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 Monday, October 29, 2012

A report published this week by Cisco during the Futurecom conference in Rio de Janeiro claims that Brazil is currently underserved when it comes to the deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots, accounting for only 0.5% of the global total of 777,000. Cisco’s Brazil president Rodrigo Abreu said that despite boasting the world’s fifth largest mobile subscriber base, behind China, India, the US and Indonesia, there were only 4,000 Wi-Fi hotspots deployed in Brazil in June, compared to 180,000 in the UK alone at the same date. Abreu confirmed that Brazil’s mobile network operators are keen to utilise Wi-Fi to alleviate congestion of their 2G/3G networks, but are still assessing how best to monetise such a business model.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, October 29, 2012 4:51:46 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Angola’s Education Ministry and private sector mobile network operator Unitel have partnered Chinese telecoms equipment company Huawei to launch a project designed to provide free internet access for selected groups of public and private secondary school students, reports ANGOP news agency. According to a note from Unitel, the project, called ‘E-Net’, began last week and will involve all 18 provinces of Angola.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 3:48:32 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 13, 2012

In 2010, there were yet 660 centers without Internet access. All other centers, that is, 88.8 per cent out of a total 6 608 Spanish libraries were already connected to the Internet, according to the report “Estadisticas de Bibliotecas 2010” published by the Instituto Nacional de Estadisticas (INE).

In 2000, four out of ten Spanish libraries had Internet access, which means that the figure has doubled in the last ten years. The number of centers with a website remains however much lower: in 2010, 34.9 per cent of Spanish libraries had a website. Their electronic addresses received 343.23 million visits, which corresponds to a 8.8 per cent increase to the previous figure from 2008.

Source: El Pais.

Friday, January 13, 2012 1:33:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Panamanian president, Ricardo Martinelli, has announced the launch of a new national internet project designed to bring free internet access to the country’s population in a bid to reduce the digital divide.

The first phase of the ‘Internet For All’ project will see access points installed in 500 locations across eleven of the country’s cities; Penonome, Colon, Columbus, David, Chitre, Arraijan, La Chorrera, Santiago, Sona, Pese and the capital, Panama City. The announcement comes four days after the government inked a deal with local vendor Liberty Technologies which will see the latter deploy a combination of Wi-Fi and WiMAX technologies for this free internet access. Download speeds for the connections are expected to be up to 512kbps, and a number of access centres will be set up in locations such as schools, parks and libraries. While no date has been announced for the second phase of the project, it has been revealed that it will cover cities Changuinola, Aguadulce, Meteti, Ocu and Los Santos.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 12:28:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has invited Caribbean countries to use the country’s Simon Bolivar (Venesat-1) satellite, which entered operations in January and covers the island region, reports BNamericas. Chavez added that, in partnership with his close ally Cuba, it was his aim to implement satellite-based tele-medicine, tele-education, internet access, social services, and mobile telephony programmes covering the whole region. Science and technology minister Jesse Chacon emphasised that Venesat-1 will enable the provision of telephony, high speed internet and TV services in isolated areas in Venezuela and will also be instrumental in the implementation of tele-medicine and tele-education programmes. The minister said work had begun to connect all university branches in the country with their main campuses via the satellite, and there were plans to connect hospitals in Caracas with small medical centres in remote southern areas. Uruguay is also entitled to use Venesat-1 for research purposes.

Chacon also announced that the state is undertaking a project to deploy a free public Wi-Fi mesh network covering 50 square kilometres in the city of Barquisimeto, the Lara state capital. Hotspots would initially be used principally by students and for tracing vehicles. Chacon inaugurated one of 50 digital access centres planned for Lara this year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 3:23:07 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 08, 2009

Pakistan’s telecoms regulator, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), has announced the completion of almost 350 telecentres aimed at providing basic telecoms services in rural regions. A press release from the regulator notes that the centres, called ‘Rabta Ghars’, are equipped with facilities including fixed line telephony, internet connectivity and faxes. 104 of the telecentres are located in Sindh, 82 in Punjab, 86 in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), 62 in Balochistan and 15 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and the Northern Areas. The project was initiated in 2007, aiming to bring telecoms services in rural regions in line with developed areas. The centres have been sponsored by various companies, including Pakistan Telecommunciation Company Ltd (PTCL), Mobilink, Instaphone and Ufone.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:43:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 14, 2008

ITU just published a new report on “Measuring ICT availability in villages and rural areas”. The study will help measure one of the objectives of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), “to connect villages with information and communication technologies (ICT) and establish community access points.” The study estimates that the world is home to about three million villages, of which 92 per cent are in the developing world.

 

Note — Regional figures are country averages. Telephone refers to fixed-telephone service. Data are from the latest national household survey which is not always compiled on an annual basis. The dates of the surveys used to compile the date range from 2000-2006.

Source: ITU/BDT research.

It also provides estimates on the availability of electricity, fixed-telephone service and public Internet facilities in localities, by region, across the world. Except for Africa, the level of electrification has reached over half the world’s cities, towns and villages, including almost all in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).  Country averages for communities with a telephone service reache close to 50 per cent in the Americas and in the Asia-Pacific region, and 60 per cent in Europe & CIS. In Africa, just over ten per cent of communities have a fixed-telephone service, compared with nearly 30 per cent in the Arab States. Except for Europe&CIS, country averages for Internet access are very low. In the Americas, around one in six communities has Internet access, compared to one in ten in the Asia-Pacific region. Elsewhere, the country average is below five per cent. Africa stands out with very low levels of access to ICT. For the developing world as a whole, ITU estimates that 30 per cent of communities have fixed-telephone access and eight per cent have Internet access.

To see the full report, go to: http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/material/Measuring%20ICT_web.pdf.

Source: ITU.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 8:09:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |