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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.
  • 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?
  • EAC moves to tame mobile money fraud

    KENYA, 2015/09/26 Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan are working to reach a common SIM card registration framework to help tame crime that is perpetrated using mobile phones. Officials from the four nations met in Nairobi yesterday, where they discussed harmonisation of their legal frameworks to develop a common SIM card registration system. “SIM card registration has been primarily necessitated by the need to ensure that ICT networks, particularly mobile telecom services, are secured from misuse for criminal activities,” said Kenya’s Communications Authority director general Francis Wangusi. “The new framework will help transaction with fraud as the region strives to realise financial inclusion for the citizens,” said Joseph Tiampati, the ICT Principal Secretary.
  • Shs50 Billion for Biometric Machines Is Wasteful, Uganda

    UGANDA, 2015/09/13 Five foreign companies have submitted bids seeking to supply the Electoral Commission with biometric equipment on lease basis at a colossal sum of Shs50 billion for voter verification and identification purportedly to stop rigging in the 2016 general election. The EC has by presently received and evaluated the bids and the best bidder will be announced any time any minute at this time. On the surface of it, one may be lured to think the spending is justified because of the noble cause for a free and equitable election. However, this equipment adds no price to the electoral process and procuring it is a wasteful spending.
  • Africa telecoms firm Eaton Towers plans $350m expansion

    EGYPT, 2015/05/04 African telecoms company Eaton Towers has raised a $350m war chest to fund expansion across the continent. Eaton, which builds and operates masts for mobile phone networks, has as well signed a transaction with Mobinil in Egypt, an arm of Orange, to buy 2,000 towers. The company installs telecom networks and persuades rival mobile phone operators to share the same tower, thereby cutting costs. Chief executive Terry Rhodes said: "Sharing masts is good for everybody."
  • Liquid Telecom to extend the firm's fibre cable infrastructure across Kampala's

    UGANDA, 2014/11/10 Liquid Telecom, a data, voice and IP provider, has announced it will inject Shs 2bn to extend the firm's fibre cable infrastructure across Kampala's central business district (CBD) and the nearby towns of Masaka, Mbarara, Mukono and Jinja. Liquid telecom, which bought Infocom last year, says the infrastructure will bring a new experience of internet usage in the country. Hans Haerdtle, the company's chief technical officer, East Africa, said: "Our aim in investing so heavily in this new Ugandan internet infrastructure is to achieve better service delivery and improve the country's internet penetration."
  • Telecommunications: 4 East African countries abolish roaming charges

    KENYA, 2014/08/13 Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan - have agreed on a regional telecommunications framework to establish a 'One-Network-Area' by 31 December, 2014, world telecommunications industry monitor, Pyramid Research, said Monday in its daily update. Subscribers travelling within the corridor will be charged as local subscribers in the visited country network, and the subscriber will only incur prevailing calling rates similar to what local subscribers pay. Quoting IT News Africa, the statement said the One-Network-Area is being implemented following a directive of the fifth Heads of National Summit held in Kenya in May 2014.