Mobile internet technology thus carries the potential to empower and enable, all while meaningfully expanding the economy. Studies have found that a “developing country with an average of 10 more mobile phones per 100 population has 0.59 percent higher GDP growth than an otherwise identical country.” Mobile technology decentralizes the engine of progress into the hands of the participants that it enables to enter the marketplace. In 2010, the number of mobile phone subscribers was 350 million. However, as neighbours step forth across the chasm of the digital divide that persisted for years, many African countries are now leaping forth to catch up. Central to the emergence of these informal markets, as well as more sustainable internal transfers of money within local economies
Almost 20 years ago, approximately 400 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa had no access to electricity. Today, the number of people without access has increased, as the population growth has outpaced infrastructure development. As a result, there are over 600 million people with no access to electricity today. The lack of access to electricity is a particular problem in rural areas. Around 63% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa is rural, of which only 19% has access to energy, compared to 63% of the urban population. Access to clean and affordable energy is critical for development; it is vital in powering water supplies, telecommunication services, health care, education and of course, preserving the environment. Moreover, it could be the catalyst for economic developm...
Wearable technology is more than a fancy arm piece with the ability to count your steps. It is technology that is revolutionising the health and fitness industry. As technology progresses, the market for wearables continues to expand. When looking to purchase a wearable device, one is often bogged down by the sheer quantity of products available – and before you have unboxed your device, a new model has been released. Vernon Foxcroft, Business Development Manager at Apple Premium Reseller, Digicape, says that when purchasing a wearable device integration should be the primary focus. “Wearables need to ‘talk’ to an individual’s existing hardware.” Foxcroft says that this is where Apple has the advantage. “Aesthetically, Apple’s sleek design ensures that a wearable device is effor
Nurse in Hand, a Kenyan startup that geo-maps accidents and emergencies in Kenya and alerts the registered paramedics, ambulances and air rescue services available, police stations, and classified hospitals within the vicinity has signed a partnership that will see it embed blockchain technologies in its platform. Founded by Lucy Njuguna and Stanley Gitau, the application aim to reduce the rate of fatalities caused by slow response of paramedics and ambulances at road and home accidents. Nurse in Hand recently signed Memorandum of understanding with Apla Tech Company during Trescon World Blockchain Summit in Narobi to integrate blockchain in mobile app to help store critical patient data and would enable accurate diagnostics of diseases. Apla Tech Company uses “Smart Law” tech
PayJoy, a mobile distributor and Allied Mobile, are collaborating to bring smartphone payment plans to markets across Africa. Allied Mobile will use PayJoy Checkout, a paperless finance system for customers without access to formal credit, and the patented PayJoy Lock which enables “pay-as-you-go” access to the phone. Consumers will be able to access these smartphone payment plans in mobile retail stores operated by Allied Mobile in 38 countries, starting with initial pilot countries. This partnership aims to solve fundamental barriers to mobile internet adoption in Africa. Africa is the least developed region in the world for mobile connectivity and adoption. More than half the population in Africa are using mobile services, yet only a quarter are accessing the internet via mobile.