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OA News: June 27 – July 3, 2011

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  1. Based on tests performed in November 2010, South Africa’s mobile operators have a ways to go in terms of quality:
    Mobile operators fail quality test: ICASA {myBroadband.co.za}
  2. Stickiness, viral marketing, monopoly, barrier of entry, and globality are the ‘big five’ factors an online business has to take in account if it hopes to achieve its goals:
    Successful online African businesses require ‘big five’ {Bizcommunity}
  3. 1,500 youth from Ghana, Liberia, Togo and Nigeria recently attended the Strategic Future Leaders Public Lecture and Conference:
    African Youth challenged to be Innovators {Ghana News Agency}
  4. Increasing connectivity in the Western Cape:
    Vodacom backs township ICT {Gadget}
  5. Consumers signing up with 8ta will receive 10 gigs of data for a mere R199 a month:
    Best broadband deal in SA — ever {Mail & Guardian}
  6. Ten years ago, South African Internet connections accounted for half of those in Africa. Now, that number stands at less than 25% (and less than Morocco or Nigeria).
    SA broadband a ‘tragic story’ – Koos Bekker {TechCentral}
  7. Editorial: Broadband’s true value {The New Age}
  8. The power of youth to influence smartphone and mobile network usage. 40 slides:
    mobileYouth South Africa Whitepaper {mobileYouth via slideshare}
  9. Most initiatives do not require smartphones:
    The mobile health technology boom in South Africa might not be as flashy, but may be more effective {iMedicalApps}
  10. Visualizing Informa Telecoms  & Media stats about smartphones in Africa:
    Mobile phones in Africa {Afrografique}
  11. The first Mobile Monday chapter meeting for French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa took place last Monday:
    Mira Networks backs inaugural Mobile Monday in Senegal {Bizcommunity}
  12. A World Bank/African Development Bank project looks at opportunities and challenges for ICT in Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco:
    THE STRATEGIC APPLICATION OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES IN AFRICA: CROSS-CUTTING STUDY OF SCALE IN THE ICT SECTOR {World Bank via eTransformAfrica}
  13. Cameroon gets 4G:
    4G network launched in Sub-Saharan Africa {Nigeria Latest News}
  14. ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun Tourégave, says the need for multi-sectoral plans towards broadband development cannot be over-emphaised:
    ITU calls for Nigerian broadband policy {IT News Africa}
  15. Qualcomm has had offices in Africa since 2007 and is currently seeking to ‘accelerate the [mobile] ecosystem’:
    Broadband for the people — The next generation of mobile data access {memeburn}
  16. Activate 2011: Mobiles look set to play a big role in Africa’s development {The Guardian}
  17. Using Google Trends to track Internet searches for democracy, Africa, Somalia, Darfur, etc. (Interesting poem in the comments section, by the way):
    Is Cyberspace the Key to African Development, or a Sideshow? {ThinkAfricaPress}
  18. Penny auction sites, although popular in South Africa, are considered morally questionable to some:
    Taking an online gamble {IOL}
  19. Results from the Exploratory Research on Sexuality and the Internet:
    India and South Africa: The hidden story of sex on the internet {GenderIT.org}
  20. The ISPA Hall of Shame report is aimed to help consumers manage unsolicited bulk email:
    E-Mail Spammers in South Africa named and shamed {myBroadband.co.za}
  21. The magazine recently ran an article on apps, Pivot25, data, costs, and more:
    Silicon Savanna: Mobile Phones Transform Africa {TIME}
  22. Erik Hersman takes your input in advance of a meeting with Google managers:
    What Should Google Do in Africa? {WhiteAfrican}