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  • Egypt moves to tame lawless e-commerce sector

    EGYPT, 2018/01/19 Egypt's e-commerce sector greatly expanded over the course of 2017. According to a statement issued by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Improvment(UNCTAD) Dec. 27, Egypt expects to double its e-commerce by 2020 under a national strategy by the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Data Technology and UNCTAD. The ministry is working to promote electronic transactions in rural areas and improve high-speed broadband services there. The joint effort aims to modernize Egypt’s Post Authority, bolster the legal and regulatory framework for e-commerce, build trust in online payments, encourage government employees to use e-procurement and strengthen training and apprenticeships in areas like online store management, digital marketing and data analytics.
  • Nigeria Secures $550M From China to Fund Two Satellites for Nigcomsat

    NIGERIA, 2018/01/06 The Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, wednesday in Abuja disclosed that Nigeria had secured the commitment of China for the provision of $550 million towards the purchase of two additional satellites for subsequent launch into the space in the next two years. Shittu, who made this disclosure in the National Home next a conference with President Muhammadu Buhari, said both the China Exim Bank and China Great Walls, the manufacturers, had agreed to fund the project 100 % following Nigeria's inability to fulfill the initial agreement it reached with China to provide 15 % of the $550 million.
  • Israeli developers behind new iPhone X tech

    ISRAEL, 2017/12/30 Employees at Apple's Israeli research and development center came up with the new face recognition concept for the new iPhone model; Final product as well traced to Israeli firm PrimeSense, purchased by Apple in 2013. The new technologies unveiled last week at the launch event for the iPhone X can be traced to none other than the "Start-up Country": Israel. The X model, Apple's newest and most advanced offering, boasts innovative face recognition capabilities, allowing users to unlock the device using a facial signature and creating animated emojis controlled by their own faces.
  • Egypt state firm entering thriving mobile sector

    EGYPT, 2017/11/29 Telecom Egypt looks to cash in on mobile sector but some fear its exemption from price hike in mobile services may be part of broader pattern of unfair privileges. As Egypt's mobile operators thrive, national-owned Telecom Egypt is entering the market in an effort to boost national revenues. In a country with additional mobile phone subscriptions than residents, Egypt's only fixed-line operator is hoping to get in on the action with its new mobile service, WE.
  • Internet restriction in Cameroon's Anglophone region hitting 60-day mark

    CAMEROON, 2017/11/27 The internet cut in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone regions is entering the 60th day according to activists tracking the shutdown. The government on September 30, 2017 placed restrictions on access to social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and whatsapp. This was despite a government statement saying that no such plans were to be implemented. September 30 was the eve of a symbolic declaration of independence by the two Anglophone regions. At the time a heavy security deployment across the regions was as well in place, subsequent clashes between separatists and security forces lead to deaths, injuries and mass arrests.
  • Enforcing Corporate Governance Code in Telecoms Sector

    NIGERIA, 2017/11/27 The renewed sensitisation campaign on the adoption of the mandatory corporate governance code in the telecoms industry, will drive the increase in the sector, writes Emma Okonji
  • Brain Takes a Nap When Sleep-deprived, Israeli Researchers Find

    ISRAEL, 2017/11/22 A new collaborative study conducted by Israeli and American researchers has uncovered how sleep deprivation negatively affects brain activity. A new study on sleep deprivation—published in the Nature Medicine biomedical research journal—was led by researchers at Israel’s Tel Aviv University (TAU) in cooperation with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Researchers found that losing sleep causes neural activity in the brain’s temporal lobe to slow down, triggering visual impairment and memory loss. They observed that neurons in the brain rest, essentially taking a nap, next being adversely affected by slow brainwaves.
  • Samsung Electronics to set up AI research centre

    SOUTH KOREA, 2017/11/22 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday it would create an artificial intelligence (AI) research centre and strengthen an executive role to look for new business areas for all its three major business groups. The minor changes to the tech giant's business structure were to "quickly respond to market changes," Samsung Electronics said in a statement. The move follows last month's appointment of a new generation of top managers that dispelled lingering worries about a leadership vacuum from the detention of Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee.
  • Israeli Remote-Controlled Space Lab Docks at International Space Station

    ISRAEL, 2017/11/22 The world’s initial remote space lab, developed by Israel and conducted remotely by researchers on Earth, came on board the International Space Station. Space-Pharma’s miniaturized laboratory was brought on board the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, and all that the astronauts have to do is connect it to the station’s electrical system. Designed and customized ahead of time, all the testing is due controlled by researchers on Earth through a website. Results, images and data will be sent due to them in real time, so they will be able to change parameters or even re-run tests if certain variables or conditions aren’t met.
  • 尼日利亚互联网产业潜力与挑战并存

    尼日利亚, 2017/11/10 尼通信委员会(NCC)常务副主席Umar Danbatta近期参加活动时表示,尼现有互联网用户约9000万人,排名非洲第一、全球第十。但尚有53%的人口无法使用互联网服务,其中约4000万人连最基本的电信服务也没有。 他谈到,信息通信业是现代经济和社会转型的重要途径,也有助于催生新业态,创造更多就业岗位,缩小城乡差距和社会阶层藩篱。今年一季度尼电信业产出为1.452万亿奈拉,对GDP贡献率为9.16%,同比改良0.3个百分点。但是现时面临的最大挑战是通信基础设施的严峻不足。他呼吁联邦政府给予信息通信业更大资金支持,推动基站、骨干网、校园网和农村宽带的建设。