Blockchain is set to revolutionize all industries, from finance, banking and insurance to healthcare, media and logistics in a way that will change all processes and create new models that will have a greater impact on consumers and markets.
5G won't come cheap. In the United States alone, fiber infrastructure to prepare for the next generation technology could cost up to $150 billion, according to Deloitte. But despite 5G's hefty bill, a recent survey discovered that 75 percent of end user organizations would be willing to pay more for 5G mobile capabilities.
Africa is no longer this abandoned continent. Even though it has long been considered as under-developed it has started to emerge, notably in terms of telecommunications. Whether from the point of view of mobile subscriptions that account for around one billion, 3G and 4G deployment, or even the influx of low cost smartphone, the telecoms market scene in Africa is positively changing. In spite of infrastructure challenges, the continent was finally able to guarantee for his residents access to the latest mobile innovations, notably mobile money services in which the continent is leader.
Telecom providers face tough times as digitization disrupts traditional business models. In fact, the telecom industry is ranked second after media as most likely to experience major digital disruption, according to a 2015 survey of C-level executives from 15 industries. EITC, the parent company of du, has responded to the disruption of digitization by embracing it, launching a fully digital mobile service.
As technology suppliers develop the next-generation of wireless technologies, mobile operators invest in the networks of the future, and governments launch innovation programs, the early benefits of 5G will go to economies where globally aligned 5G spectrum and technology innovation is readily available.
Artificial intelligence, the internet of things, big data and robotics are keys to shaping a positive future. Networked and sustainable cities, autonomous vehicles, intelligent factories and personalized health services are determining our everyday lives. With these technological innovations, the way we live and work will change fundamentally. They bear enormous potential for economic prosperity and social progress. But how can society successfully carry out this transformation?
Chinese investment is reshaping Africa and driving economic growth in the region, with many academics now predicting a future of mass industrialization on the continent. China has been investing in Africa for the best part of a decade now, which has largely remained invisible to the naked eye. However, China is playing an increasingly transformative role in Africa, and strong diplomatic relationships have now been formed between China and Africa due to its continuous investment in the region.
There's been talk among analysts that smartphones will slowly become redundant in the future and make way for more innovative communication platforms. Despite the fact that US consumers now own 27 million more smartphones than they did last year, wearables will eventually take the lead, some analysts speculate, as communication requirements evolve over time.
Known as one of the first countries in Africa to undergo liberalization processes and deregulate its telecommunications sector, Ghana has proven to be a leader in the African continent. Following the privatization of Ghana Telecom in 1996, there was very rapid growth in market competition across the mobile, internet and fixed-line sectors, with a number of new players being licensed to offer services.
Corporate data is becoming what oil is to Saudi Arabia, says Clear Peak analyst Brad Cowdrey - outrageously profitable. There is so much valuable data available to corporations today, he says, and its potential uses are proliferating so rapidly that not using it would be negligent. But the dominance of tech giants that rule the data world has prompted calls for them to be broken up, the same way Standard Oil was in the early 20th century, over antitrust concerns.