‘Africa’

African app startups should “build for future not the past”

Derrick Kotze, chief executive officer (CEO) of mLab Southern Africa,  is of the view that African startups developing mobile apps should look to the future rather than the past by focusing on smartphones given the amount of investment required to build apps and penetrate markets. Asked by Disrupt Africa whether African app startups should focus […]

Mobile payments an advantage to tourism business success in Africa

An independent research study commissioned by Amadeus and run by strategy consultancy, Inquisition, uncovered that Africans are increasingly looking for agents that offer online and mobile services. Key findings from the survey of over 2,500 travelers across Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa, include: Travelers increasingly take control of their bookings […]

Is Africa the mobile advertising world’s sleeping giant?

In terms of capabilities, mobile phones have progressed in leaps and bounds in recent years. So today’s SMS and USSD mechanics of current mobile campaigns can be seen as primitive in the context of some African markets. A few years ago most feature phones in Africa lacked online browsers and related features. Well Opera Mini-powered […]

Nairobi is Africa’s first city to adopt Uber cash, mobile money

Uber officially announced that everyone in Nairobi can now pay using cash and mobile money starting today, after the successful conclusion of a two month payment pilot. Nairobi is one of the fastest growing cities internationally for Uber following the launch of the cash test pilot.  It showed there was huge pent up demand for […]