Africa's ‘space race' for satellite connectivity

Satellite services in Africa are making a comeback as Africa enters a new ‘space race’ for satellite connectivity across the continent. Michèle Scanlon According to Michèle Scanlon, new business development at Gondwana International Networks (GIN), “The race is on for full coverage of Africa with High Throughput Satellite (HTS) service. Long thought destined to be…

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Mozilla Equal Rating Innovation Challenge winners

From left to right: Steve Song (Canada), Freemium Mobile Internet (FMI), Dr Carlos Rey-Moreno (South Africa), Zenzeleni “Do it yourselves” Networks (ZN), Bruno Vianna (Brazil), Free Networks P2P Cooperatives, Tim Genders (South Africa), Afri-Fi: Free Public WiFi, Dr Sarbani Belur (India), Gram Marg Solution The overall winning team which walked away with $125,000 in funding,…

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ICANN approves dotAfrica launch dates

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has given dotAfrica the green light to move forward with their launch plan and dates as Africa’s new home on the web gets ready for their long awaited entry. © Matthias Ziegler via 123RF “Final and confirmed” is how the CEO of the dotAfrica gTLD (generic…

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Kenya leads smart city charge in Africa

While many see Africa as lagging in harnessing the benefits of smart city development, Kenya is leading the charge to embrace this new technology-rich ecosystem, says Riaan Graham, sales director for Ruckus Wireless sub-Saharan Africa. “A smart city can be defined as a vision to integrate multiple ICT and internet of things (IoT) solutions to…

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Mara Social Media acquires Nimbuzz

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Mara Social Media has acquired global platform Nimbuzz Assets. Through this multi-platform integration of Nimbuzz and Mara’s current consumer facing platforms, the long-term play for Mara Social Media is to enable commerce by growing and amplifying the power of the user base and engagement. Mara is an African multi-channel platform…

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It's great to share: As TNM launches data sharing service

BLANTYRE, Malawi – Malawi’s integrated mobile network and ICT service provider TNM is proud to announce the launch of data sharing, an innovative service that allows customers to share their data with friends and family. With data sharing, family and friends can tap internet access from a single connection point. This service is unique in…

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The six rules of digital disruption

Moulton shared the six rules of disruption that he and the editor of Wired Magazine in the UK put together (which, due to the fast-changing pace of technology, are often updated). “Stuff that seems like science-fiction is here now,” says Moulton. “If we think about it in the right way, it’s actually quite profound.” The…

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DevConf 2017 highlights top coding challenges

‘Check your privilege’ when coding, or your systems could have negative impacts on billions of people, warned Terri Burns, associate product manager at Twitter, at the opening of DevConf 2017 in Midrand late last week. San Francisco-based Burns kicked off the annual South African developers’ conference with a warning on the potential impact of unchecked…

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Apps: The holy grail of content marketing

Business book author Tony Schwartz wrote, “Nearly everyone I know is addicted in some measure to the internet.” And with a steady stream of headlines blaming technology for our distractedness and app addictions, it’s no surprise that savvy content marketers are starting to use this to their advantage. Apps may distract, but the good news…

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Survey offers insights into global trends, future of smart cities

As cities and solution providers develop their smart city strategies, they are trying to understand which solutions and business models hold the greatest promise in this growing market. According to Frost & Sullivan’s Visionary Innovation Group’s recent Smart City Pulse survey, more than half of all respondents report that their organisations are focusing their smart…

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