Samsung and Google Extending Their Reach In Africa

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As Google announces its White Space plans in the Republic of South Africa, Samsung too is extending its operations across the the continent. Apple’s investments in Africa are more limited. Who will win the race for the next emerging electronics market? Google has announced experiments that will allow it to test and commercialize unused parts of the radio spectrum. It’s particularly interesting in light of Google’s expansion of its fiber network in Kansas. Google began expanding its Africa operations a couple of years back, and translating its search engine into…

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IBCA Called for Inclusion of African Businesses at ICANN Africa Strategy Meeting in Addis Ababa

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The Internet Business Council for Africa (IBCA), an initiative of DotConnectAfrica that was Unveiled at ICANN 49 Public Forum in Toronto Canada and seeking to partner with ICANN and the African Businesses in a multi-stakeholder model of IG was invited to present its ideas at the just concluded African Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance meeting held at the UNECA Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 6-8 March 2013. Invited to speak on the different sessions as a panelist, Ms. Bekele analyzed the African business scenario, noting that there was a need…

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DCA Registry Services makes its voice heard at the ICANN Africa Strategy Addis Ababa

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PRLog (Press Release) – Mar. 10, 2013 – DCA Registry Services and its UK Technical Partner CentralNic participated in the just ended African Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance (http://www.africanncommunity.org/ index.php/component/rseventspro/event/1) meeting held at the UNECA Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 6-8 March 2013, where it played a part among other African organizations like African IGF, AfriNIC, AFTLD, ISOC Africa, and the ATU and ITU. source

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Melbourne IT expects millions from domain name grab

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Companies are expected to spend millions of dollars registering new web addresses to defend themselves against potentially controversial or crude uses of their trademarks online. Web hosting provider Melbourne IT said it could see millions in potential revenues from “defensive registrations” over the next two years, as global internet body ICANN begins allowing suffixes on web address with brand names such as .commbank or generic words like .food. source

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DotConnectAfrica writes 4th letter to ICANN, calling ICANN Ombudsman’s conclusion “Convenient’ and ‘No Brainer’

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DotConnectAfrica has taken a swipe at the delay of ICANN to check into the detailed issues of the conflict of interest,  and has made apparent its impatience in the pace at which ICANN is dealing with its whistle blowing, in its 4th letter to ICANN dated January 31st, 2013 “However, we write to express our lack of dissatisfaction with the report of the Ombudsman to the extent that no recommendation was made by the Ombudsman regarding any future Conflict of Interests” and continued that “In our estimation, this remains a…

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Federal Council adopts internet domain name strategy

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Switzerland’s Federal Council ad adopted a strategy for handling internet domain names. The Council hopes this strategy will ensure better protection of its own interests and those of Switzerland in the area of domain names. It has outlined the kinds of names which are particularly worthy of protection and which should be used only by the Federal government. These also include names for the state apparatus and for federal institutions. source

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In youthful Africa, the Internet is mobile

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After a week of business meetings in the cities of sub-Saharan Africa, we can say three things are new for the continent: a) The despotic leadership from the 1970s and 1980s is in decline, replaced by younger and more democratic leaders b) A huge youth demographic boom is underway, with a majority of the population being 25 or even under 20 years old c) Mobile phones are everywhere, and the Internet in Africa will be primarily a mobile one. source

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It’s official: people hate the domain name industry

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I’ve said it many times before: the domain name industry has problems with its reputation. But now the official figures are in that — apparently — prove it. According to ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade, the industry is perceived four times worse the IT industry average. That figure — whatever it means — came out of a “reputational analysis” study conducted by expensive consultants hired by ICANN, Chehade told registrars and registries in Amsterdam today. source

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Maps now a key tool for business

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Mapping is one of fastest-growing areas in companies’ IT expenditure. Three-quarters of large companies and two-thirds of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) expect to spend more of their budgets on digital mapping services this year. These are just some of the findings of a report commissioned by mapping company MapIT and conducted by World Wide Worx, which surveyed hundreds of South African businesses about the ways in which they use digital mapping. further

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