Mobile Technology in East Africa

In this presentation I take a look at some statistics about mobile technology in Eastern Africa, looking at specific countries in the region. Overall, the observations are quite consistent: Feature phones still rule Mobile penetration is increasing steadily in each country Mobile is the primary means by which people are accessing the internet The majority […]

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WezaTele's MyOrder Powers Mobile Ordering

Weza Tele is a visionary firm that leverages on technologies such as, USSD, Mobile Web, and SMS to provide order management, distribution, tracking, circulation and validation solutions. Weza Tele also offers reliable customer service, support and maintenance to its clients. Myorder Enterprise provides a tailored, deployed solution that automates order management, tracking and validation across […]

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Necessity & Invention: Africa's story of mobile conquest & why utility beats 'coolness'

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention and indeed that could perfectly describe Africa where it comes to innovation particularly on mobile. Utility vs Coolness In a great talk at TEDxVienna Alexander Oswald, Head of Marketing at Nokia, tells the story of how he and his family visited Kenya and were immensely shocked at just how […]

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Tanzanian & Rwandan Startups Making Content Publishing via SMS Work

According to an official report released by the GSMA, Africa is now the second largest mobile market in the world. The report showed that over the past five years, Africa’s mobile subscribers has increased by 20 percent every year, and is expected to reach over 735 million subscribers by the end of 2012. (IT News […]

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Let's unleash SMS: Africa's best distribution platform

Over the last week we have heard incredible data that has shocked the world around the growth potential of mobile in Africa exceeding expectations. The future looks bright indeed for Africa, and mobile will play a big part… The lowest common denominator in mobile technology is SMS. This is in wide spread use on all […]

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Esoko Interview: Mobile Technology & Agri-Business in Africa

Afrinnovator: In a nutshell, what is Esoko? Esoko: In essence, Esoko is an information channel that individuals, agri-businesses, governments and projects use to collect and send out market information using simple text messaging. The platform provides automatic and personalized prices alerts, buy and sell offers, bulk SMS messaging, stock counts and SMS polling. Afrinnovator: Where […]

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Startup Watch: Nikohapa gives you discounts for checkins

Nikohapa, which literally is two separate swahili words for ‘I am here’, is a hot Nairobi based startup that aims to reward users for visiting places around Nairobi. The idea is very much along the lines of Foursquare, allowing users to checkin to places via mobile – SMS or by use of the NikoHapa app. But it’s […]

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Startup Watch: Esoko Ltd: Powering an agric revolution

The gist of this story was originally written by Oluniyi David Ajao, a tech leader, writer and entrepreneur in Western Africa as part of a series of posts on Esoko When we look around markets, we see the need for better information everywhere. Farmers are lacking prices, traders need transport and new contacts, projects and […]

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Pivot25 – The Global & Silicon Valley Perspective

Guest Post by Tanzanian Entrepreneur Mbwana Alliy, and Associate at i/o Ventures, a silicon valley based angel investment firm that focuses heavily on mentorship. He splits his time between East Africa and Silicon Valley. Just returned from Pivot25 conference in Nairobi, by most measures, the event was a resounding success. Good write-ups and coverage about […]

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Africa: Opportunity Awaits

(by Muchiri Nyaggah & Niti Bhan from Semacraft. Semacraft is a research and consulting company that focuses on Africa and things digital in Africa) I looked up a Nairobi-based digital strategist Mark Kaigwa last month, smart and insightful, he’s become a voice to listen to on East African social media and internet marketing affairs. Mobile […]

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