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Connect-World, the information and communication technology (ICT) decision makers' magazine. We are the decision makers' forum for ICT driven development.
|Connect-World's Digest - Issue 50 – April 2016||1st May, 2016|
Editorial Manager’s Eye, By Anthony Weaver, Editorial Manager Connect-World publications
WAN Summit, New York, 5-6 April 2016
Attended by over 150 organizations, the WAN Summit series brings together corporate WAN strategists and service provider executives to discuss common challenges, gain new perspectives, and to build business relationships with potential suppliers, customers, and peers. No other event offers comparable opportunities for meaningful interaction between the providers and buyers of enterprise network services.
NAB, Las Vegas, 18-21 April 2016
The National Association of Broadcasters announced today preliminary registered attendance of 103,012 for the 2016 NAB Show, the world's largest annual convention covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. The exhibition featured 1,874 companies spanning 1,063,380 net square feet of exhibit space.
"NAB Show demonstrated again its power as the preeminent destination to make headlines, launch innovative products and connect with key influencers in media, entertainment and technology," said NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton. "We're thrilled with the tremendous feedback from attendees and exhibitors, and we are delighted that NAB Show continues to be a must-attend event for global content creators and distributors."
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Friday 29 April
Dynamic Spectrum Alliance 2016 Global Summit “Best Two Days of Information Sharing About Dynamic Spectrum Access Issues”, Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL)
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) Global Summit 2016 concluded yesterday with a final excellent day of sessions. Representatives from 21 countries around the world came together in Bogota, Colombia to learn and exchange knowledge about best spectrum sharing policies and practices. The Global Summit has created an enormous impact on spectrum regulatory thinking in the Americas and around the world.
This was the first time 17 international regulators including, the Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL), Brazil; Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT), Mexico; Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL), Costa Rica; Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA), Botswana; Agencia Nacional del Espectro (ANE), Colombia; Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones de Chile (SUBTEL), Chile; and the Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (INDOTEL), Dominican Republic attended the DSA Global Summit. They were joined by executives from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Microsoft, Broadcom Limited, and Google amongst many others.
Thursday 28 April
Eurotariff: Transatel, pioneer in European roaming, underlines shift in competitive environment
With the new regulation, also known as the Eurotariff, roaming in the EU will become cheaper starting April 30, 2016, and will be completely eliminated by June 15, 2017. Transatel, a stakeholder in the European telecoms market since 2000, remains an industry pioneer. Jacques Bonifay, Transatel CEO and President of MVNO Europe and Alternative Mobile, highlights the advancements and drawbacks of the new regulation.
Wednesday 27 April
TEXA’s connected car tech races ahead with Interoute
Interoute, owner-operator of a global cloud services platform and one of Europe's largest networks, has today announced the renewal of its agreement as ICT provider to TEXA, a leading diagnostics company for the automotive industry. Interoute connectivity and cloud services are used to support TEXA’s international expansion and market development for its remote diagnostic tools for trucks, cars, motorcycles, agricultural vehicles and marine engines.
Tuesday 26 April
Futuresource Consulting - Digital Video Consumption on the Rise, Consumers Increasingly Taking Multiple SVoD Services... But Impact on Pay-TV and Transactional Video Mixed
Futuresource Consulting has released the eleventh edition of "Living with Digital", its twice yearly consumer research programme, reporting on the shifts in consumers' entertainment content consumption, service usage and device ownership and interaction. In the latest survey, 2,000 interviews were conducted in each of the UK and USA and 1,500 in Germany & France. China, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Italy and Spain will also be covered in the next wave of research.
The survey provides detailed analysis on the trends in Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD), as uptake continues to rise across all countries. Both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are increasingly prominent in the USA, UK and Germany and multiple service uptake is also high – with 82% and 69% of Amazon Prime Video users in the USA and UK respectively taking Netflix. Uptake of Netflix in France and Germany has increased significantly since the previous wave of research, although there is evidence that churn is high in France compared to the other surveyed countries.
Monday 25 April
Research Report: Syntel’s Holistic Automation Approach Provides Digital Transformation Path
Syntel, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNT), a global provider of digital modernization, information technology and knowledge process services, today announced that a new report from HfS Research has praised the scope and capabilities of the Company's automation platform, SyntBots®.
In the report, entitled "Syntel Is Driving A Holistic Approach To Intelligent Automation," HfS Research Managing Director Tom Reuner profiles the SyntBots platform, Syntel's strategic approach to automation and enterprise process and service delivery, as well as HfS's views on the future of automation in the emerging "As-A-Service Economy."
Friday 22 April
Ingenico Group deploys a cashless Revenue Collection solution in Kenya
Ingenico Group the global leader in seamless payment, deployed, jointly with its local partner Tracom, a Revenue Collection solution in the County of Nyeri in Kenya.
This initiative was sponsored by Equity Bank and reinforces the emerging cashless-based culture by collecting County fees such as parking, land rates, business permits, market stall fees through electronic payment. Its benefits include stronger accountability for funds collected and effective cost reduction thanks to a fully electronic process.
People in Nyeri can now save time: instead of waiting in long queues, they can pay the County fees from the area of operations without wasting time commuting. In fact, County agents, equipped with Ingenico wireless smart terminals with a specific Revenue Collection application, can now simply collect payments when arriving at the business premises.
Thursday 21 April
Tigo Pesa customers pocket $2.3m /- in quarterly profit share
Tigo Pesa customers pocket $2.3m /- in quarterly profit share This is the eighth time that Tigo is disbursing the quarterly payment to its mobile money users DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, April 21, 2016 - Tigo Pesa (www.Tigo.co.tz) users have been paid a total of $2.3m/- as profit share paid every quarter by Tanzania’s leading digital lifestyle telecom. This is the eighth time that Tigo is disbursing the quarterly payment to its mobile money users – a practice the company became the first telecom in the world to introduce in July 2014.
Tuesday 19 April
Intelsat and Harmonic Deliver Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic Range Demo Channel to the Americas
Intelsat, operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, and Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced the expansion of their linear 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) demonstration channel, HVN Intelsat UHD, to include the Latin American region. The HVN Intelsat UHD channel was created to showcase and facilitate the introduction of compelling UHD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) content and its ability to create viewer interest and loyalty.
In addition to being broadcast via C-band from Intelsat’s premier HD and cable distribution neighborhood for North America, the Galaxy 13 satellite located at 127˚ West, HVN Intelsat UHD is now available to media customers in Latin America via C-band on the Intelsat 14 satellite located at 315˚ East, an emerging media platform in Latin America.
Tuesday 12 April
Hybrid IT is the Reality for Majority of Singapore’s Businesses; Security Concerns, New Skillsets Top of Mind for IT Professionals
Hybrid IT is the Reality for Majority of Singapore’s Businesses; Security Concerns, New Skillsets Top of Mind for IT Professionals According to the SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2016, only 8 percent of IT professionals across Singapore say their organisations have not migrated any infrastructure to the cloud, while 77 percent report security remains the greatest challenge and three-quarters indicate resources and new skills are still needed SINGAPORE – April 12, 2016 – SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today released the findings of its IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution.
Monday 11 April
European Telcos Join forces to combat Cyber Crime
ETIS – The Global Association for Telecommunications has joined forces with Proximus, KPN, Swisscom and A1 Telekom Austria, in an initiative to professionalise the exchange of cyber threat intelligence among European telecoms providers. With the support of Dutch innovation body TNO, these telcos established a technical platform to automate the exchange of cyber threat intelligence in real time. This project will enhance the efficiency of the community as well as the quality of the actual threat intelligence shared. The pilot project was recently concluded and laid the foundation for a more elaborate operational setup, potentially involving 20+ European telcos.
The cyber threat landscape is rapidly evolving with increasingly severe vulnerabilities emerging at a tremendous pace. What’s more, present day cyber attacks are more sophisticated than ever and the attackers are very well organised. Due to these dynamics, telcos cannot passively rely on traditional measures to stay safe. To avoid unnecessary damage, they must continually stay on top of the latest threats, vulnerabilities, attack methods and attacker campaigns. To this end, organisations are in need of relevant, timely and actionable threat intelligence.
Nokia and Zain KSA to transform Jeddah into a smart city by 2018
Nokia and Zain KSA to transform Jeddah into a smart city by 2018 Nokia leverages Internet of Things and Cloud technologies expertise to implement smart city applications and improve services for Jeddah residents 11 April 2016 Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Zain KSA and Nokia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a major initiative that will transform Jeddah, one of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's (KSA) largest cities, into a model for smart cities in the country and worldwide by 2018.
Friday 8 April
The use of mobile technology has proven a successful tool to address some of the challenges around access to healthcare services
Global partnership launches new programme with goal to save the lives of thousands of children affected by HIV in Lesotho The use of mobile technology has proven a successful tool to address some of the challenges around access to healthcare services LONDON, United Kingdom, April 8, 2016 - ViiV Healthcare (www.ViiVHealthcare.com), a global specialist HIV company, announced today jointly with its global partners, Vodafone Foundation, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, ELMA Philanthropies and the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the launch of the Mobilising HIV Identification and Treatment (MHIT) programme in Lesotho.
Tuesday 5 April
Orange invests in African e-commerce leader Africa Internet Group
Orange invests in African e-commerce leader Africa Internet Group Orange announces the acquisition of a 75 million-euro equity interest in Africa Internet Group PARIS, France, April 5, 2016 - Orange (www.Orange.com) announces the acquisition of a 75 million-euro equity interest in Africa Internet Group, joining AXA, Goldman Sachs and longstanding investors MTN Group, Millicom and Rocket Internet. Through this investment, which will be accompanied by a series of strategic partnerships between the subsidiaries of the two groups, Orange will help Jumia and other websites run by Africa Internet Group to accelerate their growth and seize development opportunities in Africa.
Friday 1 April
How Tigo supports education growth in Tanzania
Tigo, Tanzania’s leading digital lifestyle company, has since last year donated more than 2,400 desks worth over Tshs 230 million (about US$ 105,000) to needy primary schools in the country in a sustainable exercise that is meant to alleviate the serious shortage of desks in the country’s schools. Two thousand, four hundred desks are able to comfortably accommodate over 7,000 pupils (with one desk accommodating three pupils).
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