Smart phone users in Africa will rise to 360 million by 2025

VENTURES AFRICA – The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Channels Television, Mr. John Momoh, has predicted that internet penetration in Africa will hit 50 percent by 2025. The current level of Internet penetration on the continent is about 16 percent, a poor statistics when compared with the global average of 35 percent.

He stated this at a briefing on the topic: “Africa’s Media –The Future,” at a cocktail put together by members of KPMG Nigeria Alumni in Lagos recently. According to Momoh, the number of internet users would increase to 600 million by 2025 from 167 million. Quoting a recent global report, he also predicted that the number of smart phone users in Africa will rise to 360 million by 2025, from the current 67 million.

“The total mobile subscriptions count in Africa was 851.13 million at the end of the second quarter of 2014. Ovum forecasts that Africa’s mobile subscription will exceed one billion during 2016 and reach 1.23 billion by the end of 2019,” he added. “Africa’s mobile broadband subscription count will rise from its previous count of 26.5 million at the end of 2010 to 950 million at the end of 2019.” Read more

CIA invests in the AWS cloud despite security concerns

Despite recurring cloud security breaches, the number of government agencies and private corporations moving to the cloud is higher than ever. Jeff Kaplan discusses the CIA’s decision to move to, and invest in, the AWS cloud.

Despite lingering debate about the security of today’s cloud services, the CIA has publicly acknowledged that it is investing approximately $600 million with Amazon Web Services to meet its escalating big data and global intelligence needs.

Even as a new round of scandals surrounding the cloud has emerged with nude photos being exposed from the personal Apple iCloud accounts of various Hollywood celebrities, the number of government agencies and private sector corporations moving to the cloud continues to grow.

Even after the NSA surveillance revelations of the past few years, the CIA’s decision to make a big bet on cloud services ironically comes at a time when many corporate executives and end users are apprehensive about the government’s role in violating their privacy. Read more

Mobile money hits Sh2.37 trillion as card use drops

Mobile payments values increased by nearly a quarter last year, clawing a huge chunk from the banking sector where payment cards performed dismally over the period.

Latest payment systems data from the Central Bank show mobile money subscribers transacted Sh2.37 trillion in 2014, a 24.7 per cent increase over Sh1.90 trillion in the previous year.

This translates into daily transactions of about Sh6.49 billion, up from an average of Sh5.21 billion per day in 2013.

The growth has been attributed to increased public uptake of mobile cash transfer and acceptance by more merchants, “including payment outlets like gas stations”. See more

The 10 Essential Steps Towards A Successful Mobile Enterprise

How can you make the implementation of a mobile enterprise solution an awesome one? Jonathan Best, vice president of Europe and Africa at mobile app development firm, Kony, has the answers

With the New Year came many new resolutions and goals, not just for individuals who are chasing a new challenge, but also for businesses worldwide wanting to become or stay successful in competitive markets. There are several initiatives that can be adopted in the pursuit of enterprise greatness, but one of the most important in 2015 is mobility.

Mobility is everywhere. The way businesses operate, communicate and deliver is changing at a very fast pace, technological innovations are emerging quicker than ever before, drastically influencing the rules of the game. So to even stand a chance at competing effectively, it’s important to walk hand in hand with technology.

Here are the most important factors to bear in mind when implementing a successful mobile enterprise solution:



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