Tech: Latest News
Tom Jackson, 8:35 am AFKI Original
Fresh from tech achievements M-Pesa, iHub and Ushahidi, Kenya in 2013 launched a $14.5B project to build Konza Techno City, a large tech hub planned outside Nairobi. Four years later, funding for Kenyan tech startups is in freefall. There have been few recent notable tech success stories and Konza City seems further away than ever. Investors have been wary to put up money until they have assurances from the government on reliable low-cost energy, water, plans to limit traffic and prevent slums from being built near Konza.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:36 am
State-owned airline Air Namibia has be given approval to fly in and out of the United States, allowing it to join the ranks of an exclusive set of African carriers with permission to do so. Previously, only South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air, Moroccan Royal Air Maroc and Cape Verde’s TACV airline have enjoyed the right to fly passengers in and out of the U.S. from Africa. The airline is expecting to generate revenues through its codesharing agreements with partners to the U.S.
Peter Pedroncelli, 11:10 am AFKI Original
South African professionals are increasingly interested in being involved with the tech sector in the country, as there is a great deal of demand for quality skills that can help in boosting top companies. Universum Global conducts an annual employer attractiveness survey, which focuses on young professionals and their workplace preferences, comprising of responses from 46,891 students and 22,321 professionals from across South Africa. Here are the 10 most attractive tech employers for professionals in South Africa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:51 am
U.S. software giant Microsoft has announced plans to open two new cloud data centers in South Africa, in order to provide Microsoft Cloud services for the African market from centers based on the continent. These hyperscale data centers will be built in Cape Town and Johannesburg, representing a strategic advantage for Microsoft, as they will be the only top-tier cloud provider with a data center presence in Africa. With availability of cloud services expected in 2018, the services that will be delivered via the two South African data centers will include Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365.
Staff, 1:00 am
The world has entered into a Fourth Industrial Revolution, and this time Africa is poised to take maximum advantage of it. Venture capitalists are investing large sums in Africa-based tech startups — $1 billion in 2016 — with the number of startups reaching 3,500. The revolution is led by entrepreneurs whose pioneering innovations seem destined to turn Africa into a global powerhouse and partner, changing its relationship with the rest of the world.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:26 am
Google and three strategic partners have committed to investing a combined $100 million in a broadband infrastructure project to benefit African cities, with fast and reliable internet capabilities in the pipeline. The agreement signed between the four investors sees the creation of a new entity known as CSquared, which will operate as an independent company and will be based out of offices in Nairobi, Kenya.
Staff, 1:00 am
With Africa’s population projected to be about 2 billion by 2050, farming must undergo huge strides in productivity to ensure the ability to feed them. Numerous types of digital technology are available to take farming to this level, and entrepreneurs are beginning to introduce them to farming. To take advantage of them, however, there must be widespread internet availability, adequate funding, and ways overcome farmers’ reluctance to adopt new practices.
Tom Jackson, 3:26 pm AFKI Original
Startups innovate much faster than mobile operators but they lack the wide reach — and customers — that more established companies have. Mobile operators and startups in emerging markets should work together because collaboration could be mutually beneficial, according to a new GSMA report — “Opening Doors: A Start-Up’s Guide to Working With Mobile Operators in Emerging Markets.” Some mobile operators are openly listing their API documentation and integration processes, and are willing to listen to startup founders.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:46 am
The Rwandan government will be working with Finnish mobile giants Nokia and local company SRG in the deployment of smart city technology solutions throughout the country. Nokia’s advanced capabilities in this arena will be used to deliver a secure and effective smart city solution for the East African nation, which will include a mission-critical access network, IP and cloud core networks, and Nokia’s ‘impact platform’, which will enable numerous applications related to the internet of things (IoT).
MallforAfrica Launches Dedicated Website To Give Africans Direct Access To Millions Of eBay ProductsBy Peter Pedroncelli, 6:26 am
African e-commerce platform MallforAfrica (MFA) has announced the launch of a new dedicated website for eBay shopping enthusiasts in Africa. Available in Nigeria and Kenya, before a role out to other African countries, the website ebayforafrica.com see the online site extend its relationship with eBay for the benefit of customers in Africa, allowing them to access tens of millions of eBay.com listings directly from the site. African online shoppers will now have unprecedented access to millions more products.
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