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Call for Papers: Innovations in HIV Prevention in Africa

Health Economic and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) is a self-funded, applied research unit based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. HEARD conducts a range of research-from pure to applied- seeking to support all those intent on designing interventions to reduce the HIV pandemic in all sectors  in  the  SADC and East Africa region. Its research agenda is driven by current issues and is aimed at producing knowledge and evidence critical to informed policies and actions.

Innovations in HIV Prevention in Africa

Southern African Internet Governance Forum - Call for Expression of Interest

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.

UAE to Suspend Blackberry Services

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) says it plans to block some messaging and Web services on BlackBerry smartphones.

The announcement, which comes days after the country warned the device could pose a potential threat to national security and social values, will see BlackBerry messaging, e-mail and web browsing services suspended starting October 11.

The government has singled out BlackBerry, and not other phones that can access e-mail and the Web, because the devices automatically send users' data to servers overseas, where local laws do not apply.

ICASA Challenged Over Mobile TV License

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) could face legal action if it does not reconsider its decision to give companies just three weeks to apply for the new digital mobile television service licence.

The latest comes after black-owned Mobile TV Consortium wrote to ICASA chairperson, Paris Mashile, objecting to the 7 May deadline.

Plan to Amend the ICASA Act

The government is finalising the amendment of legislation governing the telecommunications regulator in order to resolve the tension between the organisation’s council and its management.

Tension has long existed between the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA) councilors and its management, headed by CE Karabo Motlana, because of a lack of clarity about their different roles and responsibilities.

Broadband Uptake Up by 50 Percent

A study conducted by technology research and strategy organisation, World Wide Worx in collaboration with Cisco, has found that Internet via broadband connections increased by more than 50 percent in the past year.

The study found that the number of South Africans accessing the Internet via broadband connections has increased by more than 50 percent in the past year.

It also shows that the Internet Access in South Africa 2010 study, found that wireless broadband has grown almost three times as fast as fixed line broadband in South Africa.

ICASA Opens Discussion on Internet TV

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has issued a discussion document aimed at implementing a regulatory framework for Internet protocol television (IPTV).

Steven Ambrose, an analyst at World Wide Worx, says the IPTV could be a nonstarter until there is broadband access and also fibre to homes and gated areas.

“Few people in South Africa have access to high-speed Internet at home. The current high-speed Internet service is not good enough for IPTV. There should be uncapped bandwidth for IPTV,” explains Ambrose.

ICASA to Take on Cellphone Operators Over Rates

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has hinted that it could take on cellphone operators over ‘astronomical’ pay-as-you-go rates.

ICASA chairperson, Paris Mashile, told Parliament's portfolio committee on communications that there is an urgent need for competition in the pay-as-you-go market, which is used mainly by the poor.

Mashile pointed out that, "This is an area we have got to delve into and find out what we have to do to make it competitive, in terms of the prices coming down."

ICASA Approves Connection Rate Cut

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has approved a cut in the rate charged by the three main cellphone operators to connect calls between networks.

Vodacom, MTN and Cell C last month filed an agreement with ICASA proposing a cut in the peak interconnection rate from R1.25 to 89 cents on March 1.

ICASA rejected the plan because it would have forced it to agree to a fixed gradual reduction over three years.

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