Telecoms Operators Sign African Undersea Cable

Telkom has announced that a consortium of telecoms operators have signed a deal that will pave the way for the laying of South Africa's undersea cable around West Africa to Europe.

In a press statement, Telkom points out that the US$600 million West Africa Cable System will boost broadband capacity and could cut comparatively high Internet tariffs in Africa's biggest economy.

The company states that the 14 000 kilometre long cable system will be supplied by Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks and is expected to be completed by 2011.

NGOs Respond to Prodder / GuideStar

In South Africa where civil society campaigns and advocacy work have been a dominant feature of the NGO sector, a directory of any nature is a useful networking tool to facilitate sector collaboration. In 1987 when the Prodder Directory first went to print, the image of a compass was included in the logo to represent the idea of the directory being a guide to development sector projects.


Skype Launches Service for iPhone Users

Skype, the Internet telephone unit of eBay Inc, is planning to launch a service for iPhone and BlackBerry users in May as part of its effort to expand beyond desktop computers.

Skype Chief Operating Officer, Scott Durchslag, has high hopes for the application's success on Apple Inc's popular iPhone as he expects Skype's most feature-rich mobile offering to appeal to new and existing customers.

"The No 1 request we get from customers is to make Skype available on iPhone. There's a pent-up demand," Durchslag says.

NGO Pulse: A Tool for Civil Society

A key finding of the 2007 ‘State of ICTs in the South African NGO Sector’ study was that the information and communication technology (ICT) investment of NGOs has been geared primarily towards the administrative running of organisations, rather than to achieving their goals and objectives. As a result, the great potential of ICTs to strengthen and support programmes remained largely untapped by the majority of NGOs.

Public Consultative Workshop on Proposed Definitions of Universal Access and Service

The Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) will host a Consultative Public Workshop on 2&3 April 2009 in Johannesburg.

The main objective of the workshop is to solicit public input from interested and affected parties and organisations on the definitions of universal access and universal service, needy persons and under-serviced areas.

X for Democracy

X for Democracy is a website for Youth produced by the South African Broadcasting Corporation Education and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). The website is aimed at helping users to learn more about elections as well as sharing their views. It provides useful information on the IEC and FAQs on elections.

To explore the X for Democracy website, click here.


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