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Huawei CloudAIR solution is set to benefit carriers in Africa

Global ICT solutions provider Huawei says its CloudAIR solution will benefit South African and African carriers who are affected by a lack of spectrum but have a need to improve both coverage and capacity. “With the rapid development of mobile broadband (MBB) services, operators are concerned about heavy network load, poor user experience and traffic […]


Cyber resilience: A strategy the public sector can’t afford to overlook

Public services are getting smarter and more connected. However, Thomas Mangwiro, Business Development, Public Sector, Mimecast, says these innovations need to be matched with a new defensive strategy. Public services are getting smarter and more connected, but these innovations need to be matched with a new defensive strategy. The opportunity to wreak cyber havoc against […]


Navigating the challenges and roadblocks of digital transformation

The digital revolution continues to gather pace and traditional business models are undergoing unprecedented levels of disruption. This has led to a wave of digital transformation initiatives across the African region which, according to Andries Lombaard, Country Manager of International Data Corporation (IDC) South Africa, require expert guidance to overcome the myriad of challenges and […]


The top five identity trends of the year

Jim Ducharme, RSA Security’s VP of Identity Products The days where passwords and tokens were our only way of identifying people and systems is long gone. Today, we have a vast array of technologies, including: multi-factor authentication (MFA), standards-based solutions, biometrics and smartphone-based authentication – to name just a few. This change has been driven […]


In212 Technologies expert: Chatbots improves Government service delivery

As our government looks towards new technologies to enhance services to South Africa’s 55 million citizens and residents, Saurabh Kumar, CEO at In212 Technologies, says Chatbots appear as a valuable tool, with the potential to transform the way people engage with government departments. Chatbots combine the ease of mobile messaging with the power of Artificial […]


Network control company Infoblox addresses DNS cybersecurity blind spot

Infoblox Inc,  the network control company that provides Actionable Network Intelligence, has announced significant enhancements to its  ActiveTrust Cloud. It offers leverages advanced analytics to expand detection of potential zero day threats and prevent the loss of data, adds the ability to distribute threat intelligence to other security products in the network and ensures that […]


Paul Mountford named as the new CEO of Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology, The Digital Performance Company, has announced the appointment of Paul Mountford as CEO. He replaces Jerry M Kennelly, who is retiring after serving as CEO since co-founding Riverbed in 2002. Mountford joined Riverbed nearly four years ago as SVP and Chief Sales Officer, leading the transformation of the global sales organisation and partner […]


Veeam expert: Why businesses need to be proactive about availability

Gregg Petersen, Regional Sales Vice President, Middle East and Africa, Veeam Software, says businesses moving to the cloud are putting their trust in the security and backup standards of cloud service providers when they move to the cloud. Unfortunately, high-profile cloud incidents of the past few years showcase the potential vulnerability of cloud. Petersen says […]


Red Hat expert: Digital transformation is not going away any time soon

The phrase ‘digital transformation’ is everywhere and according to Erica Langhi, solution architect at Red Hat, it’s not going away any time soon. Organisations are acutely aware of the need to become more digital to stay competitive and serve customers in new ways. We have entered an era of agile development practices, hybrid technology footprints […]


Africa’s smartphone market experiences a quarter-on-quarter decline

Africa’s smartphone market experienced a quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) decline of 6.4% during Q4 2017, according to the latest insights announced by International Data Corporation (IDC). The global technology research and consulting firm’s Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows smartphone shipments were down to 20.3 million units for the quarter. Year on year (YoY), this represents an 18% […]


Creating tomorrow’s ecosystem – Teraco to expand its African offering

Teraco, Africa’s largest vendor neutral colocation data centre provider, is to expand. Its Cape Town premises will result in a facility five-times larger than the original footprint completed in early 2009., while the Durban data centre, the smallest of Teraco’s regional facilities, will also be upgraded due to increased demand. “Responding to current and future […]


SearchInform and Condyn bring data leak prevention technology to market

Leading information security company SearchInForm has partnered with Condyn to bring its next generation data leak prevention technology to the African market. The benefit of the system is based on the principle – one cannot prevent what one doesn’t know about. Therefore, it also takes into consideration social media and other communication channels used daily […]


African firm J2 Software tackles security in the hyper-connected world

African ICT company J2 Software has launched a range of solutions to keep up with the rapid growth of associated attacks aimed at mismanaged or unpatched devices. “Every day new devices are being added to the corporate environment bringing new threats and vulnerabilities in the picture,” said J2 Software MD John McLoughlin. “This is why […]


Networks Unlimited expert Anton Jacobsz on how to protect your data

It is pretty much given that most people have their personal information documented somewhere in virtual space. Anton Jacobsz, Managing Director at value-added distributor Networks Unlimited, says it is essential that businesses and individuals know all the risks and how to prevent them. Data has been captured in many forms and bits and bytes through […]


Advanced DDoS for small and medium sized businesses from Arbor Networks

Around the globe, you don’t have to look far to find anecdotes about the increasing need for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to ramp up their cybersecurity arrangements. In South Africa, Professor Basie von Solms, Director of the Centre for Cybersecurity at the University of Johannesburg, noted during 2017 that small companies in this country […]


Opinion: SD-WAN will showcase more than just cost-savings in 2018

Software defined wide area networks (SD-WANs) have been generally known for a value proposition that revolves around cost savings on bandwidth. When businesses look to cut the high costs of running a wide area network, SD-WANs can help to save on money by replacing high cost MPLS networks with lower cost broadband internet connections. However, […]


Polymatica offers data analysis to citizen data scientists in the EMEA

Polymatica, a next-generation business intelligence and data science company, has announced that it has launched its analytics engine in EMEA. With experience of providing business intelligence and analytics to organisations such as Rosneft, Mary Kay and BiN Bank, Polymatica’s technology is built to put the control of data into the hands of citizen data scientists. […]


The role of data and analytics in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Alistair Maxwell, Head of Strategic Consulting at Decision Inc, looks at how African organisations can benefit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality, the list goes on. These are considered important elements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution that blurs the lines between physical, digital, and biological. Central […]


Infographics: Nokia aiming to enhance public safety in Africa

Public safety is of concern for all countries, with teams spending hours working tirelessly to ensure that citizens are protected. Such incidents include natural disasters, crime spikes, or any unrest that may occur. In 2017, several African countries were hit by unforeseen disasters. These included floods in Nigeria and Niger, the Sierra Leonne mudslides and […]


Opinion: The Industrial Internet of Things is reinventing manufacturing

Machine-to-machine integration and the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) are reinventing manufacturing as we know it, giving birth to the Smart Factory. Monzer Tohme, Regional Vice-President, Middle East & Africa, Epicor Software, says manufacturers can gain plenty from being more in tune with machines. While manufacturers have been collecting information from across the manufacturing floor […]