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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.
  • Algeria awards 4G licences to boost digital economy

    ALGIERS, 2016/11/03 In September Algeria’s government published an executive decree authorising deployment of 4G LTE services, a significant step in boosting internet penetration and data usage in the country’s telecoms sector. Iman Houda Feraoun, minister of post and ICT, told media in mid-September that the final concessions would be awarded shortly, with the launch of 4G services expected to take place in the fourth quarter of 2016. The decree follows the award of provisional 15-year 4G licenses to the country’s three mobile operators in May.

    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?
  • Algeria eyes telecoms reform

    ALGIERS, 2015/12/27 After the relatively late launch of 3G services in 2013, Algeria is presently looking to accelerate its rollout of 4G LTE, with a successful speed test conducted before this year and a series of base stations being constructed across the country. The new minister for the post office and ICT, Houda Imane Feraoun, confirmed to local media in late August that the government hopes to see mobile 4G launched in the coming months, with the final draft of the request for tender being evaluated by the sector regulator, the Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Postal Services, and a call for tenders expected early next year. “Algeria has succeeded in improving its internet network to a significant degree, despite its late entry and lack of a clear ICT strategy,” she told media in late July, emphasising the crucial role played by the deployment of fibre-optic cables throughout the country, which has helped to modernise ICT infrastructure.
  • 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.
  • Improving high-speed internet access in Algeria

    ALGIERS, 2014/01/04 Consumers may any minute at this time have better access to the internet in Algeria, with the government set to invest in fixed-line networks and mobile operators preparing to launch 3G services. In August the government announced it would channel AD140bn (€1.30bn) into telecommunications infrastructure, in part to accelerate the development of a fibre-optic network. The investment will be funnelled into the sector through the Ministry of Post and Data and Communications Technology (Ministère de la Poste et des Technologies de l’Data et de la Communication, MPTIC), while the national-run telecommunications operator, Algérie Télécom (AT) will lead efforts to overhaul the fibre-optic network.
  • Broadband Steering Algerian IT Sector 2012-10-04

    ALGERIA, 2012/10/04 By 2018, government data says the telecom market in the country will be estimated at around $7.4 billion and the sector with the majority potential is broadband services. According to Frost & Sullivan, “mobile subscriber increase rates are projected to slow down even as mobile penetration rate was expected to reach 100 % by the first quarter of 2012.”