Econet, X’s Project Taara to deploy high-speed internet technology across sub-Saharan Africa

AFRICA – Econet Group, a leading telecom and technology group in Africa, has teamed up with X’s Project Taara to expand and enhance affordable, high-speed connectivity to communities across sub-Saharan Africa using a new optical wireless technology developed by Taara. This is the first roll-out of Taara’s technology in Africa. Taara is a project at X, Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory (formerly known as Google[x]), which works to bring affordable and abundant high-speed internet access to unconnected and unconnected areas and communities through an innovative approach to wireless optical communication technology. Taara’s…

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Google expands share of wearables market with $2.1 bn acquisition of fitness tracker maker Fitbit

UNITED STATES – World’s biggest web search company and Alphabet Inc-owned Google has revealed that it will buyFitbit Inc for $2.1 billion, as the looks to take on Apple and Samsung in the crowded market for fitness trackers and smart watches. Google said in November that it sees an opportunity to introduce its own wearable devices and invest more in digital health. “Fitbit has been a true pioneer in the industry and has created engaging products, experiences and a vibrant community of users,” Google device SVP Rick Osterloh wrote in…

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