The end of November is here; however, we can all now look forward to the festive season. This week in technology we saw a number of top stories gracing the tech scene.
Airtel has launched, according to the company, Africa’s first 4G service in the Seychelles. Also making headlines this week was Sonatel. Sonatel has launched the Orange Foundation’s digital education project for Africa.
Over in Kenya, Safaricom revealed a USD 1 Million venture fund. According to the company, The fund is aimed at accelerating the development of mobile applications.
We hope you have a fantastic weekend. The top stories of the week can be found below.
Kenya: Safaricom reveals USD 1 Million venture fund
Kenyan operator, Safaricom, has revealed a USD 1 million venture fund. The fund is aimed at accelerating the development of mobile applications. Read More.
West Africa: Sonatel reveals digital education project
Senegalese operator Sonatel has launched the Orange Foundation’s digital education project for Africa in the presence of the country’s minister of education, Serigne Mbaye Thiam. Read More.
Airtel launches 4G service in Africa
Airtel has launched, according to the company, Africa’s first 4G service in the Seychelles. According to the mobile operator, it has launched the service on a network based on FD-LTE, making the Seychelles amongst the first countries in sub Saharan Africa to commercially deploy the technology. This is Airtel’s first commercial LTE network in Africa. Read More.
MTN & GIBS partner for Spirit of Youth & Career Expo 2015
MTN Group has partnered with the Gordon Institute of Business Sciences (GIBS) to roll out the Spirit of Youth initiative, the institution’s leadership development programme. This is a three year partnership that will commence in 2015. Read More.
Uganda: URA slams shut mobile device smuggling route
The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has not only discovered a route used by individuals who smuggle mobile devices into Uganda, but it has also impounded a number of mobile devices to the value of UGX 34 Million. Read More.
Africa: Orange Business Services appoints Giorgio Heiman as VP
Orange Business Services, the Orange branch dedicated to B2B services, has announced the appointment of Giorgio Heiman as Vice President of Africa, effective this month. Giorgio will share his time between Geneva and Johannesburg and takes over the leadership of the business in Africa from Jean-Luc Lasnier, who is retiring. Read More.
Should SMEs turn to the cloud to avoid data loss?
Cloud-based and hosted services are showing excellent growth in South Africa with small businesses and startups leading the move. Read More.
The rise of online shopping in Africa
Online transactions make up less than 1% of the overall retail market in South Africa according to Enst & Young. Although this is extremely low when compared with the UK where online shopping constitutes 14% of retail sector purchases, this number is escalating at an impressive year-on-year rate according to latest MasterCard Worldwide Online Shopping Survey. Read More.
Airtel to improve network & efficiency moving forward – Airtel CEO
IT News Africa had an exclusive interview with Christian De Faria, CEO – Airtel Africa AfricaCom 2014. The Airtel Africa CEO explains in the interview that Airtel is focusing on its customers, expanding in Africa, and improving the overall efficiency of the network moving forward. Watch the interview here.
Internet connectivity changes lives – Facebook VP
At AfricaCom 2014, IT News Africa had an exclusive interview with Chris Daniels, Facebook’s Vice President for Internet.org. Daniels explains in the interview that Facebook’s mission is to make the world more open and connected. Daniels also explains that Internet.org also has a mission, which is connecting the two thirds of the world that don’t have access to the internet. Watch the interview here.
How ICT is responding to Ebola in Africa
The Ebola outbreak has captured the attention of many large corporations within the ICT sector. Companies like MTN, SES, Liquid Telecom, Econet, IBM, Airtel, LG and Samsung have all responded to the outbreak in a meaningful and impactful way. Read More. Read More.
7 Tips for Selling to the CIO
Let’s face it, selling to the modern day CIO is not an easy task. These industry executives essentially live busy lives. They are busy 24/7, and are bombarded with technical sales calls day in and day day out; however, there are ways and means to successfully sell to them. Read More.
Top 5 apps to ease exam stress across Africa
Various students from a multitude educational institutions, across the continent, will preparing to hit the books, internet and other forms of educational resources in order to gain knowledge as well as prepare for their upcoming exams. Read More.
10 African tech start-ups to look out for
Africa is bursting with potential, especially when it comes to the tech start-up scene. A great number of companies have entered the African tech scene recently; however, 10 of these start-ups have shined, much like the glorious African sun, in the eyes of IT News Africa. Read More.
Gadgets and Gaming
PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup December 2014
The PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup for December 2014 has been revealed. Back in October 2014, we pieced together what we thought would be the ideal top 10 Games that need to hit PlayStation Plus… it seems as though the team at Sony PlayStation has answered our call, for at least one title anyway. Read More.
PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup November 2014
The October lineup was quite honestly a great one. Not only did we receive titles like of Dust: An Elysian Tail, but we also received, Spelunky, Batman Arkham Asylum, Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara, and a host of other great titles. The PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup November 2014 looks to deliver some great content as well. Read More.