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Old August 2nd, 2006, 12:45 PM   #1
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African ICT News

Africa's ICT sector is in an exciting phase. Several governments around the continent have made commitments to the development of ICT in their country. Some countries are planning to build ICT Technology Parks to help carry out these commitments.

This thread can be used to post and discuss news in this rapidly growing sector! In the following posts, I will detail the plans that some countries have drawn-up.

I'll start the thread by posting the continent's current top 10 ICT leaders:

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Africa's ICT Leaders

1. Tunisia

2. South Africa

3. Mauritius

4. Botswana

5. Ghana

6. Egypt

7. Morocco

8. Namibia

9. Uganda

10. Tanzania

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Data collected by the World Economic Forum and other economic organisations shows that Tunisia was Africa's information communication and technology leader.

Tunisia was afforded this based on the level of competition, number of fixed and mobile lines per 1000 people, mobile telephony coverage and cost for handsets, number of broadband and narrowband Internet users, and school connectivity rates.

Tunisia had 120 fixed lines, 373 mobile connections and 83 Internet users per 1000. Ninety-five percent of the population was covered with mobile telecoms with 25 percent of schools connected.

South Africa, which came in second, had 104 fixed lines, 471 mobile connections and 81 Internet users per 1000. Population and school connections were slightly higher at 96 percent and 27 percent respectively.

School connectivity should probably be higher in South Africa, but Telkom, the country's effective fixed line monopoly, has failed to provide school Internet connections at the required 50 percent discount. Similarly, high fixed line and broadband costs have slowed growth.
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"We have taken long and steady steps towards achieving our goal of becoming an information society, but we feel that this is only the beginning. The IT sector in Egypt holds great promise for further growth and development. With the developed markets largely saturated and the rapid emergence of our domestic market, Egypt has become a goldmine for IT investment. Incentives and new investment laws are only some of the ways the country provides support to investors and their businesses. Creative professionals, a supportive government, and a healthy business enviroment have been the key to our current success, and they will continue to be fundamental to our future achievements."


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Smart Village
Egypt's ICT Park


Mission of Smart Village

Smart Village is the transition into a new definition of standards and value creation. Being a part of Smart Village is more than a business choice; it is a life-style choice.

The mission of Smart Village is to create a center of excellence, a technological park with state-of the-art infrastructure geared towards hi-tech businesses and to create a strategic base with a superior environment to enable businesses to gain the competitive advantage they seek.

Smart Village is situated in a lush environment that offers superior internet connections and a myriad of technological and administrative services, all designed to make the village an oasis for seamless I.T. business practices. The Smart Village was created with the overall vision of propelling the ICT sector investment in Egypt and hence capitalizing on the wealth of human resources available in Egypt.

Egypt is a pioneer in the field of IT and a pre-eminent business center through openness to new skills, practices, and the cultivation of an innovative business culture. We envision Smart Village as creating the best environment for information technology activities.


About Smart Village

Building great monuments in Egypt is not a thing of the past. An extraordinary example of Egypt’s high tech infrastructure, economic incentive packages and commitment to the future is the 450 - acres Smart Village project that provides a high tech environment for IT and Telecom companies.

Upon completion of all the phases there will be 67 office plots, accommodating approximately 30,000 employees.

The Village is comprised of 10% buildings and 90% green area, lakes and water streams.

Smart Village incorporates all the amenities needed by its prospective staff and visitors.

Smart Village's location is geographically central to all major destinations within Greater Cairo located just 20 minutes away from downtown Cairo, 10km from the pyramids. It is also easily accessible from Cairo International Airport.

Smart Village gives the opportunity for any firm operating in the IT sector to rent, lease or buy office space. Firms can also buy land and build their own offices abiding by the same architectual standards of the Village.


Schedule/Phases of Smart Village

Smart Village is well aware of the positive impact of investment on the Egyptian economy, and is dedicated to creating more investment opportunities. An eminent example is the build-own-operate (BOO) model that has been adopted in order to allow unprecedented services and profitability for each project. The project will be deployed in 3 phases, each phase will be fully operating separately.

Phase 1
Allows first occupancy, housing the main key players in Egypt and the region, such as Microsoft, Alcatel and Vodafone with all the needed services such as security, transportation, food court and property management.

Phase 2
Will accommodate main local players within the CIT sector in Egypt with all the remaining service buildings such as the hotel, recreational center and conference center.

Phase 3
Will consist of the remaining grouping of land plots, more office rental buildings.

In all the project phases, the highest quality infrastructure will be guaranteed for delivery within the requested time schedule, including: state-of-the-art fiber optic cable network, advanced fire fighting systems, two electricity sources (ensuring uninterrupted power supply), in addition to water, sewage, roads, central air-conditioning and state of the art communications network.

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Mauritius, the paradise island of golden sand and five-star hotels in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is plunging head first into the high-tech world of information technology.

The volcanic rock, famous for the extinct dodo that once naively welcomed foreign visitors and paid the price, is now using its foreign contacts to build on two decades of development and wants to become a "cyber island".

And it's going the right way about it.

A few kilometres outside the capital, Port Louis, the sugar cane plantations, which were the foundations of the island's success, are being built upon and a "cyber city" is emerging amid the mountains.

"Technologically speaking the cyber city is a state-of-the-art facility," said Devendra Chaudhry, chief executive of Business Parks of Mauritius.

"It will provide a world-class telecommunications network, through both satellite and the fibre-optic cable that links Portugal and Malaysia via South Africa and Mauritius.

"It will provide computing on demand, an internet data centre to back up data and servers for web-hosting, e-commerce and financial transactions."

Creation

The centrepiece of the city is a 12-storey tower, which is being built in just over a year.

Then more than 30 other projects will follow - a hypermarket, conference centre, a cyber village for accommodation, and more high-tech office space.

Devendra Chaudhry is an Indian civil servant brought to Mauritius on sabbatical, to use the experience of high-tech cities in places like Bangalore or Hyderabad to create a new industry on the island.

And the majority of the workers on the site are Indian, brought in to build the infrastructure which the government of Mauritius hopes will catapult the island forward.

Upwardly mobile


But the expansion into the high-tech sector doesn't end with just infrastructure.

Huge investment is being put into education from primary level to university level, and even for those who haven't even seen a computer before.

The Cyber Caravan has been fitted out for the job, making its daily rounds visiting villages in the more remote parts of Mauritius.

The converted coach is now a computer studies class for housewives, children, unemployed people and the disabled.

"We use the caravan to conduct Information Communications Technology (ICT) awareness courses," said Vikash Heeralaul from the National Computer Board.

"We've got nine PCs in a network and we teach basic computing and word processing.

"Up to now we have been to 170 community centres to create ICT awareness among the people of Mauritius.

"Some people don't know how to use a computer, but we teach them the basics and then word processing."

Sweet dreams


It's quite a transformation for an island which based its development on money raised by sugar.

The sugar protocol still ensures high prices for European exports and remains important to the economy.

Then the textile industry came along and is still growing with the help of the special trade relationship with America under the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA).

But the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Paul Berenger is looking much further into the future.

"On the horizon the sugar protocol is threatened and textile exports to the European Union and the States are also under question by the World Trade Organisation's new rules, and by developing free trade agreements, so we are threatened from all sides," he said.

"This is where our idea is to make Mauritius a cyber island to rush ahead as a services economy."

Corporate interest

It's a promise that's being jumped upon by some big names - Microsoft has expressed an interest and Hewlett Packard is a partner in the cyber city.

One of the big advantages of the city is a "Disaster Recovery Service" for businesses around the world to transfer and store data, and even run their call centres from Mauritius if their computers are hit by a terrorist attack.

Lindsay Pointu, representative of Hewlett Packard in Mauritius, argues that it's a good place for big companies to have back-up systems in place because of its relative security and stability.

"I think the biggest benefit is that being a rock in the middle of the ocean you are isolated and in a way that is what you want.

"Putting it crudely the whole of Africa could be on fire and Mauritius would be protected.

"We can see that the cyber city will represent a land of opportunity for ICT business."

So as construction work continues, Mauritius is building a future for itself, accelerating ahead of the rest of the African continent.

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Ebene Cyber City
Mauritius' ICT Park




Vision and Plans of the Cyber City

• The infrastructure is especially meant for the ITES sector. Redundancy of power supply and high bandwidth Fibre-to-the-Business telecommunication facilities are for instance key features of this Intelligent Building.
• The Cyber Tower is situated in the picturesque neighbourhood of the “Ebène Triangle” ideal for ITES activities
• There is no traffic jam to enter the CyberCity, contrary to Port-Louis.
• Pollution is practically inexistent in the area of the CyberCity
• Situated in a highly residential zone, the availability of nearby labour pool implies lower transport costs for the employees
• The CyberCity is an integrated project with shopping facilities, food courts, bank.
• The CyberCity is situated next to the motorway linking the airport to the north of the island.
• There are provisions for the Light Rail System through the CyberCity in the nearby future


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Ghana



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GCG was founded in 1999 to leverage advances in information technology to strengthen Ghana's economy. Between 2000 and 2003, six US-based firms invested hundreds of millions of dollars in BPO and call centers in Ghana. A modern technology infrastructure is needed to support the projected proliferation of IT firms in Ghana.

On September 25, 2003, GCG launched the Ghana Technology Park proposal in New York. The Ghana technology park, as conceived, is a medium term corporate entity that will make available infrastructure facilities to growing technology firms, both domestic and foreign, to provide business process outsourcing, call centers and other products for IT markets in United States, Africa and other emerging economies. The technology park venture will help Ghana fully tap into the global information technology market on a large scale.

The Ghana Technology Park will be a strategic base for companies targeting emerging markets in West Africa, a new frontier in the world of outsourcing, covering 250 million people. Ultimately, the Ghana Technology Park seeks to become West Africa's biggest IT infrastructure, with 100 companies expected to operate in 2006 with approximately 2,500 Knowledge Workers (programmers, database developers, business process staff).

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Ghana Tech Park
Ghana's ICT Village

Ghana Technology Park Limited will be incorporated in Accra in December 2005. The Company will develop and manage the Ghana Technology Park (GTP), an upscale business and innovation center to

(1) identify and develop early stage technology incubation opportunities
(2) assist client companies to commercialize their products, and
(3) broker contracts between buyers of outsourcing services (based primarily in Europe and North America) and IT and BPO providers stationed at the Park.

Equity partners of the Ghana Technology Park will comprise:
• Africa: Private companies led by Ghana Cyber Group, Inc. (30%)
• Europe: Commonwealth Business Council Technologies and partners (30%)
• USA: Venture capitalists and tech firms with global interest e.g. IBM, Microsoft (40%)

Ghana Technology Park will offer the following:
(i) Hardware & Business Office Rental
(ii) Start-up Incubation
(iii) Outsourcing Brokerage Business and
(iv) Information Technology Support Services.

The Company will position itself as the leader in promoting the IT and BPO industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, as the region competes for a niche market in the $550 billion offshore outsourcing market, which is expected to continue to grow nearly 20% annually through 2008. According to a 2005 McKinsey& Co. study, the information technology and enterprise solutions market in India alone is likely to reach $142 billion by 2009. By contrasts, companies in the United States currently spend $532 billion for these services .

The Ghana Technology Park will be established at the Accra-Tema Export Processing Zone, a special free zone area designated by the Ghanaian government for technology and industrial development with generous tax and other commercial incentives. The free zone is equipped with reliable utilities, including an on-site power sub-station to ensure uninterrupted energy supply, a large water reservoir and reliable but affordable telecommunication services.


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http://ictvillage.com/

http://www.ictpark.com/main/

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Background to the ICT Technology Park Project

The Government has donated 1,000 acres of land on which a technology park will be built. This puts Kenya ahead of its East African peers in having such a facility, which is expected to attract investments and enhance the country’s Information Communication and Technology (ICT) sub-sector.

“Technology park” is a term used to describe a variety of efforts to stimulate the development of entrepreneurial, knowledge-based small and medium-sized enterprises within a particular zone. The park is usually linked to educational or research institutions and provides infrastructure and support services for businesses, mainly office space. It also performs technology transfer and economic development functions.

All core functions and support services take place in very close vicinity, making the technology park a mini-city of sorts. The term technology park has over 10 synonyms, with the most common being science park, research park and technopole.

Apart from donating land, located at Athi River, Kitengela area, the Government will put up the necessary infrastructure like water, electricity and roads as a first step in luring investors. But Mr Gikonyo Gitonga of CB Richard Ellis warns that it will have to do more to attract quality business enterprises.

Rival Africa's best

“Due to competition, the techno-park must have quality residential areas, entertainment spots, shopping malls, sport facilities like a golf course, among others, to make it an attractive place to work,” says Mr Gitonga.

He says the park must ensure people will not only set up businesses there, but also live in the neighbourhood as is the case in other countries. Information and Communication minister Mutahi Kagwe says the area will be equipped with modern technology to rival some of Africa’s best.

Countries that have embraced the concept with success include South Africa, Egypt and Mauritius. They boast parks that host companies dealing in services ranging from biotechnology, ICT and electronics to health care. South Africa, the continent’s economic powerhouse, is the most advanced in the sector, with five technology parks.

The ministry wants to target businesses that deal in outsourcing, which has grown into a billion-dollar business world-wide. Outsourcing is where an organisation transfers its non-core but critical business operations to an external enterprise. Many multinationals in the West are outsourcing some of their services to companies in developing countries to cut on production costs.

The three factors that companies look for before outsourcing operations are cost and quality of labour, ease of communication and stability. Mr Kagwe says Kenya has most of these qualities. “What we need to work on at the moment is improve our telecommunication sector to make it more attractive.”
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* Design of the Technology Park is in progress.

The main companies behind the Kenya Technology Park Project:

- Deloitte
- Hewlett Packard
- Kenya Airways
- Microsoft
- Oracle Africa
- Safaricom
- Telkom Kenya


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Ghana Tech Park
Ghana's ICT Village

Ghana Technology Park Limited will be incorporated in Accra in December 2005. The Company will develop and manage the Ghana Technology Park (GTP), an upscale business and innovation center to

(1) identify and develop early stage technology incubation opportunities
(2) assist client companies to commercialize their products, and
(3) broker contracts between buyers of outsourcing services (based primarily in Europe and North America) and IT and BPO providers stationed at the Park.

Equity partners of the Ghana Technology Park will comprise:
• Africa: Private companies led by Ghana Cyber Group, Inc. (30%)
• Europe: Commonwealth Business Council Technologies and partners (30%)
• USA: Venture capitalists and tech firms with global interest e.g. IBM, Microsoft (40%)

Ghana Technology Park will offer the following:
(i) Hardware & Business Office Rental
(ii) Start-up Incubation
(iii) Outsourcing Brokerage Business and
(iv) Information Technology Support Services.

The Company will position itself as the leader in promoting the IT and BPO industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, as the region competes for a niche market in the $550 billion offshore outsourcing market, which is expected to continue to grow nearly 20% annually through 2008. According to a 2005 McKinsey& Co. study, the information technology and enterprise solutions market in India alone is likely to reach $142 billion by 2009. By contrasts, companies in the United States currently spend $532 billion for these services .

The Ghana Technology Park will be established at the Accra-Tema Export Processing Zone, a special free zone area designated by the Ghanaian government for technology and industrial development with generous tax and other commercial incentives. The free zone is equipped with reliable utilities, including an on-site power sub-station to ensure uninterrupted energy supply, a large water reservoir and reliable but affordable telecommunication services.


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i read a lot about this technology park thing several years back and to mine opinion this project never took place.

i heard some people complaining of have been defrauded by these group
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sorry but why is nigeria not in the least we are a very good ict country and have a ict park in uyo nigeria
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i have never believed in any rankings,its not fair with those rankings you are seeing,i don't think they know the country called nigeria.
some countries nigeria gave light to in ict technology are list above.
good!...but you forgot the origin.
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No offense man but I am questioning the credibility of that list... Nigeria is a pretty big ICT naiton...
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The ranking above should be old,for Nigeria is big ICT country in Africa.I think the Nation is also proposing a tech village in Abuja!Nigeria is among the top in Africa as at present though strategically.BBc is a testimony to that;
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i have never believed in any rankings,its not fair with those rankings you are seeing,i don't think they know the country called nigeria.
some countries nigeria gave light to in ict technology are list above.
good!...but you forgot the origin.

you wrote "some countries nigeria gave light to in ict technology are list above"
if you meant Ghana then you must be mistaking because it was the first country in west Africa to get connected to the internet
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Good stuff

I tell you, hands down, Somalia will be an African IT leader in the future. The foundations have been started. Phone lines, mobile and landline, are fast growing and are the cheapest in Africa. So is the Internet access.

They have started to teach IT classes in the universities there. IT as a whole is a good thing for a country to invest in, for the future. There will be a time when outscoring will come more into Africa (if not already).
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Nigeria should be in that list, and I am not saying this because I'm from Nigeria.

Major Cell Phone Companies have set up Manufacturing Plants all over the country

Nigeria has the fastest Telecommunication industry in Africa, and in 5 years it will probably become the fastest in the world.

Nigeria and Uganda utilized CDMA Technology long before South Africa did, 3G has being suceesfully tested in Nigeria and willl be implemented in the weeks to come.

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Celtel Nigeria (formerly Vmobile Nigeria) Celtel International GSM 900 / GPRS
glo mobile (glomobile nigeria) Globacom Nigeria Limited (not Globalcom) GSM 900 / GPRS
Intercellular Intercellular Nigeria Ltd. CDMA2000 1X
MTN Nigeria (mtn4u) MTN Communications Nigeria Limited GSM 900 / GPRS
MTS 1st Wireless MTS First Wireless CDMA2000 1x
Multi-Links Multi-links Telecommunications Ltd CDMA2000 1X
MTel Nigeria Nigerian Telecommunications Limited GSM 900 / GPRS
Reltel Nigeria Reliance Telecommunications Limited CDMA2000 1
Starcomms Starcomms Nigeria Ltd CDMA2000 1x RTT
Nigeria is one of few African Countries that Manufactures Personal Computers

Nigeria has State of the art Technological Institues Akutech has being completed and ATV is under construction

There is an ongoing project that will make Abuja the only city in Africa that has complete WiFi Coverage.

Uganda is rightfuly there, the Makerere University in Uganda is the first in East Africa to install new information and communication technology.

Ghana, Tunisia, Mauritius and S.A are also rightfully there. Nigeria may still not make it to the top Ten after all the things which I mentioned, but If Nigeria isn't in the Top 3 after ATV is completed, then something must be really wrong
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The ranking above should be old,for Nigeria is big ICT country in Africa.I think the Nation is also proposing a tech village in Abuja!Nigeria is among the top in Africa as at present though strategically.BBc is a testimony to that;
The ranking is from June/July 2006.
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Wireless internet to link up Kenyan schools
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18-May-2007: Kenya Data Networks, a lead provider of terrestrial fibre-optic cables that are being laid out across the country, plans to use wireless Internet technologies to connect schools in remote areas to the network.

As parts of southern and eastern Africa get ready to tap into the benefits of fibre optic cables, a key challenge remains of how to reach people living in remote areas, off the main cable grid.

There have been concerns that despite the roll-out of terrestrial fibre networks, and proposed marine cable links, residents of huge swathes of territory will remain left out and left behind by the technologies.

Eng. James Rege, the previous permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communications, says if the infrastructure providers don’t address the issue quickly, achieving the universal access will be unattainable.

However, Vincent Wang’ombe, marketing manager of Kenya Data Networks (KDN) says that the problem can be addressed with wireless technologies such as WiFi and WiMax to reach areas where cables do not go.

Mr Wang’ombe says that in reaching those in remote areas, schools must be a major driver. “One has to think of connecting the schools first,” he said.

He said KDN is using WiMax technology to connect 15 schools across the country.

KDN has been engaged in laying out terrestrial fibre optic cables nationwide, including 250 km of cable in Nairobi, and a link between Mombasa and Nakuru. Paul Munnery, a leading European expert on wireless systems, says in a press statement that African communities should look to wireless connectivity to grow their economies.

When it comes to wireless community networks, “what seemed ambitious a few years ago has proven to be technically viable and is now a complete reality,” Mr Munnery says.

But Eng Rege however pointed out that although the region may soon realise the benefits of international linkages via undersea optic fibre, satellite technologies will remain relevance in their ability to reach any location that has a receiver.

An event organized by AITEC Africa an ICT conference organiser, early in June, will be addressing some of the concerns about connectivity and universal access.

The African Satellite & Wireless Broadband Conference and the African Voice Over the Internet Protocol (VoIP) forum as will host discussions on these issues, and emphasise connecting the first mile as well as the last mile.
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you wrote "some countries nigeria gave light to in ict technology are list above"
if you meant Ghana then you must be mistaking because it was the first in west africa to get connected to the internet.
kwam,i'm a ghanian fan but i'm not sabotaging it,true or false that they are the first in west africa to get connected to internet,that was then when nigeria is under siege of abacha.
the list is old!
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3g was first tested by mtn in nigeria,you could tell by that cos nigeria is not the only country mtn operates!
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Nigeria is the only african country in the top ten growing mobile market, that has to count.. by the end of this year it would be the leading mobile market. Abuja would soon have total WiFi connection and Lagos is next...
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Nigeria is the only african country in the top ten growing mobile market, that has to count.. by the end of this year it would be the leading mobile market. Abuja would soon have total WiFi connection and Lagos is next...
there is also a plan to cover the country in a total broadband blanket. Also with the launch of the communication satellite ict in the country will get a massive boost
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ALGERIA CYBER PARK ,WIRELESS TRAIN ,WI FI NETWORK PIONNER

The technopole of Sidi Abdallah is situated at 30 km western south of Algiers. This site covers a surface of 1,870 hectares through the municipalities of Mahelma and Rahmania. It comprises three technology parks, which will be able to accommodate firms specialized in advanced technologies, and an industrial park:

Technopark El Boustène
Technopark Ibnou-Sina
Cyber Park
Park of Sidi Bennour
International cooperation

The World Bank has started in 2002 an ICT Development Support Project in cooperation with the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications with the aim of creating an enabling environment and improve access to efficient and affordable ICT services, facilitate private sector development growth in ICT sector; improve the competitiveness of local ICT companies; and foster the efficiency of government in delivery of services. Among these aims the project intends to support also the development of new ICT companies through the so-called "Net-enterprise" development program. The programme envisages support to the set-up of the CyberPark and an incubation facility, "Technobridge Incubator" with the technology park to support ICT R&D initiatives and/or start-up companies with innovative projects; to set a seed capital R&D grants mechanism to support IT start-ups and innovative SMEs and providing institutional development support to the Institut National des Telecommunications (INT) and to the Ecole Centrale des Postes et Telecommunications to renew its curricula and courses on ICT management and cyberentrepeneurship


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EMERGING ALGERIA
ALGERIA IS AND WILL BE TOP 5 AFRICAN COUNTRY IN ANY SECTOR THIS IS NOT A WILL BUT A FACT

Algeria becomes the Arab World’s WiMAX pioneer

Posted: 22-04-2006 , 07:43 GMT


WiMAX/IEEE 802.16 is a global standard-based technology for Broadband Wireless Access. WiMAX vendors state that WiMAX systems are able to cover a large geographical area, up to 50 km and to deliver significant bandwidth to end-users at up to 72 Mbps. According to the WiMAX forum, WiMAX provides coverage economically and combines both Line of Sight (LOS) and None Line of Sight (NLOS) coverage. With Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technology, WiMAX has been optimized to provide NLOS coverage (up to 15 Km around the base station) and long-range transmission up to 50Km in Line of Sight conditions. WiMAX technology can be deployed as a Point Multi-Point in last mile connection and as part of the backhaul to the PSTN and Internet access points.



The first commercial deployment of WiMAX in the Arab World was in Algeria. Smart Link Communication (SLC) has deployed WiMAX to provide broadband wireless services in Algeria. The frequencies SLC uses for WiMAX are in the 3.5 GHz band and 5.8 GHz band. SLC’s goal is to build a wireless broadband backbone covering the national territory, to develop the metropolitan broadband networks, and to set up an independent new generation telecom infrastructure. On July 25, 2005, SLC launched the first national multi-services network. The deployment of this network makes it possible to develop services based on Broadband Wireless Access (BWA), VoIP, Virtual Private Network (VPN-IP MPLS). Algeria’s tough and mountainous terrain makes it an ideal candidate for wireless connectivity solutions.



A new report, “WiMAX in the Arab World: Current status and regulations.” was released to the Arab Advisors Group’s Telecoms Strategic Research Service subscribers on April 13, 2006. The 20-page report, which has 9 detailed exhibits, investigates the availability of WiMAX regulations in 18 Arab countries, the frequencies used, entities that have tested WiMAX or pre-WiMAX services, and vendors for equipment. The report covers the following Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen.



“There are still no detailed regulations specific to WiMAX in Arab countries. Some Arab countries, however, have specified the type of license that needs to be obtained to provide WiMAX service. For example, in Algeria, the company should have a VOIP authorization and regulator has specified the 3.5 GHz band for WiMAX, while in Jordan, the company should have an individual license needed to use the frequency (a scare resource).” Ms. Serene Zawaydeh, a consultant at Arab Advisors Group wrote in the report.


FIRST WIRELES TRAIN IN AFRICA

Algerian trains speed to wireless network


“This contract is a result of Nortel’s long term commitment to the Algerian market and our role as a major telecoms player in Africa, with over 20 years in the region.” Ramin Attari, vice president, Middle East, Nortel.
Algerian railways operator Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires (SNTF) has begun deployment of a GSM-R-based wireless networking system, the first in Africa.

GSM for railways (GSM-R) is a communications technology developed for use by rail operators in Europe, based on the GSM mobile telecoms standard. SNTF’s system is being supplied by Nortel, one of the main providers of GSM-R equipment.

“The international GSM-R standard is a key component to upgrading the Algerian railway communication infrastructure. It is part of a much larger railway infrastructure project, including the construction of new conventional and high speed lines, upgrades of signalling systems and other railway infrastructure,” said Ali Leulmi, central director of infrastructures at SNTF.

”As a world leader in GSM-R, Nortel ensures for this first phase, along the El Gourzi – Touggourt line, that we are equipping our railway service with the most advanced communication technologies.”

The GSM-R technology allows railway operators to maintain constant contact with trains, crew and maintenance staff. Each train maintains constant contact with the control centres, via a dedicated data connection across the GSM-R network.

GSM-R also allows railway staff to communicate, with individual and group calling options available. GSM-R systems are designed to be very secure, with high levels of redundancy built in to the infrastructure.

“Nortel has been challenged by SNTF to provide this first phase of SNTF’s project with a solution that matches the growing need for communication in a fast expanding network,” said Ramin Attari, vice president for the Middle East at Nortel.

“This contract is a result of Nortel’s long term commitment to the Algerian market and our role as a major telecoms player in Africa, with over 20 years in the region.”

Nortel’s partner, SNEF, will work on the specific implementation.

“Our local channel partner, SNEF Algeria, will supply construction, installation and commissioning support. SNEF and Nortel share the same commitment to enhancing network quality and reducing the overall cost of operations,” said Vincent Pratlong, Algeria operations director, SNEF.

“Our local experts will work closely with the Algerian railway SNTF to realize the first GSM-R network on the continent.”

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