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- 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 set to boost their uptake. Video conferencing enables companies and institutions to save on travel, accommodation, allowance costs, and time spent moving.More than six companies, including Kenya Data Networks, UUNET, Telkom Kenya, and Cisco, have unveiled the service that is gradually taking a foothold in Kenya.The latest is Information Convergence Technologies Ltd (ICT), a local ICT company that teamed up with an Indian firm this week to provide video conferencing facilities to institutions of higher learning dubbed Virtual Classroom Solution.VMukti connects learners with educators, allowing continuous interaction and feedback on bandwidth as low as 150kbps for Sh800 per site.Other applications use Sh360,000 per site for entry level and bandwidth costs.

- The World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) in collaboration with the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), has commenced programmes aimed at training women in the use of Information and Communication Technology.44 female primary school teachers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were the first beneficiaries of the programme.

- Luanda — The world producer of information technology products HP inaugurated a sales centre, in Luanda, to increase the level of excellence while attending their clients, in a partnership with company NCR. The competitive market is the reason for the installation of HP official shop in the national market.