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Former Yahoo and Netflix executive joins South African startup board

South African startup, Xineoh, who developed a new type of machine learning recommendation engine, announced the appointment of ‘tech giant’, John Robison, to its board of directors. Robison is a senior executive leader with many years of expertise in rapid growth and scalability of technology solutions. He has filled top positions in some of the world biggest tech companies as he was the VP of Engineering at Yahoo, Director of Engineering at Netflix and CTO of Move, Inc, the operator of Realtor.com. Robison will officially join the Xineoh board of…

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South Africa: AWS Direct Connect now available through Teraco data centers

Teraco, a vendor-neutral colocation data centre in South Africa, announced the availability of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect through Teraco’s Johannesburg JB1 and Cape Town CT1 data centres. This will enable customers to directly access AWS services in AWS infrastructure Regions around the world. The benefits of AWS Direct Connect are dedicated connectivity to AWS Regions, consistent network performance, and reduced bandwidth costs, according to the company. AWS Direct Connect is a network connection that brings connectivity between on-premises or colocation environments and the cloud. Enabling organisations to transfer…

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Safaricom expands 4G coverage across Kenya

Kenya’s mobile network operator, Safaricom has announced that 4G network will now be available across all 47 counties. According to the company, there are now one million customers enjoying 4G in Kenya. Safaricom said the milestone was achieved on the back of an expanding 4G network, increased the affordability of 4G smartphones and more affordable data bundles. “The country has consistently stood out as a global innovation powerhouse and a leader in global mobile technology adoption. This milestone further cements Kenya’s position and establishes a strong foundation for future innovation,” said Joseph…

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MTN Ghana to screen MoMo Agents using Agent Registry

MTN Ghana’s General Manager for Mobile Financial Services, Eli Hini has said that MTN Ghana is collaborating with the Bank of Ghana to set up a special registry for the operations of mobile money agents in the country. This development was revealed to Biztechafrica during an exclusive interview after the maiden edition of Mobile Money Agents Awards Night held at the luxurious Swiss Alisa Hotel in Accra. According to him, the new Agent Registry is charged to monitor and manage the operations of mobile financial services agents to ensure that…

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Huawei, Xpress Money partner to grow African mobile money footprint

ICT solutions provider, Huawei, has announced a partnership with Xpress Money, a money transfer brands, to drive mobile money services to more of the worlds unbanked, with a focus placed on the African market. The partnership will give the remittance firm access to Huawei’s mobile money service platform, which has over 100 million mobile money accounts globally. Huawei’s mobile money services platform delivers basic banking transactions in developing countries. The technology is not restricted, and because it works on both smartphones and basic handsets, it has been particularly successful in…

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365 days to build Africa’s first hyperscale data centre

The end of 2017 marks the completion of Africa’s first hyperscale data centre, JB2-Bredell. Owned and operated by Africa’s largest and only vendor neutral data centre, Teraco, the Bredell Hyperscale Data Centre Facility located in Bredell features over 24 MW of power and 6000m² of technical deployment space and is the largest commercial data centre in operation in Africa. The record-breaking build brings with it much anticipation as the continent sees several technology giants choosing to colocate to Africa. Gys Geyser, Head of Infrastructure Development, Teraco says that the build…

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Federal Court refers Apple and ACCC to mediation over warranty claims

The ACCC had initiated legal action against Apple in April for allegedly refusing to provide a free remedy if a faulty device has been taken to a non-approved repairer. The consumer watchdog commenced its investigation following reports relating to “error 53”, which disabled some consumers’ iPads or iPhones after downloading an iOS update. Many consumers who experienced the error had previously taken their devices to third-party repairers, usually to replace a cracked screen, the ACCC said. The investigation led the ACCC to believe that Apple routinely refused to look at…

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Amazon to sell China cloud services unit in $300 million deal

BEIJING (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc’s Chinese partner, Beijing Sinnet Technology Co., said it would purchase Amazon’s Chinese web services business for up to 2 billion yuan ($301 million), ending the U.S. firm’s cloud-computing business in the country.   Sinnet, which began operating the Amazon services in August 2016, said in a filing late on Monday the pending purchase would help the unit “comply with local laws and regulations and further improve service quality and security.” Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday morning. Chinese regulators…

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