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Connect-World’s Digest  – Issue 35 – January 2015 2nd February 2015
Editorial Manager’s Eye, By Anthony Weaver, Editorial Manager Connect-World publications

Welcome to the Connect-World Digest, which provides a summary of the news items that have caught my eye as Editorial Manager recently.

For more information on the news items, please visit our press releases webpage detailed below.

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Thursday 29 January

CALLUP to Launch Innovative Wi-Fi Calling System for Cellular Operators at Mobile World Congress, Solving In-Building Coverage Problems

CALLUP to Launch Innovative Wi-Fi Calling System for Cellular Operators at Mobile World Congress, Solving In-Building Coverage Problems Rosh Haayin, Israel, January 27, 2015. CALLUP, a provider of Value Added Services (VAS) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions for the telecom industry, today announced that it will launch an innovative Wi-Fi calling system at the Mobile World Congress, to be held March 2-5, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The system – CALLUP Wi-Fi Calling – solves one of the most critical problems in the cellular industry: poor cellular phone coverage in buildings.

Wednesday 28 January

Data consumption continues to grow at an incredible pace globally. Over 90% of all the data in the world was created in the past two years, and the total amount of data being captured and stored by industry doubles almost year on year. It is expected that by 2020, the amount of digital information in existence will have grown from 3.2 zettabytes today to 40 zettabytes.  Every minute we send 204 million emails, generate 1,8 million Facebook likes, send 278 thousand Tweets and up-load 200 thousand photos to Facebook.

Coupled to this, cellular phones are now even more accessible to the general population than they ever have been, with 17.9% of rural households in South Africa alone accessing the internet from mobile devices and 30.8% of South African households using mobile devices to access the internet, according to Statistics South Africa’s General Household Survey report published in June 2014. The sheer size of the African continent, coupled with the fact that Sub-Saharan Africa’s population is rising faster than the rest of the world (Population Reference Bureau predicts that Africa’s population will double to 2.4 billion by 2050) means that there are already several hundred million internet users who are demanding internet performance, and this number will rise at an inconceivable pace.

Tuesday 27 January

Bharti Airtel, Nokia Networks to launch ultrafast 4G services in India¹s first FDD-LTE on 1800 MHz

Bharti Airtel, Nokia Networks to launch ultrafast 4G services in India’s first FDD-LTE on 1800 MHz Deal marks India’s first FDD-LTE deployment across 6 circles World’s smallest, high-capacity Nokia Flexi Zone LTE Small Cells and professional services will improve capacity and coverage in dense areas New Delhi / Gurgaon, India – 27 January 2015 Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has commissioned Nokia Networks to expand its 4G presence to six new circles* using Nokia Networks’ radio network.

Monday 26 January

Alcatel-Lucent to build converged network for Vodacom in South Africa

Alcatel-Lucent to build converged network for Vodacom in South Africa Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON solution to underpin ultra-broadband network for enterprise, residential and mobile customers of South Africa’s largest mobile operator Paris, Johannebsurg – January 26, 2015 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has been selected by Vodacom, South Africa’s largest mobile service provider, to build a gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) solution to expand Vodacom’s customer base enterprise and residential markets. The new converged network enables Vodacom to provide customers with ultra-broadband needed to access bandwidth-hungry services and applications such as online gaming and streaming video.

Thursday 22 January

SpeedCast Partners with O3b to Deliver Enhanced Connectivity to Papua New Guinea

SpeedCast Partners with O3b to Deliver Enhanced Connectivity to Papua New Guinea Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 21st January 2015 – SpeedCast International Limited (SpeedCast), a leading global satellite communications service provider, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with O3b Networks (“O3b”), where O3b will provide capacity for Papua New Guinea via its innovative Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite constellation. The new service based on O3b capacity will address the growing demand from SpeedCast’s customers in the region and marks the continuation of SpeedCast’s leadership in the Australia-Pacific region. 

techUK Calls for Clarity and Accountability as Home Office seeks to update RIPA laws

techUK Calls for Clarity and Accountability as Home Office seeks to update RIPA laws · Clear, legal framework must underpin relationship between government and industry Unclear definitions risk confusion and difficulty in implementation Thorough and detailed consultation essential for ensuring public trust 20 January 2015, techUK, the leading voice of the UK technology industry, has today responded to the Government’s Consultation on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). techUK’s response raises specific concerns to the Home Office about the lack of clarity in the draft Codes of Practice, and the way in which the process has been undertaken.

Wananchi Telecom Connects Africa Around the Globe

Wananchi Telecom Prepares for Rapid Growth Across Africa with Global Network Services from Epsilon Leading East African carrier Wananchi Telecom has partnered with Epsilon to connect African customers to more than 170 countries around the world Singapore – January 21, 2014 – Wananchi Telecom, a leading Tier 1 carrier in Africa and a member of Wananchi Group, has partnered with Epsilon, a privately owned global communications service provider, for the delivery outsourced network services to support the growth of its wholesale telecommunications business.

Tuesday 20 January

Palau Telecoms goes live on O3b satellite network

Palau Telecoms goes live on O3b satellite network Switch to O3b allows higher quality of experience St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands – O3b Networks today confirmed that its customer Palau Telecoms has successfully gone live on O3b’s innovative Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite constellation. Located in the western Pacific Ocean, Palau’s 21,000 people are spread across 250 islands, which do not have access to undersea fiber cable. The use of O3b satellites, which are closer to the earth than conventional geostationary (GEO) satellites, reduces latency, increases Internet speed and improves voice and video quality for the user.

Monday 19 January

SoftServe Joins HealthXL to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Community Globally

SoftServe Joins HealthXL to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Community Globally – SoftServe’s Healthcare expert Eugene Borukhovich joins working group board of innovative global healthcare organization, HealthXL LONDON, Jan. 19, 2015 – SoftServe, a leading technology solutions company specializing in software product and application development and services, announced that SoftServe’s renowned healthcare expert Eugene Borukhovich has joined the network of advisors of HealthXL, a global organization that drives innovation in healthcare.

Friday 16 January

MainOne launches West Africa’s largest and best-connected data center

MainOne unveils MDX-i, West Africa’s Premier Tier III Data Center West Africa’s largest and best-connected data center LAGOS, Nigeria, January 15, 2015 – MainOne (http://www.mainone.net), Nigeria’s leading provider of innovative telecom services and network solutions for businesses in West Africa, today announced the opening of its premier Tier III Lekki Data Center to address the growing demand for Colocation, Cloud and Disaster Recovery Services in West Africa. In addition, MainOne announced that the purpose built facility designed to international TIA 942 standards will be managed under a new subsidiary branded as MDX-i (http://www.mdx-i.com).

Wednesday 14 January

Cisco Technology Responsible to Deploy Infrastructure for Mexico Conectado

Cisco Technology Responsible to Deploy Infrastructure for Mexico Conectado Over 22,000 sites nationwide will be based on Cisco Meraki Mexico City, January 13, 2015. – The leading Cloud Networking Solution, Cisco® Meraki, will be used to offer Internet connectivity under Mexico Conectado, a program developed by the Mexican federal government to offer broadband connectivity to population in public areas. Mexico Conectado looks for the deployment of telecom networks to offer broadband connectivity in sites such as schools, health centers, libraries community centers, and parks that represent about 250,000 public areas nationwide.

Bringing the ultra-broadband revolution to the people of Africa

Bringing the ultra-broadband revolution to the people of Africa By: Michel Combes, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent I am particularly pleased to present today my vision for Africa. First let me tell you, why Africa? For me Africa is at the heart of tomorrow, it is an important region in the world, it is definitely a growing region and a clear focus market for us. In the big picture, Africa is among Alcatel-Lucent’s most promising markets – with ultra-broadband access and IP networking being very important for the development of the continent.

Tuesday 13 January

Local Internet Hosting Opportunities Key to Furthering Internet Development in Africa – Report

New report from the Internet Society studies impact on Internet ecosystem in Rwanda

Almost all of the commercial websites in Rwanda are hosted abroad

Local Internet hosting is key to the development of the Internet ecosystem in emerging countries, according to a report released today by the Internet Society (http://www.internetsociety.org ).

The development of locally relevant Internet content that is attractive to users has been shown to have a positive impact on Internet adoption. As the infrastructure necessary for Internet access is becoming more available in developing countries and emerging regions, efforts to increase Internet adoption rates are now focused on the development of such content. However, the impact of such efforts on Internet adoption rates will be limited if the infrastructure and enabling environment for local hosting and content delivery is overlooked.

Thursday 8 January

LTE roaming footprint grows 70% year-on-year, with operators in 75 countries now offering live services

LTE roaming footprint grows 70% year-on-year, with operators in 75 countries now offering live services BICS enables next generation data roaming sessions with over 150 operators worldwide, supported by all IP signalling infrastructure Brussels – Belgium, 8 January, 2015 – BICS, a global provider of wholesale carrier services, has today announced a rapid increase in the number of operators deploying LTE roaming during the last year, with services now available in 75 countries. Operators using BICS’ IP exchange (IPX) platform can offer customers access to LTE roaming sessions with over 150 operators, through either direct connections or peering agreements.

Tuesday 6 January

Record Christmas For Tablet Sales Leaves Children Exposed Online

Records are set to be broken for a second year with cheaper Android tablets the ‘must-have’ present for 2014 leaving Cheshire businessman Matt Archer with real concerns for child online safety. Retail giant John Lewis sold a tablet every SECOND during the £179 million Black Friday stampede that smashed the store’s 150-year-old sales record with annual sales almost double those of last year.

Fears Archer, Managing Director of UK based Mobile Force Field, fears that the rush for technology will leave more children than ever hopelessly exposed to online dangers, highlighted by Prime Minister David Cameron at the November internet summit on child safety.

Ebola Survivors Across West Africa Share Life-Saving Tips Via Mobile App

Ebola Survivors Across West Africa Share Life-Saving Tips Via Mobile App ‘Yes, I Survived Ebola’ Says Guinean Woman in First-Ever Message Sent Through the Interactive App CONAKRY, Guinea, January 5, 2015 — #ISurvivedEbola (http://www.isurvivedebola.org), the groundbreaking West African multimedia campaign, has launched a new, interactive mobile app that allows Ebola survivors to connect with each other, share public health advice, and update the world on the challenges they still face during their post-recovery lives. The innovative digital tool debuted in Guinea on January 5. It is being piloted by the first Guinean survivor to share her story with the #ISurvivedEbola…    

 

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Anthony Weaver
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