IT News Africa: Top Tech Stories of the Week

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(Image Credit: Darryl Linington).
Top tech news
(Image Credit: Darryl Linington).

This week in technology has been another busy one. Not only is Zimbabwe currently debating internet governance, but the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) is insisting that Airtel must pay KES 2.1 billion to stay in business.

This week we also revisited the top 5 big data trends as well as looked back at two decades of ICT excellence with the Business Connexion Group.

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


Airtel, Wari partner to expand financial inclusion in Nigeria
As part of its contribution towards Federal Government’s efforts to deepen financial inclusion in the country Airtel Nigeria has collaborated with payment solution provider, Wari, to provide a new payment platform for Nigerians. Read More.

Zimbabwe debates Internet Governance
Stakeholders in the local ICT industry who converged at Jameson Hotel in Harare on August 21, 2015, to debate and deliberate on the national importance of the internet and its governance in Zimbabwe, have come up with resolutions and a way forward. MISA Zimbabwe, as initiators of the event have committed to working with partners to ensure implementation of the resolutions. Read More.

South Africa: Mobile online shopping on the rise?
According to online classifieds website OLX, it has seen a surge of internet users visit its website via mobile devices. OLX revealed that currently more than 65% of its internet traffic is from mobile devices, and growing fast. Read More.

Nigeria: Broadband penetration to increase by 2017
MTN Nigeria and the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) have predicted a sharp rise in broadband penetration by 2017. Read More.

CA insists that Airtel Kenya must pay to stay in business
Airtel Kenya is in a stalemate with regulators over the renewal of its operating licence. The report reveals that the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) is insisting that the operator must pay KES 2.1 billion to stay in business. Read More.

Top Opinions

Top 5 Big data trends revisited
As we head deeper into the second half of 2015, Wayne Dick, Pre-Sales Manager at Hitachi Data Systems, Sub-Saharan Africa, revisits this year’s big data trends and considers how a streamlined data refinery architecture can help businesses to better process their information. Read More.

Africa’s Invisible Sector: Caught up in Complexity
Having faced nasty bill shocks at month end, or struggled to get out of onerous mobile contracts, many consumers have long since made the switch to prepaid SIM cards. Read More.

Maximising revenue in the telecoms industry requires intelligent data analytics
Telecom service providers across the globe are faced with challenging market conditions, coupled with declining revenue. High subscriber churn rates as a result of network congestion, increased competition from Over-The-Top (OTT) services, and a shift towards data-based voice communications are all playing a role in driving these challenges. Read More.

Isaac Mophatlane looks back at two decades of ICT excellence
24 August 2015 marked a historic day in the history of Business Connexion Group and in particular for Isaac Mophatlane, Group CEO, as the company delisted from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, following the successful acquisition by Telkom and after trading for over 11 years as an independent listed company. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Review
The Metal Gear Solid series has never failed to disappoint. Even back in 2008, when the Metal Gear Solid series graced the original PlayStation console, we were introduced to stealth and tactical espionage orientated gameplay that far surpassed any other title. Fast Forward to 2015, and the Metal Gear franchise has evolved from what could be described as pixelated greatness to cinematic perfection. Read More.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Review
Originally launched in 2006, as an Xbox 360 exclusive, Gears of War took the gaming world by storm. It was by far one of the best looking games at the time, and its gameplay mechanics were absolutely phenomenal. What also made the original Gears of War great was the fact that it had a cover system that actually worked. Apart from the gameplay mechanics, Gears of War also introduced us to a great, although overly muscular, set of characters, who had more heart than any other character featured in a video game to date. Read More.

Until Dawn Review
Developer Supermassive Games and publisher Sony Computer Entertainment will be officially launching Until Dawn very soon. With still some time to spare before release, you are most probably wondering whether or not this title is actually worth picking up? Well, it’s safe to say yes… if you like horror games that is. Read More.

Meet the $35 USD smartphone
Orange has unveiled the Klif smartphone. According to Orange, the Firefox 2.0 powered device was developed by Mozilla’s Egyptian subsidiary Mobinil, and made by Alcatel. Read More.

PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup September 2015
The PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup for August 2015 was pretty great. We received the likes of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, God of War Ascension, and Limbo. Much like last month, the PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup for September 2015 also features a great set of games. Read More.

Darryl Linington