THIS is the last edition of your magazine for the year 2016 and we have made the package as interesting and insightful as possible to ensure that you have swell information and data to open the New Year. The cover line is particularly instructive in defining the future of Africa in its race to catch-up with the rest of the world in the digital-economy ecosystem. Education is key to measuring the strength of nations’ competitiveness in the global digital challenge and that is why we focus on the tools that could help Africa redefine its future.
What are the competences of the human resources in helping Africa rediscover itself in the global digital contest? Our coverline: “Is Africa Ready For eLearning?” is the quintessential imagery on the state of readiness of Africa taking into cognisance the roles of African stakeholders; both private and public sectors, multilateral, multinational and development agencies as well as regulatory bodies. We tried to outline the various on-going efforts to transform the continent’s development trajectories in the education system, the challenges, hurdles and the global commitments that will help take the sector out of the woods. In spite of the seeming tag of “infrastructure deficit” on the continent, how can Africa leverage different digital solutions to circumvent the poor state of digital, electronic and electricity infrastructure in order to make innovative eLearning solutions the booster of the Human Capital Development on the continent? Get to read details in the Big Issue.
The subscribers of Zantel in Dar-esSalaam have something good coming as they join the fray of the 4G LTE spreading across the continent. Following the initial euphoria on the award of 4G spectrum to Vodafone Egypt, why did the industry regulator cut short the joy? Six years after they concluded the sale of Zain Africa facilities to Bharti-Airtel, what is changing hands between the two global operators? Read all these juicy details in Telecom and IT Money.
Determined to overcome the challenges associated with the cashless programme in Nigeria, stakeholders have enhanced the possibilities with the launch of mCash which rides on the back of USSD. What extra values will this introduce? How is World Remit coordinating the launch of the mobile money transfer in the Cameroon and who is involved? Now MasterCard, General Motors and IBM are forging a partnership that will enhance car-based payments. What does it entail? Read details in Cashless World.
Wireless World provides details on the new deal between Yahsat and Eutelsat Communications for the deepening of broadband infrastructure in Africa. You will also get to read about how the Ugandan authority is structuring free Wi-Fi Internet access in Kampala and Entebe. In Global Scope, Facebook has opened discussions with Indian authorities and operators on the use of innovative technologies to power low cost Internet access in the country. GSMA is also working into the future by seeking collaboration on the deployment of 5G spectrum. What does Nokia have off its sleeves with the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent? Read all the details in Global Scope.
It is unusual for operators to snub opportunities to snap up spectrum for market uptakes. But it happened in Nigeria. Business Central provides details of what led to the snub. Our News pages are loaded with the latest happenings in the world of information and communications technology.
Kaspersky Lab and Smart Africa Alliance are not leaving any stone unturned to tackle cyber security challenges on the continent. What is in the new collaboration as they tackle the menace head-on? The Nigeria Police Force has also asked the public to buckle up in the fight against cyber security threats. What is contained in the warning by the police? What is actually motivating Google to deploy digital skills among Africans? What is special about the Surface Desktop that Microsoft released into the market and what new thing is the global software giant pushing to make the difference? Get all the details from Computer.Com.
What did the people in Northern Cape in South Africa experienced when the analogue broadcast network was switched off on October 28? Nigeria is upbeat about the multifaceted opportunities that digital broadcasting will introduce to its economy. What are these opportunities? Why did the world’s leading Internet TV service; Netflix pick Spectranet in Nigeria ahead of others for its operations in West Africa? You can’t wait to get these details in Digital Broadcasting.
In Consumer Scope, Clifford Agugoesi did an expose on the report of the Freedom House which pulled the rug off the feet of governments accused of abuse of OTT apps across the continent. Lutz Ziob, in Online Scope, puts up a narrative on the needful for creating entrepreneurial state of mind to drive Africa to the zenith of its potentials. Get to read other interesting articles in Perspective, Products Review and Digital Cars.
Without equivocation, 2016 has been very rewarding and engaging and we promise to make 2017 a lot more worthwhile with tough to drop editions. We wish you Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2017. Read ICT news on the go at www.africatelecomit.com
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