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Wednesday 7th December, 2022


AfriTECH 2.0 Holds Today!

— 5G, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing And More Are Focus Areas

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The Africa Tech Alliance Forum (AfriTECH 2.0) holds on November 09, 2022 (today) on a theme that encompasses the current technology trends in today’s world— ‘Sustainability and The Company of the Future.’

Some topics which would be critically analyzed by experts to point us in the right direction to attain a resilient future and keep thriving irrespective of hiccups are Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, CyberSecurity and The Future of Money, Cloud Computing in 5G Era: Everything-As-A-Service, Creating Sustainable Future through Connectivity and Building Sustainable Future for Startup Ecosystem: NITDA’s Perspective.

Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, CyberSecurity and the Future of Money

Blockchain, cryptocurrency, cybersecurity. These are three of the buzziest topics right now in the business world. But why? Find out at AfriTECH 2.0

Blockchain, an open, distributed ledger of data that can’t be changed or hacked because it’s stored on thousands of computers around the world is currently used by banks to record transactions and track assets; while other companies such as Microsoft leverage it for tracking software patches; and now some people are using blockchain for things like tracking food safety inspections or even paying taxes online.

On the other hand, Bitcoin was first launched in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto (who never revealed his identity) as an alternative digital currency system that would be independent of any central bank or government. Since then, there have been over 1,000 cryptocurrencies created (and thousands more mimicking Bitcoin), all vying to become the next big thing!

However, while there are plenty of different ways people can get involved with cryptocurrency right now – whether buying it on exchanges like Coinbase/Binance/HitBTC etc.; mining various cryptocurrencies like Ethereum etc; trading ‘futures’ contracts w/exchanges like CBOE etc.; investing into ICOs (“initial coin offerings”) via coinmarketcapetc – we’ve still got some way to go before mainstream adoption becomes widespread…, especially when compared against where things were just five years ago when nobody knew what “blockchain” even meant!

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What if I say the future of money is blockchain, cryptocurrency and cybersecurity? We’d find out if I’m wrong on November 9, 2022.

CyberSecurity is the next big thing and is already becoming more mainstream because it protects us from hackers who want to access our personal information so they can steal from us by selling it on dark web markets like AlphaBay or Hansa Market.

Cloud Computing in the 5G Era: Everything-As-A-Service

The cloud is the new frontier of computing.

Imagine a world where you could access all your programs and data from anywhere, anytime—and not just on your phone, but on any device you want, too.

That’s the promise of 5G, which will usher in an era of Everything-As-A-Service (EAAS).

At AfriTECH 2.0, experts will cover everything you need to know about 5G, how it works, and how it’s changing our lives. The discussion would also cover what this means for business owners who want to take advantage of 5G’s potential as an enterprise solution.

Cloud computing is already making its way into the 5G era—and with EaaS in mind, it can only get better!

Cloud computing has been a huge success in the telecommunications industry and is the use of remote servers to host applications and data, rather than using local servers.

The benefits of cloud computing include fewer hardware requirements because it can be accessed from anywhere, scalability in terms of the number of users or bandwidth required, cost savings because it is not necessary to have as many servers as there are users or transactions and many more to be discussed.

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The 5G era will be an exciting time for businesses that utilize cloud computing, especially when it comes to everything-as-a-service (EaaS). EaaS allows businesses to outsource their IT needs completely over the internet. This means that they won’t have to worry about managing servers or hiring a staff of IT workers.

Creating a Sustainable Future through Connectivity

The future of sustainable development depends on a connected world. Broadband connectivity is not just a means to an end but an opportunity to create a sustainable future through connectivity.

Connectivity has been the key to the growth and development of every industry, from agriculture to health care. Developed countries have used connectivity to connect people and businesses while developing countries are using it to connect people and businesses in order to improve their quality of life.

But why is connectivity still not decentralized? Find out at AfriTECH 2.0

Sustainable development requires connectivity for all aspects of human life: food production, healthcare, education, transportation, and more. Connectivity enables us to work together toward our common goals—and it’s also good for business!

We’re all connected. We’re all getting smarter. We’re all learning from each other, and we’re all working to make a better world for future generations.

But what does this mean? How do we get there? And how do we ensure that the world we leave behind is sustainable for us and for our children?

Building Sustainable Future for Startup Ecosystem: NITDA’s Perspective

The National Information Technology Agency, NITDA, will host a discussion on how we can build a sustainable future for the startup ecosystem.

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The startup ecosystem is a vibrant and evolving ecosystem that is growing at an unprecedented rate. However, there are several challenges facing this sector.

These include issues like cybersecurity, access to funding, and the lack of skills needed by startups to compete effectively in global markets. In response, NITDA is working with partners from the government, academia, and industry towards creating a sustainable future for this sector by developing technologies that will help these startups thrive in Nigeria.

Including tech startups, media companies, investors, and government agencies—who will discuss how they are building their business models and what they need to help them grow further, there would be room for everyone to share their ideas and learn from each other’s experiences.

As a startup ecosystem partner, NITDA is creating an environment that supports and incentivizes startups, essentially to the growth of their business. The goal is to work with startups to create the optimal environment for success.

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2022 E-Waste Dialogue: ITREALMS, EPRON, Ecofeld Collaborate On Small E-Waste Collection



The management of ITREALMS Media is partnering E-waste Producer Responsibility Organization of Nigeria (EPRON) and Ecofeld Nigeria Limited, for a day-long collection scheme of small electronic waste on Thursday, December 8, 2022.

The event is part of the activities marking the 2022 ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue in commemoration of the 2022 International E-Waste Day (IEWD) with the theme “e-Waste: Recycling it all! No matter how small” billed to hold at Welcome Centre Hotels, International Airport Road, Lagos.

Group Executive Editor, ITREALMS Media, the organisers of the 2022 ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue, Mr. Remmy Nweke, who disclosed this, encouraged mobile device enthusiasts to come along with their devices that have reached their end-of-life to the venue for proper disposition by professionals who would also be on ground to address some topical issues.

He said, the collection of small electronic wastes especially mobile phones and like-devices, would be carried out by EPRON member organisation, Ecofeld Nigeria Limited as facilitated by ITREALMS Media group as part of this year’s ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue on Thursday, December 8.

The exercise, he also said, would commence at Welcome Centre Hotel by 9 am till the close of work hours the same day.

Nweke revealed that the collection of small e-waste items would include mobile phones, pointers mouse, earpieces, rechargeable torches, and phone chargers, to name a few.

He further said that this initiative has become expedient because some people may have missed the earlier opportunity in October and since this awareness on e-Waste has to be continuous, ITREALMS came up with this scheme.

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Nweke enjoined Nigerians especially mobile phone users to leverage the opportunity in disposing of their mobile devices they no longer use, of course in exchange for a voucher or gift item.

Reacting to the collaboration, EPRON Executive Secretary, Mrs. Ibukun Faluyi, described the initiative as a great idea, capable of deepening the collection of end-of-life devices for proper disposition.

She also urged Nigerians to take advantage of this opportunity being made available by ITREALMS Media.

Faluyi recalled that last October, EPRON partnered with SLOT alongside some UN agencies for the collection of small e-waste items in Lagos, including the United Nations Information Centres (UNIC), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), International Labour Organisation (ILO), Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA).

Meanwhile, the Director-General of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Prof. Aliyu Jauro, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the 2022 ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue slated for Thursday, December 8, in Lagos.

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Appzone Rebrands To “Zone”

–To Power Global Payments With Its Regulated Blockchain Network
–Zone becomes Africa’s first Layer-1 Blockchain infrastructure and protocol with a focus on enabling payments and acceptance of digital currencies.

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The Zone Team

Appzone, one of Africa’s leading Fintech Software Providers, has rebranded to “Zone”, a regulated blockchain Payment Infrastructure company.

By building Africa’s first layer-1 blockchain network, Zone will enable payments and the acceptance of digital currencies for Financial Service Providers globally.

Zone’s regulated blockchain network enables direct transaction flow between financial service providers without an intermediary, bringing reduced transaction costs, instant dispute resolution, and absolute reliability across Africa’s payment borders and beyond.

As part of its evolution, Appzone is pivoting from its cloud-based SaaS infrastructure to offer payments processing services that support both fiat money and digital currencies, with the intention to enable a hybrid interim period in finance where TradFi and DeFi will coexist seamlessly.

In the case of fiat payments, Zone connects some of Africa’s most prominent Banks and Fintechs within and across countries and utilises a native stable coin to provide real-time settlement for cross-border transactions.

In 2022, Zone was issued a ‘payment Switching and Processing Licence’ by the Central Bank of Nigeria, making it the first payment infrastructure company based on Blockchain to be licensed in Africa.

Following the rebrand, Appzone’s Banking-as-a-Service business has been carved into a separate standalone company, known as Qore, so it can continue serving existing clients and growing the SaaS platform’s reach.

This new standalone business will be led by some members of its elite leadership team, including Emeka Emetarom, Co-founder & Executive Director of Appzone and Mudiaga Umukoro, Co-founder & CEO of Appzone’s subsidiary, Appzone Core.

Appzone’s products currently process over $2 billion annually for 500+ banks, Fintechs and MFIs in seven countries – this includes payments processing for six of Africa’s top 25 banks.

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Speaking on the rebrand, Zone Co-founder and CEO Obi Emetarom said, “We have led Africa’s fintech sector in global firsts for over a decade. At Appzone, we launched the first core banking and omnichannel software on the cloud as well as the first multi-bank direct debit service based on single global mandates.

“With this transition to Zone, we are utilising the power of blockchain technology to connect every monetary store of value and enable reliable, frictionless, and universally interoperable payments. In doing this, we are building one global network to pay anyone through any means, in any currency, which will ultimately maximise financial inclusion and accelerate economic prosperity for Africa and the rest of the world.”

Co-founder and CTO for Zone, Wale Onawunmi, added, “At Zone, we’ve always been early adopters of innovative technology with the potential to transform industries – in this case, the finance industry.

“Our next-generation decentralised payment technology, which is the first of its kind, will challenge the status quo and become the future of payments for the world. We are encouraged by the pace of adoption we have seen so far and remain passionate about enabling financial services providers to reach their full potential.”

According to the United Nations, Africa’s population will grow to approximately 1.7 billion in 2030, with a potential for $91 billion in cross-border payments and a retail value of over $1.5 trillion.

But at an $8.97 fee per transaction, cross-border payment within sub-Saharan Africa still has one of the most expensive remittance structures. In addition, beneficiaries typically cannot have value delivered instantly to their Bank accounts or mobile wallets.

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Zone’s Layer-1 blockchain network will allow payments initiated from one country in one currency to be received instantly in another country and currency at a fraction of prevailing costs.

Blockchain is a digital ledger of transactions that provides users with traceability and security without the need for middlemen. Using blockchain, Zone is working on completely digitising and decentralising payments, thereby paving the way for a cashless society where payments transcend borders.

Formerly known as Appzone, the Google for Startups Accelerator alumnus, now known as Zone, is on a mission to connect every monetary store of value using blockchain.

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MDXi Appolonia Achieves Tier III Constructed Facility Certification (TCCF)

-Now Most Certified Data Centre in Ghana
-With this new milestone, MDXi Appolonia becomes the leading data centre provider in Ghana with the top 4 certifications in the industry

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MDXi Appolonia, the data centre subsidiary of MainOne, an Equinix company in Ghana, has just received its Tier III Constructed Facility certification (TCCF) from the Uptime Institute.

With this new milestone, MDXi Appolonia becomes the leading data centre provider in Ghana with the top 4 certifications in the industry; the Tier III Constructed Facility certification, TCCF; the PCI-DSS certification which certifies the Data centre to process payment card information; ISO 27001 and ISO 9001 certifications which assures information security and quality management at the MDXi Appolonia Data Centre.

This further reinforces MDXi’s position as the leading data centre provider in West Africa.

The MDXi Appolonia facility received this TCCF following onsite testing by the Uptime team and is a progression from the Tier Certification of Design Documents (TCCD) that was issued by uptime following the review of designs of the facility during construction.

“MDXi Appolonia Data Centre receiving this certification just a year after launch provides assurance of the quality of the data centre infrastructure and ability to manage disruptions even under unprecedented circumstances,” stated Emmanuel Kwarteng, Country Manager, MainOne Ghana.

The data centre which features private data centre suites, enterprise-grade 24×7 multi-level security and video surveillance, precision cooling, safety and fire suppression systems with multiple redundancies built into the power, cooling and security infrastructure has maintained 100% uptime since launch and is managed by highly trained, best-in-class engineers operating from a state-of-the-art Operations Centre matching international standard.

MDXi Appolonia data centre offers open access connectivity options to all the leading telecom networks in Ghana and direct access to MainOne and other submarine cable systems.

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It offers access to various Internet Exchanges including the GIX (Ghana), IXPN (Nigeria), LINX (London), DECIX (Frankfurt/Lisbon), and Cote d’Ivoire Internet Exchange (CIVIX), as well as the West Africa Internet Exchange (WAF-IX).


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