Africa By Region

A look at African ICT News regionally

MTN Group has appointed Michael Fleischer to the position of Group Chief Legal Counsel, effective 1 February 2014. A seasoned legal professional and experienced business executive, Fleischer joins MTN Group from Gold Fields Limited, where he was Executive Vice President: General Counsel. Fleischer joined Gold Fields in 2006 from the law firm...
By next year, the number of businesses around the world using artificial intelligence (AI) in some aspect of their operations is expected to increase to 62 percent. Leading this trend are the South African organisations which are adopting smart technologies to not only make their procedures more efficient, but...
In August 2013 the Managing Director of DHL Express South Africa, Hennie Heymans, said that with the implementation of Nigeria’s National Broadband Plan (which will reportedly result in an 80% increase in broadband internet penetration by the end of 2018), the country is expected to surpass South Africa’s e-commerce market. Those...
The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) has a new CEO with a vision to accelerate transformation within the South African DNS (Domain Name System) industry while staying true to the technical core competencies that have resulted in almost 900 000 .co.za domain registrations. Mokgabudi Lucky Masilela will continue to work closely...
It is that time of the year again when you sit down, take stock of your IT Help Desk's performance these past 12 months, and chart a course for success in the new year. Call them New Year resolutions, departmental priorities, or simply a plan of action, whatever the name, we've decided to go ahead and...
The trend of making payments using mobile wallets installed as applications on smartphones which sometimes makes use of Near Field Communication Technology and generally an internet connection is becoming widespread, and indeed Africa is not left out in the grand scheme of things. In fact, Africa is embracing this seamless...
A recent study conducted in South Africa by global market research company Ipsos, on behalf of PayPal and FNB, has revealed a growing interest by South African internet users to shop online. The study reveals that 22 percent of South African internet users have said they have made purchases...
Fourty young startups from across the continent took centre stage at DEMO Africa in Nigeria on the 24th September 2014. Each startup pitched their innovations to investors in hope of securing financial and technical support from some of the world’s largest tech companies. This kind of innovation injection can...
Money for Jam (M4JAM) has officially launched across South Africa, on the WeChat platform. M4JAM is a microjobbing service that gives NGOs and government organisations a new way to crowd source information and interact directly with the South African public. The service is intended to provide South African citizens with...
Mobile communications startup 2go, is building an African mobile social network to rival global players Mobile communication has grown exponentially in Africa over the last couple of years and the need for mobile users to stay in contact with one another has been the driving force behind innovation. While mobile...
  Looking past the turbulent history of Ethiopia, one that has been impacted by famine, drought and war, there is evidence today which confirms that this East African region has fully embraced ICT to advance itself and establish a secure position amongst developing economies with high-growth potential. However, challenges do remain...
  Located in South-Central Africa, Zambia forms part of a region that is fast emerging as one with high growth prospects because of a strong technology base and increasing rates of adoption. International Telecommunications Union (ITU) statistics reveal that in 2012 the number of mobile cellular subscriptions stood at approximately just...
In Kenya, Zuku has launched a new set of channels on its platform. According to the broadcaster, these channels are mainly aimed at broadcasting sporting events across the country. According to the Wananchi Group CEO, Richard Alden: "The new additions were in response to client comments on viewership." Alden revealed...
As the Zimbabwean elections draw to a close and vote counting starts across the Southern African nation, voters and citizens will be waiting with baited breath for the results to be made known. But as citizens wait for the results, there are a number of online resources that can be...
Telkom informed its customers that it will be enforcing its fair usage policy. According to the telecom giant, the reason behind the move was in the spirit of enhancing the Internet experience of all its users. To add to this, at the beginning of August 2014, Telkom had issued a...
SAP AG today announced that Darren Roos from South Africa has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Europe, Middle East and Africa. As COO, Roos will be responsible for the successful operation of SAP’s entire EMEA business – from business innovation to sales operation and execution. An...
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