Airtel, UBA Partner on Mobile Wallets

Airtel Money and United Bank for Africa (UBA) have announced an exciting partnership that enables UBA customers to seamlessly link their accounts to their Airtel Money wallets.

The partnership allows customers to fully integrate their accounts, to move funds between accounts, check their balances, make purchases including airtime, data bundles and online shopping etc. using Airtel Money.

Commenting on the latest partnership, Theresa Adade, Head of Operations, Airtel Money said “We are delighted to partner UBA to offer our joint customers the convenience of integrating their accounts and to benefit from the limitless options available from UBA and Airtel Money. This collaboration promises to enrich the experience of our customers as they transact from anywhere in the country and beyond.

The partnership also widens the transaction channel for all Airtel Money customers and agents across the country – giving them access to E-value at UBA branch networks nationwide”.

She continued “Airtel Money has been in forefront of innovation in the mobile money space through such collaborations and we look forward to the wonderful opportunities this partnership will avail to our joint cherished customers”.

On his part, Johnson Olakunmi, Head, Digital Banking Sales at UBA said “This service has been carefully designed in alignment with UBA’s strategy of democratizing the delivery of banking services across all levels. We believe that this new services will create the much needed bridge to excellent banking services offered by UBA while offering unmatched convenience for Airtel Money users.”

The partnership will also extend UBA’s coverage through the over 20,000 Airtel Money agent points nationwide. Mutual customers of UBA and Airtel Money can easily deposit and withdraw cash from their bank accounts at any Airtel Money agent point.

Airtel Money is Ghana’s most innovative mobile money platform and a sub brand of Airtel – Ghana’s best Data and Internet Services Provider.
Source: Biztechafrica

Openserve and Huawei Join Forces

Openserve, a leading integrated communications company, and Huawei, a leading information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, have jointly announced the successful deployment of a high-speed fibre packet and optical transport network. This will enable Openserve to respond to the exponential growth in demand for data services across South Africa, with trial results indicating a seven-fold increase in the speed of fibre deployment.

The network will support 8Tbps per fibre, with one pair of fibre supporting 400 000 families with 20Mbps bandwidth per family concurrently. It uses a future-oriented Software Defined Networking (SDN) architecture based on IP and optical synergy. The core network deployment started in Gauteng and is currently being rolled out nationally.

Openserve is currently in the process finalization phase before implementation and is investigating future services which would also use SDN architecture.

Alphonzo Samuels, CEO of Openserve, said, “We insisted on this architecture, when we began designing our packet and optical transport network in 2014.

“With the quick service provisioning and smart management that SDN brings, we can quickly develop more innovative services to meet various customer requirements, improving our competitive position in South Africa’s telecom market. The successful deployment of the packet and optical transport network will be the first step in reconstructing our network architecture in the future. I am proud of my team and look forward to further successes in follow-up cooperation with Huawei.”

David Wang, President of Huawei Network Product Line, said “We are honoured to provide Openserve with our leading SDN based transport solution which includes IP and optical transmission systems and a SDN controller. The long-term partnership between Openserve and Huawei is helping propel rapid development of the SDN industry. Huawei will continue to improve its innovative SDN solutions, helping Openserve achieve greater business success.”

Openserve will continue to collaborate in SDN Innovation, from transport network to cloud service, in order to meet the challenges of a digital future.

Source: Itnewsafrica

Cybersecurity Skills Gap is a Danger to Businesses

The number of cyber attacks being carried out globally is continuously growing, and has seen significant acceleration in the last five years. A recent study by PwC found that the number of cyber security incidents across all industries rose by 38% in 2015 – the biggest increase in the 12 years since the global study was first published. As hacking tools become simpler and easier to use, even the most amateur hacker is now able to deliver professional-level threats into targeted organisations.

Although South African companies are increasingly becoming targets for cyber attacks, many businesses are ill equipped to deal with the threat – having outdated systems and strategies. Security firm Kaspersky Lab recently found that 7% of all South African organisations experienced a cyber attack in the last year, alone. Compounding the problem is a lack of qualified local professionals in the cyber security business.

Cybersecurity job growth is growing at three times the pace of other IT jobs, but according to ISACA over 84% of organisations believe that 50% or less of applicants for security jibs are qualified. Some businesses are experiencing delays of over 6 months to find qualified security candidates. Compounding this, many of those who are qualified or trained in this area are leaving the country.
On a positive note, we have seen that more and more businesses are becoming aware of the looming threats and are enquiring around ways in which they can protect themselves, which is a step in the right direction. While we appreciate that not all businesses have the budget to implement a full security solution, or even to have a security professional on their payroll, but there are still steps that even smaller businesses can take to minimise the risk of being hacked or breached.
It is important to find a partner or provider who can offer you the best solution, suited and tailored to your business model, as there is no “one size fits all” approach to security. The approach needs to take into account a business’ infrastructure, applications and data as these differ from business to business.

In a standard day, an employee may use their personal device to check email, use public applications to browse the internet and upload files like presentations to a public forum like Dropbox, make phone calls, use business apps via a public or private cloud and access their files and work from anywhere. This showcases the different areas in which security is essential; and the list will continue to grow as technology continues to evolve and change the business landscape.

Security needs to become a top priority in all businesses, no matter the size or industry in which they operate. Consideration needs to be given to how best to face security challenges, both long and short term, and processes need to be established for dealing with security related emergencies. The time for updating outdated systems, or implementing new ones, is now.

Source: Itnewsafrica

Galaxy Note7 Banned On SAA Flights

South African Airways has banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones on all of its flights as of this week.

“SAA has taken a decision to prohibit the [device]. The decision has been taken based on safety considerations in the interests of passengers, crew and property. The decision will be effective on all SAA flights from all stations globally as from tomorrow, Wednesday, 19 October,” said the national carrier.

The prohibition means the Galaxy Note7 device is prohibited completely and may not be carried by travellers on their persons, in carry-on baggage, in checked-in baggage or as cargo.

“We initially placed a restriction on the use of the device, where we prohibited the charging of this specific model on board our aircraft. However, the recall of the device by the manufacturer, based on safety considerations and the announcements made by regulatory authorities in some key markets we fly to, have left us with no option but to comply,” SAA spokesman Tlali Tlali said.

Subsequent to the announcement by the manufacture to recall the Galaxy Note7, regulators in various jurisdictions and countries have announced a ban on the device in respect of air transportation. The announcement by the regulators obligates SAA to implement and comply with such a ban, Tlali said.

The national carrier is enjoined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) general provisions on safety to take steps to ensure the safety of its operations as and when goods and/or products have not met safety requirements.

IATA’s position is stated as follows: “Lithium batteries that have been recalled by the manufacturer for safety reasons must not be shipped by air.”

The Galaxy Note7 is powered by lithium batteries and has since been recalled by the manufacturer. The national carrier said the ban is only applicable to the Note7 and no other Samsung mobile devices.

“In the interests of standardizing and maintaining operational safety and compliance with regulatory requirements, it has become necessary to prohibit this specific model on board our aircraft. We are aware that Samsung remains one of the most popular brands worldwide and the decision is not an outright ban of all Samsung mobile devices – it is limited to Galaxy Note7 only,” said Tlali.

SAA apologized to all its customers for the inconvenience this decision may lead to.

“The airline had to align in order to maintain the safety of its operations and to mitigate risk associated with non-compliance. The successful implementation of this decision anchors on customer cooperation and support. Travellers are encouraged to leave the device at home if they have not returned them to Samsung in response to the call made by the manufacturer.”

The airline said non-compliance with the prohibition may lead to confiscation of the devices and/or fines being imposed against passengers concerned.

The airline will accept no liability for devices that may be confiscated in the process of ensuring compliance with the prohibition.
Source: Techcentral