Tag: ICT

Africa’s mobile broadband access below 20% says ITU report

Broadband, Internet, Mobile
Despite increasing access to cheaper smartphones, Africa's mobile broadband penetration still remains below 20%, report indicates The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) released its ICT Facts & Figures report, which revealed that the continent is the only region where mobile broadband access is less than 20%. The ITU's report examines the global development of ICT over the past 15 years from the year 2000 to 2015.And acco rding to the report Africa's mobile broadband subscriptions currently stands at 17.4%.  The report notes that mobile-broadband penetration levels are highest in Europe and the Americas, at around 78 active subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. A report by the Pew Research Center released earlier this year revealed that smartphones (those that can access the

Intel trains 400 women to use ICT in national decision making

Business, Internet
Intel has completed the training of 400 women under its recently launched "Intel She Will Connect programme". The training conducted at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in Nairobi, targeted women drawn from The League of Kenyan Women Voters, and was done in collaboration with the Ministry of Devolution and Planning. Reports CIO The League of Kenyan Women voters is a non-partisan member organization that aims at  providing a forum through which women can take part in national decision making processes and in leadership. It also acts as a medium where women can freely exchange views and ideas with the aim of encouraging their participation in leadership irrespective of their background and political orientation. The Intel She Will Connect program was launched in Africa

Does Africa get the Internet of Things?

Business, Cyber Security, Internet
Business and social development opportunity that lies in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the enhanced ability to track and control all things connected is widely acknowledged. However, ICT service providers have also pointed out that while billions of things can be connected, there are also billions of points of contact to check to identify faults. The question arises: Is Africa ready to take advantage of the opportunities that lie in connecting things, extracting information, connecting people and enhancing systems – and, ultimately, society? There is no shortage of statistics available online, attributed to global research and analysis firms such as Gartner that help quantify the magnitude of IoT. Some examples include that IoT will comprise 26 billion units by 2020, 50 billion ‘thi

African Innovation Foundation Announces 30-day extension for the US$ 150 000 IPA 2015 award

Internet, Mobile
The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) today announced a 30-day extension of the entry for its Innovation Prize Award  Applications can now be received by 30 November 2014 at 24h00 GMT. With a total prize share of US$150 000, African innovators stand to gain much more, such as recognition through our unique IPA brand, increased opportunities to attract investments, continental and international media attention, and the chance to positively transform the African innovation landscape. IPA targets innovators in 5 key sectors that include agriculture and agri-business; environment energy and water; manufacturing and service industry; health and wellbeing; and ICTs. The competition is open to all Africans including those in the diaspora, irrespective of socio-economic status, gender, demograp

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 its

Connected Kenya Summit: Does this annual event enhance Kenya’s tech sector?

Business, Internet, Mobile
It’s that time of the year again, when all top government, private sector, media, academia and regulatory personalities in the ICT sector troop to Mombasa for the annual ICT Conference dubbed the “Connected Kenya Summit”. This year’s event will be held in Diani, Mombasa, from 14th to 17th April, 2014 under the theme “Breaking the Barriers to ICT Project Implementation”.  This summit has been held consistently since 2009, and five years down the line, analysts are struggling to pin-point where exactly the value-add arising from this summit is. Critics feel the summit is simply an opportunity for government technocrats to earn generous per-diems at fully paid-for luxury resorts, while simultaneously enjoying attention and lobbying from big-moneyed corporates wishing to strike that
Rebecca Wanjiku blazed by Ministry of ICT for her blatant lies and misrepresentation

Rebecca Wanjiku blazed by Ministry of ICT for her blatant lies and misrepresentation

There is more than meets the eye from the accusations flying around from the email lists of the Kenyan Internet fraternity, one internet journalist has come under fire from her recent post that was aimed at giving a little piece of her mind to the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication, the ICT community who is relatively a new comer to his ministry. Apparently, according Wanjiku, her blog, What Matiangi can learn from Ndemo  “introduction to Matiangi wasn’t a very pleasant one; the first time I happened to be seated near support staff complaining about one of those things that if I write it will appear personal. The second I was just a spectator and just listened to the Q&A from journalists, the third was yesterday” Wanjiku is not new to controversy due

Africa’s most active ICT regions

Based on information being supplied to media, Africa’s ICT industry is growing – boosted by the advent of mobile product and services, but sustaining this momentum is dependent on the identification and implementation of the right investment in ICT, skills and innovation, as well as connectivity. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2013, South Africa ranks 70th out of 144 economies surveyed. In the global audit, sub-Saharan Africa is not faring much better either, as the report suggested that a number of regions are not doing enough to boost connectivity. “Latin America, the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa still suffer from a serious lag despite infrastructure improvements, an expansion of coverage and a push into e-government.” more

Counties to use wireless technology

SOME counties will have to be served by the the 4G wireless technology instead of fibre optic cable as the government moves fast to cover all the parts of the country before next year. Information PS Bitange Ndemo said all the county governments have to be internet linked by December but they will not be relying on the cable connection only. more