kenyan_ICT_challengesWhile ICT continues to advance in western and Asian countries, African countries still experience a lag in its implementation, and that continues to widen the digital and knowledge divides.

In a recent study by Kiptalam et.al (2010), observed that access to ICT facilities is a major challenge facing most African countries, with a ratio of one computer to 150 students against the ratio of 1:15 students in the developed countries.

iphone-4sApple says first-day pre-orders of the iPhone 4S topped 1 million, breaking the record set by last year's model.

Apple Inc. and various phone companies in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Britain started taking orders for the phone last Friday. It hits stores this Friday.

cckThe Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) has slashed regulatory fees charged for various services in the telecommunication and broadcasting industry in the country.

The regulator announced that the new charges effective from July 2012 are aimed at promoting penetration of telecommunication services in less developed parts of the country.

Africa-slum-phone-horizontal-galleryWhen renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs visited rural villages in sub-Saharan Africa in 2005, he saw impoverished communities with poor drinking water, feast-and-famine crop cycles and rampant malaria infections. What he didn't see was mobile phones.

"Now mobile phone ownership is perhaps 30% of households and cell phone coverage is widespread," said Sachs, director of the United Nations Millennium Villages Project, which focuses on improving 14 rural villages across 10 African countries as a model for wider prosperity in the region.

Nigerias_SatelliteNigeria has launched the first satellite designed and built by Africans. The NigeriaSat-X is one of two Earth observation satellites that the country recently launched. These are Nigeria's third and fourth satellites.

The NigeriaSat-X is the result of a training agreement between the National Space Research and Development Agency and a company called Surrey Satellite Technology.

Haruna_IAccra-Twelve weeks since its commencement, the National Communications Authority (NCA) says a total of 105,678 mobile phone subscribers in Ghana have ported to other networks under the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) system as at the end of September 2011.

According to the regulator, its analysis of data shows that 41,021 porting requests were completed in the month of September.

punchThe fact that we are now living in the world where there is Information Technology (IT) in various institutions globally, it is high time all Uganda’s institutions carrying out their business using IT solutions began using Biometrics Technology.

It is defined as an automated method used to identify a person based on physiological and behavioural characteristic using a unique identifier. It can as well be defined as applied mathematics in biology for purposes of identifying individual characterics via finger prints and pictures.

msaStarfish Mobile, a wireless application service provider (WASP) which operates in 22 African territories, in partnership with 35 mobile operators, 5 corporate offices in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania generates about 80% of their entire business revenue from SMS services.

This is despite the rise of mobile applications and mobile instant messaging services.

Wayne Nelson-Esch, Starfish Mobile CEO says Starfish Mobile, launched its first service in Congo DRC in 2003 with the then Celtel, which later became Zain and now Airtel.

telsThe United Nations  launched a pilot programme that uses mobile telephone technology to facilitate cash transfers to help thousands of poor people that were badly affected by the post-election crisis in Côte d'Ivoire to buy food.

More than 10,000 vulnerable households in Abobo and Yopougon districts in the commercial capital, Abidjan, will receive a text message on their mobile phones alerting them to the transaction and allowing them to withdraw money from local cash points of the telecoms provider MTN, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), which launched the scheme.

googleGoogle’s Gmail team has been busy quietly rolling out the ability to sign up for a Gmail account directly from Internet-connected feature-phones – i.e., phones that can’t run apps but have a built-in browser.

That may not sound very exciting. but it’s good news for Google as it allows potentially hundreds of millions of extra people across the to sign up to the service if they choose.