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AfICTA e-NEWSLETTER

25/March/19 Vol 65

 
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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is launching an application round for candidates interested in participating in the ICANN66 Annual General Meeting through the Fellowship Program. ICANN66 will take place from 2-7 November 2019 in MontrĂ©al, Canada. The deadline to apply is 11 April 2019, 23:59 UTC. Successful applicants will be announced on 2 July 2019 on  https://icann.org/.

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New Mobile Broadband Pricing Data Reveals Stalling Progress on Affordability

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Those who live in low-income countries face the least affordable mobile broadband prices in the world. Now, new data from the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) finds that low-income countries saw mobile broadband costs increase for the first time in four years. The data shows that progress on affordability globally has stalled — and in some countries, it is reversing. 


Rising costs for those already least able to pay for mobile data will exacerbate... read more

 

Namibia's Telecommunications 'ripe for an overhaul' says 

Solid Systems Global

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UK-based multi-vendor enterprise equipment services provider Solid Systems Global's Africa division has entered into a regional strategic partnership with Namibian IT services provider Cornastone Namibia to service the Southern African country's market and drive its expansion on the continent. 


Solid Systems Global is exclusively channel-focused, with the bulk of its revenue derived from other Third-Party Maintenance Providers, with the rest coming from relationships with OEMs... read more

 

 

Zimbabwe Completes Fibre Project Critical for Global Trade

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Zimbabwe's TelOne has capitalised on a US$98-million loan facility from China Exim Bank and completed a massive fibre optic project linking Beitbridge with neighbouring countries, specifically South Africa, to bolster international trade. 


The Beitbridge-Masvingo-Harare and Beitbridge-Bulawayo-Harare Backbone Fibre Optic links project was implemented by TelOne engineers, with assistance from multinational ICT and telecommunications firm Huawei.. ..  read more

 

Kenya: New Analytics Platform Launched to ease

Traffic Burden

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Data Integrated Limited has launched Epesi Trip Planner to provide fleet managers with a dashboard view of how many busses are on the road at any given time, their respective capacities - as well as digital payment information. 


The company also plans to launch a user app, but has not provided more information as yet. City Shuttle Bus company has piloted Epesi Trip Planner and confirmed the system . ..  read more

 

Sub-Saharan Africa 2nd Worst Region in Mobile Gender Gap

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This is according to the Mobile Gender Gap Report 2019 from GSMA Connected Women, which shows that in Sub-Saharan Africa, women are 15% less likely than men to own a mobile device. Women in the region are also 41% less likely to use mobile Internet. In fact, 86 million women in Sub-Saharan Africa still remain unconnected. 


"Mobile access and use has grown dramatically in LMICs [low- and middle-income countries]...  read more

 

Uzi Zambia once again Postpones Network Launch

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The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has for the third time allowed the country's fourth mobile phone operator Uzi Zambia to postpone the launch of its network. 


Uzi, whose major shareholder is Unitel International Holdings B.V registered in the Netherlands, secured a network licence in March 2018, valid for 15 years, to compete against MTN Zambia, Airtel Zambia and Zamtel. The network was scheduled to launch in December 2018 but this was delayed because the company was reportedly. ..   read more

 

Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank on Security Alert

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The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has cautioned local banks and payment companies to be extra vigilant amid a spike in the volume of internet and mobile payments, fuelled by the ongoing cash shortage in the country. 


Central Bank Governor John Mangudya urged businesses to be on their guard against cyber security breaches as consumers head online rather than use traditional channels like ATMs to secure cash...   Read more

 

Ghanaian Software Engineer Maureen Biney Wins Top Tech UK Innovator Award

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Such a proud moment for Ghana and women in tech on the African continent and on a day such as the International Women’s Day there’s no better moment than now to share the strides being made by female Ghanaian software engineers such as Maureen Biney! I came across her recent Innovator Award presented to her by EveryWomanUK whilst scrolling through my Instagram feed and I instantly had to give her my accolades for her incredible contributions in the tech industry ...  Read more

 

Nigeria Moves to Root Out Fake Devices

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has partnered with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), among other government agencies, to tackle a surge in cybercrime and fraud which officials believe is being perpetuated through fake, counterfeit and sub-standard mobile devices. A Project Steering Committee comprising the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), the Federal Ministry of Communications and the NCC; as well as the... read more

 

Uganda: Technology is Rapidly Changing Business

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With the mass adoption of modern tech in Sub-Saharan Africa, industries such as education, banking, and sports are going through a revolution. That has also given rise to other opportunities. The technology has brought Africa to a new dawn and presented the youths with the chance to tackle poverty and unemployment. 


In Uganda, modern technology is highly contributing to the country’s economy. Over the last decade, the country has witnessed rapid growth in its technology sector ...  read more

 

Technology can Help Stem Corruption in Government

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It was interesting to note on social media that the 'war on corruption' that has recently hijacked headlines is actually not new. 


The first President, Jomo Kenyatta, started it, his successor, President Moi, claimed to fight it and so did President Kibaki. 


President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken up the same mantra of 'war on corruption', but Kenyans must be forgiven for being sceptical, given... read more

 

Rwanda takes action to raise Rural Women's 

Awareness of using Technology

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The Rwandan government on Friday launched a campaign to raise awareness of women and girls in the rural areas of learning and using technologies, local media reported. 


Technology is a cornerstone of development and women and girls should therefore not be left behind because of their role in the country and world development, Minister of Information and Communication Technology and... read more

 

NCC: Nigeria to hit 70% Broadband Penetration by 2024

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The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has disclosed that the next national Broadband plan will see the country achieving 70 per cent broadband penetration by 2024.


He made this disclosure yesterday at the commission’s Headquarters in Abuja. 


Danbatta, while addressing the management team of Airtel Africa said that, “We are steadily seeing increase in broadband penetration...   read more

 

Egypt Signed 32 Partnership Agreements during the MWC 2019

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During the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, Egypt via its IT minister Amr Talaat signed 32 IT cooperation agreements. These agreements were not all for itself. Sometimes, they were for institutions under the ministry like the ITIDA - Information and Communication Technology Outsourcing (ITIDA). 


According to the minister who was laying the outcomes of his participation in this MWC 2019 on March 4, 2019, these agreements...   read more

 

Nigerian and Tanzanian Students Lead Huawei’s ICT Competition

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Students from Nigeria and Tanzania were the overall joint winners of this year’s Sub Saharan regional finals of Huawei’s global ICT Competition. The winners were announced at the Huawei regional headquarter in Woodmead, Johannesburg. 


Together with second prize winners, Angola and Kenya, the four teams will travel to China for the finals which will see 40 teams from around the world compete for the championship title...   read more

 

Opeke: Every Nigerian Deserves Internet Connectivity 

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MainOne’s Chief Executive Officer, Funke Opeke, in an interview with Thisday’s Emma Okonji sheds light on the company’s recent partnership with Facebook and efforts to improve broadband outcomes for Nigerians starting with Edo and Ogun states. 


You recently announced a partnership with Facebook. Can you shed some light on that?  


We established a partnership with Facebook in 2018 to build and operate metro fibre...   read more

 

World's biggest Web host GoDaddy descends on SA

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US-based Web hosting company GoDaddy has officially launched in South Africa, targeting the small and medium enterprise (SME) market. 


As of 2018, GoDaddy is the world's largest Web host by market share, with over 62 million registered domains. 


The Arizona-headquartered company will take on the likes of Afrihost and MWeb in the local market. The New York Stock Exchange-listed GoDaddy plans to use its $128 billion market cap to disrupt the local industry...   read more

 

IGF 2019 Call for Workshop Proposals

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You are invited to submit proposals for workshops at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). 


The deadline is 12 April 2019 23:59 UTC. 


Three Thematic Focus Areas in the IGF 2019 Programme At its first face-to-face meeting in January, and following extensive discussions on a strategic, thematic direction for IGF activities in 2019, the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) identified three priority themes on which to build a focused and cohesive programme this year. These are, (1) Data Governance; (2) Digital Inclusion; and...   read more

 

AI will take over 80 percent of today’s Project 

Management  Tasks

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By 2030, 80 per cent of the work of today’s project management (PM) discipline will be eliminated as artificial intelligence (AI) takes on traditional PM functions such as data collection, tracking and reporting, according to Gartner, Inc. 


“AI is going to revolutionise how program and portfolio management (PPM) leaders leverage technology to support their business goals,” said Daniel Stang, research vice president at Gartner. “Right now, the tools available to them do not meet the...   read more

 

WYF Labs Registration is now open!

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During the Arab and African Youth Platform, we were pleased to launch WYF Labs that is founded to inspire and empower youth in the WYF network to create innovative solutions that would address/achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through startups led by youth across the World. 


The WYF Labs process includes boot camp trainings, incubation period and so much more. The finalists will be presenting their start ups in the general plenary of WYF 2019.   Read more

 

Middle East And North Africa IT Spending To Hit $160bn In 2019

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Middle East and North Africa IT spending is projected to reach $160bn this year, which is a 1.8% increase from 2018, according to a report by Gartner. 


The report also revealed that consumers are on pace to spend $532m on upgrading or replacing their mobile phones in 2019, and expect to spend $63.7bn on mobile services in 2019, up $1bn from 2018 ...   Read more

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Supply And Installation Of Equipment To Increase Storage Capacities (including Operating Tests).

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Design, Supply And Installation Of Integrated Management System For Nawec

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