Week’s Worth Knowing – Inaugural Post

Welcome to ITACIRFA’s first edition of a new blog segment titled ‘Week’s Worth Knowing’. 

What we hope to achieve with these posts is to provide our readers with some of the top ICT articles and happenings impacting frontier and emerging markets over the past week; and more importantly, we try put them in context. Hope you find them insightful and refreshing, and we certainly look forward to your comments and suggestions as we go on.

Thanks and Enjoy!

 

 

 

Tizen-OS Phones out in 2H 2012 – The new Linux based operating system with links to the Linux Foundation and other mobile manufacturers is expected to debut in the smartphone market in the third or fourth quarter of 2012. With the most Linux developers shifting allegiance from the MeeGo platform to Tizen, and with Samsung leaking its first Tizen smartphone, we should expect a new major player in the market and more options for OEMs besides Android which a dominant player in the market. All good news in my opinion.

Links to check out:
Tizen Powered Smartphones Out by Q3/Q4 2012… by Cosmin Vasile
Tizen 1.0 hands-on: Can Samsung … Compete with Android? by Tim Verry

Kasuwa: Nigeria’s Answer to Amazon? –  Rocket Internet GmbH, a major European startup incubator, is set to launch an Amazon-like e-Commerce platform aptly named Kasuwa.com and has great hopes to dominate the Nigerian market. The Samwer brothers, who own the tech firm, are by no means doing anything new or innovative for the market (think Dealfish and DealDey) however, Rocket Internet’s track record of taking existing ideas and successfully adapting them to other markets may give them the edge needed to be successful in Africa’s largest market.

Links to check out:
Kasuwa… ‘Amazon For Nigeria’ Get Ready For Launch by TechLoy

Open Innovation Africa Summit 2 begins May 28th, 2012 – Nokia, InfoDev and CapGemini will host the second Open Innovation Africa Summit (OIAS2) this week bringing together 200 of the top policy makers, entrepreneurs and developers to participate in healthy debates and discussions on strategies to support innovation ecosystems for Africa. This is expected to be an insightful event as Africa is increasingly showcasing how innovative entrepreneurs are leading the way, leveraging technology and ICT to address economic and social challenges on the continent. Good luck to all the participants!

Links to check out:
Summit to Encourage ICT Development and Innovation from ITNews Africa

 

 

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