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Telecom Egypt and Huawei to launch first public cloud in North Africa

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  • Telecom Egypt and Huawei to launch first public cloud in North Africa
  • Why startups have more accidental managers
  • Nigeria to launch 1.4 petabyte data center in 7 days
  • Lagos State launches cybersecurity center

Telecom Egypt and Huawei to launch first public cloud in North Africa

Telecommunications Egypt

Telecom Egypt and Huawei Cloud plan to launch Huawei’s first local public cloud platform in Egypt and North Africa, a step towards Egypt’s digital transformation strategy.

This collaboration aims to position Egypt as a regional digital hub, encouraging the development of cloud computing and digital services.

Hosting Huawei Cloud in Telecom Egypt data centers will offer seamless connectivity to more than 60 countries, leveraging more than 14 submarine cable systems, with plans to increase to 18 by 2025. This infrastructure supports the broad reach of businesses and SMEs in Egypt, facilitating easy and efficient cloud access and integration.

Telecom Egypt not only hosts the cloud platform, but also integrates Huawei Cloud solutions with its existing infrastructure. This integration ensures a seamless transition to cloud services for businesses, helping them unlock the full potential of these advanced technologies and promoting digital innovation.

Huawei Cloud offers more than 240 scenario-based solutions and professional services, covering cloud construction, migration, utilization and management. These services meet the evolving business needs in Egypt, allowing companies to focus on innovation while enjoying a secure and reliable cloud environment.

This initiative supports various industries, such as e-commerce, live streaming, and the sharing economy, providing them with reliable cloud solutions to drive innovation and growth. The cloud platform is also expected to create numerous job opportunities for youth in North, West and Central Africa.

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Why startups have more accidental managers

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Have you ever heard of the “accident manager”? It’s a thing, and it’s more common than you think.

Companies, especially startups, often hand out management roles like candy without checking whether the recipients are really ready for them. And well, this trend may not go away anytime soon.

Picture this: you join a startup fresh out of school, just looking to learn and grow. Before you know it, bam! Suddenly you are leading a team. No formal training, no experience, just a lot of responsibility fell on you.

In established organizations, moving up the career ladder takes time and involves structured promotions. But in the startup world, it’s more like a game of musical chairs, with roles changing unpredictably as the company grows.

So what happens when you’re thrust into a leadership position without the proper tools or training? Well, according to one study, you’ll probably end up being a pretty terrible manager. Not exactly the career path anyone expects, right?

But it’s not all pessimism. Some argue that promotions can still be a good thing, since they often come with perks like a higher salary. However, not everyone is cut out for leadership roles, and being forced into one can lead to frustration and burnout.
In the end, it’s about knowing your strengths and sticking to what you’re good at.

If you’re curious to learn more about the world of accidental managers and how startups navigate this complicated terrain, click this link to read Oluwanifemi’s story. Trust me, it’s a fascinating read!


Nigeria to launch 1.4 petabyte data center in 7 days

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The Nigerian government is preparing to launch a data center by May 29, 2024, with a massive capacity to store up to 1.4 petabytes of data. This new data center will contain crucial national information, including citizens’ biometric data.

Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Minister of Home Affairs, highlighted the need to adopt cutting-edge technology to address modern challenges and drive efficiency and accountability in national operations.

Nigeria had more than 11 data centers by 2023, spread across Lagos, Abuja and Kano, including big names like Open Access Data Center (OADC), Rack Center and MDXi. This sector has received more than $230 million in investments and is expected to grow to $415 million by 2028.

Airtel Africa made headlines in 2022 by opening a Tier 3 data center in Lagos and launching Nxtra, a data center business, the following year. Meanwhile, Congo is also in the game with a $72.8 million data center project to handle national digital data.

However, with less than a week to go until the deadline, Nigeria’s Ministry of Interior has not revealed how the new data center project will be funded or the total cost, leaving things a little confusing.


Lagos State launches cybersecurity center

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The Lagos State Government has implemented a new Cyber ​​Security Operations Center (CSOC) to strengthen digital security and protect its infrastructure from cyber threats.

This CSOC will act as a nerve center for real-time monitoring, detection and response to cyber threats in Lagos. It is part of the state’s broader plan to improve security and governance.

Olatunbosun Alake, Commissioner for Science, Innovation and Technology, said the center will be staffed by a team of cybersecurity experts who will use advanced technology to keep the state’s digital infrastructure secure.

Additionally, the Lagos State Government has created a cybersecurity council. This council will be responsible for advising, planning and implementing cybersecurity policies and training programs. While members remain anonymous, they include experts from both the public and private sectors.

Alake also shared updates on the state’s Data Protection Compliance Project. The initiative focuses on educating various officials, including account heads, procurement, planning, legal officers and more, on data protection. So far, 70 Data Protection Officers have been established in different ministries, departments and agencies.

The commissioner reiterated that the project aims to protect the data privacy rights of Lagosians and ensure secure transactions involving personal and business data. This effort is part of a broader push to improve digital security.


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Have a nice Wednesday!

Victoria Fakia for Techpoint Africa.

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