Digital divide narrows

June 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Posted in B2C, Business Support, Economic Development, ICT, networking, Online Community | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , ,

fibreFrance Telecom and 19 partners will invest 700 million dollars to bring high-speed Internet to 20 countries in western Africa, the company said in a statement yesterday.

The Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) fibre-optic cable will stretch 17 000 kilometres underwater from France to South Africa, and is slated to be completed in 2012.

It will connect 23 countries en route, including Spain and Portugal and countries along the western coast of Africa including Mauritania, Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Landlocked Mali and Niger will be connected by an overland cable.

France Telecom will contribute $250-million of the $700-million (R5.42-billion) cost of the project, according to the agreement.

“By signing this agreement, France Telecom-Orange is reinforcing its presence on the African continent and helping to reduce the digital divide in the region,” the company said in the statement.

The above reminds me that I have read some time in the past that Google and chosen partners were launching 4 satellites to provide land locked Africans’ access to the Internet.

Can anyone advise us whether this is happening and if so whether it will improve rural access to the Internet?

Advertisements

AIN April Newsletter brings visitors to our Blog

March 30, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Posted in AIN, networking, Online Community | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , ,

Guid evening fellow incubation professionals   

Tonight we celebrate achieving 600 AIN subscribers – thank you all for following our progress. Let us target 1000 before the end of June 2010? Please invite your colleagues to register on our AIN on YN portal.   

The delivery yesterday of our April Newsletter has immediately increased the number of visitors coming to read our eDiary of events in Durban. As we can see below, this is good.    

AIN blog

AIN blog visitors

 

On the other hand we can also see that the majority of people are reluctant to comment or post.    

So we have the dilemma – which is more interesting to listen to? A monologue or a dialogue?    

AIN Visitors

AIN Visitors - March 2010

What causes a person to engage and share their thoughts before they leave the room – or upon reflection come back in to add value to the conversation.  By making even one comment you can make a difference.    

Interesting and rich exchanges will also encourage our members to subscribe to this blog – keen to keep abreast of knowledge exchanges and current thinking.    

How can we continue where we all left off a week past Friday in Durban? Which topics do you feel need more insight and support?    

PS our weather warnings tonight tell of blizzards and snow 12″-15″ here by early morning. I am heading back to Durban……….

Google releases new data research and display resources

March 8, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Posted in ICT | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , ,

This is a very practical and interactive way to filter and share knowledge and data research by best in class providers, in this case the World Bank.

Internet Users per 100 population

Please click on the link to explore and enjoy this data rich resource.

Exploring public data

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.
Entries and comments feeds.