5 underutilized technologies for the African CIO's watch list

Here's a look at the strengths and weaknesses of five key technologies — NB-IoT, serverless computing, VoIP, NFC (near field communication), and PWAs (progressive web apps) — that are currently underutilized in Africa, but which may yet catch on.

It's no secret that, with the major exception of mobile payment systems, African businesses and public administrations have lagged behind their global counterparts in deployment of emerging technology, mainly due to lack of stable infrastructure and a skills gap in technology.

While there has been a recent spurt of data centre construction, and a variety of new education companies using remote learning and internet-based tools to train a new generation in modern technology skills, African organizations are lagging behind global trends in implementation of a range of key technologies that promise to optimize business processes and generate new services.

As African nations bolster their network infrastructure and a new cohort of young STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) graduates enter the workforce, however, African CIOs will want to keep an eye out for developments of key technologies that could help their businesses grow and become more cost-efficient.

Here are five technologies that have been underutilized in Africa, but have the potential to catch on and pave the way to new services in a variety of business sectors.

Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT)

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