BRCK and Clear Blue to serve next billion

27 March 2019

Clear Blue’s Smart Off-Grid technology will be used to power thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots across Africa.

Clear Blue’s Smart Off-Grid technology will be used to power thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots across Africa.

Clear Blue Technologies International has been selected as the power service provider for BRCK, a hardware and services tech specialist based in Nairobi.

BRCK says that because connectivity is too expensive for the average African to afford, the majority of citizens in developing markets rely heavily on Wi-Fi. The company has developed its free to consumer Moja platform of Wi-Fi hotspots but says powering them is crucial for success.

 

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Alibaba partners with government to promote economic development in Rwanda

06 March 2019

The Rwandan Government has teamed up with Alibaba, the world’s largest online commerce company, to establish an electronic world trade platform (eWTP) hub in the country.

The eWTP is a multi-stakeholder global initiative promoting public-private dialogue.

The aim is to foster a more effective and efficient policy and business environment to enable SMEs to participate in cross-border electronic trade.

Rwanda is the first African country to establish an eWTP hub. 

Under the agreements, Alibaba will work with the Rwanda Development Board to help Rwandan SMEs sell their products to Chinese consumers through Alibaba’s online marketplaces which are said to attract more than half a billion consumers.

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African telecoms giants choose Hughes JUPITER service

06 March 2019

Three African telecoms companies have chosen US firm Hughes Network Systems to power delivery of satellite broadband services.  

Botswana Telecommunications, Satcom Networks Africa (SatCoNet) and an undisclosed East African firm have all signed up to the Hughes JUPITER system. 

The former is using the system to expand its high-speed business broadband service in Botswana, with the first phase of deployment to include hundreds of remote terminals connecting businesses and homes.

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African operators facing a constant ‘countdown to no’

06 March 2019

Prepaid churn in South Africa is so astronomical that operators must replace their entire prepaid subscriber base every 18 months on average, according to new research from Strategy Analytics and Juvo.

The report, called Death by a thousand nos, highlighted the methods to encourage sustainable loyalty amongst prepaid customers and calculated the reduced churn and increased revenues that are possible for developing market operators. 

Impact of a 20 per cent churn reduction on EBITDA 

Impact of a 20 per cent churn reduction on EBITDA 

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