African first: Nokia, Ooredoo Algeria achieve 1 Terabit-per-second (IT News Africa)

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Working in partnership, Ooredoo Algeria and Nokia have successfully achieved a ground-breaking transmission speed of 1.2 terabits per second over optical fibre in Africa’s first field trial of innovative optical communications technology.

By Staff writer @ IT News Africa

The trial was conducted between the cities of Algiers and Ain Defla over a distance exceeding 200 kilometers. Commercial deployment of the technology in the near future will allow Ooredoo Algeria to offer high capacity-based solutions to its subscribers. This will be one of the first commercial deployments of this innovative Nokia technology, which allows service providers to maximize the performance and flexibility of optical fibre.

Optical fibre, the way forward for mobile communication in Africa.

Nokia’s 1830 PSS Portfolio, which helps in optimizing optical networks to meet unpredictable traffic demands, was used for the trial. The optical transport network equipment specifically allows service providers like Ooredoo Algeria to offer more advanced services to their subscribers. The trial also utilized 1830 PSS 500G Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) Muxponder, which carries up to five 100G services per line card and helps service providers achieve superior capacity, reach and wavelength flexibility.

 

Mr Hendrik Kasteel, Ooredoo Algeria’s CEO said: “Ooredoo continues to be a major player in the mobile industry representing the cutting edge of innovation, conducting a winning partnership with Nokia in order to achieve ground-breaking transmission in Algeria and in Africa. It is critical for Ooredoo to increase the capacity, reach and flexibility of optical transmissions to offer high-capacity solutions and a superior customer experience. Nokia is our long-term partner and we are confident that their proven optical network technology will help us maintain our leadership position in offering the latest and best-in-class technology solutions to our customers.”

 

Pierre Chaume, head of North Africa Market Unit at Nokia said: “We are pleased to take our relationship with Ooredoo Algeria to the next phase. This trial is an important and critical step in helping Ooredoo Algeria increase capacity and add flexibility to its network. The deployment will also support the 4G deployment plans of the service provider.”

 

Thanks to this new performance, Ooredoo Algeria is updating its digital know-how by better understanding the needs of the telecommunication sector. Ooredoo’s core network is thus reinforced and able to integrate new technologies for better performance and optimum care of the increasing demand for mobile communications services.

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OfferZen ranked among most innovative companies in Africa (IT News Africa)

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OfferZen, a curated online recruitment marketplace, has been ranked as one of Africa’s top companies to watch in Fast Company’s World’s 100 Most Innovative Companies of the Year.

Founded by brothers Malan and Philip Joubert, OfferZen has successfully flipped the traditional recruitment model for software developers on its head – and within just one year, has built up a comprehensive client list of leading brands and a growing rate of permanent placements for skilled software developer professionals.

Fast Company, an award-winnning international business media brand, is renowned for its annual recognition of enterprises that display excellence in innovation. “Our axiom when we set out to build our list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies has always been that whatever challenges may be buffeting business – political uncertainty, market instability, international unrest – there are always pockets of extraordinary achievement,” claims the organisation.

To arrive at the final list, Fast Company’s editorial team partner with data analysts Quid to review information on thousands of businesses across the globe. They aim to identify creative business models with progressive solutions and honour those enterprises that impact positively on society.

The OfferZen platform has revolutionised the recruitment process for software developers by allowing companies to come to them with interview requests and upfront information about the job, rather than having the developers apply for advertised positions. The developers can assess the company, role and compensation before accepting the interview request. This makes it much faster for companies to reach out to and hire software developers, enabling hiring managers to recruit directly for their teams.

OfferZen’s specialised platform means that it has established a pipeline of high-calibre, accessible developers, which makes the entire process more appealing than alternatives like job boards or traditional recruitment firms, for both the developer and the employee.

“This is what makes our role so crucial,” says Malan. “We ensure that the companies signed up with us are top-level employers, so that software developers can be sure that they are finding the best jobs that are out there and the companies are finding the best software developers available to them.”

After only one year of operation, OfferZen already boasts more than one permanet placement per day, and their client list includes over 300 highly successful brands such as Barclays, GetSmarter, Takealot, Allan Gray, Zappi, Superbalist, RhinoAfrica and 24.com. “OfferZen is honoured to be featured on the Fast Company list, and I think that over the next year, it will become clear just how disruptive our model is to the incumbents in the recruitment industry,” says Malan.

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Intel’s new mini desktop computer is priced to sell (CNET.com)

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A cheap, fully functional Windows 10 PC with a quad-core Apollo Lake Celeron processor for $230? Say hello to the Intel NUC6CAYS NUC.

Intel’s newest low-cost NUC is a cheap, fully functional Windows 10 PC with a quad-core Apollo Lake Celeron processor.

What’s an NUC? That stands for “next unit of computing,” which is Intel’s name for a line of mini desktop computers. Often, these are bare-bones systems that ship without an operating system or even all the required components, but the new NUC6CAYS model popping up in online stores now is a ready to run Windows 10 machine.

 

and for everything that the preconfigured Intel NUC6CAYS has (Intel will also release a bare-bones version), it’s an attractively affordable option. Intel’s recommended customer price is $215 (converts to AU$297 and £175), but right now you can find it online at Amazon and Newegg for around $230 (converts to AU$318 and £187).

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It has an HDMI port that supports 4K.

NUCs, around since 2012, are basically one step up from a Compute Stick. Though they’re usually pricier than similar mini PC counterparts made by other manufacturers, the NUC6CAYS bucks the trend with its low price and impressive specs.

Specs

  • 10W Apollo Lake 1.5GHz quad-core Celeron processor
  • HD Graphics 500
  • 2GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM (upgradable to 8GB)
  • 32GB eMMC flash drive (upgradable to 1TB)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi
  • HDMI 2.0 with 4K at 60Hz
  • VGA port
  • Four USB 3.0 ports
  • Three USB 2.0 ports
  • Stereo microphone/headphone jack

Read more at CNET.com