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Launched in November last year, the African movie platform NollyLand has announced the availability of its Roku channel to audiences in the United States and Canada.

The Roku Channel had been available since 2014 in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

In a statement to TechMoran Dr. Ngozi Victoria Uti, NollyLand’s founder and CE said, “This is a major step for both NollyLand and Roku. NollyLand is now available to Roku users in North America to watch unlimited Nigerian, Ghanaian, and African Movies.”

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According to a report byngrguardiannews.com, Lagos as well as 60 other cities, in the North Central zone of Nigeria, are set to receive improved broadband services.

The report revealed that MainOne Cable will be in charge of the Lagos area while IHS will be focusing on the North Central states of the country and Abuja.

MainOne, which landed a submarine cable in the country, about four years ago and recently unveiled a Tier III data centre in Lagos, will provide InfraCos services to an expected 20 million people in the state. Read more

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The Middle East and Africa (MEA) tablet market recorded a significant growth in the final quarter of 2014, with holiday purchases and aggressive end-of-year promotions spurring a particularly strong performance in the consumer segment. This is according to the latest figures from the IDC.

According to the IDC, the overall MEA tablet market grew 26.1 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter to total 4.43 million units, with the activities of several Far East manufacturers spurring significant annual growth in shipments of Android (33%) and Windows (131%) tablets. Read more

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ZTE Corporation has selected Mitsumi Distribution as its strategic distribution partner for the continent. The agreement is expected to cover Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Mauritius, Namibia, Tunisia, Cameroon, Madagascar, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Botswana.

The companies have agreed to co-invest in technical support staff, sales, and market development activities to enable the adoption of ZTE’s products; including switches/routers, video conferencing, data centre, WLAN, CCTV and CPE.

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The companies have agreed to co-invest in technical support staff, sales, and market development activities to enable the adoption of ZTE’s products. (Image Source: pctechmag.com)

Hong Chuangye, Marketing Director of MEA Region , ZTE said, “ZTE can leverage Mitsumi’s capabilities and strong presence in Africa to further strengthen our reach within this region. Mitsumi’s service centre, logistics and credit facilities, and market know-how give us the confidence to achieve our business objectives. We are extremely pleased with the partnership and look forward to a fruitful, long-term collaboration.”

Jagat Shah, Chairman and CEO, Mitsumi Distribution said, “Mitsumi is proud to cooperate with ZTE as its strategic distribution partner in Africa. ZTE is ranked as the top vendor for its networking and telecommunication products and will help boost our growing product portfolio. ZTE’s award winning solutions and Mitusmi’s reach of more than 3,000 resellers offers a perfect combination to target customers in this dynamic market.”

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52 African countries are now connected to submarine cables, either directly or by terrestrial cross-border fibre optic networks. 44% of Africans live within a 25-km reach of a fibre node.

The key question now is which cities and suburbs are taking the lead in building access networks? In an attempt to answer this question theFTTH Council Africa, in collaboration with Africa Bandwidth Maps are undertaking research to determine network reach and identify Africa’s most connected cities.

Africa’s inventory of terrestrial transmission networks has more than doubled in the last five years. According to the latest research by Africa Bandwidth Maps, Africa’s total inventory of transmission network edges towards 1 million route kilometres, the continent had a total of 586,707-km of operational fibre optic network by December 2014. This comprises of long-haul, metropolitan and FTTH/B (fibre-to-the-home/building) terrestrial fibre optic networks. Read more

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Phase3 Telecom has revealed plans to begin the deployment of an aerial fiber optic infrastructure from Kano in Nigeria to Gazaoua in the Republic of Niger. According to Phase 3 Telecom, the network will run from Kano state through Katsina state before arriving at Gazaoua. Phase3 also revealed that the cable will be 228 km long. While no solid completion date of the project was given, Phase3 stated that the project is expected to be completed in months to come.

According to Phase3, the Republic of Niger is a landlocked country that borders seven countries; Algeria, Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, and Nigeria. The lack of backbone infrastructure between the Republic of Niger and its neighbors leaves Niger unable to fully enjoy the broadband advantage to its fullest. Read more

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For the last two weeks the Nigerian public has been in a frenzy trying to guess #JIMsBigThing! The only thing that was evident was that whatever Jumia, Infinix and MTN had up their sleeves undoubtedly had to be grand.  To everyone’s delight, #JIMsBigThing was revealed on Monday, March 9th as the spectacular Infinix Hot Note and immediately, it became the fastest selling pre-order in Jumia history.

The Infinix Hot Note is the latest and greatest innovative addition to the Infinix family. For starters, it is powered by a 4000 mAh battery and a uniquely developed charger, that allows 3 times faster-than-normal charging and can last up to 2 days. Yes, wow indeed! “We want to give Nigerians a chance to enjoy a revolutionary smartphone that is tailored to suit their needs. The Infinix Hot Note is a superior alternative to 5.5 inch smartphone and will provide users with a better experience through innovative fast-charge Design,” noted Infinix Mobility Co-founder Benjamin Jiang. 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

Cloud Lending Solutions

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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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