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MainOne says it has invested over $300 million in infrastructure in West Africa

MainOne says it has invested over $300 million in infrastructure in West Africa

West Africa’s leading telecommunications and data services company, MainOne, today celebrated five years of leadership in transforming the region’s Internet landscape. According to the company, it has invested over $300 million in infrastructure in West Africa towards improving connectivity and data center services in West Africa in the past five years. Within this period, the

Wi-Fi to carry 60% of data traffic by 2019 – report

Wi-Fi networks will carry almost 60% of smartphone and tablet data traffic by 2019, reaching over 115,000PB (Petabytes) by 2019, compared to under 30,000PB this year, representing almost a four-fold increase, according to Juniper Research. Juniper estimates global smartphone data consumption to be nearly twice the amount of tablet traffic in 2015. The new research

Everjobs launches in three East African countries

Everjobs, the fast-growing job portal for emerging markets, has announced its expansion into East Africa today, starting with operations in Uganda, followed by Tanzania and Ethiopia. Launched in April 2015, the online job portal’s mission is to simplify the job search and hiring process in emerging markets by connecting job seekers with employers in a

DStv Premium channels coming to Compact subscribers at no cost

MultiChoice is giving four of its DStv Premium TV channels — Lifetime, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Nick Jr. — to the cheaper DStv Compact package for almost a month from 26 June at, no extra cost, reports myBroadband via Channel24. According to the company, A+E Networks UK’s Lifetime (DStv 131) and Viacom International Media Networks

Orange to open its first retail store in South Africa on June 26

Leading telecommunications operator, Orange is set to launch its very first retail store, selling mobile gadgets and accessories, from a location in Claremont, Cape Town in South Africa starting June 26, reports myBroadband. “The opening of a physical store is a logical step for us,” said Orange Horizons CEO Sébastien Crozier. Crozier said the store

Microsoft launches Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android phones

Microsoft has announced the general availability of the new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for Android phones, after several weeks of test and reviews from preview users on over 1,900 different Android phone models in 83 countries. During the preview, the company says it heard from thousands of users, and over the last few weeks

Facebook’s Internet.org platform reportedly arriving in South Africa on Cell C

Facebook is said to be introducing Internet.org, its free Internet service for users in emerging markets, in South Africa in partnership with mobile operator Cell C, according to TechCentral. The platform, which is now available to over 1 billion people around the world, provides people with free access to basic internet services so they can

Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs collaborates with leading European university to advance the development of 5G networks

Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, is collaborating with one of the leading universities in Europe’s 5G Lab Germany to develop and test technologies that will help to define the capability of 5G mobile networks in meeting the massive connectivity demands of the future, with the high-performance required by end-users. Launched in September

Travelstart appoints its new Head of Communications for Nigeria

Online travel booking platform, Travelstart today announced that it has appointed Oluwakemi Ojo as the company’s new Head of Communications for Nigeria starting July 1, 2015. According to Russell Jarvis, Head of Communications for Travelstart Global in a statement, Ojo’s previous experience and track record at Travelstart Nigeria made her an easy choice for the

South Africa said to be in advanced talks on Vodacom stake sale

South Africa is reportedly in advanced talks about the terms of the sale of some or all of its 27.7 billion rand ($2.3 billion) stake in Vodafone Group Plc’s African unit and according to Bloomberg, a deal could be announced as early as this week, citing people familiar with the discussions. Bloomberg sources say that

IBM teams up with Bon Appétit to launch cognitive computing cooking app

IBM and Bon Appétit, an award-winning food lifestyle brand today announced that their one-of-a-kind Chef Watson cognitive computing cooking app is now open to anyone interested in expanding his or her imagination in the kitchen. The app inspires home cooks everywhere to discover unexpected flavour combinations to address everyday mealtime challenges in creative ways and

China to allow full foreign ownership of some e-commerce businesses

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will now allow full foreign ownership of e-commerce businesses, according to a Reuters report. Already, China is home to leading e-commerce sites, Alibaba and JD.com, as well as US-owned companies like Amazon and WalMart, so this announcement could potentially encourage more foreign investment and promote healthy competition

SAN JOSE, CA - AUGUST 10:  A sign is posted in front of the Cisco Systems headquarters on August 10, 2011 in San Jose, California.  Cisco Systems reported better-than-expected fourth quarter revenues with a 3.3 percent rise to $11.2 billion as the company continues to scale down its business. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Cisco to invest $10 billion in China expansion

Cisco, the world’s biggest maker of switching equipment and routers that run the Internet, has announced plans to invest more than $10 billion in China along with local business partners over the next several years. Following high-level meetings between top executives and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang and other government agency leaders, the company said

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