Egypt got well prepared for the wireless frequencies needed for telecommunications companies in the country to deliver 4G mobile broadband networks, a key step in the long-delayed introduction of high speed telecoms services. The country sold four 4G licenses in 2016 as part of a long-awaited plan to reform the telecoms sector and raise dollars for stretched government finances. The country's three mobile operators - Vodafone Egypt, Orange and Etisalat - acquired licenses. On this note, the first-ever Egyptian-made mobile phone was unveiled on local TV show ‘Sabah Al Khair ya Masr’ . The Egyptian Minister of Communication and Technology Yasser al-Qady unveiled the Egyptian-made 4G phone, expressing his congratulations to Egyptians and asserting that this cell phone is enhanced by
Internet technology in emerging markets has received far less attention but has major implications for economic growth and social progress. We recently studied the impact of the Internet on what we call “aspiring countries,” defined as having the economic size and dynamism to be significant players on the global stage in the near future and achieve levels of prosperity approaching those of the advanced economies. “Internet entrepreneurs in aspiring countries are often also social entrepreneurs, in that they create the ecosystem that allows individuals, enterprises, and governments to play a bigger role in the Internet economy.” According to Voices , Internet entrepreneurs in aspiring countries are often also social entrepreneurs, in that they create the ecosystem that al
Technology is fast growing in Africa and so is tech talent. The continent is experiencing trans-formative impact as a result of technology. From rural Ghana where low income earners are able to buy insurance policies through their mobile phones to the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, where residents are able to send and receive money through their mobile phones, technology has become the order of the day in the continent. Most innovations in the continent stem from the extreme need that exists to find immediate sustainable solutions for critical problems the continent has been facing. Every day, there is a new technology being launched in the various regions of the continent as part of a solution to an existing problem or challenge facing the community. Young innovators are popping up w...
Safaricom, a telco giant in kenya has announced interruptions of its mobile money platform to pave way for an upgrading programme. This marks the third major upgrade since M-PESA’s launch 10 years ago, and the first such upgrade since the platform was moved from Germany to Kenya in 2015. According to a press release released by Safaricom, all M-PESA services will be unavailable for a period of two hours on 30th June 2017, from 1.00 A.M. to 3.00 AM. International Money Transfer (IMT), KCB M-PESA, M-Shwari and M-Kesho services will be unavailable on 5th July 2017 for a period of two hours, from 1.00 A.M. to 3.00 AM. In mid-July, Safaricom will conduct the changeover to the new platform, resulting in a 12 hour outage. A number of M-PESA services will also be sequentially withdrawn in the le
With about three million new mobile subscribers added to Nigeria in quarter one (Q1), 2017, the country has led Africa to fresh nine million subscriptions, reaching a total of 985 million. The latest Ericsson Mobility report indicates that Africa has seen a major growth of new mobile subscriptions with 9 million Africans joining services in the first quarter of 2017. This rise has seen the total number of mobile subscriptions on the continent to 985 million edging ever closer to the 1 billion milestone. These figures see the African continent become fourth fastest growing market world wide. The report said the industry has taken major steps to progress network, which has been facilitated by major investments. While Nigeria added three million new subscriptions in Q1, India added