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Latest update: dotAfrica Launch Plan approved, Sunrise Phase commences on 4 April, 2017

Satellite Broadband in Africa Goes to a New Level

Eutelsat Communications today announced the entry into service of its new 'IP Easy' broadband platform built to extend high-speed Internet access to residential and home office users as well as small and medium-sized enterprises across sub-Saharan Africa.

UN to Control World’s Information and Communications From Internet Hub in Africa

In a report from the World Bank, Africa’s economic development was outlined as a "golden opportunity for a green future". Under careful control, the UN has planned to create an Africa that will become not only the food center of the world, but also the single processor of the world’s communications.

Africa to get its own web domain

A project to establish a continental top-level domain for Africa is gaining momentum, with UniForum South Africa set to know by July whether its application has been successful. UniForum, South Africa’s .za central registry, was appointed to establish and operate the domain on behalf of Africa.

Top Ten African mobile apps

Africa is full of opportunities, and with a need to create something truly African, a number of mobile app developers have taken up the challenge. Here are ten of the best mobile apps developed in Africa, for Africans:

City Internet domains coming to SA

In addition to the new .africa domain set to launch next year, SA can look forward to .joburg, .durban and .capetown domain names, too. The ZA Central Registry has applied to administer three new top-level domains, one for each of SA’s three biggest cities. This comes in addition to the .africa domain that the registry expects it will be given the job of looking after.

ICT INDABA 2012

As the Ministry of Communications, we are committed to maximize the use of ICT to improve the quality of lives of South Africans and fellow Africans across the continent. We are equally committed to ensure that the ICT sector plays the role of primary enablers of economic growth and job creation. It is with this in mind that I take pleasure in inviting you, our compatriots across the Diaspora, to our country, to partner with the ministry, the ICT industry, labour and civil society as we enter into a bold partnership that seeks to shape the development of the continent.

Google in Africa It’s a hit

ONLINE Africa is developing even faster than the new highways of offline Africa. Undersea cables reaching Africa on the Atlantic and Indian Ocean coasts, plus innovative mobile-phone providers, have raised internet speeds and slashed prices. In some African markets you can buy a daily dose of internet on a mobile phone for about the cost of a banana (ie, less than ten American cents). This burgeoning connectivity is making Africa faster, cleverer and more transparent in almost everything that it does.

Independent Objector for New gTLD Program Selected

ICANN is delighted to announce that Professor Alain Pellet has agreed to serve as the Independent Objector for the New Generic Top-level domain program. The Independent Objector will act solely in the interests of the public who use the global Internet. Professor Pellet's credentials and experience are an ideal fit for this key role. He is a highly regarded professor and practitioner of law and has represented governments as Counsel and Advocate in the International Court of Justice in many significant and well-known cases. He is widely published and holds several significant honors.

CoZa Cares invests in IT education

UniForum SA's social responsibility arm will this month sponsor Africa's largest gathering of high-level policy-makers, decision-makers and practitioners from education, business and government sectors. CoZa Cares, responsible for corporate social investment within the .za central registry operator, will sponsor this year's eLearning Africa (eLA) conference, taking place in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, from 23 to 25 May.

ICANN WHOIS Policy Review

The WHOIS Policy Review Team, constituted under ICANN's Affirmation of Commitments (AoC) agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce, submitted its Final Report and Recommendations<http://www.icann.org/en/about/aoc-review/whois/final-report-11may12-en.pdf> [PDF, 1.44 MB] to the ICANN Board and this document has been posted for public comment.

West Africa cable to propel cheaper internet

Predictions are now high from both analysts and operators alike that SA will have affordable internet services. This comes after the commissioning of the long awaited US$650 million, West African Cable System (Wacs), last week in Cape Town.

DOTAFRICA - A NEW SYMBOL OF AFRICAN IDENTITY, UNITY AND PRIDE

Expressing identity is one of the ways we reveal who we are to other human beings. Whether it is through our dress code, the way we wear our hair or the way we choose to adorn ourselves with certain objects, sending out signals about our identity is part and parcel of being human.

Continent Calls for Harmonised Policies on Submarine Cables

Officials in charge of ICT from all over Africa have called for harmonised guidelines on how to access submarine cables that are anchored in various countries. They made the remarks Monday at the opening of a workshop held in Kigali. The guidelines were developed by several organisations in conjunction with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the European Union. The forum organised by ITU, African Union Commission and the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS), brings together delegates from over 35 African countries and beyond.

Continent Goes Hi-Tech - but Where Are All Those Keen Investors?

They say necessity is the mother of invention and they talk about "Mother Africa". Therefore, the tech revolution had to take root in inventive ways here, changing outsider perceptions of the continent. Investors, though, have been slow to tap into Africa's tech boom. "Africa is writing history for all the right reasons now. The amount of innovation going on across the continent has leaders, thinkers and innovators curious about the possibilities of the continent," Kenyan entrepreneur Mark Kaigwa told attendees at re:publica, Europe's single largest gathering of bloggers and digital activists, held last week in Berlin.

Spotlight On ICT Development in the Continent

International models on how to boost the development of the ICT sector in Africa will come under the spotlight during the inaugural ICT Indaba taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 4 to 7 June. The event, organised by the Department of Communications and endorsed by the International Telecommunications Union, aims to formulate an African Agenda to promote ICT as a catalyst for social and economic development on the continent.

Gambia hosts regional meeting on Internet

A regional meeting on the Internet, tagged the 16th African Regional Internet Registry (AfriNIC), is to be hosted by the Gambia. The 16-18 May meeting is expected to bring together hundreds of participants from AfriNIC's 600 active members spread across Africa. AfriNIC is a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation that serves as the regional registry for Internet number resources for the African Community.

UNIFORUM ZACR opérateur de télécommunication continentale

Télécommunication Afrique – Le délégué pour l’Afrique de l’UNIFORUM ZACR, le Béninois Koffi Fabrice Djossou, a déclaré mardi à Dakar que la structure qu'il représente vient d’être sélectionnée par la Commission de l’Union africaine (UA) comme l’opérateur de registre officiel qui va opérer sur l’extension géographique «Dot Africa» au profit de la communauté africaine. «Cette sélection fait suite à l’appel d’offre lancé en décembre 2011 et qui a connu la participation de plusieurs opérateurs de registre internationaux intéressés par la gestion du «Dot Africa», a–t–il indiqué lors d’un entretien accordé à la PANA. M. Djossou a indiqué que le «Dot Africa» est le nouveau nom de domaine pour la promotion des entreprises, des peuples et de la culture africains dans l'Internet, expliquant que lorsque´il sera opérationnel, «Dot Africa» va fournir aux hébergeurs des possibilités désétablir leur présence sur Internet.

Africa Infrastructure Growth Supporting ccTLDs and New gTLD Growth

This month, France Telecom's Lower Indian Ocean Network 2 "LION2" fiber optic cable has been put in service, bringing the total number of cables in East Africa to four. In South Africa it is expecting West Africa Cable System to go live next month.

This huge growth in fiber optic cables connecting Africa means that bandwidth costs can go further down but there are many questions for internet service providers, regulators and policy makers on how to ensure the new connectivity/bandwidth can lead to development of online services, ecommerce and other services that rely on good internet connectivity like eLearning and eHealth .

EU to bridge digital divide in Africa

In today's world, technology and science have become the principal forces to transform societies, but not all regions can participate at the same level in this technological race. The digital divide on the African continent is making it difficult for Africa’s full participation in this globalised knowledge society. To support Africa, and to give its society more access to technological advances, the EU decided at the Lisbon Summit in 2007 to adopt a Joint EU-Africa Strategy. Since the first Africa-EU Summit in Cairo in 2000, considerable political and social changes took place in both continents, which is why they signed this new co-operation.

Harnessing the African Information Renaissance

About 140 million Africans are now on the internet. With half of the population under age 15 and 70 percent of the population under 30, social media is becoming an important feature in the continent's development path. Teddy Ruge, lead social media strategist for the World Bank's Connect4Climate campaign and co-founder of Project Diaspora, an online platform for mobilising members of the African diaspora, calls this Africa's "renaissance of access to information".