LinkedIn, the professional online network has announced the availability of its Lite version in more than 60 countries globally, including Kenya, Nigeria, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia in Southeast Asia, after it first launched in India. The LinkedIn Lite, according to the company is focused on speed and simplicity. “LinkedIn Lite is a lighter, faster version of our flagship product and includes all key features such as the news feed, profile, messaging and notifications to help our members get ahead in their careers. Currently, LinkedIn has more than 118 million members in Asia Pacific, including more than 22 million members in the Southeast Asia region. The region remains as one of the fastest growing regions with more than 8 million in Indonesia, 4 million in the
Belfrics Global Pte Limited, a Malaysia based bitcoin technology provider has announced the launch of its bitcoin exchange in Kenya. With this launch, Belfrics is now available across three markets including India and its international-based exchange located in Singapore. Belfrics intends to capitalize on the growing demand for its services in Kenya, which is one of the top markets on the African continent. Belfrics Kenya will offer exchange services in addition to other digital services revolving around the Blockchain.The company also provides a POS system and payment gateway for merchants to accept bitcoins as payment, enhancing their scope of business. The rise of this digital cryptocurrency and the underlying technology, the Blockchain, has also brought with it many invest...
Since the Internet’s earliest days, advertising has been the linchpin of the digital economy, supporting businesses from online journalism to social networking. Indeed Facebook and Google earn almost all of their revenue through digital advertising. As the Internet reaches new users in emerging economies like Nigeria, Kenya and Rwanda, this model is following close behind. But is the digital advertising model that has evolved in developed economies sustainable in emerging economies? And if it’s not: What does it mean for the billions of users who are counting on the Internet to unlock new pathways to education, economic growth, and innovation? Increasingly, research and practice show the ad-supported internet of developed economies isn’t sustainable in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa, S
Sub-Saharan Africa has seen great improvements in connectivity infrastructure, with increasing investment in access infrastructure including mobile internet networks and fibre backbones. While this is a step in the right direction, the adoption of technologies such as 3G and 4G is lagging behind, raising the question of why it's taking so long for Africa to get online. Although agriculture and natural resources which have proved workable in Africa will continue to be important drivers of Africa’s economic growth in 2011, it is the application of modern technologies that will have the most significant impact on the growth trajectories of most African economies. Specifically, the greatest opportunity for growth is deemed come from technological innovation and the adoption of new technologi
The Internet is at the heart of economic growth of any nation. Currently, 80% of people find out about new business through search and directories. However, Digital Skills are still under-developed, making it harder for African economies to get the most out of the web. Google aims to close this gap by training 10 million people in Africa in online skills over the next five years in an effort to make them more employable. The U.S. technology giant also hopes to train 100,000 software developers in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, a company spokeswoman said. Google’s pledge marked an expansion of an initiative it launched in April 2016 to train young Africans in digital skills. It announced in March it had reached its initial target of training one million people. Google said it wil