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Applications of Mobile Communications in Africa: Prospects & Challenges

Day 1 – May 27

Conference Program

08:30 -  09:30 Registration of Participants
09:30 - 10:30 OPENING SESSION – Florence Onny AUDITORIUM

Chairpersons: Dr. Osei K. Darkwa & Prof. Knud Erik Skouby
Welcome to the Conference: Dr. Robert Awuah Baffour, Vice President of GTUC
Overview of the Conference: Prof. Knud-Erik Skouby, Director of CMI
Address by the Special Guest of Honour:
Mobile ICT and New Media - The Implications of Social Networks on Academic Work
Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana, Legon
10:30 - 11:00  Group Photograph & Tea Break
11:00 - 12:00

Panel Discussion 1: Mobile ICT and New Media: Prospects and Challenges
Chair: Alex Sulzberger, CEO, Ecoband Networks, Accra

Panel Discussion
Knud-Erik Skouby, Professor & Director, CMI, Aalborg University
Laurent Gille, Télécom ParisTech
Dr. Godfred Frempong, Deputy Director, STEPRI, CSIR

12:00 - 13:00  Lunch
13:00 - 14:30

Paper Session 1: Mobile ICT Policy Issues
Venue: VCC
Chair: Dr. Franklin Asamoa-Baah, Dean, Informatics Faculty, GTUC

Backbones in Africa: Policy and Regulatory Issues
By Laurent Gille, (Télécom ParisTech)

The Role of Community Based Networks in The Development of Rural Broadband: The Case of Djurslandsnet in Denmark and Lessons for Rural Sub-Saharan Africa.
By Idongesit Williams, Ph.D. Fellow, (CMI, Aalborg University)

Investigating The Applicability of Dynamic Pricing to Ghana’s Telecom Infrastructure Market
By Alexander Osei-Owusu, (GTUC) and Dr. Stephen E. Armah, (Ashesi University)

Mobile Government in Developing Country; A Citizen Centric Approach to Policy Formulation
By Fauziatu Salifu, Ph.D. Fellow, (CMI, Aalborg University)

14:30 - 14:50 Afternoon Tea Break
14:50 - 15:30

WWRF-session - Book presentation: Mobile in Africa
Dr. Osei K. Darkwa, President, GTUC
Knud-Erik Skouby, Professor & Director, CMI, Aalborg University

15:30 – 17:00

Paper Session 2A: ICT in Businesses
Venue: VCC
Chair: Dr. Francis Boateng Agyenim, Dean, Graduate School, GTUC

Marginality, Transnational Mobilities and Social Networks – Understanding Mobile Phone Practices and Livelihood Strategies Among Ghanaian Women Traders
By Dr. Janet D. Kwami, (Communication Studies, Furman University, USA)

The Effect of Mobile Phone on Agricultural Development: A Case of Smallholder Farmers in Machakos
By Dr Isaac Mutwiri Mutunga, (Multimedia University of Kenya, Kenya)

An Assessment of the Challenges of Electronic Office in some Tertiary Institutions in Katsina State.
By Abubakar Ammani, (Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina State, Nigeria)

The Use of Social Media Applications for Intra-organizational Knowledge Transfer
By Albert Gyamfi, Ph.D. Fellow, (CMI, Aalborg University)

15:30 – 17:00

Paper Session 2B: E-Library &Related Issues
Venue: President’s conference room
Chair: Dr. Jacob Adopley, GTUC

The Impact of Cyber Cafes and Telecom Centres: A Panacea for Empowering Library and Information Science Students in Nigerian Universities.
By Princess Bridget Terfa Ikyembe, (Ahmadu Bello University)

Application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Academic Libraries in Nigeria: Issues and Challenges.
By Kabir Shehu, (Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina State, Nigeria)

The Impact of MTN-Net Library Universities Connect on Academic Library Services Use by Students in Kashim Ibrahim Library, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
By Princess Bridget Terfa Ikyembe, (Ahmadu Bello University)

17:05 – 17:15 Closing Remarks & Announcements
Dr. Osei K. Darkwa & Prof. Knud-Erik Skouby


Day 2 – May 28

Conference Program


09.00 – 09:10 Welcome to the Conference: Dr. Robert Awuah Baffour, Vice President, GTUC
Prof. Knud-Erik Skouby, Director of CMI
09:10 – 10:00


Panel Discussion 2: Mobile Learning in Africa
Chair: Prof. Reza Tadayoni, CMI, Aalborg University

Panel Discussants:
Prof. Morten Falch, CMI, Aalborg University
Prof. Patrick Otoo Bobbie, Registrar, GTUC
Dr. Josephine Larbi-Apau, Head, COLT, GTUC
10:00 – 10:20 Morning Tea Break
10:20 – 12:10

Paper Session 3A: Future Technologies I
Venue: VCC
Chair: Dr. Ezer Osei Yeboah-Boateng, Coordinator, International ICT Conference, Ghana

Service Level Analysis of TCP and UDPProtocol Using Software based Model, Wireshark.
By S. Garba, B.O. Sadik, S. Salisu, Y. Ibrahim, (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria)

Formal Approach for Investigating SPIT Scenario.
By Mohammed Ibrahim (Kaduna State Uni.), Mohd Abdullah, Mohd Basheer Jasser, Ali Dehghantanha, (Universiti Putra Malaysia)

GPRS Based Automatic Metering System.
By Constant Akama, F. Kulor, F. Agyemang

Comparative Analysis of ANN and ANFIS in Forecasting GSM HOSR.
By S. Garba, A. Mustapha, B. Yahaya, S. Salisu, (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria)

Impact of Mobile Information and Communication Technology on Cybercrime in Nigeria.
By Oyenike Mary Olanrewaju & Faith Oluwatosin Adebiyi, (Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State, Nigeria)


Paper Session 3B: Regulation, Diffusion & Adoption of ICT
Venue: President’s Conference Room
Chair: Dr. Stephen Armah, Ashesi University

Adoption of e-Pay Slip Services by Government Workers: The Role of Socio Demographic, Economic and Geographic Predictors.
By Kwame Simpe Ofori, Dr. E. Yeboah-Boateng, Eli Fianu, Nii Afotey Odai, (GTUC)

Are People Taking Their Tablets Serious? A Case Study of How People Use Their Tablet in Ghana.
By Dr. Nana Kofi Annan, (Winsconsin University College, Ghana)

Differences in Competitor Attraction, Personal and Social Switching Factors Among Porters and Non-porters of Mobile Number Portability in Ghana.
By Simon Gyasi Nimako and Dr. Benjamin Aggrey-Ntim (A.I.T.)

Factors Affecting Adoption Intentions and Usage of Academic Social Media Sites Among Students in Ghana.
By Kwame Simpe Ofori (GTUC) and Simon G. Nimako (A.I.T.)

12:10 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:15

Paper session 4A: E-learning
Venue: Florence Onny Auditorium
Chair: Dr. Robert Awuah Baffour, Vice President, GTUC

Understanding LMS Implementation in Higher Educational Institutions: a Hermeneutical Perspective.
By Benjamin Kwofie, Ph.D. Fellow, Prof. A. Henten, Dr. N.K. Annan, Dr. D.M.O. Adjin 

Computer Games and the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics in Nigerian Primary Schools.
By Dr Ayotola Aremu

The Future of Mobile ICT and New Media in Africa Through Social Media and Social Network for Economic, Social and Human Development.
By Babangida Lawal, (Federal College of Education, Katsina, Nigeria)


Paper Session 4B: Mobile ICT Business & Usability
Venue: VCC
Chair: Dr. Stephen Asunka, Head, ITSS, GTUC

Usability and Interaction Design in West Africa: The State of the Art
By Dr. Jannick Sorenson, (CMI, Aalborg University)

Sustainable Information Communication Technologies (ICT) Development Model.
By K Kenn Tsivor, Ph.D. Fellow, (Faculty of Engineering, GTUC)

Diffusion and Effects of Mobile-based CloudComputing in Sub-Saharan Africa.
By Nir Kshetri, (University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA)

14:15 – 16:00

Paper Session 5: Future Technologies II
Venue: President’s Conference Room
Chair: Dr. Yaw Okraku-Yirenkyi, Director of Studies, Kofi Annan Center of Excellence in ICT, Ghana

Design of a Tower-less UMTS Network for Accra Business District.
By Joseph Arthur, ( GTUC)

Security Challenges in Routing Protocol in Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET).
By Sulaiman Musa, (Katsina University, Katsina, Nigeria)

Mobile ICT and New Media in Africa, the Way Forward
By Zainab Mansour Chiranci

Comparative Analysis of Some Uplink Packet Scheduling Algorithms for WIMAX Network.
By Ibrahim Sani Iliya, (Federal College of Education, Katsina, Nigeria)

QoS Requirements for Bandwidth Request and Allocation in WiMAX Networks.
By Joseph Arthur, (GTUC)

Investigating the Causes of Network Outages and It’sCost Implications of the Telco’s in Ghana “The case of MTN”.
By Francis Ayepah, Alexander Osei-Owusu (GTUC)and Dr. Stephen E Armah (Ashesi)

The Development of Mobile-based Real Time Reporting Systems for Microfinance Institutions
By Emmanuel Djaba, Christpher Ashie & Dr. Jacob Adopley (GTUC)

 16:00-16:15 Summing Up and Closing Remarks
By Dr. Osei K. Darkwa, President, GTUC
Knud-Erik Skouby, Professor & Director, CMI, Aalborg University
 16:30 Cocktail at Dr. Eva Von Hirsch Auditorium.