Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), telecommunications inclusive, contribute about 2 per cent to the global carbon footprint, but its potential to effect meaningful change can no longer be ignored. The industry is set to save a huge amount of energy and carbon emissions by direct improvements in telecom equipment and the way it is deployed. Experts believe there is real potential to drive 2020 emission levels down to the levels of 2002 – despite exponential growth in traffic. Also, ICT is a key enabler in helping to reduce the remaining 98 per cent of carbon emissions associated with other societal needs. The ICT industry, through innovative applications and solutions, can enable an estimated 15 per cent reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, representing a tremendous opportunity to make a real, positive impact on our world. This is the focus in our Big Issue African telcos… going green?
Courtesy of a partnership inked recently by the duo of Tigo and Rocket Internet, franchises in the online sector in Africa and Latin America, are set to be entrenched in both markets. The Indian Essar Group is considering exiting the Kenyan market. Safaricom Kenya has secured a slashed commission payable to Vodafone for services and goods procured on its behalf by the latter. Competition has forced three CDMA operators in Nigeria to fuse into one entity that is poised to ride on the back of LTE to deliver services to its subscribers. The Association for Strengthening Research in Agriculture in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) is implementing an online project aimed at integrating the central and eastern nations’ agricultural knowledge in order to develop agriculture-led economic growth. Airtel Zambia is to invest US$233million for more 3.75G sites. China is donating US$15million to enable Sierra Leone link with the ACE. Details of these stories are contained in Telecom & IT Money.
The presence in and use of more computers in the work place can help rather than snag productivity. This subject is espoused in the Discourse pages. Zimbabwe is at the verge of wrapping up plans to float a law that would facilitate co-operation between and among service providers in the country. Kenyan government is committed to connecting counties by December this year and fibre optics and LTE are critical to its strategy. Etisalat Nigeria with a current subscriber base of 13.8million aims at upping the figure to 20million by the end of 2013. Go to Wireless World for the full stories. There are many things the dedicated cameras can do better than smartphone-cameras, among others. These are revealed in the Products Review pages. For the details on technology convergence and its implication on regulatory offshoot read about the planned integration of Nigeria’s telecom and broadcast regulators in our Business Central pages. As in previous editions, the News segment is replete with juicy stories that are both for information and intelligence purposes. Scandisk has unveiled more products into the African market. Cloud computing does make much sense to the Ugandan government. Sun-powered computers are making their way into Zimbabwe. IBM has floated its first research laboratory in Kenya. Acer is quizzing Microsoft over its incursion into the hardware space. Vodacom encourages women Android developers. For details of these stories, go to Computer.COM. ICASA over-rules self on public hearing towards digitalization. Pay TV provider Multichoice is set to improve quality of service to its subscribers by introducing state-of-the-art equipment. StarTimes is waxing strong in Nigeria and Kenya. CCK desires reduced prices for set-top boxes. Details of these stories are contained in Digital Broadcasting. In Executive Forum, our guest says that the concerns on the possible effects of EMF radiations on health are universal. Consumer Scope pages highlights what Microsoft is doing to stem the rising growth of pirated MS Windows and Office in the market. In the Digital Cars segment, the all-new Rage Rover and NanoSteel light cars are profiled while testing of the ‘connected vehicle’ is underway even as Audi is out with a new digital rear-view mirror. Open through the pages and read the details of these stories. Our guest in Online Scope advises mobile networks and mobile virtual networks to tap into the cloud to nail their customer care challenges. Sophie Papasavva discusses the business opportunity presented by m-Health to Africa’s telcos in the Perspectives segment. World Internet traffic increased by 14 per cent in the first quarter of 2012. IP transit prices are on a steady decline. The ITU and Nexpedience have partnered to boost broadband in Africa. Free global tech statistics are now available through the Google Public Data Explorer on www.google.com/publicdata, courtesy of the ITU. Pan to the Global Scope segment for the details. Cash-Less Word has must-read stories.
I wish you a pleasurable reading as you begin the count down to the end of this year.
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