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 Wednesday, 13 October 2010

The Ministry of Science and Education of Ukraine and Google to equip 100 schools with wireless high-rate internet, Science and Education Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk has told a news conference. He says for the project they chose as town so as rural schools."We have reached agreement that there will be fifty rural schools and fifty town schools," the minister said.

In frames of the programme 25 teachers were trained to handle equipment that will enable them teach pupils who are simultaneously in several locations. The minister remarks, this aspect of the programme will allow pupils not to interrupt learning in times of epidemics.

The Education Ministry press service did not specify time frames when the schools would be equipped. Tabachnyk has set him a task of connecting all schools to the internet.

(Source: Ukrainian News)

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Wednesday, 13 October 2010 18:02:50 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Tostan has come up with an intriguing way to teach basic literacy and numeracy, by tying it to the use of mobile phones, through their Jokko Initiative in Senegal. As part of this program, they teach basic literacy and numeracy to community participants, particularly women and girls.

They teach the cost-efficiency of sms texting relative to placing a call, which has immediate impact on the girls’ lives. They can use their newly acquired ability to read and write in their national language, Wolof, from the Community Empowerment Program, to compose and read text messages without assistance. Then, participants apply the skills they’ve gained to specific themes (such as health, agriculture, and the environment) relevant to their everyday lives. For example, to send text messages about vaccinations and awareness-raising campaigns, to make appointments at health clinics, and to ask for advice on matters concerning health and hygiene.

Tostan, UNICEF, and the Center of Evaluation for Global Action (CEGA) at the University of California, Berkeley, recently completed an evaluation of Jokko that shows great promise for using text messaging as a means for improving literacy and community development.

(Sources: ETD)

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Wednesday, 13 October 2010 17:04:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The National Telecommunications Corporation (CNT EP), will commercialize 100 telephone lines with CDMA-450 wireless technology to the communities of "La Bermeja" and "Cascales" (Lago Agrio Canton), thus benefiting about 100 families in these areas.

 To purchase this telephone service the users must present a copy of identity card. Citizens should be aware that the registration fee to the telephone service is US$ 60.00 + 12% VAT, and payments may be deferred to 3 months interest. Also, they will conduct door to door sales, if the person is not at home they can approach to the offices of the CNT EP.

The CDMA-450 technology (wireless service) allows access to Internet and other complementary services such as caller ID, call waiting, international direct dial phone, with the additional complement of allowing mobility within a given area of coverage. The main objective of the National Government is giving more and better services to all sectors of the country, thus fulfilling the obligation to unite all the Ecuadoreans, backed by a solid technology platform.

Source: Mintel - Ecuador
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Wednesday, 13 October 2010 06:06:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, 10 October 2010
The Rector of the Technological Institute of Telmex (INTTELMEX), Dr. Javier Elguea Solis, and the President of the Foundation Lorena Ochoa Reyes, put into operation Telmex Digital Classroom in the school "La Barranca", to contribute actively in the development of education and digital literacy of children and youth from Jalisco.
Telmex Digital Classroom, in the school "La Barranca", will benefit more than 400 primary and secondary students, teachers and parents.
The classroom has 36 computer equipment and laptops, video projectors, video cameras and photo printer, scanner, monocular biological microscope, earth globe with interactive pen, plus the furniture required for efficient operation.
During the inauguration, Dr. Elguea Solis said: "This classroom Telmex is part of an ambitious project that began earlier this year, boosting Technological Innovation, which includes connectivity, bandwidth needed to run all applications educational currently used anywhere in the world, and best educational practices as we know it today in Tokyo, Boston, Paris, London. The intention of this classroom is to encourage the acquisition of cognitive skills, verbal, numerical and artistic skills. This Classroom Telmex de La Barranca, is part of a network of thousand schools all across the country that have the same cutting-edge equipment".

Also, the president of the Foundation Lorena Ochoa said: "Thank you Telmex for the opportunity that this classroom is now 100% equipped, you have all the tools needed for children to learn how to work on computers that have an Internet connection. This Telmex Classroom is wonderful, I greatly appreciate all the family Telmex".
Telmex in the State of Jalisco has benefited, with its classrooms and digital libraries to 58 schools, with 2.236 teams in support of 26,300 students, teachers and parents.
With these actions, fundamental part of the "Telmex 2010: Boosting Technological Innovation", Telmex and Carlos Slim Foundation collaborate effectively in the academic development of children and young people from Jalisco to have better development opportunities.

Source:Telmex - Mexico
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Saturday, 09 October 2010 23:55:31 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Saturday, 09 October 2010
After the experience of having a family member who forgets things and the names of objects, the teacher Erika Hernández Rubio proposed to a group of students from the School of Computing (ESCOM), from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) to develop an interactive system to exercise the memory of people over 50 years.

To this request, the students began to develop a software system which is intended to exercise the memory of adults and thus prevent damage. The proposal was designed for people aged from 55 to 64 years of age are likely to suffer mental deterioration in cognitive, "but not a medical option to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer's", the teacher
Hernandez Rubio said.

To use the system established by polytechnic students is necessary that the elderly be able to use a computer. The software was designed by Raúl Fernando Montiel, Ivan Vazquez Rosales and Oswaldo Sanchez Lascano. This software includes games, exercises, tests, results and paragraph Learn to learn. You can select different types of games numbered from 1 to 10.
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Saturday, 09 October 2010 22:35:15 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos, and Diego Molano Vega ICT Minister presented to the country the "Urna de Cristal", a comprehensive communication system that will provide effective channels to Colombian direct interaction with the central government. Through this strategy, Colombians will share their concerns, contribute to the construction of public policies and will monitor the plans of the Government.

The "Urna de Cristal" is a commitment to Colombia, is a statement of public ethics and good governance that will guide each of the acts of the Government. This strategy will force the exercise of public function is developed with transparency and efficiency. Through it, the Government allows the Colombians to see every act of government, interact with the Government and provide ideas for the construction of public policy.
The president Juan Manuel Santos said: "With the program "Crystal Urn" (Urna de Cristal) citizens can "see" every act of government, "talk" directly with their government and "provide" ideas to the construction of good public policy. The "Crystal Urn" is not an empty concept, not a political promise or a nice rhetorical phrase.
"The Crystal Urn" begins today and will be a reality now, with concrete mechanisms and scope of all".
For his part, Minister for ICT, Diego Molano Vega, said that the colombian citizens can use the new technologies and social networks to be closer to the public administration. "The Technology should be available for the citizens and the service of democracy. The fact that Colombians can use their phone to send text messages, social networking messages, surf in Internet and communicate via toll-free; ensures the exercise of their constitutional rights and participation from the state".
"The Crystal Urn" is divided into two phases, the first step was to make available to Colombians the web site, through which they can register their concerns and proposals on issues of national interest. In this web site citizens can see about other have been published, also they can vote for the initiatives and questions recorded.

Source:Minister of Information and Communication Technology (MINTIC) - Colombia
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Saturday, 09 October 2010 05:44:36 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 06 October 2010

CANTV, a telecommunications company of the Venezuelan State, and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Intermediate Industries (MCTI), opened the first Community Communications Center (CDC Comunal) in Portuguesa, in the town of La Trinidad, in the municipality of Ospina. The CDC Comunal, located on Main Street in Barrio Abajo in La Trinidad, has five computers with Internet access via Satellite Simón Bolívar. The Telecommunications services will mean a boost for the development of the agricultural community dedicated to the cultivation of maize, sorghum and sesame among other products.

In carrying out this CDC Comunal encompassed the efforts of the community, the mayor of the Municipality Ospino and CANTV, who acted as part of a single government. The opening ceremony of the new facility was attended by the Mayor of Ospino, Jeremiah Colman, who congratulated the community while thanked CANTV "It's a company that has made people and homeland", he said.

The commitment of the organized communities through Telecommunication Technical Committees (MTT) is key to the successful installation of the Community Communication Centers. In this way, Evelyn Escalona, a member of the MTT of La Trinidad and operator the CDC Community, also expressed his gratitude to CANTV. "People are enthusiastic about the project and that all participated to achieve it. We had no internet and this will be very useful for everybody" she said.

(Source: CANTV - Venezuela)

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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 06:26:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Telefónica Argentina takes part in the "Marathon 2.0", a series of days of reflection on new technologies organized by Red Valleys in cities across the country, under which the company will launch the first National Competition of Web Developer, designed to promote productivity and employability of Argentine SMEs.

The round of meetings is intended to create a space for debate on the impact of new technologies and social networking business models, from the experience regarding the business and technology field. The Access is free, with limited registration quotas.

As part of the meeting, Telefónica and the company NEC will present the first National Competition of Web Developer to support the creation of new enterprises and tools to help increase the growth of Argentine SMEs, enhancing their employability, and their professional capacity. Those interested in participating should register at the site, where they can learn more about the proposal.

(Source: Telefónica Argentina)
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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 04:51:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 05 October 2010

South Africa’s Vodacom has launched the VF 247 low-cost solar powered cellphone. Developed by Vodafone, this device has the unique ability to charge on the go and makes it possible for people to benefit from mobile communications even in areas where electricity is scarce.

The VF 247 is designed with an integrated solar panel, and the special built-in Sun Boost software ensures that the phone charges even when it’s not in direct sunlight. Charging the phone in sunlight for an hour or two every day should be enough to cover the power needs for average users, but if the battery runs low the phone can be topped up with a traditional mains power charger.

“Cellphones are the primary means of communication for millions of South Africans and thanks to our association with Vodafone we’re able to supply this new solar powered handset which makes it as easy and practical as possible for people to connect. In many communities, electricity supplies are intermittent or non-existent, but with this new handset people won’t have to worry about when they are next going to be able to charge the battery," said Shameel Joosub, Managing Director of Vodacom South Africa.

The VF 247 is an easy to use device that has all basic voice and text features along with FM radio, torch and a colour display and can be purchased from your nearest Vodacom retail outlet for less than R300.

(Source: it news Africa)

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Tuesday, 05 October 2010 20:00:37 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, 03 October 2010
The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society (MINTEL), as an entity committed with the development of Information and Communication Technologies in Ecuador, signed an agreement with the company Megadatos S.A. to provide Internet services. The purpose of this agreement is to implement the pilot project of access to broadband Internet services in elementary schools in rural and marginal urban areas of the province of Pichincha.

Through this agreement will provided service Internet Connectivity to 10 educational establishments of Cayambe, Mejia, Puerto Quito, San Miguel de los Bancos, and Pedro Vicente Maldonado Quito. The objective is to benefit 4254 students and 129 teachers for a period of one year. The settlement amount is 31,608.00 U.S. dollars.
The beneficiary institutions are:
   *  Ciudad de Guayaquil, parroquia Ascázubi, cantón Cayambe
    * Escuela Provincia de El Oro, parroquia Ayora, cantón Cayambe
    * Luz de América, parroquia Alóag, cantón Mejía
    * Isabel Yánez, parroquia Machachi, cantón Mejía
    * Darío Guevara, parroquia Puerto Quito, cantón Puerto Quito
    * Guayas, parroquia Nanegalito, cantón Quito
    * Ricardo Rodríguez, parroquia Pifo, cantón Quito
    * Gabriel Noroña, parroquia Píntag, cantón Quito
    * Huayna Palcón, parroquia San Miguel de los Bancos, cantón San Miguel de los Bancos.

The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society highlights the commitment of the Government with the Citizen from Ecuador who are in disadvantage, through the provision of connectivity that ensures equal access to technology services and strengthens the Good Living all citizens.

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Sunday, 03 October 2010 07:05:13 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The new president of the Board of the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel), Mr. David Pérez Taveras, chaired the launch of the program "Escuelas y Colegios con el Indotel", held in the multipurpose room of the regulatory body with the presence of students from the Polytechnic University Loyola, San Cristobal.

The central speech of the act were made by the President of the Board of Indotel, Mr. David Perez Taveras, who said, "every month this regulatory and promoter agency of  sub-sector of telecommunications, also becomes an educational institution, where his technicians have to be teachers who instill in students a desire to learn and explore the potential that they have as professionals and active members of the society".

Mr. Pérez said that as part of this program they will teach  Indotel operation and its goals set, as part of the promotion and development of information and communication technologies. "We want from Indotel to put our grain of sand to have more technically trained people, as we are doing through other programs like "Juventec", "Fondo para la excelencia académica", and others which seek to provide access to deserving students through scholarships and other facilities in ICT-related careers".

(Source: Indotel)

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Sunday, 03 October 2010 06:16:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Saturday, 02 October 2010
Telefonica Movistar presented the study "The impact of telecommunications in development: the case of mobile telephony in rural areas", conducted by Apoyo Consultoría. The study showed the positive association between mobile services and the level of income and expenditure per capita in rural areas.

Between 2001 and 2008, the percentage of rural households with a cell phone went from 1.1% to 29.4% coincided with the major improvements in the level of income and expenditure of the population.

The Research of "Apoyo Consultoría" showed, that the introduction of mobile phone in rural areas can increase the annual household income in around to S/.900 (around US$ 300), considering that the average annual income of those without mobile phones is S/.7500 (US$ 2500). Similarly, 6.1% of the persons included in the investigation said to have created a small business after buying their first phone.

Through case studies conducted in five departments of the country (Cajamarca, Cusco, Huánuco, Loreto and Piura), the study proves the positive impact of mobile telephony in tourism development, artisanal networks, agriculture and agricultural exports, provision of health and social services, among others, in rural areas.

(Source: Telefónica del Perú)
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Saturday, 02 October 2010 08:14:28 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 01 October 2010

The Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies (MINTIC), the Colombian Chamber of Information and Telecommunications Technology  (CCIT) and the newspaper “El Tiempo” presented the awards "Colombia en línea" to the Colombian public and private companies which developed digital content for their web sites.

The awards "Colombia Online" were created since 1999 by the Colombian Chamber of Information and Telecommunications in order to encourage and promote the presence of Colombian Internet content and use of the Castilian language in their web sites. Since 2006 it is conducted in a partnership with the Ministry of ICT and the newspaper “El Tiempo”. Also, the awards "Colombia Online" seek to promote Internet use for scientific, educational and cultural content, creation of virtual portals in Colombia, electronic commerce and, finally, to publicize the advantages of digital convergence.

(Source: MINTIC - Colombia)

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Friday, 01 October 2010 12:56:46 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Congress passed a bill on Tuesday night that would make the Internet and mobile phones more accessible to people with disabilities. The legislation will go to President Obama next week to sign into law.

Advocates for the blind and deaf say the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act would ensure that Web sites and makers of consumer electronics consider the vision- and hearing-impaired, who have been left behind as more communications tools move to the Web.

Specifically, the legislation allows blind consumers to choose from a broader selection of cellphones with speech software that calls out phone numbers and cues users on how to surf the Internet. It makes new TV shows that are captioned available online with closed-captioning. TV remote controls would have a button that makes it easier to get closed-captioning.

(Source: The Washington Post)

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Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:14:13 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The National Telecommunication Corporation (CNT EP) in its eagerness to increase the services and provide better services across the country, extends its coverage to the "canton Ponce Enríquez", located in the province of Azuay. This iniciative will let to the families in this area to reach the telephone service.

Applicants for the telephone service, as part of the formal requirements to get the telephony, must submit: two copies of the identity card, certificate of vote to date, a copy of the electric bill payment or water supply, where the line will be installed, two sketches of the location of the home and a nearby telephone number, in order to facilitate the technical work.

The company CNT EP will provide the service to the people who needs more, in urban and rural areas. Hence based on preset schedules for the business area of the CNT will be undertaken, soon, a promotional campaign from door to door sales in this city. The telephone line will cost US$ 67.20, including  tax (VAT ), and can be paid in cash or in installments over three months, without interest, from the first time of consumption.

(Source: Mintel -Ecuador)
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Wednesday, 29 September 2010 06:39:24 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Kenya’s information permanent secretary has pledged to push for the formation of ICT policies that will empower Kenyans living with disabilities. Dr Bitange Ndemo said the government would be proactive in taking measures that ensure a better future for the physically and mentally challenged. He was speaking at a workshop whose theme was “Dialogue in the Dark”, organized by InABLE, a charitable organisation which has launched a computer lab programme that will see them donate special computers in all the eight schools for the blind across the country.

InABLE’s Founder Irene Kirika said this initiative would go a long way towards enabling the country achieve its vision of providing quality education for all.“Thika School for the Blind was the inspiration behind bringing the “Dialogue in the Dark” to Kenya. We have over 300 students in the school but currently we have 100 students on our computer programme,” she said of the initiative that has seen blind children learn how to use the computer and even access the net.

“Dialogue in the Dark” takes place in a pitch-black environment and forces participants to cope with a temporary loss of one sense and eventually drives them to look inwards and get in touch with their core values. To participants, this encounter brings outs virtues, values, skills, gratitude, humility and appreciation for those who are different from them and in that way assists them to break free from their own limitations.

(Source: it news Africa)

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Tuesday, 28 September 2010 15:00:18 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 27 September 2010

Telenor Serbia Foundation, founded by Telenor Serbia in March 2007, continues to resolve targeted social and educational problems that Serbian society faces. The Telenor Foundation mainly focuses on youth, their education and professional advancement, socially vulnerable groups and the development of cultural production and the art market.

Its “Internet for all Project” aims to promote and increase the Internet use among its citizens. Serbia is lagging behind developed European countries in Internet use. Only 32 percent of the population in Serbia uses the Internet, which is significantly lower than the European average of 49 percent. The majority of the Serbian students do not have access to Internet at home, some of them not even to computers. The “Internet for all project“ has the main goal of providing unlimited access to the Internet for a period of one year to students.

Telenor Serbia also supports an information center for people with disabilities by providing a free telephone line, Internet access and technical support. By calling toll-free, users get information and advice from experts in a number of areas including law, education, social and health related matters, and other relevant issues of particular importance to this group. At the same time, user suggestions are directed to specialized institutions and organizations.

Telenor has also partnered with the Ministry of Health and UNICEF to promote a more efficient and better-quality health support to Roma families in Serbia.The project was kicked-off with a one-day training course for Roma healthcare mediators by providing technical equipment and solutions from Telenor. A special tariff package and mobile phone will enable the mediators to call each other free of charge and inform the families they are assisting. At the same time, they were given laptops with special software which will make it possible to more efficiently report to and communicate with the institutions. 60 mediators in 50 towns in Serbia are taking part in this project. Mediators are Roma women and mothers with completed elementary education. For them this project is an opportunity to find employment.

From the start of the project in 2008 the mediators have made 56,178 visits and recorded 102,661 Roma for the project purposes. “Apart from recording the Roma settlements, we have provided personal identification documents and medical care cards for 5,677 persons, vaccinated 4,800 children, controlled 1,672 pregnant women and expecting mothers“, says Dubravka Šaranović, senior adviser in the Ministry of Health. 

(Sources: Telenor Serbia Foundation)

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Monday, 27 September 2010 19:33:01 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Through the contest "Open App", Telefónica Negocios invites to entrepreneurs and students of systems across the country to upload to the site  software applications that facilitate business processes of Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) in Argentina, promoting their employability and increasing their professionalism within the sector. Everybody can participate from now until January 31, 2011.

The 20 applications that will be preselected will access to a training in Telefónica Foundation, for the "Social Media Marketing" and incubation of development in the Data Center servers of the company, to host their application. From these 20 applications,
will be chosen 10 that will be the winners of the contest, which will access, in addition to the benefits obtained in the previous instance, a cash prize.

The project is promoted jointly with NEC, and it will be presented in various cities around the country through the "Marathon 2.0", a series of meetings for discussion the technological reality network, coordinated by the institution Valleys.

With this contest, Telefónica Business seeks to SME reach a variety of tools under the model of cloud computing to help solve different problems in managing IT processes, including billing, training, customer relations , accounting, finance and human resources, among others.

(Source: Telefónica de Argentina)
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Monday, 27 September 2010 06:38:04 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, 26 September 2010
The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society of Ecuador (Mintel), through the Secretariat for the Information Society participated in the interactive session  online government and Telecentre Network in Bogotá (Colombia), in order to meet the country's experience in these areas and address important issues in this regard.
Colombia has extensive experience in online government and Telecentre Network and is the leader in strategy and policy for Information
and Communication Technology  (ICT). Telecentres are places for meeting, learning and communication; which offers the use of new information and communication technologies to strengthen efforts to improve the quality of life of communities.
The countries invited by Colombia to Interchange knowledge in the implementation of these services were: Ecuador and Uruguay.
Among the main issues discussed at the meeting are:
* Telecentre Network.
* Language of Government trade in relation to its design, development and maintenance.
* Management of support levels to the Applications and Infrastructure.
* The 3-tier software: Web Presentation, applications and data, with emphasis on the Government's portfolio of online applications to benefit the citizens
* Sustainability of Government Online.
* Creation of the Citizen Contact Center.

In relation to the development of online government, the purpose is to build the capacity of the people who manage, coordinate or operate call centers or centers of public access to ICTs, so that ownership of the concept of online government as a new management model public, thereby ensuring the quality, accessibility, consistency and confidence in the information and institutional services offered electronically.
(Source: Mintel - Ecuador)
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Sunday, 26 September 2010 07:39:09 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 23 September 2010

The Tanzania-based m-Education program called Bridgeit, locally known as Elimu kwa Teknolojia (Education Through Technology), involves an innovative process of disseminating educational programming directly to the classroom via a mobile phone. The program is a function of a multi-sector partnership involving Tanzania’s Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MoEVT), the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), the Pearson Foundation, the International Youth Foundation, Nokia Corporation and funded by a three-year $2 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Through the Bridgeit program, teachers are provided with access to a digital catalog of educational videos that are typically 4-7 minutes in length. The teachers download the videos from the server via a mobile phone connected to a television installed in the classroom. With each video comes a lesson plan crafted to allow teachers and students interact with the ideas introduced by the video. Hence, a typical teaching period would involve a viewing of the video followed by teacher-led exercises and activities aimed at reinforcing the ideas the students have just learned.

Leveraging the power of cell-phone technology, Bridgeit improves the quality of teacher instruction and increases primary school student achievement in math, science, and life skills. In Tanzania, over one year, Bridgeit has been implemented in 150 schools, training 1,544 primary school teachers, and benefiting 40,400 rural and urban students.

(Sources: ETD, IYF)

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Thursday, 23 September 2010 20:04:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The Ministry of Telecommunications and the Information Society through the National Telecommunications Corporation, CNT EP, signed an interagency agreement with the bus station in Santo Domingo, to have a new Integrated Service Centre (CIS) to respond quickly and timely to the request of the population of Tsáchilas that use the bus station, as well as the population from the villages who lives around.

The modern CIS bus station of the CNT EP, will feature two stations Customer Service, where users can ask for Internet, telephone services, as well as transfers Information. This will have also two windows for collecting the tickets which will be possible to access from the platforms of arrival and as well as from the output platform.
Additionally, there will be four stations where it will be installed Internet service specifically designed to allow users to navigate with high speed broadband internet and 5 cabins where you can make calls within and outside the country with low price.
For more information of users of the bus station, there is installed an online consultation center, where in a few seconds, you can query the values to pay and print copies of bills. This consultation center will be opened from 8.00h to 16.30h from Monday to Friday and from 8.00h to 13.00h on Saturdays.

(Source: Mintel - Ecuador)

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Thursday, 23 September 2010 05:34:55 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 22 September 2010

IBM has announced that it will throw its weight behind a plan to provide rural areas with computer services by providing systems and talent to further the initiative.

Media reports indicate that a team of IBM Corporate Service Corps consultants (CSC) from seven different countries will arrive in Nairobi this week for a one month project aimed at defining a roll out strategy for the Digital Villages initiative. “This will form part of our drive to boost ICT use in countries like Kenya,” said IBM CEO Samuel Palmisano.

The Digital Village initiative was rolled out in 2008 with the purpose of narrowing the digital divide between rural and urban areas and accelerating the growth of ICT in Kenya. The IBM guided initiative will run alongside similar programmes being rolled out by other telcos as they seek to meet new regulatory requirements.

The Digital Villages project will see IBM deploy its Corporate Service Corps programme within Kenya. CSC is a global IBM initiative designed to provide small businesses, educational institutions and non-profit making organisations in growth markets with sophisticated business consultancy and skills development to help improve local conditions and foster job creation.

(Source: it news Africa)

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Wednesday, 22 September 2010 11:30:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 20 September 2010

One interesting example of use of mobiles in education can be seen in Bangladesh, where the BBC World Service Trust and BBC Learning English are implementing the Janala project, an initiative that is providing English language lessons to citizens via their mobile phones as part of the wider English in Action program in Bangladesh, funded by the UK's Department for International Development (UKaid).

Using mobile phones, BBC Janala offers audio English lessons and quizzes to callers – and in a short amount of time has seen rapid pickup across the country. There are over 50 million mobile phone users in Bangladesh today – and the number is growing. By dialling “3000” any of these users can access hundreds of English language audio lessons and quizzes. Content is updated weekly and caters to all levels of experience with ‘Essential English’ for beginners, ‘Pronunciation’ for intermediaries and ‘Vocabulary in the News’ for those more advanced.

To date over two million audio lessons have been accessed (listened to), 177,000 short audio have been taken and stories and feedback recorded. In addition, over 100,000 audio lessons have been downloaded from BBC Janala mobile internet site. At the end of December 2009 – a month after launching – over 750,000 calls had been made to the mobile phone service.

To make the lessons affordable, BBC Janala has teamed up with all six of Bangladesh’s mobile operators who have agreed to cut the cost of calls to the service by up to 75%. Each lesson lasts three minutes and costs less than the price of a cup of tea from a Dhaka tea stall (or 3 pence).

(Sources: World Service Trust, EduTech )

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Monday, 20 September 2010 19:56:45 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The venezuelan telefono company (CANTV) opened the second Communal Communication Center (CDC community) in the state of Nueva Esparta, located in the main street of Guarame.
Ten computers with Internet access will make this new center provides telecommunications services to the community that resides in Guarame and surrounding area. Also, these computers that make up the CDC Community will improve the quality of life of 2000 people living in the areas.

This is the seventh Communication Center that is enabled on the east of the country, with the objective of benefiting traditionally underserved locations in the field of telecommunication services.

CANTV, as part of the Bolivarian Government, is committed to provide more computers to these areas, which will allow them to be in constant communication, that is why the plans to continue with the installation of this type of facility in different areas of the country is an important objective for the government.

Source: CANTV
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 Sunday, 19 September 2010
This important border community now has 612 telephone lines, thereby ending years of isolation and abandonment for dozens of families who can be now integrated with the whole country. Thanks to the National Connectivity Plan, that is running by the national government, Ecuadorians who live in different sites of our geography, will be benefits, eventhough they are the most distant population.

The General Manager of the CNT, Mr. Cesar Regalado, opened
officially the telephone service in Tiwintza, highlighting the work for the benefit of the country to provide wireless lines to cantons, provinces, marginal sectors, rural and border areas of the country.

For the Government of the Citizen Revolution, the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Society (Mintel) and the National Telecommunications Corporation (CNT EP), the provision of telephone lines to the Shuar community represents a historical fact, since the population had not any form of communication available before.

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 Friday, 17 September 2010

Under a completed agreement, IBM will deploy and manage state-of-the-art information technology infrastructure and applications to support Bharti Airtel’s goal of bringing affordable and innovative mobile services to remote locations in Africa. In addition, IBM will deploy advanced technologies created by IBM Research, including the Spoken Web — a voice-enabled Internet technology that allows users to access and share information simply by talking over an existing telephone. This is particularly compelling for populations with little or no literacy, visual impairments, or which lack access to PCs.

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel, said: “There are huge opportunities throughout Africa to transform how people communicate and how communities interact. Delivering on that opportunity through affordable mobile communications for everyone is our focus.

(Source:it news Africa)

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Friday, 17 September 2010 11:06:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
In a rural school in the town of Valle de Chaca (Region of Arica), the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, opened the first phase of the project: "Todo Chile Comunicado" ("All Chile Communicated"), a public-private initiative of the Government of Chile through SUBTEL, the regional governments and Entel. This project will provide Mobile Broadband and telephone services to more than 1474 rural communities in the country.
In its first stage, the project includes connecting to 451 rural villages from Arica to Punta Arenas, benefiting 1.7 million people. When all three phases are fully operational -in December 2011 - more than 3 million Chileans living in isolated areas will have the option of connecting to Internet and mobile telephony.

For its size, this public-private initiative is the most important connectivity challenge ever undertaken in the country's history.
"Todo Chile Comunicado" will mean an investment of US$ 110 million, from which US$ 45 million is funded equally by the Fund for Telecommunication Development (TDF) administered by the SUBTEL and 15 regional governments.

Source: SUBTEL - Chile
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For the first time, future teachers who attend the main teacher training institutes in the country, will be provided with material that will enable them to integrate new information and communication technologies (ICT) to the pedagogical dynamics.
"Connected with ICT" is one of the projects under the program "sentidos conectados", sponsored by Telecom and developed by "La Fabbrica" (international agency of communication , education and marketing), offers to teachers a variety of teaching and learning situations with ICT mediation. These projects, case studies, testimonials, and examples of teaching sequences using software to perform multimedia productions, which provide a range of proposals in the line with the conceptual development and analysis of scenarios of use of ICT.
This new material includes specific tools for future educators to enrich the main themes and activities in the classroom, and adds to "Senti2 Conecta2" and "" which have already been distributed to over
6,000 schools between 2008 and 2010.

The virtual space of "Connected with ICT" ( offers a permanent teaching assistance and blogs to share experiences. It also gives the possibility of virtual classroom workshops on "Use of ICT".

Source:Telecom Argentina
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 Thursday, 16 September 2010

After to reach all the requirements that the selection process requires, the company Telefónica del Perú signed the cooperation agreement with the City of Ite (Tacna), for the improvement and expansion of telecommunications service in that district, which will give opportunities access and communications to more than 2.600 people in six towns.


This work will be performed according to the framework of Law 29230, which promotes public investment with private sector participation. With this project Telefónica became as the first company in the telecommunications sector under the Act, that allows the private sector to exchange works for taxes, sponsored by Proinversión and the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Peru (MEF).

The agreement was signed by Pablo Rivera (Mayor of Ite) and and Javier Manzanares, (president of Group Telefonica in Peru).

The works, which will culminate at the end of the year, include the deployment of facilities to offer to the district of Ite, such as fixed telephony, public telephony, cellular telephony and Internet access. The project has been developed in a scalable modular platform that will extend its capabilities, so that can respond to local demand and Internet telephony services in the future.

Source: Press Perú and Telefónica del Perú
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 Wednesday, 15 September 2010
In the framework of "TELMEX 2010: Impulso a la Innovación Tecnológica", and as part of the strategic actions of the "Plan of Universities. Solución Integral Educativa", the company signed a cooperation agreement with the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), for their integration to Research and Academic Innovation Network.
The "Plan of Universities.
Solución Integral Educativa" is the development of a digital space, called "Academic Community Portal", where teachers, students and researchers from high schools, education institutions and small businesses have free access to content, innovative practices and educational projects, enabling the exchange and review in a collaborative academic work, as well as active participation in the Information Society.
By signing this collaboration agreement, both, as the IPN and TELMEX agree to participate actively in the information society and knowledge through cooperation and exchange of content, with the aim of strengthening processes teaching and research to help raise educational quality.

Source: TELMEX -Mexico
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 Monday, 13 September 2010

In Lake county, Ohio, US judicial and educational authorities have joined hands to bring the detained kids back on right track through online education.

In hindsight, Becky Wright is glad she got sent to the Lake County Juvenile Justice Center. Otherwise, the 17-year-old probably would have never graduated from high school. Becky (whose name has been changed to protect her identity) recently completed a 137-day sentence for falsification, using drugs and being a runaway. Lake County Juvenile Court Judge Karen Lawson refused to let her leave the Painesville detention facility until she graduated from Bridge to Success, the online school in the Willoughby-Eastlake system.

Bridge to Success and other local online school programs recently joined forces with Lawson to make it easier for students to complete their high school education while serving time at the justice center. "I would have dropped out," Becky said. "I probably would have died or something if Judge Lawson wouldn't have forced me to do the online school. Because I was on that route."

The detention center's underutilized wood shop was converted into a computer lab, which serves as both the detention center's and the court's alternative school for suspended and expelled children who are not being detained. The computer lab was built to address a growing need.

"Often, by the time a juvenile has committed a serious enough offense to warrant detention time, they have fallen significantly behind in their education," Lawson said. "More and more Lake County schools are offering online education. Also, there are an increasing number of Lake County students who are attending online schools. Our new computers were put in place to take advantage of these new programs and get these students back on track."

The juveniles are always supervised by either detention center or educational services staff who make sure the computers are only used to complete schoolwork. Teachers are also available to answer any questions a student may have. Officials also have installed software to restrict the computers' use to educational purposes.

Dennis Carr, a court-appointed teacher, said he expects to get more computers as the school year goes along and more school districts provide online opportunities. "During the summer, the kids who were incarcerated were also able to work on their summer school, which in the past wasn't a possibility," he said. Breda Loncar, administrator for Bridge to Success, said she is pleased students can now earn credits toward their high school diploma online while detained.

(Source:The News-Herald)

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Monday, 13 September 2010 19:53:49 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
In order to enable access to integrated telecommunications services to the District of Ancash (Region Ocros), the Antamina Mining Fund (FMA) and Telefonica Movistar, under its program "Intégrame",  inaugurated the service of mobile telephony in 8 locations of Ocros district.

Thus, over 1800 residents of the towns of Ashanco Alto, Ashanco Bajo, Chinchis, Huadacush, Manuel Gonzales Prada, Ocros, Pampa y Pampa Laguna; will be benefit from access to telephony services, which will provide connection, and expected to contribute to increasing the productivity of its production and trade, and their integration to the market on more favorable terms.

This project began in June 2008 when the FMA held a private auction which was won by Telefonica Movistar. After that, both companies (Antamina and Telefonica Movistar) subscribed a contract in January 2009. Subsequently, in April 2009, they signed an agreement with the municipalities which will be benefited with the infrastructure and services.

Source: Telefónica del Perú
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 Sunday, 12 September 2010
To ensure that every school child can carry out its academic activities in the classroom or at home with the support of new technologies, Canaima Plan will give them a computer. Canaima is a project focused on developing tools and production models based on free information technology, which aims to build national capacity, endogenous development, ownership and promotion of free knowledge in Venezuelan children.

The president, Hugo Chávez Frías, said that for this the Bolivarian Government works great strides to meet this challenge: "For every child who enters school we will donate a laptop. We will achieve this goal and the child will gradually learn to be responsible to take care about it, to use it with the help of the teacher in the school or parents at home".

Source: CANTV-Venezuela
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Movistar launched "Aula 365" the first school support service with multimedia content for children from six to sixteen years old, which will benefit to the ADSL customers of the company for free. The tool, wich is unique in the Spanish market with these characteristics, will help to students to improve their performance and to parents to monitor their children, all with top educational quality content and safe access. This project, "Aula 365", allows to students to share their common interests in learning and build conversations within a safe environment and moderate, with the support of a virtual teacher.

With this initiative, Movistar aims to create an educational community-learning, providing an open service, safe and useful from home, contributing to society by stimulating the potential of children and young people and promote conversations that foster collective and collaborative intelligence.

To be a member of Classroom 365 (Aula 365) is necessary and essential that the parent / tutor should register the first time and access the tool via the url Once filled out a questionnaire that asks the necessary information, the responsible adult can register their children in the portal.

Source: Telefónica de España
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 Friday, 10 September 2010
The Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (Indotel) and the Ministry of Education (Minerd) initiated contacts to establish a strategic alliance aimed to carry the Broadband Internet services to schools, through, joint projects and actions that include access to educational content through broadcast and the satellite system, with the assistance of telecommunications companies in the country.

The Minister of Education explained that: "his office has a new vision for the education of children and youth in all schools in the country" and for that, "is implementing a new model of educational intervention, focused on convergence media, which is a Dominican education revolution".

The minister said: "The first step we have taken is the creation and distribution of texts corresponding to initial and basic levels to the fourth degree, which requires the support of the technological means". Also, He said that "many of the schools' laboratories are equipped with computers, multimedia kits consist of electronic whiteboards, screens and projectors; plasma TVs connected via wireless television to receive the contents which are available from the Project PIM Learn TV and the Multimedia portal Learn PIM".

Source: Indotel
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 Monday, 06 September 2010
With the enactment of this Act, Chile officially becomes the first country in the world to guarantee the principle of network neutrality, setting a framework of transparency and rights for Internet users. The new law guarantees the right of anyone on the use of Internet, send, receive or provide any content, application or service over the Internet legally, with no crashes or arbitrary discrimination.
The Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Felipe Morande said: "It is a concrete step for greater transparency in the broadband market, stimulating competition for service quality".

Download the Law No. 20 453, Act that "aproves the principle of neutrality on the Internet for Consumers and Internet Users"

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 Saturday, 04 September 2010
The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, signed the regulation project on teleworking in order to improve the labor market and incorporate those who are not part of it, such as youth, women and the elderly people.

One way to encourage the entry of women into the labor market is encouraging teleworking. Today, female participation rates in Chile are low compared with the rest of the world. To meet the standards of the OECD, more than 700.000 women should be working.

The project protects the rights of workers to create a new "contract of employment at a distance" that will join to the current Labour Code. Also, the project allows a fair and appropriate contractual flexibility with respect to the old model.

The working in this new system will not be subject to a maximum of 45 hours per week, but if the employer requires certain times of connection, there must ensured a minimum of 10 continuous hours of rest. Also, a proposal is to provide to the worker, at least,  24-hours continuous break, after 144 hours worked. As for weekends, this may also be agreed between the parties. The employee may have two Sundays in a month or a break that includes Saturday and Sunday.

Source: Gobierno de Chile
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 Wednesday, 01 September 2010

Digital Literacy: Preparing Adult Learners for Lifelong Learning and Flexible Employment is the theme of the 2010 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education. Funded by the Kingdom of Bahrain, the US$50,000 prize is divided equally between two winners. The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2010.

Every year, this prize rewards projects and activities that demonstrate best practice as well as creative use of ICTs to enhance learning, teaching and overall educational performance.

Submissions must reach UNESCO via the governments of Member States, in consultation with their UNESCO National Commissions, or by international non-governmental organizations which maintain formal relations with the Organization. Winners will be celebrated at an award ceremony on 12 January 2011 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

(Source: UNESCO)

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With the objective of facilitating the access of poor pregnant women to health services, Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), the Division of Science and Technology of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Telefonica Movistar, presented the project "WAWANET: Connecting for improved maternal and child health in Peru", which call the innovative use of mobile telephony as a tool to raise levels of maternal and child health.


"WAWANET" aims to raise the levels of access, for low-income pregnant women, to health care system with the support of mobile technology, through Text Messages (SMS). In addition, the project aims to integrate an electronic medical record system with mobile technologies, all with the aim of improving information systems for mother and child.


 The pilot project will run initially in the Constitutional Province of Callao, benefiting 5.000 pregnant women in their early stages, where the UPCH has been working in maternal health projects since early 2009.



Source: Telefonica Movistar and IDB
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The training program for work in this country created the pilot project "In the way of employability", which want to improve the access of employment through the Information and Comuncación Technology (ICT). This education program is developed by the Organization “Fe y Alegría” in the country.


This course makes known the hidden skills that each person has. There is one case of Rinat as an example, Rinat who is a young blind man, who thanks to this course, has found their skills with what he can meet the challenges presented to in the workplace. Rinat was part of “Fe y Alegría” institution and managed to interact through virtual classroom e-learning platform in the "road to employability," which includes three modules: 1) auto guidance, 2) job searching and 3) plan and improvement of selection processes. Rinat worked from the Internet lab of the Bolivian Institute of blindness, with a median speed Internet. 


“Fe y Alegría” is a member of the Red TICBolivia and encourages the participation of professional and personal development of people with different capacities. Also, they work for the comprehensive and quality education for urban, and rural people who are discriminated because their economic status, socio-political, ethnic, cultural and with people with disabilities.

Source: Red TIC Bolivia and Mintel

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 Tuesday, 31 August 2010
The Head of Government of Mexico City (Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon), and the Director of Telefonos de Mexico (Hector Slim Seade), put into operation the free service of Mobile WiFi Internet in Infinitum access in Mexico Park, with what there is a total of over 600 networking services in public spaces in Mexico City and it will be added about a thousand, as it was reported by TELMEX. This action is part of "TELMEX 2010: Technological Innovation Drive", which includes three main bodies: i) Connectivity, ii) impetus for Digital Education and Culture, and iii) the strengthening of Information Technology.

TELMEX has installed in all states of the country more than three thousand sites with Mobile WIFI connectivity in Infinitum. Also, as part of the program "Special Telephony", Telmex continues with the installation of public places in strategic locations in Mexico City for people with disabilities. This service was put also in Mexico Park. In this regard, the Head of Government said: "Telmex is committed to helping to Mexico City to meet its
objectives of digitization. Up to date, Telmex has installed 600 access points of free internet access, making this city with the most free Internet connections in public places. We will be the first city in Latin America where public schools are all digital, for that the support of TELMEX is essential".

Source: Telmex, AHCIET
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Tuesday, 31 August 2010 07:00:24 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
On the occasion of the National Earthquake Simulation, the Minister of Transportation and Communications from Peru, Enrique Cornejo Ramírez, called to the public to use the telecommunications responsibly to any disaster or emergency situations. In that sense, beside the main officer from Telefonica del Peru, the minister presented the spot "1, 2, 3 ... communication in disaster situations" which aims to raise awareness on the proper use of telecommunications services in emergencies.

The minister explained that according the international and national experience, in cases of earthquakes or natural disasters, communication networks are congested, because in a situation of this nature, all people want to communicate with their family and that creates congestion. Therefore, it is important to be properly prepared to facilitate communications in an emergency situation, using SMS (Short Messages Service) or Internet.

It is very important to consider the following recommendations:
1. Avoid calling, and do not insist in case the call is not completed because this makes the network even more congested. In case the call is got, everybody should be sure that the call will not take more than a minute. In an emergency situation, as it was described, communication is a scarce resource and should be used responsibly.

2. Use text messages. It is a very efficient communication channel, as it uses minimal resources, it has a better chance to reach their destination in a congested environment.

3. Use the Internet to send emails and communicate via chat, Facebook, Tiwter, etc. Like the text, this channel consumes minimal bandwidth compared to voice communication.

Source: MTC and AHCIET
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 Monday, 30 August 2010

Google is taking on internet telephone companies like Skype by allowing users to call from its free web-based email service. The service allows users to make calls to land lines and mobiles from inside their Gmail account. Phoning anywhere in the US and Canada will be free until the end of the year, while calls to the UK, France, China and Germany will cost 2 cents a minute. Until now Google offered computer-to-computer voice and video chat services.

"This is a real big deal because now hundreds of millions of Gmail users can make phone calls right from their Gmail page," Craig Walker, product manager for real-time communications told BBC News. "They don't need to download an additional application or anything to start making really high-quality low-cost calls. For the user it means much more efficient and low-cost communications."

The company plans an eye catching way to get non-Gmail users to give the product a go. It is in negotiations with a number of university campuses and airports to install red telephone boxes around the country to give users the chance to dial and try.

(Source: BBC News, Google)

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TEACHERS in Kenya can now acquire laptops complete with broadband internet connection and other software from Safaricom at affordable rates. This follows the signing of a partnership between Kenya’s leading telecoms firm, Safaricom, Equity Bank, Microsoft, Intel, Kenya Institute of Education and teachers’ main employer body, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

Speaking during the signing ceremony at Safaricom Center, Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Michael Joseph said the initiative would allow teaching professionals in the middle and low- income segments of the economy to embrace technology at an affordable price.

The partnership will see Equity Bank provide credit facilities to teachers, while Safaricom will make the acquisition of the devices, bundled with internet usage, possible through its 32-strong Safaricom Retail Centre network across Kenya. Microsoft will provide certified and subsidised Office Application software and antivirus for the laptops. It will further host and support Microsoft Live@edu email solution to all Kenyan teachers and provide access to Microsoft Learning Essentials. The laptops will also come loaded with the KIE syllabuses for both primary and secondary education. Intel will provide an application for self- training material while the TSC will create awareness about the loan among its members, and help administer the facility through a check-off system.

“We are putting internet technology in the hands of those who need it most; teachers. This will give a boost to e-learning and improve overall performance in Kenyan schools,” said Joseph.

(Source: ict news Africa)

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Monday, 30 August 2010 10:40:28 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
With an investment of 159.231 million Colombian pesos, the Ministry of ICT of Colombia executes the plan of Broadband Internet connectivity in 25 departments of the country, which is run by Telefonica Telecom.

The third bi-annual telecommunications social plan will install 69.000 fixed broadband access in homes and in small and medium enterprises from 143 municipalities. The objective of this plan is the massification of broadband in the country and the installation of 2.500 access high-speed Internet in rural areas that are into the Bi-annual Plan 2.

The Minister for Information and Communications Technology said "The commitment of the Ministry of ICT III Bi-annual Plan is to provide 69.000 new fixed broadband ports to benefit the most needy Colombians and promote the development of small and medium industries in 143 locations, in 25 departments of the country". To provide connectivity, Telefonica Telecom will upgrade the infrastructure in these departments, migrating 31 microwave links to fiber optic technology. The importance of this modernization is to strengthen and expand the capacity and speed of broadband.

The population can purchase the service through Internet plans more than 1 Mbps, low-cost packages with duos and trios services. Also, this includes digital television and satellite telephone. In addition, implement a training program for ownership and understanding of the use of new technologies in communications.

Source: AHCIET and MIntic-Colombia
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 Sunday, 29 August 2010
The purpose of the realization of this event by the CRC, is focused on continuing to promote academic spaces for the exchange of knowledge on developments in the ICT market in Colombia and in the region, with special emphasis on new trends in the regulation on the above topic in the international context. The development of the workshop will focus on knowing an overview of the regulation of infrastructure sharing, both locally and from an international perspective, looking at case studies on the subject mentioned. It aims to complete the above workshop with a panel discussion involving all the guest speakers and also opens space for event attendees to express their views and concerns on this subject..

This event will feature the participation of international authorities in this topic from Europe and America. This event will take place from 25th to October 26th 2010, at the Hotel Las Americas Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

Source:Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRT) -Colombia
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 Thursday, 26 August 2010

Republica Dominicana is on the way to triple their bandwidth. The president of Indotel said the country is one that has greater bandwidth in Latin America, it has the same bandwidth capacity of Colombia, which has three times the size of Republica Dominicana and several times its population.

The Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (Indotel) announced the installation of three new undersea cables, a fiber optic ring that will surround the island, and other measures to reduce costs by 50% the cost of interconnection in the country.

The president of Indotel, Jose Rafael Vargas, said that these initiatives seek to influence in the reduction of charges to Internet and telephony services. He found that the rates for these services not only are affected by taxes, but also by the costs of interconnection providers.

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This initiative of the Government of Chile and the company Entel provides public and private investment of over US$ 100 million.

For most of these towns it will be the first time they have access to advanced communication, benefiting schools, clinics and various productive activities. The Minister Felipe Morande said "this is a historic change in the rural world, the greatest advance in connectivity and communication for remote areas over the last 20 years."

This project constitutes the greatest improvement in rural connectivity over the last 20 years. It is the legacy of the Bicentennial project "Rural Internet Network: All Chile communicated", that enables the provision of broadband and mobile telephony to 1474 remote locations in the country.

This initiative of the Government of Chile and Entel will open its first phase in September, in 450 rural villages from 15 regions, and it will conclude in the year 2011. This project involves an investment over 100 million dollars benefiting in total more than three million Chileans.

Source: SUBTEL

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 Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Technology experts from charity Telecoms Sans Frontieres are providing emergency telecoms services to the victims of the flooding in Pakistan.

TSF, which has been in Pakistan since 9 August, said it has been providing telecoms services to victims of the flooding to allow them to call relatives and friends abroad. Around 945 families have been provided with calls so far, according to TSF. “For many people, the call provided by TSF is the first call since the outbreak of the disaster,” the organization said. “Many victims have lost their mobile phone or are in places with no electricity to recharge or simply have no money to buy credit.”

According to UN officials, the Pakistan floods cover an area the size of England with up to 20 million people affected. At least 1,600 people have been killed, with health officials warning the toll could rise as water-borne diseases spread, TSF reported.

TSF said it has 8 mobile teams, equipped with satellite and GSM phones, in the districts of Peshawar, Nowshera and Charsadda and plan to operate in the country for at least a month. The teams are composed of one man and one woman to allow both men and women to make a call, TSF said.

TSF staff also provides support to OCHA/UNDAC and the other UN agencies in the inter-agency office in Multan, Punjab Province. This assignment is scheduled until staff from the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster and other OCHA partners (IHP) take over. TSF continues to coordinate with the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) as per further needs for ICT support to aid agencies.

Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF) deployed to Haiti in January to respond the impact of the earthquake in the country. The charity specialises in setting up communications infrastructure to allow aid-agencies to communicate on the ground more effectively.

( Sources: eweek europe, TSF )

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The incumbent Rwandan President Paul Kagame has promised to continue maintaining growth in all sectors of the economy in the next seven years after winning the August 9 election by 93.08%. He said his regime would focus on social and economic transformation, political processes and democratization.

He singled out food security, women empowerment, health care, insurance, and education as areas he will focus on.He said he would continue increasing investment in infrastructure in Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) to enable Rwandans to be informed and to communicate.

(Source: East African Business Week)

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