Discussion: Thanks to three undersea Internet cables that began to arrive in June 2009, East Africa’s tech sector scored a major confidence boost. As a growing number of private entrepreneurs work to establish Kenya as East Africa’s high-tech hub, the relatively stable government oversees a three million dollar pot of money to reward promising start-ups. Add the increasing number of Internet consumers thirsting for local content to the mix and the result is innovation made in Africa for Africans. Although the tech scene does have a lot of maturing to do, one successful Nairobi entrepreneur opined, “If it works in Africa, it will work anywhere.”
Source: BBC News
Date: December 2010
Questions for discussion:
- Of the Kenyans that access the Internet, what percentage access it via a mobile network?
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a mobile network.
- What is an SMS alert and how does it differ from email?