Don’t forget tech news from Sub-Saharan African nations ‘at risk’ for Jasmine Revolution
Various media sources and blogs, including Global Voices, highlight certain Sub-Saharan African nations that may be at risk for the Jasmine Revolution. This may be so, given the political and social climates, but these nations are making technological progress that should not be overshadowed by speculation. Below are a variety of recent news stories featuring these countries:
- Connected to SEACOM and EASSy cables, GDP expected to increase
- Mugabe and his party show signs of fearing the unregulated nature of the Internet
- Twenty- two percent of the urban population uses the internet: 12 per cent at internet cafes, four per cent at home and a further four per cent at work, while two per cent have mobile broadband. Facebook, with 16 per cent of visitors, up from 12 per cent, is the most popular site.
- US$193 million in mobile and Internet transactions were completed from January – November 2010. 1% of these were mobile.
- A missionary in the bush must travel 320km to check his email.
- In Ethiopia, there are seven PCs per 1,000 people. (Computer Aid International needs donations)
- EriTel upgrades mobile network, adds 3G.
- University graduates are up nationwide, especially in technological schools.
- Gaddafi apparently warns against use of social networking sites, but does not censor the Internet.
- Mobile subscription penetration rates are nearing the 100% mark. Fixed-line penetration stands at less than 12% as of September 2010.
- Elections use Internet for streaming capabilities, debate, and voter registration.
- Oman Al-Bashir has promised to provide electricity for all so that his supporters can defend him on Facebook.
- Three British schools link up with three Cameroonian schools after money is raised to connect the latter.
- Togo Cellulaire, with a 70% market share, plans to expand mobile Internet capabilities.