What's worrying businesses most in 2017?

Companies increasingly fear the unpredictable business environment, where markets are volatile and political perils – such as protectionism or terrorism – are on the rise. Other growing concerns are digital dilemmas arising from new technologies and cyber risks, as well as natural catastrophes. However, what continues to trouble them most, are losses from business interruption.…

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Vast digital transformation expected

According to a new report by Forbes Insights in association with Hitachi Data Systems, digital transformation sits atop the strategic agenda for enterprises. Half of the executives surveyed believe the next two years will be critical for their organisations in order to make this transition and prepare for future opportunities. ©alphaspirit via via 123RF The…

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Community Tablet set to accelerate digital inclusion in rural Mozambique

Mozambican technology startup company Kamaleon has developed an innovative way of promoting digital literacy through a shared platform called the ‘Community Tablet’ (Tablet Comunitário). The Community Tablet is a solar-powered mobile computer with touch screen displays and virtual keyboards built in on a trailer to provide internet access to remote areas. In order to facilitate…

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IoT Forum Africa 2017 set for Johannesburg

Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg will play host to a dedicated Internet of Things conference from 29 to 30 March 2017. IoT Forum Africa 2017 will bring together senior IT executives, service providers, developers and CxOs from diverse fields, with representation from healthcare, manufacturing, energy, utilities, rail, transport and retail to name a few. ©Ferli…

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The case for satellite internet in Africa

In Africa, technologies of all types are evolving rapidly, with one exception – internet access. With around only 170 million users, internet penetration remains low, at around 18%, well below the global average. Low internet penetration in Africa is without a doubt an obstacle to the continent’s development. Moreover, this is only getting worse as…

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Axilspot announces expansion to MEA and Africa

Axilspot, a global vendor in enterprise wireless networking, has announced the launch of its operations in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. As part of its regional expansion plans, the company will appoint reputed distributors and strengthen its channel network by onboarding partners across the region. Axilspot CEO Bruce Zhou Axilspot is a recent…

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Data is falling

Cellphone and smartphone usage is one of South Africa’s great development success stories. Mobile telecommunications and smartphones have enabled many African countries to leapfrog into the digital and information age. Before the proliferation of mobile networks, most South Africans did not have internet access, or even telephones. Today, consumers have a choice between five cellphone…

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Frost & Sullivan's top tech trends for Africa in 2017 – Part 2

Operators to fight back: VoLTE and VoWi-Fi Lehlohonolo Mokenela, industry analyst – ICT Africa, says: Having witnessed slowing growth of voice and messaging revenues in recent years, mobile network operators are turning to Wi-Fi and LTE networks to fight off the threat posed by over-the-top (OTT) applications. Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) and Voice over LTE…

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