Author: Lynn Wandia

Chinese e-commerce mogul Jack Ma : Africa’s challenging situation should be a source of innovation

Chinese e-commerce mogul Jack Ma : Africa’s challenging situation should be a source of innovation

Business
To many, he embodies the idea of success. Jack Ma, a Chinese billionaire, jetted into Nairobi Wednesday evening, started a packed two-day visit that peaked with a public appearance at the University of Nairobi and a speech to Kenyan youth tips on how to build successful business empires. Throughout his many public lectures that are available online, Jack Ma has emphasized a philosophy of personal change and humility, empowerment of women in public lives, and investing more in youth. Jack Ma said that Africa's poor infrastructure, social, economic and political situation should be a source of innovation for most entrepreneurs, just as lack of e-commerce in his home country inspired him to start one of the biggest online marketplaces. "If the Government does not have a solution to...
60 Million Emojis Are Used on Facebook; 5 Billion on Messenger: Where is Africa?

60 Million Emojis Are Used on Facebook; 5 Billion on Messenger: Where is Africa?

social media, Technology
Social media is undoubtedly a lot of fun and many a brand, including personal brands, have established themselves with social media. From emojis to videos, the visual form of messaging has taken the social media platforms to yet another level. Facebook, a popular social media platform has said that the most-used emoji on Facebook in the U.S. during the past 30 days was rolling on the floor laughing, while face throwing a kiss was tops on its messaging application. Globally, face with tears of joy topped Facebook in the past 30 days, followed by smiling face with heart-shaped eyes and face throwing a kiss. Mexico and Brazil are keen on the heart-eyed emoji. I take it as a comfort, rather than a snub, that the eggplant emoji does not appear even once on this list. Zuckerberg, Facebo...
Telcos to fight back as WhatsApp hurts mobile revenue growth in Africa

Telcos to fight back as WhatsApp hurts mobile revenue growth in Africa

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It's been a rough ride for global telecommunications companies in recent years, and it's not because they finally started reading their fan mail. The telecommunications industry will lose a combined $386 billion between 2012 and 2018, the firm predicts, from customers using over-the-top (OTT) voice applications such as the market-leading Skype and Lync, both owned by Microsoft. As this happens, Mobile revenue growth has been declining in sub- Saharan Africa since 2013 and is expected to continue its downward trend until the end of the decade—despite a fast-growing subscriber base. Much of the drop has been attributed to the use of over-the-top (OTT) messaging services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. With more subscribers showing a preference to chat and and make voice calls v
Tech Innovation Must Serve Refugees in East Africa, Too

Tech Innovation Must Serve Refugees in East Africa, Too

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Mobile technology is often a matter of life and death for refugees. Yet innovation is skewed towards displaced populations in Europe and the Middle East. In order to improve technological access, we must first understand why so few mobile services have been developed for refugees in Sub-Saharan Africa. Poor or incomplete mobile connectivity across the region, lack of access to smartphones and low levels of technical literacy are all cited as factors that restrict refugees access to mobile services in East Africa. It is important that we separate fiction from fact. Firstly, refugees are increasingly connected. Global levels of mobile network coverage for refugees closely follow national averages. In Kenya, over 72 percent of refugees have access to 3G connectivity, while the corres
SuperSport has acquired pay TV 2018-2024 broadcast rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

SuperSport has acquired pay TV 2018-2024 broadcast rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded exclusive broadcast rights to DStv SuperSport, Econet Media and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and the Olympic Games in 2024 in a city yet to be selected, in the following territories: DStv SuperSport has acquired pay TV media rights in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa*. Econet Media has acquired free-to-air and pay TV media rights in Sub-Saharan Africa*. SABC has acquired free-to-air media rights in South Africa The announcement follows the completion of a competitive tender in the region. SuperSport will also work with the IOC to support the development of the Olympic Channel, in...