42 posts tagged june2012
42 posts tagged june2012
The Silicon Cape Initiative has grown to become a champion for technology startups in South Africa since its launch on October 8, 2009 in Cape Town.
Founded by two South African tech entrepreneurs, Justin Stanford and Vinny Lingham, Silicon Cape is an ecosystem for technology startups based in the Western Cape of South Africa. It aims to attract investors while promising to foster the creation and growth of world-class startup companies.
The initiative aims to create an environment that can easily compete with other similar hubs around the world, including the Silicon Valley, by planting a seed to promote the concept of the Silicon Cape as the up-and-coming ‘Silicon Valley of Africa’.
Botswana and Namibia finally launched their links to the 14,000-kilometre underground sea cable system yesterday. The sea cable is expected to provide speeds of up to 5.12 terabits per second.
The US$750 million fiber optic submarine West African Cable System (WACS), which will provide faster Internet connections, went live in Namibia last month, and stretches down the west coast of Africa.
Emerging markets easily play one of the most important roles in the tech community — holding promise for growth and innovation, while also serving as a completely new demographic for existing tech giants and startups alike. This is exactly why keeping tabs on these markets is essential, even if you’re usually heads down focused on The Valley, Tel Aviv and NYC.
On that note, The Pingdom blog is reporting that only 0.27% of the world’s top 1 million sites are hosted in Africa, noting that “with its over 1 billion people, [Africa] has reached a 13.5% Internet penetration rate, and there are plenty of big websites about the continent. But where are those sites hosted?”
The software giant, Microsoft yesterday brought to the Nigerian market Microsoft Office 365 the company’s next-generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes in Nigeria.
Before now, the software has been previously available on a trial basis in markets across Africa;, including Nigeria which has been very attractive to the software giant.
With the introduction, users, according to the software giant in a statement can try it for free for 30 days by signing up from Microsoft’s 31 leading local Nigerian service providers, which will integrate Office 365 with other offerings and market the service to the hundreds of thousands of small and midsize business customers in Nigeria.
Wahome was the name of the shop keeper in my neighborhood. Anything that was not bought in a supermarket was bought from Wahome’s shop. He supplied our household and our neighbour’s households with milk, matches, sugar and other sundries that ran out before the next trip to the supermarket.
Every end of term, the neighborhood kids would file by Wahome’s to show him their report cards. Good performance was often rewarded with praise and a lollipop. The neighbourhood househelps were also kept in check by Wahome’s observation and personell skills. Wayward behaviour was reported to their employers and action often followed.
That was social media 1985. Wahome’s social network comprised his neighbourhood. He was the community parent and community retailer. He knew his customers, their employees and their kids. This way he was able to engage and sell to them. Luckily for him Wahome had a handful of customers to remember.
Most mobile analysts in Africa have come to the consensus that the future of Internet access on the continent lies in mobile. Over the next decade, mobile devices will serve as the vehicle for delivering Internet access to millions of Africans. For this to happen, the devices will have to be highly affordable. As such, when device manufacturer Huawei launched its sub-$100 Ideos X1 Android smartphone in Kenya about two years ago, many were filled with anticipation for the coming African smart phone revolution.
G+ Hangout with Mbwana Alliy, Founding Partner, Savannah Fund. Visit http://www.cp-africa.com for more coverage on business, technology and culture in Africa.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) are calling on world leaders to invest in Africa’s natural capital.
To build a lasting prosperity in Africa, we must chart a course for development that conserves and sustains the “green infrastructure
As leaders gathered in Brazil this week at Rio+20, WWF and AfDB are encouraging leaders in both the public and private sectors to invest in Africa’s natural capital.
“Africa must rally around this objective, not just because donors demand it, but because it’s our responsibility to protect our ecosystems,” they said.
AfDB president, Donald Kaberuka commented: “We must strengthen cooperation between leaders, across continents, who share a common interest in fostering economic transformation. Let’s make it a reality, together.”
Over the next decade, important decisions will be made in terms of large-scale infrastructure, resource planning, and economic development.
Nairobi — Kenya has signed a $600million (Sh50.4 billion) loan agreement with the World Bank to finance two major projects in the country.
Sh25.2 billion will finance the Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Project (NAMSIP), which aims to strengthen urban services and infrastructure in Nairobi and its environs.
The local authorities targeted to benefit from the funds include, Nairobi city, Ruiru, Kikuyu, Kangundo/Tala, Thika, Mavoko, Karuri, Ngong, Limuru, Kiambu, Kitengela, Juja and Ongata Rongai.
Signing the agreement on Friday, Finance Minister Njeru Githae said Sh21 billion will be channeled towards improvement of solid waste management, transport system, and sewerage services in the Nairobi metropolitan.
“To prepare for the massive urbanisation, the Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement project will strengthen connectivity between centers of growth in the metropolitan region by preparing land use plans for surrounding areas of 13 commuter rail stations that are proposed for construction,” Githae said.
Arguabley this is the year that mobile payment systems become mainstream in the first world. Boring - you might think! Well, many Africans have enjoyed mobile payment systems for many many years. Yes, Africa is leading the game with regards to mobile wallets.
There are quite a few of those services around, but let me just hightlight a few to illustrate the concepts. There are many different concepts and technologies out there today, all with the aim of allowing you to make a payment with your cellphone, rather than with a credit card, cheque or cash. The main reason behind this development? Well, you might forget your wallet, but highly unlikely that you forget your cellphone when you go shopping right? Your credit card might get cloned, so you are careful. Cheques? What are cheques - the younger generation will ask. No-one except some old farmers uses them any more.
And Cash? Well, who’s got cash in the first place? Anyway - that’s a topic for another day. Let’s look at some mobile payment systems, one of these is mimoney. Here is how mimoney describe their service on their website:
“mimoney is electronic cash which can be used as a payment method on any electronic environment such as an internet website, a mobi website (a website viewed on your mobile phone) or at a telephone booking centre (call centre) where mimoney is advertised as an acceptable payment mechanism. mimoney can even be redeemed at retailers that are mimoney acceptors.