Skills, regulation and how they're able to specialise are among the key factors that will determine whether Africa’s new tech cities prosper or falter, according to analysts.
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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.
Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom is phasing out the sale of feature phones in favour of pushing smartphone adoption – a bold move that some analysts say may be premature.
Through a pilot project in Kenya, Microsoft hopes to show that white spaces offer a viable, low-cost way of extending broadband access to unserved and underserved communities in Africa.
Huawei has unveiled pricing and availability for the 4Afrika Windows Phone device, a handset running on one of the two smartphone platforms the company thinks will dominate the continent's smartphone market.
Intel's Lexington Atom chip, the Z2420, will be used to power a new Android device, the Yolo, in Kenya.
Orange could follow the unveiling of a content portal and a retail site in South Africa with the launch of a fully-fledged mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) within the next few years.
MTN Uganda is deploying LTE as part of an $70m investment in the country during 2013.
Operators in Nigeria and Ethiopia are starting to move on LTE for metro areas, but widespread coverage remains far in the future.
Mobile operators in South Africa have long battled to find their feet in the mobile financial services market. Can MTN's Mobile Money buck the trend?
For those wanting to set up a tech company, there's a lot to consider. ZDNet takes a look at some of the major start-up hubs in EMEA and what each can deliver for those wanting to get their own IT business off the ground. Next: Cape Town.
Difficulties at broadband incumbent Telkom and a lack of capacity at the Department of Communications are prompting the private sector to cast doubt on whether the South African government’s plans for greater intervention in the country’s broadband market will succeed.
Emerging markets media empire Naspers has taken a significant minority stake in Dubai-based Souq.com.
Microsoft will need to work hard to convince enterprise users in Africa to migrate off older versions of Windows onto Windows 8.
South Africa’s first commercial LTE service became available in parts of Johannesburg last week, but for most of the country, there's still a long wait for 4G coverage.
Vodafone subsidiary Vodacom has switched on the country's first LTE network in the city of Johannesburg.
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