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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


SAP Africa Managing Director on the future of work in a digital world

The future of work in a digital world By Cathy Smith, Managing Director at SAP Africa. The digital age and the new technologies it’s brought with it – Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality – is seen by many as a threat to our way of life as we know it. […]


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 […]


Africa is a hub for innovation, says SilverBridge Holdings expert

With a population of more than 1.2 billion people, 54 countries, and foreign direct investment (FDI) totalling US$59 billion in 2016, Africa presents organisations across industry sectors with ample business opportunities. Annalie Terblanche, Product Manager at SilverBridge Holdings, says that although the continent has long been viewed for its potential, the rate of technological innovation […]


New research finds AI technologies revolutionising customer service

Companies across EMEA are deploying Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to revolutionise customer service as more consumers show high acceptance of AI-driven experiences, according to research from ServiceNow and Devoteam. The report, The AI revolution: Creating a new customer service paradigm, explores how AI is driving a new revolution in service delivery, drawing on research carried […]


BitCo identifies five defence mechanisms to combat cyberattacks

With unprepared businesses ending up on the firing line, Michael Colin, Sales Director at telecommunications service provider BitCo, offers five ‘easy-to-implement’ defence mechanisms. Naivety and ignorance are no longer valid excuses and owners of small and medium-sized organisations in every sector are under even more pressure to comply with data protection requirements as well as […]


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 […]


Forcepoint expert on four biggest misconceptions about cloud security

The widespread adoption of cloud solutions has been driven by the myriad of associated benefits offered, such as flexibility, scalability and remote access. However, Christo van Staden, Forcepoint Regional Manager: Sub-Saharan Africa, says concerns have been raised regarding the security of these solutions when it comes to keeping sensitive data safe from malicious actors. Many […]


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 […]


Data breaches cause people to lose their jobs, according to report

A new report from Kaspersky Lab and B2B International shows that 25% of data breaches in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region in the past year have led to people losing their jobs. The study, From data boom to data doom: The risks and rewards of protecting personal data, shows that 45% of […]


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 […]


Software company Atlassian to showcase innovation at Africa event

Bookings for the Atlassian in Africa conference next month are now open. This is the first time the Australian enterprise software company will be hosting an event of this magnitude on the continent and is working closely with Obsidian Systems, its South African training partner, to create a truly unique conference. The two-day event – […]


Cisco expert on building and securing 5G networks of tomorrow

While 5G brings the promise of new revenue opportunities for service providers, new infrastructure and use cases will create new risks. And according to Ali Amer, Managing Director, Global Service Provider Sales, Cisco Middle East and Africa, the security of the SP network infrastructure, their business, and their customers will require a holistic approach. Every new generation […]