Three decades ago, the mobile phone landscape looked drastically different than it does today. The mobile phone market has evolved since 1993 and the competition has been fierce as companies created amazing products to stay ahead of the pack. Back then, Motorola was one of the first companies to begin selling mobile phones with a market share up to 57.9%, according to Gartner, IDC, financial filings research. They were known for producing affordable phones which were easy to use, making them popular with consumers who were just getting started with mobile technology. In addition, Nokia was another popular brand — and the only serious competitor for Motorola with a 41.8% market share — that produced many different types of phones over time including flip phones and smartphones.

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African countries recorded the lowest internet penetration rate of 39%, compared to the global average of nearly 60%, according to researches released by Statista. These also show a large difference in internet access between rural and urban areas, with smartphones being used in rural areas by nearly 200% more than in urban areas

Read more: Promoting a positive impact of internet access in Sub-Saharan Africa

Wi-Fi 6E is an extension of Wi-Fi 6, a technology that holds a lot of promises, designed for crowded multi-device networks. The ‘E’ in Wi-Fi 6E stands for ‘Extended’. Currently, Wi-Fi operates on two bands: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. There are many similarities between Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E, but the most important distinction is the 6 GHz band that has been added.

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The rise in global internet usage during the Covid-19 pandemic emphasized the need for widespread, reliable connectivity and infrastructure. As of late 2021, there were approximately 436 submarine cables in service around the world. Among the most important components of great connectivity are submarine fiber optic cables or subsea cables, which unfortunately relatively remain in the dark, such as Africa-1 and APCN.

Read more: Submarine cables in Africa: for a better connectivity

Augmented reality (AR) is becoming more and more prevalent among companies that serve the mobile and business markets. The primary aim of augmented reality is to bring to light specific features of the physical world, to increase understanding of these features, and to generate smart and accessible insights that are applicable in the real world.

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Fintech is a growing industry with seemingly limitless opportunities to improve our financial systems through technology. It is a fast expanding industry that serves both consumers and businesses in a variety of ways. Last year saw an unprecedented rate of change in the financial sector, with huge growth in the use of digital financial services. A report by CB Insights entitled ‘State of Fintech’ revealed that the third quarter of 2021 was the second highest on record for fintech financing, up by 147% year-on-year, and 2022 is looking like more of the same.

Read more: Fintech trends transforming the financial sector, for the better

Innovating in science creates value by developing new products and services, solving social problems, creating new enterprises, and generating employment opportunities. Nanotechnology is one example. This technology deals with the study of ultra-small objects and is applicable to all scientific fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, engineering.

Read more: The road to nanotechnology

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