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Google donates 8,000 tablets to support children open source competition

Xprize Foundation, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and World Food Programme, announced a partnership for the $15 million global learning Xprize. This is a five year competition challenging teams to develop open source software that will enable children with limited access to schooling to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic. Xprize, a […]


Arrow Electronics recognised for its DigiTruck African classroom project

Arrow Electronics walked away with honours in the Corporate Social Responsibility category at the PR Week 360 Global Awards in London. Arrow won for its DigiTruck project, which is helping to close the digital divide in Africa. The DigiTruck is a mobile classroom or clinic that can operate off-grid in remote areas. Built from a […]


SES enabling broadband for Facebook’s entry into Sub Saharan Africa

SES, a global satellite operator, announced a satellite broadband deal with Facebook to provide high-speed broadband connectivity services to Sub-Saharan Africa. This agreement will support Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi programme that is part of their Internet.org initiative to connect the world. Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, will deliver high speed broadband connectivity using three […]


Azuri Technologies expands pay as you go solar electricity into East Africa

Azuri Technologies announced the creation of Azuri East Africa, based in Nairobi, to consolidate its growing presence in the region. Azuri has appointed mobile industry leader and former Regional CFO of Eaton Towers, Snehar Shah, to lead its East Africa operations. The Nairobi office will bring together Azuri’s East African activities under a single operating […]


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 […]


Skills, culture, leadership, limiting govt digital transformation

Despite the disruptive impact that digital transformation is having on organisations globally, it is still at the embryonic stage of maturity in government, according to the 2016 CIO Agenda survey by Gartner. Analytics, infrastructure and cloud computing continue to be the top three technology priorities for government CIOs, but shortages of skilled workers and rigid […]


Gartner revises worldwide IT spending downwards, projects -0.5% contraction

Worldwide IT spending is forecast to total $3.49 trillion in 2016, a decline of 0.5% over 2015 spending of $3.5 trillion, according to Gartner. This is a reduction from the last forecast of 0.5% growth. The change in the forecast is mainly due to currency fluctuations. “There is an undercurrent of economic uncertainty that is […]


RippleNami announces Nehemiah & Williams, Aero-Pioneer new wins

RippleNami, a cloud-based visualisation platform, announced that East Africa-based enterprise companies Nehemiah & Williams and Aero-Pioneer of Africa are adopting RippleNami’s big data mapping solution to optimise customer service, enhance operational efficiency and improve productivity. Both companies will be supported from RippleNami’s corporate office in Nairobi, Kenya, which opened this month to better meet the […]


MiX Telematics releases solution to track and manage driver fatigue

MiX Telematics, a global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions, announced extension of its MiX Hours of Service Solution, adapted specifically to suit fleet operators aiming to monitor and manage non regulated driving hours, electronically and reduce fatigue related incidents. The solution which integrates with the company’s flagship MiX Fleet Manager and MiX […]


Dimension Data sets up Cisco park network to stop rhino poaching

South Africa based Dimension Data, and networking vendor Cisco, announced an initiative aimed at dramatically reducing the number of rhinos being poached in South Africa. The two companies have deployed sophisticated technology in an unnamed private game reserve adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park to monitor and track individuals from the time they enter […]


Safaricom to lease last mile fibre network from Kenya Power

Kenya Power, through its subsidiary Kenya Power International, and Safaricom Limited, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see more Kenyans connected to broadband internet. The MoU sets the stage for the two firms to collaborate to implement a pilot fibre optic project aimed at providing internet to homes via Kenya’s Power’s electricity distribution […]


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