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Econet Zero free access to Wikipedia, Coursera, edX - greatest event in Zimbabwe's internet History

Econet Zero free access to Wikipedia, Coursera, edX - greatest event in Zimbabwe's internet History | African News | Scoop.it

If there’s one tool I’ve been always been thankful to the internet for since I came to know this amazing tool, it is Wikipedia. I cannot live without it, and I’m sure even you don’t spend a day without dropping by the site to feed on knowledge about whatever it is you’re browsing on. The internet would be very disorganised without it. Yes, Wikipedia itself is not very organised, but disorganised order is the essence of the internet itself. Freedom in accessing knowledge and being a part of its creation. Open to everyone to use, to disagree and to contribute their knowledge. That is very powerful.

So, when Econet announced today that they were zero rating Wikipedia, I was blown away. I have wished a local operator would do this, but a part of me has always admitted there has to be business case, and ‘free’ is rarely so. But it has happened. Econet Zero means anyone with just the simplest of feature phones, and access to an Econet line, can browse the whole Wikipedia for free. It’s very hard to overstate how huge an impact this will have on internet users in Zimbabwe.


See more at: http://www.techzim.co.zw/2014/03/econet-zero-is-the-greatest-thing-to-happen-to-our-internet-access-period/#sthash.sGT3RDlN.dpuf


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Emphasis to be put on ICT utility in Rwanda

Emphasis to be put on ICT utility in Rwanda | African News | Scoop.it
Rwanda’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and ICT, Rosemary Mbabazi has urged citizens to embrace the use of Information and communications

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U.S. Investments Surge For African Tech Entrepreneurs | TechCrunch

U.S. Investments Surge For African Tech Entrepreneurs | TechCrunch | African News | Scoop.it
From the largest technology companies to early stage investors, American high tech companies and venture capitalists are increasingly supporting startups..

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Solving BIG problems using little technology in Ghana

Solving BIG problems using little technology in Ghana | African News | Scoop.it

In January, the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in partnership with UNICEF Ghana launched the MEST-UNICEF Hackathon, a three-day product development competition to find new technologies to serve the hard-to-reach in Ghana. Participants tackled issues ranging from water supply tracking, to access to information, and sanitation.


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Africa’s International Bandwidth Jumps To 1.479 Tbps

Africa’s International Bandwidth Jumps To 1.479 Tbps | African News | Scoop.it

Africa’s international Internet bandwidth sailed past the 1 Tbps mark during 2012, and jumped by 84% to reach 1.479 Tbps by December 2012. Africa previously reached 802 Gbps in December 2011 (Africa’s International Bandwidth Approaches 1 Tbps Mark), 500 Gbps in December 2010 (see Africa’s International Bandwidth Reaches 500 Gbps Mark), and the 100 Gbps mark during 2008.


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Kenya: Internet Usage Overtakes Voice Services - CCK - allAfrica.com

Kenya: Internet Usage Overtakes Voice Services - CCK - allAfrica.com | African News | Scoop.it

Internet usage in Kenya rose to 16.2 million in the period between October 1 and December 31 last year, representing a growth of 11.6 % which surpassed the use of voice services.

 

 

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Africa's Digital Revolution: Full Speed Ahead

Africa's Digital Revolution: Full Speed Ahead | African News | Scoop.it

 

By Marguerite Ward

 

In the last five years, Africa has undergone a phenomenon that analysts refer to as the continent’s “digital revolution.” A recent wave of investor capital to the continent signals that this trend is unlikely to change course any time soon. The virtual revolution means sudden improvements to education, health and political spheres - prompting more leaders to embrace technological development as they would more “traditional” development projects.


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The upsurge of IT usage across the continent has brought Africa access to many important things from the wider world - but also (and I think more importantly) innovation from the developers and users across Africa has shown the world many new and different ways that the technology can be used.

 

Look at MPesa;  look at the amazingly inventive ways medical professions are making use of mobile phones to help remote communities; look at the primary school in Kisumu, Kenya that is using Kindles instead of paper textbooks.

 

The internet and mobile phones are changing Africa - but marvelous innovation is going the other way too.

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New tech incubator launches in Cape Town

New tech incubator launches in Cape Town | African News | Scoop.it
A new technology incubator- Springlab - has launched in Cape Town, looking to take advantage of market opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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How I Surf in South Sudan - Samir

How I Surf in South Sudan - Samir | African News | Scoop.it
TOUCH this image to discover its story. Image tagging powered by ThingLink

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Nice story (but I have to disagree about Facebook).
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South Africa’s “4G” growth projections

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New research finds that “4G” (LTE) will account for 39% of total mobile data traffic by 2018, compared to 9% at the end of 2013.

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Should Access to the Internet Be a Human Right?

Should Access to the Internet Be a Human Right? | African News | Scoop.it
Internet access was officially declared a right by the UN in 2011, eight years after the World Summit Information Society first met in 2003. Among their goals was to address the global digital divide; to "improve access to information and communication infrastructure and technologies as well as to information and knowledge; build capacity; increase confidence and security in the use of ICTs; create an enabling environment at all levels; develop and widen ICT applications." Despite this, a decade later, 68% of the world does not have access to internet.
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Knowledge is indeed power - give people that power and there is no telling where they can take themselves, their countries, and the rest of the world.

 

 

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