IBM began rolling out its Watson supercomputer system across Africa on Thursday, saying it would help to address continental development obstacles as diverse as medical diagnoses, economic data collection and e-commerce research.
Ethiopia's state-run Ethio Telecom said on Thursday it had picked Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's second largest telecom equipment maker, to roll out a high-speed 4G network across the capital Addis Ababa.
The introduction of the service is part of a $1.6 billion deal signed in July and August between the Ethiopian firm, Huawei and ZTE, China's second-biggest telecoms equipment maker, to expand mobile phone infrastructure throughout the Horn of Africa country.
African smartphone users will soon have an alternative means to get round the power shortages afflicting much of the world's poorest continent - a portable charger that relies on hydrogen fuel cells.
British company Intelligent Energy plans to roll out 1 million of the new chargers in mid-December, mainly in Nigeria and South Africa, after successfully testing them in Nigeria over the last five months, its consumer electronics managing director, Amar Samra, said.
Better U.S.-Iranian relations would be very welcome for South African mobile phone operator MTN Group as it has been unable to repatriate around $450 million from a unit in Iran due to sanctions, a company spokesman said.
Johannesburg-based MTN, Africa's largest mobile phone operator, said its funds had been blocked since early last year because of Washington's sanctions against Tehran.
UAE Etisalat's planned deal to buy a majority stake in Maroc Telecom will be finalized in 1-2 months, Morocco's Minister of Foreign Affairs told reporters on Wednesday.
France's Vivendi SA in July entered exclusive talks with Etisalat - the United Arab Emirates No.1 telecom operator - to sell its 53 percent stake in Maroc Telecom for 4.2 billion euros ($5.54 billion) in cash.
Morocco's government owns 30 percent of Maroc Telecom, with the remaining 17 percent publicly traded.
A $210 million project to lay fibre optic network across Ivory Coast should allow the West African country to connect up to 30 percent of its population to the Internet within 5 years, boosting economic growth, the technology minister said.
Chinese telecoms firm Huwaei began work last year on the first stage of the 6,700 km network - a 1,400 km cable running through the west of the country from the southwestern port city of San Pedro to Ferkessedougou in the central north.