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 they are thrilled to be involved in BIH because it will give them the opportunity to be involved in the development of technology in Botswana. "Although I can't say much about how exactly we will be involved in the Hub, I can confirm that we are going to be among its first tenants and that negotiations are almost complete," Linden said.

- The South African Police Service (SAPS) will spend R700 million to upgrade its network capacity in an effort to speed up its services.

- South Africa has dropped in the global IT competitiveness index. This year saw a drop in South Africa’s standing from 37 in 2008 to 43 in 2009. According to the report this can be contributed to changes in the country’s performance as well as to improvements in the sources of data used to measure some indicators. The top five countries in Middle East and Africa are Israel 64.3; South Africa 35.3; Saudi Arabia 33.9; Turkey 33.8 and Egypt 26.8.