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The future is cloud mobile but it needs many more apps to unlock the enormous potential

The future is cloud mobile but it needs many more apps to unlock the enormous potential

The Chief Executive of Cape Town-based Bluegrass Digital, Nick Durrant said both the development and application of mobile apps are changing so rapidly, it is crucial for businesses to incorporate mobile app trends to satisfy the ever-increasing demand from customers.

Quoting a 2019 survey among app developers by the authoritative Gartner Inc. based in the US, Durrant said the overwhelming majority of apps other than web apps, is developed for mobile – 91%.

Listing the latest trends in mobile apps, Durrant said these apps are already fulfilling a range of enterprise functions from management support to customer engagement, relying on new programming technologies that support faster connectivity and enhanced customer experience.

Much of the multi-experience quest depends on bandwidth and in this regard 5G technology is becoming the important future determinant. Mobile companies like Samsung and Verizon are already launching their dedicated 5G-capable chips and LG is also planning to fuse 5G services into its devices. With speeds nearly 100 times faster than 4G, many app developers build apps specifically for 5G.

Another trend will be to integrate apps with wearable devices, which it is estimated generated revenues of about US$33 billion in 2019. “Mobile app developers must integrate apps with wearable devices. They require a set platform to run e.g. an Apple Watch requires WatchOS and Android smartwatches sync with WearOS. Wearable devices will also be less dependent on the smartphone, currently it still needs to be kept close to the smartphone to function,” said Durrant.

Other areas that offer lucrative possibilities for the future are Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, the wider use of Blockchain, Predictive Analytics, secure payment systems, and enhanced P2P communication.

With the rising importance of cloud services, it is a given that many more apps will need to be developed to integrate all these functionalities into consolidated, cloud-based data systems.


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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.