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ICT: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:24 am
South African IT firm Datatec has completed the sale of U.S. subsidiary Westcon-Comstor’s operations in North America and Latin America, as well as 10 percent of Westcon-Comstor to Fortune 500 company SYNNEX. The deal could be worth up to $830 million, with $630 million paid in cash and up to $200 million payable as a cash earn-out, subject to Westcon Americas meeting pre-approved gross profit performance targets.
Staff, 11:01 am
Panelists at the 4th Tech 360 Africa Summit held in Accra have unanimously agreed that the technology space in Africa holds an outstanding promise and will require stakeholders in the Information, Communication and Technology to pursue the technology market in order to accelerate Africa’s development efforts.Contributing to panel discussions on several key topics on technology and innovation, the participants were of the opinion that innovation has become a critical aspect of the global economy.
DotAfrica Goes Public July 4: Will Africans Embrace It Or Continue To ‘Be Guests On Someone Else’s Web’?By Tom Jackson, 6:41 pm AFKI Original
After years of red tape, the much-hyped DotAfrica domain will soon be available to the public. The psychological impact cannot be underestimated, said Lucky Masilela, CEO of the ZA Central Registry — the company charged in 2012 with giving Africa its own first geographic TLD. DotAfrica is not just about African pride. It’s about business. “We believe that it will increasingly make an appearance in corporate marketing communication with all the associated benefits including feet in stores and clicks on sites,” Masilela said.
Staff, 1:34 pm
Like other emerging economies, Mauritius has been hurt recently by investments being diverted to other destinations perceived safer in the developed world. Investments in the Indian Ocean island fell by nearly 30% to about $200 million in 2015 through September. Investments that did come in targeted luxury real estate rather than manufacturing, outsourcing, ICT and financial services.
Dana Sanchez, 9:26 am
Some Botswanans blame a drop in tourism on unreliable air service and ICT. Some South Africans blame changes in visa laws. Others blame Ebola and struggling economy in many markets. South Africa’s new tourist visa requirements went into effect June 1, 2015, making unabridged birth certificates mandatory for children traveling with adults. That was after the first quarter of 2015, when tourists to South Africa from China decreased by 38 percent compared to the previous year. India was down 13 percent.
Dana Sanchez, 3:33 pm
The impoverished West African country of Mauritania has a largely untapped market when it comes to information and computer technology, and companies from Senegal and Morocco are among those who’d like to help, BizTechAfrica reports. It may be impoverished, but Mauritania had 2.745 million mobile subscriptions in 2010 — that’s 79 per 100 people, according to World Bank and TradingEconomics.
Staff, 11:31 am
As the ICT sector grows in Botswana, government is already grappling with e-waste management and has put out calls to influence disposal e-waste safely. The Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) and Department of Waste Management and Pollution Control (DWMPC) are spearheading government’s initiative to promote safe disposing of e-waste.
Makula Dunbar, 6:01 pm
The U.S. recently lifted sanctions which now allow the importation of software and ICT products to Sudan, CCTV Africa reported. Activists have been opposed to the bans which forced many to find illegal copies of often-used programs like Microsoft Office. Officials say that the lifting of the ICT importation ban is a step in the right direction to ease other communications-related sanctions.
Staff, 12:18 pm
The Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) to review existing policies and drive more investment into the country’s telecommunications sector. ZDA wants ZICTA to help it develop policies and regulations that will make it easier to secure regional and international investment.
Makula Dunbar, 2:34 pm
According to the report, a private sector computer skills program — International Computer Driving License (ICDL) — and the government are coming together to raise ICT literacy of Rwandan youth, government members and the general public. The official agreement was signed by both partners January 28, 2015.
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