Mobile will drive Africa’s consumer tech

In the African context, Frank Rizzo, technology sector leader for KPMG in South Africa, believes that mobile is still the top technology to drive business transformation, followed by data analytics and then cloud.

“With our upcoming Africa survey to be released at the end of 2013, we will be able to tell if the rest of Africa is in agreement with my sentiments,” said Rizzo.

KPMG surveyed tech leaders on a number of topics, including which factors are most important to fostering innovation.

More than three-fourths of them said that the availability of talent is the most important factor enabling technology innovation, followed by access to technology infrastructure (69%), ability to drive customer adoption (68%), and access to capital (66%).

But not all countries cited talent as the top factor. Innovation incentives were among the top two most important factors in India (tied for first with infrastructure), Israel (tied for first with talent) and China (second most important).

Yet, when asked how accessible innovation incentives at the respondent’s company are, 82% of those in large enterprise and mid-market companies in India said they were accessible, 64% in Israel, and 60% in China.

Rizzo expects that African executives would most likely rate innovation incentives as the foremost driver for fostering innovation. Read more

Launch planned for made-in-Nigeria phones

wo Nigerian-made mobile phone brands could be launched in the country by next month, according to the country’s ‘Phone and Allied Products Dealers Association’ (PAPDAN).

The president of the association, Godfrey Iyke Nwosu, said the made-in-Nigeria phone brands are expected to be the outcome of a joint venture among 20 Nigerian investors who have pooled resources to bring the devices to market.

The two new phone brands, according to him, will be called ‘iQ’ and ‘MaxTel’.

PAPDAN, a group representing the interest of phone dealers in Ikeja Computer Village, the nation’s largest market cluster for technology products and services, has a membership strength of over 3,000 businesses.

Members of PAPDAN occupy a crucial place in the retail end of the tech market, as they sell in excess of 2 million units of phones and allied devices monthly into Nigeria and several economies across West Africa.

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The explosion of mobile phones in Africa in two graphs

Billionaire investor Kerr Neilson is betting on Africa in part because of its mobile revolution.

“To have reliable information about anticipated weather conditions and prices of agricultural products, to be able to transmit funds to relatives in remote and distant villages, to be able to access healthcare advice on one’s mobile phone, are huge breakthroughs,” he said.

Here are two charts from the Financial Review that will certainly please Neilson:

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Sub-Saharan Africa to have 160 M mobile broadband connections by 2016

Sub Saharan African broadband connections are to rise four-fold in three years, a report by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, in collaboration with Ericsson says.

According to the report, mobile broadband connections are expected to increase almost four times from 2012 to 2016 to over 160 million in Sub-Saharan Africa, adding that mobile broadband has been driving financial inclusion through mobile banking and mobile money across the continent while supporting new ways of delivering healthcare in many countries.

The Broadband Commission for Digital Development is a joint initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The task force which delivered the report was led by Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson.

The report, “Transformational solutions for 2015 and Beyond looks at several aspects of broadband and its positive effects on people, environment and society while analyzing national broadband plans for 138 countries.

“As the post-2015 sustainable development agenda process evolved, we felt an urgent need to see action. We see so many opportunities for broadband to transform all aspects of society.  Technology evolves faster than policy, and we wanted to make a concerted effort to do everything we could to raise awareness of the potential,”

said Hans Vestberg. read more