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All You Need To Know About The 2016 ITU Telecom World In Thailand

Technology SMEs, businesses, and significant stakeholders met at the ITU Telecom World 2016 to facilitate effective networking, innovation, and growth within the digital economy of the world. Attended by 8,800 people, the event was held at Bangkok – Thailand, and was graced by the presence of H.R.H Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Kingdom of Thailand and General Chan-o-cha Prayut, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Thailand who launched the e vent and welcomed other key personalities across the globe including but not limited to H.R.H. Tapouto’a Ulukalala, the Crown Prince of Tonga; Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxemburg; Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, Prime Minister of Vanuatu; Debretsion Gebremichael Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia; and Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General of UNCTAD. Thailand’s keystakeholders in the technology field and digital sector had this opportunity to exhibit their emerging and existing innovations which are spurring the country’s development to other global audience.

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High-Profile Arab Knowledge Experts to Speak at the Knowledge Summit 2016

  • Ministers of education from around the Arab World discuss the role of reading in building a national identity
  • E. Jamal bin Huwaireb will inaugurate the Summit with an opening address, in addition to announcing the results of the Arab Reading Index

High-profile knowledge experts and renowned personalities have signed on to take part in the third annual Knowledge Summit, organised by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) – member of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives – on December 5-7, 2016, at the Grand Hyatt Dubai hotel.

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What Lies Ahead? Security Predictions for 2017

Rick Rogers, Area Manager for East and West Africa at Check Point Software Technologies gives their security predictions for the coming year

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Agtech startup WeFarm reaches over 100,000 users in their farmer-to-farmer mobile platform

WeFarm also secures £1.3m in seed round led by LocalGlobe

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Facebook outlines Plans to grow its African Ecosystem at AfricaCom 2016

Facebook had a strong presence at AfricaCom 2016 in Cape Town, in line with its commitment to fostering a strong relationship with its connectivity partners and application developers across Africa.

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Nigeria’s Strong Presentation at ITU bodes well for Future Telecoms Investment in Nigeria

Nigeria’s government and private sectors have made a pitch to foreign investors at the 2016 International Telecommunication Union conference, Telecoms World, where they presented the country’s developments in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) opportunities for future investment.

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Digital Shadows Global Report Reveals New Media and IoT Increase Threats to Media Organizations

Digital Shadows, a provider of cyber situational awareness, released its Shooting the Messenger: Understanding the Threats to the Media and Broadcasting Industry report which revealed that revenue generating websites are a threat to media businesses’ bottom line and are increasing with malvertising, extortion, propaganda, account take over and data leakage being the most common attacks targeted towards media and broadcast organizations.  The Digital Shadows report further revealed that the insecurity surrounding Internet of Things (IoT) devices, such as Wi-Fi-enabled cameras, surveillance systems, lighting, and even fridges, is presenting cybercriminals and hacktivists with more opportunities to target media and broadcast organizations. The report further revealed that as the media and broadcasting industry are increasingly conducting more business online as a growing demand from customers, there are projections of revenue increases of $100 billion by 2020 but the threat of having their websites forced offline and becoming unavailable to customers represents a serious business risk.

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Zebra Introduces Sleek, Smart Mobile Computers with Beautiful Design, Enterprise Durability

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New TC51 and TC56 touch mobile computers provide enterprise-class ruggedness, power, connectivity and security in a sleek, Android-based design 

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Top tips for protecting your business from cybersecurity threats

Mark McCallum, CTO, Orange Business Services

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Angola Cables to open its first POP in South Africa

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As part of expanding its footprint throughout the region, Angola Cables has selected Teraco as the colocation partner to deploy its POP in South Africa

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InterCEL + and Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL) build breakthrough Wireless Network to boost Broadband in Guinea

The project is set to provide a significant boost to local economies across Guinea, offering businesses affordable access to fibre-like broadband speeds that enable a wealth of advanced communications

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Opera reaches 100 million users in Africa, releases State of Mobile Web Report, Africa 2016

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  • Nigerian, Kenyan and South African Opera users collectively saved data equating to over half a billion US$ in 2016
  • Android users make up nearly half of overall Opera Mini users in Africa     
  • 70% of Nigeria’s Facebook users access it via Opera Mini               

Internet company, Opera (www.Opera.com), has released its State of the Mobile Web Africa 2016 Report, highlighting mobile internet trends across the continent, including consumer browsing behaviour and app usage. Opera – known for its compression technology and mobile browsers, including Opera Mini(www.Opera.com/Mobile/Mini/Android) – compiles regular global mobile web reports, shedding light on opportunities and challenges within the digital environment.

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More mobile operators in West Africa are targets of SS7 attacks than any other African Region, AdaptiveMobile reveals

AdaptiveMobile finds Location Tracking and Information Harvesting among top attack types

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ISACA Finds African Enterprises Are Cautious About Augmented Reality, Despite Business Benefits

With this year’s release of Pokémon Go, awareness of augmented reality (AR) applications soared among organizations and consumers. Despite its popularity and potential business benefits, AR adoption rates are slow among enterprises, according to a new study from global business technology and cybersecurity association ISACA. Only 45 percent of IT professionals in Africa are convinced that the benefits of AR outweigh the risks, and consumers also have concerns about the possible risks of Internet of Things (IoT) devices enhanced with AR.

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Teraco aims for 50-megawatt data centre offering in South Africa

Africa’s largest colocation data centre provider, Teraco Data Environments, today announced that it has kicked off construction on a new data centre in River Fields Bredell, 20km north of the current Isando campus. While Teraco finalises the expansion of its Isando campus to 20 megawatts, it has commenced with the new 24 megawatt Bredell build.

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GFI Launches Database–GFTrade–to help Developing Countries Generate Millions in Additional Public Revenue

Global Financial Integrity (GFI) launches its new database tool—GFTrade—with real-time price analyses to measure trade misinvoicing risks for 80,000 goods categories. Trade misinvoicing accounts for hundreds of billions in illicit financial flows from developing countries, and in curtailing these outflows, GFTrade would generate millions of dollars in additional domestic revenue.

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Technological Trends in Africa

By Rafiq Raji

‘Africa Tech’ is the True ‘Africa Rising’ 

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