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FIRST ANNUAL SANGONET "ICTS AND CIVIL SOCIETY" CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION

The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) will host its first annual "ICTs and Civil Society" conference and exhibition from 1-3 March 2005 at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg. Although many local conferences these days focus on ICT-related issues, very little dedicated attention is given to the relevance of ICTs to the CSO sector.

Since its inception in 1987, SANGONeT has been at the forefront of providing information communication technology (ICT) services to Southern African civil society organisations (CSOs), including non- governmental organisations (NGOs), trade unions, donor and other development agencies.

Given the ever-increasing interest in and importance of ICT issues to the CSO sector, the conference will focus specifically on the ICT challenges facing the CSO sector, highlighting and promoting practical benefits, opportunities and lessons learned to date.

This event will provide an opportunity to both CSOs that are ICT-enabled, as well as those organisations which are considering introducing ICT solutions to their work, to discuss critical issues of common concern and learn from one another's experiences.

Refer to the conference website below for the draft conference programme and registration information.

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Email: dbarnard@sangonet.org.za
Visit: http://www.sangonet.org.za/conference2005

THE GLOBAL VSAT FORUM PRESENTS
“New Communication Technologies & Strategies to Bridge Africa’s Digital Divide”
15-17 March 2005
Chelsea Village, London, UK

Whether they are small, medium or large – and whether they are in urban or rural areas - African enterprises with requirements for cost-effective telecommunications are increasingly opting for hybrid solutions that draw upon the relative strengths of satellite, GSM, Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, fibre optic and other telecom tools. But what are the implications for manufacturers? For service providers? And what are the implications for all “stakeholders” seeking to bridge the Digital Divide in Africa? NewCom Africa 2005 will provide answers.

http://www.aitecafrica.com/events/2005/Newcomm

DIGITAL BROADCASTING SWITCHOVER SUMMIT
Date: 17th January 2005
Venue: Seychelles

Host: Organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, CTO in conjunction with the CBA, the BBC and Ofcom, this major international event will bring together key players involved in the conversion of analogue to digital broadcasting across the wide European/Asian continent and Africa.

Objective: The primary role of this meeting will be to focus governments and operators of the regulatory requirements, the technical implications of a switchover to digital and the potential benefits this will bring to each participating nation. For some countries, switching from analogue to digital terrestrial transmissions will be a necessity driven by spectrum scarcity. For others, it could simply be a question of political choice. But for many, it may be driven or imposed purely by market forces, as there will be a point at which analogue end-user terminals become largely uneconomic to produce. The benefits of compressing signals are numerous and early movers will have the ability to use their spare spectrum capacity for new and more bandwidth-hungry applications, such as video-on-demand in public services, health and other applications of the future.

info@cto.int