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

[Ghana] AirtelTigo invests in 40 young aspiring entrepreneurs 19-07-2019 | 13:20:00
In its continued commitment to youth empowerment through information communication technology, telecom operator, AirtelTigo hosted 40 young aspiring entrepreneurs from Junior Achievement (JA) Ghana.


[Column] Riaan Badenhorst: Tech-savvy youth could change the cyber security landscape 19-07-2019 | 13:17:46
World Youth Skills Day is celebrated in July signifying a day where rising unemployment among the youth is highlighted and the steps that need to be taken to curb this challenge globally.


Huobi and Cashu deepens cryptocurrency reach in North Africa with new partnership 19-07-2019 | 09:31:11
Huobi and CASHU are making accessing cryptocurrency as easy as buying a Netflix subscription or paying a bill for millions of people across the often-underserved regions of North Africa.


[Column] Hans van Linschoten: AfCFTA and what it means for cloud in Africa 19-07-2019 | 08:58:46
After years of waiting, the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement finally came into force. The objective of AfCFTA is to create a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments.


[Kenya] Postbank partners with Xpress Money to deepen digital money transfers 19-07-2019 | 06:27:00
Postbank has announced its partnership with global money transfer service Xpress Money.


Oracle Appoints David Bunei as Managing Director for Kenya 18-07-2019 | 14:16:54
Oracle today has appointment David Bunei as Managing Director of Kenya operations. In this role, David will be responsible for helping Kenyan public and private sector organisations achieve strategic objectives by driving digital transformation with Oracle Cloud.


[Column] Santeri Jussila, Henrique Vale: Data and AI’s Advantage in Improving Customer Experience for Telcos 18-07-2019 | 13:21:24
Telcos are most successful when customers feel as though their operator truly understands them. Data is the key to building that trust because it can reveal insights that lead to effective problem resolution.


[Zimbabwe] inDriver to launch in Harare 18-07-2019 | 11:39:00
Global online ride-hailing service inDriver is in the process of recruiting drivers in Harare for the service.


[Zambia] Liquid Telecom completes acquisition of Hai Telecommunications 18-07-2019 | 11:36:00
Liquid Telecom Zambia, part of the pan-African Telecom Group Liquid Telecom, has announced that its retail arm, Hai Telecommunications Limited (Hai Zambia), is now part of Liquid Telecom Zambia.


[Column] Richard Firth: Digital transformation is changing risk management in banks 18-07-2019 | 09:29:05
For some time now, banks have been using digital technologies to help transform various areas of their business; in fact, digital has become deeply embedded in banking strategy.


[Ghana] GSMA, Vodafone and GIFEC partner to deliver connectivity to rural communities 18-07-2019 | 08:42:05
The GSMA has partnered with Vodafone Ghana and the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications to support internet connectivity solutions for unconnected rural communities.


FVC and Avaya to assist businesses across Africa deliver next-generation digital experiences 18-07-2019 | 08:37:00
FVC has partnered with Avaya Holdings Corp. to help businesses across North, West, East, Central Africa and Egypt deliver unmatched customer experiences with Collaboration and Cloud Communications.


[Kenya] Microsoft offers mentorship to women software engineers 18-07-2019 | 08:30:50
In the two months since Microsoft recruited a handful of female engineers to work in its new Africa Development Centre (ADC) in Kenya and in Nigeria, the company has continued to bolster its support for local women in IC.


[Column] Trent Odgers: The rise of Africa’s cloud 18-07-2019 | 07:44:00
With mobile subscriber penetration in Africa set to reach 52% by 2025 with an estimated 634 million unique users, the continent is poised for exciting growth.


MTN appoints Yolanda Cuba Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer 18-07-2019 | 07:05:00
MTN Group has appointed Yolanda Cuba as Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer. Yolanda will join the MTN Group Executive Committee reporting to the Group CEO Rob Shuter.


 


 
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