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Thursday, 8 November, 2018
Quote of the week
"“South Africa's school curriculum needs some changes so that the future workforce meets the skills requirements of the fourth industrial revolution.” "
- Telecoms and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele
Comment of the week
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BOADBAND, PRICE RIP-OFF & NPO, TECH FOR HEALTH
"In our worldwide broadband speed comparison, released earlier this year, similar disparities were apparent to those seen here. The countries with slow, patchy broadband infrastructure that supply only a fraction of the population tend to be the most expensive."
Sub-Saharan African countries have the most expensive broadband prices in the world.
This is according to a report released today by Cable.co.uk, which analysed data from 3 303 fixed-line broadband deals in 195 countries, with the assistance of consumer insight consultancy BVA BDRC, between 15 August and 20 September.
The study notes the Ukraine offers the world's cheapest broadband, with an average cost of $5 per month. The West African nation of Mauritania is the most expensive, with an average package price of $768.16.
Despite significant year-on-year ups and downs in broadband pricing in various countries around the world, says Cable, the average price of a broadband deal globally remains constant, dropping just $0.12 overall, from $73.04 to $72.92, or around 1.64%, between the fourth quarter of 2017 and the fourth quarter of 2018.
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The government of Rwanda is developing quite a reputation in the tech space, partnering with drone operators, electric motorbike providers and incubation hubs to drive development.
Its latest partnership is in the healthcare space, where it is working with the Ihangane Project, a Rwanda-based non-profit organisation founded in 2008 with the goal of facilitating community-driven solutions that strengthen national health systems.
The Ihangane Project's signature innovation is E-Heza Digital Health Record, Rwanda's first point-of-care digital health record, for which the organisation recently won grant funding from the MIT Solve initiative.
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