Forecasting Africa's Mobile Future

Co-founder of Ushahidi, Erik Hersman, gave an interesting talk at the recently held AITEC Africa conference in Nairobi, Kenya in which he made some observations, predictions and opportunities regarding the current state and future of mobile in Africa especially looking at where the opportunities are for innovators and entrepreneurs. It is easy to imagine that the mobile revolution […]

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Startup Watch: M-PAYER

As a follow up to yesterday’s article on mobile money, let’s take a look at another area that the success of mobile money is affecting. One of the most interesting side effects of the continued growth of mobile money is how it has opened up opportunities for startups to add value to the basic offering from mobile […]

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6 neat African websites/blogs on mobile

Here’s a list of 6 nice online resources for mobile and mobile related news and information in Africa or by African bloggers that we love reading: Mobility Nigeria: Nigeria’s foremost blog on mobile and mobile related matters. An independent source of reviews of mobile phones and services, as well as industry analyses. Other content include: […]

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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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Africa Mobility Futures

Rudy de Waele,  Ken Banks and Erik Hersman are co-curating a collaborative outlook on the mobile industry in Africa, called “Mobile Trends Africa 2020“. Afrinnovator was invited to contribute and our thoughts concerning the future of mobile in Africa are as follows (see page 7 in the presentation: Blurring boundary between Smartphones and feature phones (we’ve […]

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Looking Forward: Where Next Generation Innovation is Coming From.

A guest post by Niti Bhan, Senior Partner Global Insights – Semacraft Consulting As the mobile phone increasingly becomes the world’s primary source of information, thought leaders in design and development of online services and applications are looking at refining and changing design principles required for effective outcomes on this platform as compared to the […]

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TNS RMS Mobile Life 2011 Report

TNS RMS part of the largest global market research firm TNS, announced the results of a study into Kenyan mobile phone use and behavior dubbed Mobile Life 2011, which is part of the Global Telecoms Insight (GTI). Mobile Life 2011 revealed a significant level of growth in mobile literacy in Kenya indicated by the steady […]

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eTranzact Setting up Shop in Kenya

Electronic payments company, eTranzact, could be setting up shop in Kenya. We wrote about eTranzact as one of the major players in Nigeria for their mobile money service M-Teller that they are rolling out in the west African country. eTranzact provides a wide array of payment solutions including web, mobile and ATM. eTranzact is the […]

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This week in the African blogosphere, Week 2, 2011

West Africa Webtrends Nigeria and Mobility Nigeria both carried the story of  Zubair Abubakar who launched a blackberry app for Nigerian Constitution. Funding for startups in Nigeria seems to be picking up as Webtrends Nigeria reported: In what is second high-profile funding in Nigerian tech-related company this year, 2011 is really up to a good start! […]

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Central Bank of Nigeria Licenses Mobile Money Service, Paga

Pagatech, a Nigerian company founded back in 2009 has been granted a license by the Central Bank of Nigeria to roll out a mobile money service much like MPESA. The service is called ‘Paga‘ Pagatech was founded in early 2009 with a vision to enable a cashless society and bank the unbanked in Africa. Our […]

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