Daily Archives: May 28, 2018

China’s Megacity Shenzhen Features the World’s largest NPP LED Display System Provided by Absen

SHENZHEN, China, May 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Growing from a fishing village in the ’70s to a metropolis now, Shenzhen has seen rapid development accompanied by imbalance and non-systematic resource allocation. To improve city administration and service capabilities, Shenzhen has been working hard to transform it to a “smart city”.

Absen CR1.2

Committed to Shenzhen’s mission of becoming a Smart City role model, Longgang district built the “smart city brain”, Longgang Operation Centre (LOC), and introduced the world’s largest NPP LED display system provided by the world-leading LED manufacturer Absen.

Composed of 798 panels with an elegant curve of 37.1 meters in radius, this 166.9 sqm 1.2mm screen is 25.6m by 6.5m and contains a record-breaking 103 million pixels. Featuring industry-leading technologies like power and data redundancy, CrystalView and PreciseAlign technology, this control room solution can offer quality images, comfortable viewing experience and robust stability. 181 signals are received and displayed through 105 windows at 720p (40 at 1080p and 10 at 4K resolution).

“To engineer such an enormous curved screen of high resolution in 85 days from production to installation is a big challenge”, said the sales director of Absen, Zhang Yongfeng, “The center was still being built and full of dust during installation process. Thanks to our sophisticated technologies and highly-effective teams, it was really a tough task, but we made it!”

What highlights this project is the innovative power and data redundancy technology, which secures the robust stability of the “smart city brain”. Each panel is equipped with two power banks and two receiving cards so that the power and signal can be switched to the backup set whenever needed, which means the display system will never go down.

“We once were in a dilemma of choosing LCD, DLP or LED. LCD and DLP screen would show unacceptable gaps for a demanding control room environment,” said project manager Wu Yanbin, “but we know it is right when we try CR1.2 and see each panel fits seamlessly to the next, leaving no black bezel, not to mention the power and signal backup design. That’s why we choose Absen”.

About Absen:

Absen is an award-winning brand providing LED display solutions and service and has been ranking first among Chinese manufacturers for nine years in a row in exporting LED displays. Their LED displays have been exported to over 120 countries and regions.

Yuchun Li

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KT Expands in Africa with Success in Rwanda LTE Project

– KT’s Nationwide LTE Project in Rwanda Introduced at 2018 KOAFEC –
– KT to Cooperate on Africa’s Drive for ICT-Based Economic Growth –

SEOUL, South Korea, May 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — KT Corp. (KRX: 030200; NYSE: KT), Korea’s largest telecommunications company, said today it will expand cooperation with African countries in information and communications technology, based on its successful nationwide LTE network in Rwanda, a first in Africa.

KT, formerly known as Korea Telecom, disclosed its ICT support plans for African countries at the 2018 Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) Conference and the 53rd African Development Bank Annual Meetings, held on May 21-25, at BEXCO in Busan, South Korea. Business projects and success models in Africa were introduced at the KOAFEC’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Forum.

As a panelist at the PPP Forum, Kim Hyung-Joon, head of the KT Global Business Unit, explained the company’s nationwide 4G LTE network project in Rwanda, which was completed this month in cooperation with the Rwandan government, and emphasized the importance of ICT infrastructure for economic development in Africa.

“We will cooperate with African countries to pursue economic growth based on ICT as the Rwanda project has enriched our experience and gave us greater insight,” Kim said. “KT’s delegation actively exchanged opinions on a wide range of matters for business cooperation between public and private sectors in major African countries with their representatives to the conference.”

The KOAFEC Conference, jointly organized by South Korea’s Ministry of Strategy and Finance and Export-Import Bank of Korea with the African Development Bank, is the largest event in Korea for economic cooperation involving Africa. The Ministerial Round Table and the PPP Forum are the highlights of the conference.

The African Development Bank is a regional multilateral organization established in 1964 to promote sustainable economic development and social progress on the African continent. South Korea has increased cooperation and exchanges with its member countries since it joined the organization in 1982.

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Minister Siyabonga Cwele: Memorial Service of Ambassador Sonwabo Eddie Funde

Speech by Honourable Dr Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services at the Memorial Service of Ambassador Sonwabo Eddie Funde on 28 May 2018 at DIRCO

Programme Director,

The Minister of International Relations and Corporation, Honourable Ms Lindiwe Sisulu,

The German Minister for Foreign Affairs, Honourable Michelle Muntefering,

Honourable Deputy Minister Majola,

The Stalwarts and Veteran of our Liberation Movement

Leaders of the Information Communication and Telecommunications sector

Ambassadors and High Commissioners

Members of the Funde family and relatives

Ladies and Gentlemen

Comrades and Friends.

Today we gather here to pay a tribute to yet another national hero and stalwart of our liberation, comrade Ambassador Sonwabo Eddie Funde.

Ambassador Funde is from a generation that embodied the meaning of quintessential South African during the most difficult period in our history. In his youth, he refused for his background and the apartheid regime to dictate his future and ambitions. He left the country of his birth and went to exile. During this period, he became an engineer and rose to become Head of International Relations for the ANC Youth League and was later the chief representative of the ANC in Australasia and the Pacific.

After the unbanning of the ANC, Amb Funde returned home and was part of a team which looked at how other countries configured their public service. This team advised the ANC on how Ministers needed to relate to the administration.

Amb Funde was one of the pioneers of the post-apartheid information and communications technology policy and regulatory environment. He led and dedicated his life to strengthening institutions of government, democracy, and regulatory authorities. In the telecommunication sector, he became a tenacious transformation agent and a champion for oppressed and marginalized. He returned home only to witness a small number or a handful of Africans participating in the ICT sector. It was this gap that led to the formation of the African Telecommunication Forum (ATF) in 1993, with the main task of promoting and growing meaningful participation of the historically disadvantaged individuals in the ICT sector.

In 2001 the African Telecommunication Forum had achieved this task and open a new chapter by establishing the South African Communications Forum (SACF) to focus on the unity of the ICT sector. All this happened under the leadership of Bra Eddie as its first president � a position he held until deployed as South Africa’s ambassador to Germany.

Comrade Funde was part of the team that paved the way for South Africa to come out of apartheid isolation and ushered it to be part of important international bodies, such as International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Amb Funde’s foresight saw him work with Government in the development of the 1996 White Paper on Telecommunications Policy which resulted in the introduction of new players in the ICT sector and the formation of the SA Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA). He later led SATRA as its deputy chairperson. His sense of ubuntu and regional solidarity saw him being elected as the founding Chairperson of the Telecommunications Regulators of Southern Africa, which has since been renamed Communications Regulators Association of Southern Africa (CRASA).

It is his quality leadership that saw him serving as Deputy Chairperson of the Presidential National Commission on Information Society and Development. It also saw him serving as the Chairperson of the SABC Board. Amb Funde was among the first board members of South African Domain Name Authority, .ZADNA.

Amb Funde was a lifelong fighter against apartheid. He dedicated most of his adult life to advance the cause for a just and equal society particularly through his sterling contribution to the development of the telecommunications and broadcasting industries. As a result, in 2016 the ICT industry recognized his enormous contribution to transformation and inclusivity of this growing industry by bestowing Ambassador Eddie Funde with an honour of the SACF Special Award.

In December 2017, Comrade Funde made valuable contributions at the progressive and transformative resolutions of the ANC Conference. His emphases that we must prioritise the implementation of the provisions of the 2016 ICT Policy White Paper that were re-affirmed by the conference. Amb Funde respected the processes of government and in my recent engagements with him, we resorted to direct contact in order to minimize State bureaucracy, which sometimes retards speedy implementation of our programme of fundamental and radical change to create an inclusive national information society and knowledge economy.

I am confident that last week Amb Funde was delighted ‘up there’, to hear His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa announce during the Presidency Budget Vote Debate Cabinet will soon be finalising policy on the allocation of high demand spectrum. This will enable the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services to issue a legal framework that will enable the regulator to license the spectrum. It will significantly expand access to broadband and other telecommunication services, encourage competition, lower the costs of communication and ensure sustainability.

Ambassador Funde had internalised the ‘Thuma Mina’ call by His Excellency President Ramaphosa to be volunteers to lend a hand is resolving the most pressing challenges that are confronting our people where they live. I am sure if President asked who should serve in the Presidential Fourth Industrial Commission, Amb Funde was deservedly going to be first to say THMA MINA.

As the government and the entire ICT industry we would like to dip our revolutionary banner in honour of this great patriot, Amb Funde who leaves an indelible contribution to our liberation and prosperity. As a nation, we are grateful to the Funde family for sharing this visionary and life-long activist for transformation with us. Your loss is our loss. May you find solace in that his enormous contribution moved South Africa forward.

Long live the undying spirit of Amb Funde long live!

I thank you

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane congratulates Prof. Laetitia Rispel on her appointment as the new President of WFPHA

South African first African President of World Federation of Public Health Associations

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, congratulates Prof. Laetitia Rispel on her appointment as the new President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA).

The first African and the third woman to lead the international body, Prof Rispel has over 30 years’ experience in public health, research, teaching, strategy, health policy, leadership and executive management. She holds the DST/NRF SARChI Chair for Research on the Health Workforce for Equity and Quality, which is hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand.

The member of the Academy of Science of South Africa has written extensively over the years, producing 92 publications in her field, including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, editorials and opinions.

The Minister expressed excitement that the South African would lead the esteemed organisation, which brings together public health professionals interested in safeguarding and promoting public health through professional exchange, collaboration and action. The WFPHA has contributed to changes in health and environmental health policy around the globe since it was founded in 1967.

“Professor Rispel has been a good ambassador of science for South Africa in the global arena and we are proud of her work as a researcher and professor of public health policy,” said Minister Kubayi-Ngubane.

“We are delighted that she is bearing the torch for the leadership of women to be recognised. She is an inspiration to many young and aspiring public health professionals, and women in general. We wish her well in her tenure as president,” the Minister said.

Source: Government of South Africa


TSHWANE– Social ills continue to have an impact on the wellbeing of South Africa’s children, Social Development Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s Child Protection Week in Tshwane, the Deputy Minister said since the drafting of the Children’s Act in 2005, social ills such as alcohol and drug abuse continues to plague the African continent’s southernmost country.

We can’t talk about child protection until we sort out the issue of alcohol abuse, [at] the heart of alcohol abuse is also the abuse of children. Sometimes the school is safer than the home so until we actively deal with the issue of alcohol abuse, we will never be able to deal with the realities of protecting children because those who are supposed to protect them are always drunk, renegading the responsibilities to protect the children, she said as she launched the initiative at the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) offices.

She said other social ills like women abuse go hand in hand with child abuse.

You cannot deal with violence against women unless you deal with violence against children. So whatever you want to do in terms of violence against children, you have to do in terms of violence against women.

Bogopane-Zulu said government cannot take the sole responsibility of looking after the country’s children.

The best thing government can do is put in place guidelines that establish order and function in society, she said.

In addition, South Africa will not win the fight against the abuse of children if all misdeeds are blamed on men without addressing their issue.

We also won’t win if we are forever pointing fingers at men, we are starting the register of perpetrators. We need to change the conversation men have, she said, adding that government is rolling-out shelters for men and young men as most shelters around the country cater for women

She said government wants to ensure that prison is not the ultimate end for perpetrators but that support programmes be established to rehabilitate perpetrators to get us to a different South Africa.

By so doing we will be able to protect children, she said of the initiative that was started in 1997.

The Deputy Minister also spoke of the need to protect children with albinism.

Child Protection Week was established so as to raise awareness about the need for communities to protect children from abuse, neglect, exploitation and other forms of violence and ill-treatment.

Child Protection Week will run from Sunday until June 3.