Asia’s richest man eyes Ghana’s telco space

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May 28, 2024
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  • Asia’s richest man eyes Ghana’s telco space
  • How mobile games are also a playground for scammers
  • Why there's a silent bias against Africa for EMEA roles

Asia’s richest man eyes Ghana’s telco space

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Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s wealthiest tycoon, is stepping into Ghana’s telecom scene with Next-Gen InfraCo (NGIC), a project set to tap into the booming mobile broadband market. 

Spearheaded by Radisys Corp., a Reliance Industries Ltd. subsidiary, NGIC aims to roll out 5G broadband services in Ghana starting later this year.

Backed by tech giants like Nokia, Tech Mahindra, and Microsoft, NGIC aims to provide affordable digital services in emerging markets, leveraging Ghana’s growing telecom sector. Teaming up with local players like Ascend Digital Solutions Ltd. and K-NET, along with Ghana’s government, bolsters NGIC’s foothold in the market.

Securing exclusive rights to offer 5G services in Ghana for the next decade, NGIC is in sync with Ghana’s vision to digitally connect the entire nation within six years. With a hefty investment of $145 million over three years, NGIC is eyeing a replication of the success seen by Ambani’s Jio Infocomm Ltd. in India.

Ghana’s sizable population of over 33 million presents a lucrative market for NGIC, given the rising demand for budget-friendly mobile broadband services. Success in Ghana could pave the way for similar ventures across the continent, fostering digital connectivity and economic progress.

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How mobile games are also a playground for scammers

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Mobile games are booming in Africa, with titles like Call of Duty: Mobile (CODM), Fortnite, PUBG, and Candy Crush. Africa now has the second-highest number of mobile gamers globally, with 253 million players, right after Southeast Asia's 323 million.

Many African gamers have transitioned from casual play to becoming pro players and content creators. However, these games are also becoming hunting grounds for scammers. An eye-opening post by X user Abazz sheds light on how yahoo boys use PUBG and CODM to scam people.

Scamming in these games isn't much different from social media scams. Scammers build friendships within the game, and then ask for money to buy in-game items like new guns, which are seen as status symbols. 

Once the target sends the money, usually between ₦30,000 and ₦50,000, the scammer might cut ties or keep asking for more.

Curious to learn more about how these gaming scams work? Check out Bolu’s full story here.


Why there's a silent bias against Africa for EMEA roles

A Techpoint Africa International Africa Day design. The Techpoint Africa logo is in the top left. 'International Africa Day' is in bold red text, with the date '25th May' beside it in green. 'EMEA' is in large green letters in the centre, with 'but the "A" is silent' below it. An outline of Africa on the right contains black-and-white photos of African people with traditional face paint.
EMEA but the "A" is silent

Ever wondered how Europe, the Middle East, and Africa ended up in the same EMEA box? 

Despite their economic differences, they share commonalities like time zones, languages, politics, and cultures. Plus, many African and Middle Eastern countries were once European colonies.

But this grouping affects more than just geography — it influences hiring and recruitment too. Sadly, many African applicants face marginalisation due to their location, as recruiters often assume they're not suitable for EMEA roles.

Some people shed light on this issue. Jarir Mallah, an HR Manager, shares how African talent is sidelined because roles are deemed unavailable in their region, cutting off opportunities before they even begin.

Then there's the issue of working visas. Most roles in EMEA are listed by European companies and often require candidates with existing work authorisations. So, when Africans apply, they often don't get responses.

Take it from Ndemo, a developer who's navigated global opportunities. He highlights how skills and company culture also play a role in rejections. Some companies prefer a hybrid work model over fully remote setups.

Want to dive deeper into this topic? Click the link to learn more about the challenges African applicants face in securing EMEA roles.


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Have a terrific Tuesday!

Victoria Fakiya for Techpoint Africa.

She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.

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