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  • Financing Mass Transport In Africa To Kickstart Urban Development

    Rail investment - Addis Ababa's metro rail network. Photo - CNN By Kurt Davis Jr., 12:06 pm AFKI Original

    The African continent will continue to experience major urban development in the coming decades. Such urban development requires improved mass transport and freight-moving systems to support the population growth. Some urban planners even argue that mass transport networks are central to cities’ ability to control the expansion and better manage property development, while reducing travel times and boosting land values.

  • DotAfrica Internet Domain Popular With Trademark Owners

    DotAfrica internet domain finally online in July. Photo - KMB By Peter Pedroncelli, 8:47 am

    The new dotAafrca top-level internet domain appears to be very popular among trademark owners, as it has attracted just short of a thousand registrations during the initial registrations period, known as the sunrise phase. The top-level domain has been through its sunrise phase, is now in its landrush phase, and will be available to the general public from July 4, but already dotAfrica is showing why it has been much-anticipated. The heavy initial interest in the dotAfrica domain places it in the top 10 worldwide for the number of domain name reservations during the sunrise phase of a launch process.

  • African Mobile Phone Sales Down In 2017, East Africa Still Growing

    Mobile phone sales - Smartphone sales in Africa are expected to recover in 2018. Photo - Blerds By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:17 am

    Mobile phone sales across the African continent fell during in the first quarter of 2017 in comparison with the fourth quarter of last year, but East Africa still remained in positive growth territory. Overall shipments of mobile phones to Africa in the first quarter amounted to around 54,5 million units, which represents a decrease of 8,2 percent versus fourth quarter data for 2016. A sharp decline in smartphone sales, which were previously growing consistently, contributed to the first quarter growth negativity, with a staggering 17,6 percent decline in the smartphone segment for the first three months of the year

  • Why Small Business Is Key To Microsoft’s Strategy In Africa

    Strategy in Africa By Tom Jackson, 1:41 am AFKI Original

    Microsoft has partnered with the Nigerian government to digitally transform service delivery to the country’s investor community. It’s important to look at this in the wider context of Microsoft’s growing involvement in the region. Promoting business and supporting the growth of cloud services are key to Microsoft’s strategy in Africa, as the company eyes the last unsaturated market on earth. Just as Google and Facebook are increasingly involved on the continent, Microsoft too is making a play to establish a long-term customer base there.

  • Why The Next Tech Revolution Will Be In Africa

    By Staff, 5:26 pm

    Silicon Valley’s days leading the tech revolution may be coming to an end, according to one optimistic observer who believes the future of technology lies much further abroad. The future of tech “will be written in Legos, Nairobi, Kampala, and cities across Africa,” Jeremy Johnson, CEO/ founder of Andela. “We believe that Africa is going to emerge as a significant player in the global tech scene,” he said. Andela connects Africa’s top 2 percent of developers with jobs at companies globally.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About How Africans Have Embraced Mobile

    embraced mobile By Peter Pedroncelli, 8:42 am AFKI Original

    Africa has embraced mobile like few other regions of the world have, with some of the highest mobile penetration rates and the majority of internet users accessing content online via their mobiles. Whether one considers online banking, apps for healthcare, connecting through social media or voting for a political party, Africans have fully embraced mobile technology and all of its possibilities. Here are the 12 things you didn’t know about how Africans have embraced mobile.

  • African Fintech Startups Have Secured $92M In Investment Since 2015

    African fintech startups are thriving throughout the continent. Photo: Mastercard By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:32 am

    African fintech startups continue to be an example to similar entities in other sectors, attracting substantial investment while disrupting the financial services market on the continent. The innovative solutions that fintech enterprises are producing have attracted the attention of banks and investors, in the hope that these financial disruptors become the next PayPal or similar concept in Africa. The last two years have seen a sharp increase in the number of businesses created in this sector, with 301 African fintech startups identified across 20 countries on the continent.

  • DotAfrica Goes Public July 4: Will Africans Embrace It Or Continue To ‘Be Guests On Someone Else’s Web’?

    DotAfrica domain finally ready to come online. Photo: thehabarinetwork.com By Tom Jackson, 6:41 pm AFKI Original

    After years of red tape, the much-hyped DotAfrica domain will soon be available to the public. The psychological impact cannot be underestimated, said Lucky Masilela, CEO of the ZA Central Registry — the company charged in 2012 with giving Africa its own first geographic TLD. DotAfrica is not just about African pride. It’s about business. “We believe that it will increasingly make an appearance in corporate marketing communication with all the associated benefits including feet in stores and clicks on sites,” Masilela said.

  • 10 African Countries With The Most Active Facebook Users

    Active facebook users By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:16 am AFKI Original

    Social media has taken the world by storm in recent years, and the number of active Facebook users in Africa is a testament to the fact that the continent is also part of the social media trend. With Facebook being the most popular of the social media networks, and the proliferation of mobile throughout Africa providing the ideal breeding ground, the combination of factors has led to a growing user-base for the company. Africa is home to around 330 million internet users, and around 44 percent of them are active on Facebook.

  • Mobile Shopping In South Africa Sees Major Increase

    mobile shopping By Staff, 7:37 am

    In 2017 there will be over 16 million active smartphone users in South Africa. This number is expected to grow exponentially over the next five years to reach more than 21 million users. The rapid rise in mobile phone usage in South Africa can primarily be attributed to the popularity of social media, which in turn has also sparked an increase in mobile phone usage to buy and sell online. The upturn in active mobile phone users has also affected internet usage and consumer habits drastically.

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