Internet

ICT Masterplan dubbed Connected Kenya 2017 launched

Governance, Internet
The government of kenya through its ICT Board has launched its master-plan. The government’s effort towards transforming the country into a knowledge based economy through digital empowerment was on 14th February 2013 endorsed with the launch of the first National ICT Masterplan, Connected Kenya 2017. A five year  plan that  seeks to drive citizen adoption of the Vision 2030 priorities through ICT policies and initiatives source

Tanzania facing Internet shortages

Internet
Tanzania is facing Internet shortages in the country after two submarine cables were hit by technical issues recently, the country’s regulator said in a statement. The Tanzania Telecommunication Company (TTCL) CEO Kamugisha Kazaura said that the problems occurred in Egypt’s northern Mediterranean city of Alexandria, “where the cables are connected to others linking the continent to Europe.” source

Data Explosion Set to Drive Growth

Business, Internet
Do you think Fortune 500 CEOs care about Africa? In the past, frankly, with the exception of oil and gas giants, they didn't. But this is changing... and fast. This week, IBM is opening its Africa innovation hub in Nairobi. To demonstrate the significance of the occasion, IBM has brought along all its senior team, led by CEO Ginni Rometty (named #1 most powerful woman in business by Forbes in 2012). Like other ICT companies, IBM wants to ride the wave of Africa's ICT revolution. In this area, Africa has not only been catching up with the West, but is in fact overtaking it in areas such as mobile money. more

Microsoft Teams With the Government of Kenya and Indigo Telecom o Deliver Low-Cost, Solar-Powered Broadband Access

Broadband, Internet
 Microsoft Corp., in collaboration with the government of Kenya's Ministry of Information and Communications and Indigo Telecom Ltd., today announced the launch of a pilot project delivering low-cost wireless broadband access to previously unserved locations near Nanyuki and Kalema, Kenya. The network utilizes TV white spaces and solar-powered base stations to deliver broadband access and create new opportunities for commerce, education, healthcare and delivery of government services. source

Testing HIV on mobile devices now possible

Internet, Mobile
A low-cost mobile device that performs HIV testing by just a finger prick and has the ability to synchronize patients’ results with electronic health records in real time has been created. According to a research appearing on Clinical Chemistry, a leading international journal of clinical laboratory science by AACC, the study was conducted by a team of researchers based in Washington, that led to the designing of the device. more