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South Africa: Africa to Lead Tech Innovation
Source: ITWeb News
Source Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Citizen Engagement
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 28, 2014

He added that digitisation will create hybrid communities in which connectivity is the common denominator that facilitates people's experiences, as is the case in China.

As [China] is among the most populated countries in the world, the growing number of people coming online will create populations that are physically rural but digitally urban."

 

He added that increased access to information and ideas has created a common space in the digital sphere – something that has potential to manifest in other parts of the world.

 

Speaking to ITWeb recently, Mark Walker, director of insights and vertical industries at the IDC for Middle East, Turkey and Africa, noted African innovators often have to overcome challenging infrastructural and economic hurdles. Walker added African innovators generally find that "if it can work here, it can usually work anywhere".

 

Kenya has, in recent years, experienced a surge in technological innovations and investments, thanks to its links to undersea fibre-optic cable systems from Seacom.

Walker said the east African nation is an attractive destination for technology start-ups as well as new investors looking at the region. "South Africa was, for a long time, the most attractive destination and − even though this economy is still bigger than Kenya's − they outfox us from a technology innovation point of view."

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