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Here are your top ICT trends and insights for the week: The number of African tech startups funded rose 17% in 2016, Bill Gates discusses 'breakthrough' energy tech solutions -- and why is Software-Defined Networking (SDN) taking service providers so much longer to implement than expected? Read on.


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2017's top AR/VR trends are expected to include: faster enterprise market growth; big sensor developments; and more focus on content. Meanwhile, China's VR industry will expand by more than 400% in 2017, forecasts IDC.

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Startups in the 'Global South': The number of African tech startups funded rose 17% in 2016, says a new report. In Latin America, startups from Brazil to Mexico are giving banks a run for their money. And Chinese investors wary of hyped-up Indian startups, are looking for hidden gems. [How can your country boost ICT entrepreneurship for social impact? Read ITU's recent report.]

Fintech: Alibaba’s Ant Financial is buying MoneyGram for $880M to expand its global presence. Meanwhile, Ireland may aim to be a European fintech gateway for Chinese firms. And Indonesia's largest private bank is set to invest $15 million in fintech for the 'unbanked.' [Could there be lessons from Kenya's Safaricom? Watch our interview with Safaricom's Ronald Webb.] 


SDN: What's taking so long? Implementing Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is seen as key for ICT service providers, but it is taking much longer than expected to get SDN live in the data center, says a new IHS Markit survey.



Bill Gates on 'C-Zero': Microsoft’s cofounder vows to change the “supply side” for breakthrough energy technologies by helping to fund research and innovation to create 'carbon-zero' solutions.

Growing a startup: How can you scale up your tech startup? CEO secrets revealed.

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