As Ugandans prepare to head to the polls in less than 48 hours, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has asked bulk short message service providers not to allow their platforms to be used as a channel for what it said is information likely to incite.
The commission warned yesterday that any provider who breaches guidelines that have been set for this service, which is mainly operated through cell phones, risks losing their operation licences and would face instant closure.
Arsenal Football Club and African mobile network operator Airtel have today signed a three-year partnership agreement. The deal provides Airtel with the opportunity to utilise the Club’s merchandising, hospitality and content rights in five markets: Nigeria, Zambia, Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda.
The agreement will help the north London side reach some of its 42million fans across the continent. Airtel customers in Nigeria, Zambia, Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda will have the opportunity to win match tickets to watch this summer’s pre-season tour fixture and receive exclusive Club content and news direct to handsets. In addition to the agreement, Airtel will be designated as the official mobile operator of the 2012 Arsenal Tour to Nigeria.
Online telephone calls have seen a big jump in popularity in the past couple of years, according to new survey numbers.After years of modest use, nearly one-fourth of all American adults who use the Internet say they have made a Web-based phone call, according to the survey by the Pew Internet and Amercian Life Project.The results come in the wake of the news earlier this month that computing giant Microsoft had bought popular Web chat tool Skype for a staggering $8.5 billion.
BEIJING — In another era, China’s leaders might have been content to let discussion of the protests in Egypt float around among private citizens, then fizzle out.
But challenges in recent years to authoritarian governments around the globe and violent uprisings in parts of China itself have made Chinese officials increasingly wary of leaving such talk unchecked, especially on the Internet, the medium some officials see as central to fanning the flames of unrest.