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IPhone 5 Sells Millions In Just Three Days!

iphone5-2(NY – 25-Sep-2012) The giant electronics maker Apple has announced that it has sold over five million units of its new iPhone 5, in just three days after its launch on 21 September, and more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6.

“Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone.”

iPhone 5 is available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK, and will be available in 22 more countries on 28 September and more than 100 countries by the end of the year. Demand for iPhone 5 exceeded the initial supply and while the majority of pre-orders have been shipped to customers, many are scheduled to be shipped in October.

iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology.

iPhone 5 comes in either white & silver or black & slate, and is available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model.

(Source: IT News Africa)

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It’s a Facebook Africa

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Webempires, a company that creates apps and visuals on interesting web companies, technology and business, recently published a map of the world’s dominating websites. The map visualizes the #1 websites in each country based on traffic rank (Alexa data).

The visualization does not take into account properties. Where Google dominates in most of the world, it is interesting to see the Facebook footprint visualized in Africa.
The team at Webempires explains in their analysis, ‘What may come surprising (or not at all) is that Facebook is not lighting up across American continents. It’s far from taking over Europe, too. If this was a game called ‘Risk’ and your objective was to take over the entire world, it would be clear that Google is winning. However, Facebook is on its way of taking over Africa and fighting some really tough battles in Asia.’

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Kenya getting ready for 4G LTE rollout

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Kenya is focused on rolling fourth-generation mobile data services network out by 2013, estimated at a cost of $500 million. Speaking to Reuters, Bitange Ndemo, PS Ministry of information and communication, said that the deal was set, but they were awaiting financing.

“We have finished with the study. We have sent it to the Ministry of Finance. We are just waiting for the approval and then we hit the road,” he said. Ndemo added that the project has different phases:  “Phase one, we will go to the counties and leverage off the existing base stations. By the time we have extended coverage nationally, the cost could be up to $500 million.” Phase 2 involves connecting the country’s mobile phone base stations to fibre optic cable.

Fourth Generation 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) networks offer increased speeds compared to 3G, HD video conferencing and are more suited to data services than voice. Safaricom Kenya is the only network in Kenya that has fully implemented 3G network across the country and is testing the LTE technology. Telkom Kenya and Bharti Airtel have 3G licenses and they are still implementing 3G network countrywide.

 

(Source: ICT News Africa)

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World Bank praises Kenya’s ICT sector

A recent World Bank report has praised Kenya’s efforts to boost its economy through technology and telecom. The report comes as the Kenyan government continues to push forward on ambitious efforts to increase its telecom and ICT industry.

The report said that “despite facing challenges including national elections, the establishment of a new system of devolved government and the possibility of a deteriorating global economy, the surging information and communications technology field could boost the performance of a number of sectors, including transportation, agriculture and infrastructure.”

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LION2 undersea cable lands in Kenya

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Kenya will soon be hooked to its fourth undersea fibre optic cable following the laying of the France Telecom-funded Lower Indian Ocean Network 2 (LION2), The Standard reported online.

The ship laying the LION2 arrived in Mombasa, Kenya on 30 August 2011, marking the completion of the actual cable laying. The cable will now be connected to a main submarine cable in international waters for testing, and is expected to go live in the course of the first half of 2012.

The EUR 56.5 million LION2 will connect Kenya to Mayotte, Madagascar, Mauritius and La Reunion Islands. LION2 is an extension of LION, which connects the Indian Ocean Islands to the world. The initial LION was laid in March 2010.

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Who are Africa’s ICT key players?

fibre_technoSouth Africa, Nigeria and Kenya will be the key players in the African ICT sector in the next five years. A survey conducted by Africa Business Panel among 800 business professionals involved with Africa shows that these 3 countries were earmarked as the continent’s favourites when it comes to the future of the ICT sector.

Ghana, Egypt, Rwanda, Botswana, Angola, Uganda and Zimbabwe are the runners up and complete the top ten countries out of 53 economies on the African continent.

Virtually all African economies show promising year-on-year growth. This is attracting the attention of the international investor community who increasingly see Africa as ‘the last frontier’ for attractive growth opportunities. Research and numerous survey results among the international investor community consistently indicate that investors expect over half of the ten fastest growing economies in the world in 2011 to be African.

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WIOCC partners with Global Crossing to expand global coverage

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(Neirobi, KENYA) WIOCC, the largest shareholder in EASSy, the highest-capacity submarine cable system serving Africa, has announced the interconnection of its network with that of Global Crossing.

The strategic agreement will enable WIOCC to further extend its customers’ connectivity in countries where it previously did not have coverage, by making it part of the Global Crossing Tier 1 MPLS network – http://www.globalcrossing.com/network/network_interactive_map.aspx. In addition to expanding WIOCC’s reach, the relationship will increase flexibility and provide significantly reduced transit charges for customer terminations. It also enhances Global Crossing’s ability to deliver high-performance Tier 1 internet connectivity into carrier facilities and enterprise locations throughout the east and southern Africa region.

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Network Interconnection in Somaliland at last or maybe not yet!

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[SGS – Hargeisa, Somaliland] Last week, five of the local Telecom Operators in Somaliland have drawn up an agreement to finally set up what seems to be an interconnection between the networks including Fixed-Mobile Termination services. According to the Spokesman for the Representatives of the Network Operators, Mr Jama H. Mohamed Egal, these companies have been locked in series of meetings to sort out both the technical challenges as well as setting up an interconnection which can provide a lasting resolution.

 

Apparently the companies involved in this agreement were SomTel, Nationlink, Telcom, Soltelco and Africa Online. For whatever the reason is, Telesom who is now by far the biggest Mobile Network Operator (MNO) in the country has not been engaged in this endeavour or so it seems anyway. Unfortunately this might be a missed opportunity for an industry ravaged by a lack of proper interconnection. Also the potential of increased teledensity and internet-density will continue to suffer because of the long-standing issues associated with the interconnections.

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Somaliland Telecom Industry – The New Decade and the Challenges Ahead

africa map(19-Feb-2011) – SGS published a ground-breaking report which analyses the current state of the Somaliland Telecom Industry. This comprehensive report which is in the form ‘whitepaper’ talks about the evolutionary stages that the industry has been undergoing over the last decade and the challenges lie ahead in the new decade.

For the first time of its history, this report measures the teledensity and the internet-density of the current Telecommunication Industry in Somaliland by analysing the data collected from reliable sources in Somaliland. The fgures show that the total number of lines are 357,000, of which 290,000 are mobile subscribers. This means that the teledensity is approximately 10% and the internet-density is around 3%, which is much lower than expected.

The report also talked about the service types and the technologies used by the various Telecom Operators (aka Network Operators). It points out that Telesom is by far the biggest player in the market and can safely be referred to as the only one with SMP (Significant Market Power) privilege. SomTel is also the second largest operator, with a growing number of Internet users.

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Djibouti Telecom attempts to boost its OSS/BSS systems

djibouti_flag(30-Nov-2010) Basset, a firm which describes itself as a specialist OSS/BSS services provider, has been selected by Djibouti Telecom to supply roaming billing and revenue assurance services for the operator.

It is understood the services secured include Basset’s Watchdog Fraud, Watchdog Revenue Assurance and RevUp Roaming products to support Djibouti Telecom’s ongoing network upgrade programme.

Basset is a part of the Kinnevik industrial group, which was founded in 1936, and is one of the largest listed investment companies in Europe. The company serves more than 70 customers in more than 65 countries. Among Basset’s customers are Zain, Telefonica, Millicom International Cellular, Bharti, Globe Telecom, Etisalat, Tele2, Cable & Wireless, Vodafone and Orange.

Source (CommsUpdate)

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