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Billionaire Mo Ibrahim tells misinformed American businesses to Google about Africa

Billionaire Mo Ibrahim tells misinformed American businesses to Google about Africa

Business
WASHINGTON — A leading African billionaire said on Monday that "misinformed" US businesses need to study up on the continent’s opportunities, suggesting they start by googling. “I have always been optimistic about Africa, and Africa is where I make my money, without paying bribes… In 15 countries we have built a mobile communications [company] there and we did not pay a single dollar [in bribes].” This is according to Sudanese-British telecoms billionaire Mo Ibrahim, speaking to an audience at an event on the sidelines of the US-Africa Leaders Summit, currently being hosted in Washington DC. The Summit, the first of its kind, is being attended by US President Barrack Obama and close to 50 African leaders to discuss a number of issues concerning US-Africa relations. Ibrahim pointed out

Has the potential of ICTs to reduce conflict in Africa been over-hyped?

Cyber Security, Internet, Mobile
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) and new media have often been viewed as a solution to Africa’s myriad problems, including poor governance, conflict and poverty. From the M-Pesa mobile banking system in Kenya to the aggressive adoption of e-governance in Rwanda, the role of ICTs in improving Africa’s economy and governance systems cannot be underestimated. Writes Rasna Warah on cgcsblog However, while innovations and the use of ICTs on the African continent are on the rise, they have not necessarily reduced the threat of conflict. Evidence of a direct correlation between increased ICT penetration and innovations and peace and stability on the continent is sketchy at best, and quite often anecdotal, based usually on the innovators’ own assessment of the technology and it
2014 Network Barometer Report, Africa remained relatively stable

2014 Network Barometer Report, Africa remained relatively stable

Broadband, Internet
  Dimension Data Unveils 2014 Network Barometer Report, Annual report reveals the percentage of aging and obsolete devices on corporate networks globally is at its highest in six years.   NEW YORK – June 25, 2014 – Dimension Data, the $6 billion global ICT solutions and services provider, today unveiled the findings from its 2014 Network Barometer Report, which presents aggregate data gathered from Dimension Data Technology Lifecycle Management (TLM) Assessments conducted for clients around the world throughout 2013. This year’s report found that the percentage of aging and obsolete devices in today’s corporate networks around the globe is at its highest in six years, signaling that the global financial crisis of recent years may still have a lingering effect today. More

Latency is holding back? Why Africa’s datacenters are still trailing behind

Broadband
Summary: While latency is holding back the development of online services in Africa, and unreliable power supply holding back the development of datacenters, what's next for facilities on the continent? Reports ZDNet  The need for speed: Why Africa's datacenters are still trailing behind Africa's datacentre industry is lagging, but on the rise. Image: Shutterstock  For years, Kyle Spencer has been devoting countless hours of his free time to his passion: online gaming. The gaming community in East Africa, where Spencer lives, is woefully underdeveloped, but he has been doing his best to bring players together. It has always been an uphill battle; for games that rely on quick reflexes, the issue of latency makes connecting with other gaming enthusiasts across the region all bu