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SGS Ltd – Oracle Gold Level partnership

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We at Small Globe Solutions Ltd, are proud to announce our Gold partnership with Oracle, which allows us to offer the full spectrum of Oracle Products in the Horn of Africa region. With this partnership, SGS will have full access to a host of Oracle resources. This ensures that you receive the maximum benefits offered by the Oracle products and solutions.

Being recognised a global Oracle Gold Partner level will help SGS meet customer needs, deliver superior business solutions and also improve capabilities in providing pioneering enterprise-solutions, which is backed by a strong and specialized team of certified experts.

Oracle Partner Network Company Identifier: 4-522505141113

Oracle Partner Name: Small Globe Solutions Ltd

OPN Partner Level: Gold Level

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Who Else is Joining Google on the Magic Leap adventure

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(Oct-2014) Remember Magic Leap, the secretive “augmented reality” company, raising some $500 million from Google and others?

It’s a story that seems so preposterous, even by the bubbliest standards of tech investing  — a Florida-based company, run by an eccentric CEO, who promises he can deliver mind-blowing “cinematic reality” and is raising a giant funding round without unveiling a single product — that it’s tempting to dismiss it as a mirage.

But Magic Leap is real. And it is really getting huge checks from tech and media companies. And we gather that it will be showing itself off to the public soon.

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Retelit joins AAE-1 undersea cable consortium

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(ROME Sep 2014) Italian telecoms infrastructure provider Retelit has joined the international consortium of international operators planning to build the Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) submarine cable system which is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

The 25,000-kilometre undersea cable network will connect Hong Kong, Djibouti, UAE, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Oman, Qatar, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France with 100 Gbps technology and a 40 Tbps capacity. A landing station based in Bari will be the final inclusion in this system and will provide Retelit to the connectivity they need for Italy to the rest of Europe. Not surprisingly this will involve substantial investment from Retelit and will help expand the company’s fibre optic network in Italy and to European hubs such as Frankfurt, Marseille and London.

The AAE-1 system will be the first major high capacity submarine cable for a generation and it will link all major regional hubs in South Asia hubs to Africa and Europe.

(Sources: Telecoms News)

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World’s top universities 2014 according to Times Higher Education

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The California Institute for Technology has been named the world’s best institution for the fourth consecutive year. How do other universities compare?

The California Institute for Technology (Caltech) has been named the world’s best institution for the fourth consecutive year in the Times Higher Education’s annual league table.

Harvard and Oxford follow in second and third place respectively. Stanford has retained its fourth place position while the University of Cambridge has climbed two places to fifth and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has dropped one place to sixth on the rankings.

Princeton University is up one place and the University of California, Berkeley remains eighth on the list, while Imperial College London and Yale now share ninth place.

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SME ICT services revenue will increase in the next 5 years

SME in emerging markets will become more analogous with those in developed markets during the next 5 years; they will rely much more on Internet connectivity, and will demand better and more-affordable options for both fixed and mobile broadband.

Analysys Mason’s recently published report ICT services for SMEs worldwide: forecasts and analysis 2013–2018 provides a 5-year forecast of ARPU, connections and revenue for ICT services for small and medium-sized enterprises. Our forecast shows that emerging markets will account for 47.6% of worldwide revenue in 2018, an increase from 44.4% in 2013. Total revenue will increase in both emerging and developed markets, but the CAGR increase in emerging markets (3.8%) will be greater than in developed regions (1.1%).

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Ethio Telecom finalised LTE expansion in the capital

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The telecommunication expansion project planned to get finalized over the past six months in Addis Ababa has been completed on schedule, according to Ethio-telecom.

In a press conference held on 5 August 2014, the company said the project can provide fourth generation (4G) network service for 400,000 customers.

Ethio-telecom Corporate Communication Director, Abdurahim Ahmed said on the occasion that 410 new sites have been opened and antennas installed.

The completion of the project would enable the corporation to provide 100 percent coverage for the city and improve the quality of its services, Abdurahim noted.

Services will be given to customers after a month as the project is completed, he added.

Currently, a survey is being conducted to undertake the Ethio-telecom expansion project in all parts of the country, according to the manager.

The project will raise the network coverage of the country from 64 percent to 85 percent, he said, adding that the completion of that project would create 39 million new mobile customers

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Rwandan President receives ITU award

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame at the International Fund for Agricultural Development headquarters in Rome in February. Changes in agriculture have been part of the country's economic growth.

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré has announced the winners of the 2014 World Telecommunication and Information Society Award. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda; Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea; and Carlos Slim, Chairman, Grupo Carso and President of the Carlos Slim Foundation have been honoured in recognition of their leadership and dedication towards promoting ICT development and broadband connectivity as a means of achieving sustainable development.

President Kagame is recognized for his leadership in the advancement of education and the potential of ICT as a dynamic industry as well as an enabler for Africa’s socio-economic transformation. He currently serves as Chairman of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Group on UN MDG Advocacy Group.

President Park is the leader of the Republic of Korea, which has consistently topped ITU’s ICT Index for Measuring the Information Society. The Government has unveiled a set of long-term plans that foster creative talent, a move that establishes a new paradigm towards building a vibrant national economy in a digital environment.

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10 African Cities with Free WiFi

cape-townIf Internet proliferates in Africa at the rate mobile phones did in the early 2000s, the continent stands to add as much as $300 billion to its economic growth by 2025, a new study by theMcKinsey Global Institute has found.

While most internet connections occur at home or at the workplace, a number of companies and cities have started initiatives to provide cities, towns and suburbs with free Wi-Fi access. IT News Africa has compiled a list of 10 places across Africa that have either already implemented free Wi-Fi or have free access initiaitives in the pipeline.

1. Tshwane, South Africa

With Alan Knott-Craig Jnr as the CEO and founder of Project Isizwe, the project is a non-profit which aims to bring the internet to people across South Africa, by facilitating the roll-out of free Wi-Fi for public spaces in low income communities. “The focus is to cover open public spaces around educational institutions within low income communities, as well as congested metropolitan areas. Our Pilot Projects currently are in Stellenbosch and Tshwane (Pretoria),” the company explained. “Isizwe helps Governments plan, roll-out and maintain Free Wi-Fi networks, helping to trigger a ‘multiplier effect’ on the economy and creating employment,” they revealed.

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ICANN is moving ahead to set up six offices in Africa

ICANN_20111(Addis Abeba) The President of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said he is moving ahead immediately with plans to have six new ICANN representatives on the African continent.

“ICANN used to say if you want to participate in Internet governance come to ICANN,” said Fadi Chehadé. “We’ve changed that, now ICANN is coming to the stakeholders. We’re not waiting for you to come. We’re coming to you.”

Chehadé made his comments during a two-day Africa Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance meeting of Internet leaders from across the continent, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“We will have ICANN staff, at least one, in each of the six regions of Africa. North, South, East, West, Central and the Indian Ocean,” said Chehadé. “I want African on-ramps into the ICANN structures. I will give you the on-ramps, but you need to climb them.”

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AU Commission Against .Africa Domain Name

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The AU Commission (AUC) and 16 governments have registered their opposition to the new .africa generic top-level domain submitted by the DotConnectAfrica trust (DCA).
The .africa geographic name was applied for by both the DCA and UniForum, trading as ZA Central Registry, which was appointed by the AUC after a request for proposals.

“DCA’s application constitutes an unwarranted intrusion and interference on the African Union Commission’s mandate from African governments to establish the structures and modalities for the implementation of dotAfrica project,” said the AUC in the objection letter sent to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

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