Tech: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:16 am AFKI Original
Social media has taken the world by storm in recent years, and the number of active Facebook users in Africa is a testament to the fact that the continent is also part of the social media trend. With Facebook being the most popular of the social media networks, and the proliferation of mobile throughout Africa providing the ideal breeding ground, the combination of factors has led to a growing user-base for the company. Africa is home to around 330 million internet users, and around 44 percent of them are active on Facebook.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:39 am
Dalkom, a privately owned operator based in Somalia, has signed an agreement with Intelsat SA for satellite services that will lead to expanded broadband access and capacity in East and Central Africa. Intelsat SA, integrated satellite communications specialist and operator of the world’s first globalized network, will assist Dalkom Somalia in increasing its broadband enterprise and direct-to-home (DTH) services in East and Central Africa and the Middle East. The multi-year agreement will allow Dalkom to incorporate Ku-band satellite services provided by Intelsat 17 to extend their current services
Staff, 9:04 am
Seedstars World is returning to Mozambique on the 14th June 2017, with the support of main partner, Standard Bank, and local ambassador UX Information Technologies. In addition, the initiative has partnered with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Shell and received support from Castle Lite and Internet Solutions. “Standard Bank’s purpose is Africa is our home and we drive her growth.” says Victor Jardim, Head of Personal and Business Banking of Standard Bank Mozambique.
Staff, 8:30 am
Namibia’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology will host the 4th National ICT Summit from Oct. 9-11 in Windhoek. The Ministry at a stakeholders engagement meeting said, the ICT Summit which is an annual event is aimed at bringing ICT stakeholders in the country together to share innovative ideas in bridging the digital gap and making ICT accessible. According to the Ministry, the country needs more involvement and support of stakeholders both in the public and private sectors.
Staff, 7:37 am
In 2017 there will be over 16 million active smartphone users in South Africa. This number is expected to grow exponentially over the next five years to reach more than 21 million users. The rapid rise in mobile phone usage in South Africa can primarily be attributed to the popularity of social media, which in turn has also sparked an increase in mobile phone usage to buy and sell online. The upturn in active mobile phone users has also affected internet usage and consumer habits drastically.
Staff, 9:36 am
One of Silicon Valley’s top black female executives, Bozoma Saint John, has left tech giant Apple to join ride-hailing service Uber. Saint John, who was born in Ghana before moving to the U.S. when she was a teenager, was a marketing executive at Apple and has now taken on the role of Uber’s new Chief Brand Officer, the company announced on Twitter. Her appointment comes at a time when Uber has been criticized for its management practices and company culture, TechCrunch reports.
Staff, 9:10 am
SES has been selected to lead a project to extend high-speed communications infrastructure throughout the country of Burkina Faso. The firm will provide the full end-to-end solution, including wireless terrestrial communication and integration with the available optical fibre backbone, to connect 881 sites for e-government, education, and health in Burkina Faso. SES Networks will also provide managed service and maintenance support from Luxembourg, and through a local presence in Burkina Faso.
Staff, 8:52 am
Angola has ambitions to emerge as a competitive technology force and internet hub in Africa. Hans Geldenhuys, Managing Sales Director at Intelsat Africa, say the Southern African country is undergoing a technology transformation underpinned by an increasing need for connectivity and innovations. According to data from the International Telecommunications Union, Angola’s ICT and telecoms sector has recorded an annual growth rate of 55 percent over the past 10 years and has 14 million consumers.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:29 am AFKI Original
Understanding how Africans use the internet remains the subject of many research studies, with new data emerging regarding stats and trends. The continent is becoming an important market for numerous internet-based businesses, while social media platforms are attracting more African users than ever before. With faster internet speeds and a growing appetite for connectivity on the continent, online trends are changing and the internet is shaping the way Africans work and play. Here are the 12 things you didn’t know about how Africans use the internet.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:06 am
South African mobile security solutions company, Entersekt, have concluded a deal that will see multi-million dollar investments made to fund the continued international expansion of the firm. The Stellenbosch-based company will be backed by investors Rand Merchant Investment Holdings (RMI) and Nedbank Private Equity (NPE). The two investors acquired minority shares in Entersekt for an undisclosed amount, with the mobile security solutions firm describing the investment as a multi-million dollar agreement.
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