Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 20 - Page 9

NEWS Avanti Communications signs contract with iWayAfrica Avanti’s HYLAS 4 satellite, which offers 100% coverage of Sub- Saharan Africa. iWayAfrica – which has offices in Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius and South Africa – will provide affordable high-speed satellite broadband to connect homes, SMEs, schools and enterprises across Sub-Saharan Africa, especially in rural and remote locations where terrestrial networks are limited. Kyle Whitehill, Chief Executive Officer, Avanti Communications, said: “Combined with our world-leading Ka-band technology and IWayAfrica’s expertise in telecommunications across the African market, the new services will offer consumer and businesses affordable high-speed broadband access.” Kyle Whitehill, Chief Executive Officer, Avanti Communications, with Mathew Welthagen, Group CEO of Gondwana International Networks. A vanti Communications Group, a leading satellite operator and provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, has signed a HYLAS 4 Master Distributor contract with iWayAfrica. The Master Distributor contract enables iWayAfrica to utilise the latest Ka-band satellite technology via Mathew Welthagen, Group CEO of Gondwana International Networks, the parent company of iWayAfrica, added: “With HYLAS 4, we are excited to take Avanti’s high-speed service plans to West and Central Africa for the first time. “This is a natural extension of our existing relationship and we are actively engaged with our partner network to bring these services online, as well as extending our reach in the region even further to new partners and new territories.” ///////////////// AIMS launches African Master’s in Machine Intelligence T he African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) has launched a one- year intensive African Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AMMI) in partnership with Facebook and Google. It started at the AIMS-Rwanda campus in Kigali. global challenges. Our goal with AMMI is to train a generation of young scientists who will bring a fresh perspective to machine intelligence research and contribute to advancing its development across Africa, for the benefit of its society.” Commenting on the partnership, Jerome Pesenti, VP of Artificial Intelligence at Facebook, said: “At Facebook our goal is to drive positive social and economic impact across Africa and this partnership is another step-in driving innovation by supporting the continent’s already exciting tech ecosystem and talent pool.” “Machine Intelligence (MI) is revolutionising critical aspects of our lives,” said Dr Mouhamadou Moustapha Cissé, Founder and Director of the AMMI programme and Professor of Machine Learning at AIMS. “It enhances medical diagnosis, improves industrial processes and enables scientific discoveries. Over the past decade, thanks to large public and private investments, MI has progressed rapidly in both basic research and the development of a vast array of applications. However, the talent pool currently advancing MI is modest and unrepresentative of the diversity of our world, leaving us less capable of facing INTELLIGENTCIO 9