Communication / ICT in Congo Kinshasa

  • 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?
  • Congo-Kinshasa: Leveraging Mobile Tech to Combat Conflict and Corruption

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2015/01/02 Rarely has so small a law stirred so much debate about so distant a conflict. Over the completed several months, debate about legislation requiring companies to disclose any use of conflict minerals in manufacturing, has dragged a bunch of seemingly unconnected people into its orbit: from Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rogers and members of the U.S. Congress to Washington think tanks and thousands of American companies. At issue is whether Section 1502 of the Dodd­‐Frank Act of 2009 has hurt or helped people in the target country - the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Advocates pushing for the provision called attention to what they saw as the complicity of the American consumer and their 'blood cell phones' in Congo’s ongoing conflict. Critics claim the law has drained the country of much needed investment , throwing millions of Congolese further into poverty. From presently on, the debate about the legislation in Washington has drowned out the Congolese voice. But new technologies offer new ways for their voice to be heard.
  • Airtel Money Making in Congo Kinshasa

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2013/06/30 Bharti Airtel, a leading world telecommunications company with operations in 20 nations across Asia and Africa, is emerging as one of the majority preferred financial services providers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, helping to further deepen the country’s financial sector. ‘Airtel Money’, the company’s mobile money platform, is by presently making a revolutionary mark in the country with the government embracing it to make seamless large-scale fee payments from December last year. Presently, civil servants inclunding the military, the police force, pensioners and other civil servants can receive payments on their mobile phones.
  • 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.”
  • 3G licences raise EUR60 million in DRC auctions 2012-07-18

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2012/07/18 Operators have obtained 3G licences in the Democratic Republic of Congo following auctions that raised EUR60 million. The licences were each sold for EUR15 million. Part the winning operators were major international players with an established presence in Africa – Airtel, Vodacom and Oasis, which is owned by Tigo – along with market newcomer Africell. The licences came into effect at the beginning of July.