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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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Kenya: Schools in Nairobi get free internet

July 3, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Wananchi Group, owner of Pay Tv company Zuku, is installing free, unlimited, high-speed fixed internet to over 2,000 public and private schools in Nairobi County. Through a partnership with Kenya Education Network (KENET) and the County Government of Nairobi,...

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Airtel rakes in USD 1.3 bln from tower sale in Africa

July 3, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Bharti Airtel has revealed that it has raised USD 1.3 billion with the sale of various mobile towers in five African countries. According to the company, the total proceeds from the transactions will be utilised to reduce the debt of the company. In February...

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Orange connects Benin to ACE submarine cable

July 3, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Orange together with the other members of the ACE consortium, have announced the launch of the ACE cable in Cotonou, Benin and Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. The connection of these two stations is part of the second phase of deployment of the ACE...

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Huawei unveils P8 smartphone in South Africa

July 3, 2015 • Gadgets and Gaming, Top StoriesComments (0)

Huawei unveiled its latest device, the P8 Smartphone, on the 2nd of July 2015, at the Johannesburg Country Club. According to the company, Johannesburg is the latest stop in a worldwide tour that has included stops in Bangkok, Singapore, New York and London....

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Winners of the African EduWeek Awards revealed

July 2, 2015 • Events, Top StoriesComments (0)

The SpellAfrica Initiative from Nigeria and technology company Edit Microsystems are just some of the winners announced at the inaugural African EduWeek Awards. The awards showcased the most innovative and life-changing projects, organisations, companies,...

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Review: BlackBerry Leap

July 2, 2015 • Reviews, Top StoriesComments (0)

BlackBerry has launched its latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Leap, in Nigeria and South Africa. However, does the latest device from BlackBerry stand out in the crowd, or is it just another generic smartphone? IT News Africa has spent some time with the...

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How to tell if your Smartphone is the real deal

July 2, 2015 • Hardware, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Counterfeit goods have become an increasingly worrying problem in Africa. Not only is the clothing industry suffering under the scourge of counterfeit goods, but the Electronics industry has also been under fire. Consumers who purchase a smartphone device...

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Calculating the real cost of IT

July 2, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

The initial cost of a company laptop represents less than 30 percent of the total cost of owning and using it. The remaining 70 percent is often ignored by companies because these costs form part of the ‘background’ cost of IT. This is according to...

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Huawei launches Digital inCloud centre in Africa

July 1, 2015 • Cloud Computing, Top StoriesComments (0)

Huawei has revealed the launch of their Digital inCloud Eastern and Southern Africa regional center at the 5th Annual VAS Africa summit. The event attracted over 70 carriers and Service Providers (SPs)/ Content Providers (CPs) in the region. According to...

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Nigeria: Telecoms contribute NGN 1.34 bln to economy in Q1

July 1, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that the telecommunication sector contributed NGN 1.34 billion to the Nigerian economy in the first quarter of the year. According to the report, NBS found that the sector records a monthly growth rate...

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South Africa: Internet users to reach 27 mln by 2019

July 1, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

South Africa is expected to see a rise in internet traffic as more people switch to smartphones and smart devices. This is according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index 2015, which was revealed by Fin24. The report forecasts that the number of internet...

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MTN SA files charges against attackers

July 1, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

MTN South Africa has filed criminal charges against a group of striking Communication Workers Union (CWU) members, who on 27 June 2015 allegedly attacked an MTN retail outlet. The attackers allegedly assaulted and intimidated staff in the process. The CWU has...

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Buses in South Africa get free Wi-Fi

July 1, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Radwin, a provider of sub-6 GHz broadband wireless solutions, has revealed that the City of Tshwane in South Africa is using its  FiberinMotion wireless mobility solution to provide free Wi-Fi onboard city buses – up to 100 Mbps throughput per bus....

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Acer Africa appoints new country manager

June 30, 2015 • People, Top StoriesComments (0)

Acer Africa has revealed the appointment of Paul Collins as the new Acer Africa Country Manager. Paul previously held the position of Commercial Channel Manager within the business and in his new role as Country Manager, Collins will focus on the Acer growth...

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Last chance to enter 2015 MTN Business App of the Year Awards

June 30, 2015 • Company News, Software, Top StoriesComments (0)

South Africa’s best and brightest app developers have less than a week to submit their apps to the MTN Business App of the Year Awards. Entries close on 3 July 2015. The MTN Business App of the Year Awards is the premiere app awards event in South Africa...