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Ethiopia bids to become the wind capital of Africa

Ethiopia bids to become the wind capital of Africa

Startups, Technology
Ethiopia is pressing ahead with ambitious development plans with energy being the core to the mission of becoming the wind power capital of Africa. The East African state has enjoyed a decade of strong growth, giving rise to profitable industries, new infrastructure, and showpiece summits. Ethiopia was among the most daring signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, committing to cut carbon emissions by 64% by 2030. The government has ploughed billions of dollars into hydropower megaprojects such as the Grand Renaissance Dam -- which will be the largest dam in Africa -- and the freshly-inaugurated Gibe III Dam. According to CNN,  Ethiopia inaugurated one of the continent's largest wind farms in 2013 -- the $290 million, 120-megawatt (MW) Ashedoga plant. This was
Social apps dominate mobile activity

Social apps dominate mobile activity

Mobile, Technology
The mobile apps industry is growing tremendously with social apps reigning supreme. Additionally, Consumers are spending more time on their apps than ever before. Over the past half-decade, the proliferation of mobile devices has transformed us into an app-driven society, presenting marketers with new opportunities to connect with consumers by creating more interesting and sophisticated apps to command their attention. Yahoo’s mobile analytics wing Flurry released a new study, State of Mobile report for 2016, that reports that Thousands of mobile apps appear every day and with the pace at which they are growing, in the next couple of years, these apps will cannibalize one another. However, the study mentioned that time spent in social media and messaging apps grew by an ast
Africa in need of data accuracy revolution

Africa in need of data accuracy revolution

Technology
When it comes to measuring the impacts of human development and economic progress in Africa, a comprehensive review of the data ecosystem needs to be done. Lack of accurate information systems in Africa is a development and social cohesion challenge as it continues to make progress monitoring and decision making difficult. According to Asoko Insight, a new report by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa tries to look at these challenges and how countries can work towards a better system and technology implementation to address the issue. The broadband access gap between Sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of the world is getting wider, just as the gap in mobile communications is getting smaller. Increasing access to broadband connectivity is therefore emerging as a high pri
Microsoft and Ecobank Agree to Drive Digital Transformation in Africa

Microsoft and Ecobank Agree to Drive Digital Transformation in Africa

Technology
Africa has become a hub for innovation and digital communications. Access to ICT has increased dramatically over the last decade. Microsoft  corporation and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, parent company of pan-African banking group Ecobank has signed a memorandum of understanding to complement African governments’ efforts to modernise and raise the standards of the continent’s major cities through state of the art digital solutions. The MOU will see the modernisation of sectors that will have the most immediate and significant impact for African countries. It also supports the implementation of a comprehensive e-skills and a digital literacy programme in the African countries. The collaboration ensued from increasing pressure on African cities due to urbanisation and t
African Tech Startups Funding rises by 17%

African Tech Startups Funding rises by 17%

Startups, Technology
African tech startups raised funding in excess of US$129 million in 2016, with the number of startups securing funding up by 16.8 per cent compared to the previous year reports Tech city. The Disrupt Africa Startups Funding Report  displays substantial growth in the number of startups to raise funding as compared to the previous year, although the overall total amount of funding recorded declined. Of the nine sectors analysed in the report, the fintech sector received the most backing in 2016, with startups in this space raising a combined US$31.4 million, 24 per cent of the overall total. According to Tech city, the report also makes available data on the startup acquisitions which took place in 2016; as well as the results of surveys relating to preferences and trends wit