Digitalisation

5G to Top One Billion Subscriptions in 2022: Ericsson Reports

Ericsson, a Swedish telecommunications company, released a report predicting that there will be one billion 5G subscriptions in 2022. The forecast is contained in the latest edition of the Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) Mobility Report. The 2027 timeline also includes projections that 5G will account for: 82 percent of subscriptions in Western Europe; 80 percent in the Gulf Cooperation Council region; and 74 percent in North-East Asia. In India, where 5G deployments have yet to begin, 5G is expected to account for nearly 40 percent of all subscriptions by 2027. In global terms, 5G is forecast to account for almost half of all subscriptions by 2027, topping 4.4 billion subscriptions. The latest Ericsson Mobility Report – the twenty-second edition of Ericsson’s network traffic insights and forecast...

The 2 Challenges that SA’s “Culture of Digitalisation” Faces

Image sourced from Harvard Business Review. Technology is only successful if it is used. And today, business leaders in companies around the world need to shift from a tech-centered view of digitalisation and start considering how to nurture a culture that embraces technology wholeheartedly. This shift is becoming increasingly urgent because mobilising teams, channeling resources, and accelerating learning and development doesn’t happen overnight, but on the other hand, disruption can strike fast. It’s better to be ready and adaptable to the future, both resource-wise and also culturally, than risk being unable to compete. Many early adopting businesses are already some way down this path, for instance automating processes to improve product and service experiences, maintain business conti...

How Tech Will Drive New Job Opportunities in South Africa

There is no doubt that the pandemic has accelerated most digitalisation trends, compressing what was expected to take years into months. And this has been applauded by the technology industry and business alike, with, for instance, even the most cloud-skeptical CEO appreciating technology’s ability to ensure business continuity as we rapidly shifted to a distributed workplace. But, when counterpointed with South Africa’s latest unemployment figures and sluggish GDP, it is not unexpected for people to have concerns over the impact of digitalisation on job availability. According to Statistics South Africa, unemployment rates in the first quarter of 2021 were at a record high of 32.6%, with a rate of a staggering 46.3% among people aged 15 to 34 years old. But the fact of the matter is digit...

Tech is the new ‘oil’ – NITDA chief

The Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, has said that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is the new ‘oil’, because of its increasing contributions to the nation’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP). The DG who said this while delivering a remark at a virtual conference also said his agency is actively accelerating digital inclusion in Nigeria by taking advantage of the speed of existing infrastructure across the country. “Technology is the way forward in communications and other activities like meetings, prescriptions by doctors, conferences and other related activities which has aid the implementations of policies and strategies for the growth and development of our country. “It is the next oil, simply because of...