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MainOne secures license to expand connectivity in Ivory Coast

As part of its West Africa expansion, connectivity and data centre solutions operator MainOne has secured a license to expand national and international connectivity services in Ivory Coast. The C1B license, received from Minister Bruno Koné, the country’s Minister for Communication, Digital Economy and Postal Services, will enable MainOne land its submarine cable and build […]

Wi-fi adding to spectator experience at Botswanan stadiums

Ruckus Inc was contracted by Botswana Fibre Networks (BoFiNet) to provide extensive wireless connectivity at two stadia that were used to celebrate the country’s Golden Jubilee Independence Day event. The project would normally take between three to five months to complete, but the teams on hand managed it in just three weeks. It is almost […]

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 […]

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 […]

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% […]

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 […]

Siemens AG extends contract with Orange Business Services

Siemens AG, a global electronics and electrical engineering company, has extended its contract with Orange Business Services for a global Siemens Digitalisation Network (SDN) built on an SD-WAN infrastructure, connecting 1,500 sites in 94 countries. The increased performance of its communications infrastructure will enable Siemens to take full advantage of further digitalisation to improve its […]

Cisco seeks to transform network management with intent-based innovations

Cisco is to create a network that anticipates operational issues, stops security threats in their tracks and continues to learn, adapt and protect. Over the past few years, the explosion of devices, adoption of cloud and exponential growth of security threats have challenged current approaches for building and managing networks. Cisco is introducing its second […]

How to remain relevant in the Facebook age of meaningful social interactions

With Facebook announcing that it is pushing brand and publisher content out of news feeds, how can businesses, especially small and medium enterprises in South Africa, remain relevant? It was deemed a ‘rude awakening’ early in January 2018 when Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced that the social networking platform had changed its algorithm, basically meaning […]

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 […]

Joint-partnership for Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum

The Internet Society and African IXP Association are to hold the Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF). The annual event – which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from August 21-23 – serves as a platform to expand and develop the African Internet. It connects infrastructure, service and content providers with policymakers to […]

Egyptian business recognised by Aruba for its sales performance

An Egyptian business has been recognised by Aruba for their sales performance. To motivate and recognise the accomplishments of the sales teams of its small and medium business (SMB) channel partners, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, has initiated the ‘Aruba Sales Champion’ programme. The company awards and celebrates top sales performers from the SMB partner […]

Attivo and Networks Unlimited bolster security defences across Africa

Attivo Networks, the leader in deception for cybersecurity threat detection, has announced a strategic partnership with Networks Unlimited, Africa’s leading value-added distributor. With this distribution partnership, Attivo Networks and Networks Unlimited together aim to extend comprehensive next-generation deception-based cybersecurity defence to customers across the South and sub-Saharan region. This agreement with Networks Unlimited makes it […]

Making the Internet of Things a reality in Africa

Although the Internet of Things (IoT) is still in the early stages in Africa, it is starting to gain traction in Africa across different verticals. The maturity level varies between different markets, with some in the exploring phase and others with much more concrete IoT plans. As the maturity level increases, the ecosystem will follow […]

From ugly duckling to swan: the metamorphosis of WAN to SD-WAN

The software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) is coming to the rescue of network managers by helping them to easily manage their network in disparate locations – from urban to rural – through a single interface. Best of all, the technology runs in the cloud as a Software as a Service (SaaS), which is of benefit to both […]

NIT signs distribution agreement with Dell EMC for MEA region

NIT an Ingram Micro Company and leading regional value-added distributor of IP surveillance and physical security solutions in the META (Middle East, Turkey and Africa) region, has announced the signing of a distribution agreement with Dell EMC, a global leader in networking, server/storage solution for physical security environment. Through this agreement, NIT is now authorised […]

Machine learning predicts both human and technology behaviour

“Humans have long been adept at analysing information received. Now imagine the power of a machine to breathe in data, study it, learn from it and exhale an accurate solution – that’s machine learning. It’s a neural network on steroids,” says Anton Jacobsz, Managing Director at African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited. He highlights that a […]

Machine learning and the smart autonomous vehicles revolution

Machine learning is going to fundamentally alter our world for the better. We can confidently say that because machine learning is making great strides in improving sectors such as healthcare and manufacturing and assisting in the prediction of supply and demand levels across a plethora of industries. For those who are into science fiction, the […]

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 […]

Software-defined networking enables today’s business cases

Computer networks are the heart of modern communication, and software-defined networking (SDN) is considered a revolution in terms of how today’s networks are designed, built and operated. “SDNs are far more agile than the LANs and WANs of the past. Their elasticity allows them to quickly adapt to changing businesses needs. And, in a world […]