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|Connect-World's Digest - Issue 42 - August 2015||2nd September 2015|
Editorial Manager’s Eye, By Anthony Weaver, Editorial Manager Connect-World publications
Bluetooth Asia, Shanghai, China, 18-19 August 2015
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) in partnership with Informa Telecoms & Media, is proud to present Bluetooth Asia 2015. Last year’s event series gave exclusive insights on the future of Bluetooth technology to a record number of industry experts and Bluetooth® product innovators. Bluetooth Asia 2015 will bring over 600+ Attendees, 90+ Speakers, 35+ Exhibitors and over 18 Hours of Networking!
With the release of Bluetooth 4.2 and it’s focus on enabling further developments within the Internet of Things ecosystem, Bluetooth Asia will drive more attendees and enable the industry’s top leaders, developers, engineers, analysts and media to gather and explore the growing Internet of Things (IoT) enabled by Bluetooth technology.
As the only global conference focusing on Bluetooth in the IoT arena, these events shape the industry platform by enabling participants to share and learn best practices, explore various growth opportunities, evaluate business models, and network with colleagues from across the ecosystem.
Bluetooth Asia 2015 will be held in both Mandarin and English with simultaneous translations available for the Keynote sessions and the Technical Strategy Track. The Technical Strategy track will be solely held in Mandarin with no English translations available.
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3rd Annual Mobile Wallet, Jakarta, Indonesia, 23-26 August 2015
4th Annual Mobile Wallet Conference addresses the key factors in implementing a successful business model and players’ collaboration to accelerate scale and adoption in mobile wallets in Asia Pacific.
Focusing on the latest initiatives for mobile wallets and insights on consumer and retailer’s adoption & awareness, IBC’s 4th Annual Mobile Wallets will continue to address the key factors in implementing a successful business model and players’ collaboration to accelerate scale and adoption in mobile wallets in Asia. The conference not only provides a single platform for market trends, insights and networking opportunities, it convenes international and regional key players to exchange ideas on innovative approaches driving mobile wallet initiatives in Asia.
Thursday 30 July
Silent Circle Joins Google's Android for Work Program
Silent Circle Joins Google's Android for Work Program - Blackphone 2 will be its first Android for Work product, expanding support for enterprise services GENEVA, July 30, 2015 - Silent Circle today announced that its next generation Blackphone 2, the company's privacy-first smartphone, will be its inaugural product in Google's Android for Work program. The company joins Android for Work as part of its ongoing mission to deliver enterprise privacy. The Android for Work program, announced earlier this year by Google, aims to offer businesses simple management and enhanced security for user devices.
Tanzanian Government Confers Huawei with The Outstanding Leadership and Contribution Award
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, July 30, 2015 - Tanzania’s leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider (Huawei) (http://www.huawei.com) has today been conferred with the outstanding ICT leadership and contribution award during a 2 day summit dubbed (C2C) connect to connect.
The summit which kick started today at Ramada hotel, Dar Es Salaam brings together ICT practitioners, policy makers, investors and solution providers to deliberate on how to drive country to country broadband connectivity across Africa, from Coast to coast and innovations that will propel Tanzania’s economy and facilitate public service excellence.
Huawei received the award from the Ministry of Communication, Science and technology following its active participation in the ICT industry and leader position in doing research and great contribution in the evolution of broadband connectivity in Tanzania.
Keysight Leads 5G Development with New 5G Channel Sounding Reference Solution
Keysight Technologies Leads 5G Development with New 5G Channel Sounding Reference Solution New Reference Solution Enables Customers to Accelerate 5G Research SANTA ROSA, Calif., July 30, 2015 – Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today affirmed its technology leadership in 5G wireless research with the introduction of the 5G channel sounding Reference Solution. The new Reference Solution is designed for accelerating advanced research of millimeter-wave 5G channel models and includes ultra-broadband and MIMO, key requirements to measure the millimeter-wave channel and validate new air interface standards
Wednesday 29 July
Alcatel-Lucent and Quintillion Subsea Holdings to build undersea cable system connecting six communities along the North Slope of Alaska
Alcatel-Lucent and Quintillion Subsea Holdings to build undersea cable system connecting six communities along the North Slope of Alaska Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks has started cable route survey for the 1,850 km Alaskan system that will bring affordable high speed Internet access to northern Alaska by the end of 2016. Paris, France, July 28, 2015 Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), the undersea cables subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), and Quintillion Subsea Holdings LLC have entered into a turnkey contract for the design and construction of a submarine cable system from Prudhoe Bay to Nome.
Samsung positively impacts community in Kinshasa (DRC)
Samsung positively impacts community in Kinshasa (DRC) A team of volunteers from Samsung Electronics’ South Korean headquarters arrived in Kinshasa (DRC) KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) July 28, 2015/ -- What could 30 Samsung Electronics employees (http://www.samsung.com/africa_en), 31 computers and Computer Classes, accomplish? If taken in isolation, not much. But combined together, it could uplift a community in need. This is what a team of Samsung Electronics employees hopes to achieve as it marks its annual Employee Volunteer Programme in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo this week.
Monday 27 July
Advanced technology increasingly shaping Africa’s financial sector
- The local retail banking sector is increasingly making use of new technology such as ‘Mobile Money’ platforms
- Consumers have started to move away from physical cards, instead relying on their mobile phones to conduct day-to-day banking transactions
CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, July 27, 2015 - The African financial services industry is rapidly evolving as a result of advancing technology which is fueling innovation and growth in the sector. While the sector is mature in most developed countries, it is less saturated in Africa, therefore offering many opportunities for new market entrants to challenge the status quo of how business has traditionally been conducted.
EMP helps reintroduce banking services to Somalia
EMP partners with Premier Bank, its first customer in Somalia 23 July 2015: Emerging Markets Payments (EMP), the leading electronic payments processing company in Africa and the Middle East, is pleased to announce that it is now working with Premier Bank, its first customer in Somalia. Working together, EMP will deliver debit and prepaid issuing services, as well as ATM acquiring throughout the Premier Bank network. As a result of the partnership, Premier Bank customers will now have access to their bank accounts via the ATM network 24 hours a day.
Saturday 25 July
Technology - Africa: General Electric Africa and Gearbox announce plans to launch GE Garages for technology skills acquisition
GE Africa and Gearbox announce plans to launch GE Garages for technology skills acquisition To work with Seven Seas Technologies, University of Nairobi and Technical University of Kenya • The GE Garages - Nairobi skills building program will bring together partners from academia and private sector including Gearbox, University of Nairobi, Technical University of Kenya and Seven Seas Technologies to support sustainable skills and job growth in Kenya • GE Garages and local shared manufacturing platform Gearbox, will provide training, drive awareness and generate interest in the value of advanced hardware and technology.
Mobile Survey Targets 1,000 Entrepreneurs Across Five African Countries
Mobile Survey Targets 1,000 Entrepreneurs Across Five African Countries GeoPoll collected responses to a 13-question survey from 200 individuals per country who identified as entrepreneurs Surveys were conducted via SMS message the week of July 13, 2015 NAIROBI, Kenya, July 24, 2015 - On the eve of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, GeoPoll (http://www.geopoll.com), the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the U.S. State Department released a survey of 1,000 business owners throughout sub-Saharan Africa on entrepreneurship in their countries. GeoPoll surveyed 200 entrepreneurs per country in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria,…
Thursday 23 July
Vodafone report shows businesses based in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa lead adoption of M2M technologies globally
VODAFONE REPORT SHOWS BUSINESSES BASED IN ASIA PACIFIC, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA LEAD ADOPTION OF M2M TECHNOLOGIES GLOBALLY Adoption rate in Africa, Middle East and Asia/Pacific (AMEAP) highest globally at 35% · 59% of companies report a significant return on investment (ROI) from M2M · 83% see M2M as a source of competitive advantage · Early adopters increasing investment; 81% using M2M more than last year HONG KONG, July 23, 2015 – Vodafone announced today the Asia Pacific findings from its third annual Vodafone M2M Barometerreport, the leading global survey of the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) sector.
Effortel delivers Africa's first mobile banking MVNO
Effortel helps deliver Africa’s first mobile banking MVNO Equity bank and Equitel join forces with Effortel to bring a truly mobile banking experience to Kenya Brussels, 23rd July: Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and enabler, Effortel, announced today that it is working with fellow MVNO, Equitel to provide Kenyan mobile subscribers with Africa’s first fully integrated banking approach via a mobile network. Effortel manages all technical and administrative aspects of Equitel’s MVNO partnership with Kenya’s most popular retail bank, Equity Bank, as part of a project that brings a more mobile and truly integrated banking experience to East Africa
Wednesday 22 July
YouTube and Netflix Driving Broadband Traffic' According to latest Futuresource Report
YouTube and Netflix Driving Broadband Traffic According to the latest broadband report from Futuresource Consulting, video now accounts for the majority of broadband traffic. This is mainly being driven by the continued global growth of OTT services, such as YouTube and Netflix. Futuresource expects bandwidth requirements to be further stretched with the increasing adoption of capacity-hungry 4K content, led mainly by online-based services. According to the report, broadband consumption is also being driven by the proliferation of smartphones, which is at 37% global personal penetration, and tablet devices, with a global household penetration of 26%.
NEC invests in XON, the sub-Sahara African ICT group, to accelerate regional African growth
NEC invests in XON, the sub-Sahara African ICT group, to accelerate regional African growth The two companies have explored joint sub-Sahara Africa business opportunities for the past 18 months and identified many areas of collaboration JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, July 22, 2015 - NEC Europe (http://uk.nec.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation (http://www.nec.com), has invested in XON, the sub-Sahara African ICT group, and the two organisations will have an integrated market approach that will combine their local expertise in the region to provide greater sales coverage in the sub-Sahara African market and accelerate regional growth for both companies in the telecoms,…
Monday 20 July
£10m IoT competition for UK cities
Government launches £10m Internet of Things competition for UK cities UK cities and businesses are being encouraged to apply for a £10m fund in a competition that will revolutionise the way the Internet of Things (IoT) benefits citizens by offering environmental improvements, economic opportunities, and more efficient and effective delivery of services such as transport, healthcare and energy. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Innovate UK are offering up to £10 million for a single collaborative research and development project to demonstrate the capability of IoT in a city region.
Etisalat: Call for Entries for Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015 Announced: The first ever Pan African prize celebrating debut African writers of published fiction
Call for Entries for Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015 Announced The first ever Pan African prize celebrating debut African writers of published fiction LAGOS, Nigeria, July 20, 2015 - Nigeria’s fastest growing and most innovative telecommunications company, Etisalat (http://www.etisalat.com.ng) has announced the call for entries for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature (http://prize.etisalat.com.ng) which is in its third year. The prize is the first ever Pan African prize celebrating debut African writers of published fiction.
Wednesday 15 July
IBM Research - Africa and RTI International forge partnership for data-driven development
IBM Research - Africa and RTI International forge partnership for data-driven development Launch project in Mombasa County, Kenya using technology to improve understanding of educational challenges in schools NAIROBI, Kenya, July 15, 2015 - RTI International (http://www.rti.org) - a leading nonprofit research institute - and IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) Africa research lab (http://www.research.ibm.com/labs/africa) have announced a partnership to deploy big data analytics and cognitive technologies to help transform development approaches in Africa and around the world. In one of the first projects, IBM and RTI are developing and testing intelligent systems to capture data about schools in Mombasa County, Kenya.
Friday 3 July
IBM Big Data and Analytics Solution Helps
London Borough of Camden Get Tough on Crime
LONDON, U.K. - 03 July 2015: IBM (NYSE: IBM): A new ‘Residents Index’ database based on IBM’s Big Data Analytics that matches key information about residents in the London Borough of Camden is helping to reduce crime and save time and money. The new system will help with issues such as debt collection, illegal subletting and preventing school admissions fraud.
Thursday 2 July
Axesat Selects Intelsat EpicNG® to Support Enterprise Networks and Cellular Backhaul Markets in Latin America
Intelsat EpicNG will enable Axesat to meet diverse range of customers' needs while consolidating operations previously spread across multiple satellite platforms
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the world's leading provider of satellite services, today announced that Axesat S.A. has signed a multi-year agreement for satellite services on the high-performance Intelsat EpicNG platform. Axesat, the largest provider of satellite-based corporate networks in Colombia, selected the Intelsat 29e satellite as the best choice to support the growing needs of its corporate enterprise customers as well as its cellular backhaul customers throughout Latin America.
Mobile technology puts African business owners in the driving seat
Mobile technology puts African business owners in the driving seat JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, July 2, 2015 - With smartphone penetration ramping up across Africa, the continent’s businesses have an opportunity to use mobile technology to become more efficient, productive, and responsive in the way they do business. According to the Ericsson Mobility Report for 2015 (http://www.apo.af/uwS8Ft), there were more than 910 million mobile subscriptions in Africa by the first quarter of 2015. A growing number of these mobile users are now walking around with powerful smart devices that give them access to apps and information wherever they are.
Wednesday 1 July
CDNetworks Announces Comprehensive Cloud Security with Integrated Web Application Firewall (WAF) and DDoS Protection
CDNetworks Announces Comprehensive Cloud Security with Integrated Web Application Firewall (WAF) and DDoS Protection -- CDNetworks offers fast and secure cloud application delivery SAN JOSE, California, July 1, 2015 - Today, CDNetworks announces Cloud Security 2.0 including next generation behavioral web application firewall (WAF) technology integrated into CDNetworks' global content delivery network (CDN). This comprehensive solution combines web application and website acceleration with end to end security including DDoS attack mitigation at the network and application layers with 24/7 monitoring and customer portal visibility.
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