Building businesses with Big Data – the African way

Africa’s technology and business leaders have in their hands an unprecedented opportunity to surpass their global counterparts.   If we can harness the vast and growing sources of information known as “Big Data”, members of the C-suite – particularly Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and Chief Information Officers (CIOs), who increasingly share the responsibility for growth …

Banks Battle Telcos for Cash in South African Townships

Standard Bank Group Ltd. (SBK) hired Itumeleng Heymann to persuade her neighbors that for about $6 a month, their cash would be better off with Africa’s largest lender than in its current hiding place: under the bed.   For millions of Africans, a simple Nokia mobile phone acts as a bank account, allowing them to …

Africa Poised to Be Technology’s Next Frontier

Multinational high-tech companies looking for new frontiers and fresh ideas are lining up for a slice of Africa’s relatively untapped consumer market.   Many experts are saying the continent is poised to be the next hotbed of technological innovation. Others are even more optimistic.   A man scrolls through his mobile phone to carry out …

Windows 8 to be redesigned by Microsoft as PC sales plummet

When Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer first revealed his software for the touchscreen world in February 2012, he said he was “betting the company” on it.   There were “no compromises” made in replacing the time-honoured desktop with Windows 8’s colourful tile-based interface, Ballmer insisted.   But just six months after the official release, Microsoft – …

IT revolutionizes Africa’s business sector

Day laborers in many African countries can hardly find a job without having a cell phone. This is one of the topics discussed at “Africa Business Week” held in Frankfurt (22 – 26 April). Felchesmi Mramba, the manager of the Tanzanian electricity provider TANESCO, believes that mobile technology has revolutionized the business world. Speaking to …

DotConnectAfrica Clarified its .africa bid at the Innovation Africa Digital Summit in Addis Ababa

All the rights to the new DotAfrica gTLD including the registry databases, rightfully belongs to ICANN and the African Union and UniForum cannot act outside these specifications that have been legally codified and approved. PRLog (Press Release) – Mar. 25, 2013 – The 11th Innovation Africa Digital Summit (http://www.extensia-ltd.com/documents/innovation-africa-digital-summit-2013-programme/10581) with the theme: “National Broadband Strategies …

The IBCA called for inclusion of African Businesses at ICANN Africa Strategy meeting in Addis Ababa

The Internet Business Council for Africa (IBCA) was discussed at the Multistakeholder Internet Governance Conference at UNECA Center in Addis Ababa, echoing the inclusion of he African Private sector and received the support of many key stakeholders. PRLog (Press Release) – Mar. 10, 2013 – The Internet Business Council for Africa (IBCA), an initiative of …

Entertainment and Internet Providers Launch Copyright Alert System

Several groups from the entertainment industry have teamed up with five major American Internet service providers to create something called the Copyright Alert System. The system aims to educate and dissuade consumers from participating in illegal methods of sharing copyrighted materials online. It’s a new effort by entertainment companies to keep people buying what they …