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 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.
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.
When 47 sub-Saharan Africa countries agree to harmonise spectrum use ahead of a move to digital TV, they laid the foundations for greater LTE coverage across the continent.
The digital economy will expand rapidly across all of Africa in next five years, new research has found - especially online advertising.
Samsung Nigeria has confirmed BBM for Android launch ahead of BlackBerry events tomorrow.
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.
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