Voanews: Rwanda Conference Highlights Potential for African Communications Bonanza
Washington DC, 6 November 2007 - A telecommunications conference in Rwanda’s capital Kigali has laid the groundwork for the investment of hundreds of billions of dollars in innovative ways to connect people in neighboring
countries and facilitate exchanges across the entire continent and the outside
The Times: Africa to receive investment to boost internet
5 November 2007 - Africa will receive investment worth 55 billion dollars to boost its goal of securing universal Internet access by 2012, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said yesterday ...
ITweb: Policy slows African network roll-out
Johannesburg, 2 November 2007 - Emphasis on a Pan African ICT regulatory environment is a vital ingredient in speeding up broadband infrastructure network deployment across the African continent ...
BBC News: Africa needs to embrace wireless broadband as a potential solution to the digital divide, the chairman of Intel Craig Barrett has said.
31 October 2007 - "It's cheaper, easier and more efficient to communicate wirelessly," he told the BBC News website.
Less than 1% of Africans have access to broadband and only 4% use the net.
The International Telecommunications Union has predicted that the Intel-backed Wimax system could become the dominant mobile standard in Africa ...
People's Daily Online: Africa-China cooperation in ICT
win-win: senior telecom official
31 October 2007 - A senior official of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has said that the information and communication technology (ICT) cooperation between China and Africa will lead to a win-win result ...
Liverpool Daily Post: Africa deserves help to make most
of internet possibilities
31 October 2007 - It's the things we take for granted we end up missing the most. In business, for example, as long as the technicalkit behind the scenes, or at the end of some fibre-optic carriageway, runs as it should, few people pay much attention other than those whose responsibility it is to keep everything working ...
Afriquenligne: Microsoft to bolster Africa's rural telecom
Kigali, 30 October 2007 - US software maker, Microsoft Corporation, is ready to help Africa in the implementation of major initiatives to build rural telecommunications and eradicate poverty, a senior executive said here Monday ...
allAfrica.com: Africa: Continent Ready for Information Technology Investment, UN Summit Told
30 October 2007 - As a two-day summit on improving Africa's information technology infrastructure wrapped up today in Rwanda, the head of the United Nations telecommunications agency reminded investors that Africa is "open for business and looking for partnerships." ...
digitaljournal: Technology summit aims to boost African
30 October 2007 - Buying a mobile telephone in Rwanda's booming capital Kigali is a tricky endeavour but not for the reasons you might think ...
IT Web: Africa must harmonise telecoms laws
Kigali, 30 October 2007 - African countries working jointly to construct an undersea telecoms cable should harmonise laws governing the sector if they are to land the much-awaited communications link, a senior United Nations (UN) official said yesterday ...
Malaysia Sun: World Bank to double IT funding for Africa
Kigali, 30 October 2007 - The World Bank has announced that it will double its commitment to information and communication technology (ICT) in Africa to $2 billion by 2012 ...
Reuters Africa: AfDB approves $150 mln loan for telecoms link
Kigali, 30 October 2007 - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $150 million loan for a pan-African submarine cable known as the East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy), the bank's president said on Tuesday ...
SciDevNet: African leaders endorse ICT to cut poverty
Kigali, 30 October 2007 - African leaders have unanimously agreed to improve access to information communication technology (ICT) to address the continent's development shortfalls and cut poverty by 2012 ...
The Vancouver Sun: East African telecom cable players seek harmony
Kigali, 30 October 2007 - African countries working jointly to construct an undersea telecoms cable should harmonize laws governing the sector if they are to land the much-awaited communications link, a senior UN official said Monday ...
Voanews: Technology Giants Push to Alleviate African
Kigali, 30 October 2007 - Some of the world's leading information technology corporations are in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, for what organizers are calling a historic summit focusing on Africa's growing IT sector. Representatives of tech giants are calling for business solutions to alleviate poverty. Noel King has this report from Kigali ...
Yahoo News: Africa must get broadband to grow
economies, summit says
Kigali, 30 October 2007 - African countries must get broadband Internet connections if they are to attract foreign investment, a pan-African technology conference said Tuesday ...
Afriquenligne: Wade condemns empty pledges for Africa's ICT
Kigali, 29 October 2007 - Senegalese President Abdulaye Wade Monday reiterated his disgust with the empty promises made by international financiers, such as the World Bank, and urged African states to work on concrete proposals to address infrastructure failures ...
BBC News: Africa waiting for net revolution
29 October 2007 - More than a third of Africa's citizens should have access to broadband internet by 2012, a conference of technology leaders is set to hear.
Fewer than four out of 100 Africans currently use the internet, and broadband penetration is below 1%...
Marketplace: Connecting Africans to Web potential
29 October 2007 - There are nearly a billion people on the continent of Africa, and only 4 percent of the population has Internet access. But some companies connect web access with new market potential and job creation. Gretchen Wilson reports ...
TelecomTV: Connect Africa opens; but is anyone listening?
29 October 2007 - It was to be the first major initiative of new ITU secretary general, Dr. Hamadoun Toure – a forum to address the critical need for ICT in Africa. But as the Connect Africa plenary session commenced in the Rwandan capital of Kigali this morning, many delegates and almost the entire press corps were missing. Not the best way to get the news out there ...
Guardian Unlimited: Upwardly mobile Africa: key to
development lies in their hands
29 October 2007 - In the barren surroundings of Kwa Phake in the north-east of South Africa, students from the town used to have to leave the families they often support and travel many miles to attend the University of South Africa. They can now study from home, even receiving exam results, using their mobile phones ...
People's Daily Online: ICT to be catalyst in Africa's economic, social development: UN official
29 October 2007 - Information and communication technology (ICT) will be a catalyst in all sectors of the economy in Africa, Hamadoun Toure,
secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), has said ...
The Times: Africa seeks to ‘get connected’ at Kigali
Kigali, 29 October 2007 - African leaders and technology experts were meeting on Monday in Rwanda to discuss plans to boost the continent’s development by securing universal Internet access by 2012 ...
Voanews: Technology Summit Opens in Rwanda
Kigali, 29 October 2007 - The Connect Africa Leaders' summit kicked off in the Rwandan capital Kigali Monday. The conference focuses on investment and development in Africa's burgeoning telecommunications industry. For VOA, Noel King has more in this report from Kigali ...
Voanews: Technology Summit in Rwanda Aims to Spur
Kigali, 28 October 2007 - Heads of state and representatives from some of the world's leading information technology companies have descended on the Rwandan capital, Kigali, for the Connect Africa Leaders' summit set to begin Monday. Noel King has this report from Kigali ...
The Economist: More than a click to put Africa online
Nairobi, 18 October 2007 - WHEN it comes to computing power, the gap between Africa and the broadband world is still a Grand Canyon. Only 4% of Africans have access to the internet. They pay the most in the world, around $250-300 a month, for the slowest connection speeds. E-commerce barely exists. Nigeria's 140m-odd people have but a few hundred decently trafficked websites in their domain. Blogging is a vibrant but peripheral activity...