Mobile data will be the main driver of growth in the African telecoms market, with the number of mobile broadband connections on the continent set to more than double over the coming five years, and rise from 419 million at the end of 2017, to 1.07 billion at the end of 2022, according to analysis and consultancy firm Ovum.
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South African capital city Cape Town has launched a 'smart parking app' which has been specifically designed to help motorists locate vacant parking spaces in the city. Cape Town is one of three capital cities in South Africa - and this innovative new solution is part of the city's overall objective towards becoming a 'smart city'.
The Vodafone Foundation announced that its ongoing education programs in sub-Saharan Africa will expand to benefit more than five million children who are marginalized and excluded from traditional education.
South Africa announced its plans to introduce Smart ID cards that some experts claim will be the most 'advanced' and sophisticated in the world. The announcement was made at a recent cybersecurity symposium in Johannesburg. Solutions Director of LAW-trust, Maeson Maherry has been tasked with the responsibility by government officials to implement the ambitious seven-year eID project - that will be overseen by the Department of Home Affairs.
Global online marketplace and hospitality service Airbnb has indicated that it expects to maintain and enhance the rapid growth it has enjoyed in Africa in the last twelve months. Forecasters are predicting that the company is set to double its customer base from 765,000 to 1.5m in the next year.
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