Below is the compilation of news from technology/web sector in Nigeria and around the world. This week being the first in this year, it was loaded!
This report is an excerpt from our Nigerian Internet Report to be published next month. You can join the survey here for the reports to be published alongside the paper. We recently wrote an Analyst Report on Google Zeitgeist 2009 here.
We’re hearing that Apple is buying mobile advertising company Quattro Wireless for $275 million. This jives with reports earlier this evening of a deal between the two companies. Our source says that there was initially talk of a $400 million pricetag, but that has since come down. We’ve also heard that Microsoft may have been very interested as well.
In the beginning, the web was developed as a stateless platform and ever since it has evolved to something meaningful and social. With the advent of programming languages that helped maintain states on the web so as to have a meaningful experience, the web now mimics the normal social life.
In developed countries, there are laws protecting individials and companies using the internet. As Nigeria joins the league of Nations playing in the digital world, we need digital laws.
To protect businesses and investment there need to be an enabling law to this effect. ‘Gbenga Sesan Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria initiated the bill.
Nigeria’s Communications Commission (NCC), Earnest Ndukwe, has called for focus on broadband internet connectivity by emerging markets as a means of forging ahead in global competitiveness.
2010, the year of mobility? According to Julien Blin, Principal Analyst and CEO at technologies research and consulting services company JBB Research, based in USA, the African continent will undergo a higher focus on 4G technologies, cheaper, more capable smartphones and improved mobile social networking, payment and entertainment services for its end users in the current year, with 2010 World Cup the main driver in South Africa.
A Job search website launched in September 2009, and has gained widespread usage amongst job searchers and recruiters. We have written about it here.
The president of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPN) has called on Nigeria to invest on secured internet protocol versions to curb the menace of internet scams that allegedly originate from the West African country.
That no modern economy can be sustained without an integral growth in Information Communications Technology (ICT) is widely acknowledged. The ICT penetration in Nigeria in 1999 when the transition to democratic rule occurred was very low, and less than 1 percent of the population had access to telephone.
Nigeria’s National Association of Telecommunication Subscribers (NATCOMS) believes the recent interconnect rates method as agreed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is a rip-off strategy against telecoms subscribers in the country, writes the Lagos publication the Independent.