Issa Sikiti Da Silva

cablesThe African continent will have 13 submarine cables by the end of 2011, a process that will redefine the technology environment and set the continent on a major broadband explosion, Sadiq Malik, director of operations at Broadband Communication Technologies (BCT), told a workshop at the Africa Media and Broadcasting 2010 Congress at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“Traffic on the world’s networks is being increased by 46% annually starting from 2007 until 2012. As a result, there will be an annual bandwidth demand of approximately 522 exabytes, or more than half a zettabyte,” Malik announced today, Monday, 29 November 2010.

“From currently being seen as a dark continent, Africa will become the light continent, simply because of the amount of bandwidth,” Malik, a visiting University of Cape Town Business School lecturer, said today.

Impact on economy

He said this bandwidth revolution will have a major impact on the continent’s economy because 1% increase in bandwidth has the power to increase a country’s GDP by 0.5%, as per the World Bank and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) forecasts.

The Africa Media and Broadcasting Congress is set to lasted for five days with a series of workshops and plenary sessions that discussed issues affecting the continent’s media and broadcasting industry.

Source: bizcommunity.com/      Image: worldbank

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Tunis — A leading Tunisian ICT engineering and consulting group, “Telnet”, has become the exclusive maker of a robotic systems for a US energy company based in Houston (Texas), the official Tunisian press agency, TAP reported recently without specifying the US company’s name.

After telecommunications, multimedia, industry, e-banking, smart cards, cars, security, defense, avionics and information systems, Telnet is embarking in a new strategic field, namely robotics, writes TAP.

The robotics branch, created under the new partnership with the US company, is part of Telnet’s innovation program based on the development of the group’s technological capacities.

The company’s CEO said that “the know-how of Tunisian competencies will enable the development of innovative solutions in energy-related robotics, through Tunisia-made robots that will be marketed throughout the world and offer new solutions to problems of hydrocarbon tanks monitoring, which could not be resolved by any other technology.”

Recently, the group closed an agreement (LINKLAB) with the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in France.

LINKLAB is a common R&D platform, which aims at launching joint ventures in the fields of ICTs and new energy technologies.

Created in 1994, TELNET employs 500 employees including 400 engineers.

Source: tunisiaonlinenews.com/.   Image: Telnet

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Malawi is seeking investors to inject $2bn in power projects aimed at improving generation and supply. The country aims to increase capacity from the current 282MW to 3 407MW by 2020.

invest in MalawiMalawi experiences major power outages due to existing shortcomings in power generation. Lack of adequate power supply – currently at 282.5MW against a demand of 344MW – has undermined the country’s ability to attract investment and speed up economic growth.

95% of the power is generated by hydroelectric power plants on the Shire river in the southern region and the remaining 5% by a mini plant on Wovwe river in the north. The planned investment in phase II of Kapichira hydropower plant and also the interconnection of the electricity grid with that of Mozambique in 2011 is expected to help boost supply.

The government is inviting private investors to invest in short and long-term projects worth $2-billion, which will see power supply reach 3 407 by 2020. Feasibility studies for the development of hydroelectric power stations on the Shire, Songwe, Bua, Dwambazi, South Rukuru and Ruo rivers have been undertaken.

Other natural resources that could be exploited range from uranium reserves, which could be used as fuel for nuclear power plants, and coal reserves that could be exploited for use in coal-fired power plants.

Source: TradeInvestAfrica         Image: malawivoice.com

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