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IT News Africa: Top Stories of the week

November 4, 2018 • Top Stories

IT News Africa: Top Stories of the week

IT News Africa: Top Stories of the week

Another eventful week in world of tech has gone by. From new innovations and digital transformation, growing economies to emerging startups, here is a round up of some of the popular stories for the week.
Here is a round up of all the top stories of the week.

Nokia rolls out Android 9 Pie in Kenya

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has announced the  roll out of Android 9 Pie  on EISA’s Consumer Smartphone of the Year, the Nokia 7 plus. Fans will start receiving Android 9 Pie on their Nokia 7 plus in Kenya. Packed with Google’s intuitive software, and only the most essential apps loaded, the Nokia 7 plus serves Android 9 Pie with no bloatware, skins UI changes or hidden processes eating up your battery life. This upgrade builds upon the strong features of Android 8.0 Oreo™, and focuses on a more tailored experience with emphasis on AI, machine learning and digital wellbeing. Read more.

Vodacom Business expands its fixed connectivity network in Africa

Vodacom, a subsidiary of Vodafone Group, has added 19 new countries to its already extensive 28 markets footprint, in so doing increasing its overall coverage to 47 countries across Africa. Through its strategic partnerships, Vodacom Business, the leading fixed communication services provider in Africa has to date increased its fixed connectivity reach to cover most of the countries in Africa. Read more.

Renewable energy will play a pivotal role in changing Africa’s energy crisis

Renewable energy can play a pivotal role in bringing power to people whether in rural or remote areas. It has the potential to assist many African countries and citizens to have access to power which is essential for the reduction of poverty as well as to ensure economic growth. There are new technologies that contribute to sustainability and a greener way of doing business. Solutions such as micro-grids for rural or remote areas where there are no other alternatives are available in Africa. These solutions address challenges such as climate change as well as access to energy. Read more.

Huawei teases new AI speaker

Google, Samsung and Apple all have smart speakers. Not to be left behind, Huawei has now released their budget contender. The company teased the new gadget the Chinese name of which translates as “Huawei AI Speaker” at its Mate 20 series event in Shanghai, China, on October 29. Read more.

Gemalto celebrates 100 eSIM solutions deployed worldwide

The most recent generation of flagship phones and smartwatches works with the revolutionary remote connectivity management solution enabled by Gemalto. “eSIM around the world” is becoming a reality that will enable millions of consumers to seamlessly provision and activate a mobile subscription and connect their favorite devices anytime, anywhere. With 3.5 billion devices on the market by 2025, cellular connectivity will play a major role in bringing massive IoT to life both on the consumer and M2M markets, exponentially increasing the number of mobile connections. Read more.

Cyber attacks on educational institutions on the rise

Cyber threats are no longer a rarity, they are expected. With recent ransomware attacks such as WannaCry and NotPetya, the potential theft or leakage of data, particularly confidential information in an educational setting, should be top of the list in risk planning. Read more.

Parallel Wireless to provide 4G LTE in Ghana

Parallel Wireless, a provider of end-to-end open network connecting solutions has announced a partnership with the Telesol 4G brand, the fastest LTE network in Ghana. African countries face severe constraints in the development of even the fixed-line infrastructure. However, African countries also have the opportunity to leapfrog the development of fixed-networks, into new technologies such as 4G/LTE with its massive potential for communication and data transmission that will benefit developing economies. Read more.

ICEE•SA 2018 to showcase latest innovations in consumer electronics

The International Consumer Electronics Expo South Africa (ICEE•SA 2018), which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 7 to 9 November, will provide an opportunity to discover the latest innovations in consumer electronics and make sure that you and your business are equipped to move with the times. Read more.

First Bank of Nigeria, Clickatell use Whatsapp to drive financial inclusion

First Bank of Nigeria, in partnership with Clickatell’s Transact division, has commercially launched their Chat Banking channel on WhatsApp. This capability enables FirstBank’s customers to manage their banking needs within their WhatsApp chat with the same efficiency as USSD. Customers can add First Bank’s published WhatsApp phone number or a direct link access the First Bank’s “Verified” profile to begin a secure Chat Banking session. Read more.

Dimension Data launches annual ‘Tech Trends’ forecast for 2019

Dimension Data has launched its Tech Trends 2019 report. It identifies fundamental industry trends that will come to define the business technology landscape in 2019 across customer experience, cybersecurity, digital business, digital infrastructure, digital workplace, technology futures, and services. In the report, Group CTO Ettienne Reinecke claims that 2019 will finally see digital transformation become a reality and predicts a spate of industry-wide disruption as innovative companies see long-term projects bear fruit. Read more.

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