Computer News - In Brief


- The Kenya Power and Lighting Company will introduce the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) system to enable its customers pay their electricity bills more easily. The service will initially be available to businesses before rolling out to domestic consumers.

- Four teams from Egyptian schools have placed in the top ten of the Oracle Academy's annual Global Data Modeling Competition. The Egyptian entries included the Zahran Experimental School, Elryadia School, Gamal Abdel Nasser Experimental School and Elhadissa-Elfagr Elgadid School, whose teams placed 7th-10th respectively, out of over 100 entries.

- Air Algerie met the deadline set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to use as from 31 May 2008 electronic tickets. The rate of the electronic ticket use in Algeria, which was at 2% in March, went up to 40% in April to reach 100% past May.

- Siemens’ outsourcing unit is snapping up some of South Africa’s brightest open source minds as it readies to offer large-scale open source services to clients. Going, as it does, head-to-head with the likes of IBM and T-Systems, the company is hoping its open source strategy will find a new niche in an already highly-competitive market.

- The Moroccan Ministry of Trade, Industry and New Technologies and the US company Cisco signed in Casablanca, a convention on the development of a Moroccan digital strategy.