Mobile

‘Lagos Silicon Village’ to become Africa’s next tech hub by 2020

Broadband, Internet, Mobile
According to an analyst, Lagos is expected to become Africa’s technology hub by 2020. That’s per recent trends that have seen an impressive number of tech startups sprung up within the last few years. In efforts to further encourage and embrace this vision, chief campaigner for the “Lagos Silicon Village” has officially detailed his plans recently. Tomiwa Idowu, partner at Hudson & Idowu and chief campaigner for the Lagos Silicon Village, detailed his plans and vision to develop “Africa’s next tech hub.” At a media briefing in Lagos, he detailed the construction of an ambitious 23-floor architectural masterpiece in the Village. The impressive building is said to cost a massive 7-billion Naira (roughly US$44-million). To what ends? The skyliner hopes to a provide incubation servic

Vodacom Tanzania signs deal for M-Pesa partnership

Mobile
With East Africa continuing to push into the mobile money sector, Vodacom Tanzania announced it has inked a new agreement with the Tanzania Revenue Authority for an M-Pesa partnership. The announcement has been well received and is likely to spur further growth in the mobile money sector in the East African country. The new deal will allow vehicle owners to pay for licenses through the mobile money scheme, allowing business to move more smoothly and with ease, the company said. TRA Director of Tax Payers Services and Education, Richard Kayombo, said that M-Pesa “will go a long way in easing the purchase of vehicle road licenses.” Approximately $1.2-million in road license payments were transacted already in the first two weeks of the service. The furthering of mobile money sche

iCow SMS Mobile App Partners With Safaricom

Mobile
Safaricom has in partnership with Green Dreams Limited officially launched iCow, an SMS based mobile application aimed at promoting smart dairy farming. By subscribing to the short code, *285#, Kenya’s 5 million dairy farmers can now access tips on better farming methods which will help them improve their dairy output and subsequently, their revenues for Kshs. 3 per message. “iCow survey data shows farmers who have been on iCow for 7 months begin to realise an increase of milk of between 2-3 litres per animal per day. This is an increase of about 610-930 litres a year which translates into an average increased income of 25-30k per animal per year. iCow data shows farmers have reduced cow and calf mortality thus enabling farmers grow their greatest asset base,” Su Kahumbu, Green Dream

Small Android Brands edge Apple out of top 5 in India

Mobile
With a mobile phone market growth of 24% in Q1, India has some very surprising report from IDC. A total of 60.7 million phones were shipped in India compared to a 48.8 million in Q1 of 2012. Android leads with 90% of the 6.1 million smartphone shipments with numerous no-brands taking a huge segment of the low prices Android smartphone purchases. India’s Micromax and Karbonn did exeptionally well in the market with second and third spot beating the global giant Nokia which stood at 5.9% marketshare. Micromax was at 18.8% while Kabonn at 10.9% marketshare. Other no-brands were completely high up at 25.7% and if this was grouped up as one brand could be second. more
The Mpesa appeal with .africa gTLD for the unbanked!

The Mpesa appeal with .africa gTLD for the unbanked!

Business, Mobile
With the dynamic influence in which the digital technology is growing, its clear that the world is heading to the mobile platform. History of tech trends shows that people and organizations and consequently manufacturer of tech –consumer products have fast moved from stationery PC’s to the portables, this were mostly laptops. With the recent exiting move to the mobile platform, tablets and phablets (a hybrid of phone and tablet) laptops are being quickly ditched for light hand held devices. App developers across the platforms that include HTML 5, Android, BlackBerry and IOS are increasingly developing apps that are used by the hand held devices. In Africa its reported that it’s the largest user of the mobile platform, Opera which is the owner of the opera browser recently gave a