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  • Egypt state firm entering thriving mobile sector

    EGYPT, 2017/11/29 Telecom Egypt looks to cash in on mobile sector but some fear its exemption from price hike in mobile services may be part of broader pattern of unfair privileges. As Egypt's mobile operators thrive, national-owned Telecom Egypt is entering the market in an effort to boost national revenues. In a country with additional mobile phone subscriptions than residents, Egypt's only fixed-line operator is hoping to get in on the action with its new mobile service, WE.
  • 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).
  • Morocco Ranks Highest in North Africa in ICTs’ Impact on Economy

    MOROCCO, 2017/05/28 Morocco remains the highest ranked country in North Africa in generating economic impact from investments in data and communications technologies (ICTs), according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). The WEF’s World Data Technology Statement 2016 shows that Morocco ranked 78th part 139 nations—with a price of 3.0 out of 7—in their abilities to leverage ICTs for increased competitiveness and well-being. The statement used the new iteration of the Networked Readiness Index, which assesses the factors, policies and institutions that enable a country to take chance of ICTs.
  • Meditel to Become Part of Orange Before End of This Year.

    MOROCCO, 2017/05/28 As Moroccan company Meditel prepares to become a part of French telecommunications network Orange , it appointed Yves Gauthier as the new director of Meditel on Monday at a conference of Meditel’s board of directors in Paris. The new director of the company, who before supervised the the Egyptian company Mobinil’s transfer to Orange, will start his new job in September. In July 2015, Orange signed a transaction to increase its holdings in Meditel to 49%. This transaction set the stage for increasing Orange influence in Meditel and the current transition.
  • 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.
  • 5.2% growth in GDP of telecommunications sector during first quarter of 2016

    EGYPT, 2016/08/25 The total gross domestic product (GDP) of the telecommunications and data technology sector increased by 5.2% during the initial quarter of 2015, compared to the same period last year. According to a statement by the Ministry of Communications and Data Technology, the total GDP increased from EGP 13.13bn during the initial three months of 2015 to EGP 13.8bn during the same period of 2016.
  • 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.
  • Orange invests $85M in Africa Internet Group, Africa’s first billion dollar tech firm

    AFRICA, 2016/07/24 There’s additional money for Africa Internet Group (AIG), the Rocket Internet-backed company that became Africa’s initial tech unicorn last month at the same time as it landed a $326 million investment at a valuation of additional than $1 billion. AIG today revealed that it has taken an additional €75 million (around $85 million) in additional cash from new investor mobile giant Orange. Beyond the new capital, the transaction marks a strategic partnership between the two that will help AIG push and promote its a lot of businesses — which include online sales site Jumia, Uber rival Easy Taxi, Hellofood and travel booking site Jovago — across the 12 nations in Africa where Orange and AIG share a mutual presence.