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Content posted in July 2019
African Operators, Governments Show Faith in Huawei
  • Paula Gilbert
Analysts agree Huawei has had a very cordial working relationship with most African governments, which don't seem to be bowing to global pressure to blacklist the Chinese company.
4IR More of a Security Opportunity Than a Threat
  • Paula Gilbert
A new study from World Wide Worx found that fourth industrial revolution technologies offer more security opportunities than security risks, but many companies still don't perceive it that way.
Key Trends & Takeaways From West Africa Com 2019
  • Paula Gilbert
Satellite technology, fintech, mobile data prices and how to get better inclusion for women in tech were among the key topics discussed at the 2019 West Africa Com event in Senegal.
EOH Admits to 'Serious Governance Failings & Wrongdoing'
  • Paula Gilbert
The South African IT services firm has confirmed that an investigation has found evidence of unsubstantiated payments, tender irregularities and other unethical business dealings that could add up to $87 million.
Cell C Opens Up About Financial Challenges
  • Paula Gilbert
Cell C interim CEO Douglas Craigie Stevenson has published an open letter speaking about the 'financial and other challenges' that the South African operator faces.
Spotify Lite Launches in Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
Music streaming service Spotify has launched a 'Lite' version for emerging markets which uses less storage, data and battery.
Vodacom Shows Off 5G's Potential
  • Connecting Africa News
At the Durban July horse racing event, Vodacom teamed up with LG Electronics and Nokia to demonstrate Africa's first 5G data session on a commercially ready 5G mobile phone and network.
Corporate SA Not Yet Sold on 4IR
  • Connecting Africa News
A new study by World Wide Worx has found that a number of key fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies have yet to be adopted with any enthusiasm by South African enterprises.
EOH Offloads CCS Stake for $31M
  • Paula Gilbert
The South African IT services company has sold a 70% stake in Construction Computer Software (CCS) to help reduce the group's debt.


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