Rwanda, a central African country, is on record as the first to produce cell phones in the continent in October 2019.
Information available shows that the gadgets produced come with higher-end options such as fingerprint sensors that assist with unlocking the phone.
Such a feature is one that several phones used in the continent lack and this comes not only as a push for technology but for high quality as well.
Rwanda, per a report by fortune.com, has challenged the status quo by overcoming the challenges associated with the 1994 genocide.
Rebranding itself as a technology hub, its capital, Kigali, has become the home of a number of incubators.
Rwanda’s minister of technology, Paula Ingabire, has explained that “It boils right down to our turbulent past being left without anything, and the use of ashes as a development instrument for cohesion.”
Africa’s technological space is enjoying a growing support from foreign countries in recent times.
American financial services cooperation, Visa, invested $200 million in Interswitch, a Nigerian bills company.
Microsoft has also opened places of work in Kenya and Nigeria for engineers running on synthetic intelligence, system studying, and combined fact.
This came a month after Google opened an artificial intelligence laboratory in Ghana.
Africa’s growth in the technology space has compelled the chief executive officer (CEO) of Twitter Inc, Jack Dorsey to announce an intended visit to the continent for three months.
In other news, American technology company, IBM, has announced its intent to hand over the accounts of its employees to cloud-based proprietary instant messaging platform, Slack.
The deal soon led to an increase of 21% in Slack’s share price, aside making IBM Slack’s biggest client.
Per a report by Business Insider, IBM is set to deploy the messaging tool to all of its 350,000 employees across the globe.
YEN.com.gh understands that this comes as the best trading session since Slack’s first day as a public company on June 20, 2019.
Reports, however, indicate that some IBM employees have been using Slack since 2014 and the partnership between the two brands began two years later.
This changed in late 2019 when IBM decided to go “all in”, thereby becoming the platform’s largest customer.
The new development comes as a huge win for Slack whose stock fell about 11% in November 2019. It also follows an announcement of Microsoft’s rival messaging service, Teams, which had 20 million daily active users by then.