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UN urges governments to leverage ICT to promote private sector growth

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in its ICT Economy Report 2011 has urged governments to use information and communication technologies (ICTs) more effectively in their programmes to support small and micro enterprises (SMEs) in order to help accelerate job creation and business growth. The report released …

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Ghana, two other countries achieve inter-connectivity

Mr Ernest Attuquaye Armah, Deputy Minister for Communications, on Tuesday cut the sod to start a 120-km fiber cable project from Bolgatanga through Bawku to Senkase in Northern Togo. The project is in fulfillment of Ghana’s commitment to joining the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) to develop broadband linkages …

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Less than one in five SMEs has website in Africa, few use internet for transaction – UN

The United Nations says less than one in five small and micro enterprises (SMEs) has a website in sub-Sahara Africa compared with four of five in high-income countries. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in a report titled “Information Economy Report 2011: ICTs as an Enabler for …

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Africa leads in mobile money deployment as users hit over 40 million

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says Africa is leading the trend with 51 mobile money systems in place, and as many as 37 of the deployments being in least developed countries (LDCs). “Mobile money deployments have taken off in the past two years. According to data …

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MTN Group gets 158.59 million subscribers by September 2011

The MTN Group, Africa’s leading mobile telecom network, has announced that it had 158.59 million customers across all its 22 operations at the end of the third quarter of this year, September 2011. The figure represents a 4.1% increase over that of the second quarter, which stood at 152.3 million …

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Global technology leaders call for faster progress on e-health standards

About 21 Chief Technical Officers (CTOs ) from leading companies in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry have urged the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to accelerate technical standardization work in the field of e-health. According to the UN agency for information and communication technology, the CTOs stressed that reliable, …

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ITU sets global broadband targets for countries

The UN ICT agency, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has set new global broadband targets for countries to achieve by 2015. According to a press release from the ITU, its Broadband Commission for Digital Development agreed on a set of four new targets it describes as ‘ambitious but achievable’ that …

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Apple’s Ipad 2 tops world exclusive tablets

The world has been introduced to an invention known as the touch screen computer without the use of keyboard. We can choose to call it a tablet or touchpad. The Apple Ipad which came out first is now competing with a whole range of tablets. Examples of 10 tablets out …

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ECOWAS adopts draft regulation on submarine cable landing stations

The 11th meeting of ECOWAS Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technologies Ministers (Telecoms-ICT) ended with an adoption of a draft regulation on conditions for access to submarine cable landing stations in West Africa. The meeting which was held in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire, ended October 14, 2011 with Ministers coming from …

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