Africa Tech Innovation Pulse Check

Innovation is a change in the thought process for doing something, or the useful application of new inventions or discoveries. It may refer to an incremental emergent or radical and revolutionary changes in thinking, products, processes, or organizations. … In the recent past a growing meme in Africa has been that of the rise of innovation centers […]

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Africa Internet/Broadband Pulse Check

It was back in mid 2009 when amidst great excitement and expectation, the SEACOM undersea cable docked at the Kenyan coastline. The promise of fast, reliable internet connectivity was a euphoric moment for Kenyans at large. Since SEACOM, the continent has seen cable after cable and more and more bandwidth. (hover over the little book icon next to each […]

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Analysis of Google Africa & Wananchi Group's Wazi WiFi: "Pay-per-Device" Freemium Wireless Internet In Nairobi

Google Africa, based out of Nairobi, Kenya along with the Wananchi Group have began a pilot of what could be compared to something akin to Google’s free wifi in Mountain View, California? Questions of net neutrality aside, it is certainly an interesting step; part of Google Africa’s mandate to get more Africans online by creating […]

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Africa Mobile Web Pulse Check

Mobile phone technology has revolutionized the African continent in so many ways. The mobile phone has been for many an African the first real (or at the very least, most sophisticated) computing device they have encountered that has connected them in a significant manner to other people across borders and across time, hence becoming a significant game changer in the […]

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6 Cool Nigerian Tech Startups

Nigeria is rising! Which are the startups to watch out for in Nigeria? Who’s doing great stuff? Below is a short expose of 5 really cool startups in Nigeria. DealDey Basically: Group buying About DealDey: Launched in March 2011, DealDey features a daily deal on the best things to do, see, eat, and buy in […]

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Making Africa’s Great Broadband Race Worthwhile to Consumers

This really nice post (only greatly summarized here) on broadband in Africa was done by Wayan Vota on Inveneo’s ICTWorks blog. The post is based on an article by Russel Southwood titled ‘Going from shortage to abundance – strategies to target Africa’s broadband consumers‘ This is a screenshot of an Internet bandwidth speed test I did […]

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Web4Africa Ltd. acquires Alireta.com hosting service

Ghana’s premier web hosting company Web4Africa Ltd. is expanding into the Nigerian through the acquisition of the web hosting & domain names services of Alireta Nigeria Limited with effect from 1st May 2011. Founded in March 2003 under the name DomainStandard.net, Alireta broke new grounds by offering domain registration and web hosting services to residents […]

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Analysing The Impact of Safaricom’s New Internet Browsing Tariff & Their Outlook on Data for 2011

Kenyan integrated telecoms firm Safaricom today introduces a new tariff. Far from the confusing days of multiple tariffs, Safaricom recently aggregated all voice-related tariffs to the single “Uwezo” tariff. Today, Safaricom makes a leap forward with the country’s first data-focused tariff, priced at Ksh. 2 per minute. Afrinnovator’s Mark Kaigwa uncovers the impact of this move in the competitive telecommunication landscape.

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Africa Programmers Survey Results

It is evident from our writing that tech startups and innovation are central to the growth of Africa and African economies. At the heart of tech and innovation in tech are the actual guys who create the cool apps and the neat websites and the frameworks around which these are built, the programmers! So the […]

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Connecting the unconnected

A guest post by Jonathan Bhalla Research Manager, Africa Research Institute (@AfricaResearch) On a recent trip to Nairobi, Kenya, I met up with Tonee Ndungu, co-founder of NAiLAB, an incubation laboratory for ICT businesses and start ups. One of the things we discussed in detail was how the internet can be harnessed to have a […]

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