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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).
  • 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.
  • Tunisia augments ICT exports and connectivity

    TUNISIA, 2016/06/19 A strategic five-year plan targeting Tunisia’s ICT sector, Tunisie Digitale 2020, looks to dramatically increase the industry’s contribution to employment and revenues. First launched in 2014 as Tunisie Digitale 2018, the plan was revised last year to harmonise its timelines and objectives with the government’s new five-year general economic development plan for the 2016-20 period. The plan aims to create 100,000 jobs and double the GDP of the country’s digital economy to TD9bn (€4.1bn) by 2020. Sector exports, meanwhile, are expected to increase four-fold between 2014 and 2020 to TD4bn (€1.7bn).
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Ali Faramawy, the vice president of Microsoft for the Mena region

    TUNISIA, 2013/07/24 Vice-President of the US multinational "Microsoft" Ali Faramawy expressed his company's willingness to support Tunisia carry out its programmes designed to encourage youth to use IT in various areas. These programmes were the focus of a conference between Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki and the Microsoft official on Tuesday in Carthage, according to a presidency press release.
  • Turkcell eyes Dubai's Tunisie Telecom 35% stake

    TURKEY, 2013/07/03  Thirteen companies inclunding Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat and Turkey's Turkcell have expressed interest in buying Dubai Holding's 35% stake in national-owned Tunisie Telecom, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported quoting a government official on June 26. The Tunisian government said last week that Dubai Holding, which owns the stake through its unit Emirates International Telecommunications (EIT), was considering selling out of the former monopoly Tunisie Telecom. EIT, which paid USD 2.25 billion for the 35% holding in 2006, has hired Credit Suisse to advise on a sale, banking sources said. ''There are 13 companies which expressed interests in buying a 35% stake, inclunding six known international companies,'' Ahmed ben Hussien, an official in the Ministry of Communications said.
  • Tunisia’s telecoms industry

    TUNISIA, 2013/06/21 A wave of initiatives is planned to be rolled out across Tunisia’s telecoms industry as the country moves towards achieving the targets laid out for the sector in a vision drawn up to spearhead its expansion. In an effort to facilitate increased access to services, real estate developers and telecoms operators will any minute at this time be obliged to ensure planned building developments include the necessary infrastructure for fibre optic capacity. The Tunisia Broadband Strategy (TBS), released in September 2012, maps out the government’s plans to accelerate increase in the ICT sector through a broad range of measures that include driving up fixed-line and mobile broadband penetration and enhancing fibre optic (FO) capacity.