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Issam Darwish, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IHS (image credit: commsmea.com)

IHS secures $130 million for African expansion

April 17, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

IHS Holding, a leading telecommunications infrastructure company, has secured a further $130 million in funding from investors. The capital raised is in addition to the $490 million of debt and equity announced on 03 March 2014. IHS will use the funds to accelerate its plans for expansion into new and existing markets. “This is strong ...

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Newly-appointed General Manager for Microsoft Nigeria, Kabelo Makwane (image: Microsoft)

Microsoft takes aim at Africa’s biggest economy- Nigeria

April 16, 2014 • Software, Top StoriesComments (0)

Technology giant Microsoft has re-emphasised its commitment to the African continent, and Nigeria specifically. According to newly-appointed General Manager for Microsoft Nigeria, Kabelo Makwane, Microsoft is committed to entrenching itself in Nigeria,...

South African president Jacob Zuma on Thursday night delivered his annual State of the Nation address (Image Credit: World Economic Forum)

Google launches SA election Hub

April 16, 2014 • Online, Top StoriesComments (0)

Google today launched the South African Elections Hub, an online portal where voters, journalists and campaigners can easily track all the latest news, trends and information related to the 2014 elections, set to take place on 7 May, marking 20 years of...

CEO for Africa at Bharti Airtel. (Image credit: IT News Africa)

Airtel first to be awarded 3G, 4G licence in Chad

April 16, 2014 • Top StoriesComments (0)

Mobile operator Airtel has become the first company to be awarded a 3G and 4G licence in the African nation of Chad. “Mobile devices, using either 3G or even 2.5G EDGE networks, are already the main platform for internet access in Africa, allowing people to...

Orange Kenya chief executive officer (CEO) Mickael Ghossein (image: file)

Orange to invest $28.8-million in Kenya

April 16, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

French telco Orange, will invest a further $28.8-million in its 3G network across Kenya. The investment will see the company expanding the National Optic Fibre Backbone, and contributing to the Multi Service Access Node (MSAN). According to Orange Kenya chief...

Safaricom has revealed that 67% of mobile phones sold in Kenya were smartphones (image: Samsung)

67% of mobile phones sold in Kenya are smartphones

April 16, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

New data from mobile operator Safaricom reveals that 67% of mobile phones sold in Kenya are smartphones. In addition, the report shows that in excess of 100 000 new smartphones are shipped to customers each month. “Safaricom will continue championing...

Samsung Electronics South Africa is introducing the world’s first Curved UHD TV to South African consumers (image: file)

World’s first Curved UHD TV available for SA pre-order

April 16, 2014 • Gadgets and Gaming, Top StoriesComments (0)

Samsung Electronics South Africa is introducing the world’s first Curved UHD TV to South African consumers, who now have the opportunity to pre-order these sets from 11 April 2014 to 11 May 2014. According to Ansgar Pabst, Business Lead for TV/AV, Samsung...

Alpesh Patel, CEO Oju Africa and Group CEO of Mi-Group International (image: supplied)

Afro-centric emoticons launched in South Africa

April 15, 2014 • Online, Top StoriesComments (0)

They first garnered international attention with the launch of the first ethnically diverse emoticons. In fact in the past two weeks the Afro Emoticons from Oju Africa have had the world abuzz, with over 12000 downloads of the free app from Google Play in...

When something as major as the Heartbleed vulnerability happens, the impact is enormous (image: CNET)

What lesson Heartbleed bug teaches us

April 15, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

At Kaspersky Lab, my job not only involves analysing malware and vulnerabilities, or merely talking about the latest security threats – but a big part of it is to also trying to explain and educate users on how to build security. When doing so, some of...

Mike Ettling, Global Head of Cloud and On Premise for Human Resources at SAP (image: supplied)

SAP: Cloud opportunity similar to mobile in Africa

April 15, 2014 • Cloud Computing, Top StoriesComments (0)

Cloud computing has often been called a fad, but many experts agree that it is the future of business. While cloud adoption on the continent has been relatively slow, SAP believes that African businesses will inevitably see the benefits and take the leap....