Spearheading digital transformation in East Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya: Investment in the industrial internet of things (IIoT) is expected to top $60 trillion during the next 15 years. And by 2020, over 50 billion assets will connect to the internet. Digital transformation in East Africa topped the agenda at the GE East Africa Digital Roadshow. © everythingpossiblevia 123RF GE is bringing new…

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Africa's digital rise hooked on innovation

When the world was changing from mechanical and analogue technology to digital electronics four decades ago, Africa was nowhere on the scene. Fast-forward to the present, and Africa has largely been able to catch up with other regions in mobile phone use and internet access, successfully sidestepping the era of desktop computers and landlines. ©…

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First guidelines for Africa internet infrastructure

NAIROBI, Kenya: The first step towards building a more secure internet in Africa has been taken by the Internet Society and the African Union Commission, which have unveiled a new set of Internet Infrastructure Security Guidelines for Africa during the African Internet Summit. The African Internet Summit is currently taking place in Nairobi, 30 May-2 June…

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Microsoft launches AppFactory Academy in Ethiopia

Microsoft 4Afrika, Wollo University and Tulane University’s Centre for Global Health Equity (CGHE) have joined forces to launch a new AppFactory Academy in Ethiopia, which will offer six-month internships in app development and business skills to graduates. ©Dmitriy Shpilko via 123RF The initiative led by Microsoft 4Afrika will provide selected Wollo University IT0 and related computing discipline graduate with…

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Greater investments needed to drive data explosion in Africa

LAGOS, Nigeria: Strategies for achieving improved broadband access across the African continent were discussed by experts at the International Telecoms Week conference in Chicago, recently. They highlighted the need to accelerate investment in Africa to facilitate the continent’s broadband data explosion. (L-R): Nic Rudnick, CEO, Liquid Telecoms; Uche Ofodile, Regional Head, Africa Express Wi-Fi, Facebook;…

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Bridging the digital divide in Africa

Developing markets have a strong culture of entrepreneurship, a culture that has been boosted by the ubiquity of mobile. But for many, data remains a luxury and often agonisingly out of reach, even on mobile. In fact, 60% of people in sub-Saharan Africa will still lack a data connection in 2020. Wide accessibility to SMS…

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Fast-moving cyberattacks wreak havoc worldwide

WASHINGTON, US: A fast-moving wave of cyberattacks swept the globe on Friday, apparently exploiting a flaw exposed in documents leaked from the US National Security Agency. The attacks – which experts said affected dozens of countries – used a technique known as ransomware that locks users’ files unless they pay the attackers a designated sum…

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How free Wi-Fi is changing the trade show industry

Technology changes the way the world works, that’s a fact. It revolutionised communication with the radio, made entertainment widespread with the television, and gave everyone access to information and a voice with the internet. It has become a basic necessity for the majority, with 92% of youths owning a smartphone. But what does that mean…

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Why you need to invest early in IoT

As with all new technology, there is some reticence in business about the internet of things (IoT), the interconnectivity – via the internet – of computing devices embedded in everyday objects. © Jakub Jirsak via 123RF This radical new technology is driving what many are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution or, more colloquially, 4IR. There…

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