The Sudanese Future

For The Future of Sudan

Sudanese Internet Users Vs. Mobile Phone Users

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This graph shows that there are considerably more mobile phone users in Sudan than internet users. Recently, Google has developed a set of mobile phone services for mobile phones in Uganda. The services would be ideal for Sudanese Internet users also. A study conducted by the OpenNet initiative has found that:

Internet usage in Sudan is limited. Where infrastructure does exist, access can be prohibitively expensive. There are few locally produced Web pages.

The infrastructure in Sudan is not optimized for high-speed data communications services, and both the capability and reliability of domestic data networks need improvement. Fifteen Internet service providers (ISPs) operate in Sudan (2006), but only two have direct connectivity to the global Internet; the rest are considered by the Sudanese government to be operating illegally.

The number of home Internet subscriptions increased by a factor of ten between 2001 and 2005, rising from 50,000 to 500,000. During the same period, the number of Internet cafés more than doubled. However, Internet usage remains concentrated in Khartoum, accounting for 95 percent of Internet users. The majority of Internet users in Sudan rely on dialup connections (59 percent), and very few have high-speed Internet (19 percent). While 81 percent of universities in Sudan are Internet-equipped, most (65 percent) still use dialup connections.

The information and telecommunications sector in Sudan is regulated by the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC). In 1993, the state-owned Public Telecommunication Corporation was transformed into the Sudan Telecommunication Company (Sudatel), allowing private investors to purchase a share in the enterprise. However, two-thirds of the shares of the company remained in government hands while it assumed exclusive operational control of the sector.

In 2001, the Sudanese government adopted the National Strategy for Building the Information Industry, with the goal of enabling “all sectors of society to access information media in a way leading to the widest dissemination and utilization of information, all of which shall contribute to achieve an appreciated economic growth, wealth development, job opportunities, enhancement of all-sector production rates and eradication of poverty. As a result of the Strategy, Sudatel’s monopoly over mobile telephony ended in 2002 and competitive operators—including several ISPs—in telecommunications were licensed.

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July 9, 2009 Posted by | All, Ideas, Technology | , , | 1 Comment

Al Mogran Project

This project is probably the biggest project going on in Sudan and one of the biggest in Africa. Here is the builders description.

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An era of business prosperity

The new Almogran is a development to a standard and scale previously unseen in Sudan or the region.

Phase I : Almogran Central Business District

ImageA brand new 160-acre Central Business District (CBD).  This state-of-the-art, prime commercial real estate will act as a hub for Eastern Africa’s modern business market.  Almogran is located on the junction between The White and the Blue Nile.  The CBD has been carefully master planned to create a dynamic and livable business environment, with pedestrian-friendly tree-lined streets, a river walk, and a mix of business, commercial, and residential properties. All of this comes together at the only place in the world where it is possible to have a spectacular view of the three Niles.

Phase II : Almogran Residential Estate
To the south of Almogran CBD, along the banks of the White Nile, lies a 1500-acre residential development featuring a variety of carefully planned neighborhoods of luxurious villas, townhouses, and apartments, complete with supporting neighborhood shops, schools, and recreational and leisure facilities.  The development includes an 18-hole signature golf course and resort, public parks and gardens, with preservation of the Sunuut Forest Reserve.

Almogran will be served by a dedicated Public Development Authority (PDA) whose responsibility will be to give support to all investors and to ensure adherence to Urban Design Guidelines during and after the development process.  The PDA also provides a management function for the provision and up-keep of all utilities and services, thereby maintaining the high development standards and maximizing the value of Almogran for the future.

Almogran – A truly integrated community

ImageAlmogran central business district, built to the highest international standards, is the ideal location for international, regional and local business. Unlike any other Central Business District (CBD) in the world, Almogran is purpose built within a country experiencing dynamic increased economic growth.

Almogran incorporates world-class infrastructure, luxury amenities and lush landscaped gardens. The CBD features an integration of mutually supporting uses and services including business offices, shops, apartments, restaurants, entertainment and leisure facilities. A purpose-built road network, with underground parking and a dedicated shuttle bus service, provides easy transport around the city. There are a network of covered pedestrian colonnades and a main promenade along the bank of the White Nile. All of this comes together to create the ideal location to Work, Play, and Stay.

Water, electricity and all centralized utilities have been designed and installed privately by Alsunut Development within the city, so that all business and residential needs are taken care of with the highest level of reliability. Utilities have been built to support the total development, with sufficient capacity to assure your needs today and in the future.

Pedestrian walks, parks and public areas will be managed and maintained by Alsunut, which will promise the community a lifestyle to exceptionally high standards.

As a master planned environment, the city has been carefully zoned and approvals will only be given to projects that can be completed within strict parameters. This ensures that Almogran operates effectively and efficiently for the welfare of all owners, tenants, workers and residents.

high standard of living

Almogran’s master planned residential estate comprises several spectacular neighbourhoods. The highest level of luxury meets functionality – right on the doorstep for each resident. Within the boundaries of Almogran and its integrated transport network, there are a variety of flourishing residential neighbourhoods, parks, schools, community shopping centres and community facilities.

A tranquil and verdant environment, Almogran residential estate offers residents breathtaking views of the White Nile, tree-lined streets and distinctive, spacious villas.

Harmonious balance of well-appointed apartments and villas, handsome private neighbourhoods and lush landscaping make Almogran residential estate a most desirable residential community in a unique setting. And for those who appreciate an exclusive lifestyle, they will find advantages of living within a secure master planned community.

And an environment to rest and play

ImageWhen you plan over 7,900 apartments and 1100 villas with parks, lakes, and sports facilities, you’re not just creating buildings, you’re creating a community.

Almogran provides everything people need within easy reach – often within walking distance. It’s not just about architecture, urban design, traffic and recreational planning. The world-class 18-hole Almogran Signature Golf Course makes living in Almogran valley a golfer’s paradise. The original Sunt Forest has been preserved and further enhanced to provide an ecologically sensitive and educational environment.

The goal – to create neighbourhoods of the highest standards of living and to provide quality homes.

Pedestrian walks, parks and public areas will be managed and maintained by Alsunut, which will promise the community a lifestyle to exceptionally high standards.

As a master planned environment, the city has been carefully zoned and approvals will only be given to projects that can be completed within strict parameters. This ensures that Almogran operates effectively and efficiently for the welfare of all owners, tenants, workers and residents.

June 17, 2009 Posted by | All, Construction, Proposed | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sudan Electronic City

Sudan Electronic city is a proposed technology park that would be built around Khartoum by an Indian company. The plan proposes a technology city where educational institutions, and the public and private sector can be headquartered. The plan also outlines R&D facilities for the corporations use. The city would increase the level of IT expertise in Sudan as well as create thousands of jobs and bring many businesses to Sudan. Here is the full plan:

http://publications.ksu.edu.sa/Conferences/Knowledge%20Cities%20Conference%20-%20Saudi%20Arabia%202005/E07.pdf

Typical Science Park (Hong Kong)

June 14, 2009 Posted by | Proposed | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment