Burkina Faso: Latest News

  • Senegal To Launch Internet Exchange Point End Of August

    Internet exchange By Staff, 9:20 am

    Two years after it was announced, the Senegal Internet Exchange Point (SENIX) is scheduled for official launch on 29 August, according to Cheikh Bakhoum, Chairman of the Board of Directors at SENIX and Director General of Senegal’s State Information Technology Agency (ADIE). Bakhoum said the exchange point would be launched in the country’s capital city of Dakar and would bring about a revolution in the country’s telecoms ecosystem. SENIX is the result of collaboration between 23 partners.

  • Africa Still Has Lowest Internet Speeds In The World

    internet speeds By Staff, 8:16 am

    It would take more than a day to download a high definition movie of 7.5 gigabytes in countries with the slowest internet speeds. It turns out most of those countries are in Africa, data from a global broadband speed league shows. The speed gaps between various countries remains very wide as the five fastest countries have download speeds which are around 40 times faster than the five slowest. Singapore ranks as the highest while Yemen props up the list with meager average speed of 0.34 Mbps.

  • New Investment Model For Africa’s Poorest Countries

    Investment Model By Staff, 9:01 am

    One of the biggest current challenges for the impact investing community is the aggregation and deployment of growth capital equity in the world’s poorest countries. Few would argue with the proposition that for the world’s poorest countries to move out of poverty there must be a new investment model. In view of the absence of local private equity, growth capital and venture funds in those countries, as well as the small deal sizes, there is a challenge in which growth capital can be deployed.

  • French Telecoms Giant Launches $56M African Startup Investment Program

    african startup investment By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:47 am

    French telecommunications operator Orange have announced the launch of an African startup investment initiative that will support innovative startups across the continent. Orange has earmarked $56 million for investment, with half of it set to be invested indirectly through funds that specialize in the digital sector. The other half of the funds will go towards the creation of a new initiative, called Orange Digital Ventures Africa, which will invest directly in African startups within a number of industries including logistics, e-commerce, transport, energy, fintech, and e-health businesses.

  • Luxembourg Company To Lead High-Speed Communications Infrastructure In Burkina Faso

    By Staff, 9:10 am

    SES has been selected to lead a project to extend high-speed communications infrastructure throughout the country of Burkina Faso. The firm will provide the full end-to-end solution, including wireless terrestrial communication and integration with the available optical fibre backbone, to connect 881 sites for e-government, education, and health in Burkina Faso. SES Networks will also provide managed service and maintenance support from Luxembourg, and through a local presence in Burkina Faso.

  • 12 Sub-Saharan African Countries Where It’s Easiest To Start A Business

    Start a business By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:22 am AFKI Original

    Starting a company is never simple, but in some places it is far easier to start a business than it is in others. Africa is no different, and due to a number of factors such as regulation, requirements and government incentives, establishing a business in one part of the continent is not comparable to another. The World Bank recently ranked economies using various factors, and one of those was the ease of starting a business. Here are 12 sub-Saharan African countries where it is easiest to start a tech business.

  • 12 Biggest African Recipients Of Foreign Aid From The United States

    Biggest African Recipients Of Foreign Aid From The United States By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:20 am AFKI Original

    The United States provides foreign aid that benefits numerous African recipients, with over $43 billion of total obligations going to 222 countries around the world in 2015. Much of this goes to assisting countries in sub-Saharan and North Africa, with USAID funding countless programs for the good of people within those nations. We take a look at the 12 biggest African recipients of foreign aid from the United States.

  • 12 Sub-Saharan African Countries With The Poorest Access To Electricity

    poorest access to electricity By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:57 am AFKI Original

    Many of the countries with the poorest access to electricity are in Africa, with around 625 million people in sub-Saharan Africa devoid of any access to electricity whatsoever. Due to issues such as insufficient capacity, poor reliability, and high costs, only around 32 percent of the population within sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity. We take a look at 12 Sub-Saharan African countries with the poorest access to electricity.

  • 13 African Countries With The Lowest Central Bank Interest Rates

    Central Bank By Peter Pedroncelli, 2:18 am AFKI Original

    Many countries in Africa have extremely high central bank interest rates compared to most of the world, but there are some who boast lower rates that compare favourably on a global scale. Lower interest rates allow the people of that country to be able to afford loans and pay them back at more favourable rates versus countries where the interest rates are much higher. In comparison, the United States federal reserve has an interest rate of 1 percent, while the United Kingdom’s rate is currently set at 0.25 percent. We take a look at 13 African countries with the lowest central bank interest rates.

  • Opinion: Blockchain Could Make The Internet Of Intelligent Things Work For Africa

    Blockchain By The Conversation, 2:38 pm

    Blockchain, an almost incorruptible digital ledger of transactions, has the potential to be both foundation and springboard in Africa for a new developmental infrastructure. The blockchain can be “the ledger of everything.” A house can become an intelligent entity registered on a secure, distributed database once it’s tagged with a geospatial reference and sensors that monitor its continuing existence. The owner of the asset can, through an Ethereum-based smart contract, secure a loan to expand a startup enterprise. Property and financing aren’t the only areas where the new Internet of Intelligent Things has the potential to compensate for Africa’s legacies of underdevelopment.

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