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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Nigerian Communications Commission Suspends Order To Increase Mobile Data Prices Starting 01 December 2016

Nigerian Communications Commission

Credit: Nigerian Communications Commission

During November 2016, the Nigerian Communications Comission had issued a directive ordering mobile service providers to adhere to a prescribed minimum price (floor price) per MB in Nigeria. This would have seen an increase of mobile data packages up to 600% in some cases. They had sid they were doing this to “level the playing field”. The floor pricing was to take effect on 01 December 2016 but due to consumer and industry pressures, the Comission issued a statement today stating that they had “visited the directive to introduce price floor for data segment of the telecommunications sector beginning from December 1, 2016, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has suspended any further action in that direction.” It is said the decision was taken to suspend the directive after consultation with stakeholders, one wonders why they didn’t consult before issuing the directive.

MEST Africa Expands To Côte D'Ivoire

MEST Africa

Credit: MEST Africa

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is now taking applications for its Entrepreneurs-In-Training (EITs) programme from Côte d'Ivoire, the first French-speaking country in which they will have a presence. The announcement was made at the Africa Web Festival in Côte d'Ivoire, which starts on 30th November and runs until 1st December at the Rue du Lycée Technique Abidjan Cocody, and will bring together 6,000 attendees. MEST’s Head of Partnerships, Celine Duros will be speaking on Wednesday about plans to support tech entrepreneurs from Côte d'Ivoire, and the organization will also host recruitment sessions for the next cohort of EITs for the duration of the Festival. The expansion makes Côte d'Ivoire MEST's fifth African country, and the move will hopefully help to bridge the gap between the English-speaking and French-speaking African economies, expanding the tech ecosystem even further.

State of the Internet In Kenya 2016 Report

State of the Internet In Kenya 2016 Report

Credit: Bloggers Association of Kenya

While online freedom of expression in Kenya is robust, the space is increasingly drawing attention of authorities seeking to introduce regulations, even as media and entertainment content continue to transition to online-first distrubution models. These are some of the observations made in the State of the Internet in Kenya 2016 report, second such report launched by Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) to map out the Internet landscape. The report was launched under the iFreedoms Kenya project, which aims to promote knowledge on human rights and media rights online in Kenya. This year, it once again documents significant events that have taken place in the period to November 2016. "This report highlights the considerable issues that transpired in the last one year. This is the second report we are launching, as part of our contribution to promoting and enhancing human rights and media rights in Kenya", BAKE Chairman Kennedy Kachwanya said.

Namibia Ranked Most Entrepreneurial Country In Afrika

Namibia Ranked Most Entrepreneurial Country In Afrika

Credit: Ashish J Thakkar Global Entrepreneurship Index 2016 Report

Namibia has been ranked the most entrepreneurial country in Afrika by the inaugural Ashish J Thakkar Global Entrepreneurship Index. The index measures entrepreneurial environments around the world and assesses each of its 85 countries against a set of criteria that spans policy, infrastructure, education, entrepreneurial environment and finance. Based on the Global Index, of the African nations, Namibia ranks 42nd overall, Rwanda ranks 43rd, Botswana ranks 44th and South Africa ranks 46th , all four countries perform well on the ‘Policy’ pillar of the index but have some way to go to improve on their infrastructure and education in particular. Of the top three African countries in the Index, Namibia and Botswana are stronger on the education pillar because of comparatively higher levels of literacy and quality in education. Both countries have made education central to their development.

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