FNB’s popular banking app is now also be available in other African countries. The app, which has amassed over 600 000 active users in South Africa, is now available for download in FNB’s African subsidiary countries.
These include Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Swaziland and Lesotho.
The FNB banking app was the first of it’s kind in Africa when it launched back in 2011. Since then, the app, as well as the mobi-site, has grown to offer users a broader banking experience on their mobile device.
Both the app and mobi-site gives users the opportunity to do their banking anywhere, anytime and know its still safe and secure.
The FNB app is available to download on iOS, Android and Blackberry. The mobi-site works on all internet enabled phones, including smartphones as well as feature phones.
The app has shown a significant uptake in other African countries where FNB is operating. More than 4200 customers are actively using the app and over 8800 users have taken up banking on the mobi-site.
Why is it so exciting that FNB has launched their app and mobi-site to a greater African audience? Well, because Africa is the world’s fastest growing market in the world. Providing digital banking to these budding markets will not only secure success for FNB, but will also empower their clients. (more…)
Start-up Bus, an annual ‘entrepreneurial roadtrip’, has finally spread their reach and will for the first time this year come to African soil.
Founded in 2009, Start-up Bus has given many young, start-up companies and developers a platform to cultivate and launch their company across the US and Europe.
The initiative gives the roadtrippers – or ‘buspreneurs’ as they say – an opportunity to conceive, build and then eventually launch their start-up at the end of the trip. The buspreneurs will be accompanied by 10 industry mentors through out their journey. The whole event will also be covered by members of the media, who will join the entrepreneurs and their mentors on the revolutionary road trip. (more…)
The role of software development in the development and sustainability of the African economy cannot be overlooked says Malcolm Rabson, managing director at Dariel Solutions. “As companies drive through the recession leaner and wiser, they seek ways to contain risk while concurrently securing market share. And many companies are looking to their software to do exactly this – in many forms and shapes.”
In fact, according to Gartner’s Hype Cycle for ICT in Africa 2013, enterprise mobile technology is following the consumerisation curve. Many aspects are maturing, and innovation is more on software than hardware with a focus on adding to an existing experience rather than changing it. As a result, African enterprises should look at adopting a number of services to ensure they remain competitive in the face of increasing market aggression. Amongst these factors they list Big Data, crowdsourcing, rich content and long term evolution (LTE) – all which have software at their heart.
“The industry is moving quickly, buzz words are rife and while many businesses are trying to keep up with the new solutions, it is advisable for companies to embrace software technology at the heart of such initiatives by aligning themselves with companies who have done the necessary software groundwork,” adds Rabson.
Just look at the changing dynamics: (more…)
Yet another new group has formed that aim to make internet access more accessible and more affordable to developing markets.
The Alliance for Affordable Internet, or A4AI, is a newly formed and passionate technology industry group that has been publicly launched today, October 7th.
The A4AI aims at making worldwide web access much cheaper and much easier to access to developing markets. The group also wants to lead policy development within these developing markets.
Their mission, cheaper internet for all, is riding on the fact that they claim one month’s Internet access in developing markets may sometimes be equal to two months of wages for the average worker. (more…)
Here is some good news for us Africans. Google is planning to add five more African languages to it’s Google Translate function.
Google Translate, which currently hosts 71 different languages from all over the world, is looking to add prominent African languages, Zulu, Somali, Yorba, Igbo and Hausa to their translation service.
The news was made public in a post which was published on the Google Africa page on Google’s social networking site, Google+.
In the post, Google asked for volunteers from it’s Google Africa circle to help them evaluate and review the quality of the machine translation system.
They plan on adding these other prominent African languages by indulging in the expertise of the Google+ African community.
Getting opinions and evaluation reports won’t be a difficult task for Google – as of May 2013, Google+ reported that they have approximately 500 million registered users.
South Africans and other Africans will soon be able to register domain names under the proposed .africa domain name.
This is according to Donvay Wegierski, director of Werksmans Attorneys.
According to Mr. Wegierski, the .africa domain name will be launched by the end of the year. This will be the first time in the history of the internet that Africa will have their ‘own’ domain name.
“It will present an opportunity to identify the African continent online for the first time. We expect many existing and new companies across the continent to to take up the .africa domain to show to the world where they are from,” Wiegerski said.
He also emphasized that the .africa domain is another step in Africa’s growth and development, and that the domain was specifically created “by Africans for Africans” (more…)
It seems that free Wi-Fi for Africa is a popular business idea right now, as we have seen many companies announcing their plans to bring the internet to Africa over the past year.
And now, a local project has launched, which also aims at bringing free Wi-Fi to Africa.
Project Isizwe, is a non-profit organisation with the same goals as many other companies – bringing free, accessible internet to under privileged African countries.
The man behind Project Isizwe, is none other than Alan Knott-Craig Jnr., the former head of instant messaging service, MXit and World of Avatar. Knott-Craig was also the MD of internet company, iBurst (which has recently been put up for sale).
Knott-Craig, a leader in technological development, was also involved in the planned free Wi-Fi in Stellenbosch.
The plan with the student town and popular tourist attraction, was to make it a free Wi-Fi zone by using MXit. However, Knott-Craig left the company quite suddenly in October 2012 (watch the video interview about his departure.)
The news of yet another project to bring free internet to Africa was officially announced at a recent press briefing in Centurion, which was held by the City of Tshwane, to discuss the cities new free Wi-Fi project.
Microsoft is bringing it’s white spaces project, which forms part of their 4Afrika Initiative, to South Africa.
What is the ‘white spaces projects’ you may ask? ‘White Spaces’ refers to unused television frequencies. These are usually used as buffers to prevent interference between the different channels that are being used.
The wondrous thing about these ‘white spaces’ is that they can be used to deliver wireless Internet services. And that is exactly what Microsoft is planning on doing in Africa.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced their first white spaces projects in Kenya and Tanzania and it looks like South Africa is next in line.
The US company plans to explore the potential to deliver broadband Internet at a lower cost in South Africa through the white spaces project.
Mteto Nyati, the managing director of Microsoft South Africa, has emphasised the importance of bringing wireless Internet to remote areas and first time web users.
Nyati said in a statement: “Technology holds enormous potential for many aspects of development, but it is particularly key to areas such as education and healthcare. Reducing the cost of broadband access means millions more South Africans will get online. This will create new opportunities for education, healthcare, commerce and the delivery of government services across the country”