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Brief News and Useful Stats

  • Zambia & Malawi are to sign a cross border MoU on cooperation for telecoms and broadcasting;
  • Rwanda, drones are being used to deliver blood samples to hospitals and it is foreseen that drones will soon deliver purchases to rural areas;
  • Zimbabwe’s ISP, Powertel, owned by the Electricity Supply Authority had an operating loss last year of $550,000 and liabilities in excess of its $1.6m current assets;
  • Sending money to Africa is more expensive than sending money elsewhere in the world. The Global Remittance Conference in New York heard research from the NGO Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) that on average a consumer spends almost 10% of the total transaction in banking charges to remit money to Africa, compared to the global average of 7%, and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of 3%.
  • Coming to your shopping mall soon – recent articles on the SA e-news have showcased the new technical innovations in Pretoria’s Menlyn Park – including charging points for electrical and hybrid cars; license plate recognition; a parking App to help you locate your car; and a recognition system which tags individuals with a unique number to assist in counting traffic to shops in the mall (I hope they’ve squared that with the Protection of Personal Information Act).
  • Facebook’s Communities Summit in Chicago this week celebrated the founder of a private Facebook page, Female in Nigeria, a self-help group launched a couple of years ago that now has over 1 million members.
  • Facebook also unveiled research that shows that people spend an average of 1.7 seconds looking at a piece of content, but can recall content after seeing it for only 0.25 seconds. Not surprisingly young people scroll twice as fast as older people. Mobile has become the most popular medium for video.
  • Ericsson’s annual Mobile Report shows that there are now 985m mobile subscriptions in Africa, a 4% year-on-year increase. Ericsson also foresees that 4G will overtake GSM as the largest access technology next year.
  • Lastly, the Knysana fires – PnP offer its customers around SA to buy online for delivery to the affected areas. The Gift of the Givers has developed an App to allow people to donate online.