There are many people who do not use ATM cards to withdraw cash and or pay for transactions legitimately in these climes. These fellows are neither out of their minds nor are they opposed to the values that such technological innovations have injected to societal well-being which has made life a lot better. Beyond the niceties of this ‘do good’ of the ATM cards, those who have kept their distance from the transaction facilitator also have their points. To such people, within the ATM is a ubiquitous enemy waiting to fraudulently deny them the benefits of enjoying their hard earned money. ATM fraud is real and fraudsters are ubiquitous and technology-savvy, albeit dangerously. It takes them split minutes to hack into software infrastructures of banks and individual card owners and compromise their securities. The fallout of this is obvious: downright low confidence in ATM card usage. Our Big Issue ATM fraud: Challenges for African banking reviews the ATM fraud situation on the continent and what is being done by the stakeholders to bolster confidence in card usage.
Telkom SA has experienced operating revenues decline by 0.7 per cent as at March end 2012. Airtel is investing over US$600 million in the Democratic Republic of Congo, while Cellcom Liberia mulls US$60 million capex investment. Kenya is lending a helping hand to South Sudan in financing its cable network. Cell C has secured US$180 million in equity funding. LAP Green has repossessed Uganda Telecom. Galaxy Pocket Smartphone enters the Ghanaian market while Telecom Namibia retains stake in Neotel. Read the details of these in Telecom & IT Money.
Proactive regulations, engaged governance and booming economies have served to put some African nations ahead of their European counterparts in the race to Long Term Evolution, LTE. We serve you the details inside Wireless World and much more on how far the countries have gone with their LTE projects, plus, how a DRC court has halted the auction of Vodacom shares.
Water proof and water-repellent technologies have found their way into the manufacturing lines of smartphone makers, that users of these devices going forward, can rest assured their treasures are safe, even if they fall into water. The Product Review pages have the details.
Inside the Business Central pages read what MTN Nigeria is promising its teeming subscribers, on its network modernization project.
The News segment is a loaded package of very revealing developments.
Last June, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN, announced it has received 1,930 new applications from 60 countries and territories. What is Africa’s take on this? Did you know Acer and Asus have showcased Windows 8 tablets? And, that Kenyan businesses are now at the mercy of cyber thieves? Or that Oracle training is now rife in Ghana’s ICT industry and that both Zinox Technologies and the Lagos State Government of Nigeria have inked a digital education deal? Read the reports in Computer.COM.
The South African Department of Communications and Bureau of Statistics last month launched the Set-Top decoder standards for free-to-air digital television preparatory to the digital broadcasting this September. African viewers will enjoy live Olympic streaming on YouTube. Kenyan politicians are scrambling for broadcast frequencies. Ghanaian radio stations have gone global and work is underway for the take off of digital broadcasting in Uganda. Get the details of these stories in Digital Broadcasting.
In the Executive Forum pages, you get to read the perspective of Dr. Ausbeth Ajagu on the place of ICT in development.
The 9th annual West & Central Africa Com held in Dakar, Senegal, in June, would go down as one event that underscored the primacy of consumers in the ICT value chain. Check out the full story in Consumer Scope.
Chances are that soon, electric cars will be able to power, not only cars, but supply light to the homes of their users. You will find details in the Digital Cars segment. In the Online Scope segment, Tom Makau counsels African telcos to throw away imitation and evolve business models unique to Africa.
Maximizing the opportunities in multiple access technologies is the subject of the Executive Forum pages!
Go to the Global Scope segment and read how Japan is leading the global IPv6 transition race and more stories.
In Cash-Less World, you read that East African countries have been urged to properly manage mobile money services, plus other juicy stories.
Wow! Breath-taking, isn’t it?
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