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Subsea cable to reinforce Mauritius as a communication hub in sub-Saharan Africa

A new submarine cable system, IOX Cable System, spanning more than 8850 kilometres, will enhance communications capabilities along the India to South Africa route, providing the first open cable in Mauritius and connecting for the first time the island of Rodrigues. IOX Cable Ltd – a Mauritius-based company – and Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), part […]


Cisco and IBM join forces to tackle cybercrime

Cisco and IBM Security have announced they are working together to address the growing global threat of cybercrime. In a new collaboration, Cisco and IBM Security will work closely together across products, services and threat intelligence for the benefit of customers. Cisco Security Solutions will integrate with IBM’s QRadar to protect organisations across networks, endpoints […]


Internet Infrastructure Security Guidelines for Africa launched to increase cybersecurity

The Internet Society and the African Union Commission have unveiled a new set of Internet Infrastructure Security Guidelines for Africa during the African Internet Summit, taking place in Nairobi 30 May – 2 June. The guidelines will help Africa create a more secure Internet infrastructure and are set to change the way African Union States […]


PWC’s Digital IQ Survey shows South Africa is at risk of falling behind

Most organisations around the world have not done enough to keep up with the digital era – and leadership is falling short, with many chief executives not yet fully engaged in the initiatives of digital transformation. African companies match their global peers in many measures of Digital IQ: just over half (52%) rate their organisation’s […]


Liquid Telecom to integrate Intelsat EpicNG satellite services into its network

Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, and Intelsat, operator of the world’s first globalised network and leader in integrated satellite communications, have announced a new agreement that will introduce high performance Intelsat EpicNG satellite services into the Liquid Telecom network. As part of the new, multi-year agreement, Liquid Telecom has committed […]


South African health insurer Discovery reaches 100,000 daily transactions with FICO

Silicon Valley analytics software company FICO announced that Discovery Health in South Africa is using the FICO Decision Management Suite to process as many as 100,000 transactions a day. As South Africa’s largest administrator of medical schemes with more than 3.2 million beneficiaries, Discovery Health uses FICO Blaze Advisor decision rules management system to assist […]


DDoS cyberattacks double due to insufficient security controls for IoT devices

The number of denial-of-service (DoS) or distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) cyberattacks doubled from 3% to 6% in 2016, due to the lack of sufficient security controls of Internet-connected Internet of things (IoT) devices. Of all IoT attacks, 60% originated from Asia, 21% from EMEA and another 19% from the Americas. The most likely reason for the high […]


Ecobank Group and Mastercard recognised at African Banker Awards

The strategic partnership between the Ecobank Group and Mastercard was recognised at the 2017 African Banker Award for delivering ‘Innovation in Banking’. The landmark deal between both organisations was signed in 2016 and focused on financially empowering 100 million new customers in Africa by 2020, through access to the Ecobank Mobile App supported by Masterpass […]


Internet Solutions Kenya begins migration to SDN environment

Internet Solutions Kenya has started the upgrade of its networking infrastructure towards 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The upgrade project is supported by Telco Systems and is expected to take 12 to 24 months. Telco Systems will provide Internet Solutions Kenya with a fully automated software-defined network with the capacity to support 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The networking […]


Wannacry: an analysis of competing hypotheses by Digital Shadows

On 12 May 2017, as the WannaCry ransomware spread across computer networks across the world, a variety of explanations also began to worm their way through the information security community. Who was responsible for the WannaCry campaign? And what was the objective? Ransomware suggested it was the work of cybercriminals, although, given the sheer scale […]


Melding BYOD into the WLAN lifecycle with NETSCOUT

Employees and their mobile devices go hand in hand in today’s business world and organisations can in actual fact benefit by accepting the bring your own device (BYOD) trend. “When a salesperson sells something, it’s often a win-win; both parties – buyer and seller – walk away happy. For instance, a person who likes mint […]


South Africa’s Perago to implement real time settlement for Central Bank of Iceland

The Central Bank of Iceland has chosen SIA, a European vendor in payment infrastructures and services, to implement and support the new real-time gross settlement system RTGS and the new instant payment platform. SIA will use its wholly-owned subsidiary Perago, based in Pretoria South Africa, specialised in central bank solutions. Perago is a global vendor […]


Nigeria’s leading e-retailer Jumia releases m-commerce trends

Jumia Nigeria is pleased to present the 2017 edition of the African Mobile Trends Paper. This is the third white paper presentation from Jumia delving into mobile trends across Africa and specifically Nigeria. The study takes a look at the how the market has democratized mobile Internet use, the consumers behavior driving increased smartphone adoption […]


Microsoft to deliver Microsoft Cloud from data centres in Africa

Microsoft have revealed plans to deliver the complete, intelligent Microsoft Cloud for the first time from data centres located in Africa. This new investment is a major milestone in the company’s mission to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more and a recognition of the enormous opportunity for digital transformation […]


Tigo in Tanzania revamps call centre operations

Tigo, Tanzania’s leading digital lifestyle company, announced opening of a new state of the art call centre, the first of its kind in the country. Boasting the latest technology, the call centre complete with embedded data security measures to protect customer information and identity, has been designed to offer Tigo customers dedicated service. Migrating from […]


Mimecast: Wannacrypt ransomware – an action plan to improve your cyber resilience defences

The global reach and considerable impact of the WannaCrypt (WannaCry/Wcry) ransomware is a wake-up call for organisations and governments around the world. This ongoing cyberthreat will continue to adapt to take advantage of weaknesses in IT systems and procedures. New variants of this malware may cause even more damage if you do not act immediately. […]


WannaCry ransomware used in widespread attacks all over the world

On 12th May, a massive ransomware attack was unleashed, hitting organisations across the world. Kaspersky Lab’s researchers have analysed the data and can confirm that the company’s protection subsystems detected at least 45,000 infection attempts in 74 countries, most of them in Russia. The ransomware infects victims by exploiting a Microsoft Windows vulnerability described and […]


Inmarsat and Actility deploy city-wide IoT network in Kigali

Inmarsat will deploy LoRaWAN (low power wide area network) infrastructure around the city of Kigali to support the Rwandan capital’s flagship smart city project. The network, which will be active for an initial period of a year from 1 May, will be the connectivity platform for a variety of Internet of things (IoT) applications and […]


Oracle expands presence in Africa with new Abuja office

Reinforcing its commitment to Africa, Oracle today announced the opening of a new office in Abuja that will focus exclusively on driving cloud adoption across Nigeria’s public sector. Key dignitaries including Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, Honourable Minister of Communications, Federal Republic of Nigeria; William Stuart Symington, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria; Alhaji Yahaya Bello, […]


Kaspersky Lab’s major update of Anti Targeted Attack Platform available in Africa

Kaspersky Lab has announced renewed Kaspersky Anti Targeted Attack Platform, a solution to detect advanced threats and targeted attacks for enterprises. The solution blends advanced machine learning algorithms, actionable worldwide threat intelligence and adaptivity to customer infrastructure, to help large businesses uncover the most sophisticated and damaging attacks at any stage of their development. The […]