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Bank on change in Africa

I have been part of the 'banked' segment of civilization since I was five years old. I have tried it all, from savings to home-loans, vehicle finance to credit card...

By Cobus van Zyl 1 Jul 2014 11:49

Kenya's internet market recovers lost ground

Kenyan internet subscriptions increased by 1.2 million to 13.1 million between October and December last year, recovering from losing almost one million subscribers during the previous quarter, according to the latest figures from the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK).

By Tom Jackson 18 Apr 2014 13:37

The evolving business model for m-governance

A look at the evolving business model for (mobile governance) m-governance projects and the use of mobile technology as a catalyst for inclusive development.

By Vijay Sai Pratap 27 Mar 2014 14:00

Of mobile app success

According to the 2013 IHS Digital Content Report, worldwide consumer spend on digital movies, games, and apps (applications) grew 30% from 2012 to 2013. In total, global digital spend in 2013 surpassed USD 57 billion.

By Esther Karuku 4 Mar 2014 13:12

Rebellion in the Dotcom Kingdom

TORONTO, CANADA: Since the invention of the internet, suddenly the phrase 'dot com' became the single most powerful word of the century...

By Naseem Javed 6 Feb 2014 09:41

[2014 trends] The big trend? Africa is on trend

The world is going gaga over culture, design and art from Africa, but back here on the continent we're innovating exciting solutions to uniquely African challenges. Here are my thoughts on the four biggest trends related to Africa...

By Oresti Patricios 20 Jan 2014 07:06

Bringing the gaming word to Africa

Early December last year IGN landed in Africa - to the applause of gamers on the continent. Perhaps the launch of IGN Africa slipped past you, but then now is all the more time to sit up and take notice.

By Danette Breitenbach 15 Jan 2014 15:53

Mobile internet key in Africa

The fourth annual PwC South Africa Entertainment and Media Outlook was launched recently and I caught up with Vicki Myburgh, Entertainment & Media Industries Leader for PwC Southern Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 29 Nov 2013 15:01

Y&R: I have an agency...

Y&R is committed to having 20 agencies on the African continent by 2015. Leading the charge to achieve this is Yossi Schwartz, chairman of Y&R South Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 5 Sep 2013 05:42

SA losing to Kenya in tech race

South Africa appears to be losing its status as the preferred investment destination on the continent for international technology companies. That honour, increasingly, is going to Kenya, which may be on the cusp of a technology-fuelled era of economic growth.

By Duncan McLeod 10 Jun 2013 09:09

Alan Winde impresses at Net Prophet 2013

Western Cape Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Alan Winde impressed attendees at the annual Net Prophet conference last week with news of exciting tech innovations for the province.

By Sindy Peters 24 May 2013 19:00

PRAU Excellence Awards announces winners

Uganda's annual PRAU Excellence Awards, the event that recognises public relations and communications excellence in Uganda, which was set to take place in November 2012, eventually took place on Friday, 22 March 2013 at Imperial Royale Hotel. This years event coincided with the East African Public Relations Conference (EAPRC) which took place from 20-22 March in Kampala, Uganda.

By Evan-Lee Courie 25 Mar 2013 11:17

Mobile and digital trends in 5 African countries: a cultural interpretation

This piece addresses the intersections between technology and culture that I identified while doing fieldwork. Therefore, this is not the result of strict data analysis, but rather the outcome of an immersion in each of these cultures.

By Marcela Ospina 7 Feb 2013 12:15

[2013 trends] Africa's dynamic markets

The year 2013 for most brands, especially the ones coping with saturated markets in developed countries, will be a decisive one. Incorporating Africa into their corporate brand strategy, if they haven't done so, will be the better part of valour, so to speak.

By Obaika Consulting Team 31 Jan 2013 13:20

[2013 trends] Out-of-the-box branding

No, the concepts of "tribalism", "gamification" and "engagement" aren't a promo for the latest computer game, but are in fact the trends that will characterise the way companies and consumers interact in 2013. The branding industry is constantly developing and. while the following trends are evolutions rather than dynamic, short-term changes, we believe there are 10 areas that will define the brandscape over the next year.

By HKLM Exco Team 31 Jan 2013 12:33

[2013 trends] Africa poised for a great future

As 2013 commences, afro-pessimism seems to cede to afro-optimism. There is a global consensus: Africa is poised for a great future. What will be the impact of Africa's growth on our industry? What will be the major trends of the year? In the business world, predicting the future is a crucial exercise.

By Nandkishor Buty 30 Jan 2013 12:39

[2013 trends] Africa finding its own solutions using mobile tech

There are several key trends that will present themselves in 2013. From m-payments to HIV/AIDS prevention, emerging markets are leading the way when it comes to innovative uses of mobile technology. Marketers, too, are seeing their roles and responsibilities expand.

By Dr KF Lai 25 Jan 2013 10:57

[2013 trends] Mobile money to give SoLoMo a kick in the pants?

SoLoMo: the glorious intersection of social, location and mobile that was going to superpower hyperlocal search and prove to be the holy grail, allowing retailers and other businesses to attract an army of smartphone-wielding customers. Pretty exciting stuff, especially during an economic downturn, right? In my opinion, quite the contrary.

By Vanessa Clark 23 Jan 2013 11:54

$14,5bn tech city to rise in Kenya

Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki will preside over a ceremony next week to break ground on a new US$14,5bn technology town called Konza City.

By Craig Wilson 18 Jan 2013 09:37

Pay TV subscribers get rewarded

Pay TV customers in Uganda have received rewards from their services providers ahead of the December festive season.

By Walter Wafula 22 Nov 2012 15:43

Digital pay TV eyes more Kenyan towns

Digital pay TV company, StarTimes Media in Kenya is now in eight regions after adding five towns to its list last week. The service is now also available in Nakuru, Nyeri, Eldoret, Webuye and Kakamega.

By Carole Kimutai 22 Oct 2012 09:43

MultiChoice Uganda's channels on the move

MultiChoice viewers of NTV Uganda can now access it on DStv Channel 283 instead of 141, following an automatic migration on the pay TV platform which occurred on Monday, 1 October 2012.

By Walter Wafula 2 Oct 2012 12:11

Pay TV cuts subscription prices

GOtv, a pay television service in Kenya has slashed its subscription fees as part of growing its market share, even as the country is implementing the migration from analogue to digital television.

By Carole Kimutai 10 Sep 2012 10:10

Nigeria frets over Kenya ICT

TechCentral wraps up the week's major technology news from around the African continent.

By Duncan McLeod 21 Aug 2012 10:24

Digital pay TV company eyes Kenya's key towns

Kenya's digital pay TV market is becoming more competitive with the aggressive entry of StarTimes Media Kenya, a company that recently launched its services in Kenya's capital Nairobi and second city Kisumu. StarTimes has now launched in Mombasa, the third city as part of its plans to reach seven major towns in Kenya by the end of 2012.

By Carole Kimutai 17 Aug 2012 14:33

[Executive Check] GOtv eyes expansion in Africa as it marks one year of business

GOtv, a low cost pay television service owned and operated by MultiChoice Africa celebrates its first year in business in four markets. Patricia Kiconco, the country manager GOtv Uganda speaks about the performance of the brand and its future plans for Africa.

By Walter Wafula 15 Aug 2012 15:49

New Vision regains top spot in Uganda's cyberspace

New Vision has displaced Monitor Online as the most visited local website in Uganda following its redesign. The website which is the online version of The New Vision print newspaper in Uganda regained the top spot last week after the revamped version was uploaded.

By Walter Wafula 7 Aug 2012 13:44

[Executive Check] Mobile pay-TV takes shape in Uganda

The mobile phone is changing lifestyles and the business landscape in Africa. Many companies are innovating around the technology to thrive and remain relevant to their customers. Simon Arineitwe, country sales manager at StarTimes Uganda, speaks about the benefits of mobile TV and the firm's plans for the country.

By Walter Wafula 18 Jul 2012 11:40

Banking sector goes digital with online event

The newly rebranded industry body Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) has turned to social media in a strategy aimed at creating a platform where members of the public can engage senior executives in the banking sector. The online event is part of a wider plan by the industry umbrella body to engage stakeholders and increase awareness and knowledge about the banking industry.

By Carole Kimutai 17 Jul 2012 11:33

[BFMA 2012] Digital technology proves to be the next money maker

Day 1 of the Broadcast Film and Music Africa (BFMA) conference opened with a house full. The two day conference, under the theme "Innovation, investment and partnerships for local content and service excellence" takes place at the Oshwal Centre, located in the Nairobi Central Business District, Kenya.

By Carole Kimutai 11 Jul 2012 09:51

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