Samsung Nigeria has confirmed BBM for Android launch ahead of BlackBerry events tomorrow.
The latest enterprise IT news from the tech hotspots of the African continent.
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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.
A new cross-border group will meet regularly to discuss spectrum allocation, digital inclusion and increasing the pace of high-speed mobile network deployments.
Analysts say Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia puts it in a strong position in an African market that is starting to transition to smartphones.
One of the stalwarts of the Kenyan tech scene wants to move beyond its focus on software and apps by offering hardware workspace for design and rapid prototyping.
Country's fifth LTE network goes live, but is the market already too crowded?
BBM for Android will be in Samsung's Apps store at launch, thanks to a new marketing partnership to grow the family.
Some African countries are coming under pressure from the mobile industry to cut taxes on handsets, who say their coffers could benefit from such a move.
Microsoft says it can reduce access costs by a factor of ten for poor communities in Limpopo.
There's enormous goodwill and plenty of investment in Africa's entrepreneurial tech scene, but smaller hubs still struggle with basic infrastructure.
A number of African countries are big users of mobile money transfer, but changes to how the service is taxed could see Ugandan users returning to more low-tech options.
The South Africa government will introduce a new smart ID card later this month for access to public services.
Following a year of strong growth, the BPO sector in the Western Cape hopes to be turbocharged by the fall in the value of the South African rand this year.
South African Quentin Harley's new 3D printer is an unusual, but potentially groundbreaking, design.
Microsoft says expanded training scheme can create 3,000 new jobs over next three years.
South African telco MTN has launched LTE in Uganda. Will fourth-generation services really shake-up the mobile market there?
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- 4 The developers' dilemma: Why more smartphones won't necessarily mean more profits
- 5 Nigeria launches new biometric ID card - brought to you by Mastercard