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Teraco setting standards for African Data Centres

Teraco setting standards for African Data Centres | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
Teraco’s Head of Risk and Compliance, Emmi Nicholl says the company is extremely proud of its full certification with no exclusions: “There are very few data centres, certainly in Africa, that have full accreditation. We are proud of ours and remain fully committed to achieving impressive levels of client service excellence and quality.”

Nicholl says the accreditation simply makes the company’s steadfast commitment to quality management official. “This goes beyond us having a certificate for our wall. Teraco is genuinely and fundamentally committed to total quality management; having an undeviating client focus, and a continual emphasis on improving processes throughout the organisation.

The PCI DSS certification is effectively a value-add to Teraco’s clients according to Nicholl: “Teraco does not process card payments, but many of our clients do, so it made sense to tick this box on their behalf.” By attaining the PCI DSS certification, Teraco ensures that robust and comprehensive standards are met, including prevention, detection and appropriate reaction to security incidents.

“Having achieved these accreditations in under one year is a notable achievement,” says Nicholl. “Teraco is now working towards its ISO 27001 certification, an information security management system standard which will again ensure excellent security levels for our clients.”

The SABS, a leading global provider of standards, management systems, business improvement and regulatory approval information, closely audited Teraco’s ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) and found that it meets all the requirements of the ISO 9001 QMS Standard.

Teraco Data Environments is Africa’s first vendor neutral data centre.
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Internet in Africa: Empowerment or exploitation? | Africa | DW.COM | 24.06.2015

Internet in Africa: Empowerment or exploitation? | Africa | DW.COM | 24.06.2015 | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
Millions of users, young and mobile: Africa’s Internet market is lucrative and big ICT companies are grabbing the opportunity to get involved. Whether this will benefit users, was debated at the Global Media Forum.
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A man from Senegal in the audience, who introduce himself als Tijan, is skeptical. "We Africans should not fool ourselves. Be it Facebook, be it Google, be it anyone or any other company in the world – they are coming for business," he says.

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Be-Bound®'s curator insight, July 8, 2015 4:03 AM

The questions asked and the subjects discussed in this forum shows that connecting the world is not a question of saying "we give you technology". It's a matter of involving local people in that challenge that is as much theirs as the one of the companies wanting to bridge the digital divide.

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Internet.org Continues African Expansion with Cell C - Developing Telecoms

Internet.org Continues African Expansion with Cell C - Developing Telecoms | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
Facebook’s Internet.org is continuing its march into Africa through a partnership with South Africa’s third largest operator Cell C.
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Be-Bound®'s curator insight, July 8, 2015 4:09 AM

The march goes on but at this very moment, the main purpose of Internet.org is not achieved. The application is available but nothing is yet in place to connect the unconnected...

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Africa Records Major Increase in Domestic Bandwidth Production | AfPIF 2015

Africa Records Major Increase in Domestic Bandwidth Production | AfPIF 2015 | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
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One of the fastest growing IXPs in Sub-Sahara Africa is NAPAfrica.

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Africa: 'Africa's Internet Penetration to Hit 50 Percent By 2025'

Africa: 'Africa's Internet Penetration to Hit 50 Percent By 2025' | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Channels Television, Mr. John Momoh, has predicted that the level of internet penetration in Africa will rise to 50 per cent by 2025. Internet penetration in the continent currently stands at 16 per cent.
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The total mobile subscriptions count in Africa was 851.13 million at the end of the second quarter of 2014. Ovum forecasts that Africa's mobile subscription will exceed one billion during 2016 and reach 1.23 billion by the end of 2019.

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The Growth of Mobile Gaming in South Africa - AfricanBrains

The Growth of Mobile Gaming in South Africa - AfricanBrains | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
The Growth of Mobile Gaming in South Africa
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Over the past 5 years in South Africa video games are the platform which has experienced the most vigorous growth...

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Teraco plans second Johannesburg datacentre, gets R400bn to do it - htxt.africa

Teraco plans second Johannesburg datacentre, gets R400bn to do it - htxt.africa | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
Teraco will use the extra cash to upgrade and further invest in its data centre infrastructure.
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Airtel, UNICEF pact to provide education content in Africa | The Hindu

Airtel, UNICEF pact to provide education content in Africa | The Hindu | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it

22 February 2015 | Bharti Airtel has partnered with UNICEF to provide health, education and youth-focussed content to its customers in 17 African countries.


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Africa’s MNOs are dazed and confused | TechCentral

Africa’s MNOs are dazed and confused | TechCentral | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
The business logic is clear; only the timing remains to be settled. Everything in telecommunications, including voice, will soon be data. In a world where everything is data, there will be two types of companies. And they will not be mobile operators. There will be content companies and there will be data
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In a world where everything is data, there will be two types of companies.

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Untangling the complexity of interconnect in Africa

Untangling the complexity of interconnect in Africa | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
Liberalised markets create competition, and that creates more operators in the market. But all those voice and data operators don’t usually operate in…
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Liberalised markets create competition, and that creates more operators in the market.

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AMS-IX breaks 3Tbps record

AMS-IX breaks 3Tbps record | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
Dutch internet exchange AMS-IX claims to have broken the data transfer speed record of 3Tbps.
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The use of online video, cloud-based infrastructure, online gaming and internet access via mobile devices is largely to thank for the increase in traffic and the new organisations to connect to AMS-IX include gaming firms Wargaming Interactive and Riot Games.

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Facebook hits 100m user milestone in Africa

Facebook hits 100m user milestone in Africa | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
Facebook has announced that as of June 2014, there are 100 million people coming to Facebook every month across the African continent, with over 80% on mobile.
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Facebook knows that a one-size-fits-all approach won't work when it comes to building products and solutions that address diverse local needs around the world, which is why it is committed to crafting solutions specifically for high-growth markets.

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In Africa, ISPs fill the broadband gap | TechCentral

In Africa, ISPs fill the broadband gap | TechCentral | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
A new Internet service in the remote north of Uganda and the roll-out of 4G in Ghana -- neither involved a traditional mobile operator but both have set the new pattern for Africa’s new broadband deployments. In Uganda, Zoom Wireless was set up by long-time Kenyan Internet
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For a while, it looked as if independent challenger ISPs were a thing of the past as the mobile operators wiped up the burgeoning Internet demand with 3G coverage.

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Cisco predicts 27 million South African Internet users by 2019 | BizNis Africa

Cisco predicts 27 million South African Internet users by 2019 | BizNis Africa | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
BizNis Africa focuses on Africa’s 3 major business economic sectors – ICT (Information and Communications Technology), Mining and Energy.
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South Africans are well on their way to adopt video and by 2019 the citizens would have streamed 43 billion minutes of video content.

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Legacy telcos make peace with Internet services in Africa

Legacy telcos make peace with Internet services in Africa | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
Telecom execs face the facts and believe Web-based services are here to stay, an Ovum poll indicates
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Visa and Airtel Extend Mobile Payments to Seven African Countries - Developing Telecoms

Visa and Airtel Extend Mobile Payments to Seven African Countries - Developing Telecoms | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
Bharti Airtel and Visa have partnered to bring mobile payment services to seven markets in Africa.
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the future of money and the life blood of mobile

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Be-Bound®'s curator insight, April 27, 2015 9:55 AM

Mobile payment is one of the main mobile services used throughout Africa and it is good to see that Airtel and Visa are expending it to 7 new countries. Now the connection issues need to be solved too...

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Meet the digital natives trailblazing internet use in Africa: 6 facts you need to know

Meet the digital natives trailblazing internet use in Africa: 6 facts you need to know | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
In 1998 there were less than 2 million mobile subscription in Africa. Today there are over 630 million.
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About 5.2% of the world population is considered to be digital native - in Africa, the fraction of youth said to be digital native is about 9.2%

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Be-Bound®'s curator insight, April 27, 2015 10:01 AM

Those facts and figures about digital natives in Africa show that the gap between young and older population are sometimes more obvious than what we thought... 

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Douala, Yaoundé internet exchange points to be ready by June

Douala, Yaoundé internet exchange points to be ready by June | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
Cameroon’s two internet exchange points (IXPs), earmarked to be established in the main cities of Douala and Yaoundé, will be ready by June 2015, the ministry of posts and telecoms said.
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LIS Trends: SOUTH AFRICA - Vodacom plans connecting 150,000 homes to fibre broadband

LIS Trends: SOUTH AFRICA - Vodacom plans connecting 150,000 homes to fibre broadband | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
SOUTH AFRICA - Vodacom plans connecting 150,000 homes to fibre broadband http://t.co/QNnPAYQfSv
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Why Google Works

Why Google Works | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
Google works very differently from other companies that have been dubbed "gatekeepers" and that are regulated accordingly. We are not a ferry, a railroad, a telecommunications network, or an electricity grid with only one line serving you a...
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IT spend in SA to hit R64 billion

IT spend in SA to hit R64 billion | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
IT services spending in South Africa is expected to increase 10.5% year on year in 2015 to total $5.7 billion.
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Broadband Infraco’s big growth plans

Broadband Infraco’s big growth plans | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
Broadband Infraco grew its customer base by 300% over the last two years and is planning to continue it strong performance
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Botswana wholesale internet pricing reduced

Botswana wholesale internet pricing reduced | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
Botswana Fiber Networks (BoFiNet) and Botswana Telecommunications Corporations Limited (BTCL) have reduced the wholesale internet pricing by up to 70% so far.
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Botswana Fiber Networks (BoFiNet) and Botswana Telecommunications Corporations Limited (BTCL) have reduced the wholesale internet pricing by up to 70% so far.

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Teraco Data Environments | Video on demand is the rising African star

Teraco Data Environments | Video on demand is the rising African star | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
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Africa’s largest population group (15-24s), regard the Internet as a provider of entertainment, much like TV

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Here's how much bandwidth you've used watching Oscar so far - htxt.africa

Here's how much bandwidth you've used watching Oscar so far - htxt.africa | Internet in Africa | Scoop.it
Teraco Data Environments monitored the traffic that flowed through its data center during Oscar Pistorius' trial.
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The operator of Africa’s busiest internet exchange, Teraco, has been kind enough to share some stats with us relating to the amount of data flowing through its NAPAfrica servers over the course of the trial.

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