Telecommunications

Connecting African women with IT is good for growth

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Getting women in Africa access to information technology (IT) like smart phones is not just about closing the usage gender gap, experts say it is also a major driver of economic growth across the continent. That was the main theme Thursday at a panel discussion on women and IT during the 50th Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group ...

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Orange launches the 2015 Orange African Social Venture Prize

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This initiative aims to encourage innovative start-up projects which help to accelerate development on the African continent Orange (http://www.orange.com) is launching the call for applications for the 5th edition of the Orange African Social Venture Prize. This initiative aims to encourage innovative start-up projects which help to accelerate development on the African continent. The prize will recognize three projects with ...

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Chad’s – telecoms, mobile and broadband – market insights and statistics shared in new research report

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Despite being Africa’s latest exporter of oil, Chad has one of the least developed telecommunications markets in the world. Penetration rates in all market sectors – fixed, mobile and internet – are well below African averages. Nevertheless, recent regulatory developments and renewed commitments from existing players in the telecom market are showcasing the potential for investors to develop a country ...

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Light Reading Launches Africa/Middle East Research Service

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Light Reading (www.lightreading.com), the market-leading online community for the global communications sector, has launched its first-ever region-specific research service, focusing on the telecom industry’s two fastest-growing and most promising markets: Africa and the Middle East. The initiative is led by Heavy Reading, Light Reading’s independent research group, and Xalam Analytics, a new research venture headed by Guy Zibi, a leading ...

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4G LTE network in Ghana: Investment in Surfline will contribute to improve internet connectivity in Ghana

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Vantage Capital (http://www.vantagecapital.co.za), Africa’s leading mezzanine debt provider, announced that the DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (“DEG”) and four other European investors are contributing a total of approximately $60m to Vantage’s third fund. DEG’s commitment to Fund III is $20m. In addition the DEG is providing $15m to a co-investment with Vantage in Surfline Communications, the leading 4G ...

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Mobile Web West Africa 2015 main conference day kicked off

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The Mobile Web West Africa 2015 main conference day kicked off in grand style with respected speakers from leading companies in mobile coming together to share insights, announce new products and chart the course for the development of mobile in the west African region. Speaking on a panel discussing the steps needed for evolution , Mr Valentine Obi, CEO of ...

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Cisco predicts massive growth in South Africa 4g and wi-fi connections over next five years

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According to the latest annual update of the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2014 to 2019, the on-going adoption of more powerful devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections may see 3G surpassing 2G as the top cellular technology, based on connection share, by 2016. 4G will account for 56.1 percent of total mobile data traffic in ...

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The Global Mobile Education Market is Expected to Reach US$97.3 Billion by 2020

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The global mobile education market reached worth over US$43 billion in 2014. The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 14% during 2014 and 2020. Africa will exhibit the highest growth rate in the world in mobile education uptake. The African mobile education market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 52% during the forecast period. North ...

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Orange and Airtel join forces to enable international money transfers between Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso

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With “Orange Money International Transfer”, Orange Money customers can easily use their mobile phones to transfer electronic money in real-time As of today, customers of Orange Money in Côte d’Ivoire can use their mobile phones to send money to customers of Airtel Money in Burkina Faso, and vice versa. This partnership between Orange (http://www.orange.com) and Airtel enables Orange customers, for ...

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Focus on Disability: Reaching patients with smartphones

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By Hannah Kuper- SciDev.Net About 4.5 billion people worldwide have a mobile phone — about as many as have access to a toilet. [1,2] No wonder these mobile devices are being put to many new uses, including to collect data in Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa later this year.  Mobile phones can change healthcare for disabled people in other ...

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