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Startups head to Lagos’s Silicon Valley

Yaba bus stop in Lagos is a hive of activity: bus conductors shouting destinations; second-hand clothes sellers haggling with buyers; rushing feet in a hurry.

Is Facebook undermining African alternatives?

Africa’s rapidly growing number of smartphone users, now forecast to exceed 360m by 2025, is helping create a more connected continent, with high-profile internet companies now looking to reach this burgeoning population through so-called ‘zero-rated’ services.…

High-speed broadband moves inland

While the idea of leapfrogging land-line infrastructure straight to mobile technology is attractive, it is vital that Africa is connected to the rest of the world by high-capacity subsea cables.…

Tech companies step up terror fight

With the spread of mobile phones and the internet, many believe technology could be a crucial tool in gathering intelligence and disseminating information in emergencies. …

Building Africa’s bio-hub

Could a tiny island in the Indian Ocean become a centre of biotechnology research and development for the continent?…

Coding their way out of crime

A new initiative is trying to turn around South Africa’s dire reoffending rate by teaching prison inmates to code. …

The digital switchover stalls

Switching to digital TV could free up radio spectrum for mobile broadband, but many African countries will miss a June deadline. …