Category Archives: ICT

SAMSUNG commit to improving digital transformation in Africa’s education system.

digital transformation in Africa’s education system

The head of Public Relations and Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics Africa Office, Ms. Sthembile Shabangu, has revealed at the Samsung Africa Forum 2017 that Samsung is advancing plans to improve digital transformation in Africa’s education system. She said, “In today’s digital era, any community, especially disadvantaged areas, will benefit from hands-on experience with technology. Our aim is to make sure that every African child has access to education, no matter where they are – be it in a rural area lacking infrastructure or perhaps in an existing infrastructure that lacks educational resources – by providing access to technology.”

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New for Nigerians: Paycode Cardless Cash Withdrawal Service

I’m excited to announce a new financial service inside BBM for Nigerians: Paycode. This service, from Interswitch Ltd, enables cardless cash withdrawal at ATMs as well as cardless/cashless payments in participating real-world stores. Nigerians can find Paycode on their Discover menu today.

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Mimecast Combats Rise of Internal Email Threats with Purpose-Built Cloud Security Service

MIMECAST

Mimecast Limited (NASDAQ: MIME), a leading email and data security company introduced the latest capability of its Targeted Threat Protection service, Internal Email Protect, the first-to-market cloud-based security service providing threat capabilities for internally generated email. Internal Email Protect allows customers to detect and remediate security threats that originate from their users’ email accounts. This capability includes the scanning of attachments and URLs, as well as content inspections via DLP services. Additionally, Internal Email Protect includes the ability to automatically extract infected email or attachments from users’ inboxes.

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Angola Cables to peer at NAPAfrica: Africa’s most connected Internet Exchange

Angola Cables, a leading telecoms operator is expanding its network reach and peering capabilities across the globe. With an aim to become a major IP transit and MPLS player in sub-Saharan Africa, Angola Cables has chosen NAPAfrica as its peering point. NAPAfrica is Africa’s largest Internet Exchange Point (IXP), with over 240 unique connected networks and 140Gbps peering traffic. NAPAfrica, which is co-located within all Teraco data centre facilities, provides peering across sub-Saharan Africa from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

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Half of Global Mobile Phone Users Still Use Their Device for Only Talking and Texting

Global Mobile Phone Users

Research by GSMA, a company that represents the interests of mobile operators’ worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, has revealed that almost half of global mobile phone users still only use their devices to make voice calls and send SMS, according to new consumer research by GSMA Intelligence. The new Global Mobile Engagement Index (GMEI) measures the level of engagement of mobile phone users across a wide array of use cases and services. This first-of-its-kind consumer index is based on inputs from the 2016 GSMA Intelligence consumer survey, which surveyed mobile users across 56 global markets representing 80 per cent of the world’s population. The first GMEI study was released on February 16th 2017, and is expected to be updated every year.

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Three Critical Uses of Data for Off-Grid Telecom Power

By Thomas Rahkonen, Chief Technology Officer & Vice President eCentre, Flexenclosure

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Developers in Middle East and Africa to compete for $20,000 in Facebook Bots for Messenger Challenge

Facebook Bots for Messenger Challenge

Facebook just launched the Facebook Bots for Messenger Challenge, a contest to recognize and reward developers who are able to create the most innovative new bots on Messenger. From today, 15th February 2016, Facebook will accept applications for its Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge until 28th April, 2017. Over 20,000 USD cash prizes are expected to be won by s developers across the Middle East and Africa region who will be successful in creating innovative bots in the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. The contest is designed in three categories: Gaming and Entertainment; Productivity and Utility; and Social Good. Applicants (Developers) in teams (maximum of three) are invited from the Middle East and Africa region to create bots in these categories.

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Digitisation and the rise of Generation C

Charles Darwin said that it won’t be the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it’s the one that is the most adaptable to change. With the rapid evolution of digitisation, and Cisco’s predictions that 40% of business will die in the next ten years, digital transformation is critical to survival in the new world order. Cassie Lessing, managing director, Strato IT Group, developer of StratoPOD, a mobile business application for delivery documentation, says 2017 has seen a wave of new interest in digitisation.

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ISACA Survey: Cyber Security Skills Gap Leaves 1 in 4 Organizations Exposed for Six Months or Longer

cyber security

Sophisticated cyber security defenses are increasingly in high demand as a cyber security attack is now viewed as an inevitability. However, a majority of surveyed organizational leaders fear they are ill-equipped to address these threats head-on.

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UN expert urges Cameroon to restore internet services cut off in rights violation

The UN Special Rapporteur will continue to monitor developments in Cameroon closely, and is at the disposal of the authorities to provide assistance or advice as required

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Connecting Africa & La French Tech: Collaboration Fuelling Economic & Social Empowerment

Collaboration, co-operation and co-creation.

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From Mob Programming to Blockchain: DevConf 2017 covers it all

DevConf 2017 will present the hottest topics to SA’s developer community this year

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Five Key Questions to Ask Before Migrating to the Cloud

Migrating applications to the cloud offers incredible opportunities that can make your business more versatile and efficient. Collaboration is often easier with the cloud, for example, and it can make disaster recovery a breeze. However, the cloud isn’t necessarily the right choice for every application. Is your team thinking of shifting your application to a cloud-based model? Make sure to take the following considerations into account before making your move:

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Cisco 2017 Cybersecurity Report: Classic Attack Vectors Re-Emerge; Cisco Reduces “Time to Detection” to Six Hours.

On 10th anniversary of report, Chief Security Officers reveal true cost of breaches and the actions that organizations are taking. According to the Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO) 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report (ACR), over one-third of organizations that experienced a breach in 2016 reported substantial customer, opportunity and revenue loss of more than 20 percent. Ninety percent of these organizations are improving threat defense technologies and processes after attacks by separating IT and security functions (38 percent), increasing security awareness training for employees (38 percent), and implementing risk mitigation techniques (37 percent). The report surveyed nearly 3,000 chief security officers (CSOs) and security operations leaders from 13 countries in the Security Capabilities Benchmark Study, part of the Cisco ACR.

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Digital Disruptors to Watch in 2017

In the lurid space where financial and digital innovation intersect, disruptors are booming. They’ll continue to cause upheaval in 2017 and make their mark in a landscape that’s becoming progressively challenging to navigate. Here’s my prediction of the movers and makers to watch in 2017:

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Vivo Energy and Orange Money announce Pan-African partnership.

A pan-African partnership covering nine countries (Botswana, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Senegal and Tunisia) where Vivo Energy and   Orange Money is available, has been signed allowing Orange Money customers to cash in and cash out money from their Orange Money account and pay in any Shell service station operated by Vivo Energy (www.VivoEnergy.com). This offers Orange Money customers an access to a network of over 1,000 Shell service stations to transact from, while Shell customers will be able to pay for their fuel using Orange Money. The agreement further provides the customers of both companies a convenience and secured mode of payment which will also save time and money on their payment transactions.

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Five Tips For Better Email Security

While security is everyone’s responsibility, it’s not always easy to get right. Our “Security Best Practices” blog series will provide simple tips that enable users to improve their online security. These articles aren’t for pros, but for those trying to get their basics down.

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