Booming technology in Africa

by Developed Africa 25. July 2014 09:00

Yesterday's news that Samsung are looking to open a new plant in South Africa as one of the first entrants into one of the country's new special economic zones is just the latest in a growing trend of multinational tech companies investing in Sub-Saharan Africa.

This is not the first time we have covered this, and given that technology is one of the fastest growing sectors for investment in Africa and that the African consumer market for tech is exploding, it will very likely not be the last. To give you a quick run down of some of the things we have discussed in the past:

We have covered the way that technology is becoming more accessible in spite of poverty, Kenya's policy to extend internet access and education, tech companies' motives in investing in Africa, a new educational enterprise operating in Rwanda called the 'technology bus' and Deloitte's proposals to make African technology companies better able to rise up international rankings, among others.

Both Samsung and Google are seeking to extend their influence in Africa. Apple have been slower off the mark.

Tomorrow we'll be taking a look at the big investors in Africa, including these two tech giants, to see who really has the initiative at the start of the African century.


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