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  • Digital IQ for African companies track global averages – but South Africa is at risk of falling behind

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/04 Most organisations around the world have not done enough to keep up with the digital era – and leadership is falling short, with a lot of chief executives not from presently on fully engaged in the initiatives of digital transformation. African companies match their world peers in a lot of measures of Digital IQ: just over half (52%) rate their organisation’s Digital IQ as strong – a score of 70% or better. However, South African companies stand at risk, with less than half (47%) rating their organisation’s IQ over 70%. These are some of the highlights from the 10th edition of PwC’s World Digital IQ survey (, with a focus on Africa. “Digital IQ has a different meaning today than it had at the same time as PwC ( started this research a decade ago. Tielman Botha, Digital Lead for PwC South Africa, says: “Today, the scope and scale of digital-driven change has grown significantly, and organisations have invested a lot of time and money to keep up.
  • Five billion people in the world use mobile phones, 436 million in sub-Sahara Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/06/15 The number of mobile phone subscribers in the world has reached five billion, according to the research arm of the world mobile industry organization, GSMA. But sub-Sahara Africa is the least penetrated with 436 million incomparable subscribers, the organization says in a press release copied to The GSMA defines a ‘incomparable mobile subscriber’ as an individual person that can account for multiple ‘mobile connections’, that is SIM cards. According to GSMA Intelligence, the world’s five billion incomparable mobile subscribers today account for approximately 7.7 billion mobile connections – excluding mobile-to-mobile (M2M).
  • Morocco Ranks Highest in North Africa in ICTs’ Impact on Economy

    MOROCCO, 2017/05/28 Morocco remains the highest ranked country in North Africa in generating economic impact from investments in data and communications technologies (ICTs), according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). The WEF’s World Data Technology Statement 2016 shows that Morocco ranked 78th part 139 nations—with a price of 3.0 out of 7—in their abilities to leverage ICTs for increased competitiveness and well-being. The statement used the new iteration of the Networked Readiness Index, which assesses the factors, policies and institutions that enable a country to take chance of ICTs.
  • Meditel to Become Part of Orange Before End of This Year.

    MOROCCO, 2017/05/28 As Moroccan company Meditel prepares to become a part of French telecommunications network Orange , it appointed Yves Gauthier as the new director of Meditel on Monday at a conference of Meditel’s board of directors in Paris. The new director of the company, who before supervised the the Egyptian company Mobinil’s transfer to Orange, will start his new job in September. In July 2015, Orange signed a transaction to increase its holdings in Meditel to 49%. This transaction set the stage for increasing Orange influence in Meditel and the current transition.
  • 3 Ways Digital Technology Can Transform Africa Into a Global Power

    BOTSWANA, 2016/11/03 Africa is home to some of the world’s greatest digital innovations. From medical applications to inventions aimed at enabling the continent’s educational system, the continent is not just experiencing a digital revolution, but it’s as well solidifying its place as world leader in science and technology. The number of young people creating life-changing digital applications in Africa continues to grow. In Mozambique, counselors are using Short Message Services to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS, while in Nigeria a Do It Yourself generator that can produce six hours of power just from a liter of urine was invented by a group of 15-year-old girls. And in Zimbabwe, a 24-year-old engineering student has managed approaching up with a machine that turns plastic into diesel.

    BOTSWANA, 2016/08/13 Africa is the second-largest continent, after Asia, in size and population; located south of Europe and bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and to the east by the Indian Ocean.
  • Africa,Protect Refugees With Mobile Banking

    BOTSWANA, 2016/02/08 "Mean spirited", "inhumane" and desecrating the spirit of the Refugee Convention are some of the milder criticisms levelled at Denmark's harsh new asylum laws, passed last week. Part new measures is a decision to strip new arrivals of any cash and valuables worth additional than 10,000 kroner (US$1,450), purportedly to pay for their upkeep. Switzerland and some southern German states have introduced similar policies. It's a move that reflects the fragmenting world of European migration policy, lacking in solidarity, empathy and basic human decency. But what of the financial implications for asylum seekers?
  • Morocco issues initial 4G licences

    MOROCCO, 2015/04/01 The three major mobile operators in Morocco have won licences enabling them to operate 4G services, opening the door to critical new revenue streams for a sector that is nearing subscriber saturation. According to a statement from the National Agency for Telecommunications Regulation (Agence Nationale de Réglementation des Télécommunications, ANRT) on March 18, Maroc Telecom, Méditel and Inwi were issued the radio spectrum licences next submitting tenders for the initial 4G licences a week before. The auction raised Dh2bn (€187m), the ANRT said in a statement. National authorities expect operators’ turnover to climb quickly once 4G services are launched, although the 4G rollout will necessitate heavy capital spending on network upgrades by operators. The telecoms market has steadily increased subscriber numbers inclunding usage in the last decade; however, average revenue per minute (ARPM) has declined in recent years as the market nears saturation.
  • Morocco Wins African App Competition

    CASABLANCA, 2014/11/06 A Moroccan company just won an African Content Awards for developing one of the world's five best health applications. The SEHATUK app from Dial Technologies includes an index of drugs available in Morocco, along with their prices and dosages. Additional than 500 mobile applications from 100 nations, inclunding a dozen from Morocco, were entered in the competition.
  • Has the Arab Spring killed the North African mobile market?

    EGYPT, 2014/10/11 Somebody asked me the other day whether the Arab Spring had affected the growth in the mobile subscriber market, and which was now the fastest growing region. The countries affected were and are major players. Markets where a regime change was engineered are Egypt (34% of the regional total); Tunisia (5%); and Libya (6%). There were major protests in Algeria (18%); Morocco (15%), and Sudan (9%) (1). The creation of a new nation in the form of South Sudan has created further problems for the Sudanese government.