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rudydewaele:

How Mobile Technology is Transforming Africa
A summary of slides from my presentation done at Mobile Innovations @ OCE Discovery event in Toronto on 27/5/2013.
Featured presentation reveals how mobile technology is transforming the now second largest mobile market in the world, and the trend towards local entrepreneurs creating and implementing innovative solutions to solve local problems.
Understand how solar and wind energy are already transforming communities and powering mobile and 3G network infrastructure, learn about low-tech SMS solutions empowering farmers in agriculture, and how greenfield opportunities in music distribution are streamed through mobile. Watch 3-D Printing solutions that are already applied to reduce diseases in Africa, and get inspired by a new generation of entrepreneurs changing the way children are educated for the future.
Mobile technology is a key driver for future economic growth on the continent, and Africa may well be on its way to becoming a hub of technology innovation for the whole planet, despite its many infrastructural challenges.

rudydewaele:

How Mobile Technology is Transforming Africa

A summary of slides from my presentation done at Mobile Innovations @ OCE Discovery event in Toronto on 27/5/2013.

Featured presentation reveals how mobile technology is transforming the now second largest mobile market in the world, and the trend towards local entrepreneurs creating and implementing innovative solutions to solve local problems.

Understand how solar and wind energy are already transforming communities and powering mobile and 3G network infrastructure, learn about low-tech SMS solutions empowering farmers in agriculture, and how greenfield opportunities in music distribution are streamed through mobile. Watch 3-D Printing solutions that are already applied to reduce diseases in Africa, and get inspired by a new generation of entrepreneurs changing the way children are educated for the future.

Mobile technology is a key driver for future economic growth on the continent, and Africa may well be on its way to becoming a hub of technology innovation for the whole planet, despite its many infrastructural challenges.

OLPC Project Puts Tablets In The Hands Of Formerly Illiterate Children With Amazing Results | TechCrunch

The hut became a focal point for the town’s children, and the kids loved their tablets so much that they slept with them. One kid would learn how to launch a Disney movie and the others would follow. Another kid learned how to unlock the built-in camera. It was a form of viral education that we see, under the surface of many childhood interactions, every day. They learned without learning.

The Sleeping Giants Of African Mobile Payments | TechCrunch

So while much of the rest of the world, including Canada and Sweden, looks to credit cards as the key to a cashless economy, Africa has – out of necessity – leapfrogged this step all together and tapped into the power of the ubiquitous cellphone. These services are changing people’s lives and countries’ economies, as well as underpinning a thriving startup community across the continent developing an eco-system around these payment giants.

(via Google rolls out email from SMS service, starting with Africa | memeburn)
Very cool and smart:))
African countries, however, have experienced a steady uptake of mobile communications and are poised to witness an appreciable growth of mobile, broadband and internet services over the next 4-5 years.

Spotlight on Africa - Mobile Statistics & Facts 2012 (by praekeltfoundation)

Great summary

In Five Years, Most Africans Will Have Smartphones | TechCrunch

Current smartphone penetration estimates range from 3% to 17% , but I’m most convinced by Samsung’s estimate of ~7% , up from 5% last year. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? But…

Gerd comments: make the THREE YEARS imho

SMS revenue under threat | Telcos and Operators get ready:)

Global research company Ovum says that, in the next four years, mobile operators will have lost $54 billion in SMS revenue, because of the increasing popularity of social messaging (SM) services on smartphones. This is more than double the $23 billion they are expected to have lost by the end of this year.

Spotlight on Africa - Mobile Statistics & Facts 2012 (by praekeltfoundation)

Nice video

Spotlight on Africa - Mobile Statistics & Facts 2012 (by praekeltfoundation)

Nice video.

Kenya’s technology start-up scene is about to take off
afrographique:

An infographic depicting the percentage share of formal firms that are owned by women in Africa. Data from the World Bank.

afrographique:

An infographic depicting the percentage share of formal firms that are owned by women in Africa. Data from the World Bank.

afrographique:

An infographic depicting mobile devices by brand and percentage used on the African continent. Data by Admob, 2010.

afrographique:

An infographic depicting mobile devices by brand and percentage used on the African continent. Data by Admob, 2010.

poptech:

An fantastic overview of the mobile technology landscape in Africa from the Praekelt Foundation.

Interesting facts:

  • In 2000 there were 49 million cellphones in Africa, now there are 500 million
  • In South Africa and Gabon there are more active SIM cards than there are people
  • In Africa 95% of mobile users are pre-paid subscribers