The African mobile ecosystem, handsets, apps and mobile payments

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Smartphones are coming to the African continent and within a relatively short space of time will be the default way that consumers access a universe of digital services, yet with increased access there are more challenges for the mobile ecosystem.

Here Judah J. Levine, CEO at mobile finance and commerce specialist consulting firm Mondato discusses in more detail what those challenges are.

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Infographic: what’s next for Africa’s mobile economy?

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Mobile is making a major contribution to the African continent’s economy. This infographic explores seven trends that are driving that growth, from mobile health through to enabling local content.

MEF has also recently launched its MEF’s Regional eBulletin – Africa Edition, with insights from senior executives at Mahindra Comviva and Mondato as well as commentary from AppAfrica’s Andrew Fassnidge, African market stats and news analysis.

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Education focus: the tech experiment that could change learning forever

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Sugata Mitra couldn’t believe what happened when he left a computer in a slum: the children simply taught themselves. Now he is using his discoveries to revolutionise education.
How much can children learn when you just leave them alone?
It’s a question that’s been asked throughout the modern history of education – resulting in some famous experiments, like the free schools of the 1970s. These idealistic projects promised no compulsory lessons or indeed rules.

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Industry views: will consumers tap mobile payments this holiday season?

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Christmas is approaching and for most people that means one thing – lots of shopping. With schemes like Black Friday / Cyber Monday expected to smash all previous records, mobile payments have a significant role to play.

But beyond NFC payments the opportunity to engage consumers in loyalty and reward schemes, bring mPos in to play, check inventory etcetera, is helping position mobile right at the heart of an omni-channel retail

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MEF Connects Africa in pictures

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Check out a selection of photos from the fourth annual MEF Connects Africa, recently held during AfricaCom week in Cape Town.

The exclusive event, supported by Mozilla, Mahindra Comviva and Basebone was hosted in the penthouse suite of the luxurious Pepperclub hotel and brought together industry thought leaders for an evening of top level networking after a busy day at AfricaCom.

Thanks to our sponsors and guests – we hope you enjoyed a fantastic evening.

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Developing the mobile ecosystem in Africa

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There has been amazing growth in mobile internet access over the past few years and Africa is now primed to take advantage of the social and economic opportunities that mobile can bring to people across the continent. While connectivity is on the rise some challenges still remain for development, adoption and growth of the mobile ecosystem.

Here Andrew Fassnidge, founder and editor of pan-African news and events website, Appsafrica.com discusses in more detail what those challenges are. His full commentary along with insights from senior executives at Mahindra Comviva and Mondato as well as African market stats and news analysis can be read in MEF’s Regional Ebulletin – Africa Edition, which can be downloaded for free now.

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