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 Technology

How to Strangle a Society in the Internet Age

2017-08-18T19:13:04+00:00
Robert Belt
12 months ago

In the middle of January, the government of Cameroon cut off internet access to the two Anglophone regions of the country.  Cameroon has two official languages, French and English. Eight of the regions are Francophone and two are Anglophone. The two English-speaking regions account for about 20% of the country’s population. History helps provide a

 Technology

I Was Excited to Get My First TV

2017-03-05T02:53:27+00:00
Robert Belt
12 months ago

This week I got a new cell phone and this pushed me to start thinking about the adoption of cell phones in Africa. It is well documented that a cell phone, especially a smartphone, is the first computer for many people in Africa.It is also well documented that a cell phone has made banking services

 Technology

The Evolution Of Cellphone Use In Zimbabwe.

2017-02-17T09:32:28+00:00
Robert Belt
1 year ago

Last week, mobile operators in Zimbabwe bemoaned the loss of over $26 million in revenue in voice minutes over the last 10 months.  This is much like the buggy-whip manufacturer complaining about continued loss of sales due to the proliferation of automobiles. The loss of voice minutes has been blamed on over-the-top (OTT) services such

 Business

Are We Prepared For Financial Technology?

2017-08-18T15:29:11+00:00

Many countries across the globe are taking advantage of the latest technologies while others haven’t set up strategies to adopt these technologies. In developed countries, heavy investments have been made to explore the opportunities that technology brings and mechanisms to support the sector as a key driver of growth. The potential impact cannot be emphasised

 Technology

Killing the Internet Will Solve the Problem

2017-08-14T19:12:06+00:00
Robert Belt
1 year ago

There were 81 government planned internet disruptions across 19 countries totaling 753 days according to Brookings Institute from July 2015 to June 2016. Several African countries shut down social media. These countries include Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi, Chad, Mali, Algeria, The Gambia and Zimbabwe during elections or social unrest. Ethiopia and Algeria closed social media

 Technology

Are They Too Big to Fail?

2016-12-29T00:41:28+00:00
Robert Belt
1 year ago

Could a mobile operator become too big to fail? I started thinking about this in light of the continued litigation and negotiation of the fine imposed by the Nigerian government on MTN. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) imposed a $5.2 billion fine against the South African-based mobile operator. Having been given notice several years earlier,

 Technology

How To Innovate Like a Prehistoric Man

2016-12-15T01:49:43+00:00
Robert Belt
1 year ago

Hanna-Barbera Productions introduced an animated series in the US in the 1960 called The Flintstones. They lived in a prehistoric town called Bedrock. They had many “modern” conveniences with a prehistoric twist. Fred was a “bronto crane operator” using a brontosaurus as a crane. He had a car that had no engine, using only his

 Technology

So What Makes You So Unique?

2016-12-08T02:45:30+00:00
Robert Belt
1 year ago

This week Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) announced its continued expansion across Africa.  MEST is an incubator for African startups.  They are accepting applicants from the Ivory Coast.  This is their first attempt to bridge French-speaking Africa with English-speaking Africa. More and more, Africa is developing products, software and leaders to service Africa.  They