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Server shipments to Africa down 5% in 2015 says IDC

A report released by International Data Corporation IDC shows that Africa and Middle East enterprise hardware market comprising servers and external storage remained flat in 2015 when compared to the annual revenues seen in the previous year. Referencing its latest Quarterly Server and Disk Storage Systems Tracker, the research firm today announced that enterprise hardware […]

Africa, Middle East, mobile phone shipments plunge in 1Q 2016, IDC

Shipments of mobile phones declined 11.7% quarter on quarter in the Middle East in Q1 2016, according to the latest figures released by International Data Corporation IDC. The market totaled 26.1 million units for the first three months of the year, a significant drop from the 29.49 million units shipped in the previous quarter. The […]

UN Secretary General warns trade slowdown threatens development

The slowdown in global trade and lack of productive investment are intensifying deep divides, protectionism and even xenophobia, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said at the opening of the fourteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade Development, UNCTAD 14, in the Kenyan capital. The Conference was opened by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta […]

Nigeria tops public-private partnerships says UNCTAD

This year’s UNCTAD Economic Development in Africa Report 2016 finds that Africa’s external debt ratios appear manageable, but African governments must take action to prevent rapid debt growth from becoming a crisis, as experienced in the late 1980s and 1990s. Together with the global community, Africa must also tackle illicit financial flows; which can be […]

Developing countries missing $22T e-commerce opportunity

Developing countries should grasp the rapidly growing opportunity of electronic commerce, worth around $22.1 trillion in 2015, up 38% from 2013, or risk falling quickly behind, UNCTAD said at the launch of a new e-commerce initiative. The new initiative, called eTrade for All, brings international organisations, donors and businesses under one umbrella, easing developing country access […]

Post Brexit UK recession to impact Africa, Control Risks

The short-term implications of Brexit for African economies will be mainly noticeable through market volatility. However, according to Control Risks and NKC African Economics, the longer-term impacts on Africa from Brexit are speculative and depend as much on the attitude of future British governments as on the terms of exit. The longer term implications – […]

Analyses of impact of Brexit on Africa by EXX Africa

On 23 June, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a non-binding advisory referendum, which resulted in the resignation of UK Prime Minister David Cameron and is likely to trigger fresh elections later this year or in 2017. Despite pressure from some European Union countries, it is unlikely that exit negotiations will […]

Brexit to plunge IT spend in some sectors, IDC

The recent referendum in the UK and the resulting vote to leave the European Union is creating a significant level of uncertainty across the globe. Based on previous high profile and often large impact events, clearly there is a tendency to curb or stop discretionary investments, including non-essential IT investments and projects, very quickly in […]

Banking malwares Tinba, Gamarue inside Nigeria, Kenya

Check Point Software Technologies published its latest Threat Index for May 2016, revealing that the number of active global malware families increased by 15% in May 2016. The May Threat Index presents a mixed view of Africa, with several countries making quite strong moves up and down the index – the higher their relative ranking […]

Location based services in Africa growing at CAGR 49%+, Technavio report

Technavio analysts forecast the location based services market in Africa to grow at a CAGR of over 49% during the forecast period, according to their latest report. The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the location based services market in Africa for 2016 to 2020. The leading vendors in this market […]

SES satellite broadcast received by 2.8 million homes in Nigeria

SES, a global satellite operator, announced the results of its first Satellite Monitor study on the Nigerian market, which provides insight on the important role SES plays in the growth of the satellite television reach in the country. The study highlights that SES reaches 2.81 million TV homes across the country, of which 1.69 million are […]

African healthcare IT to grow substantially says Frost & Sullivan

The pharmaceutical industry, followed closely by healthcare information technology, in Africa is predicted to experience substantial growth in 2016. Increased investment in both the pharmaceutical and healthcare IT sectors will see local business flourish in South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia and other emerging economies. A host of factors are anticipated to have a positive effect on […]

40% EMEA banks indicate digital transformation front-office initiative

A survey released by SAP shows that just one in four banks, 24% in EMEA has created and executed a holistic end-to-end digital transformation strategy to engage customers. The study also showed that while 96% of the banks polled had completed some kind of digital transformation initiative DX, room for improvement remains. Conducted by IDC […]

Impact of fourth industrial revolution on Africa

The debate on industrialisation and how Africa can lead in the Fourth Industrial Revolution was discussed during the World Economic Forum on Africa, in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. Addressing the opening plenary on Africa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution, President Akinwumi Adesina of the African Development Bank reiterated the importance of energy. “Africa cannot industrialise, it cannot be competitive […]

Create Smart Africa debated at African Development Bank meeting

During the 2016 African Development Bank Annual Meetings in the Zambian capital Lusaka, leaders discussed how to harness the ICT revolution to build a Smart Africa. Affordability of ICT technologies, it was heard, should be the focus of governments if benefits are to trickle down to ordinary Africans. There was no debate among high-level panellists […]

T-Systems recognised by Frost & Sullivan for healthcare managed services

Based on its recent analysis of the managed services market in the healthcare industry, Frost & Sullivan presents T-Systems with the 2015 South African Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. The company’s price performance value and customer service provides a competitive edge in terms of providing solutions in the healthcare industry. “T-Systems solutions […]

Technology and infrastructure investment driving growth in East Africa

At the World Economic Forum on Africa, IHS announced new analysis on bright spots for economic diversification in sub-Saharan Africa. “The commodity super cycle may have ended, but there are certainly bright spots for investors across Sub-Saharan Africa,” said Natznet Tesfay, Director of Sub-Saharan Africa analysis at IHS Economics and Country Risk. Economic diversification and […]

Forrester study shows Sage X3 ROI 177% over three years

Sage, a vendor for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, announced the results of The Total Economic Impact of Sage X3, a January 2016 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Sage. The study examines the potential return on investment businesses may realise with Sage X3 business management solution. Based on interviews with […]

Research and Markets forecasts South Africa, Nigeria, video surveillance markets

Research and Markets has announced addition of the South Africa Video Surveillance Market 2016 to 2022 report to their offering. The South Africa video surveillance market generated $72.3 million in 2015. Expected growth in construction market, rising crime rate, upcoming new hotels and shopping malls, coupled with increasing urbanisation rate are some of the factors […]

Asset heavy industries leading IoT adoption over service industries

The Internet of Things will move toward mainstream adoption in 2016 for many industries, according to the findings of a recent survey by Gartner. The online survey was conducted in November 2015 among Gartner Research Circle Members and included responses from 465 IT and business professionals spanning 18 business sectors in North America, EMEA, Asia […]