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

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May 22, 2024
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Here's what I've got for you today:

  • Telecom Egypt and Huawei to launch first public cloud in Northern Africa
  • Why startups have more accidental managers 
  • Nigeria to launch a 1.4 petabyte data centre in 7 days 
  • Lagos State rolls out a cybersecurity centre

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

Telecom Egypt

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

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

The hosting of Huawei Cloud in Telecom Egypt's data centres will offer seamless connectivity to over 60 countries, leveraging more than 14 submarine cable systems, with plans to increase to 18 by 2025. This infrastructure supports the extensive reach of enterprises and SMEs in Egypt, facilitating easy and efficient cloud access and integration.

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

Huawei Cloud provides over 240 scenario-based solutions and professional services, covering cloud construction, migration, utilisation, and management. These services cater to 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 eCommerce, 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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Ever heard of "accidental manager"? It's a thing, and it's more common than you might think. 

Companies, especially startups, often hand out managerial roles like candy without checking if the recipients are actually ready for them. And hey, this trend might not be going away anytime soon.

Picture this: you join a startup fresh out of school, just looking to learn and grow. Before you know it, bam! You're suddenly leading a team. No formal training, no experience — just a whole lot of responsibility dropped on your lap.

In established organisations, climbing the career ladder takes time and comes with structured promotions. But in the startup world, it's more like a game of musical chairs, with roles shifting unpredictably as the company grows.

So what happens when you're thrust into a leadership position without the right tools or training? Well, according to a study, you're likely to end up as a pretty terrible manager. Not exactly the career trajectory anyone hopes for, right?

But it's not all doom and gloom. Some argue that promotions can still be a good thing, as they often come with perks like higher pay. 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 all 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 are navigating this tricky terrain, click this link to read Oluwanifemi’s story. Trust me, it's a fascinating read!


Nigeria to launch a 1.4 petabyte data centre in 7 days 

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The Nigerian government is gearing up to launch a data centre before May 29, 2024, with a massive capacity to store up to 1.4 petabytes of data. This new data centre will hold crucial national information, including citizens' biometric data.

Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the Minister of the Interior, highlighted the need for embracing cutting-edge technology to tackle modern challenges and boost efficiency and accountability in national operations.

Nigeria had over 11 data centres by 2023, spread across Lagos, Abuja, and Kano, including big names such as Open Access Data Centre (OADC), Rack Centre, and MDXi. This sector has seen over $230 million in investment and is projected to grow to $415 million by 2028.

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

However, with less than a week until the deadline, the Nigerian Ministry of Interior has not revealed how the new data centre project will be funded or the total cost, leaving things a little unclear.


Lagos State rolls out a cybersecurity centre

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The Lagos State government has rolled out a new Cybersecurity Operations Centre (CSOC) to ramp up digital security and protect its infrastructure from cyber threats. 

This CSOC will act as the nerve centre for real-time monitoring, detection, and response to cyber threats in Lagos. It's part of the state's broader plan to enhance security and governance. 

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

Moreover, the Lagos State Government has set up a cybersecurity council. This council will be responsible for advising, planning, and implementing cybersecurity policies and training programmes. While the members remain unnamed, they include experts from both the public and private sectors.

Alake also shared updates on the state's Data Protection Compliance Project. The initiative is focused on educating various officials, including heads of accounts, procurement, planning, legal officers, and more, about data protection. So far, 70 Data Protection Officers have been established across different ministries, departments, and agencies.

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


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Have a lovely Wednesday!

Victoria Fakiya for Techpoint Africa.

She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.

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