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MEA x86 Server Market Enjoys Strong Growth in Q3 2013



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The Middle East and Africa (MEA) x86 server market played host to significant year-on-year growth in the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC).

Referencing its latest ‘EMEA Quarterly Server Tracker’, the research and advisory firm today announced that the MEA x86 server market expanded 9.9% in volume during Q3 2013, with revenue rising 10.6% over the same period.

The Saudi market was the standout performer of the quarter in the GCC, registering strong year-on-year volume growth of 16.4%.

 “Several major deals were completed with various government ministries, banks, and education institutes during the quarter, combining to drive the strong growth seen in Q3,” says Zeeshan Gaya, research manager for servers and systems at IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.

“The UAE market also exhibited strong year-on-year growth, with shipments increasing 13.0% on the back of key projects taking place in the government and banking sectors.”

In contrast the so-called ‘Other GCC’ (OGCC) bloc of countries, comprising Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar, suffered a marginal 1.8% decline in volume over the same period, although there was a significant year-on-year increase of 22.6% in revenue.

 The growth in revenue came as a direct consequence of the average selling price of a server increasing 24.8% compared to Q3 2012.

As expected, the Egyptian market slumped 36.6% year on year in volume terms as a result of severe project delays and cancellations brought about by the ongoing political instability in the country and associated uncertainty.

Indeed, the only noticeable projects seen in Egypt during Q3 2013 were for the Egyptian Stock Exchange and within the defense sector.

Turkey also experienced a downward trend in the third quarter of the year, with unit shipments dipping 8.8% year on year.

The government, banking, and telecommunications sectors were the key IT spenders in the country during this period.

“The Turkish government is proactively taking necessary measures to increase the economic and political resilience of the country,” sa

idAdriana Rangel, research director for systems and infrastructure solutions at IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.

“It is also striving to improve the investment environment in an attempt to facilitate and stimulate continuous economic growth. Additionally, local elections scheduled for mid-2014 are expected to have a positive impact on IT spending in the country.”

Strong year-on-year shipment growth of 35.7% and 21.8% was recorded in Morocco and Tunisia, respectively, stimulated by the stable nature of the political situation in these countries and corresponding investments in the government, banking, and telecommunications sectors. Overall, the North Africa region performed well in Q3 2013, registering a 20.4% increase in volume when compared to the corresponding quarter in 2012.

The Kenyan and Nigerian markets secured the highest growth seen across the entire MEA region in Q3 2013, registering an annual shipment growth of 67.1% and 62.8%, respectively.

“Sizeable projects conducted by financial institutions and telecom operators contributed to the strong server growth seen in Nigeria, while the majority of large deals conducted in Kenya during the third quarter of the year were in the banking and utilities sectors, with the government sector taking a back seat,” said Gaya.

South Africa experienced a 6.6% year-on-year increase in server shipments, driven primarily by investments in the government and financial services sectors. “Server uptake in the small and medium-sized business (SMB) space was sluggish in South Africa during Q3 2013, with the majority of spending coming from the enterprise segment,” continued

Gaya. “The purchasing pattern among mid-to-large organizations has been gradually shifting from standalone servers to converged and integrated solutions. However, some large government deals are in the pipeline for Q4, with a particular emphasis on egovernment initiatives such as smart energy management solutions and smart city programs.”

Growth was seen across all the major form factors in the MEA region during Q3 2013.

Blades were the market’s strongest performers, with shipments up 27.5% year on year, followed by rack-optimized and tower servers, with increases of 8.7% and 3.2%, respectively. Bucking the trend somewhat, shipments of density-optimized servers were down 22.9% year on year across the MEA region.

Shipments of one-socket servers grew an impressive 24.8% over Q3 2012, securing market share of 30.4%, up 3.6 percentage points higher than last year.

Two-socket servers remain the dominant socket capability, however, comprising more than half of the MEA market with 65.1% unit share. Four- and eight- socket servers continued to grow in the third quarter of the year, recording year-on-year volume increases of 24.3% and 47.4%, respectively.


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Samsung Launches the Incredible Crystal UHD TV



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TV has become a massive part of our lives from those must-watch series to the sports matches that have us glued to the screen. World-renowned for pioneering innovation in this popular category of technology, Samsung has now launched Crystal UHD TV.

Featuring Samsung’s cutting-edge Crystal Display, the new Crystal UHD TV will bring high-resolution content to life in a whole new way, delivering a viewing experience like never before in a mainstream UHD TV.

Controling all function with Voice Assistant and enjoying multiple contents on one screen with Multi View are just some of the welcome advancements on this incredible TV.

“Samsung TV has been constantly paving the path for technological innovations by offering consumers a new TV experience and a future for global TV industry. This is the core driving force that makes Samsung No. 1 TV for 14 consecutive years. Crystal UHD builds on this success in ways that people will truly love.” said Dudu Mokholo, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung Central Africa.

Crystal UHD is the purest form of picture quality with 1 billion rich and vibrant colours with guaranteed crisp and vivid images time over time. Its features include:

Real 4K UHD Resolution – 4K UHD TV goes beyond regular FHD with 4x more pixels, offering your eyes the sharp and crisp images they deserve. See it like you’re really in the scene.

Lifelike colour expression – Immerse yourself in the picture with a wider range of colour. Dynamic Crystal Display delivers lifelike variations so you can see every subtlety.

Crystal Processor 4K – Experience picture quality that moves you, made possible by a single chip that orchestrates colour, optimises high contrast ratio, and masters HDR.

See the picture, not the TV – A sleek and elegant design that draws you to the purest picture. Crafted with an effortless minimalistic style from every angle and a boundless that sets new standards. You will see only the most immersive cinematic experience ever.

Get what you want just by speaking up – Everything is so much easier with voice control. Now you can quickly access favourite content, get answers, and even control your TV and other connected devices around your home. Just tell it what you want.

See multiple contents at the same time – Multi View splits your TV screen in two, putting the content you’re watching on one side, and mirroring your mobile screen on the other. This means you don’t have to look away from the TV screen to glance at your phone anymore.

Get gaming faster – Get into the game faster with Game Enhancer, which optimises your screen so you have more control with barely noticeable input lag. Experience smooth gaming in its most impressive form without motion blur and judder.

Decorate your space with your favourite photos  – When you project your favourite photos onto the TV screen, the TV itself blends into your décor elegantly. You can lay out multiple photos in a beautiful collage or place them in a slide show for to keep the visual fresh and on point.

Clean up the clutter – Samsung UHD offers a neat solution for keeping all your TV cables tidy, hiding them away right in the stand. This helps you reduce your clutter so you can fully enjoy your TV’s beautiful design.

Samsung Crystal UHD clearly does what many TVs cannot, in the most amazing ways.

The Crystal UHD TV is now available at various retailer stores and retailer online pages. For extra peace of mind, Crystal UHD TV comes with a 24 month warranty.

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FG to Boost Artificial Intelligence



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Federal government on Tuesday announced that it has developed initiatives for the adoption of Artificial Intelligence technology in Nigeria.

FG to Boost Artificial Intelligence


The establishment of a Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Nigeria (CFAIR) is also expected soon.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said that AI applications enable innovative solutions, improve risk assessment, better planning, and faster knowledge-sharing.

Abdullahi Usman Gambo, director of IT Infrastructure Solution, NITDA, spoke at a workshop in commemoration of International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

He noted that AI would open up opportunities for access to information and also help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations (UN) in the 2030 Agenda.

Gambo said: “Artificial Intelligence is poised to revolutionize the way we go about our daily lives – from governance to business, legislation to medicine to defence, etc. We can all agree that AI is humanity’s new frontier.

“We have developed initiatives for adoption of emerging technologies such as AI, strengthen cybersecurity, digital skills for digitally excluded citizens while enhancing the regulatory and market environment to increase access to ICTs, and promote seamless access to information.

“We believe AI and associated emerging technologies will completely enhance the speed, efficiency and effectiveness of information gathering during the exchange of data or the ways of communication,” he said.

Delivering his paper, Yushau Shuaib, publisher of PRNigeria, described access to information as the right of the citizens to accurate, transparent, and timely facts and figures.

The former National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesman stated that governments at all levels have obligations to communicate with people, while the public has the right to know and criticize authorities through constructive engagement.

The media executive, however, appealed to Nigerians not to use social media platforms for fake news dissemination.

“The merits of new media on affordability, accessibility and instant delivery are occasionally marred by the fact that social media is sometimes used to spread fake news”, he said.

Shuaib called for collaboration of stakeholders in ensuring appropriate legislation through public awareness campaigns in order to improve access to universal information.

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Samsung Unveils Technologically Advanced 2020 Consumer Products



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Samsung Electronics Nigeria has unveiled its 2020 consumer products range. The launch which held in Victoria Island, Lagos showcased the latest in its revolutionary and innovative QLED and Crystal UHD Television Series  along with Wind Free Air Conditioners, Side by Side Refrigerators and Drum Washing Machines.

Keeping with its resolve to utilize its transformative ideas and technologies to shape the future and inspire the whole world, Samsung has once again demonstrated its determination to continuously redefine the living space and entertainment of its customers.

According to Mr. Caden Chiyeon Yu, Managing Director, Samsung Electronics Nigeria, “QLED uses exceptional and revolutionary technology which offers an unparalleled visual and auditory adventure from the comfort of your living room. QLED series is available in 4K or 8K and from 58″ to 98”, and was designed with options to fit any space and budget”. For Crystal UHD Television, Mr. Yu said, with cutting-edge Crystal Display, the new Crystal UHD TV will bring high-resolution content to life in a whole new way, delivering a viewing experience like never before in a mainstream UHD TV.

Also showcased at the launch were the new Windfree Air Conditioner, Drum Washing Machines and Side by Side refrigerators. The Windfree Air Conditioner is designed specially with the latest technology to provide coolness in quick time while ensuring that users don’t experience any chills through out its use. It also has an in-built digital inverter which reduces energy consumption by 73 percent. .

The newly introduced drum washing machine of 2020 from Samsung is very efficient and is built with eco bubble technolgy which allows it to provide cleaning of very dirty garments or clothes without the use of water.  Futhermore, the new Side by Side Refrigetor was built with Spacemax technology which has enabled  Samsung to offer more spacious interior without increasing the external dimentions or compromising energy efficiency.

Also speaking at the event, Mrs. Oluwaremilekun Adesola-Ogunsan, Head, Consumer Electronics, Samsung Nigeria stated that “Samsung understands the economic diffulties currently being experienced in the country and has consistently produced pocket friendly premium consumer products. We are very consistent in our approach as we understand that our customers like the good things of life and we have provided that without compromising our standards”. “So I can say boldy that there is a Samsung for everybody regardless of your income stream” She added.

In 2019, the Samsung consumer range of products received universal praise for its innovative quality and design and numerous pioneering features. This year Samsung has added even more beneficial features which its customers will appreciate in great deal.


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