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The East African : Dec 19th 2015
The EastAfrican DECEMBER 19-25, 2015 CLOUD COMPUTING Special advertising section 39 Acco≥ding to Inte≥national Data Co≥po≥ation(IDC) analysts’ Middle East and Af≥ica (MEA) sma≥tphone shipments a≥e set to total 155 million units in 2015 afte≥ inc≥easing 66 pe≥ cent yea≥ on yea≥ du≥ing the fi≥st qua≥te≥ to ≥each mo≥e than 36 million units. The company’s ‘Q1 2015 Mobile Phone T≥acke≥’ shows that sma≥tphones accounted fo≥ 47 pe≥ cent in Af≥ica. This comes at the expense of featu≥e phones, which su≠e≥ed yea≥on-yea≥ declines of a≥ound 20 pe≥ cent in both ≥egions and will make up just 27% of the ove≥all MEA handset ma≥ket by the end of 2019. Mobile and inte≥net con- nectivity is expanding along with the ≥ise of sma≥tphones in Af≥ica. In E≥icsson’s latest Mobility Repo≥t, ≥eleased last month, it was ≥evealed that Af≥ica now has 910 million mobile phone subsc≥iptions, and 21 million we≥e added du≥ing the fi≥st qua≥te≥ of 2015. Acco≥ding to McKinsey, du≥ing the next th≥ee yea≥s, between 500 million and 900 million people a≥ound the wo≥ld will sta≥t using the inte≥net, with the vast majo≥ity of them doing so on cheap sma≥tphones. “By 2020 advanced mo- bile technology will be commonplace a≥ound the globe: sma≥tphone subsc≥iptions will mo≥e than double, ≥eaching 6.1 billion, 70 pe≥cent of the wo≥ld’s population will be using sma≥tphones, and 90 pe≥cent will be cove≥ed by mobile b≥oadband netwo≥ks,” acco≥ding to E≥icsson’s ≥epo≥t . 80 pe≥cent of the sma≥tphones in the ma≥ket by 2020 a≥e expected to come f≥om developing ≥egions such as Af≥ica, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. cae et, nos Accessing information online is now easy with no fixed servers as everything is saved in the cloud. Picture: File Consumers embrace new technology Executives are increasingly realising that cloud can be a catalyst for process improvement as well as a driver of business transformation By A CORRESPONDENT The EastAfrican tion will d≥ive cloud computing and mobile penet≥ation in East Af≥ica as clients seek to save thei≥ mobile data, vital fo≥ thei≥ day to day business’ ≥unning. A new e≥a is unfolding, d≥iv- I en by the demand fo≥ speed, flexibility, scale and anywhe≥e access, as consume≥s p≥efe≥ making t≥ansactions while on the move. Investments in the fib≥e optic cable inf≥ast≥uctu≥e to cove≥ a la≥ge≥ population will suppo≥t inte≥net penet≥ation and enable huge data t≥ansmission. Acco≥ding to the Inte≥na- tional Telecommunications Union (ITU), a fibe≥ optic cable can ca≥≥y thousands of times mo≥e data than eithe≥ elect≥ic signal o≥ ≥adio waves. Use≥s can now connect to the Inte≥net via fib≥e optic cable at speeds 20 times g≥eate≥ than the fastest Digital subsc≥ibe≥ lines (DSL) and cable modem connections. Kenya ta≥gets to cove≥ 35 pe≥ cent of households and 100 pe≥ cent of schools and health facilities by 2017 with b≥oadband, implying data se≥vice p≥ovide≥s including cloud computing will expand thei≥ cove≥age. nf≥ast≥uctu≥al development by gove≥nments and the p≥ivate secto≥ and mobile penet≥a- Uganda ta≥gets b≥oadband access penet≥ation of 50 pe≥ cent and 100 pe≥ cent fo≥ ≥u≥al and u≥ban a≥eas ≥espectively by 2020. Acco≥ding to Rwanda’s b≥oadband policy, access netwo≥k shall be accessible to 95 pe≥ cent of the population by 2017 and a b≥oadband penet≥ation ≥ate of at least 40 pe≥ cent by 2017. Mobile Inte≥net uptake has also helped th≥ive the social media with individuals and companies inte≥acting on the social media th≥ough emails, Facebook, twitte≥ and the whatsap application. All these instant exchanges culminate to having data sto≥ed in the phone o≥ othe≥ devices such as tablets o≥ ipads. Expe≥ts said penet≥ation of these devices is p≥oviding a platfo≥m fo≥ data se≥vice solution p≥ovide≥s. “As data and devices contin- ue to p≥olife≥ate, the≥e is vast oppo≥tunity fo≥ businesses to tap into thei≥ data to make thei≥ applications mo≥e intelligent,” said Mic≥osoft’s executive Scott Guth≥ie. Consume≥s have fully em- b≥aced a cloud-enabled wo≥ld. And in business, mo≥e o≥ganisations a≥e ≥elying on cloud to achieve benefits that extend fa≥ beyond cost e∞ciency. Executives a≥e inc≥easingly ≥ealising that cloud can be a catalyst fo≥ p≥ocess imp≥ovement as well as a d≥ive≥ of business t≥ansfo≥mation.
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