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The complex future for mobile telecoms in Africa (consumers are starting to win out)
March 16, 2014 ♦ Business & Mobile
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Deloitte recently completed an in-depth analysis of the African mobile telecommunications market that aptly covers all aspects of the current mobile telecoms business in Africa, from recent trends to operational strategies to new opportunities.

‘How Africa Tweets’ report is a good benchmark for future analysis
March 14, 2014 ♦ Statistics
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The other day, Portland Communications released a new report on how Africa tweets that improves upon a similar analysis from 2011. Two years ago, the goal of the study was to establish a “benchmark for measuring the evolution of Twitter use in Africa.” This time around, researchers examined Twitter trends at a more granular level than before.

Multi-stakeholder affordable internet forum held in Abuja, Nigeria
March 12, 2014 ♦ ICT Policy
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On March 11th, the A4AI coalition hosted Nigeria’s first multi-stakeholder affordable internet forum. Held in Abuja, participants discussed challenges facing cheaper internet access in Nigeria along with how to overcome these barriers to access.

OA News: February 25 – March 11, 2014
March 11, 2014 ♦ News
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African ICT news headlines for early March include 118 stories from 27 countries.

South African desktop computer runs on Android, uses 20 watts of power
March 10, 2014 ♦ Business
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Capsule Technologies (Pty) Ltd based in Cape Town, South Africa is working on designing a new Android desktop computer that uses no more than 20 watts of power. This computer should answer the specific needs of Africa, namely, the lack of infrastructure.

More data on how mobile payments are common in Africa but smartphone ownership remains a luxury
February 26, 2014 ♦ Mobile & Statistics
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Findings of a recent face-to-face survey include how internet use is more common among young Africans, how smartphone ownership remains a luxury, and how nations with a higher GDP per capita have a higher percentage of internet users.