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IBM to invest $60m in Africa to expand cloud, analytics skills

IBM is investing $60m in Africa over three years to train students in cloud, big data and analytics

IBM will invest $60m in Africa over three years to expand its technical academy and educational initiatives in the region. The company said it wants to bolster its investment in developing stronger regional capabilities in cloud services, big data and analytics.

IBM, Mubadala joint venture to bring Watson cloud to MENA

IBM is bringing Watson to the Middle East

IBM is teaming up with Abu Dhabi-based investment firm Mubadala Development Company to create a joint venture based in Abu Dhabi that will deliver IBM’s cloud-based Watson service to customers in the Middle East and Northern Afirca (MENA) region.

MainOne unveils Nigerian cloud datacentre

The MainOne datacentre is the company's first in Nigeria

West African telecoms service provider MainOne has unveiled its latest datacentre in Lekki just outside Lagos, Nigeria. The company said it invested in the facility in order to cater to growing local demand for cloud, colocation and disaster recovery services.

African Stock Exchange to rely on hybrid cloud architecture

Dhaneshwar Damry has big plans for Africa

A pan-African vision has inspired the African Stock Exchange which has ambitious plans to tap the potential of the continent using hosted technology and a secure base in Mauritius.

North African SMBs turning to cloud, virtualisation

North African SMBs are starting to look more seriously to cloud platforms and virtualisation as viable IT solutions

The North African market for cloud services is set to grow in 2014 according to analysts at IDC, with increased availability of low-latency bandwidth driving increased usage of cloud services among the region’s SMB sector.

IBM to invest $100m in Africa, bring Watson cloud to continent

Dr. Osamuyimen Stewart, chief scientist t IBM Research Africa and Dr. Kamal Bhattacharya, director of IBM Research Africa at the Lab in Nairobi, Kenya. Source: IBM

In line with previous commitments placing Africa at the heart of IBM’s long-term growth strategy the company announced Thursday that it is bringing its Watson cognitive computing platform to the continent, investing $100m in the initiative. The announcement follows a recently announced $1bn investment in the cloud-based cognitive computing platform, and a massive hardware divestment.

East Africa opens monster datacentre

African fibre network operator and subsidiary of Econet Wireless, Liquid Telecom, this week opened a carrier neutral datacentre in Nairobi.

African fibre network operator and subsidiary of Econet Wireless, Liquid Telecom, this week opened a carrier neutral datacentre in Nairobi.

Facebook taps vendors to drive connectivity in developing world

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Facebook has created an initiative—Internet.org—to bring internet connectivity to the poor and underserved, recruiting a number of telecoms industry vendors as partners. But while the new group cites the importance of mobile operators in bringing connectivity to the unconnected, there are none among the founders.

Old Mutual Kenya: “Lower costs, enhanced flexibility and new revenue streams are making cloud a technology of choice”

Tom Juma is the Head of ICT and Service Delivery for savings and investments firm Old Mutual Kenya and will be a speaker on Day 1 of the Cloud Africa Com at the Sandton Sun Hotel in Johannesburg on 23-24 May. We caught up with him ahead of the show to get his views on the future of cloud services in Africa.

Invisible Children: “Cloud services will see a rapid decline in opex across the continent”

Josh Parolin is the Manager & Developer of awareness organisation Invisible Children, which made headlines recently with the Kony 2012 campaign. He will be a speaker on Day 1 at the Cloud Africa Com at the Sandton Sun Hotel in Johannesburg on 23-24 May. In this interview he shares his views on the future of cloud services in Africa.

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