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.

Tax cuts

“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.

Read More Here

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

Mobile Internet Traffic Continues Skyward

cisco bar graph

To no one’s particular surprise, mobile traffic is set to double in 2012 and then hit 10.8 exabytes a month by 2016. Cisco says that video is now more than half the total data stream and 4G accounts for six percent of traffic.

Internet traffic continues to grow year over year, but one segment is growing faster than any other — mobile. Networking giant Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) today released a Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecast for Global Mobile Data Traffic, showing a dramatic rise over the next five years.By Sean Michael Kerner | Feb 14, 2012, Read More