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IT News Africa has some fantastic events planned over the next few weeks. The next Innovation Dinner, which will be held at the Panafric Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on the 28th of May 2015 is set to address Security Convergence.

Also, be sure not to miss the upcoming CIO Roadmap 2015, which will feature cutting-edge demos, engaging keynotes, lively panel discussions, noted local and international speakers, along with an amazing technology exhibition area.


This week in tech has been a rather interesting one at that. Business Connexion (BCX) has delivered strong interim results, according to the company. Also making the headlines this week was Nokia. Nokia has revealed its intention to buy Alcatel-Lucent for a staggering $16.6 billion USD.

Stage 4 load shedding in South Africa has also been revealed. Among the top stories of the week, Gijima has revealed that is has voluntarily delisted from the JSE.

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

News

South Africa: Eskom reveals Stage 4 load shedding
Eskom has revealed stage 4 load shedding. The details were confirmed after Eskom revealed that the load shedding stage allocation was in the process of being altered. Read More.

Namibia: MTN to sell 30 percent shareholding to break monopoly
MTN Namibia plans to sell a 30 percent shareholding to local shareholders. According to MTN Nigeria: “Interested investors are invited to submit a letter of intent to purchase shares of MTN Business Namibia, which makes up 30% of the share capital.” Read More.

Gijima to voluntarily delist from the JSE
According to a press statement, JSE-listed South African information and communication technology (ICT) company Gijima announced on the 17th of February its intention to voluntarily delist from the JSE following the implementation of the buy-out of the minority shareholders by a company controlled by its founder and Executive Chairman Mr R M Gumede of Guma Group. Read More.

Kenya: Safaricom suspends cross-network M-Pesa services
Kenyan operator Safaricom has suspended the registration of new M-Pesa customers and the transfer of cash to rival mobile phone networks until the upgrade and transfer of its IT system from Germany to Kenya is completed on 19 April. Read More.

Business Connexion delivers strong Interim Results
Business Connexion, Africa’s largest black-owned Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services provider, has released its interim financial results for the six months ended 28 February 2015. Read More.

Liquid Telecom expands FTTH in Zimbabwe
Liquid Telecom has revealed the latest expansion of its FTTH network in Zimbabwe. Liquid Telecom has already laid fibre rings around Victoria Falls, which provide multiple routes of redundancy. Read More.

HDS recognised as one of the 2015 world’s most ethical companies
Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. has announced that the Ethisphere Institute has recognised it as one of the 2015 World’s Most Ethical Companies. Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has been named to the list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the fifth consecutive year, highlighting the company’s longstanding dedication to high standards of integrity and ethical business practices within its industry. Read More.

Nokia to buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion USD
There has been much speculation over the past few days of whether or not Nokia will be taking over Alcatel-Lucent; however, details have emerged from both parties that a deal is in fact in the works. Read More.

Opinions

Worldwide IT spending to decline 1.3 percent in 2015
Worldwide IT spending is set to shrink to $3.66 trillion in 2015, a 1.3 per cent decrease from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner. Gartner said that the rising dollar is chiefly responsible for the slowdown. Read More.

Data management in South Africa has its own unique challenges
The impact of load shedding on an organisation’s data management capabilities is adding a level of uncertainty to boardroom discussions about technology that are already strained by issues of mobility, Big Data, and which cloud option to use. Read More.

Interviews

Video Interview: Isaac Mophatlane discusses the future of BCX
IT News Africa’s Managing Director, Abe Wakama interviews Business Connexion (BCX) CEO, Isaac Mophatlane. During the interview, Mophatlane discusses the origins of BCX, the looming Telkom deal, as well as the future of BCX. Watch the Interview Here.

Top Features

Top Tech Tips to lock down your social media account
With mobile devices becoming more prominent in our day-to-day lives, as tech-savvy Africans, we are constantly accessing social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. While these platforms are secure in their own right, they can essentially place your personal information and private life at risk. Read More.

Top List

Top 5 reasons to use licensed business software
If you’re running a small business in Africa, which is on a tight budget, you might be tempted to think of pirating your accounting, ERP software, or image editing software as a harmless way to save a bit of money. Read More.

Top 10 tips to keep data safe in the cloud
If you choose a credible cloud software provider, it will essentially host your payroll applications and data in a secure data centre underpinned by world-class technology. This will free you from doing backups, buying and installing new versions of the software, and fencing your data behind high security software. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

Huawei unveils P8 smartphone & Tablet
Huawei has unveiled its latest P Series smartphones – the Huawei P8 and Huawei P8 Max Phablet. According to Huawei, both devices feature 13-megapixel cameras and come with a dual-tone flash in order to brighten up photos taken in low-light conditions. Huawei also revealed that the phones also offer a “light painting” feature. Read More.

Easy fatalities are fatal to Mortal Kombat X
Mortal Kombat X has just released; however, like most titles… the game comes with some rather questionable Downloadable Content (DLC). Read More.

PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup April 2015
The PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup for April 2015 is packed with another great selection of titles, which should not be missed. Not only do we get to step into the beautiful world of Never Alone on the PlayStation 4, but we also get to dive back into the world of Dishonored on the PlayStation 3. Read More.

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