South African solar-powered tablet aims to enable e-learning in rural areas

There have been multiple attempts in the past couple of years by African companies to market African-designed tablets. VMK (Congo), Encipher (Nigeria), Nhava (Zimbabwe), and GIL (Ghana) all come to mind, with Congo’s VMK being the most successful. As of mid-2014, all are built in China and run on Android. (VMK tablets and smartphones will be manufactured in Congo-Brazzaville later in 2014.) Though re-branded Chinese tablets, the tablets are still a low-cost alternative to more expensive devices like the iPad.

Source: Oafrica

Business Connexion unveils public cloud for SMEs

Business Connexion, has officially announced its latest public cloud offering, which is set to offer small, medium and large businesses with the sort of functionality usually reserved for huge enterprises.

Business Connexion’s public cloud offers fully white-labelled solutions that its clients can on-sell to clients of their own. This makes it an enablement channel, not just for the company, but also for end users, and empowers entrepreneurs to provide services that would previously require enormous manpower and infrastructure.

Source: ITNews Africa

Google appoints Upperlink as SMB reseller for West Africa

Google has appointed Upperlink as its premier Small and Medium Business (SMB) reseller for West Africa.

As part of the Apps Reseller programme, Upperlink will receive training, support and deployment tools from Google, as well as access to APIs for integrating Google Apps into customers' business operations. Upperlink has transitioned from being an authorized to a premier reseller of the Google Apps suite of communication and collaboration tools.

Source: Telecompaper

Inventor of Africa’s first medical tablet wins international award

Arthur Zang, an IT engineer from Cameroon, is one of five Rolex Award young laureates that will receive funding for an innovative invention that has the potential to change the world.

Zang was announced as a winner at a ceremony at the Royal Society scientific institution in London this week. Zang, along with the four other recipients, will receive 50,000 Swiss Francs (around R 593 000) to advance his project and will also gain access to the Rolex Awards family of former laureates and jury members for future advice and guidance.


Computing - In Brief

- South African start-up Vumatel, which recently won a project to deploy a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Parkhurst, an upmarket suburb of Johannesburg, is reportedly planning to deploy fibre-optic broadband to around 200,000 homes in around 100 locations across South Africa over the next three to four years, at an estimated cost of ZAR2 billion-ZAR3 billion (USD186 million-USD279 million).

Africa: U.S.$35 Raspberry Pi Could Round Up Computer Viruses

A computer costing only US$35, the Raspberry Pi, could be used to create a firewall to improve 'security hygiene' in developing countries, says the researcher behind the idea.

Internet users in developing countries have risen from 408 million in 2005 to an estimated 1,942 million this year, according to UN agency the International Telecommunication Union.

But many people in these countries lack home internet access, so they often rely on internet cafés, with old computers and slow and unreliable internet connections - and which carry a higher cybersecurity risk.

Source: SciDevNet

Microsoft 4Afrika Launches Women-Only Cloud Startup Academy in Morocco

Microsoft 4Afrika, the Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Morocco (AFEM), and INWI today officially launched the Cloud Startup Academy in Morocco to help young Moroccan women especially recent graduates or job seekers launch innovative startups, based on the latest Cloud technology.

Source: Techmoran

Zitouna Bank chooses IBM cloud for core banking systems

IBM announced that Zitouna Bank has selected cloud capabilities consisting of IBM systems, software and services to transform its core banking platform and develop new services for customers.

Source: Banking Technology

Laptop ‘tops other ICT tools important for e-learning’

The information and communication technology (ICT) device with greatest potential for education and training is laptop, whereas Facebook is the most popular social media, according to a new survey of e-learning professionals in Africa.

Source: SciDevNet

Etisalat Misr to deploy Huawei’s 400G core router

Huawei Technologies has announced that mobile network operator Etisalat Misr will deploy NE5000E, the vendor’s 400G core router, as core nodes for the national IP backbone network (IPBB) in Egypt. According to Huawei, the routers will help build ‘a future-proof, large-bandwidth and highly reliable convergence backbone network, which will satisfy the broadband strategy of Etisalat Misr and the development requirements of broadband services of the Egyptian Ministry of Communication’.