TECHNOLOGICAL changes are clearly disrupting the DNA of the world. Today, the entire world is predisposed to the change that is occurring at dizzying pace. This is why the entire world is running on the chemistry of digital economy made possible by the philosophy of the knowledge economy. It is undisputable that economies that would be proactive in responding to the allure of this disruption would remain viable. To the discerning, therefore, modern societies are built and run on the crux of innovative ideas that are capable of engineering systemic transformation. This is what Africa must focus on.
Africa has often been described as the next frontier in global economic competitiveness, and this is because it is by and large a developing entity with the profile of an emerging market. But for Africa to truly realise this designation there is a need to depart from the old ways and embrace the trending innovative order that comes with a window of opportunities for individual fulfilment and national development.
This is why our cover story in this edition is on African Start-ups: what beckons? The stakeholders must express more than passing interest in the evolution of the budding enthusiasm of the African youths desirous of expressing themselves by distinctive comportment in creativity. Our team looks at the policy agenda of some African governments, the private sector engagements and the various inhibitions and how to manage the expectations of the youths in driving buzzling interests of the innovative communities on the continent.
Read why Nigeria is not about to privatise NIPOST; get details of how much Tunisia sold three LTE licences; what Visa is doing in francophone territories in order to push the frontiers of digital payments and how much Africa Internet Group secured for expansion in Telecom & IT Money. Cashless world contains very refreshing details on how Tigo Tanzania launched innovative nano lending scheme for its customers, the plans of MasterCard to engage best start-ups from Africa as well as story on how Ghana set up the first African Bitcoin farm; the exploits of Xoom with instant bank transfer in Africa. In Wireless World you will enjoy facts on how MTN Cote d’Ivoire began network migration; Econet Wireless Upgrade of Security solutions in Zimbabwe and what MTN Rwanda is doing with LTE for smartphones. The Global Scope section is awash with stories on the launch of connected lighting cities by Huawei, the EC complete consultation on telecom regulation review, Google’s release of Android N preview for developers, and why Vodafone set up global cyber security division.
Business Central is focussed on the rumoured exit of Bharti-Airtel from Africa: the facts and the fable. Our News section is also replete with industry latest happenings. Glimpses presents paradigm shift by Nigeria’s telecom regulator in the auction of the 2.6GHz for the deepening of broadband services. In Computer.Com you will read about how IBM opened the first cloud data centre in South Africa, the design of keyboard in Nigerian languages and the threats to the online password of Africans. In the Digital Broadcasting section, read about why Kenya’s telecom regulator commissioned new spectrum management system; how its Nigerian counterpart also impounded illegal equipment used for stealing signals from pay-tv channels. You will also read up the challenge that Botswana is confronted with even after meeting the deadline for digital transition last year.
Executive Forum is an interesting detail of what Dr. Waudo Siganga revealed to Clifford Agugoesi on the initial bottlenecks experience during the formative years of M-Pesa in Kenya. The Consumer Scope section is on the return of ntel network into the mobile ecosystem in Nigeria following the re-launch of a former comatose brand. Discourse contains an incisive analysis of the debated gains purportedly made by the Nigerian economy via the ICT contributions to the GDP. Online Scope avails you the latest position of the ITU on technology-neutral regulatory principles critical to market growth.
Perspective is on the evolution of Leo-Stan as the biggest brand in Nigeria’s ICT space despite not studying computer engineering or any related field in University. Our Product Review brings some of the phones that made the headlines at the Mobile World Congress 2016 and finally, our Digital Cars showcased Google’s plan for wireless charging for driverless cars as well as how Audi conquered turbo lag with the introduction of SQ7.
All these and much more packaged for your reading delight. See you again in the next edition
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