Marc Ferranti

Editor in Chief

Marc Ferranti is the editor in chief of the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

The Netherlands made a huge bet on quantum computing — will it pay off?

Saudi Arabia frees spectrum for emerging Wi-Fi, 5G applications

Saudi Arabia frees spectrum for emerging Wi-Fi, 5G applications

Saudi Arabia is the first country in the Middle East, Europe, or Africa to designate all 1200MHz of the 6GHz radio band for unlicensed use, paving the way for applications in areas including robotics, VR, telemedicine and IoT.

New Raxio data centres signal demand for SaaS, cloud tech in sub-Sahara

New Raxio data centres signal demand for SaaS, cloud tech in sub-Sahara

As businesses and government entities throughout sub-Saharan Africa accelerate plans for digital transformation and adoption of cloud technology, data centre developers and operators are rushing to meet demand.

Report: Africa's software talent offers affordable outsourcing options

Report: Africa's software talent offers affordable outsourcing options

Businesses looking to outsource will find coding talent at affordable prices in Africa, with South Africa, Kenya and Mauritius among the market leaders and Nigeria emerging as a powerhouse, according to impact sourcer Tunga.

IT spending in Middle East, Africa to rise this year, IDC says

IT spending in Middle East, Africa to rise this year, IDC says

Migration to cloud will help fuel a 2.8% growth in IT spending in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey this year, after a slump due to the pandemic.

Victims of SolarWinds attack include organisations in the UAE, Israel

Victims of SolarWinds attack include organisations in the UAE, Israel

Microsoft has located victims of the breach in North America, Europe and the Middle East.

For its cloud region in Israel, Oracle goes underground

For its cloud region in Israel, Oracle goes underground

Oracle appears destined to be the first cloud provider to open a hyperscale date centre in Israel, offering the comlete range of its applications and services in a highly secure facility in Jerusalem.

Middle East phishing attack aims malware variants at political figures

Middle East phishing attack aims malware variants at political figures

Previously unreported backdoors, discovered by cybersecurity company Cybereason, add to a wave of phishing attacks that has washed over the region in the wake of a massive move to remote work caused by COVID-19.

AI plan points to Saudi Arabia's global ambitions, future beyond oil

AI plan points to Saudi Arabia's global ambitions, future beyond oil

Saudi Arabia’s national AI strategy aims to not only fuel deployment of new technology and economic opportunities, but to elevate the nation’s geopolitical status.

Africa faces new financial, hacker-for-hire cybersecurity threats

Africa faces new financial, hacker-for-hire cybersecurity threats

The good news is that overall, malware is down in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, cybersecurity firm Kaspersky says. The bad news: New cybersecurity threats are on the rise, exploiting uncertainty during the pandemic.

UAE, Bahrain tech leaders gauge impact of Israel accords on business

UAE, Bahrain tech leaders gauge impact of Israel accords on business

The normalization deals between Israel and Gulf countries Bahrain and UAE will pave the way to technology innovation and the transfer of IT and expertise, say enterprise tech leaders — but it will take time.

Q&A: Inside Andela's move to a remote, contractor model for developers

Q&A: Inside Andela's move to a remote, contractor model for developers

Andela CTO David Blair explains why the tech talent company is shifting its business model, the role IT plays in supporting the move, and offers some best-practices tips for managing a remote workforce.

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