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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.
  • Cybersecurity in spotlight as Ghana pushes ahead with ICT development

    GHANA, 2017/08/01 Ghana has stepped up efforts to bolster its fast-growing ICT sector with the signing of a new transaction strengthening cybersecurity protections. n June the Bank of Ghana (BoG) announced it had contracted a private provider, whose name has not from presently on been made public, to help fasten the data of all banks registered under its system.
  • Africa: South Africa and Ghana Celebrate Success of African Network of Telescopes

    GHANA, 2017/07/14 The Ministries of Ghana and South Africa announce the combination of 'initial light' science observations which confirm the successful conversion of the Ghana communications antenna from a redundant telecoms instrument into a functioning Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) radio telescope. Ghana is the initial partner country of the African Very Large Baseline Interferometer (VLBI) Network (AVN) to complete the conversion of a communications antenna into a functioning radio telescope. The 32-metre converted telecommunications antenna at the Ghana Intelsat Satellite Earth Station at Kutunse will be integrated into the African VLBI Network (AVN) in preparation for the second phase construction of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) across the African continent.
  • 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?
  • 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."
  • Ghana Mobile Phone Tariffs Up 75%

    GHANA, 2015/03/18 A recent directive, by the National Communication Authority (NCA) to telecommunication companies to charge GHp4 per minute, will kill businesses and affect over 10 million subscribers, Vodafone Ghana has warned. The company believes the current move by the NCA would have a negative impact on the telecom industry, since the directive could disarm their ability to monetise GH¢80 million annual capital investment . Vodafone Ghana expressed the concern over the "On-net price regulation" by the NCA at a media round table discussion held in Accra last week Thursday.
  • AfricaOnline launches managed service solution, Ghana

    GHANA, 2014/10/11 Gondwana International Networks’ (GIN) AfricaOnline business has unveiled a managed infrastructure and services solution in Ghana. The new SME product offering, iManage, has been done in conjunction with managed services company, SevenC Computing. Winston Smith, General Manager, Terrestrial Services for GIN and AfricaOnline says that the partnership with SevenC Computing has by presently proven beneficial in several nations: “We have seen great success in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Uganda and expect tremendous increase in Ghana. There is great request for level three managed services support in Africa, as cloud simply cannot deliver on its own.”