The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) and Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) will convene a Southern African Internet Governance Forum (SAIGF) from 1-3 September 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The United Nations' agency for ICTs, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), marks today, 17 May, as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD). The purpose of the day is to “help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide”.
World leaders are gathering in Geneva this week to work on strategies to more effectively harness the power and reach of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in crucial areas like health and education.
Co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP, the World Summit on the Information Society (16-20 May) is the world’s largest annual gathering of the world’s ‘ICT for development’ community, including UN agencies, governments, civil society and ICT industry representatives.
Microsoft and SANGONeT will be hosting a one-day "ICTs for NGOs" event on Tuesday, 10 May 2011 (09h00-13h00), at the Diakonia Centre in Durban.
Participants will have the opportunity to highlight and discuss the ICT challenges and opportunities facing NGOs, and learn about new ICT applications and solutions available from Micorosoft.
As part of the programme, SANGONeT will highlight new technology offerings available to NGOs through SANGOTeCH.
Refer to the programme for the event listed below.
The Informa Telecoms & Media says that connecting rural areas and proving information communication technology (ICT) access is set to be the future of the industry.
Informa Telecoms & Media, Nick Jotischky, who is of the view that globally mobile subscribers will continue to fall, points out that, "In Africa the trend is going to be much the same in the sense that subscriber growth will falter but I think expansion into rural areas can and will boost growth and even cause acceleration."
Industry lobby group Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) has called on the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to support mobile broadband services in South Africa by making key decisions on mobile spectrum allocation and taxation policy.
The days of limited and expensive international bandwidth in South Africa are over as the EASSy cable became the second submarine cable to launch on the East coast of Africa.
MTN's Trevor Martin's, who also serves as the EASSy consortium's chairperson, has announced that the cable has come in ahead of schedule and almost 10 percent under its US$300 million budget.
World Wide Worx (WWW) has released a report stating that the use of mobile Internet services has exploded in South Africa, although less than half of urban cellphone users who have Internet-capable phones use the Internet.
The study, ‘Mobile Internet in South Africa 2010’, was conducted face-to-face among urban cellphone users aged 16 and older, representing 16-million South Africans, by World Wide Worx with the backing of the First National Bank.
A unique collaboration between Cape Town Partnership and Skyrove will see Capetonians enjoying free wireless Internet at South Africa’s oldest public space, Greenmarket Square.
Through this partnership, the locals will now have access to 10MB's of free Internet daily.
The free wireless Internet will be a welcome addition to Greenmarket Square's newly developed residential community, their revamped retail area and their outdoor marketplace.