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July, 2013

SA mobile money flop prompts new models

Local industry players are looking to other models for mobile money transfer solutions, amid the failure of these to take off in SA – in stark contrast to other African countries where the same services have thrived. Most notably, M-Pesa – launched as a partnership between SA’s first mobile operator Vodacom and then big four […]

Burma’s Internet to Experience Disruptions for One Month

RANGOON — Burma’s Internet users should expect delays in establishing connections for a period of about one month, after a disruption occurred with the underwater fiber cable that links the country with international cable networks, Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) announced on Wednesday. “Works are being carried out to repair the fault as quick as […]

Senators push NTIA, to demand answers on new gTLD security

Did Verisign get to the US Congress? That’s the intriguing question emerging from a new Senate appropriations bill. In the bill, the Senate Appropriations Committee delivers a brief but scathing assessment of the National Telecommunication and Information Administration’s performance on ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee. It says it believes the NTIA has “not been a strong […]

Sh250bn ‘Digital Kenya’ plan starts to click, byte by byte

The government has embarked on a Sh257 billion plan to turn Kenya into a knowledge-based economy by 2017, through provision of high-speed and reliable Internet services. The five-year National Broadband Strategy envisages a country where broadband will be delivered to individuals, homes and businesses with a minimum speed of 5 megabytes per second to give […]

ICANN’s Durban Meeting begins with Signing of New Registrar and Registry Agreements

DURBAN, South Africa, July 15, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The first group of Internet Registries and Registrars has signed new agreements with ICANN (http://www.icann.org), bringing new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) into the home stretch of going live online. “This is a huge accomplishment,” said Fadi Chehadé, ICANN President and CEO. “We can see the […]

Why has ICANN not released Initial Evaluation results for Uniforum’s .africa application?

Soon ICANN activities and management of the new gTLD program, much as it’s mostly an unchartered destiny is going to reveal just how hard it is to stay neutral in processing different applications. So far some applications have  received their evaluation results earlier than those whose priority numbers come first. Durban South Africa is the […]

GAC, Inside Out: When GAC Members Abuse ICANN Procedures…

This post was  first Published by CircleID on behalf of the author who has requested to remain anonymous. There is no doubt that the new gTLD program has been the most encouraging revolutionary program in the history of internet. As everybody expected, there have been lots of positive and negative insights about this program in […]

British media ignores the brighter side of the internet

Oxford, UK, 5 July 2013 – The British media’s negative view of the internet is out of sync with the public’s positive opinion, according to research released today. Analysis of 1,000 media articles on internet topics found that over three quarters of coverage (76%) had a strong negative sentiment, in contrast with public opinion, where […]