Tom Jackson, 5:33 am AFKI Original
Africa deservedly gets much attention in the local and international tech and business media for its skyrocketing internet penetration, which in turn is boosting African economies and allowing for the launch of a new generation of digital startups. With this growing web access, however, inevitably comes new cyber security threats.
Tom Jackson, 7:50 am AFKI Original
The arrival of venture capital firms from abroad generally makes headlines in Africa. Arrivals in 2014 and 2015 are cause for optimism, but startup funding is increasingly available from African sources too. Large African companies, notably mobile operators, are reviewing their strategies towards smaller businesses. Whereas some companies once zealously protected themselves from competition from smaller business, now they are more willing to invest.
Tom Jackson, 6:38 am AFKI Original
The trend in Africa’s growing telecommunications sector has increasingly been towards consolidation over the last few years. Be it infrastructure sharing or a host of mergers and acquisitions, Africa’s operators are working together, and the space is getting less competitive as a result.
Tom Jackson, 10:27 am AFKI Original
About a quarter of Africa’s 1 billion-plus people have access to the Internet. Smartphone penetration is even less, with only South Africa making it into the top 50 globally, and that with less than 40 percent of the population being online. This might make Africa seem like an inhospitable place for global tech giants but the opposite is true.