Innovation and aggressive broadband expansion is leading digital transformation in East Africa...
CNN International and MultiChoice announced at the end of last week that the deadline for entries for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2012 Awards have been extended to Wednesday, 22 February 2012, and the judging to take place in April this year.
30 Jan 2012
Egypt's state-run telecommunications operator Telecom Egypt, announced late on Sunday, 15 January 2012, that Tarek Abou Alam will take over as the company's new chief executive and managing director.
16 Jan 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, US: Apple has announced that the latest version of its hot-selling iPhones will be released in China and 21 other countries on 13 January. It is already available in South Africa.
6 Jan 2012
Bizcommunity.com has now expanded its operations into 16 new sectors and will soon venture into another 17, providing a whole new range of target audiences for advertisers. The most critical aspect of this is the quality of content and this is a formal invitation to you to become a recognised contributor on Bizcommunity.
Bizcommunity.com 3 Oct 2011
Western Union, the multinational company specialised in money transfer, is celebrating its 160th anniversary by launching a global online network - a Facebook-linked platform meant to hunt for the most networked person in the world. The South African launch took place yesterday, Thursday 4 August 2011, in Rosebank simultaneously with Ghana, Kenya and Morocco.
Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 5 Aug 2011
Six months after they launched a revolution that ousted the regime, Egyptian bloggers have acknowledged that it takes more than a Facebook page to overthrow a dictator.
25 Jul 2011
As two technology giants in Google and Facebook position themselves to dominate the social networking space, an information and communications technology expert has warned against complacency, in particular from market leader Facebook.
8 Jul 2011
Neo@Ogilvy's global CEO, New-York based Nasreen Madhany, has been visiting South Africa for a corporate summit, where she talked up the role emerging markets will play in the future profitability of her company.
Herman Manson: @marklives 5 Jul 2011
The events and developments of the past six months in Africa have demonstrated that the rise of social media has not only revolutionised the business environment, but also redefined the political scene by shaking the foundation of dictatorship, lack of service delivery and corruption for the first time since the dawn of independences.
Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 5 Jul 2011
The penetration of mobile phones in many African countries is higher than the world average. Data on the number of mobile subscriptions per 100 people show that penetration rates in Algeria, South Africa, Gabon, Tunisia, Mauritius, Botswana, Morocco and Mauritania are all above the world average of 60%.
23 Jun 2011
CANNES, FRANCE: A total of 28 828 entries from 90 countries (725 from SA) have been submitted to the Cannes Lions 58th International Festival of Creativity, the international annual awards for creative advertising and communications. This is the most entries in the history of the festival.
1 Jun 2011
A billion Africans and 50 million bank accounts. In South Africa, credit cards are used by only 16.5% of the population (2008). No African country comes close to 1% of total retail spend spent online - the magic figure which constitutes the tipping point for digital retail growth. No wonder, then, that the ecommerce market in Africa hasn't bloomed.
Herman Manson: @marklives 12 May 2011
A global study conducted by TNS Research Surveys shows that South Africans' unconditional love for handsets - more than content as it is in developed markets - is beginning to change and will even shift faster as bandwidth improves, and as cheaper smartphones appear on the market - probably from China.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 21 Apr 2011
LUXEMBOURG: Intelsat SA, one of the world's leading providers of fixed satellite services, recently announced a series of new contracts with media customers using the company's leading video neighbourhoods.
14 Apr 2011
Facebook, the world's largest social networking site, has launched a resource page called 'Journalists on Facebook' to help reporters find sources, interact with their readers and advance stories, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported on Wednesday 6, April 2011.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 7 Apr 2011
SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Thursday (31 March 2011) began providing searches and results localised for internet users in Iraq and Tunisia.
1 Apr 2011
Subsea telecommunications cable provider Seacom said on Tuesday (29 March 2011) that its cable in the Red Sea running alongside Egypt continued to sit idle amid the current political climate in the north African country.
Gareth Vorster 30 Mar 2011
The Loerie Awards launched its 2011 campaign, Tuesday 15 March 2011, entitled "Don't hate. Create", created by Draftfcb and supported by a mobisite and specially developed augmented reality apps, linking digital technology to the printed media, along with a revamp of its award categories.
15 Mar 2011
Here is a roundup of the posts published on sxswsa.co.za this weekend. We're over halfway through SxSW Interactive in Austin, Texas, but there's still plenty material in the works, so keep an eye on the blog for another few days. Also, follow @sxswsa, or the entire #sxswsa Twitter list. [view twitterfall]
Ivo Vegter: @sxswsa 14 Mar 2011
WASHINGTON, USA: US computer security authorities warned on Friday, 11 March 2011, that online scammers may seek to exploit the earthquake in Japan.
14 Mar 2011
JOHANNESBURG: The Africa Top Level Domains (AfTLD) organisation on Wednesday, 9 March 2011, announced its decision to seek a mandate from the African Union Commission (AUC) and to apply to ICANN to manage the .africa registry.
10 Mar 2011
The Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation announced on Tuesday, 8 March 2011, that it is awarding five grants totalling US$5 million to African projects in support of improving internet access and to enable African countries to participate in and contribute to the global Internet. One grant will assist in expanding the online Nelson Mandela archive.
9 Mar 2011
Waste is a growing challenge in SA and Africa and needs to be addressed by the public and private sector. MTN has partnered with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) to manage the safe disposal and recycling of electronic goods such as cellphones.
Thabiso Mochiko 28 Feb 2011
LONDON, UK: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, has released The comScore 2010 Europe Digital Year in Review. This inaugural report provides a comprehensive overview of key trends in the European digital media landscape, including market-level data on user demographics, social networking, online video, mobile, and search in 18 European countries.
25 Feb 2011
The sixth Maputo International Advertising Festival will take place from 25-27 May 2011, AMEP - the Mozambican Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations Association announced yesterday. The festival recognises advertising agencies, producers and communications companies worldwide especially from Africa and the Indian Ocean regions.
23 Feb 2011
Google Instant search is annoying for some, and useful to others. One fact does remain - it runs on the same search engine and the search results are exactly the same. The difference it brings is in how the user reacts to the results they see.
CAIRO: Egypt's new military rulers have launched their own Facebook page to better communicate with the youth who used the social networking site to organise protests that drove Hosni Mubarak from power.
18 Feb 2011
The revolution will not eat its children, but hunt for those who torture and starve its children. And this time around it will achieve its goals not with the thunder of automatic weapons and bombs, but with the tenacity of 'social networkers' - a techno-savvy congregation aspiring for social justice, democracy, human rights and equality.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 14 Feb 2011
WASHINGTON: Egypt's last working internet service provider, the Noor Group, went down on Monday (31 January 2011), a US web monitoring company said, leaving the country completely offline.
2 Feb 2011
As the Egyptian government feverishly tries to cut off all contact with the outside world, Google, working in collaboration with Twitter, has set up an innovative service for Egyptians desperate to communicate and stay in touch. It's a service called voice to tweet, and relies on software from a company called SayNow that Google purchased only last week.
Jeremy Daniel 1 Feb 2011