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What will drive Africa, technically, in 2014?

According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, Growth is what analysts predict as far as the state of Africa’s telecommunication sector in 2014 is concerned.

Part of research conducted by Informa Telecoms & Media, entitled Africa Telecoms Outlook 2014: Maximising digital service opportunities, identifies mobile broadband and the increase in global connectivity as key drivers behind this projected growth.

 

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Botswana Fibre Networks to lower tariffs by 20-25%

According to an article published on IT WEB AFRICA, wholesale telecommunications provider Botswana Fibre Networks (BoFiNet) has announced plans to lower tariffs by approximately 20 to 25%. The newly formed BoFiNet said the prices will be brought down in the next six months. “I cannot sum it yet but we may go down by approximately 20 to 25 per cent,” Ratsela Mooketsi, BoFiNet’s board chairman told media. “This is to catalyse competition in the market to breed better prices and good services which are beneficial to the consumer at the end.”

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Bits and Atoms: Limited Statehood and Digital Technology

According to an article published on  CGCS Blog, Steven Livingston, a Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs at George Washington University, discusses his upcoming book Bits and Atoms: Information and Communication Technology in Areas of Limited Statehood.

Much of the development, governance and more general international affairs literatures speak of failed or fragile states when describing a breakdown of governance capacity. In Bits and Atoms: Information and Communication Technology in Areas of Limited Statehood Gregor Walter-Drop of the Freie Universität Berlin and I use a different formulation. We provide a more nuanced conceptual foundation for thinking about the nature of statehood and how digital technologies might serve to ameliorate the effects of what we call limited statehood. Following Max Weber, statehood is characterized by a monopoly on the means of violence, the ability to make and impose binding rules, and by the effective provisioning of public goods. An area of limited statehood is defined by the absence of some or all of these qualities.

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South Africa: New Research Shows Mobile Purchases Fall in Volume, Gain in Value

According to an article published on allAfrica.com, MEF, the global community for mobile content and commerce, has completed its third annual mobile consumer survey of 10,000 respondents, across 13 countries including various African countries, to gather insights in to mobile consumer behaviour. Trust is the barrier to mobile content and commerce adoption, cited by 40% of respondents.

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Android training underway at University of Botswana tomorrow

A week of Android training kicks off at the University of Botswana Computer Labs tomorrow, co-hosted by UB-U Penn Partnership on Health Informatics, Botswana Innovation Hub, Oodi College of Applied Arts and Technology and Botho University. The training, sponsored by the Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme, will run from 2 – 6 December.

It will include talks on creating Android applications, working with multimedia, building user interfaces, and maps and geolocation applications.

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Over 1 billion employee-owned mobile devices by 2018

According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, decision makers in business may have to consider more than one policy or measure in their future BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategies. According to a report by Juniper Research, by the year 2018 there is expected to be more than 1 billion employee-owned mobile devices in the enterprise.

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Apps: an important factor of SA's mobile economy

The app has become the single most significant tool driving the mobile economy in South Africa. The use of apps on phones has shot up from 24% of adult cellphone users in cities and towns in mid-2012 to 43% in late 2013.

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The Mobility 2014 research study, conducted by World Wide Worx with the backing of First National Bank, shows that a tipping point in mobile apps use was reached in 2013, with more than half of urban cellphone users – 51% – now using these tools. The rural market, too is growing fast, with its 27% usage level surpassing the overall market of 18 months before.

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Africa’s growth under discussion at Innovative Africa Forum

Innovative Africa Forum in the format of a roundtable discussion on the 27th November 2013 in Kampala, Uganda. Participating will be leading experts driving innovation in Africa including Su Kahumbu, Founder of iCow, Simon Rweyongoza, of Center for Creative Leadership, and Kyai Mullei, Co-Founder of M-Changa. The Forum will be opened by The Rt Hon. Amama Mbabazi, Prime Minister of Uganda.

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RapidSMS: a data gathering platform developed by two UNICEF employees enhances innovation in Africa

An article published on IT News Africa website reports on RapidSMS, a mobile innovation developed by two United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) employees that two years after its introduction, continues to bring about significant change in key regions throughout Africa.

When in 2009 Christopher Fabian and Erica Kochi, two employees of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), developed RapidSMS, a platform for data gathering and group communication using the short messaging system (SMS) on mobile phones, their aim was simply to tackle the problem of slow data transmission within the food security surveillance system in Malawi. Four years later, RapidSMS is touching the lives of millions in many African countries, helping to record births and monitor distribution of mosquito nets in Nigeria, monitor neonatal health in Zambia and track food distribution in the Horn of Africa, among other uses.

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A People-Centred Theory of Change for ICT4D?

According to an article published on Appropriating Technology for social justice and human development,  Tony Roberts suggests that a starting-point for a theory of change for (open) ICT4D might be, 'the application of human agency + human knowledge + (open) technology to solve human problems = (open) development', or at its most basic: 
 
people + knowledge + technology = development

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Africa's Mobile Subscription Predicted to Surpass 1.2 Billion in 2018

Cape Town, South Africa — According to an article published on allAfrica.com, Informa Telecoms and Media, organisers of the on-going AfricaCom conference in Cape Town, South Africa, has said the mobile subscriptions in Africa will surpass 1.2 billion by the end of 2018.

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Africa's Mobile Boom - 'Huge Opportunities'

According to an article published on allAfrica.com, Sub-Saharan Africa's mobile industry has been the fastest growing region in the world for mobile users in the past five years, according to a report published on Monday by the GSMA, the body representing mobile operators worldwide.

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Kenya: Mobile Subscriptions to Reach 9.3 Billion By 2019

The report also indicates that more than 60 percent of mobile subscription, which is 5.6 billion will be for smartphones. To support the smartphone user experience, WCDMA/HSPA networks are predicted to cover 90 percent of the world's population by 2019. Moreover, almost two-thirds (65 percent) of the world's population will be covered by 4G/LTE networks.

 

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Currently, smartphones represent 25-30 percent of all mobile phone subscriptions, yet they account for the majority (55 percent) of mobile phones sold.

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African Youth Collectively SMS for an Empowered Africa

According to an article published on Text to Change, sixty percent of the African population is under the age of 35. This makes African youth the best development asset in coming decades. We need to know their needs and aspirations and take them into account as we set the post-2015 development framework for Africa.

 

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Uganda: ICT Success

According to an article published on allAfrica.com, president Paul Kagame watches a pupil as he explains how he uses his laptop. This was at the Transform Africa exhibition.ICT revolution putting Rwanda on course to be a role model for Africa.

 

 

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GSMA report reveals that Africa has a leading role in mobile growth

Mobile telephony is an economic booster in Africa and would create 6.6 million jobs in the region by 2020, a new GSMA report reveals. Released today, the report, “Sub-Saharan Africa Mobile Economy 2013” shows that mobile contributes over six per cent of the region’s GDP, higher than any other comparable region globally, and this would rise to over eight per cent by 2020. Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer at GSMA, said despite the significant impact of the mobile industry in Sub-Saharan Africa in recent years, even greater opportunities are ahead.

According to the report, Sub-Saharan Africa’s unique mobile subscriber base has grown by 18 per cent annually over the last five years, making it the fastest growing region globally.

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The unique power of mobile broadband technology in Africa is a good chance of meeting the MDGs deadline

According the article, the ubiquitous broadband has suddenly become the springboard from which nations seek to do so much for themselves within the interconnected world. In this report Olubayo Abiodun, Clifford Agugoesi and Chimezie Ndubisi highlight the nexus between high-speed internet connectivity and the attainment of the MDGs by African nations.

African governments are still fixated on how to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) given the many challenges that they have to deal with. The mandate has not been made any easy given the rising costs of governance, spiralling challenges and competing needs in the midst of dwindling fortunes in the political and economic spheres. From combating diseases to reducing child mortality, implementing Universal Basic Primary Education, ensuring gender equality, intractable security issues and political upheavals, the MDGs are somewhat intertwined. This is where mobile broadband has been described as the single most important hope left for Africa to accelerate towards meeting the MDGs by the target date of 2015.

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Over 30 million mobile subscribers in Kenya

According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, statistics released by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) stipulates that the East African country’s mobile subscriber base has grown by over 2% and now stands at 30,5 million.

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Nigeria App Summit

The Nigeria App Summit is a conference on the future of multi-platform apps for consumer and enterprise in Nigeria. Join us for the inaugural edition November 5 in Lagos as we bring together the leading brands, developers from within Nigeria and beyond that will help shape the future of the African app ecosystem.

Date:5th November,2013

Venue:Eko Hotel and Suites,Victoria Island Lagos

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Philips Consulting: "63% of Nigerians are aware of mobile money services"

Almost two-thirds of Nigerians are aware of mobile money services while well under a third are registered for the cash transfer service in the country.

This is according to a September 2013 Phillips Consulting survey administered manually and electronically using questionnaires that received responses from a total of 1987 Nigerians.And according to the study, 37% do not know what mobile money is, while the majority (63%) know about the service.

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