Tackling Africa’s data centre market

07 May 2024

Africa's data centre segment is booming as demand explodes across the continent. Sibongile Thobakgale, Project Sales Manager (Data Centre) for Southern Africa at Aggreko, outlines what's hot and what's not.

Afica is growing in the data centre space. In one of the meetings I attended, it was dliscussed that the big data centre players want ito be a 1GW industry.

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Earth observation’s unique role in Africa...

07 May 2024

Daniel Batty, space & policy analyst, Access Partnership

Daniel Batty, space & policy analyst, Access Partnership

It is trite to state that we live in the age of data. Advancements in computing have augmented every sector of society and the economy, with these effects set to increase drastically with the introduction and adoption of artificial intelligence in different sectors. However, this is dependent on access to high-quality data, which is the lifeblood of computing and decision-making. An increase in the quantity and quality of data is directly proportional to an increase in service offerings and insights.

One of the most influential and important data streams impacting development initiatives in Africa is geospatial data generated by Earth observation satellites. These satellites may be fitted with a number of different camera lenses and sensors, enabling the satellite to capture a wide range of different data. This may include standard optical images, thermal imagery to monitor heat levels and outputs, and synthetic aperture radar to monitor changes in soil, urbanisation, and deforestation. The data captured by these lenses and sensors form the basis for important government and private sector decision-making on town planning, agriculture investment, mining and mineral extraction, ocean conservation, and fisheries, etc.

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Enhancing and advancing critical communications for the benefit of all

07 May 2024

Mladen Vratonjić, Board chair, TCCA

Mladen Vratonjić, Board chair, TCCA

In today’s time, full of security challenges and unexpected situations, both those caused by man and those where nature plays the main role and which affect everyday life and business, it has been proven time and time again, all around the world, that having robust and reliable communications systems is essential when managing major events, whether planned or unplanned.

TCCA’s Critical Communications World (CCW), the most significant world event dedicated exclusively to critical communications, is coming this year to the region, to Dubai. CCW aims to bring closer and showcase the best in critical communications, from products and services to case studies and future technologies across narrowband and broadband networks, for visitors around the world, and especially from the Middle East and Africa.

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Optimising mobile apps for healthcare

15 April 2024

Galen Murdock, CEO and co-founder, ShareMy.Health

Galen Murdock, CEO and co-founder, ShareMy.Health

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Optimizing health care with mobile applications and services offers huge benefits to professionals and patients. But problems with internet connectivity can blunt the effectiveness of mobile health solutions in communities and rural areas.

In developing nations in Africa and Asia, where mobile infrastructure can vary wildly in quality, connectivity issues can have devastating impacts on health care. And yet, these challenges can be overcome, maximising the positive health outcomes from seamless and accurate data sharing over wireless networks.

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