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Kenya is set to use Alphabet Inc’s system of balloons to help bring the Internet to some of the East Africa nation’s rural communities, according to a report by Reuters. Known as Project Loon, the technology was developed by Alphabet’s X, the company’s innovation lab. The project which began as a Google...
MTN and Cisco has on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 announced the availability of the Cisco Jasper Control Center automated IoT connectivity platform for companies looking to provide IoT services to their customers on MTN’s mobile network throughout South Africa. MTN is the first mobile operator in South Africa to...
Automotive manufacturer, Toyota has partnered with Altron Netstar and Vodacom to roll-out connectivity features and in-car Wi-Fi on all new Toyota and Lexus models the company announced at a press briefing on Thursday, 29 August. The new connectivity hub, Toyota Connect will be housed within the MyToyota App which was...
The modern global supply chain can be the source of endless insight into the production, sourcing, procurement, purchasing, inventory and delivery of goods and services. But data must flow smoothly between B2B networks in a supply chain so that invested parties can quickly act on information that will improve the quality,...
Every industry – manufacturing, transport, agriculture, education – is being disrupted and transformed beyond recognition by Industry 4.0. “Industry 4.0, through automation, integration systems, data collection and data analysis, can help to inform industry and government on how decisions can be made about competitiveness, about manufacturing, and about the re-skilling...
The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report reveals that the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to overtake mobile phones as the largest category of connected device by 2018. Between 2015 and 2021, the number of IoT connected devices is expected to grow 23 percent annually, of which cellular IoT is...
The Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) communications are by no means new concepts, having existed for many years already. What is new and revolutionary is what we are now able to do with the data these technologies generate. From predictive maintenance to consumer behaviour analytics,...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a talking point in many discussions on how connectivity will move us forward as a society and what kinds of technologies will help shape future cities. Huawei is one of many large tech companies with a vested interest in IoT. Steve Apps, Huawei's Chief Technology Officer,...
"With the emergence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), mobile technology innovation and quality network infrastructure become crucial to reshaping and improving living standards for more people. Mobile network operators need to be agile to accommodate innovations," says Godfrey Motsa, CEO of MTN South Africa. IT News Africa's Jenna Cook...
IoT is growing and will continue to grow beyond 2017. IHS Technology predicts that there will be 75 billion connected devices by 2020. IoT is about connecting exponentially more devices to the internet. This trend promises to make our global society more efficient and productive than we ever imagined possible. The Internet...
The cloud transformation and exponential growth in data has prompted a new focus for IT stakeholders, and the worlds of IT and business are undergoing multiple transformations as a result. This, along with the speed at which such transformation is taking place, is driving dramatic organisational change. It is true...
2019 has quickly become the year of 5G. As service providers race to build the next generation of 5G networks, they’ll need to build entire cloud-native, fully virtualised networks capable of dynamic application and device support as well. To further unpack this, IT News Africa's Jenna Cook chatted to Quentin...
The benefits of the digital revolution to the healthcare sector in Africa are enormous, yet many angles must be considered if it is to prove successful. There are many people around the world who fall through the cracks in the healthcare field. They either lack the resources to see a...
The traditional hub and spoke network design offers centralised orchestration but also requires that all traffic be directed back to the central point. Business applications are all traditionally housed within the central datacentre and all connectivity is directed through this point. With the consumerisation of IT, this design has...
2018 was incredibly exciting for the technology sector which has seen myriad advancements. These include the fundamentals of artificial intelligence (AI) being established, robots helping around the house and consumer electronic innovations such as TVs that are so thin, they might be mistaken for windows, or paintings. 2019 promises to...
If there was ever a time to watch progress in Africa, it would be now. As we have seen so many times before, the continent has the ability to leapfrog technological trends and with the rapid scaling of digital technologies we believe there are huge opportunities awaiting to be...
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