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Bringing more African countries into the digital economy

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Since 2009, the African telecoms industry has come a long way in connecting people and businesses to reliable, affordable and fast Internet services. The new submarine cables that started to land off the continent’s east and west coasts from 2009 onwards brought with them more affordable and plentiful international bandwidth. They now circle the continent, […]


How Africa is leading the innovation revolution

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Article by Saidah Nash-Carter, Head of Innovation at Thomson Reuters Africa With an estimated population of 1.2 billion people and 54 unique markets, Africa offers significant opportunities. More than just an investment destination, the continent is rapidly becoming a leader in innovation. Increasing connectivity, a young population and the impact of global trends that are […]


SDN and NFV cause disruption in the communication service provider and cloud markets

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Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) will enable communication service providers (CSPs) to create a more agile and flexible communications infrastructure. We asked Martina Kurth, Research Director at Gartner, how this technology disruption will enable CSPs to create and deliver cloud based-services to organisations, where, when and how they need them. Consequently, CSPs […]


Vodafone Group agrees to enterprise licensing agreement with VMware

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Vodafone Group has agreed to a software licensing agreement with VMware, Inc. that will enable it to access a range of the technology vendor’s products. As part of that agreement, VMware will be one of the vendors to support the operator’s global roll-out of network functions virtualisation (NFV) to accelerate its delivery of future products […]


TMT Finance Africa in Cape Town event announced for March 2018

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TMT Finance, the global telecom, media and tech investment news and events provider, has announced the launch of the inaugural TMT Finance Africa in Cape Town, South Africa conference on 15 March, 2018. The senior executive only conference, supported by Standard Bank and IFC (World Bank Group), will gather key leadership from telecom, media and […]


Increased focus on lowering smartphone costs could drive next African smartphone boom

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For many years, African countries served as the growth engine for the global smartphone market. Recent times, however, tell a different story. In 2016, according to Strategy Analytics, global smartphone sales grew at a modest 2% and the landscape in Africa also saw a dip from what had been a 39% year-over-year growth rate. However, […]


Frost & Sullivan commends Nebula’s OneView TEM solution for use in the wider IT environment

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Based on its recent analysis of the enterprise telecommunications management industry, Frost & Sullivan recognises Nebula with the 2017 South African Enterprise Telecommunications Management Technology Innovation Award. Nebula has successfully expanded its award-winning OneView solution with the addition of the Integration Hub to the product suite. Nebula enables businesses to integrate outsourced business functions and […]


Top 4 digital transformation priorities for African telecoms operators

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Article by by Mariam Abdullahi, Telco Industry Lead at SAP Africa After nearly two decades of uninhibited growth and profitability, African telecoms operators are facing the converging forces of digital disruption. Some of the factors contributing to this include: easily accessible broadband Internet, popular over the top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp, and changing consumer […]


Gartner: end-user spending on communications services in SA will grow 0.7% in 2017

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End user spending on communications services in South Africa is forecast to total R122 billion in 2017, a 0.7% increase from 2016, according to Gartner, Inc. “The forecast growth rate is slight, mainly due to shifts to less expensive legacy service offerings as competition heats up,” said William Hahn, Principal Research Analyst at Gartner. “It’s […]


ZTE SA’s strategy aimed at helping South Africa to overcome infrastructure deficit

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South Africa is a country with immense potential, both in its own right and as a gateway into Africa, but despite this, the country is not yet on track to realise its full potential. One of the major reasons for this is a lack of investment in critical infrastructure, which is vital for any successful […]


Africa’s entry into Big Data and analytics

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The African market is witnessing a maturation of data analytics into an independent, intuitive technology. It is becoming integral to the way people work, moving away from the predominant use by only a select few, towards a tool that is utilised across the entire organisation. According to Jane Thomson, Managing Director at Softworx, in 2017, […]


Safaricom uses Nokia CEM on Demand to differentiate services in Kenya

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Customer demands are constantly evolving and will not slow down. To keep pace with this, operators have been managing digital transformation, seamless omni-channel experiences and embedding the voice of the customer into their operations. However, with technology evolving faster, growing competition and greater consumer standards, it is increasingly difficult to maintain pace with customers. This […]


Paratus Telecom introduces the next level of cloud services

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Paratus Telecom, the largest privately owned pan-African telecoms operator, is taking cloud services to a next level by offering additional resilience solutions to its customers. At a closed event in Windhoek, Paratus Namibia Managing Director John D’Aton pointed to the term ‘cloud’ as all-encompassing and comprising various services. “It is clear that the key drivers […]


Relief for businesses trapped in long-term telecom contracts

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There is good news for businesses tied into long-term contracts with telecom service providers who offer poor service levels and do not deliver value. Euphoria Telecom has announced that it is now offering its core services free of charge to help businesses exit these frustrating contracts. Euphoria Telecom will assist business customers to reduce the […]


Telecom Ministries of Somalia and Djibouti agree on cooperation

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The Ministers of Posts and Telecommunications of Somalia and Djibouti, HE Abdi Ashur Hassan and HE Abdi Youssouf Sougueh, have issued a joint statement on a four-day official visit of the Somalia minister to Djibouti. The main purpose of the minister and his delegation’s four-day visit was to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two […]


BT and Dell EMC join forces to research software-defined networks of the future

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The agile, programmable telecoms networks of the future moved a step closer today as BT and Dell EMC announced a research collaboration dedicated to exploring a new way of managing network traffic. The proof-of-concept trial, which is taking place at the BT Labs in Adastral Park, Suffolk, will explore how disaggregated switching can create flexible […]


UN Environment partners with Safaricom on selected Sustainable Development Goals

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UN Environment has urged the country’s private sector to collaborate with them in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will help curb climate change. Currently, UN Environment is working closely with the private sector through various initiatives, such as the Finance Initiative which works with over 200 institutions to bring systemic change in […]


African telcos should leverage consumers’ increasing demand for mobile data

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Article by Hrusostomos Vicatos, Business Development Executive for the Telco Sector at Wipro Limited and Gavin Holme, Country Manager, Africa, Wipro Limited Africa is witnessing rapid growth in the telecommunications sector, and the use of mobile phones is at the forefront of this surge. While it was initially voice communication that drove the interest in […]


SEACOM acquires MacroLan to extend fibre reach in the Western Cape

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Pan-African telecom enabler, SEACOM, has announced its acquisition of Cape Town-based Internet service provider and managed services provider, MacroLan. The acquisition is in line with SEACOM’s strategy to extend the reach of its fibre network to more metropolitan areas across South Africa, as well as to bolster its managed services capability for business customers. MacroLan […]


You’ve got fibre, what happens next?

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Revenue is rising, you’ve got more employees and you’re excited to expand your range of products and services, but you need a better Internet connection to support your growth. You made the decision to go fibre, but why is that an important step for your business, and what now? Fibre is the Internet on steroids […]