Tanzania has joined a group of African countries using mobile phone SIM card registrations to both track down criminals using mobile phones to commit crimes and to reduce handset theft.
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Siemens has lost the right to bid for the World Bank-funded communication project for two years following corruption allegations surrounding the company in the acquisition of supply contracts.
A critical mass of countries are signing on to a plan for India to invest US$1 billion in the Pan-African e-Network satellite project, a joint initiative with the Africa Union aimed at developing the region's information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure.
The e-Africa Commission has signed a memorandum of understanding with 5-P Holdings to construct a US$2 billion undersea cable system planned to encircle Africa with connections to Europe, South America, India and the Middle East.
Government officials and industry insiders have high hopes for the World Bank's additional US$1 billion investment, in the development of the information and communication technology infrastructure in Africa over the next five years.
Beginning Thursday, monopoly control over Africa's SAT- 3 cable system will officially come to an end, amid fears that the network will run into capacity problems as early as 2009.
Feasibility studies for the East Africa Submarine cable system (EASSY) have been completed, paving way for the project to be operational in the first quarter of 2009, according to project coordinator John Sihra.
The International Finance Corp., the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, has approved a US$32.5 million investment in the East Africa Submarine cable system (EASSY) project, designed to connect 21 African countries to each other and the rest of the world.
The proposed African multinational broadband project, Comtel, has stalled as individual member countries develop their own regional telecommunication infrastructures.
Microsoft has given African countries a US$1 billion commitment though its Unlimited Potential program (UP), aimed at developing information and communication technology around the world.
Officials at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) acknowledge that they have failed to help Africa develop its information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure, and are looking to set up outreach efforts on the continent.
The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative for the developing world, the brainchild of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab co-founder Nicholas Negroponte, is gaining ground in Africa, with Nigeria announcing the acquisition of one million laptops.