Young Nigerians are mobile-first people - technology is inspiring young entrepreneurs to create businesses that could not have existed in the past...
Telecoms service provider revenues grew by 4% in 2010 to reach $1.85 trillion, driven by strong growth in the mobile market in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) economies, according to new figures from Ovum.
17 May 2011
A billion Africans and 50 million bank accounts. In South Africa, credit cards are used by only 16.5% of the population (2008). No African country comes close to 1% of total retail spend spent online - the magic figure which constitutes the tipping point for digital retail growth. No wonder, then, that the ecommerce market in Africa hasn't bloomed.
Herman Manson: @marklives 12 May 2011
A global study conducted by TNS Research Surveys shows that South Africans' unconditional love for handsets - more than content as it is in developed markets - is beginning to change and will even shift faster as bandwidth improves, and as cheaper smartphones appear on the market - probably from China.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 21 Apr 2011
LONDON, UK: The global advertising industry climbed out of recession last year and posted a 10.6% year-on-year increase to US$503 billion* based on published rate cards from the Global AdView Pulse, a new report released by The Nielsen Company.
11 Apr 2011
WATERLOO, US: As well as in Europe and the middle East, Research In Motion (RIM) has launched BlackBerry Protect in Open Beta in 30 African countries.
25 Mar 2011
The Loerie Awards launched its 2011 campaign, Tuesday 15 March 2011, entitled "Don't hate. Create", created by Draftfcb and supported by a mobisite and specially developed augmented reality apps, linking digital technology to the printed media, along with a revamp of its award categories.
15 Mar 2011
Here is a roundup of the posts published on sxswsa.co.za this weekend. We're over halfway through SxSW Interactive in Austin, Texas, but there's still plenty material in the works, so keep an eye on the blog for another few days. Also, follow @sxswsa, or the entire #sxswsa Twitter list. [view twitterfall]
Ivo Vegter: @sxswsa 14 Mar 2011
WASHINGTON: On Tuesday, 8 March 2011, International Women's Day, Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, participated as special guest speaker at a ceremony at the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) headquarters, where the Village Phone program received the annual IFC CEO Gender Award for outstanding achievement in promoting women in business.
10 Mar 2011
LONDON, UK: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, has released The comScore 2010 Europe Digital Year in Review. This inaugural report provides a comprehensive overview of key trends in the European digital media landscape, including market-level data on user demographics, social networking, online video, mobile, and search in 18 European countries.
25 Feb 2011
JOHANNESBURG, SA: Too many governments are blatantly getting away with enacting repressive restrictions on civil society and diminishing the freedoms of expression, assembly and association, CIVICUS: World Alliance of Citizen Participation said yesterday, 21 February 2011, while launching its landmark Civil Society Watch Online platform.
22 Feb 2011
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) has announced the winners of the inaugural Women Entrepreneurs in the Global Digital News Frontier grants. Each grantee will receive US$20,000 to launch innovative new media enterprises.
Carole Kimutai 21 Feb 2011
An essential part of former dictator Hosni Mubarak's strategy was controlling the media. However, over the last decade, access to television stations such as Al-Jazeera and to a lesser extent Al Arabiya, not to mention increasing Internet in Egypt, has meant losing his grip on the media. Now there's a chance for free and independent media to take root.
Simon Allison 14 Feb 2011
DUBAI, UAE: The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) opened its annual Middle East Conference this week by calling on authorities to protect journalists covering the ongoing demonstrations in the region and to allow the press to fulfil its role in providing free and credible news.
10 Feb 2011
WASHINGTON DC, US: The International Women's Media Foundation strongly condemns the violence against international media covering the historic events unfolding in Egypt.
8 Feb 2011
NEW YORK: Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak began violently attacking journalists reporting on the streets of Cairo on Wednesday, 2 Febraury 2011, a shift in tactics from recent media censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. CPJ has called on the Egyptian military to provide protection for journalists.
3 Feb 2011
So what we can expect to see in 2011? The industry is always changing and new trends are constantly developing and therefore it is crucial to keep the following top of mind.
Adene van der Walt 18 Jan 2011
The recent global recession has changed our world forever. In a new digital age, characterised by oversupply and too many product types in almost every market, the challenge for companies will be to locate and capture pools of high-profit demand and be able to move with speed and flexibility to take advantage of them. Here are 11 trends for 2011.
Gisele Wertheim Aymes 18 Jan 2011
MOSCOW: Vimpelcom on Monday, 17 January 2011, said its board had approved a revised deal for Egyptian magnate Naguib Sawiris' telecom assets that will create the world's sixth-largest mobile phone carrier by number of subscribers.
18 Jan 2011
If 2010 could be summed up as soccer, vuvuzelas and national pride, 2011 will be all about the hard work of restoring the economy to sustainable growth, paying attention to environmental concerns and mastering the technologies that are changing the world. Here are a few trends to watch in 2011.
Janice Spark 17 Jan 2011
The ICT sector is one of the fastest growing on the African continent. Fueled by heavy investments, telecommunication infrastructures have improved drastically. Over the past five years, Africans have embraced ICT innovations fast especially in the mobile telecommunications and in the IT segments.
Sylvain Béletre & Russell Southwood 14 Jan 2011
PARIS / CAIRO: Egypt's Mobinil and Alcatel-Lucent have entered into a partnership that will see the mobile provider's subscribers receiving interactive advertising in line with their personal interests.
3 Dec 2010
LONDON, UK: Smartphone users are generating two-thirds of total mobile cellular traffic* worldwide despite the fact that only 13% of mobile subscribers use smartphones, according to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media (informatm.com/smartphones).
3 Nov 2010
Digital Life, a global research project into people's online activities and behaviour has revealed significant findings as well as indicators for the future of the world's online behaviour. The research covered 88% of the world's online population through 50,000 interviews with consumers in 46 countries.
Carole Kimutai 3 Nov 2010
ALGIERS: Algeria said Sunday (31 October 2010) it was determined to buy Algerian mobile operator Djezzy which is currently being acquired by Norwegian-Russian telecoms giant Vimpelcom as part of a major takeover deal.
1 Nov 2010
Is mobile overhyped as a platform to reach consumers? Does content need to be shortened and dumbed down for mobile users? These were some of the questions answered by Vincent Maher, co-founder of Motribe, on Thursday, 28 October 2010, day two of the Integrated Marketing Communication Conference, organised by Living Your Brand.
Sindy Peters: Africa editor 28 Oct 2010
CAIRO: According to the International Press Institute (IPI), Egyptian authorities have introduced a host of new regulations ahead of parliamentary elections, to be held on 29 November 2010, in an apparent attempt to clamp down on independent media.
19 Oct 2010
NEW YORK: The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed its alarm at the deterioration of press freedoms in Egypt ahead of November's parliamentary elections and next year's presidential vote. In particular, it is concerned over the firing on Tuesday, 5 October 2010 of Ibrahim Eissa, the editor-in-chief and founder of the independent daily Al-Dustour.
15 Oct 2010
CAIRO: The telecommunications regulator is asking Egyptian news services to obtain a licence before sending news alerts in cellphone text messages, newspapers reported on Tuesday (12 October 2010).
13 Oct 2010
NEW YORK: The Committee to Protect Journalists reiterated its call to King Mohammed VI to use his constitutional prerogatives to bring Moroccan legislation in line with international standards for freedom of expression. CPJ also urged the monarch to end the use of the judiciary and other government agencies to harass critical journalists.
27 Sep 2010