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Thingstream local partnerships fast-track South African IoT innovation

From tracking vultures to monitoring trucks across the continent, IoT enablers Thingstream’s new partnerships in South Africa are driving the development of more cost-effective IoT innovations, faster. Thingstream, which earlier this year announced it was expanding into South Africa via a local partner network, has formalised partnerships with many local innovators, supporting their development of […]


Africa’s entertainment and media industry enters a new wave

Africa’s entertainment and media industry has entered a dynamic new phase – a third wave of convergence. As the mobile device cements itself as the pre-eminent source of the entertainment and media (E&M) experience, the most disruptive, forward-thinking companies are striving to create an integrated ecosystem suited to this consumer-driven dynamic. That is according to […]


AfricaCom 2018: Telcos creating value in new, unprecedented ways

Whether your focus is on 5G, policy and regulatory frameworks that are going to enable communications, ICT investment, new revenue streams or accelerating the spread of digital connectivity throughout sub-Saharan Africa, AfricaCom 2018 – which takes place at the CTICC in Cape Town, South Africa, from November 13 to 15 – will be the place […]


MainOne expands operations in Ivory Coast with US$20m investment

MainOne, a leading provider of connectivity and data centre solutions in West Africa, has reiterated its commitment to leading the Digital Transformation efforts of the Francophone region with an initial investment of US$20m on cable landing and data centre projects in the Ivory Coast within the next two years. According to Kazeem Oladepo, the company’s […]


Ethiopian Airlines app adds Alipay through mobile payment platform

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest aviation group in Africa and SkyTrax Four Star Airline, has partnered with CellPoint to accept payments via Chinese firm Alipay. This is the first APM integration for CellPoint Mobile as part of an ongoing partnership with the flag carrier of Ethiopia. “CellPoint Mobile has demonstrated its commitment and knowledge of the Africa region as a member […]


Frost & Sullivan examines South Africa’s telecommunications industry

With global 5G rollout gathering speed and the recent launch of 5G in Lesotho by Vodacom, the question of whether South Africa is ready for the transition to 4G’s successor is dependent on various factors that could cause a delay in the integration of 5G in the country. Mobile communications have been the catalyst for the development of new […]


Get to Know: Grant Bennett, Country Manager, SUSE South Africa

On the lighter side of things, we ask the industry experts what makes them tick… Grant Bennett, Country Manager for SUSE South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. What would you describe as your most memorable achievement? I remember this as if it was just yesterday – at a former company, I was the first executive to […]


Changing technology helped South African children’s wear store grow

A Cape Town-based children’s wear chain is set to go big within the next few years, thanks to the advanced management tools and market data within its point of sale solution. Petit Love, a luxury baby-goods retail chain, is targeting expansion to 15 new stores over the next four years, proving that small business can […]


Africa’s biggest markets drive strong growth in smartphone shipments

A total of 22.4 million smartphones were shipped in Africa during the second quarter of this year (Q2 2018), according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC). The global technology research and consulting firm’s Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows that Africa’s smartphone shipments increased 9.8% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) and 6% year-on-year (YoY) in Q2 […]


MapR expands its territories and bolsters leadership in EMEA region

MapR Technologies, Inc., a leading data platform for AI and analytics, has announced changes to its EMEA leadership team following significant growth across the region. With a strong presence in the UK, Germany, France and Benelux, effective immediately, MapR has established an Emerging Territories region to more effectively develop business opportunities outside of these established […]


Matsei Technologies & Consulting joins IFS Partner Network

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has announced that Matsei Technologies & Consulting has joined the IFS Partner Network to deliver IFS business solutions to organisations in Africa’s defence, aviation, logistics, health, agriculture, mining and public-sector industries. Based in Pretoria, South Africa, Matsei Technologies & Consulting has a strong track record in delivering innovative solutions […]


Cloud shift starting to take place in SA financial service sector

Mounting pressure on financial service institutions has forced a change in strategy as disruptors redefine the competitive landscape.  Andrew Cruise, CEO, Routed, a vendor neutral cloud infrastructure provider, says that thanks to the cloud and a growing base of market disruptors, innovation and technology are becoming more critical to the survival of today’s financial institutions. […]


Arcserve set for expansion with launch of Arcserve Southern Africa

Arcserve – the data backup and availability pioneer – has announced the opening of Arcserve Southern Africa in a move that hails a new era in the company’s relationship with African markets. Arcserve solutions and services have a long and highly successful history in the South and sub-Saharan African region but this is the first […]


Egypt’s software piracy drop and legal reforms boost foreign investment

Egypt has seen a 2% drop in its software piracy rate to reach 59%, according to a study released by US-based Business Software Alliance. It revealed that Egypt has managed to decrease the commercial value of the unlicensed software, which declined significantly from US$157m in 2015 to US$64m last year. The survey quantified the volume […]


Sixth annual Agile Africa conference to take place in Johannesburg

The latest trends, insights and the future of Agile Development in South Africa and on the African Continent will underscore this year’s sixth annual Agile Africa conference, taking place from October 1 to 2 at the Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg. Organised by Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE), the two-day conference features […]


Second place for tech specialist e4 at Ecobank Fintech Challenge

Technology specialist e4 came second in the Ecobank Fintech Challenge, hosted in Lomé, Togo. According to Andrea Tucker, R&D Head at e4, there is a lack of a fully digital onboarding solution across most banks. “Onboarding customers is notorious for its tedious nature, for both the bank and customer,” she said. “Although it is a […]


Redstor to discuss the future of data management at Gartner Symposium

Danie Marais, Director of Product Management at global data management SaaS specialist Redstor, will take to the stage at the Gartner Symposium in Cape Town, South Africa on September 18 to provide insight into how disruptive technologies coupled with an innovative approach can transform the way we think about, and manage data. Redstor has over […]


IBM SA and Tshimologong Precinct launch acceleration boot camp

IBM South Africa, through its Equity Equivalence Investment Programme (EEIP) and together with Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, has announced the launch of a start-up accelerator taking place from October 8 to November 16. It is designed to enable the development of Growth Stage Tech and Digital Start-ups, using a boot camp format that will run […]


China Telecom Global to have hub at Teraco Data Environments

China Telecom (Africa and Middle East) Limited (CTMEA), the Middle East and Africa subsidiary of China Telecom Global (CTG) has announced that it is establishing an inter-connection network and telecommunications hub to support growing traffic demands at Teraco Data Environments, Africa’s first vendor neutral data centre. CTMEA has established its network nodes in Teraco’s data […]


GSC widens reach into African market through Megapro Holdings

Global Sports Commerce (GSC), one of the world’s largest sports, technology and management companies, has acquired a strategic stake in South African-based company Megapro Holdings. This will include digital LED signage technology, scoring software, content creation and management, in-venue fan connectivity and sponsorship measurement solutions. GSC and Megapro already share ownership of Megaview, which provides […]