Computer News - In Brief

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- 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, which includes network management, line management and stringent quality of service spanning the entire network. This includes all server and application hosting, as well as monitoring of all servers, back up and redundancy.

- Alcatel's Digital Bridge Initiative (DBI), already under way in Tunisia and Senegal, is expected to launch in rural SA in spring. The DBI forms part of Alcatel's sustainable development programme, which operates in line with decisions taken at the World Summit on Information Society held in Geneva, Switzerland, in December last year.

- The Kenya schools ICT trust fund is an innitiative by private and public companies. The new Minister announced that Microsoft had established a state-of-the art computer refurbishment centre in Nairobi to serve the East and Central African region. The centre has the capacity to re-install programmes on 4,000 computers per month which would then subsequently be distributed to the schools.

- Nigeria loses a whopping USD1billion dollars annually, through importation of various softwares, according to a report just published by the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP).

- Fujitsu Siemens Computers figures for EMEA for the second quarter of 2004 (Q2CY04) show that overall shipments of desktop PC hardware in the EMEA PC market outgrew the same period for 2003 by 16,7%, whereas those of Fujitsu Siemens Computers grew by 25,2%. The company continues to outperform in the notebook area, with the strongest growth in the industry reaching 100% growth across the EMEA region year on year, in comparison to a market growth of 29,3%.