Mobile Computing

Angola Cables to expand presence in South Africa

imageedit 2 8422564752Angola Cables has announced to establish a point of presence (PoP) in Cape Town before the end 2017, aiming to expand its network reach and peering capabilities in South Africa

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Nokia and Vodacom join forces to shape the future of 5G in South Africa

mobile communications africaNokia and Vodacom have partnered to deploy 5G technology across South Africa to enable Vodacom to enhance digitalisation for the benefit of companies and individuals

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Data storage for the future

digital storage media 1443484 1920Barry Mansfield looks at the factors driving the growth of next-generation data storage in Africa

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African mobile subscriptions to surpass 1bn in 2016

Mobile phone in africa Simon Berry flickr CC BY SA 2.0Africa is expected to reach 1bn mobile subscriptions in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 1.02bn by year-end, according to research from Ovum


The advisory firm predicts that the total number of mobile subscriptions on the continent total 1.33bn at the end of 2021.

According to the firm, the average rate of mobile penetration in Africa was 79 per cent at the end of June 2016.

Ovum notes that data capabilities, as well as data and digital service revenue, is set to drive growth in Africa’s telecoms market.

Mobile broadband will rise dramatically, as operators continue to launch 3G and 4G LTE networks. 

“As Africa nears the landmark of one billion mobile subscriptions, it is clear that the next phase of growth will be in broadband connections and in revenue from data access as well as from new ‘digital services’ such as digital media and mobile financial services,” said Matthew Reed, practice leader, Middle East and Africa, at Ovum.

“However, Africa remains less advanced than most other world regions in its broadband development, and there is both an opportunity and a need to further improve connectivity on the continent, and to take advantage of the benefits that connectivity can bring."

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Kampala trials free internet access for citizens

WiFiInternet access in Uganda's capital will soon become a necessity rather than a luxury following a move by government agencies to pilot free WiFi

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