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Africa Data Centres planning major expansion

Africa Data Centres is planning to build ten hyperscale data centers in ten African countries over the next two years, spending over US$500 million.

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Hot startup of the month: Tunisia's InstaDeep

Tunisian startup InstaDeep builds advanced decision-making and optimization AI solutions for enterprise clients. It is one of the best-funded AI ventures on the continent.

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AWS expands cloud training program to more African countries

Amazon Web Services has expanded its cloud computing training program, AWS re/Start, into nine African countries as it aims to increase Africa's pipeline of entry-level cloud computing talent.

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Nokia to deploy Africell's new 5G-ready network in Angola

Nokia and Africell have signed a major deal to deploy a new 5G-ready network in Angola.

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Nigerian minister expands social media ban

Nigerian minister of information Lai Mohammed says social media must be Nigerian and licensed, following widely criticized Twitter ban.

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Liquid Intelligent Technologies surpasses 100,000 km of fiber

Liquid Intelligent Technologies has reached a major milestone, laying 100,000 km of fiber in Africa.

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Raxio plots African growth with data center in Uganda

Data center developer Raxio has launched Uganda's first Tier III carrier-neutral data center and has a strong pipeline for a dozen more across Africa over the next three years.

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SA to become cloud hub for Africa – Huawei

Huawei plans to launch a new cloud availability zone in Cape Town, saying it believes South Africa will become the cloud hub for the continent.

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Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Swifttdial

Kenyan company Swifttdial is helping companies in Kenya and Nigeria set up cloud-based virtual call centers, with plans to expand further into West Africa.

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Orange to build data center for Egypt's 'new capital'

Orange Business Services will design and build cloud-based ICT infrastructure for Egypt's new smart city and the country's 'New Administrative Capital.'

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Major investments in African carrier-neutral data centers

About 25% of sub-Saharan states have or are planning carrier-neutral data centers, with significant investment across Africa, says PCCW Global's Console Connect.

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Orange commits to keep intra-African data traffic in Africa

Orange has announced it is creating two new international voice points of presence in Nigeria and plans to open a data clearing house in Africa next year.

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Liquid, Project Taara beam broadband across Congo River

Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Alphabet's Project Taara have found a way to bridge a particularly stubborn connectivity gap between Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo and Kinshasa in the DRC.

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Research Bites: Blockchain potential for SA agriculture

This article, in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development explores how blockchain can be used in the agricultural sector to help improve production and distribution processes.

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Omdia View: August 2021

By Omdia Analysts

Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis about MTN's decision to exit Syria and not bid again for an Ethiopian license, as well as 5G news from Mauritius, Ghana, Mayotte and Reunion.

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Research Bites: Blockchain potential for SA agriculture

By Roberto Mavilia and Roberta Pisani

This article, in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development explores how blockchain can be used in the agricultural sector to help improve production and distribution processes.

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Digital inclusion as a catalyst for economic empowerment: Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu

Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu talks to Connecting Africa about how digital payment solutions and mobile money are transforming the lives of small business owners, women and marginalized groups in East Africa.

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Accelerating women in STEM: In conversation with GirlCode's Tinyiko Simbine

GirlCode co-founder and CFO Tinyiko Simbine talks about why it's important to help girls and young women excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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How Poa Internet is unlocking meaningful connectivity in East Africa

Poa Internet's CEO Andy Halsall shares his views on what it takes to develop last-mile connectivity and get Africans online in a meaningful way.

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Digital Skills Enhancing Human Capital

As nations begin to look beyond the crisis of COVID-19 to the new future of work, an opportunity to leverage this disruption as a powerful catalyst for positive change exists – one that could reshape the future and provide more accessible, fair, and impactful digital education and training.

In this webinar, we focus on how digital skills can enhance human capital and help realise the extraordinary potential of intelligent, 4IR-ready African workforces.

Key topics include:

  • Importance of having more than basic digital skills – upskilling & reskilling
  • Championing access to online educational resources – affordable and reliable internet, electricity and hardware
  • Future career options for industry specific roles: Cloud, AI, industrial IoT, big data analytics
  • Education 4.0: How updating educational curricula is key for growth
  • The importance of progressive, industry-driven educational policy frameworks

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