Top 20 Tech Stories of 2015

Top tech news 2015

Top tech news 2015.

2015 has been a great year for the technology sector within Africa, as well as across the globe. This year alone we IT News Africa had listed the Top 10 Richest countries in Africa as well as revealed some of the top most innovative companies in Africa.

IT News Africa also revealed Africa’s leading women in tech for 2015. The list included included the likes of Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei who are the co-founders of She Leads Africa. Additionally, the list paid tribute to Annette Muller who is the founder of DotNxt and Stella Rotich …read more

IT advances open new scope for condition monitoring

Access to offshore wind turbines can be problematic for technicians

Credit: Dong Energy

Information technology and operating technology have traditionally run disparate systems, but increasingly they are converging, providing the opportunity for power plants to collect information from within, writes Penny Hitchin

Technological advances, political imperatives and economic drivers all play their role in the evolution of energy generation portfolios.

Continuous developments in technology and communications make a significant contribution to this. Rapid advances in connectivity are enabling self-powered, intelligent wireless sensors to provide valuable information about the condition of components operating remotely.

Condition monitoring (CM) is an important addition to …read more

Huawei launches BES in South Africa

Africacom 2015

This is the first commercial launch of a BES component in South Africa.

Huawei recently announced that its latest charging system, part of BES (Business Enablement System) has been launched in South Africa. On the 22nd Nov 2015, Huawei successfully upgraded Vodacom, South Africa’s CCS phase2 data service from OCS3.3 to OCS5.5, which is a basic component of Huawei’s BES solution.

This is the first commercial launch of a BES component, according to Huawei, in South Africa or even within the Sub-Saharan Africa region. The project has successfully migrated 4 million subscribers with no negative impact to subscriber experience, which the Network …read more

Wind leaders call for legally binding EU 2030 renewable target

Michael Lewis of E.ON

Wind industry chiefs at the EWEA conference in Paris this week spoke of the importance of a legally binding EU target for renewable energy during a discussion on the prospects for wind power in winning business from the corporate world.

The panel debate saw E.ON Climate and Renewables chief operating officer Michael Lewis (right) tell wind power professionals that Europe has to set a strict set of targets for post 2020.

“Look at America. Obama’s Clean Energy plan will not be voluntary. If you want to set and achieve targets, you have to make them mandatory,” he said

In October …read more

ECOBA chief outlines how coal power’s issues impact on construction raw materials

Dr Hans-Joachim (Jochen) Feuerborn of ECOBA

The Secretary-General of the European Coal Combustion Products Association (ECOBA) has been outlining the knock-on effects pressures on EU coal power are having on the industries dependent on coal’s by-product materials.

Dr Hans-Joachim (Jochen) Feuerborn
has delivered a paper on how a decline in coal-fired power generation might impact on the supply of by-products such as coal ash and gypsum and the outlook for combustion products as legislation continues to have effect.

At the recent Ashtrans2015 conference in Copenhagen Dr Feuerborn told delegates about how the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, such as hydropower, solar energy, …read more