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Africa looking to space to power its science, tech ambitions

Africa looking to space to power its science, tech ambitions

Technology
Ethiopia is the latest nation in Africa to look skyward and declare its ambitions in space. The country’s ministry of science and technology announced that it will launch a satellite into orbit in three to five years to better develop its weather-monitoring capabilities. This follows the 2015 launch of a privately-funded, multi-million dollar astronomical observatory in the Entoto hills overlooking Addis Ababa—the only one of its kind in the region. The bigger picture is a realization among African countries of the value space technology holds for economic development, job creation—and military aspirations. Many African nations lack the human expertise or capital to fund these projects. But for those that do, information gleaned from satellites has the potential to improve agriculture, g
Morocco Leads in Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa

Morocco Leads in Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa

Technology
African countries have shown their interest and willingness to strive for science, technology, and innovation led development in the coming years. Most African countries have underdeveloped STI institutions and fail to effectively generate and deploy knowledge and technological innovations for socioeconomic growth. According to  the Africa Capacity Report the Africa Capacity Report,  issued Tuesday, March 28 2017, Morocco is leading in science, technology and innovation capacity in Africa.  The country scored the highest index values, with 71.6 in science, technology, and innovation, followed by Tanzania’s 68.8 and Rwanda’s 68.2, showed the report. The kingdom also topped the list in 2014. The assessment was based on various components including policy environment, implementation
Top 5 Successful African Women in Technology Industry

Top 5 Successful African Women in Technology Industry

Women
The gender divide is one of the most significant inequalities to be amplified by the digital revolution, and cuts across all social and income groups. According to participants at the Global IT Summit at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology(KAUST), the presence of women in the field of information technology (IT) worldwide is still small compared to men. While more than 3 billion people are connected online, research indicates there are 200 million fewer women online in developing countries, and 300 million fewer women own a mobile phone. African women have come to a realization that having a woman in tech and a man who is actively working to be a better ally is very essential to making progress in the technogy sector. This has led to several women in tech campaigns
Nigeria could be a big tech player in the world

Nigeria could be a big tech player in the world

Technology
Nigeria is a huge market made up of incredibly talented entrepreneurs. With a growing, urbanising population of nearly 170 million people and GDP growth predicted at more than 6.5% per annum for the next four years, the potential growth of Nigeria in tech sector is set to be high particularly considering the current gaps in the market. The arrival of four large fibre-optic cables, including the huge Main One and Glo-1 cables that connect Nigeria’s coast to global communications infrastructure is changing the connectivity in the country. The dramatic increase in bandwidth could, analysts say, release the latent potential in Nigerian technology. Some global companies are already positioning themselves to take part in the country's growth. IBM has created innovation hubs in the Lagos
Facebook digs into mobile infrastructure in Uganda

Facebook digs into mobile infrastructure in Uganda

Internet, social media
Facebook has announced that it is building a 770-kilometer (500-mile) fiber backhaul network in Uganda, in partnership with India’s Airtel and wholesale provider BCS, carriers that both have networking businesses in the country; and its Telecom Infrastructure Project is leading a call to invest $170 million into telecoms infrastructure startups. The world’s biggest chat app company is also making headway on its other efforts to play a bigger role in the infrastructure behind how people connect to the internet through its Telecom Infrastructure Project. Facebook’s own Voyager optical networking transponder is now being deployed and tested by the carriers Telia and Orange in Europe. The Uganda project which will see “tens of millions of investment” from Facebook to cover access for