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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.
Tom Jackson, 7:55 am AFKI Original
As tech becomes more widespread in Africa, democratic processes will become more accessible. Internet and mobile technologies can reach remote areas and give voice to many. Rashaad Alli is a manager at South African nonprofit People’s Assembly, which supports websites that make parliamentary information more accessible to ordinary people. “Access to information is a great enabler to effect social change and deepen democracy,” Alli said. “Tech tools help increase transparency, expose corruption, strengthen democracy and hold governments to account.”
Dana Sanchez, 3:42 pm
South Africans pay around $14.10 for one gigabyte of data, the fourth highest out of 17 African countries. By comparison, the same bundle costs around $2.10 in Cameroon. There are five main mobile service providers in South Africa’s wireless broadband market, including partially state-owned operator Telkom. Together MTN and Vodacom control more than 70 percent of the market — part of the reason why South Africans pay some of the highest data costs in Africa.
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