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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 (http://APO.af/FZSmmw), with a focus on Africa. “Digital IQ has a different meaning today than it had at the same time as PwC (www.PwC.com) 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 ghanabusinessnews.com. 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.
  • AFRICA 2016 POPULATION AND INTERNET USERS STATISTICS FOR 2016

    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?
  • Air France, Airtel Partnership Lifts Gabon

    FRANCE, 2013/07/19 Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has signed a partnership Agreement with Air France which will enable customers to purchase flight tickets from the French airline via Airtel Money. Charles Alexis Boukinda, the Director of Airtel Money Gabon, said: “We are fully aware that a lot of our customers have hectic schedules and they don’t have time to go to travel agencies to purchase their plane tickets. Running petty errands can be time consuming. The introduction of this new payment method highlights the commitment of Airtel to finding convenient solutions for all its customers.”
  • Move towards digital economy gains pace

    GABON, 2013/06/11 The landing of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine fibre-optic cable, which was completed in mid-December 2012, should pave the way for improved connectivity for Gabon’s limited ICT sector over the next two years. High prices, alongside a national bandwidth with a 1.2 Gbit/s restriction, have kept access to broadband internet beyond the reach of Gabon’s mainstream market. However, the government is presently preparing to capitalise on the completion of the ACE cable by launching a slate of ambitious projects that will support the transition to a digital economy by 2016.
  • Improve Gabon’s mobile telephony services

    GABON, 2013/02/17 The Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (l’Agence de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes, ARCEP) is taking several measures to improve Gabon’s mobile telephony services, inclunding a wave of mobile service audits. While the sector is extremely competitive, the regulator has expressed concern over insufficient network coverage and unreliable service quality and, in order to pave the way for the rollout of higher price-added services, ARCEP is presently working with telecoms operators to improve these conditions.
  • Airtel’s Strategic DRC, Gabon Francophone Appointments

    GABON, 2012/12/09 Airtel has announced a series of new appointments in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon aimed at boosting their Francophone abilities in the region. The company announced on Monday that Louis Lubala and Antoine Pamboro would be the new Managing Directors of the Indian giant’s operations in the DRC and Gabon, respectively.
  • Internet is going mobile

    BOTSWANA, 2012/07/30 As people the world over go online, the majority of users' primary means of Internet access will be their mobile phones. This is according to the new “Traffic and Market Statement” by Ericsson, which looks at the mobile landscape for the next five years. Ericsson's chief of strategic marketing and intelligence, Patrick Cerwall, says: “The Internet is going mobile. Mobile PC and tablet subscriptions will, by 2017, be on the same level as fixed broadband subscriptions.”