Analysts are upbeat about foreign investment, with new high-tech factories helping to produce low-cost manufacturing hubs on the continent.
The latest enterprise IT news from the tech hotspots of the African continent.
Hilary is an itinerant print and radio journalist who originally hails from Southern California. In recent years her travels have taken her to Europe, Asia and Africa, where she has reported on everything from techie innovations to antique riverboats. She is currently based in Kampala, Uganda, where she's busy swatting mosquitoes and keeping an eye on the ways technology can impact society.
Adam Oxford is the editor-in-chief of Hypertext Media, a South Africa publishing house that specialises in technology issues from across the continent and produces daily news at htxt.co.za daily. Based in Johannesburg but originally from the UK, he's written for most of the major technology publishers over the last 17 years, covering everything from PC gaming to photography to Linux to open data and emerging tech markets. He anyone who can wield a soldering iron without burning themselves and thinks the reinvention of dangerous downtown Joburg as an up-and-coming tech cluster is the coolest thing ever.
As the continent's smartphone sales and data consumption increase, companies are now beginning to release African-made devices. Are buyers ready for them?
The South African telecoms regulator dismisses objections to local loop unbundling and says it will push through rules required to govern open access fixed line and wireless networks.
IBM is targeting Africa in a big way, with the launch of a new research lab in the Kenyan capital just the start of its ambitions for the continent.
Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, microscopes and soldering lessons to help children teach themselves the STEM skills that are vital for economic development.
A new report into the state of South Africa's mobile economy reveals data use on the rise, and an unusually positive piece of news for BlackBerry.
Google's Project Link has become a wholesale access provider for operators in Uganda.
An ambitious new technology precinct for high-tech business incubation is planned for the heart of Africa's most prosperous city.
Biz4Afrika is offering email, hosting and collaboration tools through the online hub for entrepreneurs in South Africa.
The latest draft of the National Broadband Policy has entered the final stages of consultation, calling for 100Mbps connections for all by 2030.
A new National Cybersecurity Advisory Council has been formed in same week trojan discovered on POS servers.
East Africa is hoping to turn itself into an outsourcing hub with a series of initiatives designed to make it more appealing for foreign businesses. But does the region have enough to offer?
The country's largest operator says the introduction of asymmetric termination fees will mean it's "effectively subsidising competitors".
Vodafone’s South African unit is looking to buy Neotel in a push into the country’s fixed-line and data markets.
Details of the new guarantee were revealed at Note 3 launch along with hints that a sub-$50 could be on the cards for developing markets.
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