Africa’s telecoms market is in a state of flux, with some operators seeing huge potential and opportunity while others are concerned with the challenges they face. Trends are being set by both those aiming to expand investment in telecommunications across the continent, and those moving away from the telecoms playing field. Orange and Viettel are making big investment moves, while the likes of Tunisie Telecom and Airtel are retreating from Africa.
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Peter Pedroncelli, 7:32 am AFKI Original
Women have always been important role-players within the tech scene in Africa, and there have been an increasing number of female-founded tech startups emerging from the continent in recent years. While gender diversity in the tech sector remains an ongoing challenge, women are making their mark on a male-dominated industry by launching their own startups and achieving success. These women show what a passion for tech and strong leadership qualities can produce.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:13 am
French telecommunications giant Orange has begun construction on the site that will become their new African headquarters in Ivory Coast. The West African country was selected for the company’s new base of operations on the continent, which will cost around $50.4 million once completed. Orange is a major mobile operator across Africa, with customers present in 19 countries on the continent, including Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Morocco, Senegal and Mauritius.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:57 am AFKI Original
The story of Airbnb in Africa is one of positive growth. The mobile app-based hospitality booking site allows people to make their homes or spare rooms available to visiting guests for a fee, and it continues to thrive and grow in Africa. Established in 2008, Airbnb hosts have welcomed over 200 million guests in 191 countries since the early days of the company, with Cape Town in South Africa proving to be the most popular African destination for the Airbnb hosts and users.
Mongabay, 8:28 am
Camera traps have proven to be a powerful tool in conservationists’ arsenal for monitoring forests and wildlife. But the mountains of data they capture need to be sifted through in order to be useful, which often presents a significant challenge for cash-strapped conservationists and researchers. To meet this challenge, a team led by Anabelle Cardoso, a PhD candidate at Oxford University in the UK, has turned to citizen science.
Tom Jackson, 5:48 pm AFKI Original
Last week, for the fourth year in a row, the investment community of Africa came together in Cape Town to discuss trends, opportunities and pitfalls with regards to backing African startups. It might not seem that big of a deal, but in the embryonic days of African angel and venture capital, where the vast majority of startups lack access to funding, the signs that a dedicated community of investors is being built are positive.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:43 am AFKI Original
For many global tech companies, investing in Africa is a strategy for growth that is allowing them to tap into a growing market that is full of great potential. Tech companies from across various sectors are looking to Africa for growth, with the likes of Facebook, Google and Microsoft all putting their money into the continent. Whether they are investing in infrastructure, skills or the startup ecosystem, these tech companies are boosting economies and creating jobs.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:30 am
The Seedstars Africa Summit will be bringing together the best tech startup talent from around the African continent in December. The third annual Seedstars Africa Summit will take place on Dec. 14 in Mozambique, with all of the winners of the various Seedstars World competitions throughout Africa attending the event. Seedstars World holds these events in around 70 countries before winners are selected to take part in a grand final.
Staff, 6:16 am
Although extensive research on media and consumer trends in Africa shows a growing transition of consumers and audiences away from traditional media towards online media, television remains a highly significant contributor to consumer spending. Geopoll have analyzed the top TV and Radio Stations in 6 African countries for Q3 2017, which runs from July through to September.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:15 am AFKI Original
The winners of the Appsafrica.com Innovation Awards 2017 were recently crowned, with a number of mobile apps recognized in various categories. The awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech ventures from across Africa. The annual awards attracted over 300 submissions from across 31 countries judged by an independent panel of leading industry experts, with the winners announced at the awards party in Cape Town last week.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:55 am
Google has launched a mentorship program that is specifically focused on supporting African tech entrepreneurs, with a new Google Launchpad space now available in Nigeria. Google Developers Launchpad Africa, which will operate from a new Google Launchpad Space in Lagos, is a mentorship program that aims to provide tech startups based in Africa with the tools to build sustainable businesses.
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