South Africa: #SaveWhatsApp

South Africa: #SaveWhatsApp

South Africans have hit back at a proposal to protect the country’s mobile service providers against competition from free communication apps. A South African women’s magazine, All4Women created the petition fighting to prevent telecoms from regulating free to use services (after downloaded) such as WhatsApp and Skype, known as over-the-top (OTT)…

The Lukasrand Tower with the Telkom branding is photographed in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. A government tribunal fined South Africa's Telkom SA Ltd. $54.8 million over a decade long case alleging the company used its monopoly to put unfair prices on its competitors. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Disruption in the Telecommunication Industry: African telecom firms must innovate

In 1994 when mobile telephony started in Africa, telecommunication revolved around the rich. Between 1994 and 2014, mobile phone subscribers across Africa rose to 329 million and revenue from voice, message and data crossed $75billion mark in 2013 contributing 5.4% of sub-Sahara Africa GDP. And today, Africa is the largest…

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.