Tag: South Africa

How the growth of free Wi-Fi is transforming life in Africa

How the growth of free Wi-Fi is transforming life in Africa

Internet
In Africa, a new ICT trend is curved towards providing citizens with free Wi-Fi in order to boost economic activity and education, in line with McKinsey’s projection that if internet penetration grows in the same way as that of mobile phones on the continent, it could contribute as much as 10 per cent – $300 billion – of the continent’s total GDP by 2025. The provision of free Wi-Fi is becoming a continent-wide trend. In Kenya, the county of Nakuru is offering residents free access through a partnership between the State House Digital Team and the county government, at the reported cost of US$2 million. Rwanda’s Smart Kigali initiative provides designated free Wi-Fi hotspots around the capital. The Murtala Muhammad Airport Two (MMA2) in Lagos provides free access for passengers throu
Kenya , S. Africa & Nigeria: Biggest winners of Google’s Africa tech training

Kenya , S. Africa & Nigeria: Biggest winners of Google’s Africa tech training

Internet
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
South African Government ICT white paper under fire

South African Government ICT white paper under fire

Broadband, Governance, Internet
South Africa's Government’s radical plan to shake up the way radio frequency spectrum is allocated has been met with universal derision by ICT analysts and experts. Telecommunications & postal service minister Siyabonga Cwele this week took the wraps off the long-awaited national integrated ICT policy white paper, which proposes sweeping changes to the way the sector is governed and regulated. Although some aspects of the policy have been welcomed – such as a chapter that will make it quicker for operators to deploy infrastructure by removing red tape – government’s plan for a wireless wholesale open-access network, to which all new spectrum will be allocated, has drawn intense fire. Not only does government not want to license any more “exclusive-use” spectrum to the mobile o
South African Standard Bank’s internet, ATM services suffer technical glitch

South African Standard Bank’s internet, ATM services suffer technical glitch

Business
South African banking group Standard Bank has suffered a technical glitch on Monday morning. Reports ItWebAfrica Standard Bank customers have taken to Twitter to air their grievances. Complaints range from Standard Bank’s internet banking being down to ATM withdrawals not working. @ShereneJoy tweeted "what's the problem? I still can't log in to Internet banking." While @sweetcaroln also took to the social network and said, "I can't even withdraw money??!!" Standard Bank's banking application also seemed to be down as customers were unable to access it. @Tha_MuziK tweeted, "Err, there is a technical error with the app. It's been like that all morning. Wanted to know what's going on?" The bank has responded on Twitter saying, "We apologise for all the technical difficulties that our cl
Funding scheme set to empower women in ICT in Africa

Funding scheme set to empower women in ICT in Africa

Internet, Mobile
[KIGALI]  A project which was launched last year in Africa is set to empower young women and girls in computer science and help them become global leaders in information and communication technology (ICT), experts say. The project, called ‘Seed Fund for Women + Girls in Computer Science’, is  aimed at extending technological entrepreneurship programmes and competition for young girls and women below 20 years old to set up technological enterprises, says Beth Garriott, a senior programme officer at Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech), the consortium managing the project. The programme’s second seed fund application was opened this week (10 August), according to the US-headquartered Institute of International Education (IIE), which leads WeTech. “WeTech [supports] a growing movement of in