The Olympic Games, since inception, have seen several changes. Even the International Olympic Committee, IOC, charged with the management of the Games, has had to adapt to the varying economic, political and technological realities since the 20th century.
Technology has affected the Olympics to the extent the Games worth has appreciated in geometrical proportions as have the fortunes of the host countries and cities and technology firms whose products and services power the Games. For example, CBS paid US$375 million for the rights of the 1998 Nagano Games, while NBC spent US$3.5 billion for the broadcast rights of all the Olympic Games from 2000 to 2012.
The Games athletes’ preparation, participation and medals haul have been modified by ICT. Our Big Issue, How Tech shapes London Olympics looks at how technology affects the games preparation, organization, reception, athletes’ performance and overall life of stakeholders.
Dimension Data’s Internet unit and South Africa’s subsidiary of ATC have penned a deal that would see ATC expand its delivery of current wireless solutions and ready it to offer long term evolution, LTE. Auctioning of 3G licenses in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has yielded US$60m. As at March, 2012, both fixed and mobile subscribers have reached 26.97 million in Tanzania. Essar Group has said it has no plans to sell yu, while Egypt cable manufacturer El Sewedy Electrics is in a deal with Sonitel Niger. Get the details of these stories in Telecom & IT Money.
South Africa’s potential as a business process outsourcing power is not in doubt, but analysts are of the view more work is necessary to get the country there. Read the perspective of one of them in Discourse. Wireless World has a good mix of interesting gists.
The African market, which overtime, has welcomed and adopted the dual Sim phone, is providing a good substrate for manufacturers of Android dual Sim phones. Read the story details in Products Review. Hitch-free take off of Mobile Number Portability in Nigeria is the focus in the Business Central pages.
The News segment, is loaded, as usual. Computer.COM contains a fine blend of interesting stories.
Multichoice Nigeria and Multichoice Namibia have launched digital terrestrial television, DTT, bouquet, GOtv in both countries to bring to viewers the latest version of digital terrestrial television technology, DVB-T2. CNBC has opened a Maputo, Mozambique bureau. The global video services market is set to grow. Ghana mulls expansion of broadband Internet penetration as Television Malagasy renews its contract with Eutelsat. The Digital Broadcasting pages have the full stories. Increasing concerns on the impact of Electromagnetic Field, EMF, emissions on health are as a result of inadequate enlightenment of the people, so says the Lead Consultant at Sabaoth Technologies. Pan to the Executive Forum pages and read the details. African consumers of telecommunications services are still being ripped off. Any solution in sight? Go to Consumer Scope and avail yourself of the full story.
Best luxury SUVs of 2012 are the focus in Digital Cars. In Online Scope, William Hardie counsels corporations not to view the proliferation of devices in work places as threat, but as a window of opportunity.
Viktor Kovacs and Sophie Papasavva advise Telcos in Africa to embrace cloud computing that boasts tremendous value propositions for their businesses. Read the full story in Perspectives. Patent-induced law suits between and among mobile technology companies globally are giving the ITU sleepless nights it has resolved to attract stakeholders to a roundtable. Google is kicking against Android botnet’s claim. ICTs are enablers of energy-efficient societies. IPTV broadband penetration reaches 15 per cent and Samsung banks on smartphones for another record quarter. Read all this in Global Scope.
MTN and Rwandan bank are in an alliance to reach the unbanked in the country. Paga gets investment boost and Mobile app to locate ATMs in Nigeria. For the full gist to these juicy headlines, see Cash-Less World.
Last line, we are heavily indebted to the CTO of Mobitel, Ade Ibikunle, who, at the just concluded broadband forum, put together by Nigeria’s telecom regulator in Lagos, drew our attention to a goof in our From the Editor’s Desk, May 2012, wherein we wrote “…Care to know why IHS Africa has invested US$8 billion in WACS?” The US$8 billion should read US$8 million and this was channeled towards the upgrading of the infrastructure provider’s Network Operations Centre, NOC, not WAC. Inconveniences caused our valuable readers, are regretted!
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