ON this month’s cover, our focus is on the value additions that Africa could derive from integrating the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) into the Cloud. The patently disruptive strength of Cloud-computing which has manifestly increased frontiers of prosperity even in the milieu of trending global recession is as jaw-dropping, inventive and combustible. The cover story which we serve you this month is: GALVANISING SMEs IN THE CLOUD.
In developed and developing societies, the exponential adoption of Cloud in business and societal integration holds similar promise of a better and more efficient society. Public and private institutions are generally turning to the cloud in order to be more productive. The experts see the cloud as a platform for huge collaborations and the institutions could not agree less that the cloud flourishes with exponentially growing amounts of data that help them better support the customer base and the citizens they serve. It is a platform which helps the institutions harness new frontiers of prudent capital investments and efficient operating costs.
Microsoft, AWS, Google and Salesforce have been rated as the leading cloud platforms on the basis of trust which remains one of the general principles of engaging on the virtual space. But how are African institutions applying themselves to the opportunities that abound in the cloud? How are the global leading entities in cloud architecture supporting African startups, entrepreneurs and governments to connect with the opportunities that promote increased productivity, efficient costs, and prosperity in the cloud?
By and large, what are the efforts being made by stakeholders to activate trust in the cloud infrastructure in Africa? Will the cloud infrastructure providers continue to strengthen the partnership on the continent in order to churn out innovative platforms in cloud technology, capacity, trust and compliance that will help private and public institutions work better for everyone? Read details in our Big Issue.
What influenced the decision of Blue Label to increase its stake in Cell C from 35 to 45 per cent? Why was the 4G sale in Egypt met with cold shoulders and what is GSMA doing about it? What is MTN Ghana planning to do in order to meet up with its 4G spectrum obligations? What is contained in the deal between South Sudanese ISP and O3b for bandwidth development? Read details in Telecom & IT Money.
Take a peep into the Cashless World and savour how RedCloud Technologies Partners with Innovectives to Drive Agency Banking in Nigeria, why MTN abandoned mobile money service in South Africa, how Orange is deepening mobile money in Africa, what Express Pay is doing in Ghana and the take of Tanzanian authorities on mobile money licensing. In Wireless World, get details on how Algerian cellcos were awarded 4G LTE spectrum and the plans for services launch. Also read detail of how Telecom Eqypt is prospecting for additional spectrum even as other operators shunned LTE.
In Global Scope, ICANN is now under a new management structure. Read how authority was wrestled from the USA. What informed the collaboration between GSMA and the World Customs Organisation? Other headline stories are: Mobile phone market peaks at 2 billion units a year – study, Wi-Fi Alliance delivers LTE-U coexistence test plan, EU finally agreed to abolish roaming charges and Facebook unveils slimmed-down Messenger for emerging markets.
In Business Central, the stealthy visit of Mark Zuckerberg took the centre stage. What were the high points of the Facebook CEO’s visit and of what importance is it to Africans? As usual, our News pages are loaded with exciting developments in the ICTs ecosphere.
There is so much to read in Computer.Com. Get the juicy details on the headline news: IPv6 Council Advocates Adoption of New Internet Protocol, Nigeria posts growth of Internet domain names, More African countries to automate IP registration and Fujitsu in talks to combine PC business with Lenovo. Digital Broadcasting houses the following headlines: Zimbabwe diverts universal fund for broadcast digitalization, CNBC Africa launched on StarTimes Nigeria, In Ghana, TV licence law to be amended and South Africa to begin switching off analogue TV in October. Fill yourself in with the details.
In the Executive Forum read up what Jimson Olufuye told Clifford Agugoesi on how Internet has helped African economies and his perspective on Internet governance. The growing tribes of mobile broadband subscribers have a lot to chew in Consumer Scope where the 4G LTE offering by MNOs has been ‘clinically’ dissected. Discourse provides the subtle details of the growing rivalry between Google and IBM.
You have lots to read in Perspective, Product Review and Digital Cars. From cover to cover, it is truly engaging, isn’t it? Read ICT news on the go at www.africatelecomit.com
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