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Africa Com 2009

This week I will be blogging from Cape Town where I will be attending Africa Com 2009.


In fact I am writing this whilst at Heathrow’s infamous Terminal 5 waiting to board – hope my golf clubs have made it – you know how much business is done on the fairway…!

Mind you, I don’t think I’ll have much energy left, every minute seems to be accounted for.

There just aren’t enough MINUTES IN A DAY:


  • Consumers used more than 2.2 trillion minutes of use (MOUs) in the last 12 months (July 2007 – June 2008), marking a staggering 9,958% increase during 1991.
  • In the first half of 2008, consumers talked on average a total of 187 billion minutes each month. That is more than 6 billion minutes each day, and amounts to about 766 minutes per customer each month.
  • In the first six months of 2008 (Jan.  1 – June 30), consumers used more than 1.1 trillion MOUs, an increase of more than 10%compared to the same time period in 2007.
  • The largest spike in MOUs took place between June 2005 and June 2006. During this 12-month period, MOUs increased by almost 418 billion, from approximately 1.26 trillion to 1.68 trillion.

Africa Com



On October 27th, 1879, Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, little did he know what he was letting the world in for.

Yep, tens of thousands of lightbulb jokes.

The lightbulb joke has been the subject of academic papers, political debate, and even a Wikipedia page. So here is my favourite ‘How many ….. does it take to change a lightbulb’ joke:

Q: How many drummers does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: One .. Two, and a-one two three four

Please feel free to add your own, as long as it’s not the one about the Jewish Grandmother.

All plans are now in place for the Africa Com conference in Cape Town, one of the most important events of the year for our company.

The ‘Who’s Who’ of Africa’s Telecoms finest will be there, and yours truly!