April 2009

National News: April 2009

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Apple Launches Safari 4 Browser

Apple has announced the launch of public beta version of Safari 4, claiming it to be the world's fastest and most innovative web browser for Mac and Windows PCs. At present there are five major browsers fighting for marketshare – Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera. Apple claims its Nitro engine in Safari 4 runs JavaScript 4.2 times faster than Safari 3.

HCL Enters Security Sector

HCL Security is a new company being planned by HCL Infosystems with a special focus on security.  HCL Infosystems has executed several contracts for the Armed Forces in the last eight years. It has installed the service for distress calls (Dial 100) to the police in 23 cities. It has also done security-related projects for airports and telecommunication service providers. So in sync with the recent positive developments HCL felt it need to float a new company so that it could give a special focus to it.

CrimsonLogic Aggressively Enabling e-Governance

CrimsonLogic, a Singapore Government Linked IT Solution Provider specializing in eGovernment Services & Solution organized a forum to share its experiences about transforming the way government functions by simplifying complex processes be it within its divisions, with its citizens and businesses. CrimsonLogic has provided solutions for governments in many countries spanning Southeast Asia, Middle East, Caribbean and the America.

Xcel Acquired @ INR 800-850 Cr by ATC

American Tower Corporation (ATC) has acquired the Mumbai-based independent tower company, Xcel Telecom for an undisclosed sum. Industry analysts had put an enterprise valuation of around INR 800-850 crore for Xcel Telecom, which owns and operates around 1,700 towers in the country. The acquisition would help ATC create a leading independent tower company.

BPL Mobile Renamed As Loop Mobile

Following the expiry of its brand-use agreement with the TPG Nambiar-owned BPL Group, BPL Mobile Communications has changed its name to Loop Mobile. The new logo of Loop Mobile has been designed keeping in mind the youthful vitality, excitement and freshness that the company stands for.

VeriSign Unveils Platform for National Public Key Infrastructure
VeriSign, Inc., a provider of Internet infrastructure for the networked world, announced a new platform specifically designed to meet the needs of governments looking to implement and manage their own Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). The new VeriSign PKI Platform gives governments across the world a way to offer citizens fast and easy access to e-services such as health and welfare programs, e-passports, and national ID programs.


Tenders for Telecommunication Networks Released by Libya, Tunisia

The Ministry of Communication Technologies of the Republic of Tunisia intends to issue, through an open international tender, a license for the provision of public fixed and second and third generation mobile telecommunications networks and services in Tunisia.
The General Telecommunications Authority (GTA) of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Libya) has announced its intention to grant one fixed and mobile license to one service provider (operator) to offer advanced cellular mobile and fixed services in the Libyan territory.

e-Network Project Launched With Pan-African Reach

The Ministry of Communication, Ghana inaugurated the Pan-African E-Network project in Accra in collaboration with the Government of India. The project is supposed to connect all the 53 nations of the African Union (AU) by a satellite and fiber-optic network. The services being targeted through this are tele-education, tele-medicine, internet, video-conferencing and VoIP services. It is also expected to support e-governance, e-commerce and effective communication among the nations.

UAE's ICT Applications Tops Many a Categories

A report released by the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) on the United Arab Emirates's (UAE's) performance in ICT sector, shows that the UAE tops the list in several categories. As for international ranking, the UAE ranked first worldwide on the cost of mobile telephone call, fourth on the importance of ICT to government vision of the future, sixth on government success in ICT promotion, seventh on government prioritisation of ICT, ninth on ICT use and government efficiency, 10th on mobile telephone subscribers rate.

First Data Centre for Nepal

In Kathmandu, the country's first data centre, Government Integrated Data and Training Centre (GIDTC), has started functioning. GIDTC has already started working as Internet Data Center and is providing e-connectivity to all ministries. In the second phase, it will start storing important documents.

Digital Certification System Launched in Oman

Oman has signed a memorandum of understanding for establishing a digital certification system. The Information Technology Authority (ITA) of Oman signed the MoU with Tunis-based National Digital Certification Agency (Agence Nationale de Certification Electronique – ANCE) to establish the digital certification system.

The new system will enable citizens to have on-line access to administrative services from their own homes along with digital signature solutions.

Rajat Mehta
Country Category Manager – Remote Client Solutions
Personal Systems Group
Hewlett-Packard India Sales Pvt. Ltd.

“The data centre is one of the biggest energy consuming components of a business involving IT operations.”

Power management is an integral part of making data centres green. What are the measures taken in this regard?

Green IT will go a long way in cutting down energy-related operating expenses.  Money saved from energy to power or cool systems goes directly to the bottom line. The principal drivers behind the adoption of eco-friendly computing are what are referred as PCFE issues

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