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The need for enlightenment in the community led Humphrey Musila, a US-based Kenyan student to launch African Tutor an online platform where young people across the African continent can access information such as scholarships, jobs and many other opportunities.

According to Musila, the idea was born last year November while in college and he registered the company in Kenya in a move to fill the gap.

“I realized that there was a wide gap between young people in a country like US and countries in Africa in terms of access to opportunities and resources. Despite many miles away from my home country, I decided it was my responsibility to bridge that gap by giving back to my community- to the best of my knowledge.” Read more

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The Botswana Innovation Hub, in collaboration with Microsoft, the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP), Global Broadband Solutions, Vista Life Sciences, BoFiNet, Adaptrum and USAID-NetHope, has launched a new TV white spaces (TVWS) pilot project.

The project, known as Project Kgolagano, will provide internet connectivity and telemedicine services to local hospitals and clinics, which will enable access to specialised medicine in Gaborone and other locations around the world.

TV white spaces is a technology that enables the delivery of broadband using dynamic spectrum access. Unused spectrum on the frequency range – commonly used to deliver television channels – is used and known as TV white space or TVWS. Microsoft through its 4Afrika initiative has launched similar pilots across Africa including Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania and Ghana. Read more

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Cloud Lending Solutions, the only end-to-end lending platform built natively on salesforce.com, today announced a strategic agreement with BDO Solutions to bring the company’s non-bank online lending platform to East Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Nearly three billion individuals, entrepreneurs and small businesses worldwide are often shut out from traditional banks when trying to secure microfinance funding. The alliance with BDO Solutions offers a significant opportunity to expand Cloud Lending’s suite of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications to microfinance institutions (MFIs). The platform includes origination, underwriting, servicing, collections and reporting capabilities bringing an efficient solution to manage loan portfolios, increase transaction volume and rapidly bring new products to developing markets. Read more

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Running a small business is challenging, not only when it comes to designing and managing the best product or service, but also when it comes to presenting your creation to the public. When compared to large companies, there’s certainly less help available for critical processes like establishing a mobile online presence.

According to research conducted by the Endurance International Group, small businesses in the US are currently vastly underserved in that arena — 71 percent of small businesses queried said they would benefit from having a mobile app, but 78 percent did not have one. Endurance is stepping in to rectify that disparity with an auto app builder called Instant AppMachine, a collaboration between Endurance and The Netherlands-based tech developer AppMachine, and announced it in a bit of a party atmosphere at SXSW.

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At Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC), IT News Africa caught up with Erik Dahlman who is currently one of Ericsson’s top 5G experts.

During the course of the interview, Dahlman gives a brief overview of what 5G technology is. Additionally, he discusses when 5G will be rolled-out as well as gives an estimated forecast of when the service will be introduced into the African continent.

Dahlman also gives an explanation on how 5G can be utilised as well as how it will benefit the connected world.

 

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MTN Group today announced it would be the first African company to offer Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect to business customers across multiple countries on the continent.

The new service will leverage the extensive footprint of MTN’s Global MPLS network, to provide customers with connectivity between their data centres or businesses and the AWS EU Ireland region. This will give enterprises across Africa a dedicated link with which they can access the flexible, scalable and reliable AWS cloud.

“The relationship with Amazon Web Services is an important step in our plans to address the needs of enterprise customers in emerging markets, particularly Africa,” says MTN Group Chief Enterprise Officer, Mteto Nyati. Read more

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Two surveys – one low-tech and one high-tech – gathered data on phone habits among market traders and mobile bankers.

A recent study by telecoms firm Ericsson predicts there will be more than 635m mobile telephone subscriptions in Africa by the end of the year, with this set to rise to more than 1bn by the end of the decade.

This staggering growth is echoed on a micro level by a survey carried out by techno- logy group the Co-Creation Hub.

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Mozilla has revealed that the Firefox OS will soon expand to Africa. The Firefox OS ecosystem has gained support from three new key partners in the region: Airtel, MTN South Africa and Tigo, operated by Millicom, are the first carriers working with Mozilla to soon bring first Firefox OS smartphones to Africa.

“We are proud to see that with Airtel, MTN South Africa and Tigo, Firefox OS gains additional support to soon extend the Firefox OS footstep into Africa”, says Rick Fant, Mozilla’s VP Planning and Ecosystem. “The continued growth of Firefox OS holds great promise for enabling millions more people to access the mobile Web at an affordable cost, while helping to remove control points in today’s closed mobile ecosystems.” Read more

Cloud Computing set for massive growth in SA & Kenya

Rapidly expanding bandwidth capacities, following the landing of undersea cables, have led to the proliferation of data centres and established a solid platform for the development of cloud computing services in South Africa and Kenya. Enterprises are steadily embracing outsourcing and managed services for various business and technological benefits, further driving migration to cloud computing.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Overall Cloud Computing Market in South Africa and Kenya, finds that the market earned revenues of $114.6 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $288.0 million in 2018. Software as a Service will become the most popular cloud computing platform. Read more