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When is Africa likely to experience the benefits of Smart Cities?

According to a UN report, around 2.2 billion people could be added to the global population by 2050, with more than half of that growth occurring in Africa. There is increasing pressure on the continent to provide sustainability, efficient mobility and health and safety and technology has a big role to play. There has been […]


Morocco competing to be the renewable energy leader in Africa

Only 10 years ago, more than half of Morocco’s electricity supply was provided by coal. However, as forecasts indicate that energy requirements in the North African country will constantly rise until 2050, a new law was passed encouraging citizens to look for ways to diversify the energy supply, including more renewable resources. Now, Morocco is […]


Nokia powers optical service on Telecom Egypt’s Delta Backbone Network

Telecom Egypt has adopted Nokia’s Photonic Service Engine (PSE) technology to double backbone capacity on its Delta Region DWDM backbone network. Commercial deployment of the new high-speed service started in June and represents the first 200G long distance, single carrier transmission service in Africa. With growth in demand for mobile video and ultra-broadband services, Telecom […]


Egypt could meet 53% of electricity demand with renewable energy

Egypt has the potential to generate up to 53% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Energy Renewable Energy Outlook report, released at a conference in Cairo, found that pursuing higher shares of renewable energy could reduce the country’s energy bill by up to US$900 million annually in 2030. Renewables could cost-effectively […]


Telecoms giant Nokia continues to invest in Algerian market

Since its independence, Algeria has made major strides in Information Technology, with telecommunications operators investing significantly in modernising their networks to allow for the adoption of new technologies. We spoke to Pierre Chaume, Market Unit Head for Nokia Africa, to ask him his thoughts about how technology is on the rise in the North African […]


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 […]


More than 40% of ICS computers attacked during first half of 2018

Research shows that African countries were worse off when it comes to ICS computers that were attacked. More than 40% of all industrial control system (ICS) computers protected by Kaspersky Lab solutions were attacked by malicious software at least once during the first half of 2018. The most impacted countries were Vietnam, Algeria and Sri […]


Young coders lead the way in Tunisia thanks to academy programme

While on an exchange programme in the USA, a Tunisian software engineer became inspired to build something that would make a real difference in her home country. Faten Ghriss subsequently set up the Young Tunisian Coders Academy and her passion prompted recognition by the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa programme. Intelligent CIO spoke to her about […]


ICT Minister visits Borg Al-Arab Technology Park in Egypt

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) visited Borg Al-Arab Technology Park in Alexandria, Egypt, as part of his inspection tours to follow up on the regularity of work in the technology parks. Amr Talaat accompanied by National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) Acting Executive President, Mustafa Abdel-Wahed; Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) Acting […]


MENA data centre spend expected to reach record US$5 billion by 2020

As the Middle East accelerates its digital transformation and Smart Cities growth, regional data centre spend will reach a record-high of US$5 billion by 2020, industry experts announced ahead of GITEX Technology Week. Middle East and North Africa data centre spend is expected to reach a record high of US$ 5.1 billion by 2020, increasing […]


Airtel and Telecom Egypt announce partnership for submarine cabling

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecom services provider, and Telecom Egypt, the country’s first integrated telecom operator, have announced a strategic partnership where Airtel will get IRUs (Indefeasible Right of Use) on Middle East North Africa Submarine Cable (MENA Cable) and TE North Cable Systems. In addition, Airtel will also take large capacities on a […]


Fak’ugesi African Digital Residency announces line-up of artists

The Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency, a creative residency to support young digital creatives and innovators, has announced its fifth and most expansive artist’s residency that takes place from today (August 8) until September 9. First established in 2014, the Residency this year includes artists from Cairo, New Delhi and Geneva, together with an artist from […]


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