The IoT innovation opportunity for SMEs

The Internet of Things is not only for big businesses, it will also create a wealth of opportunities for smaller enterprises to transform their business processes, drive efficiency and become more productive. Those that seize the initiative can get a competitive advantage. That is according to Ernst Wittmann, regional manager for Southern Africa at Alcatel.…

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AfricaCom Awards 2016 winners list

The winners of the this year’s AfricaCom Awards were announced yesterday evening at the LookOut in Cape Town. The annual industry awards for the African telecommunications, ICT and media sector celebrate and pay tribute to the industry initiatives that improve connectivity and digital transformation across the continent. There were over 100 entries with 13 overall…

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#AfricaCom: Facebook expands its African ecosystem

In addition to hosting its first African FbStart workshop for developers at AfricaCom, Facebook also shared how it seeks to empower local entrepreneurs with the new Internet.org Express Wifi programme. Express Wifi by Facebook aims to empower local entrepreneurs to provide quality internet access to their communities and make a steady income. Working with local…

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Digital change begins with business leadership

Digital transformation is a powerful revolution that needs to happen in order to accelerate business activities, skills and models, enabling companies to fully leverage the changes and opportunities brought by new digital technologies in a strategic and prioritised manner. Driven by changing customer needs, those businesses that ride the wave and embrace digital change will…

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Online freedom hit by pressure on social media, apps

WASHINGTON: Internet freedom declined for a sixth consecutive year in 2016 as governments around the world cracked down on social media and messaging applications used to express dissent, a watchdog group said on Monday. The Freedom on the Net report by the activist group Freedom House said a growing number of regimes are restricting or…

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Mobile internet trends in Africa

Internet company, Opera, has released its State of the Mobile Web Africa 2016 Report, highlighting mobile internet trends across the continent, including consumer browsing behaviour and app usage. Opera – known for its compression technology and mobile browsers, including Opera Mini – compiles regular global mobile web reports, shedding light on opportunities and challenges within…

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True value of IoT lies in it being the Internet of Humans

The Internet of Things (IoT) has caused unprecedented hype among technologists, software developers, futurists and industrialists. Estimates of the adoption of IoT vary from anywhere between 2.38-billion devices shipped in 2017 (Gartner) to 50.1-billion devices connected by 2020 (World Economic Forum). McKinsey projects that IoT will be a $6.2-trillion industry by 2025. The public and…

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