Rebooting the Technological Innovation & Africa’s Growth Prospects

July 28, 2009

Here an interessting summary done by bankelele about a Mindspeak serie organized in Kenya


Cameroon: Chinese will build the optic cable

July 7, 2009

In this paper from mutations the chinese Huawei wil build in the next 18 months a optic cable of 3200 km in cameroon. That the governemenmt invest in the IT sector is a big step that we should appreciate but i ask what has be done with the already existed infrastructure?. The phone costs are higher than in countries with the same profile as cameroon.. The brandwith is expensive. Please let’s manage what we already get then the next steps forward will be easier and pleasant.


Africa undersea’s internet cables

June 15, 2009
africa undersea cables map
africa undersea cables map

by Steve Song


Marketing in Africa

June 15, 2009

An interesting topic from whiteafrican about interactive marketing in Africa. 

Marketing strategies which are becominng obsolete in the old continent are still working in Africa.

But the poor quality of the bandwidth is obstructing the population to acces the internet.

How many african touristic place get an websites?

and those which get one don’t invest in the quality of the services their online plattform.  It’s tricky for tourists to take a trip to somewhere they don’t know how it coud look like.

The policies to access the new tech in our continent should be reformed/renewed. 

Not only touristic institutions are concerned by this marketing strategies. It’s exactly the same when you’re looking for videos or music your favored singer or for the african diaspora when it’s need informations from their homeland.


Doomedo: Text the world

May 28, 2009

After Maelys (A very great project) Ti’ Aya has launched a new product named Doomedo to allow internet cafe users in Africa to text the world . 

I think it’s a good stuff…but i have to say it would be cooler if one can send the sms with the mobile phone.  Something like send sms to doomedo and doomedo send it to your contacts where ever it is.

Ok..Ok but how much would pay the users for this service. Because I think if someone buy an hour for internet connection to 300 F CFA. Buy SMS is an additional costs. How is he ready pay to send a SMS to his contacts worldwide. And How much would he pay to text from his mobile phone?

Some people would argue the connection’s time remains for a later use and it have not so much to do with the Doomedo service. But without the Internet cafe the user can’t use Doomedo.

The others would say send sms is interactive thing and should’nt be involve Internetcafe usage. But for we the BIG question is how much the users are ready to pay for this interactivity?

I don’t know what the business model for Doomedo is, it’s would be interesting to know how Ti Aya want to manage that.


The hi-tech battle for Africa

May 26, 2009

The Hi-Tech Battle For Africa

The Hi-Tech Battle For Africa

Microsoft has defended itself against criticism over aggressive marketing techniques in Africa to win people over to its software.


“Despite the wealth of information that gets around, it’s sad that sometimes reality has a hard time catching up with perception,” said Dr Cheikh Modibo Diarra, chairman of Microsoft in Africa.

“I think that that perception comes from the fact that we are very successful because wherever we are, we are competing respectfully and openly; you can verify that everywhere,” he told the BBC World Service’s Digital Planet programme. more


Microsoft vs the Open Source Community in Africa

May 19, 2009



Last week the BBC interviewed Dr. Diarra, the chairman of Microsoft in Africa. One of his quotes was memorable:

“Africa is really the last frontier in not only developing technology that is specific to people’s needs, but eventually even developing new business models that will enable the emergence of local software industries, such as young people who have the skills to be able to write their own applications for their own community,”

I agree with the first part of that statement, it’s the second part that I find alarming. Coming from Microsoft, how can young people build the skills to write code when they can’t even pay for the closed software needed to run it? It’s not free, and if access (which he states earlier) is the biggest issue facing African technologists – then how does closed software fit into the equation? more