6 February 2014 | I remember once at a conference in Tunisia being asked by a young member of parliament why it made sense to invest in a fiber optic cable to a remote village in Djerba instead of improving more basic services such as electricity grids or water irrigation. The interesting thing is that the two are not mutually exclusive, as most of the times conventional infrastructure projects also have the capacity to deliver fiber at a small incremental cost. But at the time I answered that investing in internet infrastructure should not only be seen as an economic activity but also as an extension of the values of the “Arab Spring”.
18 February 2014 | JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The world's top mobile infrastructure supplier Ericsson is betting that the fast-growing African mobile broadband market will remain dominated by 3G services over the next years
20 January 2014| The BCG e-Friction Index quantifies the factors inhibiting growth in the Internet economy, so policymakers, businesses, and other stakeholders can “grease the wheels” by addressing friction sources.
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10 January 2014 | In case you haven't been paying attention recently, the overall economic forecast for Africa is strong. The continent is in growth mode according to the OECD and UN Economic Commission for Africa. That extends to the Africa startup ecosystem as well.
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November 2013 | Following a decade of rapid urbanization and strong economic growth, Africa is going digital. While just 16 percent of the continent’s one billion people are online, that picture is changing rapidly.
Evidence of what is to come can already be seen in Africa’s major cities, where consumers have greater disposable income, more than half have Internet-capable devices, and 3G networks are up and running. Significant infrastructure investment—for example, increased access to mobile broadband, fibre-optic cable connections to households, and power-supply expansion—combined with the rapid spread of low-cost smartphones and tablets, has enabled millions of Africans to connect for the first time. There is a growing wave of innovation as entrepreneurs and large corporations alike launch new web-based ventures.
26 February 2014 | In rural settings, access to information is vital in influencing the decisions of value chain actors and enhancing the profitability of the livestock sector. In Ethiopia, IICD is currently working on the implementation of ICT solutions within this sector through the Agricultural Growth Program-Livestock Market Development project.
19 February 2014 | SEATTI is working in Southeast Asia region, primarily in Indonesia and the Philippines as both countries are the founders of Open Government Partnership. Where possible, SEATTI will support Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar.
6 February 2014 | The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries lag behind when compared with other regions in the development of broadband networks, internet access and use, and creation of digital content. The demand for widespread access to broadband internet, a key driver of economic growth, job creation, and social inclusion, has never been greater. According to the latest regional report by the World Bank on broadband in the Arab world, open competition and policy and regulatory changes could transform the region into a global leader in high speed internet.
9 January 2014 | It has become an annual tradition at Renesys to provide a year-end review of how the Internet providers at the top of our Market Intelligence global rankings fared over the previous year.