OUR cover story this month dwells on the emerging trends in the adoption of biometric technology in many aspects of life in Africa. We provide insights into how biometric technology, which experts describe as technologies and solutions that utilise unique human characteristics to identify an individual, are being used to deal with the increasing challenges of social inclusion, identity theft, security solution and as a measure for improving data integrity on the continent. The report also provides information on how Personal Identification numbers (PIN) no longer suffice in curbing the increasing hacking propensity of digital fraudsters. There is more on how nations are adopting biometric technologies to resolve issues on pension administration, payroll management in public and private establishments, border controls, election management, inclusive healthcare delivery to all strata of the society, citizen identification, SIM card verification and financial inclusion for the literate and illiterate alike. We also provide information on the huge market opportunities that exist in Africa for companies providing biometric technologies. How biometrics have been used beyond SIM card verifications in jurisdictions in Africa and elsewhere.
The Chief Regulator of Nigeria’s telecom sector has charted a new path for growth and development in his 8 point agenda. See further details in page 30.
Liquid Telecom’s fibre-to-home (FTTH) service has gone live in Kigali, Rwanda. MTN Nigeria is promising its subscribers improved broadband services, with the acquisition of Visafone. Orange is close to sealing the deal to acquire Cellcom Liberia and Vodacom Ghana plans $1.7billion investment to boost service quality, as Botswana Telecommunications Limited readies for listing on the stock exchange. Read the full gist in Telecom & IT Money. How much did Nigeria receive from her citizens offshore in 2015? Did you know why Kenyan Bitcoin firm has forged a partnership with Aitel? Or why Ethiopia is stepping up efforts to promote a cashlite society? Or the reason behind Airtel and Standard Chartered Bank seeking to fortify their mobile money deal? Cash-less World has the details. Zambian mobile subscribers have up till the end of February to register their SIM cards. The Algerian telecom regulator will announce its LTE licensing process this month. MTN has set up multiple centres for its subscribers to clean up their SIM registrations. For details of these stories, see Wireless World. The International Telecommunications Union(ITU) has Okayed spectrum for automotive radar as its members agree on international standard for Big Data. Ericson and Apple are back on friendly path as both sign a new patent deal. Nokia has taken full control of Alcatel-Lucent. Migrate to Global Scope and read the stories in full.
In Business Central, our analysis on Brand MTNis a compelling read. Our News segment will satiate your appetite. Details include how Millicom Africa chief hits out at Internet giants. Did you know that Nigeria loses nearly USD400millon yearly to cybercrimes? Read what Olivier Tracey has to say about Internet delivery in Africa: The case of Internet.org. Devices maker Dell has released its Latitude portfolio. Computer.Com houses the full gist.
Netflix is taking over Africa. Digital Switch Over: Ghana has a surprise package for the indigents. Monthly charges will replace TV license fees in Zimbabwe. Nigeria’s anti-graft agency has quizzed the broadcast regulator over digitalization funds. These are the headlines that made the cut in Digital Broadcasting. How can the Insurance industry benefit from the Internet? Read this engaging interview in Executive Forum. GSMA will next month hosts the world in Barcelona where the focus will be “Mobile is Everything”. Craving ICT project success in developing nations? See the Discourse section. Operators challenged on how to develop top class wireless backhaul in Africa has a solution in Online Scope. Perspectives which contains the narrative on the 700MHz frequency ‘war’ between the broadcast and telecom regulators, is a must read. CES 2016 was an arena for devices makers to make their statements. Make your pick in the Products Review section.
Ford is claiming leadership on self-driven cars. While Volvo and Ericsson partner on sexy features on smart cars.
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