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SSouth Africa has a well established and sophisticated information and communication technologies (ICT) sector. It is, in fact, the largest and most advanced on the continent. The local IT industry is characterised by technology leadership that would inspire any tech-minded business traveller, most notably in the field of mobile software and electronic banking services.
South African companies are world leaders in pre-payment, revenue management and fraud prevention systems, and in the manufacture of set-top boxes, which are exported to the rest of the world to much acclaim.
Even South Africa’s software developers are recognised for their inspirational innovation, production and cost efficiency, which is all backed by world-class infrastructure and government support.
In 1996 MTN became the first mobile operator to introduce a prepaid cellular service in Africa, popularising “Pay as you Go” in emerging markets. The Please Call Me system, invented by South African inventor Nkosana Makate has helped South African telecoms company, Vodacom, generate billions of Rands in revenue.
A booming industry is ready, waiting to inspire the world’s ICT sector not only with innovation and passion, but with a beautiful country with adventures around every corner.
NOTABLE ICT INNOVATIONS:
- Invention of pre-paid mobile airtime
- Please Call Me messaging
- Ubuntu, the world’s first free and consumer friendly operating system
- Computicket - the world’s first complex computerised reservation system for ticket holders