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The downside to blockchain and bitcoin uptake in Africa

7 Sep

Some business leaders in Africa have reservations about the strength of blockchain technology as a means through which to increase the continent’s internet penetration. Continue reading

Ghana: First Comes Internet Security, Then Bitcoin

11 May

Ghana seeks to secure transactions on the Internet first and only then start a discussion on Bitcoin adoption. Continue reading

14% of users in Nigeria faced Internet cyberthreats, 46% encountered malware in local networks – Kaspersky

9 Nov

In its Q3 IT Threat Evolution report, Kaspersky Lab has published the details of the key security incidents of the quarter. Using statistics from the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), which obtains information from millions of Kaspersky Lab product users in 213 countries, the report sheds light on the increase in mobile threats, the attempted theft of money from online bank accounts and targeted cyberattacks in the evolving threat landscape. Continue reading

Ghana’s planned removal of import taxes on smartphones not just good but…

11 Dec

Contrary to what you might think, Ghana’s planned removal of import taxes on smartphones next year may not hurt local production of mobile phones by RLG, the first and only phone assembly in West Africa with operations in Continue reading

Online retailers pushing for e-commerce growth in West Africa

4 Nov

As Internet usage surges, an increasing number of online retailers in West Africa are springing up, giving mobile phone users a variety of options to buy and sell new and used items. Emerging markets like West Africa, where online shopping is still in its infancy, offer the highest growth potential for the e-commerce industry, according to Sumesh Rahavendra, head of marketing for DHL Express sub-Sahara Africa, in a report released last week. Continue reading

90% of world’s population now covered by a mobile network -ITU

23 Jun

The number of fixed telephone lines worldwide continues to drop – but the drop has been massively more than compensated for by the growth in mobile. • There were around 57 million fewer fixed telephone lines at the end of 2009 than there were at the end of 2006. • There were 1.9 billion net additional mobile cellular subscriptions globally between the end of 2006 and 2009. Continue reading

25,000 internet users in Sierra Leone?

14 Mar

Shocked? Please don’t be. That was the figure Sierra Leone’s information and communications minister gave out last week. The average number of internet users in Sierra Leone is 25,000, Alhaji I. B. Kargbo said. Continue reading

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