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It’s easy not to notice a negative. A house burns down on your block and it’s all you can talk about. But a house doesn’t burn down? Where’s the news?
Still, absence can be the stuff of headlines, and that fact has rarely been truer than it is in Nigeria today
LAGOS/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Nigeria has selected two sites for the construction of its planned nuclear power plants, as Africa's biggest economy tries to end decades of electricity blackouts that have blighted its growth.
Russia's state-owned Rosatom, which has been in talks with Nigeria over the nuclear plants, on Friday confirmed two sites had been selected in Africa's most populous nation and said they would have a total of four reactors.
Altech is launching the Altech Node as a new South African video-on-demand (VOD) service. South African consumers and TV viewers will be able to buy the console, using MultiChoice's existing DStv dish alignment, from today at R3 499.
Altech promises 700 hours of entertainment on the Node, a portion of the content which will cycle and be replaced by new movies and other library TV series monthly.
Leading IT security vendor, Phoenix Distribution has opened an office in Nigeria to meet the growing demand for technology and information security products given the high rate of cybercrime in Africa’s most populous nation and biggest economy.
Phoenix Distribution CEO, Simon Campbell-Young said the plan to open an office in Nigeria is in line with the company’s growing customer base in Africa which has allowed it to “pinpoint gaps in the region and respond accordingly.”
“Phoenix required a stronger presence in Nigeria to provide the necessary support to our partners and customers in the region, and to better help them achieve their goals,” he said.
MTN announced on Monday that it had dropped its voice call rate to 79c per minute in a direct shot at Cell C which has long advertised its 99c per minute call rate.
The move should be seen in the context of an increasingly competitive South African mobile market and public relations nightmare.
Regulator Icasa or the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa announced recently that MTRs in SA would be reduced to allow for more competition in the country.
Ericsson has announced Team SOP (Nigeria) and Team WorkMode (South Africa) are among the semi-finalists of the company and student categories respectively of the Ericsson Application Awards (EAA) 2014.
TeIn all, teams from 65 countries participated in the award that will see the winning teams in each category receive EUR25,000 (US$34,000).
In a statement, Ericsson said Team SOP developed an application that allows users to receive push notifications on availability and analytics on electricity in their area.
“This is a first for Africa and will harness the power of big data to make people’s lives easier,” it said.