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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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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