Archive for the ‘Features’ Category

The Need for Speed
Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Data boom pressures operators to speed up deployment of new data centres – increased focus on turnkey prefabricated solutions The seemingly insatiable demand by users for more data has taken many players in the African telecom and communications sector by surprise. To keep up with demand, new infrastructure is often needed and particularly data centres – the heart and brain of any network. With speed to operations being essential, ...  [Read more]

‘Cloud’ Can Drive Entrepreneurship in Africa
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Taken as a whole, the African continent is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Averaging 5% growth each year, Africa’s economy has become more market-oriented, with a rapidly growing private sector. But if it is going to continue on this growth path, it is going to have to create jobs at an unprecedented rate. At the same time, Africa also faces mass urbanisation. The world’s urban population is exploding, growing from ...  [Read more]

Ghana Leads Africa with Highest number of Female CEOs in Telecom
Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Telecommunication sector has traditionally been perceived as a male-dominated industry in Africa and the rest of the world. There has been an under-representation of women at higher echelons of power in telecom companies. In 2011, not only was a bold step was taken in South Africa, history was also made, as a black woman was appointed to head a JSE listed telecommunications company. Nombulelo Moholi was appointed Telkom SA CEO in March ...  [Read more]

Do Women Talk More Than Men?
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

We've all heard the stereotype Women like to talk. We bounce ideas off each other about everything from career moves to dinner plans. We hash out big decisions through our conversations with one another and work through our emotions with discussion. At least, that's what "they" say. But is any of it actually true? A new study from Northeastern University professor David Lazer's lab says it isn't that simple. Lazer, who researches social ...  [Read more]

Wi-Fi Represents the Bulk of LTE Subscriber Mobile Data Traffic
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

LTE subscribers consumed dramatically larger amounts of data than 3G subscribers, according to smartphone traffic analysis by Mobidia Technology, however, they are making increased use of Wi Fi offloading as well. The Mobidia report found that, for example LTE subscribers in Hong Kong averaged almost double the data consumption than 3G subscribers in the first four months of 2014. LTE subscribers in Japan, South Korea and the U.S. lead the ...  [Read more]

Mobile users to top 8bn by 2019; telecoms revenue to hit £1.1tn
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

The number of mobile customers worldwide will exceed eight billion by the end of 2018, an analyst has said. IDATE stated that the number of mobile users is set to grow by over 21 per cent in the next five years, hitting eight billion by 2019. In the UK alone, the total number of mobile users is expected to rise from 85.3 million in 2013 to 86.6 million in 2018. It added that the number of fixed internet subscribers is also set to grow, ...  [Read more]

Cloud computing – an effective Big Data enabler says PBT Group
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Cloud computing and Big Data analytics are two ‘terms’ that few would have imagined being used in the same sentence! Yet, placed together, the two concepts can offer businesses the ability to engage in Big Data at a reasonable price tag! This is the sentiment of PBT Group, who believes that Big Data is not only a trend, but should be deemed as a key resource that must be protected and exploited to create value for an organisation. Says ...  [Read more]

Active telephone lines in Nigeria top 129 million
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Dr. Eugene Juwah, EVC/CEO of Nigerian Communications Commission The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that active lines in the country’s telecommunications industry increased to 129,391,392 in April.The NCC said in a statement on its Monthly Subscribers Data, published on its website on Saturday that the lines increased by 2,294,196 from 127,097,196 recorded in March. It added that the Global System for Mobile ...  [Read more]

MainOne to launch N7bn Tier-3 Data Centre in Quarter 4
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Funke Opeke, CEO, MainOne MainOne, a data centre and telecoms services solutions provider for businesses in sub-Sahara Africa is getting ready for the completion and launch of its Tier-3 Data Centre, which will turnout to be the largest in West Africa, in terms of size of storage facilities and capacity of service delivery. The new data centre, a secured, eco friendly structure is located in Lekki, Lagos and covers 3,500 square metres ...  [Read more]

Customers will stay loyal to the best performing network
Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The dramatic increase in mobile data subscriptions and the uptake of smartphones across sub-Saharan Africa will place quality and coverage demands on mobile networks across the region. Mobile data traffic will grow seventeen fold from now until 2019. Total subscriptions are forecasted to increase from 560 million in 2013 to 930 million at the end of 2019. The increased data traffic will be driven by an uptake in smartphones and a ...  [Read more]

3.6bn consumers to adopt cloud service by 2018
Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Music streaming services currently lead in revenue growth due to limited mobile storage space Juniper research has predicted that cloud storage services will be adopted by more than 3.6 billion consumers globally, by 2018. This growth will be driven by the ever-expanding collection of games, apps, and music on mobile devices. Currently music streaming services such as Spotify – whose looming IPO is expected to hit a whopping £8 ...  [Read more]

Wi-Fi is changing how we use smartphones and vice versa
Friday, April 25th, 2014

Michael Fletcher Despite the availability of Long-Term Evolution (LTE) in South Africa, Wi-Fi will remain the preferred form of connectivity for the foreseeable future according to Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS). A Mobidia-sponsored Informa White Paper* has found that, globally, Wi-Fi data usage is much greater than cellular on 3G and 4G smartphones. Monthly Wi-Fi use on 3G devices increased 24% last year to 3.2GB and jumped 86% on 4G ...  [Read more]

Ericsson Emphasizes Responsible business, Energy and Technology for Good in 2013
Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson Ericsson has published its 21st Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report summarizing its performance during 2013.   Highlights include: a solidified approach to responsible business including rigorous compliance processes; energy efficient solutions from the company’s product portfolio; and extended reach in providing access to communication for all, including refugees and students in ...  [Read more]