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NGOs Continue Adopting Technological Approaches in their Duties

The latest 2018 Global NGO Technology Report indicates that Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have increased to employ different technological approaches in their operations.

A Non-profit Tech for Good and non-profit operator of the .org domain, Public Interest Registry released the report. Public Interest Registry surveyed 164 different countries from Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, Australia and North America.

Young SA researchers head to France

30 November 2018  

Two grade 11 learners from Carnarvon High School in the Northern Cape will represent SA at the International Student-Teacher Conference in Nice, France.

Amy-Lee Visagie and Chrislin de Koker were selected after winning the National Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) competition for their research on astronomy tourism.

Their research, which looked at how the Southern African Large Telescope and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope contribute to local communities, was completed with the help of the National Research.

WCape on course to connect 6.6m residents

30 November 2018

The Western Cape Government (WCG) has joined forces with Liquid Telecom SA to increase free public WiFi hotspots in that province from 178 to 1 600.

The Pan-African communications solutions provider will also upgrade the Western Cape's existing public WiFi services network.

The partnership, according to WCG, marks a significant step in its efforts to provide free public Internet access to its 6.6 million residents.

SA women in technology growing across borders and boundaries

In July 2016, I attended my first Microsoft WPC event in Toronto, Canada, even though this was not a typical event for an HR person to attend. During my pre-event schedule preparations, I came across the Women in Technology (WIT) group, and signed up immediately for the lunch and various talks by WIT members, says Lauren Clark, Head of People, Mint Management Technologies.

What is affordable internet access anyway?

Governments around the world often include language in their national broadband plans or ICT policies that call for “affordable internet access for all.”

This same language in used in the Sustainable Development Goals  — SDG 9c calls for universal, affordable internet access by 2020.

Clearly, the importance of enabling everyone, everywhere to access and participate in the digital revolution is increasingly being recognised the world over.

Affordable internet access: The cost challenge

In its 2017 Affordability Report, A4AI found that the average price of 1GB prepaid mobile broadband, when expressed as a % of average per capita Gross National Income (GNI), varied between 0.84% in North America and 17.49% in Africa, with the majority of low and middle income countries surveyed failing to meet the 2% affordability target. Why? 

At the most fundamental level, the affordability target can only be met either by increasing incomes or by reducing internet prices.

Sub-saharan africa's broadband price rip-off uncovered

Sub-Saharan African countries have the most expensive broadband prices in the world.

This is according to a report released today by Cable.co.uk, which analysed data from 3 303 fixed-line broadband deals in 195 countries, with the assistance of consumer insight consultancy BVA BDRC, between 15 August and 20 September.

The study notes the Ukraine offers the world's cheapest broadband, with an average cost of $5 per month. The West African nation of Mauritania is the most expensive, with an average package price of $768.16.

Department of Communication intensifies calls for digital migration collaboration

To ensure government speeds up the switch from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT), additional partnerships with industry players are required.

So said Department of Communications (DOC) minister Nomvula Mokonyane, affirming that lack of collaboration has, to some extent, contributed to SA's inability to meet the deadline set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Mobile gender gap disadvantages women

The GSMA found 184 million fewer women own mobile phones than men. (Picture courtesy of The GSMA Mobile Gender Gap Report 2018)

Over 1.2 billion women in low- and middle-income countries do not use mobile Internet and 184 million fewer women than men own mobile phones in these countries.

This is according to a new report from the GSM Association (GSMA) titled: The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2018. The analysis is based on findings from quantitative face-to-face surveys in 23 low- and middle-income countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. This includes SA.

Govt promises to complete digital migration by 2020

19 October 2018

South Africa will complete the analogue switch-off by July 2020, with the Free State being the first province to migrate to digital terrestrial television (DTT) by 31 December 2018.

This was revealed this morning by minister in the Department of Communications (DOC), Nomvula Mokonyane, at a media engagement in Hatfield, Pretoria.

The objective of the meeting was to unpack the revised delivery model of the Broadcasting Digital Migration programme approved by Cabinet a fortnight ago.

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