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IT News Africa: Top Tech Stories of the Week

July 3, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Making waves in the headlines this week was MTN South Africa. The mobile operator has allegedly filed criminal charges against a group of striking Communication Workers Union (CWU) members, who on 27 June 2015 allegedly attacked an MTN retail outlet. Also making the headlines this week was social media giant Facebook. Facebook has opened up [&hellip...

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IT News Africa: Top Tech Stories of the Week

June 26, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Making the headlines this week was Nigerian-born scientist, Samuel Achilefu. Achilefu has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Louis Award for creating cancer-seeing glasses. Also making the headlines this week was telco providers Safaricom and...

Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa.

Foreign direct investments in Africa soar to new heights

June 26, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Although the number of foreign direct investments (FDI) fell by 8.4% in 2014, capital investment into Africa surged to US$128b, a year-on-year increase of 136%, according to the recently released EY 2015 Africa Attractiveness Survey and the average investment...

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Evolution of Wi-Fi drives business opportunities and growth in Africa

June 17, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Online, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The introduction of affordable smartphones designed specifically for emerging markets has been a game changer for Africa and has made an impact on Wi-Fi demand, says Ruckus Wireless. In fact, according to published reports, mobile penetration in sub-Saharan...

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Africa’s Top 20 most connected countries by user numbers

June 4, 2015 • East Africa, Lists, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to worldometers.info, the population within South Africa sits at just over 53 million individuals. To add to the figures, Nigeria currently has over 183 million individuals populating its city’s. Africa has always been viewed as a continent...

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Tunisia: New app helps citizens report environmental abuse

June 1, 2015 • North Africa, Software, Top StoriesComments (0)

A new mobile application is being launched by the Tunisia government, which will allow citizens to report environmental abuses and violations. The mobile app comes as the government has launched a series of environmental initiatives aimed at educating and...

Based on the percentage of individuals using the internet, Morocco is listed as the most connected country in Africa. (Image source: magicmorroco.com)

Morocco has over 10 million internet users

May 8, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Morocco has passed an Internet milestone, exceeding the 10 million subscriber mark through the end of March, the country’s telecommunications regulator said. According to the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency, the country saw a 61 percent...

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What if African nations operated as one big innovation ecosystem?

May 6, 2015 • East Africa, Features, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

With the fourth edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) around the corner, I am eagerly waiting to meet the creators of the latest innovations that were shortlisted for the Award. I find myself preoccupied with a subject that both excites me and...

Over the course of the last six months SAP Africa has actively engaged with partners who are similarly committed to the initiative’s objectives. (Image Source: pnrsoftsol.com)

SAP Africa announces Moroccan Skills for Africa Initiative

May 5, 2015 • Company News, North Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

At the fourth in the series of five SAP Africa Forums that are being held across the continent this year, SAP Africa today shared the details of the latest chapter in the company’s Skills for Africa job creation initiative. Part of SAP Africa’s goal to...

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Study reveals African mobile phone usage stats

April 7, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

A survey of mobile phone usage in five African countries has delivered startling findings on the rise of Internet access via phones, the potential demise of Nokia and the continued appeal of BlackBerry. The Mobile Africa 2015 study, conducted by mobile...

Mitesh Shah

ZTE selects Mitsumi as distribution partner for Africa

April 2, 2015 • Company News, East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

ZTE Corporation has selected Mitsumi Distribution as its strategic distribution partner for the continent. The agreement is expected to cover Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Ivory Coast,...

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Why Mobile Money should matter to Government

April 2, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Speaking at The Economist Conference in Johannesburg in late 2014, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said, “There is a perception that financial inclusion efforts will necessarily lead to increased financial risk and hence have a negative effect on financial...

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Research survey set to track FTTH/B penetration in Africa

March 27, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Online, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

52 African countries are now connected to submarine cables, either directly or by terrestrial cross-border fibre optic networks. 44% of Africans live within a 25-km reach of a fibre node. The key question now is which cities and suburbs are taking the lead in...

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Is e-commerce challenging traditional business models in Africa?

February 27, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The rise of e-commerce on the African continent is changing the face of the traditional consumer, and brands need to adapt their business models and strategies in order to remain relevant amongst consumers and avoid a drop in market share. African consumers...

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Building the modern data centre: Plan for availability

February 25, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The always-on era is becoming a reality for every business: Globalisation is allowing companies to spread their operations across multiple time zones just as users are abandoning the old nine-to-five working day and want access to their email and data...

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Dating apps could get you hacked this Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Security, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (1)

This Valentine’s day, your chances of finding love on an app as well as online dating sites can put you at greater risk when it comes to cyber attacks. In fact, with South Africa’s, as well as Africa’s, burgeoning mobile user market and more than...