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Global leader in online gaming selects Angonix, Africa’s third largest IXP

Angola’s largest IXP welcomes i3D.net as its first remote peering customer LUANDA, Angola, October 13, 2017/ — Angonix (www.Angonix.net), Angola’s largest Internet Exchange Point (IXP), today welcomed i3D.net as its first remote peering customer. i3D.net is a managed hosting provider specialising in online gaming that hosts tens of millions of players for game publishers on the Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation networks. i3D.net joins 17 other companies at Angonix, Africa’s third largest IXP. According to Darwin Da Costa, project manager at Angonix: “With the Remote Peering services from Angola Cables,…

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Off-grid Solar set to triple in Africa

The IEA has found that the amount of power from solar grew by more than 50%, and has officially increased energy output globally at a faster rate than any other fuel LAGOS, Nigeria, October 6, 2017/ — Off- grid solar will bring basic electricity services to almost 70 million more people in Asia and sub Saharan Africa A new report has confirmed that Solar is now the fastest growing energy source in the world, and is making a major impact in Africa. The International Energy Agency’s 2017 report (http://APO.af/inLXNs) on renewables…

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Hilton Launches Africa Growth Initiative

Initiative expected to add 100 properties to its portfolio over the next five years MCLEAN, United States of America, October , 2017/ — Hilton (http://Newsroom.Hilton.com) (NYSE: HLT) has committed a total of $50 million over the next five years towards the Hilton Africa Growth Initiative to support the continued expansion of its Sub-Saharan African portfolio. These funds are intended to support the conversion of around 100 hotels (roughly 20,000 rooms) in multiple African markets into Hilton branded properties, namely into its flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand, the upscale DoubleTree…

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Oradian named Top 100 African FinTech and winner of the European FinTech Award

With operations in five countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Malawi, Oradian reached a new milestone of serving over one million end-clients globally in June 2017 ZAGREB, Croatia, October , 2017/ — Oradian, the fintech company from Croatia, claimed its position as a leading technology provider with both a first-place finish in the European FinTech Awards competition and a nomination as a Top 100 African FinTech company. The win at the European Fintech Awards recognises Oradian as the European leader in Innovative Banking Software designed for microfinance institutions (MFIs) and…

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Jumia introduces Jumia Bot, Nigeria’s first E-commerce Bot

True to its mission of expanding horizons, Jumia (www.Jumia.com) introduced on 2nd October Jumia Bot (http://APO.af/595ays), Nigeria’s first e-commerce Bot. Using Jumia Bot, shoppers can order food, find fashion or electronic items and book hotels and flights by simply having an online conversation with the bot. This innovation, powered and hosted by Facebook Messenger, was officially launched on 2nd October in Nigeria and will offer Nigeria’s 18 Million Facebook users the ability to get their own personal Jumia shopping assistant directly on Facebook Messenger. The Jumia Bot works by asking customers what…

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SAP Skills for Africa delivers 52 skilled graduates to drive digital transformation in East Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya,  October, – Digital transformation initiatives in East Africa received a welcome boost this week as 52 skilled youth graduated from an expanded East African SAP Skills for Africa program. Speaking at a graduation ceremony held at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi, Head of SAP Skills for Africa Meena Confait said every one of the graduates have already been placed at partner and customer organizations in the region. “This year marked our first expanded East Africa program, with candidates from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia completing their…

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Samsung grows young girls’ capacity in ICT skills in Ghana

ACCRA, Ghana, 02 October 2017, – 40 employees from Samsung’s headquarters in South Korea have gathered in Accra to take part in the company’s annual Employee Volunteer Programme (EVP). The week-long initiative, which is aimed at empowering young girls with future-focused ICT skills, has been carried out in partnership with Better World. Each year, Samsung employees dedicate their time and skills to an initiative which they feel will add value to one of the regions in which the company operates. As part of this year’s programme, staff members will impart their…

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IOX Cable announces its plans to connect La Reunion

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, 5 September 2017-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- IOX Cable today announced that they will be expanding their reach to now Include La Reunion as part of its construction of a new state of the art Submarine Cable System. This initiative is an expansion to the planned IOX cable system to connect South Africa to India and Asia. This connectivity will offer new routes and redundancy between La Reunion, South Africa and India. Through this expansion IOX will further its regional strategy of promoting regional economic development across the Indian…

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Facebook & Instagram help put African tourism on the social media map

Attending the Annual World Tourism Conference in Rwanda, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) and Instagram representatives were in Kigali this week (28-31 August) to discuss and explore ways in which social media can be used to effectively drive tourism growth across the Continent. Showcasing how both platforms can be used as a tool to creatively help change the narrative of Africa as a tourist destination, the team also took part in a live panel discussion exploring the ‘Evolution of Online Travel and Lifestyle Tourism: Leveraging Africa’s Diversity’. The event, developed by the Rwanda…

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The top 4 digital transformation priorities for African telecoms operators

NAIROBI, Kenya, 5th September, -After nearly two decades of uninhibited growth and profitability, African telecoms operators (telcos) are facing the converging forces of digital disruption. Some of the factors contributing to this are: easily accessible broadband internet, popular over the top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp, and changing consumer needs. According to Ovum, telco operators will lose out on USD 386 billion between 2012 and 2018 purely because of over-the-top VoIP services cannibalizing voice revenues. This has sparked the players in the industry to reimagine their business models, shifting away…

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