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BlackBerry kills its phone manufacturing business

BlackBerry kills its phone manufacturing business

Broadband, Mobile
It's official. BlackBerry Ltd, the Canadian company that invented the smartphone and addicted legions of road warriors to the "CrackBerry", has stopped making its iconic handsets. Finally conceding defeat in a battle lost long ago to Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co, BlackBerry is handing over production of the phones to overseas partners and turning its full attention to the more profitable and growing software business. It's the formalization of a move in the making since Chief Executive Officer John Chen took over nearly three years ago and outsourced some manufacturing to Foxconn Technology Group. Getting the money-losing smartphone business off BlackBerry's books will also make it easier for the company to consistently hit profitability. "This is the completion of thei...
Experts urge for mobile technology partnerships to accelerate Africa’s rise

Experts urge for mobile technology partnerships to accelerate Africa’s rise

Broadband, Mobile
Partnerships in the mobile technology sector are essential for Africa to achieve its development goals according to industry players that spoke to ITWeb Africa on the sidelines of the African Mobile 360 conference held in Dar es Salaam last week. Yasmina McCarty, Head of Mobile for Development at GSMA, believes increased cooperation can help to achieve wider and more affordable access to mobile services across Africa. "In Africa we see financial exclusion, we see people who don't have access to drinking water, energy or even sanitation. What we believe is that mobile technology plays an instrumental role in being a solution to the latent demand, if we can innovate and scale fast enough. We are really cheering on the continued growth of mobile connectivity because of what it can pro...
Safaricom launches ride-hailing app called Little Cab

Safaricom launches ride-hailing app called Little Cab

Broadband, Internet, Mobile
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's biggest telecoms operator Safaricom on Tuesday launched a ride-hailing app called Little Cab to compete with Uber [UBER.UL] and which was developed with a local software firm. Safaricom, which is 40 percent owned by Britain's Vodafone, and Nairobi-based software developer Craft Silicon will jointly run the services. Little Cab cars will offer free Wi-Fi to passengers, aim to provide cheaper fares than those of competitors and offer drivers a higher share of revenues, officials of both firms said in a statement. Uber said it welcomed the new competition in Kenya. "At the end of the day competition is good," said Nate Anderson, the general manager of Uber Kenya, speaking to Reuters ahead of the Tuesday launch of Little Cab. Uber operates in several African co...
SEACOM Adds Three New Peering Points In Durban, Nairobi and Kampala

SEACOM Adds Three New Peering Points In Durban, Nairobi and Kampala

Broadband, Internet
SEACOM has added new Internet exchange points in  Kampala (UIXP), Nairobi (KIXP) and Durban (NAPAfrica) to its list of peering agreements in Africa. A move that the telecom enabler and network provider says will  further enhance the performance and reduce the latency clients will experience when they connect to Web services. The three peering points aren't the only ones that SEACOM added, it also added the Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX) in Marseille and France Internet Exchange (FranceIX) in Paris to the growing list of European Internet exchange points at which it peers. SEACOM’s IP transit network now offers African service providers and network operators direct connectivity to a range of small, medium and large partner networks in Europe. The company has PoPs in E

Paris UNESCO: Sophia Bekele Speaks on Access Divide & Applauds #InternetStudy

Broadband, Internet
March 9, 2015 – PARIS, France — The event was held from 3 – 4 March 2015 in UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris France. The objective of the conference was to discuss the first draft of the Comprehensive Study on Internet-related issues as part of UNESCO’s response in support of the decision taken by its 195 Member States, to examine current and emerging inter-related trends, challenges and opportunities around access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression, privacy, and ethical dimensions of the information society. Four Keystones namely Access to information and knowledge, Freedom of Expression, Privacy, and Ethics on a Global Internet; were identified under UNESCO’s mandate, which is to promote international cooperation in education, the sciences, culture, communication