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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.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:26 am
Google and three strategic partners have committed to investing a combined $100 million in a broadband infrastructure project to benefit African cities, with fast and reliable internet capabilities in the pipeline. The agreement signed between the four investors sees the creation of a new entity known as CSquared, which will operate as an independent company and will be based out of offices in Nairobi, Kenya.
Dana Sanchez, 6:25 pm
Google launched an online learning portal a year ago offering digital skills courses free to anyone in Africa, designed to use up as little data as possible. Many people who took the courses had limited internet access and high data costs. The US tech giant is now turning its attention to web-focused skills training for small businesses across Africa. In addition to skills and workforce training, Google is laying fiber optic cable, easing access to Android phones as it expands on the continent. Google was valued at $109.5 billion in 2016.
Dana Sanchez, 12:23 pm
Global tech and mobile giants are increasingly involved in Africa’s 314 active tech hubs. New tech hubs are opening on a weekly basis, according to new research by GSMA, the powerful mobile trade and lobbying association. GSMA recently launched its own innovation fund to tap local startups. Regardless of their type, it’s the facilitator role of tech hubs that explains their proliferation in Africa.
Kevin Mwanza, 10:40 am
African techies are capitalizing on a blind spot missed by the likes of Google, Samsung and Apple to build apps for non-smartphones – also known as feature phones — that are widely used on the continent. Out of the 550 million mobile phone subscribers in Africa less than a third own a smartphone, leaving a majority disenfranchised by the app revolution that mobile users enjoy in developed regions.
Dana Sanchez, 12:54 pm
Google says it hopes the Africans it trains will become pioneers in the field and do great things in digital. What’s in it for Google? Large U.S. tech companies like Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook are under scrutiny globally for paying low taxes outside the U.S. To help their image as good corporate citizens, they often fund free education programs and tout the number of jobs they help create, Bloomberg reported.
Dana Sanchez, 1:49 pm
Smartphones are more common in the U.S. than in developing countries. Most Blackberry and Nokia users in Africa will be forced to buy more expensive devices. WhatsApp could lose millions of subscribers who can’t afford smartphones. “But losing a couple million bottom-of-the-pyramid users is probably not a big deal for a platform with over 1 billion active users and counting,” said a tech commentator. WhatsApp says the times they are a-changing. BlackBerry and Nokia commanded 70% of mobile devices globally when WhatsApp launched in 2007. Now they have less than 1 percent.
Dana Sanchez, 6:44 pm
Growing mobile use in Africa helped Facebook break ad revenue records in the fourth quarter of 2015 with 80% of it coming from mobile ads. Not everyone is celebrating. In South Africa, the top two mobile service providers, MTN and Vodacom, say data-based messaging apps are getting a free ride and it’s hurting their profits. The government met to discuss regulating OTT services. Google, Facebook, and Microsoft-Skype were there, arguing that users already pay for infrastructure through data charges.
Staff, 3:35 pm
Google has agreed to buy a 12.5% stake in Africa’s largest wind project from Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas. Google sees a big opportunity in fast-growing markets with rich renewable energy resources. Investment in Kenya is the latest in a string of renewable energy investments. Google so far has committed $2 billion to 22 clean energy projects including Jaspert, Africa’s largest solar project in South Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 7:22 pm
Scientists at the University of Stellenbosch say they’ve built a cheaper heliostat than the one Google researchers gave up on to harness concentrating solar power. In theory, the heliostat solves the perennial problem dogging the renewable sector: what to do when the wind isn’t blowing or the sun don’t shine. The next step is to mass produce the heliostat, and international investors are already interested.
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