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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Visa gets serious: Let the Africa Mobile Payment Wars Begin

A student at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania was asked by a former lead engineer at paypal during a mentoring session almost a year ago “Why are you not using Amazon web services for cloud computing?”, he replied “I don’t have a credit card to set up the service”…. The student could […]

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Africa's Top Dogs of the MNO World

Africa is probably the most fertile ground for mobile in this time. Mobile subscriber growth and penetration is growing steadily, and predictions are that the trend will continue. So who are the top dogs of the Mobile Network Operator (MNO) world in Africa? African Telecom News has some great data and statistics regarding matters such […]

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Appsworld Africa 2011 Cape Town

We recently covered some top notch conferences which would be of great interest to you if you are interested in matters to do with African tech. Well, we have since come to learn of yet another fabulous event being held in Cape Town, South Africa. The event, Appsworld Africa, is all about mobile apps and […]

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Tanzania’s tech sector is rising, but better reporting is needed

This is the first installment in a series of guest articles to be done by Mbwana Alliy, a Tanzanian tech entrepreneur on the state of the Tanzanian tech scene. In this first installment Mbwana takes an overview of several startups currently making waves in Tanzania. “Have you heard of the Mpemba effect?”- a director at […]

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Vodacom Red Alert: SMS Disaster Fundraising Platform

Source: Press Release on CSR Africa by Millicent Njeri: Vodacom launched a technology-enabled disaster fundraising platform,Vodacom Red Alert, which will enable its customers and employees to donate money to large-scale humanitarian disaster relief efforts using an SMS or USSD number. Vodacom Red Alert will have two pillars; one for local emergencies and another for international […]

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[BREAKING] The Silicon Cape Welcomes MPESA

It’s official Vodacom and Nedbank partner to introduce the leading mobile money transfer service that has changed the lives of the unbanked (and banked) populations on E. Africa. The official press release: 30 March 2010, Johannesburg: Vodacom and Nedbank today announced a joint initiative to bring M-PESA, the biggest global success story in mobile money, […]

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Vodacom/RLabs Mobile Challenge

Vodacom and RLabs are running a competition on the use of mobile technology in improving local communities. The idea behind the competition is the growth and acceptance of mobile in Africa. The challenge is to come up with innovative ways to leverage not only voice and text but also the growing mobile internet space. There […]

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[BREAKING] MPESA comes to South Africa

TechCentral, a South African tech news site has published a move by Vodacom to bring MPESA to South Africa. MPESA is the mobile money solution that has really broken through in Kenya becoming literally a ‘need’ amongst Kenyans. Other competitors in Kenya, such as Zain (with Zap) also introduced similar solutions such as Zain’s Zap. […]

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