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Google Ramps Up Investment in Fiber Optic Cable, Training Africans

Google Ramps Up Investment in Fiber Optic Cable, Training Africans

Internet, Technology
Google is laying 621 miles of fiber optic cable in Uganda to help expand its existing efforts in the country — like internet training — that have been deterred by slow transmission rates and high data costs for the skyrocketing number of Africans who own smartphones. “We laid about 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of fiber in Uganda and we are busy doing about 1,000 kilometers in Ghana,’’ Google’s South Africa head Luke McKend said in a phone interview. “We want to make sure that we cover all the bases. We want to train people and make sure that they have the devices and are able to connect to the internet.’’ About 1 million people in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa have been trained by Google over the past year, yet many had to complete their courses with limited internet access due to unre

Pay-TV in the African market set to hit US$6bn

Technology
The revenue of African pay TV stood at US$4.4 billion in 2016. This is however forecasted to reach US$6 billion by 2021 reports IT Web Africa. According to market research firm Dataxis, Africa's pay-TV subscribers stood at approximately 18.7 million in 2016, which represents an increase of approximately two million subscribers compared to the 2015. Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is the fastest growing platform, up 31% from 1.7 million to 2.2 million and increasing its overall market share from 13% in Q2 2014 to 14% in Q2 2015. Approximately 22% of all new subscriptions over the period were to DTT platforms. Dataxis research also reports an IPTV subscriptions increase 24% from 250 000 to 310 000, with Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Services (MMDS) up 10% to 460 000 and c...
Growth in e-commerce offers new opportunities for entrepreneurs in Africa

Growth in e-commerce offers new opportunities for entrepreneurs in Africa

Internet, Startups
Africa's electronic commerce (e-commerce) market is primed for major growth as mobile internet performance continues to improve, a proposed national addressing system comes into existence, and people become more comfortable with digital transactions. The sector has now got a foothold in a wide range of countries, some obvious but many less obvious. As with m-money, it will grow in some places but not others. The big investors in the African e-commerce sector include: African Internet Group, Naspers (co-investors with Kinnevik in Nigeria’s Konga), Swiss-owned Ringier, Casino (a French company with e-commerce platforms in Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon) and One Media Africa (backed by Tiger Global). Naspers has been in and out of Sub-Saharan Africa in this area once already with several

Youngster unlocks Africa ’s greatness with logical mathematical intelligence

Technology
Across Africa, mathematics is often viewed as an impractical, ivory tower pursuit but not to a 13 year old, Jemal Abraha from Eritrea Africa. The sixth grade boy is has been nick named afters the Ancient mathematician Archimedes after developing a mathematics theory that associates a person’s phone number to generate their age. The formula is an incredible solution which incorporates various mathematics equations on a person’s phone numberwhich ultimately generates their age. This creative innovation has triggered Apple, one of the biggest tech giant in America, to respond in full support of Jemal’s education and a fulltime work opportunity after graduation. How encouraging. As a continent, we’ve sweated over underdevelopment, dissected underperforming schools, gutted standards an

Kenyan Startup Invests in empowering Women & Girls through training in STEM

Startups, Women
Technological gaps will keep on growing between developed and developing countries as long as new approaches are not adopted in the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in  training institutions. In line with this, the  Miss.Africa Program initiative sets the bar high by training female trainees in mobile coding program to better their future in the male dominated IT sector. The trainees are able to get life skills mentoring, experience-sharing with STEM experts, Coding skills, and industry exposure. The girls trained usually have many positive comments at the end of each event on the change of perception in Stem careers. This initiative which emphasizes on the importance of technology in enhancing collaboration in future is among the many voices find