Mobile app penetration in Africa

Experts predict that mobile applications will be the next big thing in five years in Africa. A host of new mobile phone applications, developed by software designers across the continent, are promising to boost development and business growth. More and more business and service providers are going mobile, in South Africa all commercial banks have mobile app. We have seen a dramatic changes in the tech world, most radio stations in South Africa are also going to the mobile app route.

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With more than 700 million mobile broadband subscribers across the continent, it’s no surprise that the growing number of young entrepreneurs are jumping on the digital trend and creating innovate, interactive content for the African market. Millions of people in Africa are embracing the technology by downloading apps every day.

The mobile app penetration has opened up opportunities for entrepreneurs and has changed the way business is done in the continent’s banking, agricultural, telecoms and pharmaceutical sectors. A lot of transformation has begun to take place in even the remote places in Africa. Read more 

Be aware of roaming and WiFi connectivity Risks

Overall, both mobile roaming and Wi-Fi Hotspots pose a risk financially, especially if your data ends up in the wrong hands.

Whether you are travelling throughout Africa, or globally, you may be considering activating your mobile roaming services with your mobile operator of choice.

While mobile roaming services are indeed a blessing, especially when it comes to staying in contact with loved ones, business colleagues and associates… it can however become a financial burden.

According to various reports, users utilsing roaming services have received substantially high mobile phone bills. According to enca.com, Kyle White was shocked to learn that Vodacom slammed him with a R46,000 bill for data roaming in Mauritius during the course of November 2014. Read more..

Top 10 tips from Africa’s tech entrepreneurs

Few now doubt the potential of Africa’s tech scene. Analysts and economists the world over frequently cite Africa as the ‘next big thing’, primed to pick up the reigns from where the economies of the ‘Asian Tigers’ left off. The continent has always had entrepreneurs, but never before has so much attention been focused toward their activities, the success of which is seen as vital to African development.

By George Bodie

However, this attention has brought with it many questions: How can a budding startup culture be nurtured? What are the barriers holding back entrepreneurs? And how can edTech, one of Africa’s most innovative and important industries, lead the way?

To help answer these questions, eLearning Africa arranged a Twitter Chat with four of the continent’s leading edTech entrepreneurs: Rebecca Enonchong, founder of AppsTech in Cameroon, a leading global provider of enterprise application solutions; Mac-Jordan Degadjor, co-founder of digital media marketing company Africa New Media in Ghana; another Ghanain, Raindolf Owusu, the founder of open source software developer Oasis Websoft; and Kenyan Tonee Ndungu, the founder of textbook app Kytabu. Here are 10 lessons we learnt from the session, which proved a massive success, providing those interested in the untapped potential of the African education market with a key list of dos and don’ts. Read more

Safaricom and MTN in networks deal to boost remittances

Safaricom has partnered with MTN

Customers of two of East Africa’s leading mobile money operators will be able to transfer money to each other across both networks, following a deal agreed between the MTN Group and Vodafone Group.

Under the terms of the deal, the operators said they will also share best practice and “work together to define the rules and standards of mobile-based remittances in Africa”.

MTN said the ‘interconnect’ collaboration, “between the region’s two biggest mobile money operators, will enable convenient and affordable international remittances” between customers of the M-Pesa mobile money network in Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique, and MTN Mobile Money customers in Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia. Read more