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By Rose Molefe and Moagisi Letlhaku
The annual SABC-Highway Africa New Media Awards in association with the Open Society Institute of West Africa (Osiwa) took place on Monday night, 7 September, at the 1820 Settlers Monument in Grahamstown. Pioneered nine years ago, the awards have become one of the major events for the recognition, reward and celebration of creativity for new media technologies in Africa.
Absa was proud to host the awards ceremony during their Absa Africa Night. “Absa is passionate about investing in great African stories that are told best by Africans,” said Maxwell Pirikisi, Head of Stakeholder Management Absa Group Corporate Affairs. Read the rest of this entry »
One of this morning’s panels was on Broadband Africa, with Ben Akoh of Open Society West Africa (Soros Foundation), Eric Osiakwan of Ghana Connect, Anne-Rachel Inné of ICANN and Ashraf Patel of the Meraka Institute. Here are a few notes taken during the session:
Ben Akoh gives a background of why broadband is important. He says there’s been a huge drop in prices in the last few years, thanks to wider availability of broadband, but there are still a lot of challenges.
In 2007 the GSM association announced they would spend a lot of money in increasing coverage in Africa. Now, wherever you go in Africa, you will probably have coverage. There’s been huge progress in mobile technology, We can all agree that nowadays mobile technology is progressing the most in Africa than anywhere else. Mobile phones in the African continent today have adapted to the African culture -ubuntu, social culture. However, governments often stay behind in their understanding. Akoh used to work for the UN in Ethiopia a few years ago, and he says they had to pay a rental for the internet equipment. At that time, the government did not see these tools and advancements in technology happening at the pace they were happening. Still now it’s illegal in Ethiopia to use VOIP. Read the rest of this entry »