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Algeria: ICT Market Opportunities for US Firms

Overview Algerians are increasingly tech-savvy and interested in technology and know-how transfer in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. Government ministries are also interested in process modernization and digitization of recordkeeping. Home Internet penetration rates remain below 10 percent, but business Internet [...]

Mobile Phones are Getting Smarter in Rural Africa

Imagine you are in Yokadouma, a rural community in eastern Cameroonwith little electricity and inaccessible roads. You have an old, inexpensive mobile phone with which you can only make and receive calls. The good news is that it is now possible for that phone to be smarter — to send and receive e-mails, check a Facebook account and chat online, [...]

Ceragon Networks Wins $6 Million Globacom Contract for Wireless Backhaul Deployment in Nigeria

PARAMUS, New Jersey, March 12, 2012/PRNewswire via African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Deal includes Ceragon's leading short-haul and long-haul systems as well as site survey, installation, commissioning and project management services Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: CRNT ), the #1 wireless backhaul specialist, today announced a new $6 million [...]

Cross-Border Mobile Remittances Increase in Africa

More people in Africa’s poorest countries have mobile phones than have bank accounts. That reality is spurring mobile service companies to explore how they can capture a share of the potential banking market by enabling migrants from these countries to transfer funds back home to their families. Sending remittances by mobile phone can be a [...]

Lessons from a CEO in Africa’s ICT Sector

Lessons from a CEO in Africa’s ICT Sector

As Africa transforms, one of the major industries that will lead the way is information communications technology (ICT).  According to Brian Herlihy, Executive Director of SEACOM, “We had a McKenzie report done which showed that the current ICT spending in Sub-Saharan Africa is approximately $70 billion today and it will nearly double by [...]

Chinese and Indian Investment in Nigeria’s Telecoms Sector

The African telecommunications market is large, filled with many opportunities, and has several countries investing in this lucrative industry. Asian interest, in the form of Chinese technology solutions providers and, recently, Indian telecoms providers, has a significant presence in the market, yet the majority of the discourse on economic [...]

Onlines Sales in South Africa Grow Big

Onlines Sales in South Africa Grow Big

Businesses worldwide were negatively affected by the global economic crisis of the past few years.  Online retail sales, however, continued to grow during this turbulent economic time and are still on the rise today.   According to Arthur Goldstuck, “Internationally not a single region saw a drop in retail e-commerce during the global [...]

Global Mobile Messaging Trends and Africa

Global Mobile Messaging Trends and Africa

  Mobile messaging has gone from a virtually nonexistent form of communication 15 years ago to a $100 billion enterprise in 2010. Mobile messaging includes; text messaging (SMS), picture messaging (MMS), mobile email and instant messaging (IM). In 2010 the total worldwide revenue for mobile phone usage, including phone calls and all forms of [...]

Ghana: ICT and Oil Booms Converge

Ghana: ICT and Oil Booms Converge

Ghana's ICT boom converges with its oil boom, which kicked off on December 15, 2010 with the first commercial oil pour from Tullow Oil installations. Ghana's potential ICT boom is tied to the landing of undersea cables, e.g. Main One, connecting it to international broadband networks. As a potential market, Ghana is smaller than Nigeria, Kenya [...]

Zambia and Tanzania: Fast-Growing Economies Set the Stage for ICT

Zambia and Tanzania: Fast-Growing Economies Set the Stage for ICT

Tanzania (7.2 percent average GDP growth) and Zambia (6.9 percent average GDP growth) will be among the ten fastest-growing economies between 2011 and 2015, according to The Economist. Both are members of SADC, and both are involved in spatial development corridors (Nacala for Zambia and Central for Tanzania) like the Maputo corridor, which will [...]

Africa’s ICT Landscape: Evolving Business Opportunities on the Continent

In 2012, we will be seeing over 20 terabits per second in broadband on the continent of Africa. There is still no way of telling whether this will meet or exceed demand, but Africa needed a change from having less than one terabit per second broadband capacity only a few years ago. Since international broadband access has been addressed, the two [...]

State of ICT in Africa: Land-Based Infrastructure Development

State of ICT in Africa: Land-Based Infrastructure Development

Undersea cable infrastructure to provide Africa with international bandwidth is well under way.  Capacity is expected to reach over 20 terabits/second in 2012 when only a few years ago capacity was less than 1 terabit/second. The next critical element in infrastructure is the terrestrial fiber networks that will connect countries to the [...]

Mobile: Kenya’s Star Quality

Mobile: Kenya’s Star Quality

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) provided a snapshot of ICT development in Kenya in 2008 - 42.1 percent of the population had mobile phones, 6.3 percent of households had computers, and 2.5 percent of households had internet access. With mobile phone penetration rates exceeding 100 percent in South Africa, Kenya's over 20 million [...]

ICT Transforming Global Trade in Africa

ICT Transforming Global Trade in Africa

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) expects global trade to rise 9.5 percent in 2010 after a 12.2 percent decline in 2009. A key challenge in global trade is that it has remained a mostly manual process until recently, and remains complex and convoluted, according to Dwight Klappich, a vice president in supply chain research at [...]

The Future of ICT in Two African Population Powerhouses

The Future of ICT in Two African Population Powerhouses

Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa with over 150 million people. Ethiopia ranks as the third most populous nation with 85 million. Like almost all African countries (except Seychelles, Mauritius and Libya), they ranked in the lower half of the ICT Development Index as reported in Measuring the Information Society 2010 by the [...]

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