Business

Four Critical African ICT facts and figures

Broadband, Business
Africa may be regarded as a booming telecommunications market but it still lags behind the rest of the world. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which is a specialised agency of the United Nations that is responsible for issues that concern information and communication technologies (ICT), annually reveals facts and figures regarding the global uptake of ICT. ITU officials have said the mobile revolution is moving closer to having almost as many mobile- cellular subscriptions as people on earth. Africa is no different in this case, but as ITU statistics reveal, the continent lags behind the globe with respect to particularly the take up of broadband. Below are four tables with fast facts and figures for mobile, internet, mobile broadband growth in specific are...

Google’s Gmail Keyword Scanning Might Violate Wiretap Law, Judge Finds

Business, Cyber Security
A federal judge today found that Google may have breached federal and California wiretapping laws for machine-scanning Gmail messages as part of its business model to create user profiles and provide targeted advertising. The decision by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh was rendered in a proposed class-action alleging Google wiretaps Gmail as part of its business model. Google sought to have the federal case in California dismissed under a section of the Wiretap Act that authorizes email providers to intercept messages if the interception facilitated the message’s delivery or was incidental to the functioning of the service in general. “Accordingly, the statutory scheme suggests that Congress did not intend to allow electronic communication service providers unlimited leeway to engage in a

Africa’s cloud solution pundits urge market to ‘try it out’

Business, Cyber Security
Although business leaders and analysts within Africa’s growing ICT sector agree that a sense of hesitancy hovers over the increased adoption of cloud solutions, there is consensus that there is benefit in the application of the technology. At ITNewsAfrica’s Innovation Dinner on the topic of Real-world Cloud Adoption, hosted on Thursday 05 September in Johannesburg, experts acknowledged that issues like security, cost of investment and control over data has hampered the uptake of cloud – at the same time they urged the market to ‘try it out’. “Try it out… try it in a non-mission critical production-type environment, in those grudge purchase areas like disaster recovery, like test and development. You will soon realise that the cash injection to your budget becomes so much more compell

East Africa is the ‘future BPO global hub’

Broadband, Business
East Africa could become one of the the world’s leading business process outsourcing (BPO) centres, organisers of the just-ended Kenya Information Technology (IT) Week have said. More than 100 senior executives representing the region's largest enterprises and government organisations gathered for the event that Tejpal Bedi, chairman of Kenya IT and Outsourcing Services (KITOS), officially opened. Events management firm, Kinetic Events, organised the gathering. “East Africa is setting itself up as a BPO hub of choice due to the ongoing introduction of data centres as well as significant investment in human capital and infrastructure development,” Marcia van Jaarsveld, marketing specialist at Kinetic Events, said. BPO is the contracting of a specific business task, such as p

NSA collecting phone records of Verizon customers

Business
The White House is defending the practice of gathering cell phone records from American citizens while neither confirming nor denying a report that the NSA is collecting records from millions of Verizon customers. The practice was first revealed by the British newspaper The Guardian on Wednesday, which obtained and published a highly classified court order that requires the production of “telephony metadata” by the telecommunications giant. The order, marked "Top Secret" and issued by the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court instructs Verizon to hand over data including all calling records on an "ongoing, daily basis". More