Astonishing Number: Ericsson Predicts 5.9 Billion Smarpthone Users Within 5 Years

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This is a truly astounding number from Ericsson being reported over at Wired. They think that we’ll get to the majority of the human race having a smartphone and a wireless plan within the next five years. That we’ll have 5.9 billion people hooked up within that time: According […]

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the economics via smartphobnes . . .  “two economics points to this. The first being simply to gawp at the speed with which this technology has taken off. There’re, according to the best estimates, somewhere around 7 billion people currently extant on the planet. The smartphone was really invented by Apple AAPL +1.46% back in 2008 with the original iPhone. Sure, similar things had existed before but they weren’t much more than prototypes: none of them really took off and none really combined the various possible technologies in a manner that Apple managed. And the prediction here is that by 2019, only just a decade after that first release, 85% of the entire population of the world will have one of these devices? That’s a technological expansion faster than anything that has ever happened before. Heck, we’ve had electricity for well over a century now, flushing toilets for nearly two and we’ve still not got that sort of market penetration of either of them. Smartphones are actually spreading faster than the Black Death did….   The second is the impact that this will have on economic growth rates. One way of thinking about economic growth (this doesn’t explain all of it but it’s a handy guide) is that it’s all about the adoption of new technologies of production. We could say that the introduction of electricity was itself economic growth, or that the adoption of smartphones will be. However, they’re both multiplying technologies: electricity allows more work to be done by replacing muscle power and, through light, enables work or study to be done for more hours of the day.”

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Why is dotAfrica Important for the African Continent? IDG Connect

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Why Africa’s new brand identity under the dotAfrica domain will foster positive change.

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dotAfrica  –  “With Africa and African resources being of great economic interest to investors in developed as well as developing countries like China; the implementation of the dotAfrica domain brand could bring about a more focused, more powerful way for African businesses to trade both amongst each other and internationally. ZACR CEO, Lucky Masilela, says of the branding and economic implications; “The value proposition for dotAfrica is that it allows us a new, collective identity.”

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World Economic Forum: Seychelles, Mauritius ICT Leaders

According to a World Economic Forum report, Mauritius and Seychelles have made significant ICT sector strides and are now considered new leaders in Africa

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ICT, Seychelles Mauritius –

 ” according to the index, Mauritius has jumped seven places from position 55 in 2013 to 48 this year.  The next highest African nation on the list is Seychelles, which has leaped from position 79 in 2013 to 66 in 2014.  World Bank figures point to how Mauritius only has a 1.2 million population while less than 90,000 people live in the Seychelles.

Yet these two tiny island nations are leading Africa when it comes to ICT, as bigger countries like South Africa ranks 70 on the index, Egypt ranks 91, Kenya ranks 92 and Nigeria 112.”

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Smart cities will help Africa leapfrog says Deloitte | IT News Africa- Africa’s Technology News Leader

Deloitte says due to increased access to connectivity and the associated predicted urbanisation, African cities wishing to uplift their populations into the

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Deloitte report – Smart cities, Africa

The Deloitte report states that African cities have the opportunity to start with the latest technology available, thereby immediately thrusting them as competitors into the global market place.

Another driver is the rise of the African middle class. This, coupled with the fact that Africa has a disproportionately young population with 62 percent of the population under 25 years of age, makes for an interesting consideration as to the quantum of tomorrow’s consumer market.   –   “It is hardly a surprise that mature businesses are casting more than an interested eye over the continent as a youthful population provides a secured consumer base for many decades to come,” said Lee.  –  Predictions of a global super-urbanisation move with 70 percent of the world’s population being urbanised by 2050, includes the perspective that in the next 30 years, roughly 50 percent of Africa’s population will be living in cities. Each of these factors combine to produce  a powerhouse of innovation.

Another advantage of African cities is the entrepreneurial culture of their people. Lee explained that anyone who has travelled to Africa will notice the can do attitude.”

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2014: The year of tech, media and telco convergence – Deloitte report

If 2013 was the year of exploration and pushing the boundaries in technology, media and telecommunication, 2014 will see these three sectors converge in new ways

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ICT, tech media – Deloitte TMT report


“For the past decade, these three drivers have enabled massive advances in the utility, ubiquity and spend on connected devices. In 2014, we expect five connected devices which constitute the converged living room – TVs, PCs, video game consoles, smartphones (including phablets) and tablets – to generate $750 billion in revenue,” states the 2014 TMT report.

tablets, MOOCs, content, 

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Accenture Technology Vision 2014 Identifies Six IT Trends Driving Digital Power Shift as Large Enterprises Assume Role of Digital Disrupters

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digital disruptors – “ The report finds leading enterprises are pursuing digital strategies that leverage mobility, analytics, and cloud to improve business processes, take advantage of real-time intelligence, expand the boundaries of traditional workforces, and transform the way data is managed and used. 6 trends –


  • digital physical blur
  • workforce to crowdsource
  • data supply chain
  • hyperscale
  • business of applications
  • built to survive failure


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Africa’s high end ICT skills shortfall grows

With a skills shortage of between 20,000 and 70,000 high-end ICT professionals in South Africa alone, business and education must work together to close the gap, say stakeholders.

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ICT shortfall, Africa –  “Dr Brenda Scholtz of NMMU noted that the skills shortage did not cut across all levels of ICT, however. “The shortage is mainly in development, business intelligence, BPO, data analytics, testing and quality assurance, and enterprise architecture,” she said.  –  Meryl Malcomess, Marketing Director at SYSPRO Africa, noted that as an ERP player, SYSPRO believed strongly in the need to develop ERP skills across the continent. “Thanks to mobile, you now see small business people and farmers able to become viable players within the larger supply chain.” However, without ERP skills, the benefits would not be fully realised, she said.”

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SKA communities enter digital age

The communities around the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) are set to enter the information age with a R2,5-million boost that will equip schools and a community centre with IT hardware, software and …

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ICT, community outreach, SAn –  “Intel South Africa has launched several community projects in the tiny Karoo town of Carnarvon. The IT vendor is working with the SKA and the Department of Science and Technology to supply computers, educational  materials, teacher training and internet access to the Carnarvon community centre and five schools in the three towns closest to the main SKA site – Carnarvon, Williston and Van Wyksvlei.”

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ICT policy Green Paper to be gazetted in December

A Green Paper for South Africa’s national integrated information and communications technology (ICT) policy would be gazetted for public comment in early December, Communications Minister Yunus Carrim told the Parliamentary Portfolio…

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ICT  Green paper  –

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Young ICT entrepreneurs honoured at Transform Africa summit

The Transform Africa Summit 2013, held in Kigali, Rwanda, has honoured five young ICT entrepreneurs for developing socially transforming IT solutions who were picked from more than 500 young African ICT enthusiasts.

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ICT, Africa Transform Summit – “Kenyan firms scooped second and third place. Mobicraft Solutions, a faith-based SMS service, and Fishmate Ltd, linking farmers to their customers, received US$5,000 and US$3,000 respectively followed by South Africa’s Powerbox, a phone charging innovation startup and Ghana’s Mnotify Ltd, which received US$2,000 cash each.”

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