ITU’s Global ICT Capacity Building Symposium (CBS-2016) is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from starting today 6th to 8th September 2016. The Symposium is being organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and hosted by the Communications Authority of Kenya. The information technology revolution is transforming our lives at an unprecedented pace. Embracing capacity building opportunities in the digital era can make a major contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. CBS-2016 is the first global event focusing on new skill requirements in the digital era following the adoption by the world leaders of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Thought leaders from all over the world will provide insights on how education and training in the field of ICTs
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...
Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist has lauded African tech start-ups for the creation of thousands of businesses that change the daily lives of people across the continent positively. Gates was speaking at the 14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Series at the University of Pretoria's Mamelodi campus on Sunday. The theme of this year was "Living Together", with a special focus on those who gave their lives during the struggle for liberation. The multi-billionaire said for him, the most important thing about young people is the way their minds work. "Young people are better than old people at driving innovation, because they are not locked in by the limits of the past." The African entrepreneurs driving start-up booms in the Silicon Savannahs from Johannesburg and C
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
ZACR has been dealt a huge blow in its .Africa bid after the California court that is handling the case quashed its Motion for reconsideration and to vacate Preliminary Injunction. This effectively means ICANN is now left to answer it's own case. Court said, ICANN joined this motion on May 10, 2016. Since then, the Court has granted ZACR’s Motion to Dismiss in its entirety, thereby extinguishing ZACR’s role a party to the action. Therefore, the Court denies as moot ZACR’s motion for reconsideration, and addresses the motion only as it pertains to ICANN. DCA had stated in its opposition to the reconsideration motion that ZACR's actions on .Africa was indeed an attempt at a second bite at the apple. DCA said “Defendant ZA Central Registry’s (“ZACR”) motion to reconsider and vacate the