businesswoman, with an edge that reveals she is still hungry for more. Bio, 28, a single mother living with her parents,…

Microsoft kicks off online privacy campaign

Microsoft has launched a widespread consumer campaign to increase the awareness of saving data on personal computers.The six-week campaign is designed to reach and educate technology users via television, the…

Permira Buys 100% of South Africa’s Data firm Teraco Data Environments

London-based  Private Equity firm Permira, has acquired 100% equity in Teraco, a provider of carrier neutral datacentre services in Sub-Saharan Africa. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Lex Van Wyk,…

Ethiopia Needs $800,000 in Preparing Forum to Host 'World Technology Forum'

Ethiopia will host the World Information Technology Forum in August this year, the Ethiopian Information and Communication Technology Development Agency (EICTDA) announced last week. Speaking at a symposium, EICTDA, Director…

UGANDA GOVERNMENT FAILS TO FUND ICT INCUBATOR

The long-awaited Information Communication Technologies incubation centre will not be set up after government failed to avail $600,000 (about Shs10.8 million) for the venture. The incubation centre, which was due…

NIGERIA LOSES N11.2BN TO SOFTWARE PIRACY

Study report has shown that Nigeria loses a total of N11.2bn (about $80 million) annually to illegal deployment or use of computer software in the country. The report, which covers…

SA'S OBSIDIAN TO TEACH OPEN SOURCE BASICS

Buli Tikolo, training co-ordinator, Obsidian Systems, says its new course is aimed at office workers and other non-IT professionals that wish to gain a rounded understanding of computing, specifically in…

   KALAHARI TO SELL LIGHT EDGE PCS ONLINE

  Light Edge Technology's line of Emerald PCs will be sold online through e-tailer kalahari.net. The offering went live late last week and is an extension of the offering the…

Computer News - In Brief

- Last week, a container of Macs left for Zambia sent by World Computer Exchange. Programme Officer, Will Loving, contacted Mac users groups across the States seeking parts and pieces…

Kenyan Government Needs Techpreneurs to Help Create Open Government

The Connected Government Summit held in late May explained what the state is doing to mobilize services. In the course of the two day summit, via a live twitter feed,…

Skyvision Embraces Digital Villages As Competition Stiffens

Nairobi — Internet service provider SkyVision Global Networks LLC is diversifying into digital villages equipped with computers and internet connectivity as competition in the sector stiffens.The change of strategy will…

Call for Africans to Invest in IT at African Union Customs workshop

Inter-Connectivity of computerized customs systems has been cited as major challenge to most African countries in a bid to provide efficient and effective clearance services, it was revealed on Monday."Much…

The OLPC Programme Will Breed the IT Expertise that Rwanda Needs.

With this new approach to learning, the children will become more creative and innovative as the laptops help enhance what they are taught in schools in a more practical way.The…

E-ready primary schools to be given priority in laptops programme

E-ready primary schools in Kenya will be prioritised in the Jubilee government’s free laptops programme, with 2,037 schools jumping to the front of the queue.  The Department of Education, Science…

Tell Nigerians What You Found After Invading Our Data Centre, APC Dares DSS

APC has called the DSS out to tell Nigerians what they found in their data centre after they recently invaded the place and arrested some workers. In this press statement…

High Taxation Impedes Computer Assembly Trade in Kenya

High duty on computer parts is hindering the development of a vibrant assembly industry. While tariff on finished computers is zero rated, most components and peripherals still attract high duty.…

Pharmacy system using Ubuntu to fight AIDs

Written in Java and released under the GPL, iDART (intelligent Dispensing of Antiretroviral Treatment) is a pharmacy system designed for use at antiretroviral (ARV) pharmacies in the public health sector.…

PIRACY CREATES JOBS, FOSS CREATES OPPORTUNITIES

"Piracy creates jobs but free and open source software and open standards create opportunity and entrepreneurs." That was the word from Johannesburg-based Anriette Esterhuysen, executive director of the Association for…

SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS RISK LOSING RIGHTS TO PROGRAMS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Software developers are in danger of losing the right to own the programs they have created if a judgment by SA's Supreme Court of Appeal is allowed to stand, warns…

SOUTH AFRICA: CHALLENGES AHEAD FOR DIGITAL TV

Although it is possible for Sentech to meet its 2010 deadline for the upgrade and digitisation of its television broadcasting signal distribution network, SA's road to digital broadcasting will not…

   ASYST INTERNATIONAL SA PARTNERS WITH NECOR ZAMBIA

  ASYST International SA today announced that they have partnered with Zambia's leading IT solutions provider, Necor Zambia Limited, in order to accelerate the introduction of the benefits of Access…

Omatek Computers denies owing bad debt to Afribank

Following a Central Bank of Nigeria announcement, local computer assembler Omatek Computers has been forced to deny that its N1.6 billion loan from Afribank, one of the banks in the…

Computer News - In Brief

* Kampala — Mr Revence Kalibwani the proprietor of Scyfy Technoloies, a local information and technology start-up is set to represent Uganda at the 2010 Annual Peer Awards in Finland.…

The First Classified Website in Rwanda

Kigali — "Knowledge is power and by simply getting connected to the global network through ICT, development is at your fingertips Methode Ramba.Methode Ramba is the 31-year-old proprietor of the…

Electronic Waste Gives Investors Chance to Make Cash From Trash

The growing volume of e-waste in the region is creating new opportunities for local entrepreneurs and multinationals, who hope to tap into the $14 billion global market.As the government ups…

Computer News - In Brief

- South Africa’s PC distributor Mustek has become the only local distributor to be registered as an accredited service provider for Acer products purchased from its registered dealer network. The…

Computing – In Brief

Director of Information Communication Technology with the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), Mr Phares Magesa, has been appointed to a panel of judges to evaluate entries submitted for the International Association…

E-Payment, E-Problem in Nigeria

The commencement of the Electronic Payment system in all Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in January was to introduce cashless regime in all government's transactions with the aim of…

UK-Based Nigerian IT Experts Launch interactive street map of Lagos

A UK-based Nigerian company specialising in GIS applications Ajala has developed an online interactive street finder for Lagos. The website allows users to search for any street in Lagos, in…

Uganda to Get Cheap Computers

In an effort to increase the use and distribution of computers in the country, the government and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation are in talks to form a public-private…

Concerns Over Software Piracy in the Nigerian IT Market

Pirated software products seem to have resurfaced in the Nigerian IT market, despite continued efforts by both private and the public sector to stem the rise. However, can it be…

Computer News - In Brief

- The Francophonie University Agency, AUF, run by the Paris-based International Francophonie Organisation, OIF, has opened a digital camp in Algiers, to assist Algerian researchers and students, OIF sources said…

ZIMBABWE RESERVE BANK UPGRADES CHEQUE PROCESSING WITH UNISYS SYSTEM

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has replaced its ageing NCR cheque processing system at its Harare and Bulawayo centres with a new system supplied and implemented by Unisys Africa. The…

   BLACK WOMEN BENEFIT FROM CALL CENTRE JOB CREATION IN CAPE

   Black women have been among the main beneficiaries of the growth in the Western Cape call centre industry, according to a survey recently conducted by Deloitte on behalf of…

South Africa: City of Johannesburg owes tech supplier millions

Masana Technologies is owed millions by the City of Johannesburg, after 1,200 invoices have not been paid, the liquidator says. Masana filed for provisional liquidation on 20 August, as it…

Nigeria Banking Specialists Computer Warehouse to Make Uganda Regional Hub

Nairobi — Nigerian information technology firm Computer Warehouse Group Ltd has established operations in Uganda, its designated regional hub, with an eye on emerging opportunities in the oil and gas,…

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-Bluekey Software Solutions has launched a new management solution, which integrates the SAP management software with the iPad and iPhone.The Mobility Solutions suite is set to aid managers run their…

Ghana- Junior High Schools receive Laptops in Kassena Nankana and Builsa District

Mrs Elizabeth Amoah –Tetteh, a Deputy Minister of Education, has presented 178 laptops to seven basic schools in the Kassena Nankana and Builsa Districts.Each of the junior high schools received…

SITA pushes open source adoption in South Africa

Government policy on open source software use exists, but it still has a lot of work to do, says the State IT Agency (SITA). This follows its signing of a…

Ministry Designs Draft ICT Policy on Education for Rwanda

The Ministry of Education yesterday released the first draft on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy that will govern the use of ICT in the country's education sector. The…

The State of ICTs in the South African NGO Sector

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have always been portrayed as operating on a shoestring budget, and being stuck in the dark ages of telecommunications. The reality, however, is that NGOs are heavily…

$250 000 prize for best 3rd world lab design

AMD and Architecture for Humanity have announced a prize of $250 000 for the best design for a computer lab that can be adapted and implemented in third-world countries. The…

ZINOX BEGINS OFF-SHORE PRODUCTION IN GHANA

Nigeria Information Technology (IT) identity, Zinox Technologies Limited is set to commence offshore production of internationally certified branded computer systems, laptops and servers beginning with Ghana in September 2006 The…

MANY AFRICAN AIRLINES WILL FAIL TO MEET IATA'S E-TICKETING DEADLINE

Few African airlines look set to meet the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) deadline of early 2008 for 100 e-ticketing, writes Esther Nakkazi. Most African airlines will be left in…

ZIMBABWE TO HOST INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FAIR

Zimbabwe will host an information technology (IT) fair to showcase equipment and services early next month with more than 20 local, regional and international companies in attendance, the local newspaper…

   SHUTTLEWORTH FUNDS MOZILLA BUG-CATCHING FUND

    Following last week's announcement by the Mozilla Foundation that two serious security issues had been found in its popular Mozilla and Firefox browsers, News.com reports that the Foundation has…

Cameroun: Douala City Council computerises its management systems

Communauté urbaine de Douala (CUD) presented its new information and data management system (Siged) which cost FCFA 300 million to install. Fritz Ntonè Ntonè, the Government delegate at the launch…

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* Luanda — A project of Bank High Security System was presented, in Luanda, by Angolan students of the Telecommunication Institute (ITEL), during the first edition of the "EducaAngola" fair,…

Kenya - On-line Kiswahili teaching pays well

When Mpasua Msonobari mingled with foreign students mainly from the US who came to Kenya to study African languages, little did he know he was sowing the seed for his…

Census to gauge ICT literacy skills in Kenya

The Government will assess the level of computer literacy and compliance when it carries out a national census on August 24. This is seen a move that will reinforce the…

Nigerian E-Payment company Invests N350 Million in Datacentre

At its inauguration of the board of directors of ChamsAccess Limted, a newly created subsidiary. of Chams Nigeria Plc last week in Lagos, one of the e- solutions company in…

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- The Rwanda Information and Technology Authority (RITA) has been put under the President's Office, and will now be reporting directly to the Minster in President's Office in charge of…

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- Kenya has set up a new parastatal to spearhead development of information and communications technology (ICT) in the country. The Kenya Information and Communications Technology Board will advise the…

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- Tunisia and South Korea signed last Wednesday in Seoul a memorandum of understanding in matters of information and communication technologies as part of the working visit of minister of…

NIGERIA IS ONE OF MICROSOFTS FASTEST GROWING MARKETS, SAYS ILLUKWE

Microsoft has rolled out activities to mark its fifth year anniversary in Nigeria with an announcement that Nigeria is one of the fastest growing markets for Microsoft Corporation. Country Manager…

A USD200 COMPUTER 'TO END DIGITAL DIVIDE'

A pared down "computer" to replace bulky, grey desktop PCs could help close global digital inequalities. Not-for-profit developers, Ndiyo - the Swahili word for "yes" - said it could open…

Q3 BMI-T FIGURES SHOW TALLYCOM STILL LEADING SA LINE PRINTER MARKET

The TallyGenicom brand has reaffirmed its leadership in the South African line printer market with the recent results of BMI-T’s third quarter printer report reflecting a steady 61% market share…

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  -   Sun Microsystems says more affordable software is now within reach of developing nations through its new per-citizen pricing model for national and local governments. The unique licensing model…

MINISTRIES COMPUTERISING: KENYA DOES LAND AND NAMIBIA LABOUR

The Kenyan Land Ministry is to computerise its records. The aim is to make it easier for members of the public and government officials to access information easily, Minister Amos…

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- Lottotech, the new franchisee to run the Mauritius national lottery, was showing off its equipment line-up last week. Its American partners GTech bought the IBM equipment to the island…

Rwanda - US university set to invest in region’s ICT sector

The American Carnegie Mellon University which has just established a regional centre in Rwanda, will largely aim to spearhead the development of science and technology in East Africa.The Carnegie Mellon…

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- Veda Technology Limited, a Nigerian computer manufacturing company launched four different ranges of computer laptops into the market. Its Managing Director Bode Pedro, said the new computer products are…

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- Algeria’s ministry of Post and ITC (Information and Communication Technologies) has presented proposals for the reduction of computer prices as part of the new version of "Ousratic'' campaign (one…

SOUTH AFRICA ANNOUNCES BOLD PLAN TO GET 400,000 TEACHERS SURFING

Youngsters now stand a slightly better chance of an education fit for the future through an Intel initiative to boost access to information technology. On Monday, Intel chairman Craig Barrett…

HIGH PERFORMANCE CALL-ROUTING AND BILLING ENGINE RELEASED

Yo Uganda Limited, a voice solutions and software development company based in Uganda, East Africa has announced the release of YBS - a high performance call routing and billing engine. …

SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT LOOKING FOR OSS SUPPLIERS  

The South African State Information Technology Agency (Sita) is looking for an open source distribution and supplier to assist government to migrate to open source. Sita, the South African government's…

MICROSOFT ADVISES ON PRE-CONSOLIDATION IT INVESTMENT FOR BANKS IN NIGERIA

The stakes for successful consolidation in the banking sector was further increased last week when Microsoft advised that merging banks should be thinking of migrating completely from their existing software…

MICROSOFT, UGANDAN GOVERNMENT BRING TECH TO EDUCATION

As part of its continued drive to bring the benefits of technology to the education sector across Africa Microsoft has inked a four-year Partners in Learning (PiL) memorandum of understanding…

KENYA COMPUTER FIRM LOSES SH39 MILLION SUIT FILED AGAINST PENSION FUND

A Nairobi Court has dismissed a case filed by an information technology consulting firm seeking to recover Sh30 million from the workers’ pension fund. The dispute was between Tandam Parks…

ANGOLAN GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FUND

The Angolan government will set up an information technology fund with the help of oil companies operating in Angola, to finance projects in this field. According to the Deputy Minister…

Africa: Better Resource Allocation With Customised Computer Models

Mathematical models developed in the United States could help developing countries better allocate their limited health resources and improve the provision of life-saving technologies and disaster relief.Case studies of the…

South Africa Promises to Buy More Local Software

Local software developers should have a greater chance of winning work from the government as the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) has promised to procure more services locally to boost…

NIGERIA’S OMATEK DELIVERS 10,000 CANI PCS UNDER COMPUTERS FOR ALL INITIATIVE

Florence Seriki ,the Managing Director of OMATEK Computers, has disclosed that her company has commenced the delivery of 10,000 computers under the federal government's Computers for All Nigerians Initiative (CANi).…

RWANDA OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES NEPAD E-SCHOOLS PROJECT

Rwanda is the fifth country to launch the project after Uganda, Ghana, Lesotho and Kenya, but is the first country to have completed implementation in all the six schools. "I…

VISA INTERNATIONAL INVESTS IN ATM PLATFORM IN GHANA

VISA International, the world acclaimed credit card operator, has invested over USD250,000 into the VISA National Net Settlement Service (VNNSS) Automated Teller Machine (ATM) common platform for five commercial banks…

ZNCB BUYS COMPUTER SOFTWARE WORTH USD3M

THE Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZNCB) has procured a US $3 million (about K15 billion) banking software package to enhance its operations. The package, which is anticipated to be operational…

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- Egypt's Social Fund for Development will implement several Oracle solutions as part of an EC-funded initiative to develop a new management information system. The aim is to help the…

NIGERIAN BANKS WILL ISSUE E-CARDS IN JANUARY 2004

Nigerian banks have plans to introduce card-based electronic payment systems in January. Six banks have been appointed issuing houses for the scheme, being packaged under a tripartite arrangement between MasterCard…

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- In one of the strongest endorsements of Linux as a viable mid-range business platform to date, Sage and IBM have inked an Africa-wide agreement to deliver Sage’s business management…

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- Six schools have benefitted from the first phase of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) e-school initiative in Ghana. This initiative aims to equip young people with the…

UN System contributes to the reinforcement of national information management capacities in Mauritania

28 Mauritanian institutions and 44 information professionals participated in the first training course on the documentary software “Win Isis” from 14 to 17 July 2008. The activity was organized by…

IFAP TO DIGITALISE AUDIO-VISUAL CONTENT IN THE SAHEL

To preserve various media resources in the Sahel and make them available to future generations, UNESCO, through its Information for All Programme and Kent State University in Ohio, USA, will…

GHANAIAN GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS ADOPTION OF ELECTRONIC-GOVERNANCE PROGRAMME

The Government of Ghana is considering the adoption of an electronic governance programme as a mechanism to promote lateral and horizontal collaboration among the Metropolitan/Municipal/District Assemblies (MMDAs) to bring information…

ZIMBABWE'S CSO LAUNCHES ZIMDAT DATABASE

The Central Statistical Office on Wednesday launched the Zimbabwe Statistics Database (Zimdat), a system that organises, stores and displays data in a uniform format that facilitates information sharing. The system,…

CODI CONSIDERS FOSS A SERIOUS STRATEGIC OPTION FOR AFRICA

Free Open Source Software (FOSS) is an emerging industry, an employment creator and the driving force of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Balancing Act's Correspondent Timothy Kasolo writes that the…

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- About 20 news jobs will be created at the local branch of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as the company takes on a deal to provide outsourcing services for resources…

NAMPOWER SELECTS SUN SYSTEMS FOR SAP/R3 IMPLEMENTATION

In a multimillion Rand deal, the Namibian power generation utility, Nampower, has selected Sun Microsystems to provide the infrastructure for its SAP/R3 enterprise resource planning project. The equipment, including three…

OSS a ‘good choice’ for SMEs

Open source software is a viable option for small and medium-sized (SME) businesses because of its flexibility and scalability. This is according to Synaq MD, Yossi Hasson. Hasson says that…

MAURITIUS LAND REGISTER TO GO ELECTRONIC

A land register is at long last in preparation. Its aims are two fold: to eliminate corruption in the lease of state lands and to permit implementation of the National…

SOUTH AFRICA PLANS TO TRAIN 30,000 TO WORK IN RURAL CALL CENTRES

Up to 30 000 South Africans will ultimately be trained to work in call centres as government moves to make the country a more competitive destination for business process outsourcing…

ARIVIA.KOM APPOINTED AS ACSA'S ICT SERVICE PROVIDER

Arivia.kom has secured a five-year contract as the preferred information communication and technology (ICT) service provider to Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), with a minimum value of R68 million over…

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- Software giants SAP and Microsoft have announced their first joint development project. They are collaborating on software dubbed Mendocino, which will let users access business information housed in SAP's…

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- One thousand jobs should be created at Dimension Data under a newly signed deal to provide call-centre services for a US information technology group.

Kenya: Seacom's Pamoja Africa and Symantec Partner to Enhance Public Cloud Solution Rollout

Pamoja Africa, the Cloud services business unit of SEACOM, has entered into a partnership with Symantec - the security technology solutions provider - to distribute Symantec's suite of Cloud services…

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- Makerere University's Faculty of Computing and Information Technology (CIT) last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Computer Board of Mauritius and the country's investment authority, Invest…

Connect Africa ICT Summit Ends With Renewed Commitment

This week's 'Connect Africa' summit in Kigali ended on a high note with government and private sector delegates agreeing to work together to develop Africa's interconnectivity. President Paul Kagame said…

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- OpenOffice.org has managed to squeeze in a third release before the end of 2006. Superficially the same as version 2.1 it has five more languages, interoperability improvements and better…

BRINGING OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE TO SCHOOLS

Metropolitan, together with the Shuttleworth Foundation, Inkululeko Technologies and the KZN Department of Education, has installed an Open Source computer centre, known as a tuXlab, at the ZamaZulu Secondary School…

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- The Get Eshet Industrial Site, a private business company operating in Debre Zeit town in Ethiopia, said it has finalized preparations to establish a personal computer (PC) manufacturing factory…

South Africa: Road traffic offences system ready to roll

The technology behind the controversial traffic points demerits project, also called the administrative adjudication of road traffic offences (Aarto) system, is ready to go, says Tebogo Mphuti, CEO of Tasima,…

East Africa: Sandisk Expands in Africa With Mitsumi

SanDisk, global leader in flash memory, has signed a distribution deal with Mitsumi, one of the largest and fastest growing IT distributors in Africa.Mitsumi will distribute to 22 countries in…

Who needs textbooks? 'Zambian iPad' goes to school

Whether it's learning how to read and write or setting up your own farm, a Zambian computer tablet -- known as the ZEduPad -- is trying to open up the…

Timid ICT Evolution in Maghreb

Figures released by the United Nations Development Programme in Algiers show a timid evolution of ICTs in the Maghreb region with only 2.5% of Internet penetration. Algeria has reached 5,…

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- Kampala International University will soon launch it's digital library (literally, an electronic bookstore) fondly referred to as the e-granary. According to the university's IT director Alex Mbaziira, the facility…

Nigeria and Kenya share experience on E-Registration System

Impressed by the system of conducting examinations into Nigerian tertiary institutions, the Kenya government has indicated interest in copying the system adopted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).…

Kenya: Sh100 Million seed funding to Advance ICT services

The government has given Family Bank $1.3 million (Sh110.7 million) for onward lending to IT entrepreneurs in a bid to scale up Internet access and online services in rural Kenya.In…

Namibia: Plot Thickens in Election Tender Dispute

New information has surfaced about the manner in which the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) awarded the N$63,8 million electronic voter registration contract to a South African IT firm, Face…

Nigeria: Main One Backs ICT Education in Secondary, Tertiary Institutions

Main One Communications Services Company has reiterated its determination to boost ICT, especially in secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria.According to the company, it became interested in supporting ICT education…

American citizen and EFF sue Ethiopian government for installing British spyware on laptop

A US citizen had government-grade spyware placed on his laptop by the Ethiopian government, who proceeded to monitor his Skype calls, instant messages, and his whole family's Internet use. Finspy,…

CPN Completes Design on National IT Education Blueprint in Nigeria

The Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria has completed the design of a national blueprint for Information Technology education in Nigeria. Part of the blueprint includes syllabi for computer education…

New life for e-government in South Africa

E-government will be renewed and handled with more vigour, because of its future importance to service delivery, says deputy public service and administration minister Roy Padayachie. He spoke to ITWeb…

Kenya: Job Loss Fears Slow Down Switch to E-Govt

Restrictions of the Official Secrets Act and the fear of massive job losses are slowing down plans by the government to roll out a shared information platform, players have said.…

FMDA Inaugurates Electronic Trading Community in Nigeria

Nigeria's foremost financial self-regulatory body, Financial Markets Dealers Association (FMDA), in collaboration with International Capital (ICAP) of South Africa has inaugurated the Inter-Dealer Brokerage Service (IDB), designed to accommodate voice…

Rwanda: Rural Settlement and Habitation to Be Improved using GPS

In a bid to continue standardize habitation countrywide, the the ministry of local government has embarked on a program to provide GPS (Global Position Satellite) tools to the districts, to…

Computing - In Brief

- Inlaks, an ICT and Infrastructure solutions provider has announced its strategic partnership with Ramco Systems, an enterprise business application provider on cloud technology and solutions. At a seminar on…

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- Kenya - Plans by the government to roll out laptops to class one pupils across the country might be hampered by lack of power in most schools. In a…

$100 Zedupad Tablet the Answer to Zambia’s Failing School System?

Many African schools are failing their pupils. Through a combination of lack of resources, low teaching skills and many other factors, the students who come out at the other end…

School Computers Rot in Store in Namibia

The bulk of a N$9 million consignment of computer equipment bought by the Ministry of Education early last year for distribution to 40 schools has not yet reached its intended…

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- Omatek Ventures Limited, an ICT company has started manufacturing computers, casing and speakers in Ghana. It is the second to be built in the West Africa sub-region after the…

Samsung's ICT Training Plan Places 185 Into Employment in Kenya

An initiative by a mobile phone manufacturer, Samsung, and three non-governmental organisations to train youth from poor backgrounds in Nairobi in ICT and entrepreneurship is beginning to bear fruits. While…

Bog Urged to Accelerate Computerisation of Rural Banks in Ghana

The Bank of Ghana (BOG) and the ARB Apex Bank have been urged to, as a matter of urgency, accelerate the computerisation of Rural and Community Banks (RCB's) in the…

South Africa’s Internet Solutions spends $35m on data capacity

Internet Solutions, a subsidiary of dual-listed Dimension Data, has earmarked $35 million for additional data centre capacity this year. The company has already spent about $4 million on expanding current…

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- Finca Uganda has introduced biometric technology for financial transactions, a move that is expected to minimise fraud and heighten competition to increase market share.- New research finds that, while…

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- A Ghana government official says the country's drive to get voters to register their biometric data will result in “fraud-free” elections in that country later this year. The country's…

Julius Caesar in Africa – ICT helps reinvent Shakespearean drama

The world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company returns to BAM with a new twist on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Set in present-day Africa and featuring an all-black cast, this visionary production echoes recent…

IBM Develops $2.5bn Super Computer for Kenya

Kenya’s eCommerce ecosystem is set to see greater efficiencies as IBM has launched what it has dubbed the ‘most powerful and secure system ever built.’ The z13 mainframe is an…

International Computer Driving Licence Programme Shows Positive Results in South Africa

An International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) programme at the St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls which started two years ago has shown positive results. The ICDL in South Africa is…

More Firms 'Are Cutting Back On IT Spending' in South Africa

A growing number of companies are cutting back on IT spending as a proportion of their overall turnover, a study has revealed, raising concern that this will affect their performance…

Integr8 IT Targets Zimbabwe

South Africa-based Information Technology giant Integr8 IT has entered into negotiations with a local company to invest in the country's information technology sector this year. Integr8 IT co-owner and founder…

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- In Uganda, members of Parliament on the Information Communication Technology (ICT) committee have asked Parliament not to approve a supplementary budget of sh27b requested by the internal affairs ministry…

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- International humanitarian organisation Rockefeller Foundation has announced a $3.8 million grant to facilitate completion of a mini ICT park to be located in central Accra, Ghana. The philanthropic foundation…

South Africa kicks off tablet pilot with slates for every schoolkid in Gauteng

The 2015 academic year begins in South Africa today, and is being marked in the province of Gauteng by the formal launch of an ambitious plan to give every child…

Rocket Internet Launches Online Classifieds Site Vendito in Africa to Kill Ady, OLX & Gumtree

You probably know eBay’s Gumtree.co.za, Nasper’s OLX which are all over the Internet and probably on your TV. We expect you know Ringier’s Ady in Nigeria and PigiaMe in Kenya,…

Zinox to Create Computer Shops Nationwide in Nigeria

Computerise Nigeria Project (CNP), one of the projects of Zinox Technologies that is aimed at increasing information technology penetration in the country, has come up with a new strategy to…

Business Software Alliance wants to reduce Africa’s 60% piracy rate by 10%

Reducing Africa's average of 60 percent software piracy by a rate of 10 percent would have a multiplier effect and increase economic benefits, suggested a new study released by the…

Safaricom to offer IT Systems Management Services in Kenya

Safaricom's corporate customers can now leave most of their day-to-day information technology (IT) systems management operations to the service provider. In a partnership deal signed between the company and solutions…

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- InfoDev and the World Bank’s Finance, Economic and Urban Development (FEU) department are working together to advance the Information and Communication Technology for development (ICT4D) agenda in the area…

Kenya: Digital Villages Project Rolled Out

Each constituency in Kenya will by the end of the year boast of at least five digital centres complete with computers and Internet connectivity in a government plan to bridge…

Tanzania: Connect a School, Connect a Community Program Launched

The Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology (MCST) is implementing the project in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, the Prime Minister's Office- Regional Administration and Local…

Computing – In Brief

The executive members of Actiongambia recently donated computers worth D250, 000 to their alma-mater, Muhammadan Primary School in Banjul, among other places, aimed at improving the IT skills of students…

Tesla's low-cost renewable battery could revolutionise Africa's energy supply

Batteries that can store renewable energy for longer and at half the current cost have been hailed as an energy revolution that could transform Africa’s power supply.Launched by California-based tech…

Ghana’s Customs upgrades its automated processing system

The Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) has improved upon its existing technology base by upgrading its automated system for processing declarations and clearance processes as a step towards maximizing…

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TZ’S TECHNO BRAIN SIGNS DEAL WITH NEW HORIZONS ON LEARNING CENTRES

Dar es Salaam based Techno Brain Ltd has signed a contract with New Horizons Worldwide, Inc., the world’s largest IT training company, as their Master Franchisee for Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda,…

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- In South Africa, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) will award the tender for its long-awaited smart ID card project within the current financial year. Following the cancellation of…

Rwanda: MoH Boosts Use of ICT

As part of its policy to facilitate quick access to its services, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has expanded its use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). According to the…

Samsung inks partnership deal Rwanda government

Samsung has sealed a partnership agreement with the Government of Rwanda geared at facilitating the rollout of information technology solutions. The partnership is expected to play a key role in…

EMC anticipates growth in Africa

EMC expects to grow its local and regional operations, in spite of the worsening economic crisis. “We want to grow the region [Southern, Central and East Africa] into a $1…

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- The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Foundation says it plans seeks a legal removal of an injunction in a suit underway that restrains the supply of its XO laptops…

MICROSOFT LAUNCHES AFRIKAANS LANGUAGE INTERFACE PACK FOR WINDOWS XP

Microsoft SA has announced details of the general availability of the Afrikaans Language Interface Pack (LIP) for Windows XP, which forms part of Microsoft's global Local Language Programme. Pfungwa Serima,…

NEW STUDY WILL OFFER OPEN SOURCE VS PROPRIETARY COMPARISON

A study comparing the use of open source and proprietary software in an African context will bring what it claims is unbiased information to a polarised debate that is often…