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African teachers must play a central role in the mobile phone revolution

According to an article published on the Guardian, you've no doubt heard of the mobile phone revolution sweeping sub-Saharan Africa – perhaps mobile money transfer, or mHealth. The hope is that these technologies will transform lives by improving health, education, finance and women's position in society.

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Africa: The Youth, New Technology and Africa's Transformation

According to an article published on allAfrica.com, while addressing participants at the just concluded Transform Africa 2014 Summit in Kigali, this week, the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Dr Hamadoun Touré, disclosed a new fond name world technology enthusiasts have bestowed on the host-President Paul Kagame.

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Rwanda: Mobile Phone Subscribers Hit 6.7 Million

Accoridng to an article published on allAfrica.com, mobile phone subscribers have reached over 6.7 million, with 63.7 per cent of the population able to access a mobile phone, according to the latest figures from Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (Rura).

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Mobile phones on the rise in Africa

According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, Seven in ten Africans own their own mobile phones, with access essentially universal in Algeria and Senegal, according to Afrobarometer findings from across 34 countries.

The report, based on face-to-face interviews with more than 51,000 people, reveals that 84% use cell phones at least occasionally, a higher level of access than reported previously by the United Nations. Internet use is less common – with only 18% using it at least monthly.

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South Africa Report 2013: Understanding What is Happening in ICT in South Africa a supply- and demand-side analysis of the ICT sector

While the South African information and communication technology (ICT) sector continues to demonstrate dynamic growth, particularly as driven by the mobile sector, the growth has not met the national objective of affordable access to the full range of communication services. Access to mobile services continues to grow, however,broadband access (particularly access to fixed broadband) remains very low in comparison to other lower-middle-income countries, and the prices of all communication services remain high by both African and global standards.

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Steady climb in Rwandan mobile penetration

According to an article published on BIZTECH AFRICA, Rwanda’s mobile subscriber numbers now top 6.7 million, for a mobile penetration of 63.7%.

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3 Factors Required for Success with Mobile Technologies for Development

According to an article published on ICT works, Innovation and Best Practice in Mobile Technologies for Development is a review of innovation in the ICT entrepreneurship/mobile internet/mobile related applications space by Silvia Masiero, London School of Economics and Political Science. The paper aims to identify best practice in stimulating innovation in developing countries.

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Kgotla meetings on Botswana Speaks – South East South Constituency

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Caption: Kgosi Moilwa addressing his kgotla in Mogobane. Mrs Elizabeth Monare, Constiuency Officer for South East South (on the left)

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The Botswana Speaks Team is heading to Otse!

Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative team organizes a kgotla meeting in Otse tomorrow morning at 9:00 (South East South). You are welcome to join!

Come and share your views and opinions!

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Broadband Penetration Isn't Correlated to Economic Growth, and Other Mysteries

According to an article published on BloombergBusinessweek, the UN’s Broadband Commission recently issued a report ranking every country on various Internet usage statistics, including mobile broadband penetration, throughout each country’s population.

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Africa Telecom&IT: "Education & ICT: The Missing link!"

Although mobile technology is moving apace in Africa, this could not be said for the use of ICT in the continent’s education system. "The low use of computers and slow adoption of ICT could hold up the development of Africa’s human resources", write Olubayo Abiodun, Clifford Agugoesi and Chimezie Ndubisi.

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5 Billion People Will Use Mobile Phones by 2017

According to an article published on Mashable, four years from now, 5.1 billion people will be mobile phone users around the globe — almost 1 billion more mobile users than the 4.3 billion people worldwide using them now.

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Africa: UN Says Sub-Saharan Africa to Have 160 Million Mobile Broadband Connections By 2016

According to an article published on allAfrica.com, The Broadband Commission for Digital Development, in collaboration with Ericsson has issued a report titled: "Transformational solutions for 2015 and Beyond." The report looks at several aspects of broadband and its positive effects on people, environment and society while analyzing national broadband plans for 138 countries.

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South Africa is the fifth country in Africa for internet access

According to allAfrica.com, forty-one percent of South Africans use the internet, placing the country 5th in Africa and 92nd worldwide for individual internet usage, and above the world average of 35.7%, according to the 2013 State of Broadband Report released by the UN Broadband Commission on the weekend.

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Mobile for Development Summit 2013

On the 11 & 12 November 2013, the GSMA Mobile for Development Summit is the debut of an annual thought leadership event, taking place this year in Cape Town at the Vineyard Hotel.

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Orange Botswana launches Visa Card encouraging online services

As part of its effort to encourage users to conduct business across mobile and IT platforms, Orange Botswana has launched its Visa card.  Users will be able to use the Card and their mobile phones to initiate financial services and shop online.

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GSMA to accelerate African broadband roll-out

Six sub-Saharan African countries have joined forces with the global association for mobile operators, the GSMA, to try to accelerate the roll-out of mobile broadband in the region.

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Africa "rich with ICT opportunity"

According to the article published by BiztechAfica, Africa presents an ‘ocean of opportunity, but a sea of difficulty’ for businesses, says VMware.

Addressing a VMware cloud computing conference in Johannesburg, South Africa this week,Wayne Biehn, Regional Manager – Africa at VMware, said Africa was poised for massive ICT transformation, presenting myriad opportunities for investors.

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Ten untapped African mobile markets

According to an article published on IT WEB AFRICA, Africa may be the second fastest growing mobile market in the world after Asia, but there could still be lots of room for growth. Despite countries such as South Africa having among the continent’s highest mobile penetration rates of over 120%, there are a number of African nations that have not yet even achieved 50% mobile penetration rates.

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Mobile boost means more jobs

SA's neighbour, Botswana, has initiated a process that Southern African governments hope will accelerate mobile access to an additional 300 million citizens in sub-Saharan Africa – and ultimately create millions of jobs.

Vice-president of Botswana, Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe, on Friday convened a meeting with the GSMA and ministers representing the governments of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia, to agree on common priorities to accelerate the roll out of mobile broadband in the region, with the view of creating an additional 3.2 million jobs for Sub-Saharan Africa by 2020.

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