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Nokia and Orange to roll out 4G LTE in seven African countries

A Nokia single radio access network is being rolled out in seven African countries in a three-year modernisation project to prepare the launch of 4G services. To facilitate the deployment, Nokia has set up a dedicated West and Central Africa Support Centre for Orange. Around 11,000 radio sites will be modernised in Egypt, Ivory Coast, […]

Ekso Bionics aids patient recovery with Vodafone

Many people who suffer from a stroke or spinal cord injury face a long road to recovery lasting months or years, with a goal of restoring functionality and returning to their community. This can be devastating, not only for the person injured but also for their family and friends. Swifter recovery, along with quantified feedback […]

Richer communications experiences to be delivered for Egypt

Avaya, a leading global business communications company, has announced it is working with Intraconsult Telecom to help organisations in Egypt achieve their digital transformation objectives. The two companies will focus on driving adoption of Avaya’s innovative solutions to key industry verticals in Egypt, enabling them to provide richer communications experiences to their customers and employees. […]

Q-KON SA confirm that HTEK IP phones have been certified by PortaOne

Q-KON SA, a value-added distributor of unified communication (UC) solutions, has announced that the HTEK UC900 series IP phones have been certified by PortaOne. This follows the successful interoperability testing and auto-provisioning integration with PortaSwitch, the PortaOne platform that delivers UC as a service. Providers using PortaSwitch can now use the HTEK phones without needing […]

Eckart Zollner, from Jasco Group, asks: Is South Africa ready for 5G?

5G, or Fifth Generation networks, are being lauded as the vehicle which will launch technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT). Eckart Zollner, Head of New Business Development at the Jasco Group, looks at how ready South Africa is for the next generation network. 5G still a way off As demonstrated by recent trials, 5G […]

ATU and Huawei release white paper released on rural coverage in Africa

African Telecommunication Union (ATU) and Huawei have jointly released a white paper on rural coverage. It appeals to the stakeholders to improve African rural network coverage and gives conductive proposals. It is predicted that providing coverage will benefit African society and ecosystem. Connectivity has the potential to positively impact and transform rural people’s lives and […]

Azumi Mobile announces support for PayJoy’s Lock to enable smartphone financing

Azumi Mobile has announced support for PayJoy’s Lock, a patented Android application that can remotely lock and unlock smartphones. When a consumer misses a payment, the PayJoy Lock locks the smartphone, but enables the user to remain connected to make emergency and support calls, as well as having access to critical applications, such as mobile […]

Argility announces significant acquisition of Indaba Mobile

Argility, a leading innovator of enterprise software solutions, has announced its latest acquisition following on the heels of its formation of the Argility Technology Group late last year. The acquisition of Indaba Mobile from Capital Eye Investments, concluded at the end of January 2018, brings the number of companies in the newly formed group to […]

HID Global supports facial recognition with HID Approve mobile authentication platform

HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, has announced that its HID Approve two-factor mobile authentication and verification platform now supports Apple’s iPhone X Face ID facial recognition system. The company expects facial recognition to play an increasingly important role in its authentication offering, combined with threat and fraud detection. “With the growing […]

Angola set to be rising force in global ICT thanks to South Atlantic Cable System

Angola is a shining example of digital transformation in a rapidly changing continent. Moving away from a dependency on oil production, the country is emerging as a leader in telecommunications. With the South Atlantic Cable System set to be completed in mid-2018 and centred in Angola, the first direct link between Africa and South America […]

MTN and Huawei deploy connected driver IoT solution in SA

MTN Business has launched a connected driver, usage-based insurance (UBI) solution in partnership with Huawei. MTN will be the first mobile operator in South Africa to commercially deploy a connected driver solution, which uses the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor and assess driver behaviour and motivate better driving. Connected driver solution in car insurance […]

Angola Cables and WACREN expand connectivity for academic institutions

Angola Cables has announced an agreement with the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), the regional research and education network (REN) that facilitates interconnections between national RENs in West and Central Africa. The agreement will support the growing connectivity among academic communities across West and Central Africa, including services that foster collaboration […]

Safaricom enhances customer experience with voice biometrics

Safaricom has introduced a dynamic voice biometrics system that will enable customers to access services through a quicker and less intrusive vetting process. Safaricom’s Voice Biometrics system, known as Jitambulishe, allows customers to use their voices for authentication before accessing assisted services such as resetting M-PESA PIN, and PUK requests, significantly cutting down the steps […]

MainOne is Nigeria’s Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute connectivity partner

MainOne, West Africa’s leading communications services company and operator of the premier Tier III data centre, has announced its official listing by Microsoft as an ExpressRoute connectivity provider for Nigeria. The listing follows MainOne’s launch of its Cloud Connect product and successful delivery of the Microsoft ExpressRoute service which connects large enterprises in Nigeria to […]

Africa’s telcos should invest in tech to counter stalled revenue growth

Although Africa’s largest telco operators are generally showing growth in their customer bases, revenue growth has somewhat stalled to as little as 1% year-on-year, says Mariam Abdullahi, Telco Industry Lead at SAP Africa. This means that despite attracting an increased number of customers, the amount each of these customers spend is decreasing. “In the wake […]

Telcos must walk the digital transformation walk

Article by Santiago Madruga, Head of EMEA Telco & ICT at Red Hat Many companies are exploring how they can take advantage of disruptive technologies such as cloud, mobile and big data analytics to drive a new wave of end user experiences. Communications service providers (CSPs) find themselves at the heart of the digital value […]

Airtel Nigeria partners with Ericsson for core network upgrade

Airtel Nigeria has signed a three-year contract with Ericsson to modernise and expand its packet core network, paving the way for even faster mobile broadband services and enhanced user experience for its subscribers. The Ericsson Evolved Packet Core and other range of solutions delivered, will provide increased reliability and scalability to the Airtel network making […]

Paratus to disrupt enterprise telecom market in Botswana

Paratus has announced that it intends to disrupt the telecoms market and bring quality, reliable enterprise telecommunication services to Botswana. The operator sees a tremendous amount of potential in the market and is committed to providing its signature, innovative solutions as a fresh approach in Botswana. Paratus Botswana Managing Director Shawn Bruwer says Paratus is […]

New Nokia security software helps combat growing ransomware threat

Nokia has announced its next-generation NetGuard Security Management Center software, designed to bolster service providers’ ability to proactively detect, predict and combat the growing threat from ransomware and other types of malware. The volume, velocity and variety of security data today is overwhelming security teams. Companies typically receive hundreds of thousands of security alerts per […]

Liquid Telecom and Huawei to deliver 100G links across South Africa

Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has partnered with Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology solutions provider, to deliver 100G upgrades to its network in South Africa. The upgrade to 100G wavelengths will take advantage of the latest DWDM technology from Huawei, enabling Liquid Telecom to offer additional […]