Archive for the ‘Features’ Category

Looking for agility “as a service”, Adebayo Sanni, Country Managing Director, Oracle Nigeria
Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The drive for improved agility and more rapid deployment of services is a main concern for business leaders across virtually all industry sectors. For their part, IT decision-makers are under increased pressure to make sure business solutions can deliver on these ambitions. In its latest “Business Value Scorecard”, Forrester found that business leaders increasingly measure success by comparing what percentage of their IT-spend ...  [Read more]

Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless and the making of Africa’s first cashless society
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Telecommunications company, and now mobile banking service, Econet Wireless predicts that in less than 12 months notes and coins will be long-gone from  Zimbabwe, the southern African country. “We do not expect anyone to still be using paper money in a year’s time,” the company’s CEO Douglas Mboweni recently said. “It will be just like Europe or America, where you no longer see people carrying bundles of cash.” The collapse of ...  [Read more]

Should Internet Penetration In Africa Stand At Just 16 Percent?
Monday, August 4th, 2014

Africa indeed has embraced the internet revolution quite remarkably and the progress of internet on the continent is highly commendable. However, the statistics of internet penetration on the continent goes to show that we still have a long way to go in terms of internet revolution. The Internet currently has about 2,925,249,355 users out of a world population of 7,243,784,121 according to Internet Live Stats. In the last 19 years, ...  [Read more]

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]