How to Stay Updated With Mobile and Technology News in Africa

Today’s world is driven by technology. Can you imagine what life will be like without gadgets that have become a boon to us via modern technology? With newer technological innovations, the world has become virtually dependent on and addicted to technologies.

In recent past, the most popular information sources for technology news came from TV shows, tech magazines, etc and from each of them individuals could find loads of new information. However, these options are now obviously outdated. It is no longer news that technology is witnessing improvements with every new day. If you desire to get updates on the latest launch and improving technologies every passing day, you would discover that it is practically impossible to do so with the general interest media.

 

And having the latest technology-related news at your finger-tips is so vital in modern society. It is this vacuum that specialized technology news attempts to fill. With the Internet, you can access information from every corner of the world – just at the click of the button!

Technology news has gained popularity within a short span of time due to its ability to deliver complete and compact news about technologies only. Social media has undoubtedly aided the exponential growth of technology news. And it’s still spreading like wild fire! From the latest launch, improvement, add-on, and enhancement, Technology news provides complete, detailed news piece. Modern youth are diehard fans of technology. They crave for various options like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube, etc and are perpetually on the web searching online for authentic, reliable and dedicated technology-related news.

With the advent of internet and boom of websites, you will find various online websites providing you with handy technology news. If you a tech freak who desires to stay updated, you need to find some reliable technology news sources which can provide you with timely information.

These tech websites hosting technology blogstechnology articlesTechnology Africaetc do provide up-to-the-minute, accurate information to their visitors. You can find a lot of information via these particular information sources. Technology news helps people to stay updated anytime anywhere they are because the entire universe has become a “global village.”

 Taking into account the fast and robust way technology is evolving in the present times, you could be losing out on a lot of important stuff and you will be getting informed a lot later, compared to most of the people around you. No doubt, staying in touch with the world of digital technology is very essential.

Therefore, in order not to be left behind in this fast-paced technology-driven information age, you’ll have to browse the net and find numerous websites dedicated to technology news. Stick to a reliable and reputable site for instant updates.

Nigeria to introduce mobile technology for teachers

Nigeria, under the flagship of the National Teacher’s Institute (NTI), has mapped out strategies to use mobile technologies to update the knowledge of teachers and strengthen their competencies.

This statement was made by NTI Director-General, Dr. Aminu Ladan Sharehu at the end of a workshop organized by UNESCO in conjunction with Nokia.

The workshop which was tagged, “Mobile Technologies and Teacher Development,” held at UNESCO’s office in Paris, France.

According to the DG, four pilot projects will be launched soon to explore how mobile technologies can be used to support teachers in Nigeria and three other countries – Mexico, Pakistan and Senegal.

The NTI Director-General remarked that these projects are solely aimed at strengthening the competencies of teachers in the region.By Charlie Frip

Africa’s mobile phone industry ‘booming’

People chatting on mobile phones in Ivory Coast (June 2009)Africa is the fastest-growing mobile market in the world, and is the biggest after Asia, an association of worldwide mobile phone operators has said.

The number of subscribers on the continent has grown almost 20% each year for the past five years, the GSM Association report on Africa says.It expects there will be more than 735 million subscribers by the end of 2012.

Analysts say bad and expensive landline connections in Africa are responsible for the high mobile phone usage.

Peter Lyons, GSMA’s director of spectrum policy for Africa and Middle East, told the BBC that mobile penetration in Africa had reached 649 million subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2011.

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“That is equivalent to a 65% penetration rate. Out of every 100 people, 65 have some form of mobile connectivity,” he told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme.

In a report, GSMA says that 96% of subscriptions are pre-paid with voice services currently dominating, although uptake of data services is increasing steadily.

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Mobile banking in Africa

Mobile banking, due to the inherent characteristics of mobile phone as a device, can contribute to each of each of the strategic drivers:

Increase market penetration. Due to their accessibility, mobile phones provide an invaluable pportunity to reach rural and remote areas, thus opening a new unexplored segment for MFIs. In countries, where mobile telecommunication networks are already established and used by mobile network operators for their main businesses, it makes more financial sense to offer financial services through these networks, rather than invest in the roll-out of the costly branches and ATMs.

Sell more services to existing customers. Mobile phone represents an effective channel to offer new products and services to existing customers. Customers need more than payments and money transfer; providers should develop products that fit their real needs and use mobile phone to market and deliver them to clients.

 Retention of most valuable customers. Physical proximity and ubiquity of mobile devices contributes above all to the convenience of clients. The possibility to perform financial transactions on their mobile phones allows consumers the opportunity to free themselves from various time-consuming and costly activities associated with institutional banking systems. It helps to increase the level of client‘s satisfaction in dealing with MFI. Read More