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Staff, 9:24 am
In June 2017 the Togolese government awarded two new Internet service provider licenses. The winning companies are Teolis and GVA. The government expects the new Internet service providers to boost competition and lower prices, feeding increased adoption of high-speed Internet services. The companies are expected to launch their first services in the first quarter of next year. This boost to competition is going to push up broadband penetration in the country to 1.1 percent by the end of 2021.
Staff, 9:10 am
Somalia’s government says a widespread Internet outage that began roughly in late June is costing the Horn of Africa nation about $10 million each day and is a “major disaster.” Somalia’s post and telecommunications minister, Abdi Anshur Hassan, told a press conference recently that Somalia has lost more than $130 million so far. The country’s loss of Internet service has sparked anger across Somalia and affected the central and southern parts of the country including the capital, Mogadishu
Staff, 8:44 am
The number of domestic manufacturers using the barcode technology has increased to over 1,500 companies and 18,000 products. GS1 TZ National Limited Barcode Exec Mabamba Maregesi said at the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair that there was increased awareness on the benefits of using barcode.”The business community comprising small, medium and large entrepreneurs has been acquiring barcode technology for their products to compete in the domestic, regional and international market,” he said.`
Staff, 11:51 am
More than half of South African workers want their companies to put new technologies to work faster, so that they can be more efficient (53 percent); and they want their employers to use them and other resources more creatively (52 percent). Those are just two of the results from research by Quocirca and Coleman-Parkes on behalf of Ricoh that sought to investigate the impacts of digital disruption, economic uncertainty, regulation and governmental policies, and the skills and talent gaps.
Staff, 10:25 am
VCs and startup founders rarely pay attention to slow-moving but powerful macro global events, especially with so many fast-moving things to focus on at the micro level, like technology, teams, and trends. While VCs and startup founders often are the earliest to know about technological advances bubbling from the bottom up (while public-market hedge fund and global macro investors find out about them only later), they often are the last to know about global macro forces that may impact them.
Staff, 9:50 am
The second edition of the Global Cybersecurity Index 2017, released earlier this week by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an agency of the United Nations, measured the commitment of ITU Member States to cyber security and highlighted a number of illustrative practices from around the world. The survey measures the commitment of countries to cyber security based on five pillars namely: legal, technical and organizational measures, capacity building and international cooperation.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:39 am AFKI Original
Technology has an important role to play in African daily life, and in fact, some mobile apps that have been created contribute to saving lives. Mobile apps are easily accessible, often free or cost-effective, and can be used on the go. Whether helping to enhance healthcare, assist with security or summon law enforcement, the mobile apps on this list have been designed specifically to deal with challenges and assist African communities with crucial elements of their lives. Here are 12 mobile apps that are saving lives in Africa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:56 am
The World Bank and venture capital firm Nest have announced a call for applications for the Agritech Challenge 2017 in Kenya. The initiative is the first open innovation program of its kind in Kenya, and it is aimed at connecting promising startups and innovators with one of the region’s leading agribusiness corporates. The AgriTech Challenge, which is sponsored by the World Bank, aims to spur collaborative innovation within the agricultural sector in Kenya.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:40 am
South African fintech startup JUMO has announced the appointment of Amazon EC2 founder Chris Pinkham as an active independent director of the company. Cape Town University-educated Pinkham begins work for the South African company with immediate effect, having left his role as vice president of Engineering at Twitter in February this year, and will be working with JUMO’s leadership team on technical and product strategy.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:19 am
Nigerian tech startup LegitCar has launched a database of cars in Nigeria that have been reported as stolen, with functionality built into the database that allows prospective car buyers to check whether the vehicle they wish to purchase is listed as stolen. In development since September of 2016, LegitCar makes money by charging a small fee to clients who want to double-check the legitimacy of the car they wish to buy. Using the vehicle identification number or chassis number, which is unique for each vehicle, the system determines whether the car in question is legitimate, or whether it has been flagged as missing or stolen.
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