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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 51 – May 2016||10th June, 2016|
Editorial Manager’s Eye, By Anthony Weaver, Editorial Manager Connect-World publications
TM Forum Management World
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How do you thrive as a business in the digital world?
TM Forum Live! addresses the key challenges being faced in todays connected world. How do you successfully manage hybrid networks end-to-end? What are the enterprise opportunities that 5G presents? What are the metrics that matter most in a digital world? How do you tackle the migration challenge being faced in a connected world? What are the innovative business models for smart cities? How do you create a common language for the digital marketplace?
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Tuesday 31 May
CNH Industrial N.V.: Behind the Wheel: Designing a Memorable Experience
In the latest episode of the CNH Industrial web series, we speak to David Wilkie, Director of the CNH Industrial Design Center, for an exclusive look at how his team brings a touch of automotive flair to the world of industrial machinery.
When you think of innovative design, your initial train of thought would most likely sway towards the likes of architecture and high tech gadgets rather than construction equipment and delivery vans. The work of David Wilkie and the CNH Industrial Design Center is looking to raise the profile of industrial product design by making it more appealing to the eye, while retaining all of its functionality.
"To me, good design is two things, really: it is something which makes the product very functional and a pleasure to use; and something which gives personality, charm, and creates a very memorable experience," describes Wilkie at the beginning of the latest episode of CNH Industrial's Behind the Wheel web series.
Mobile and online banking: Standard Chartered launches Africa¹s most extensive roll out of mobile and online banking
Standard Chartered launches Africa’s most extensive roll out of mobile and online banking Digital Banking made easier, faster and safer for over 1 million clients across 8 markets LONDON, United Kingdom, May 31, 2016 - Standard Chartered Bank (www.SC.com) is bringing its newest mobile and online banking platform to 1 million clients across 8 African markets, the most extensive digital rollout of its kind in Africa by an international bank. Supported by the Bank’s global-standard technology, clients will enjoy a consistent online experience across laptops, tablets or mobile phones, and the convenience of banking from the location of their choice.…
Friday 27 May
Music streaming is growing rapidly globally and it¹s the second most popular mobile phone feature in Sub-Saharan Africa
Tigo Music Transforming lives of Tanzanian Artistes Music streaming is growing rapidly globally and it’s the second most popular mobile phone feature in Sub-Saharan Africa DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, May 25, 2016 - The popular music of the new generation, known as ‘Bongo Flava’ has evolved from being seen as an art for ‘outlaws’-or rather; that’s how the older generation viewed it about two decades ago! Today, the ‘pop’ music genre is the most loved source of entertainment by all, both young and old.
Ericsson Emergency Wallet To Support Humanitarian Response
Ericsson commits at World Humanitarian Summit to developing Ericsson Emergency Wallet, a mobile financial services solution to support humanitarian organizations and populations affected by disasters or crises · Solution will enable the distribution and use of digital aid in emergency situations · Builds on Ericsson’s 15 year history of disaster and humanitarian relief in support of UN and humanitarian organizations, and the UN Connecting Business Initiative Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has committed to developing Ericsson Emergency Wallet, a mobile financial services solution, for deployment in the immediate aftermath of disaster or crises…
Monday 23 May
The Central Role of Telecoms in The Smart City - new report from GSA
A new short report from GSA “The Central Role of Telecoms in The Smart City” examines the way that communications networks are being used to underpin rapid development of smart cities. “The Central Role of Telecoms in The Smart City” report, commissioned from Innovation Observatory, argues that relationships between city authorities, communications service providers and telecom network equipment vendors are changing in response to two new drivers of smart city investment: the potential to use ‘big data’ and Internet of Things ideas, and the emergence of technologies that make it easier to create a smart city infrastructure.
The paper examines the many smart city use cases that have been developed, showing how they deliver benefits to the city, and looking at their components of cost. It also drills down into the communications–and data-layer requirements of these use cases, showing that heterogeneous networks will exist even if cities strive to deliver cross-departmental platforms for using–and monetizing–data within the city.
Friday 20 May
Orange launches 6th edition of the Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East
The projects of 4 start-ups will be recognized during the awards ceremony with prizes of 25,000, 15,000 and 10,000, while 5,000 euros will go to the winner of the Special Cultural Content Prize
PARIS, France, May 18, 2016 - Orange (www.Orange.com) is launching a call for candidates for the 2016 Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East. The Orange Social Venture Prize, which aims to encourage start-ups that use innovation to fuel development on the African continent, is being extended to the Middle East and, this year, includes a Special Cultural Content Prize. Applications may be made from 18 May to 21 September 2016 on the EntrepreneurClub.Orange.com website, Orange's new portal for entrepreneurs in Africa and the Middle East.
The projects of 4 start-ups will be recognized during the awards ceremony with prizes of 25,000, 15,000 and 10,000, while 5,000 euros will go to the winner of the Special Cultural Content Prize.
Mobile phones serving as digital 'wallets': New United Nations study finds digital payments to Ebola response workers saved lives and $10 million
New United Nations study finds digital payments to Ebola response workers saved lives and $10 million By using digital payments to pay Ebola response workers, Sierra Leone massively cut payment times, avoiding large-scale strikes and ensuring a stable workforce to defeat Ebola. Sierra Leone’s experience shows the critical importance of preparing early for digital payments before crises hit. FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, May 18, 2016 - Mobile phones serving as digital “wallets” for payments to response workers proved an invaluable tool in Sierra Leone’s response to the Ebola crisis, according to a new study from the United Nations-based Better Than Cash…
Wednesday 18 May
SpeedCast Selected by Airbus Defence and Space as its partner to build and manage anchor ground station for protected X-band Satcom Services in Asia-Pacific
SpeedCast International Limited (ASX: SDA), a leading global satellite communications service provider, today announced that it has partnered with one of the largest global Defence companies, Airbus Defence and Space, to design, build and provide onsite management for the ground anchor station for the Skynet 5A satellite in Asia Pacific, following its relocation in 2015, to provide extended coverage to the region, including the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific regions.
Tuesday 17 May
Internet TV: ShowMax expands internet TV service to sub-Saharan Africa
ShowMax expands internet TV service to sub-Saharan Africa ShowMax, the internet TV service launched in August 2015, has expanded its footprint to 36 additional countries across sub-Saharan Africa DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 16, 2016 - ShowMax, the internet TV service launched in August 2015, has expanded its footprint to 36 additional countries across sub-Saharan Africa. In total, ShowMax now supplies subscription video on demand services to 65 countries worldwide. ShowMax (www.ShowMax.com) has officially launched internet TV services to 36 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.
Monday 16 May
Ericsson and Rwandan Government collaborate on financial inclusion
Ericsson and Rwandan Government collaborate on financial inclusion Collaboration to support greater financial and social inclusion for all Rwandan citizens through new information technology and software. Government of Rwanda enacts clear financial and payment services policies to create a neutral, interoperable and viable market place properly supported by the Ericsson Interconnect Solution Rwanda aims to become Africa's first truly digital economy, leveraging on Ericsson M-Commerce Interconnect for seamless financial services Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning for Rwanda have signed a breakthrough agreement for the launch of a national interoperability switch based on the Ericsson M-Commerce…
Wednesday 11 May
MainOne hosts session on unlocking Africa's digital potential at International Telecommunications Week
MainOne hosts session on unlocking Africa’s digital potential at International Telecommunications Week The Company hosted the Africa Panel Session attended by a mix of Africa’s leading wholesale carriers, mobile network operators and a host of global service providers and content distribution companies at the annual global gathering of telecommunications companies LAGOS, Nigeria, May 12, 2016 - For the fifth year in a row, MainOne (www.MainOne.net) continues to raise Africa’s digital profile and highlight its untapped potential at the recently concluded International Telecoms Week held in Chicago from May 8th to May 11th, 2016 (http://www.InternationalTelecomsWeek.com).
Monday 9 May
Two thirds of large UK businesses hit by cyber breach or attack in past year
Two thirds of large UK businesses hit by cyber breach or attack in past year · Nearly seven out of ten attacks on all firms involved viruses, spyware or malware. · Record £1.9bn government investment to protect UK but industry must act to help protect themselves · New National Cyber Security Centre will launch in the autumn 2016 Britain’s businesses are being urged to better protect themselves from cyber criminals after government research into cyber security found two thirds of large businesses experienced a cyber breach or attack in the past year.
Tuesday 3 May
SimbaPay announces single money transfer of up to $45,000 (USD) to Africa
SimbaPay is revolutionizing the remittance space through its official announcement of raising the single transaction limit to a whopping $45,000. This is substantially higher than the previous transaction limit of $3,000.
According to Victor Karanja, Head of Operations at SimbaPay, sending money home and buying property across Africa has just become a whole lot easier.
“A pain point for customers in the past has been having to undertake multiple transfers to complete a single purchase.”
“A key risk with multiple transfers was exchange rate fluctuation. Sending up to $45,000 with just our mobile app will protect senders from the fluctuation that arises when one splits up the transfer,” said Karanja.
African immigrants in the European countries can now easily complete larger purchases in Africa such as that of property, vehicles and paying large hospital bills or university fees via the SimbaPay app.
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