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Rack Centre Wins Data Cloud Award Excellence for a Second Year Running

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Rack Centre, Africa’s premium Tier III certified colocation data centre services provider has been announced as the winner for a second year running at the 2019 Datacloud Awards in Monaco.  It won the Excellence in Regional Data Centre Middle East and Africa.

In selecting Rack Centre for the award, the august panel of judges took into account the company’s outstanding ecosystem of robust and direct connectivity with over 35 carriers and five undersea cables, its ability to scale its operations through its modular nature and its low proven Power Utilisation Effectiveness despite a challenging climatic and infrastructural environment.

The judges also considered Rack Centre’s service delivery, its outstanding customer satisfaction, achievement of 100% uptime since inception, and its CloudonGroundTM that offers a locally hosted and world class cloud ecosystem to Nigeria and Sub Saharan Africa. Held in Monaco recently, the Datacloud Global Award, organised by BroadGroup, Publisher of the UK based Data Economy recognises teams, products, innovations, initiatives and projects in the global IT industry.

Phillip Low, Chairman of Broadgroup, said the awards helps to define a new era in the IT infrastructure market and acknowledges the inspirational people, innovation and excellence in the data centre, cloud and edge eco-system, and reflect the tremendous success and achievements in diversity, innovation and excellence.

The winners were selected by judges comprised of independent panels of leading professionals from the industry who looked particularly for companies and individuals with evidences of success in performance, innovation in delivering services and high levels of industry’s excellence.

Dr Ayotunde Coker, Managing Director of Rack Centre reacting to the company’s winning the coveted award for the second year’s running commented ” we are truly honoured, delighted and humbled at the award, and thank the judges for recognising Rack Centre for excellence in Middle East and Africa.  A great recognition indeed from highly respected global leaders in the industry, and the leading global industry event in Monaco”.


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Twitter Investigating Global Platform Outage

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Twitter, microblogging and social networking service, said it is working to resolve a global outage of the platform used by hundreds of millions worldwide.

Twitter Investigating Global Platform Outage

The outage which started on Thursday evening marked a new setback for the network, which is fending off accusations of bias over the decision to block a news report critical of Democratic White House candidate Joe Biden.

“We know people are having trouble tweeting and using Twitter. We’re working to fix this issue as quickly as possible,” a company spokesperson told AFP.

Repeated attempts to post a tweet were greeted with the message: “Something went wrong, but don’t fret — let’s give it another shot.”

According to downdetector.com, users on every continent had reported being unable to use the platform, but the outages were concentrated on the east and west coasts of the United States, as well as Japan.

The outage appeared to have started around 21:30 GMT.

“We are continuing to monitor as our teams investigate. More updates to come,” Twitter’s application programming interface site said.


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CcHUB Acquires eLimu, another Kenyan Startup

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Nigerian-based Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) has again moved on to acquire eLimu, another tech company in Kenya.

CcHUB Acquires eLimu, another Kenyan Startup

This is coming b Barely one year after it took control of iHub, Kenya’s foremost incubator and accelerator.

The acquisition of eLimu, a digital educational content provider in the East Africa region, interestingly, was perfected by iHub on behalf of CcHUB.

A statement by CcHUB said the goal is to transform eLimu into the digital education platform arm of the company.

The move may also be part of a growing trend by Nigerian tech founders to grow their frontiers beyond Africa’s largest economy notoriously plagued by insecurity, high foreign exchange volatility, and a business policy environment that is seen as stifling small businesses.

Kenya, with its 51 million population is seen as one of the few relatively stable economies on the continent that is actively encouraging tech businesses.

eLimu, according to the statement, will continue to focus on leveraging cutting edge technology to create interactive and engaging learning content customised to the African context which will be initiated using the existing apps. The acquisition will enable eLimu to scale the apps beyond Kenya.

CcHUB has actively supported EdTech businesses and has also floated a digital education company known as Re:learn, a platform that helps students and schools use technology in smart ways to enhance learning.

“Education is the bedrock of healthy societies,” ‘Bosun Tijani, co-founder, and chief executive officer, CcHUB, said.

“As we continue to contribute to shaping the innovation ecosystem in Africa, accelerating the application of innovation and technology in improving education outcomes will be crucial to driving our overall agenda.”

eLimu has an existing audience of approximately 500,000 teachers and learners. With COVID pushing up interest in eLearning, eLimu said it has seen unprecedented growth rates in recent times.

Some of the services include revision and literacy platforms that make learning fun and engaging for curious children both at school and at home.

The combination of engaging content with proven methods and practice of teaching has ensured that learning outcomes on eLimu improve dramatically for over 500,000 learners.

eLimu also has literacy apps for 6 and 7 year-olds that includes dozens of stories written by Kenyan teachers, illustrated by artists across East Africa, and read by voice actors and celebrities, such as Caroline Mutoko famously known for hosting a morning breakfast show on Kiss 100 FM.

The stories cover different aspects of learning including letter tracing, spelling, and sentence making exercises.

The eLimu platform also has different translations such as English, Swahili, Somali, and Lugbarati.

The company noted an independent study in Dadaab refugee camp which indicated progress in reading fluency 3 times faster than the control group.

“I’m thrilled to see eLimu spread its wings across Africa to make learning fun and engaging for even more children,” Nivi Sharma, founder of eLimu said.

“eLimu will continue to leverage its deep knowledge of the education system to tap into the opportunity to transform learning everywhere.”

As part of the acquisition deal, Abiola Olaniran, founder and CEO of Gamesole, will form part of the management team as eLimu’s Chief Technology Officer.

The statement from CcHUB said it expects Olaniran who has a track record in building high-performing and lucrative technology products to play a key role in transforming eLimu into the leading digital educational content provider on the continent.

 


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Toka, Israeli Cyber Firm Raises $25m in Private Funding

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Toka, Israeli cybersecurity firm, said it raised $25 million in an early stage funding round led by Eclipse Ventures.

Toka, Israeli Cyber Firm Raises $25m in Private Funding

Recall that Toka had announced early in the year that it was selected by the World Bank for the project to enhance Nigeria’s cyber development.

The company claimed that it was serving as an advisor to Nigeria‘s government under a project to design and bolster the African country’s national cyber resilience.

Toka said the funds will be used to further its efforts to develop intelligence-gathering platforms and products and advise governments on building a cyber defence.

“This funding will help us build out our product pipeline and commercialize it as well as work with more governments to help them build integrated cyber defence and resilience,” said Yaron Rosen, Toka president.

Previous investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Dell Technologies Capital and Entrée Capital, participated in the financing round.

Toka recently won a World Bank-sponsored contract to assist the government of Moldova to identify the country’s cybersecurity gaps and recommend a strategy to modernize government mobile device and data security.

That followed similar World Bank contracts in Nigeria and Ghana.


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