13 million person pilot of national identity card combines both biometric verification for state services and a prepayment wallet aimed at bringing financial services to the poorest.
The latest enterprise IT news from the tech hotspots of the African continent.
Hilary is an itinerant print and radio journalist who originally hails from Southern California. In recent years her travels have taken her to Europe, Asia and Africa, where she has reported on everything from techie innovations to antique riverboats. She is currently based in Kampala, Uganda, where she's busy swatting mosquitoes and keeping an eye on the ways technology can impact society.
Adam Oxford is the editor-in-chief of Hypertext Media, a South Africa publishing house that specialises in technology issues from across the continent and produces daily news at htxt.co.za daily. Based in Johannesburg but originally from the UK, he's written for most of the major technology publishers over the last 17 years, covering everything from PC gaming to photography to Linux to open data and emerging tech markets. He anyone who can wield a soldering iron without burning themselves and thinks the reinvention of dangerous downtown Joburg as an up-and-coming tech cluster is the coolest thing ever.
A decision made by Kenya's telecoms watchdog could have profound implications for the country's mobile money market.
Airtel has launched a fresh assault on the African market with a novel virtual SIM proposition - tech targeting those for whom even the SIM card is too expensive, locking them out of the continent's booming mobile market.
South Africa leads the continent when it comes to 3D printing, and most of that is thanks to one small group of hackers.
The organiser of Maker Faire Africa talks to ZDNet about why he wants to build a network of inventors.
Buying and selling online may be the norm in many parts of the world, but in Africa, it's still very much in its infancy. Are things likely to change?
South African general manager moves into pan-continental role, while deputy takes over at home.
While latency is holding back the development of online services in Africa, and unreliable power supply holding back the development of datacenters, what's next for facilities on the continent?
New centres for sales and development have opened in Johannesburg and Nairobi.
Korean company moves focus to mobile in wake of declining PC market.
A Johannesburg fibre to the home (FTTH) pilot is thought to be the fastest on the continent.
Africa's mobile industry was once seen as the route to riches for operators. Now, consolidation looks to be the only way for carriers to survive in a highly competitive market.
88mph's founder is looking to add a third country to its early stage investment fund and business mentor program.
The cost of buying non-pirate software can be prohibitive for many Africans. Can the likes of Microsoft persuade consumers that a legal copy is worth paying all those extra dollars for?
IT in schools can be a powerful tool for students in emerging nations, but we've got to think about more than just the hardware. Here, one school offers a glimpse of how tech really can make a difference.
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- 1 Will this $100 RepRap be the device that takes 3D printing to the masses?
- 2 Why doesn't Africa have its own Amazon yet?
- 3 Africa's new thin SIM cards: The line between banks and telcos just got thinner
- 4 New Nigerian law means seven years for cybercrime
- 5 Nigeria launches new biometric ID card - brought to you by Mastercard