Africa Ahead of Most of Europe with 4G

Africa is currently the fastest-growing mobile market; thus far, countries such as Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania are 4G Internet efficient

As the continent of Africa grows economically, its citizens work hard in many sectors to help the continent shed the label of “developing” in order to be considered “developed.” All over Africa, independent nations are taking the next step to global communication that could possibly change the way that the world interacts with them.

“It is the fastest-growing mobile market in the world and the biggest after China,” the BBC reported in 2011, “…there will be more than 735 million subscribers by the end of 2012.” With those statistics, it is no surprise that some countries in Africa have become connected to 4G internet before many countries in Europe. Read More

‘Mobile phones soon to be only means of internet access for many people’_afriquejet

Accra, Ghana – For many people around the world, the mobile phone soon will be the only means of accessing the internet, according to Ericsson, one of the world’s leading providers of communications technology and services. Ericsson’s second Traffic and Market Report – On the Pulse of the Networked Society – received in Accra on Sunday, says 85 per cent of the world’s population will have internet coverage via 3G by 2017 and there will be close to nine billion mobile subscriptions, compared to six billion by the end of 2011. Read More


Uganda: University Students to Access Course Works Using Mobile Phones_AllAfrica

Students from university and tertiary institutions will no longer have to worry about course works and other programmes. Sam Sung Electronic Co. Ltd is negotiating with different institutions so that students can access course works and other educative notes, using Sam Sung phones. This initiative will start before the end of this year.

“We are negotiating with Makerere University and other institutions so that students pursuing post graduate programmes can be the first to benefit from this initiative, “Simon Kariithi, Sales director, Sam Sung Electronic Co. Ltd said while launching Galaxy Sam Sung Galaxy pocket mobile product at Serena Hotel.

Kiriithi added that Kenyan Universities are already enjoying this programme. “We partnered with them and students who don’t want to attend the lectures, can access notes, using Sam Sung phones. Read More

Mobile Money for Business Development in the East African Community: A Comparative Study of Existing Platforms and Regulations, focuses on the East African Community (EAC1)

More than half a billion dollars are transferred in the region using cell phones each month through the largest of a number of commercial services on offer. The practice is burgeoning in developing regions where traditional banks and banking activities are in short supply, and most people lack access to financial services taken for granted in industrialized countries.

To ensure that mobile money services bring the desired broad benefits, especially to the poor, governments in the region need to address issues relating to telecommunications and financial regulation, the report says.

The EAC is a world leader in offering mobile money services and hosts more than one quarter of all known such systems in Africa. In a region where most people lack access to formal financial services, mobile phones offer a practical channel for obtaining them (see tables 1 and 2).

Given the pioneering role of the EAC in the field of mobile money, advances there are of particular importance. According to the GSM Association, which tracks mobile money deployments around the world, some 130 mobile money systems have been implemented since March 2012. Africa has taken the lead in mobile money implementation, with about 60 mobile money services already in place, a quarter (16) of which are in the EAC. Three of the EAC platforms now have more than 1 million active subscribers. M-Pesa, operated by Safaricom of Kenya, is currently the most popular platform. It has 15 million active customers who transfer an estimated $658 million every month. In addition, M-Pesa reports that it has over 37,000 mobile money agents, is linked with 25 banks and can be accessed via 700 automated teller machines (ATMs).

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