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Ghana mobile telephony race: Zain vrs MTN

Kuwait-based wireless carrier Zain this week launched its 3.5G network in Ghana, a territory dominated by local operator MTN Group. Zain, which operates in 22 countries across the Middle East and Africa, has invested over $420m in Ghana and will rapidly be rolling out network infrastructure across the country as …

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Zain switches on network in Ghana

Kuwaiti mobile operator Zain launched a hi-tech 3.5G network in Ghana on Monday December 15, 2008 in the latest step in its plans to become one of the world’s top 10 operators by 2011, the head of its African operations said. Zain, which already operates in 22 countries across the …

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New risk to Internet Explorer users found

According to ComputerWorld, Microsoft has confirmed a new security bug in Internet Explorer that lets hackers exploit this vulnerability to attack computers running the famous navigator of Redmond. It is also seen that, the bug is found in all versions of Internet Explorer (IE5, IE6, IE7 and IE8 Beta 2), …

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Rural banks in Ghana to join national payment system

The national electronic payment system, e-zwich, has moved to another phase with a roll out of its services to cover rural banks, Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems, (GhIPSS) has said in Accra Saturday December 13, 2008. Since the launch of the project earlier this year, only the universal banks …

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Web tool allows war victims to report violence

A web-based reporting tool is allowing Africans caught up in political unrest to report incidents of killing, violence and displacement. The website is called Ushahidi, which means ”testimony” in Swahili and was first developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout. Ushahidi is now being used …

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Google’s browser, Chrome, is officially leaving beta Thursday

Wednesday at the Le Web 08 conference in Paris, Google VP Marissa Mayer told TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington that the move would be happening, but she did not say when. Google representatives have confirmed the Thursday change of status for Chrome. How to get it The first people to get the …

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Schlumberger supports Bompeh High Sch. with ICT Centre

A new Information Communication and Technology (ICT) centre has been built to support students of the Bompeh Secondary Technical School, with initially, 20 Dell computers and accessories with available internet facilities, for the students to learn to acquaint themselves with the growing trend of the information world. The centre, which …

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Ghana, Nigeria, granted Submarine Cable License

Main One Cable Company, one of the firms in the race to provide international communication links between Nigeria and the rest of the world through undersea fibre optic cable links has secured the pioneer landing licenses from Nigeria and Ghana respectively. The licenses, secured from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) …

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New Report calls for major overhaul of cyber security

Cyber security is one of President-elect Obama’s many concerns when he becomes president next month A new report issued by the Center for Strategic and International Studies urges President-elect Barack Obama to create a new White House department aimed at protecting U.S. cyber interests from hackers and other foreign agents. …

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Ghana’s low internet penetration, high cost and national growth

Introduction About a year ago, precisely on September 10, 2007 I wrote an article on the above subject drawing attention to the issue of high cost of the internet in Ghana, which was published elsewhere. In that article I emphasized on the need for government to act in concert with …

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