Some African countries are coming under pressure from the mobile industry to cut taxes on handsets, who say their coffers could benefit from such a move.
The latest enterprise IT news from the tech hotspots of the African continent.
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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.
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