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Google offers $10m in cash prizes for innovative developers of open mobile solutions based on Android

Posted by internetdevelopment on thUTCp30UTC11bUTCThu, 15 Nov 2007 14:35:51 +0000 23,2006

This Information came from William Foster, PhD- November 12th Following the earlier November 2007 announcement of the formation of the over 30-member Open Handset Alliance led by Google, HTC, T-Mobile, Motorola and Qualcomm, aimed at developing a non-proprietary approach to mobile handset design based on the Android open mobile platform developed by these five and others, Google announced:

1. It is making available $10 million to support the award of cash prizes ranging from $25,000 to $275,000 to developers of open mobile solutions based on the Android platform, whose applications would be selected by a panel of judges.

2. The $10 million would be distributed equally between two successive competitions:

i. Android Developer Challenge I: submissions to be made from January 2, 2008 through March 3, 2008, with the 50 most promising entries being recognised by the end of March and each receiving $25,000 to fund further development.

ii. Android Developer Challenge II: open until May 1, 2008 to successful awardees under Challenge I, who would be eligible for ten awards worth $275,000 each and another ten worth $100,000 each.

3. A panel of technology and mobile experts selected from the Open Handset Alliance member organisations and the industry in general would judge all qualifying entries.

4. Awards would be given to developers whose applications leverage all that the Android platform has to offer in order to provide consumers with the most compelling experiences.

5. Developers would retain all intellectual property and other rights to their applications.

Google co-founder and President Sergey Brin commented, “We’ve built some interesting applications for Android but the best applications are not here yet and that’s because they’re going to be written by developers”.

NB: Google adds that “Challenge II will launch after the first handsets built on the platform become available in the second half of 2008”. That does not seem very clear to us unless it means that the names of the awardees will be announced by the end of May but that the money will not be forthcoming until the launch of the handsets.

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The Connect Africa Summit justed ended in Kigali with the following five major goals;

Posted by internetdevelopment on thUTCp30UTC11bUTCWed, 14 Nov 2007 05:53:34 +0000 23,2006

I was thinking of what to write about the Connect Summit that was held in Rwanda but hey I had the following thoughts:

Goal 1. Interconnect all African capitals with ICT Broadband infrastructure and strengthen connectivity to the rest of the world by 2012 as well as interconnect major African cities by 2015.
Goal 2. Connect all African villages to broadband ICT services by 2012 and implement shared access initiatives such as community tele-centres and village phones.
Goal 3. Adopt key regulatory measures that promote affordable, widespread access to a full range of bradband ICT services, including technology and service neutral licensing/authorisation practises, allocating spectrum for multiple, competitive broadband wireless service providers, creating national internext exchange points (IXPs) and implementing competition in the provision of international internet connectivity.
Goal 4. Support the development of a critical mass of ICT Skills required by the knowledge economy, notably through the estamishment of ICT Centres of Excellence network in each sub-region of Africa and ICT capacity-building and training centres in each country, with the aim of achieving a borad network of inter-linked physical and virtual centres, whiles ensuring coordination between academia and industry by 2015.
Goal 5. Adopt a national e-strategy, including a cyber-security framework, and deploy at least one flagship e-government service as well as e-education, e-commerce and e-health services using accessible technologies in each country in Africa by 2012, with the aim of making multiple e-government and other e-services widely available by 2015.

The African ICT Ministers have also shortlisted some projects under ARAPKE which would be implenented through Connect Africa @ http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/connect/africa/2007/bgdmaterial/flagship-11.html

It is important that we all engage and ensure that these ICT goals are met by 2012 and the larger MDGS by 2015.

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Telkom Lodges SMS Petition Against Safaricom in Kenya

Posted by internetdevelopment on rdUTCp31UTC10bUTCTue, 23 Oct 2007 08:56:40 +0000 23,2006

In the fight for control of Kenya’s lucrative telecoms industry,  is becoming a useful weapon in the hands of rival firms -especially those that need to play the catch-up game to remain in the race.

This market share war has become so intense that players are breaking all boundaries in the corporate rulebook.

Five months ago, mobile phone service provider Celtel took its bigger and only rival Safaricom before the market regulator, accusing it of playing unfairly in the market to the disadvantage of the consumer.

Now it is the national operator Telkom’s turn to lodge a landmark complaint against its subsidiary -Safaricom.

In its letter to Mr John Waweru, the Communications Commission of Kenya director general, Telkom Kenya is accusing Safaricom of practising anti-competitive behaviour in the market -especially in the Short Messages Services (SMS) segment of the business.

Telkom says Safaricom has been blocking the exchange of SMSs between the two networks, thereby denying its customers access to key services that the national operator is offering such as the one that enables them to check their voter registration details with the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK).

“Telkom Kenya is concerned that Safaricom is engaging in anti-competitive behaviour and in essence abusing its dominant market position by introducing barriers to new entrants targeting SMS market segment,” Telkom says.

Public attention was first drawn to the matter after some Safaricom subscribers complained that Safaricom was charging them for undelivered SMSs to Telkom Kenya’s Wireless network. SMSs to Telkom network got an automatic reply indicating that delivery had failed yet the consumers were being billed.

Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph acknowledged that some of its subscribers had sent messages to Telkom Kenya during the test period and may have been charged erroneously.

He said that although the company was not billing SMSs to Telkom Wireless network between August 13 and August 27, some of its customers may have been billed. Safaricom later agreed to refund the affected subscribers.

Telkom says that on August 16, the two interconnectivity negotiatingparties met and agreed on interconnection rate and a technical testing schedule.

During this period the parties also exchanged SMS test templates to be adopted in the tests. Safaricom has however not cooperated in facilitating the process, making it unable to commercialise the service.

The matter seems to have reached fever pitch after Safaricom introduced a voter registry query service similar to the one Telkom Kenya had rolled out after it won an ECK tender.

Telkom Kenya is complaining that failure by Safaricom to activate the SMS service is affecting its ability to use an innovative platform that delivers voter registry query services by utilizing the 460 numeric to access the ECK database.

Telkom Kenya says Safaricom acted maliciously in delaying to activate the SMS service only to launch a similar service.

“We are perturbed that Safaricom, having not been involved in the initial tender process is currently able to provide a similar services using the 460 prefix. This is a totally unacceptable anti-competitive behaviour,” Telkom says.

Mr Joseph declined to comment on the matter saying it was already before
an arbiter.

Telkom Kenya is the majority shareholder at Safaricom with a 60 per cent stake. It co-owns the company with the United Kingdom’s Vodafone Plc which has a 40 per cent stake in the firm. (Source: Business Daily)

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Microsoft backports Vista features for new Windows XP SP3 beta

Posted by internetdevelopment on thUTCp31UTC10bUTCTue, 09 Oct 2007 10:21:57 +0000 23,2006

It looks like Vista isn’t the only OS Microsoft is working to improve, with the folks at Neosmart now reporting that a beta of Windows XP SP3 Build 3205 has been sent out to a select group of testers.

 Apparently, it includes more than a thousand patches and hotfixes, some of which have actually been backported from Windows Vista.

Those include a new Windows Product Activation mode, which doesn’t require you to enter a product key during setup, as well as new a network access protection module that replicates many of the features found in Vista.

Other notable additions (to some) include a new Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module and so-called “Black Hole Router” detection, which protects against “rogue routers” attempting to discard data.

All this, of course, follows the recent extension of XP sales until June of 2008, so it certainly seems that there’s quite a bit of life left in the venerable OS that many are still clinging on to.

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The Open Platform for Global Business Telephony

Posted by internetdevelopment on ndUTCp30UTC09bUTCSat, 22 Sep 2007 19:05:32 +0000 23,2006

Introduction

VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is simply the biggest revolution in phone technology since cellular, and poised to eclipse it. By routing phone calls over broadband Internet connections, VoIP bypasses traditional phone service and delivers practically free long-distance calling around the world. If you aren’t using VoIP yet, you should be. Or you may be using it, and just not know it. Almost all voice chat services, like Skype and GoogleTalk, use some form of VoIP.

Now, Wi-Fi is enabling VoIP to move out of the home and office, pitting it squarely against cellular service. Cellular providers have seen the writing on the wall, and are now starting to offer their own hybrid cell/Wi-Fi services that take advantage of the strengths of each. Wi-Fi-based VoIP calling is the most efficient solution in homes, offices and public hotspots where broadband provides reliable and inexpensive connections. Cellular works best in the field, where Wi-Fi may not be available. It’s expected that all major carriers will offer hybrid service in the near future, T-Mobile is the first, with its Hotspot@Home offering.

This documents describes a complete OPEN SOURCE (Free) Voice over IP solution for the Internet Service Provider.

Features

All basic call features (Transfer, Recording, Conference, calling cards…)

 Dial by Name
Direct Inward System Access
Do Not Disturb
ENUM (International Internet Phone Number)
Interactive Directory Listing
Interactive Voice Response (IVR)

       – Allow user to develop services like Vocal server

       – Weather by phone

       – MailCall – Mail by phone

       – Time

       – News by Phone

       Music On Hold

Call features

Overhead Paging                                         
Remote Call Pickup
Remote Office Support
Roaming Extensions
Route by Caller ID
Supervised Transfer
Talk Detection
Text-to-Speech (via Festival)
Three-way Calling
Trunking
VoIP Gateways
Voicemail:
– Visual Indicator for Message Waiting
– Stutter Dialtone for Message Waiting
– Voicemail to email
– Web Voicemail Interface
Computer-Telephony Integration
Voice-over IP
Allows for integration of physically separate installations

Codecs

ADPCM
G.711 (A-Law & μ-Law)
G.722
G.723.1 
G.726
G.729 
GSM
iLBC

Protocols

IAXâ„¢ (Inter-Asterisk Exchange)
H.323
SIP (Session Initiation Protocol)
MGCP (Media Gateway Control Protocol
SCCP (Cisco® Skinny®)
Traditional Telephony Interoperability
FXS
FXO
DTMF support
PRI Protocols

Billing Platform

The Billing Platdorm is is now a fully featured telecom platform providing converged services, with self contained billing, reporting and statistics for IP and TDM based voice networks and can be configured to supply a wide range of services, rate calls, prepare and send out invoices, as well as accept payments via a number of payment service providers.

The Billing Platform has been deployed in a number of commercial environments by both traditional TDM based telecoms companies wishing to move into the VoIP market, and calling card and call-shop businesses. Additionally, there has been a lot of interest from IT and networking companies who are beginning to deploy VoIP PBXs in addition to their traditional business, and wish to enjoy an ongoing income by terminating their customer’s calls using the billing platform as their Wholesale Billing Platform

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FEATURES LIST:

The features list are split into three sections for clarity: IVR, Web management interface & Customer interface :

IVR FEATURES :

  • Caller ID & Card Number and SIP/IAX2 Friend authentication

  • Multi-Language support – force specific language, give a menu for language choices

  • Customize the IVR rapidly, chose to play Balance, Time to call, Intro prompt, etc…

  • Recording of all calls

  • Speed-dial

  • Play balance with multi currency support

  • Free VoIP calls between application users

  • Support simultaneous or single access on same card

  • Support call at Zero-Cost & Negative cost

  • Auto creation card option for new callerID

  • Web based, DID & CID based Call Back

  • Top-up account via IVR menu.


WEB MANAGEMENT INTERFACE :

  • Advanced Card and Customer management : Creation ; Edit ; Search engine ; batch update ; CallerID handling ; Refill Cards.

  • Define : post-pay/prepay ; Language ; Currency ; Expiry ; VAT ; Recurring Service, User Data, etc…

  • SIP / IAX Friends

  • Speed dial

  • BILLING MANAGEMENT & REPORTING

    • Check the Customers balance; see Refills made, payment received, amount to pay

    • browse online payments made by Paypal, Authorize.net and Moneybooker

    • Voucher support : creation ; browsing ; batch creation

    • Multi-Currencies support : automatic update based currently base on Yahoo Financial

    • Reporting statistics: CDR ; Maximum Concurrent calls ; Graphing ; Profit Margin analysis

  • POWERFULL RATE-ENGINE

    • LCR(Least cost routing) & LCD (Least Cost Dialling) management

    • Billing Increment: Progressively different rates through the call

    • Scheduled Rates (days/hours of the weeks – PEAK & OFF-PEAK)

    • Expiry of rates;

    • Import Rate Cards from Ciles

    • Rate-card Simulator

    • trunk/voip-provider management

    • Failover Trunks

    • Batch update for rates

    • Calling Packages – X number free minutes to specified destinations

    • Subscription services

    • Callback Rating

  • DID SALES

    • Manage your DIDs and sell them to your customer for monthly usage.

    • Customer can reserve DIDs for themselves and configure a Follow-me to redirect the calls over the PSTN by VoIP.

  • REPORTING

    • Monthly & daily reporting

    • Earnings calculation and markup/margin on report

    • Monthly traffic reports (pie chart)

    • Daily load

    • Compare call-load with previous days

    • Criteria definition for reporting

    • Export report to PDF & CSV

    • Generate invoices to PDF format

    • Email invoices to customers Automatically

  • RECURRING SERVICE OVER THE CARD

    • Auto refill existing card with auto refill option

    • Periodically remove credit from customer balance

  • OTHERS

    • E-Product : allows interaction with third party ecommerce platforms in order to create cards such as OS-commerce

    • Signup modules

    • Email activation to verify customer email address.

    • Customise mail templates

    • ACL (Access control) support for admin users

    • DB backup/restore tool

    • SOAP-Webservice : Create Card, Remove card, Update… See WSDL : A2Billing_UI/api/SOAP/soap-card-server.php?wsdl

    • Export data into XML or CSV

    • Customise look and feel of the interface

    • Call-back, Web based, DDI based, CID based and URL / Text triggered Call back

    • Call-back triggered through multiple asterisk servers.

    • API to display ratecard on own website


CUSTOMER INTERFACE : (The customer use a web interface)

  • Online signup, selection of tariff, language and currency with email verification.

  • Account info, including update details

  • Call history – CDR

  • Voucher usage and voucher entry.

  • Invoice Viewing

  • DID selling support – features to sell to pre-configured DID. Customers can redirect DID to his phone-number and even deploy a Follow-Me

  • Speed dial configuration

  • Ratecard browsing & ratecard simulator

  • Web based callback

  • Web-phone (Applet Java – IAX Web Phone)

  • Caller id : list / add so that customer can authenticate to the service without needing to enter account and PIN

  • Multi-Language support for the customer interface (Spanish, English, French, Chinese, Italian, Romanian, Turkish, Urdu)

  • Forget password option

 

The ISP VoIP GLOBAL  SOLUTION

Services

Customers can:

  • Call to other customers for FREE

  • Have their personal VoiceMail

  • Voice Mail Notifications will be sent by Email

  • Send FAX

  • Send FAX to Email

  • Use prepaid card to make low cost international and local call

  • Use postpaid account to make low cost international and local call

  • Can have free/non free services like mail, news, weather, invoice by phone

  • Log into their web account to have their call detail report

  • Sign up for free or not to the VoIP Services

  • Check the rate by destination

  • Webcallback  (Make a call from the website)

  • Use one local phone number for 20 Customers

  • Web-phone  (make a call directly from the web page using a java applet as IP Phone)

The customers can be:

  • Mobile (using IP Wireless Phone, GSM)

  • Fixe (using IP Phone, ATA, PSTN lines)

Options

It is possible to provide international European and American phone numbers (Example: 0013456789864, 003365435685433…) to the customers. They will receive calls directly on their IP Phone.

 

The Network Diagram

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The Internet VoIP Provider

All the outcoming calls are forwarded to the Internet VoIP Provider.

A cheapest VoIP Provider has been chosen (the ITSP I use)  :

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  • Gabon (Landline +  Mobile ) Ã  30FCFA          …      Very interesting !! !

  • Cameroon (landline) Ã  50FCFA

  • Cameroon ( Mobile ) Ã  75FCFA

  • France ( Mobile ) Ã  65FCFA

  • The average cost  to  Europe (mobile)  is < 100FCCFA

 

Costs

Example IP Phone Costs

Designation

Prices

Voice SIP Adapter 2 lines FXS

19.000FCFA

IP Phone

20.000FCFA

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Online Newspaper Editions Increase Sales -Interesting!!!

Posted by internetdevelopment on thUTCp30UTC09bUTCMon, 17 Sep 2007 10:51:09 +0000 23,2006

Kenyan newspapers have embraced the internet and increased their sales with innovations such as sending headlines by SMS to readers. Nairobi has also become the hub of an ambitious project to digitise all sub-Saharan newspapers.

Field director of the Library of Congress Office in Nairobi, Pamela Howard-Reguindin, told the recent World Library and Information Congress in Durban that the managing editors of Kenya’s main papers, the Daily Nation and Standard “realise they must adopt new technology or fall into oblivion as has happened with some of their competitors”.

Despite limited access to the internet by Kenyans, the two dailies and a Swahili newspaper, Taifa Leo, have used online editions to increase sales of both electronic and print versions. The key to this success has been the production of “born digital” items – first on the net and then in print – as well as marketing innovations.

Text teasers and headlines are sent to SMS lists and e-mail addresses. Now the Nation Media Group is to launch a “born digital” publication, Business Daily. Deals have been struck with NewsStand and NewspaperDirect to increase sales and RSS feeds.

“Both newspaper editors report that sales of online and hardcopy issues are growing,” says Howard-Reguindin. “The Daily Nation is working on a new website Nation Digital that will include text messages via mobile phones, online news/chat rooms, RSS, and specialised services such as sports scores, stock prices, and horoscopes.”

The Standard is getting about 3 million hits a day for their website, “most from outside Kenya, but a steadily increasing number from within the country as internet access penetrates more Kenyan businesses, schools and households”.

Meanwhile, the US Library of Congress office in Nairobi is racing against time to digitise the newspapers of 29 sub-Saharan newspapers that are crumbling to dust in archives across the continent.

The project started with a “computer-based index of the articles published in the major Nairobi newspapers from 1980 onwards covering the cultural affairs of this country, mainly music, dance, theatre, literature and art”, overseen by Ruth Thomas, a noted Nairobi librarian.

“Subsequently the topics expanded to include reproductive health, law/governance affairs, and various others.

“Hundreds, if not thousands, of newspaper titles from some 29 sub-Saharan countries have already been microfilmed and dozens more are being filmed on an annual basis by the library and its office in New Delhi, India.

“In spite of this laudable work, many more newspaper titles and corresponding issues remain in our ever-growing backlog,” says Howard-Reguindin.

Ten sub-Saharan titles are being sent to the library in Washington, DC for treatment (www.loc.gov/acq/ovop/nairobi/lc_npapers.html for the list).

At the library’s office in New Delhi several cameras and camera operators are working overtime to film as much as possible of another 115 titles.

“One possible role of Kenyan librarians would be to encourage the newspaper managers to offer internet access to full content of the articles free to Kenyan schools and universities.”

This “could be a role for any national African library association. Many journal publishers located in the US and Europe are now allowing internet users in developing countries to access full content of journal articles without charge”.

“If this open access could be offered to Kenya newspaper readers, the information in the daily press could strengthen efforts in governance and democratisation, literacy and responsible civic leadership,” says Howard-Reguindin.
(Source: Cape Argus)

The potential of data vending in Kenya

The poor penetration of Internet services coupled with low levels of computer literacy in Kenya are holding back the country’s emerging data vending industry.

The data vendors, who sell and distribute financial and business news, are targeting rural populations as well as Kenyans in the diaspora.

Mr Bildad Kagai , the managing director of data vending firm MediaCorp Limited, told the Business Daily that while data vending has the potential to be a major industry in the financial services sector, more needed to be done to ensure computer services reached majority of the people.

“Kenyans, especially those outside Nairobi, have been waiting eagerly for the Real Time data, but inability to access the Internet remains a big challenge,” says Mr Kagai

He said traders did not have to physically go to the bourse to get financial data, but they could do this in the comfort of their offices through the Internet. He said the highest potential for growth in data vending was in rural towns and that lack of Internet services was limiting the uptake of online financial news and data.

MediaCorp earlier this month launched its data vending services in Mombasa to increase its presence in the country.

Symon Ndirangu, the chief executive officer of Information Convergence Technologies ICT Ltd, says that with the signing of an average of 50 to 100 new users every month, most of the six data vendor currently operating in the market should break even within the next 12 months.

“Although it is taking time for many investors to appreciate the value of data, we are upbeat that revenue will pick up very soon.”

Currently, the cost of a data vending license from the NSE is valued at Sh170,000 (US$2500) while ISPs are charging about Sh50,000 per month for connection.
With an estimated Sh180,000 in other costs, data vendors are paying at least Sh400,000 a month or Sh4.8million annually to stay afloat.

Ndirangu however projects that with the developments in the ICT sector as well as the Capital Markets, the data vendors should have at least each have 10,000-20,000 customers utilizing their services. At an annual charge of Sh5000 per customers, data vendors could easily rake in Sh50 million in a year.
 

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Internet Service Providers Record Rise in Earnings in Kenya -Business day!!

Posted by internetdevelopment on thUTCp30UTC09bUTCMon, 17 Sep 2007 09:32:21 +0000 23,2006

Is this really happening in Kenya according to the Business Day…!

Local Internet service providers are earning higher revenues signalling increased use of the web among consumers, industry statistics show.

 The data indicate that average revenue per user (ARPU), a measure of how each user spends on internet access, has risen to an all time high of $600 in some segments of the market, up from an average of $500 last year.

Globally, ARPU is used as a measure of how much money a service provider makes from the average user and enables the ISPs to make revenue projections as well as determine which products are earning most revenues. It also provides an accurate picture as to what services and products are popular with consumers in certain segments of the market.

“Most ICT firms, however, have indicated application of cost leadership strategies, resulting in lower ARPUs with the intention of raking in higher subscriber number,” said Shida Mutuku, the group head of marketing at Africa Online.

The pan-African ISP, which is changing focus from being a pure ISP services company to a supplier of comprehensive IT services, says demand for ICT products is rising across the board.

ISPs can maximise on their resources by using ARPU data to their advantage. ARPU can also be used as a measure of how successful a company is in moving users to new services that are regarded as strategically important.

Citing steadily increasing revenues from its broadband product, AccessKenya Group hopes to realise its projected revenue target from customers looking for better speed and capacity from their internet connection.

Last week, AccessKenya said it was on track to realising an ARPU average of $540 owing to increased number of large customers coming on board and many existing customers upgrading their bandwidth.

The ICT company, which recently announced that it had realised its customer target of 1,720 four months ahead of schedule, says its current ARPU is underpinned by the strength of its Broadband Max 2 leased line solution that has become popular with the corporate market.

“Broadband Max 2 offers a quadruple downlink coupled with high reliability evidenced by a 99.8 per cent Service Level Agreement,” said Jonathan Somen, the managing director of AccessKenya.

“We are the only ISP offering this sort of solution in the Kenyan market and have realised significant increase in demand over the past six months,” he said. Somen said AccessKenya had set a new target of enrolling a minimum of 1,900 leased line customers by the end of the year, and has been reinvesting some of its profits from increased customer numbers to build up sales and customer service teams.

Africa Online refused to reveal its current ARPUs but said it was targeting ARPU of $1,000 per use by the end of the year. The ambitious target is based on increased demand for corporate leased line solutions and increased take up in the residential user market of the wireless broadband product, Infinet.
(Source: Business Daily)

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Policy guidelines on communications from SA-This is Interesting!!

Posted by internetdevelopment on thUTCp30UTC09bUTCSat, 15 Sep 2007 08:17:38 +0000 23,2006

Port Louis-Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri has confirmed that no undersea cables will be allowed to land in SA and provide cheaper broadband unless they are majority owned by local investors.

The insistence that South African or African investors own a  controlling share may mean two planned cables will not be allowed to land without changes to their ownership.

The Seacom cable due to link SA to Europe has yet to name its investors, but an agreement for the new fixed-line operator, Neotel, to operate Seacom’s landing station will not be sufficient to impress the government.

Whether the rival $235m Eassy cable planned for Africa’s east coast will win permission to dock will depend on the final guidelines that Matsepe-Casaburri is compiling.

Telkom, Neotel and MTN together own 27% of the 10000km Eassy cable.

But that will only be sufficient to let it dock in SA and give the three operators the bandwidth they are paying for if the minister decides that African investors – rather than purely South African – are sufficient.

The minister clarified her stance on cable landing rights at the Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference in Mauritius yesterday.

“We have read about many so-called investors announcing that they will be landing their cables in SA,” the minister said. But the communications department was yet to issue guidelines for those landing rights.

Cables would be allowed to land only if they were majority African or South African owned and if they prioritised African development.

An industry analyst said it was impossible for every country where a cable landed to insist on majority local ownership, as numerous countries would be clamouring to control a limited percentage of  shares.

“It’s not exactly conducive to creating an environment for investment,” said another.

Matsepe-Casaburri said she was not worried that the regulations would deter investors, which could simply opt to bypass SA.

Nor is she worried that local telecoms players will be unable to raise enough money to take control of these multimillion-dollar projects.

In a reference to MTN’s Middle East expansion, she said: “Some of our companies have been paying half a billion dollars to do business elsewhere so I am not sure where the constraints for South African companies could be.”

The minister is also unconcerned that foreign consortiums funding the
cables may not want to sell a majority stake to South Africans.

The communications department believes SA’s bandwidth needs will be met by the proposed Nepad undersea cables, which will run east and west from SA to Europe and Asia. Those high capacity cables would support the government’s developmental goals, the minister said.

The government had to make that investment itself “because business is now queasy about having to invest so much in infrastructure when they don’t know what’s going to happen on the continent,” Matsepe-Casaburri said.

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Money matters with Web 2.0 @ HA…!

Posted by internetdevelopment on thUTCp30UTC09bUTCWed, 12 Sep 2007 07:53:47 +0000 23,2006

By Timothy-Kasonde  Kasolo

Discussing platforms on Web 2.0 and the media company, Matthew Buckland said Web 2.0 is a great edge for technology development using a smaller budget.

Buckland explained that media companies need to develop a strategy of using web 2.0 and social networking  to attract advertising.

“African media need to attract advertising not just from within but from other countries by involving more into social networking strategies,” Buckland said.

He added that with media involved in web 2.0 readers are becoming  watchdogs of the content ,media companies are in control of the content.

“Readers are accountable for what they write but there is control of content by media companies, readers give us feedback via comments and this returns traffic to the sites,” Buckland explained.

He further added that web 2.0 plays an important role in the development of technology because it is cheaper to use than Web 1.0

He explained that in web 2.0 people are able to blog, submit content and the use of  web applications.

“People need to use web 2.0 as an application. Web 2.0 is growing in Africa and a lot of people are using blogging using word press, blogger.com and they are using them to their best practice,” Buckland said.

And 24.com Editorial Director Arrie Rossouw said it is important for media companies using web 2.0 applications to look at creating local content.

  

“Web 2.0 application is an easier tool to drive the business, we should not under estimate our readers because they are very smart, we need to think out of the box by taking keen interest in creating local content that can drive the business,” Rossouw explained.

He said that web 2.0 allows readers to interact with each other over the internet and hence people are spending much time on the internet.

“There is so much interaction over the internet with web 2.0 but there is need for more bandwidth hence spending more time and exploring the internet,” Rossouw explained.    

  

Web 2.0 is a term often applied to a perceived ongoing transition of the World Wide Web (WWW) from a collection of websites to a full-fledged computing platform serving web applications to end users.

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Yahoo pipes and RSS feeds…..!

Posted by internetdevelopment on thUTCp30UTC09bUTCWed, 12 Sep 2007 07:45:52 +0000 23,2006

The ongoing HA Africa conference has a lot of debate going through around the centre of discussion was how to use RSS feeds in relation to blogging and access to information using yahoo pipes.

I was stunned by Prof Guy Berger presentation which was good. Prof Berger’s presentation talked more on the tactic called PUSH!

If you want to learn more about the PUSH technique please visit http://www.mg.co.za/converse

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