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Connect-World’s Digest  – Issue 36 – February 2015 2nd March 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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Digital Leaders Annual Lecture 2015, Houses of  Parliament, UK,

24 February 2015

The lecture was hosted by Chloe Smith MP; the lecturer was Dr. Ben Scott, Senior Advisor to the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation in Washington DC and a Visiting Fellow at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung in Berlin.

Previously, Dr Scott was a Policy Advisor for Innovation at the US Department of State where he worked at the intersection of technology and foreign policy. In a small team of advisors to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he worked to help steward the 21st Century Statecraft agenda with a focus on technology policy, social media and development. Prior to joining the State Department, for six years he led the Washington office for Free Press, the largest non-profit organisation in the US dealing exclusively with media and communications policy.

After the lecture, Chloe Smith MP chaired a debate with the audience and panel of Digital Democracy experts.

Ref: http://www.digitalbydefaultnews.co.uk/events/digital-leaders-annual-lecture-2015/

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Thursday 26 February

New age e-commerce consumers challenge traditional business models – DHL

New age e-commerce consumers challenge traditional business models African consumers are increasingly searching online platforms with commercial intent CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, February 26, 2015 – The rise of e-commerce on the African continent is changing the face of the traditional consumer, and brands need to adapt their business models and strategies in order to remain relevant amongst consumers and avoid a drop in market share. African consumers are increasingly searching online platforms with commercial intent, which include querying prices of goods, and researching where products or services can be purchased.

 

Friday 20 February

Samsung is introducing a range of products to the African market at the sixth annual Africa Forum in Antalya, Turkey

Samsung goes ‘Beyond the Limit’ with its annual Africa Forum Samsung Electronics is introducing a range of products to the African market at the sixth annual Africa Forum in Antalya, Turkey ANTALYA, Turkey, February 20, 2015 – Samsung Electronics (http://www.samsung.com/africa_en) is introducing a range of products to the African market at the sixth annual Africa Forum in Antalya, Turkey, as the company continues to contribute to the continent’s ongoing transformation in the consumer electronics space. • Samsung Electronics showcases its commitment to the African market by introducing a range of products in the consumer electronics space

 

Cisco Selected by Videocon d2h to Enable 4K Broadcast in India

Cisco Selected by Videocon d2h to Enable 4K Broadcast in India Global Launch of Cisco’s 4K Encoder NEW DELHI, INDIA, FEBRUARY 19, 2015: Videocon d2h, one of the fastest-growing Direct-to-Home (DTH) companies in India, has chosen the Cisco® AnyRes Live UHD Encoders to launch its 4K-enabled Ultra High Definition viewing experience. This is the global launch of Cisco’s 4K Encoder and a redefinition of TV viewing. The 4K Encoder brings best-in-class quality for real-time media delivery applications such as live sports and 24-hour programming. The strategic announcement comes during the biggest sporting event in the country – the Cricket World…

 

Thursday 19 February

Security fears stop firms using cloud computing services, says FSB

Security fears stop firms using cloud computing services, says FSB New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that despite three fifths (60%) of small firms questioned using cloud computing services, the remaining two fifths (38%) remain sceptical about the benefits of the technology in the face of perceived risks. When asked what risks they most associated with cloud computing, the FSB members questioned listed the following top five concerns: data theft or loss (61%), reliable access to online services (55%), concerns over who would have access to the data (53%), liability issues (41%) and over dependence…

 

Agari 2014 State of Email Trust report finds healthcare industry at high risk for cyberattacks

AGARI 2014 STATE OF EMAIL TRUST REPORT FINDS HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY AT HIGH RISK FOR CYBERATTACKS Low predictability of cyber-attacks increases risk for all 11 industries surveyed; healthcare scores last as US data breaches surge Agari, the leading provider of real-time, data-driven security solutions that detect and prevent advanced email cyber-attacks, today released the 2014 edition of its State of Email Trust report, an exclusive research study based on analysis of email authentication practices for 147 companies across 11 industries. The report identifies spikes and declines in cyber-attacks across industries throughout the year, revealing companies and industries never know when attacks…

 

Jasco Power launches Jnet 1-10KVA UPS range to protect small and medium businesses in South Africa

Jasco Power launches Jnet 1-10KVA UPS range to protect small and medium businesses in South Africa 19 February 2015 Jasco Power Solutions has launched a new range of high frequency 1-10Kva UPS’ that will offer small and medium-sized local businesses the daily risk coverage they need to survive the load shedding that is likely to become the norm in South Africa. Jasco Power Solutions’ Jnet range of UPS’ are compact, flexible, meet international standards, and are extremely cost competitive. Jasco Power Solutions believes its Jnet UPS range is highly relevant and will capture 20% of the estimated R600 million market…

 

Tuesday 17 February

Intelsat and Azercosmos Partner to Deliver New Satellite

at 45 Degrees East

 

Intelsat to gain customized payload for DTH applications for the Central and Eastern European and Asia Pacific regions; provide connectivity for network and government applications in Africa

 

Azercosmos secures path to the second telecommunications satellite to meet growing demand in Europe, countries of Central and South Asia, and Middle East as well as Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

MoneyGram recently announced an agreement with Safaricom and Reaches 25,000 Locations Across Africa

MoneyGram Reaches 25,000 Locations Across Africa MoneyGram recently announced an agreement with Safaricom that enables consumers in over 90 countries outside Kenya to send funds directly to nearly 20 million customers of M-PESA NAIROBI, Kenya, February 17, 2015 – MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) (http://www.moneygram.com), a leading global money transfer company, announces today that its agent network in Africa has now reached 25,000 locations, following a strategic expansion initiative across the continent. Recent technology advances and new agent and sub-agent signings, including an agreement with the Mauritius Post Office to offer money transfer services at more than 100 locations.

 

B-TrunC Becomes an International Broadband Trunking Standard for Public Protection and Disaster Relief Operations

B-TrunC Becomes an International Broadband Trunking Standard for Public Protection and Disaster Relief Operations SHENZHEN, China, Feb. 17, 2015 – LTE-based broadband trunking communication (B-TrunC) has become the first standard from China to be accepted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as an international Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) broadband trunking air interface standard. It was included in the new version of the Recommendation ITU-R M.2009, which was approved at the 9th plenary conference held by the the ITU’s Radio communication Bureau (ITU-R) Study Group 5 (SG5) in Geneva, Switzerland in November 2014, and was published on February 3,…

 

Monday 16 February

World Radio Day broadcast focuses on Youth and Innovation

World Radio Day broadcast focuses on Youth and Innovation ITU developing new global standards for sustainable growth of radio Geneva, 13 February 2015 – World Radio Day, organized this year by UNESCO, EBU, the United Nations Office in Geneva, and ITU brings attention to the theme: “Youth and Innovation”, looking ahead to new and innovative means to connect the world. It features a live global broadcast of panel discussions, call-ins from radio journalists covering breaking news of the day, radio features and an international concert by the UN Jazz Ensemble. A Radio Hackathon over nearly 24 hours has brought together…

 

Wednesday 11 February

IET launches Alan Turing lecture series on the future of the internet

Global technology expert to highlight how early theories in the field of computing can unlock the future of the internet

 

This month, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), in conjunction with the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), will launch its world-leading Turing lecture series at the Royal Institution in London. The lecture will explore how the dynamics of technology policy have significantly shaped the Internet and driven innovation.

Tuesday 10 February

Multi-banks interoperable and agent network sharing mobile money go live in Ethiopia

Multi-banks interoperable and agent network sharing mobile money go live in Ethiopia The HelloCash mobile money platform will provide financial services to all Ethiopians ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 9, 2015 – Lion International Bank and Somali Micro Finance in partnership with BelCash Technology Solution PLC (http://www.belcash.com) launched the official pilot of the HelloCash mobile money services. BelCash Technology Solution PLC is an Ethiopian based technology service provider for financial industry. The HelloCash mobile money platform will provide financial services to all Ethiopians. The HelloCash service enable existing and potential customers of Lion International Bank and Somali Micro Finance to carry…

 

Accedo Opens Mexico Office to Support Growth in the Americas

Stockholm and Guadalajara, 10th January 2015 – Accedo, the global market leader in TV application solutions, has opened a new office in  Guadalajara, in the heart of Mexico to support Accedo’s rapidly increasing business in North and South America. The Mexico office is expected to grow rapidly with increasing demand from media companies, VOD providers, telecom operators and pay TV service providers in the region. Existing clients across the Americas include iHeartMedia, Warner Bros, Showtime, America Móvil, ESPN, FOX and Telefónica.

 

“I’m truly excited about the new Mexicó office for many reasons.” commented Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo. “We see continued growth prospects for the region, and this new office will be a strong collaboration between our regional teams in North and South America.”

 

Monday 9 February

InfiNet Wireless Connects Nigeria To The Technology Generation

Together with TruNorth, InfiNet Wireless has significantly improved wireless connectivity in the Nigerian market using its latest solutions

 

9th February 2015 – InfiNet Wireless, the global leader in fixed broadband wireless connectivity, has today announced their success in improving connectivity across the Nigerian region. TruNorth, one of InfiNet’s expert resellers has been working within the region in line with InfiNet’s overall strategy to expand its presence in Africa and bring wireless connectivity to all corners of the continent. Nigeria’s population has a large percentage of citizens who do not have access to broadband, ‘94 per cent of the country’s population are yet to have access to broadband connectivity.

 

Thursday 5 February

GeoPoll and Control Union Use Mobile Surveys to Engage with Agricultural Industry in Africa and Asia

GeoPoll and Control Union Use Mobile Surveys to Engage with Agricultural Industry in Africa and Asia The partnership will initially focus on countries in Africa including Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda WASHINGTON, February 4, 2015 – GeoPoll (http://www.geopoll.com), the world’s largest real-time mobile survey platform, is announcing a strategic partnership with Control Union, global leader in agricultural certifications, food safety, and sustainability. Partnering allows Control Union to tap into GeoPoll’s multimodal mobile platform and database of 200 million users, giving them access the fastest and most cost effective data collection method available in emerging markets.

 

Orange and Ecobank launch money transfer service between Orange Money accounts and bank accounts in Africa

Orange and Ecobank launch money transfer service between Orange Money accounts and bank accounts in Africa A joint strategy to enhance mobile financial services and to increase access to banking services across Africa PARIS, France, February 5, 2015 – Orange (http://www.orange.com) and pan-African banking group Ecobank have rolled out a service that will enable Orange Money subscribers who also have bank accounts with Ecobank to transfer money between their respective accounts. The service has already been launched in Mali and will be rolled-out in several other African countries, including Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Conakry, Niger, Senegal and the Democratic Republic…

 

Wednesday 4 February

NAPAfrica_IXP: the largest Internet Exchange Point in Africa

NAPAfrica_IXP: the largest Internet Exchange Point in Africa Since declaring its intentions to become one of Africa’s largest Internet exchanges with the help of its fast growing community of peers; NAPAfrica recently announced that it has indeed achieved its goal and is reaching a throughput of 20Gbps with more than 180 members across its locations in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Established in 2012, NAPAfrica’s aim is to stimulate the development of a neutral Internet exchange and reduce IP interconnection costs and complexity in sub-Saharan Africa. Its aim is also to ensure that content is no longer sourced from Europe,…   

 

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