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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

GSMA Establishes Office in Nairobi to Support Burgeoning African Telecoms Market

Mobile Connections in Sub-Saharan Africa Increase 20 Per Cent to 500 Million in 2013 and Are Expected to Increase by an Additional 50 Per Cent by 2018

The GSMA today announced that it has opened a permanent office in Nairobi, Kenya. The office will be based in the heart of Nairobi’s Innovation Hub (iHub) for the technology community and will enable the GSMA to work even more closely with its members and other industry stakeholders to extend the reach and socio-economic benefits of mobile throughout Africa.

SANGONeT ICT4RD Conference 2011 - “Rural Realities, Real Solutions”

Over three quarters of the world's poor live in rural areas. They often lack economic opportunities, have difficulty accessing basic services, have limited voice in governance and remain extremely vulnerable to shocks.

How can development practice and approaches address these issues within the current financial constraints facing national budgets and donor funding? What are the new, innovative - and more cost effective - solutions and applications available to respond to rural development challenges in Africa and other parts of the developing world in a meaningful manner?

Telkom Criticised Over ‘Whistle-Blower’ Policy

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has expressed concern about the effect that the suspension of two Communication Workers Union shop stewards linked to the release of the Telkom dossier, might have on employees thinking about exposing corruption.

FXI executive director, Ayesha Kajee, points out that, "The public needs to be able to access information that is pertinent to the procedural conduct of a company such as Telkom."

Cell C Apologies for Poor Service

Mobile operator, Cell C, has taken the unusual step of publicly responding to criticism by comedian, Trevor Noah, in a recorded comedy clip recently posted on Facebook and YouTube.

In a full-page advertisement published in the Business Day newspaper, Cell CEO, Lars Reichelt, apologised to Noah and other Cell C customers who experience problems of coverage and lack of delivery.

ICASA Councillor’s Appointment is ‘Invalid’

The future of Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) councillor, William Stucke, hangs in the balance after two legal opinions found that his appointment as a councillor of the telecoms and broadcasting regulator is invalid.

Section 6 of the ICASA Act says a person who has financial interests in the communications sector may not be appointed as councillor.

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.

Africa Telecoms Lacks Clear Law Frameworks, Chireka

Africa’s telecoms sector lacks clear and comprehensive legislative frameworks. This is according to Spiwe Chireka, an industry analyst at Frost and Sullivan.

In a press statement, Chireka, points out that while the absence of comprehensive legislative frameworks placed multinationals in a vulnerable position, there is an element of ‘no pain, no gain’ in play.

Telkom to Launch Mobile Phone Services

Fixed-line phone group Telkom will begin offering mobile phone services from 2010 as it launches a new mobile business to offset falling profit from its fixed-line business.

Telkom CEO Reuben September points out that, "We believe there's room for the fourth mobile operator in South Africa."

September states that Telkom, the biggest in Africa, saw opportunities in the mobile data market as competitors MTN, Vodacom and Cell C dominated the near-saturated voice market.

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