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|Connect-World's Digest - Issue 49 – March 2016||5th April, 2016|
Editorial Manager’s Eye, By Anthony Weaver, Editorial Manager Connect-World publications
Satellite, Washington DC, 7-10 March 2016
SATELLITE is the go-to industry event that shapes the future of satellite technology–bringing the leaders, and market leading companies and brands behind this transformation together in one place.
In the satellite industry, SATELLITE is known as the largest and most important global satellite communications event of the year, gathering professionals from ALL markets of the satellite community.
Capacity Latam, Rio de Janeiro, 15-16 March 2016
Capacity Latam has grown to become the single most important meeting for Latin America's entire wholesale telecoms industry. Providing a unique forum for the key decision makers
active in the Latin American wholesale community to network and secure crucial new business.
Capacity Latam 2016 was attended by 483 senior-level executives from 155 companies.
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Wednesday 30 March
SMART Communications selects MATRIXX and invests
MATRIXX Software selected by SMART Communications, attracts strategic funding from PLDT Mountain View, CA, Mar 30, 2016 – MATRIXX Software today announced that SMART Communications, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), has selected MATRIXX Software’s real-time Digital Commerce platform for its mobile business. Subsequently, PLDT has invested in MATRIXX through its investment arm, PLDT Capital. SMART Communications, the country’s largest mobile network, is deploying the MATRIXX platform to deliver an array of lifestyle services and content that can be individually purchased and customized. SMART’s customers will have the freedom to manage their mobile account usage…
Tuesday 22 March
Data Centers in Africa: Investors in Data Centers in Africa Heading to Monaco for First Ever Summit
Investors in Data Centers in Africa Heading to Monaco for First Ever Summit Infrastructure investment and challenges faced by Africa will take center stage during the Summit with energy being among them MONACO, Monaco, March 22, 2016 - In the first event of its kind, an exciting one-day Summit will meet in Monaco to explore the next phase of data center and cloud development across the continent. Invest in Data Center Africa (http://www.DataCloudCongress.com/africa) -collocated at Datacloud Europe – will meet at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco on 8th June 2016 to discuss current and future investment in Africa data centers, connectivity…
Sunday 20 March
Orange and Ecobank launch a bank-to-wallet money transfer service linked to Orange Money in Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea Conakry and Niger
Orange and Ecobank launch a bank-to-wallet money transfer service linked to Orange Money in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Conakry and Niger Customers can use their mobile phones to securely transfer money between accounts at any time PARIS, France, March 21, 2016 - This partnership, which is already operational in Mali since January 2015 and in Cameroun since August 2015, facilitates money transfers for both Ecobank (www.Ecobank.com) and Orange (www.Orange.com) customers by allowing them to top-up their Orange Money e-wallet from their bank account, and vice versa. Customers can use their mobile phones to securely transfer money between accounts at any time,…
Ericsson chosen by Airtel Zambia for network transformation
Ericsson chosen by Airtel Zambia for network transformation Airtel Zambia chooses Ericsson for radio access network upgrade Ericsson to transform 2G sites, swap out existing 3G sites New radio system will enhance the subscriber experience and strengthen Airtel's market leadership in the country Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has extended its partnership with Airtel Zambia, headquartered in Lusaka, Zambia, with a new contract covering the transformation of Airtel's radio access network (RAN) infrastructure in every major region of Zambia. This extended partnership will both optimize the subscriber experience and strengthen Airtel's market leadership in the country.
Friday 18 March
University of Aberdeen partners with IBM to drive innovation in cognitive computing
University of Aberdeen partners with IBM to drive innovation in cognitive computing Aberdeen, Scotland - 17 Mar 2016: The University of Aberdeen has become the first Scottish university to partner with IBM (NYSE: IBM) to offer students and staff access to Watson Engagement Advisor, one of IBM's cognitive computing technology solutions. The partnership will provide students within the University’s Department of Computing Science the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of IBM’s system, which is widely regarded as world leading in the field of cognitive computing.
Tuesday 15 March
Smile Tanzania Leading 4G LTE Innovation with World First
Smile Tanzania Leading 4G LTE Innovation with World First Today Smile Communications Tanzania announced the introduction of two 4G LTE innovations to its customers in Tanzania - SmileVoice and SmileUnlimited DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, March 15, 2016 - Today Smile Communications Tanzania (“Smile Tanzania”) (https://Smile.co.tz) announced the introduction of two 4G LTE innovations to its customers in Tanzania - SmileVoice and SmileUnlimited (www.Smile.co.tz/voice). Smile is the first operator in East Africa to offer its customers Voice over LTE services, giving them access to the fast growing Global standard for voice and video calling.
Terra and LexisNexis Risk Solutions team-up to risk-proof international transactions
Terra, a mobile-first international payment network, incubated by Mahindra Comviva, announced today a strategic collaboration with LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, a global big data, technology and analytics company, to protect its network against financial crime and facilitate secure growth of mobile-powered cross-border transactions.
The globalization of financial markets and the growing move to digitize remittances have made it easy to move funds to any corner of the world. With an increase in the volume of activity, there is a heightened need to safeguard money transfer networks from potential money laundering and to strengthen compliance.
Friday 11th March
Ex-Ofcom employee steals and shares private data - comment from DQM GRC
The news brought to our attention that an ex-Ofcom employee has stolen a considerable amount of confidential corporate data in order to win favour with his new employer. Unfortunately, this is an incredibly common, and serious, threat to businesses today. According to research a quarter of employees would sell private company data and risk both their job and a criminal conviction for just £5,000.
High profile targeted attacks, such as TalkTalk and Sony, generate fear in businesses from external hacking attempts, but in this day and age businesses need to be wary of both those on the inside as well as on the outside.
The good news is that there are ways companies can keep an eye on their confidential information – even when it has left the building. Data Watermarking allows you to add unique tracking records (known as "seeds") into your database and then monitors how your data is being used - even when it has moved outside of your organisation's direct control. The service works for e-mail, physical mail, landline and mobile telephone calls and is designed to build you a detailed picture of the real use of your data.
Thursday 10 March
ITU strengthens ties between technology, business and policy
ITU strengthens ties between technology, business and policy Economic and policy requirements to play a greater role in informing ITU standardization Geneva, 9 March 2016 – The international community is looking to ITU’s unique public-private partnership of members for a neutral platform to strengthen the ties between technical innovation, business needs and economic and policy requirements. ITU has intensified its efforts to ensure congruent technical innovation and policy development, addressing concerns that technology too often races ahead of policy, with the result that governance frameworks fall out of step with market realities.
Tuesday 8 March
Women at the Top: How a Female Power Duo is Leading the Flagship of the 1st African Unicorn
Women at the Top: How a Female Power Duo is Leading the Flagship of the 1st African Unicorn Jumia's top leadership in Nigeria is 100% female LAGOS, Nigeria, March 8, 2016 - Jumia (https://www.Jumia.com.ng), Africa’s biggest e-commerce is set to become an equivalent of Amazon on a continent with tremendous opportunities which will see its online population reach 50% by 2025 and its its smartphone owners rise to 360 million. Jumia already made headlines no less than a week ago by securing a second investment of 225 million euros from Goldman Sachs and historical investors MTN and Rocket Internet. Earlier…
Intelsat and SkyNet de Colombia Bring High Speed Broadband Connectivity to Remote Areas of Colombia
Intelsat and SkyNet de Colombia Bring High Speed Broadband Connectivity to Remote Areas of Colombia Leveraging the higher performance and better economics of Intelsat EpicNG, SkyNet de Colombia and Intelsat will connect close to 600 remote sites. Partnership will bring more schools and communities across Colombia online. Luxembourg, 08 March 2016 Nearly 4 billion people remain unconnected in the world. Bridging the digital divide is critical to bolstering a country’s GDP growth and ensuring inclusion from a social, political and economic perspective for any community. Intelsat (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite…
Monday 7 March
GSA confirms LTE passed 1 billion subscriptions milestone in Q4: ended 2015 with 1.068 billion
GSA confirms LTE passed 1 billion subscriptions milestone in Q4: ended 2015 with 1.068 billion March 7, 2016: GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, confirms that LTE continues to grow faster than any other mobile communications system technology and is now responsible for 1 in 7 mobile connections worldwide. LTE gained almost 156 million connections in Q4 2015, which is 75% more than 3G/HSPA systems. The number of LTE and LTE-Advanced subscriptions is expected to pass the 3G/WCDMA-HSPA global total in 2020. GSM subscriptions fell by 141 million in the quarter. Analysing mobile subscriptions data provided to GSA by Ovum…
Thursday 3 March
Technology in Africa: Can the next Einstein come from Africa?: Next Einstein Forum launches global call for a new era in science and technology in Africa
In less than a week, the first global forum for science on African soil will take place in Dakar, Senegal, from 8-10 March 2016. The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) (http://gg2016.nef.org) has launched a global call for support for Africa’s scientific and technological emergence (http://www.IamEinstein.org). The video, which asks the question, "Can the next Einstein come from Africa?" calls on game changers from Africa and around the world to support Africa’s scientific renaissance.
Tuesday 1 March
Nokia malware report shows smartphones now account for 60% of infections in the mobile network
Nokia malware report shows smartphones now account for 60% of infections in the mobile network Nokia Threat Intelligence Lab report shows iOS-based malware appears on top 20 list for first time with XcodeGhost and FlexiSpy. Android malware more than doubled in last six months of 2015 and is becoming increasingly sophisticated and persistent. Report examines rising threats through mobile ransomware.
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