IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week

September 22, 2017 • Features, Top Stories

IT News Africa

Top stories from IT News Africa. (Image Source: Darryl Linington).

This week in tech has been a busy one at that. Not only did we cover the 2017 Gartner Symposium in Cape Town, South Africa – which was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre – but we also saw a plethora of news from the African continent come in.

Making the headlines this week, we found out that Facebook is South Africa’s favourite social media platform. To add to the headlines, we also discovered the most popular smartphone brand in South Africa.

 The team at IT News Africa hopes you have a great weekend. The top stories of the week can be found below.


The future of the telco business model
Deloitte on Monday 18 September 2017 released their “the future of telco business model” report which explores four possible scenarios which could shape the future of telco businesses. Read More.

Merck starts fourth round of Accelerator program in Nairobi
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a science and technology company, has announced the new startups participating in its Accelerator program in Darmstadt, Germany, and Nairobi, Kenya. Although working separately, clear similarities can be identified between these teams’ business models, as they both make use of artificial intelligence to achieve advances in healthcare. Read More.

South African software developers are in high demand
South African software developers that service the financial sector are in high demand locally and internationally as they capitalise on expertise gleaned from operating in one of the most sophisticated banking and advanced mobile tech environments in the world. Read More.

YouTube Go launches in Nigeria
YouTube has revealed that the YouTube Go app, which was previewed at the recent Google for Nigeria event, is now available for Nigerians to download. Read More.

NCC reveals that internet users in Nigeria are decreasing
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) revealed that the number of people using the internet in Nigeria decreased in the month of July 2017. Read More.

Top Opinions & Features

Top African business leaders to follow on Twitter
Many influential people have a strong social media presence. Gone are the days when you had to wait for a conference to get your dose of motivation or the latest update on what a business leader is up to. Read More.

Increased focus on pricing needed in the telco sector in Africa
Moves to ensure fair competition and to examine pricing in the telecommunications sector is increasing in key mobile phone jurisdictions on the African continent. Read More.

South African companies should view data governance regulations as an opportunity
When Tim Berners-Lee declared data to be the “new raw material of the 21st century” back in 2011, he was perfectly describing the direction many economies were heading in – from industry to insights and intelligence. Read More.

Interview: Smart classrooms to bring digital learning to South Africa
Technological advancements in education can impact the quality of education as well as provide ways in which teachers engage and present lessons. It is clear that the future of education is going to change and schools will soon consist of virtual teachers with learners accessing education via videos, documents, audio podcasts or interactive images, which can be accessed via a student’s computer, smartphone or tablet, obviously, all this requires an internet connection. Read More.

Gartner Symposium 2017: Keith Fenner talks IoT in Africa
IT News Africa caught up with Keith Fenner, Vice-President: Sage Enterprise Africa and Middle East, at the 2017 Gartner Symposium held at the Cape Town International Conference Center in South Africa. Fenner, at the Symposium, delivered a presentation about the “The Impact of IOT on Leadership and the Path to Digital Mastery” he then further unpacked the world of IoT in Africa during this interview. Read More.

Gartner Symposium 2017: Brian Burke identifies the top 10 strategic tech trends
IT News Africa spoke to Brian Burke, Vice President and Research Head at Gartner, at the 2017 Gartner Symposium held at the Cape Town International Convention Center in South Africa. In the interview, Brian highlighted the top 10 strategic technology trends that will impact businesses in the coming years. Read More.

Gartner Symposium 2017: Jeffrey Mann discusses Gartner’s Aspiring Innovator Programme
Programme is to both support the African startup technology community, as well as provide delegates access to exciting new local technology providers. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

Destiny 2 Review
Developed by Bungie and published by Activision, Destiny 2 has officially launched on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For PC players, Destiny 2 will be launched on 24 October 2017. While Destiny 2 features many single-player elements, the game does require a constant internet connection. This is due to the title also being a multi-player “shared-world” environment. Read More.

Top 5 gadgets for the African business leader
If there is one thing that business leaders around the world have in common, it’s the fact that they need to be in tune with what cutting-edge technology can help them drive their businesses to the next level. Read More.

Vampyr has been delayed to 2018
Dontnod Entertainment’s upcoming action role-playing video game “Vampyr” has been delayed. The upcoming title has now been pushed back to Autumn 2018, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Read More.

What is the most popular smartphone brand in South Africa?
Samsung has won the title hands down this year.  They received 40% of the votes for being the best smartphone brand for 2017.  This is according to the South Africa Mobile Report for 2017. Read More.

By: Darryl Linington
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