As Africa Unites Against Ebolaairtel Partners AU to ‘Kick Ebola Out of Africa’ – AllAfrica.com

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By Sahr Morris Jr.Mobile telecommunication operator, Airtel has taken another lead in the fight against the Ebola virus in the country by partnering with the African Union (AU) and eight other mobile network operators in Africa to support the fight against Ebola in West Africa. On Wednesday at the company’s headquarters at Hill Station, Managing Director of Airtel, Sudipto Chowdhury together with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC), Retired Major Alfred Palo Conteh and the Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji Alpha Kanu, officially unveiled a short code – 7979 – where Sierra Leoneans and Airtel subscribers can contribute towards the fight by making a donation of just Le1,000…

MTN to launch fastest high speed fibre broadband in Africa – DestinyMan

The race to control the fibre broadband industry in SA is on as MTN strikes the first blow with the launch of fibre broadband connections to the residential market. Mobile network giant MTN is just weeks away from launching the first high-speed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections to high-density urban areas, including affluent gated communities and high rise buildings. The FTTH commercial offering is set to be piloted at Monaghan Farm, an eco-friendly, off-the-grid gated estate near Lanseria from 1 June, where 60% of residents have already signed up to the connection. The fibre broadband connection is capable of delivering speeds of up to 100Mb per second – faster even than Telkom’s newly upgraded offering. “We are…

SMS system planned to save lives in Africa – TechCentral

Text messaging may be dying out as a means of communication in many parts of the advanced world, but it may yet prove to be a vital life-saver in flood-prone African villages. Added by Sapa Reporter on 25 March 2014.Saved under International, TopTags: Airtel, Alberto Perez, Cell C, Gooard, MTN, Nvia, Orange, Vodafone Text messaging may be dying out as a means of communication in many parts of the advanced world, but it may yet prove to be a vital life-saver in flood-prone African villages. An early-warning system that aims to capitalise on the explosive growth of mobile phone penetration in Africa could soon be in place to broadcast alerts to all users at risk…

Microsoft follows Google into South Africa to prove white space broadband … – GigaOM

Microsoft follows Google into South Africa to prove white space broadband

13 hours ago Jul. 29, 2013 – 2:16 AM PDT Microsoft has launched a new trial of so-called white space broadband in the northern South African province of Limpopo. This adds to Microsoft’s existing “4Afrika” white space trials in Kenya and Tanzania, and Google’s similar program in Cape Town, at the other end of South Africa. White space broadband is an experimental technology that might end up bringing connectivity into rural and poor urban areas around the world – as long as local governments play ball by allowing the re-use of the relevant radio spectrum. This is one of the main drivers behind Microsoft and Google’s pilots in Africa: to lobby the authorities by proving…

Beyond the Kruger: Top 10 Wildlife Destinations in South Africa – TheSouthAfrican

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park With 3.6 million hectares of space, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park amalgamation of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa (proclaimed in 1931)and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana which makes the park one of the biggest in the world. Famous for the black-maned lions, gemsbok and meerkats, this park offers sights that the Kruger National Park could never give you. uKhahlamba /Drakensberg Park Drakensberg Park is an area of exceptional beauty featuring rolling high altitude grasslands, pristine steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges. Many of the caves shelter the largest concentrated group of rock art in sub-Saharan Africa . Also, the site’s diversity of habitats protects a high level of endemic…

Microsoft expands white spaces pilot to take low-cost broadband to South Africa – Ventureburn

Microsoft has expanded its white spaces project to South Africa, adding to its existing pilots in Kenya and Tanzania, geared at finding a solution to deliver low-cost broadband internet to remote areas. ‘White Spaces’ refers to the unused (analogue) frequencies available to television broadcasters, which are used to deliver wireless internet signals. The project, which is part of Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative, will use TV white spaces in conjunction with solar-powered stations to deliver low-cost and wireless internet services to five schools in the South African Limpopo province, hoping to give them download speeds of up to 4Mbps. Microsoft, who faces competition from Google in this space, is taking it a step further, providing schools with…