Worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to fall by 11.9% this year – their biggest annual drop ever – indicating things are going to get worse for the industry before they get better.
Global PC shipments dropped the most since 2013 in the first quarter, after the Covid-19 pandemic ensnared the Chinese supply chain and created production problems for major hardware companies.
Right now, data centres consume about 2% of the world’s electricity, but that’s expected to reach 8% by 2030. Moreover, only about 6% of all data ever created is in use today, according to research from Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
The Valley of a Thousand Hills near Durban will be the site of a commercial TV white-spaces pilot project. The backers hope it will prove the feasibility of using the technology to roll out low-cost Internet access to rural areas countrywide.
Huawei overtook Apple to claim the number-two spot in smartphones in the first quarter, moving a step closer to its avowed ambition of displacing Samsung at the top of the market.
Microsoft has officially launched two Azure cloud data centres in South Africa, one in Cape Town and the other in Johannesburg, after the software giant missed an earlier deadline of December 2018 to take the facilities live.
Microsoft is right not to rush the launch of two Azure data centres in South Africa, because if problems crop up it could tarnish the company’s reputation among local customers, according to International Data Corp.
The smartphone market is following the growth-challenged path of PCs. That won’t please executives at Samsung Electronics and Apple, but their pain might be great for consumers.