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Monday, August 11, 2008

Malawi hosting Africa's biggest ICT Forum

Malawi will host Africa’s biggest ICT Forum called ‘Annual Connecting Rural Communities Africa Forum’ from the 26-28 August.

Thirty Information and communication ministers, ICT experts, regulators
and operators from Africa, the Middle East and Europe will be attending
to discuss strategies and policies to help connect rural areas in

A letter signed by Minister of Information and Civic Education Patricia
Kaliati stated that connecting rural communities is a crucial topic for
development in Africa. Malawi will be introducing radical policies to
improve rural connectivity.

Kaliati, who is also one of the main speakers said that “’together we
can make a positive difference to the development of ICT in Africa.’’

According to the programme, the forum will let delegates find out more
about Africa’s licenses for new services and promote competition and
discover policies to promote universal access in their country.

The forum will help to examine the effect liberalization is having on
ICT development in Africa, it will also help to understand the
potential of 3G for rural communities in Africa and the benefits of
mobile broadband services in Africa.

The conference will also include workshops on 3G and satellite
technologies provided by telecommunication operators like Ericsson.

By IT News Africa staff reporter.

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