Year 2 | Edition 52 | 8 May 2019
 
The Rise of the African Cloud

Africa is emerging as a lively battlefield for global cloud providers. This week, Microsoft’s Azure Africa cloud services went live, with services offered from data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The launch of Azure came just one day after Huawei announced that its African cloud region was now operational, also from South Africa. Last year, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced that its first Africa cloud “availability zone” will become operational in the first half of 2020...

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[Kenya] Internet Solutions completes Ksh.280 million fibre access network upgrade

Internet Solutions has completed the upgrading its fiber access network at a cost of over Shs280million. The upgrade which began in 2017 will provide a more stable network service with automatic rerouting in the event of a fiber. It has also largely eased network broadcasts impacting the network.

Commenting on the upgrade, Internet Solutions Managing Director Richard Hechle said apart from stability, the firm’s network is now fully automated, allowing for quick provisioning of new and existing services, a simplified deployment of the network and simpler maintenance activities...

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Westcon-Comstor names NetApp, the data authority for hybrid cloud, as its distributor for Sub-Saharan Africa

Westcon-Comstor today announced the appointment by NetApp, the data authority for hybrid cloud, as its distributor for Sub-Saharan Africa effective May 1, 2019. Westcon-Comstor has been a distributor in some territories for many years but can now offer NetApp solutions across Sub Saharan Africa.

With an extensive footprint Westcon-Comstor will offer NetApp solutions in South Africa (SA), Southern African Development Community (SADC), French West Africa (FWA), West Africa (WA), East Africa (EA) and Indian Ocean Islands (IOI).  The reinvigorated collaboration comes as part of a strategy to strengthen the role of NetApp distributors and partners in EMEA and provides customers with world-class services and solutions...

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The 5th China-Africa Enterprises Convention | 8 - 12 June 2019 | Shanghai | China
June 8 to 12, 2019 in Shanghai, China, is an opportunity for African companies to trade and establish strategic partnerships with Chinese companies, to learn from Chinese companies experience and find investment opportunities with Chinese and African investors.

The event, which is in its 5th edition, is organized by Reliconn (a Shanghai-based consulting firm), with the support of the Organizing Committee of the China International Consumer Goods Fair (CICGF), which is one of the of the 4 biggest fairs of China...

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News Headlines

[Column] Hannes Venter: African utilities need to transform services to meet demands of experience economy 17-05-2019 | 13:10:00
Make no mistake: energy utilities are not immune to the powerful forces of disruption upending other industries.


Coca-Cola Beverages Africa selects Demand Driven Technologies to improve supply chain planning and execution 17-05-2019 | 11:21:29
Demand Driven Technologies has signed an enterprise software agreement with Coca-Cola Beverages Africa to deploy Replenishment+® supply chain technology to 26 manufacturing facilities.


Safaricom and UNICEF launch internet of things to promote healthier living in Kenya 17-05-2019 | 09:08:00
UNICEF and Safaricom have launched the Internet of Good Things in Kenya – a set of information and resources which promotes living better and healthier.


Agri SA and Aerobotics partner to offer free service for South African farmers 17-05-2019 | 09:03:00
Agri SA and Aerobotics have announced a partnership to provide South African farmers with access to free satellite farming data and the latest Aeroview In-Field Scouting Application.


Africa50 launches Innovation Challenge to help increase access to internet in Africa 17-05-2019 | 06:23:00
Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform, has launched the first edition of its Innovation Challenge at the 2019 Transform Africa Summit holding in Kigali.


Competition Commission South Africa blocks Naspers acquisition of WeBuyCars 17-05-2019 | 06:20:00
The Competition Commission South Africa has recommended to Competition Tribunal that the proposed acquisition of WeBuyCars Ltd by MIH eCommerce Holdings Ltd, an entity of the Naspers Group, be prohibited.


Liquid Telecom launches Azure Stack, Microsoft's cloud service in East Africa 16-05-2019 | 16:03:23
Liquid Telecom Kenya has launched a Microsoft Cloud service in East Africa that offers a step-change in cybersecurity for the region’s most sensitive databases.


[South Africa] Cool Ideas and Angola Cables sign agreement with Angola Cables to advance content partnerships in the US and Latin American markets 16-05-2019 | 15:53:00
South African based ISP, Cool Ideas has signed an agreement with Angola Cables to take up colocation services in their advanced and newly inaugurated data centre in Fortaleza, Brazil.


Vodacom partners with BlackFog to provide cybersecurity solutions to its customers 16-05-2019 | 09:00:00
Vodacom Business has entered into a new partnership with BlackFog to provide cybersecurity and privacy solutions to it’s more than 43 million customers.


[Interview] Esther Asante, CEO, Organic Trade & Investments, Ghana 16-05-2019 | 07:36:00
Esther Asante is the founder and CEO of Organic Trade & Investments, a Ghana based online retail store selling organically produced commodities.


Blockchain Association of Africa partners With Afriplains Digital Tanzania and Blockchain Worx Singapore to grow reach 16-05-2019 | 07:27:00
Blockchain Association of Africa has partnered with Afriplains Digital, Tanzania & Blockchain Worx, Singapore (BCW) to leverage synergies.


[South Africa] Naspers agrees the sale of Buscapé to Zoom 16-05-2019 | 06:53:00
Naspers, a South African broad-based multinational, has agreed the sale of Buscapé, one of the leading online comparison shopping sites in Brazil, to Zoom.


[Column] Anton Jacobsz: The always-on economy gives cloud data management trends a seat at the boardroom table 16-05-2019 | 05:56:30
With regards to both data centre and cloud offerings, data management provides an important tool to facilitate an infrastructure that needs to operate in a round-the-clock application availability


President Uhuru Kenyatta launches Kenya's Digital Economy Blueprint 16-05-2019 | 05:50:00
Kenya’s president, President Uhuru Kenyatta has unveiled a Digital Economy blueprint, in Kigali Rwanda, at the ongoing Transform Africa Summit.


[Column] Iniel Dreyer: Data Management as a Service is a solution for the mining digital revolution 16-05-2019 | 05:37:00
Mining has always been an intensive industry, from the perspective of resources, time, labour and people safety.


 


 
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