LONDON (CMC):Sprint sensation Usain Bolt has given Ireland’s rugby team a boost as they prepare to kick off their World Cup campaign this weekend, squad officials have said.Bolt, the world’s fastest man, had a surprise meeting with the team ahead of its opening World Cup match against Canada in Cardiff on Saturday.Irish hooker Rory Best said the meeting had been “unbelievable” and gave the Ireland team the boost it needed ahead of the campaign.”It was great just to get his thoughts on things,” Best said.The six-time gold medallist had dinner with the Irish squad in London before they lost to England in a friendly last week.Bolt defeated his American rival, Justin Gatlin, twice to win the sprint double at the recent World Championships in Beijing, China, after an injury-disrupted season.”The big thing, from our point of view, was that he says when he goes into championships and he feels good, he knows he’s going to perform,” said Best.”It’s not necessarily about how events leading into it have gone. It is about how he’s feeling himself.”back-to-back defeatsIreland are hoping for a successful World Cup campaign, following two recent back-to-back defeats by Wales and England.”From our point of view, we’re feeling pretty good at the minute. But, obviously, the results over the last two games haven’t gone the way we wanted,” Best said.”He (Bolt) has a lot of self-belief. He knows when he prepares well and is ready, he can perform.”
SAinfo reporter See the full report here: Ericsson Mobility Report – Sub-Saharan Africa 10 June 2014 Voice-call traffic in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to double and mobile internet usage to increase 20 times between 2013 and 2019 – twice the anticipated global expansion – Swedish company Ericsson says in its latest mobility report for the region. The rapid growth of 3G and 4G technology across the region follows the recent launch of under-$50 smartphones, Ericsson says in its June 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa Mobility report, released last week. The popularity of social media, content-rich apps and video content accessed from these cheaper smartphones has also contributed to the growth. Consumers in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria are increasingly using video TV and media services from their smartphones, the report says. Sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile penetration of 70% is fast approaching the global rate of 92%, Ericsson says. The report predicts 3G technology will become the dominant technology across the region by 2017, outstripping 2G to become the region’s dominant form of mobile connection. The report predicts that 75% of mobile subscriptions will be internet inclusive (3G or 4G) by 2019. The company expects mobile subscriptions to increase from 551-million at the end of 2013 to more than 635-million subscriptions by the end of the year. Subscriptions will reach 930-million by the end of 2019, the company predicts.Data revolution Ericsson revealed the scale of the region’s ongoing data revolution with traffic growth doubling in the past year: phone users accessed 76 000 TB (terabyte) of data a month, double the 2013 figure of 37 500 TB a month. The figure is expected to double again in 2015, with mobile phone users projected to access 147 000 TB a month. Regional head of Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa, Fredrik Jejdling says: “Sub-Saharan Africa is currently undergoing a mobile digital revolution with consumers, networks and even media companies waking up to the possibilities of 3G and 4G technology. “We have seen the trend emerging over a few years but in the past 12 months, the digital traffic has increased over 100%, forcing us to revise our existing predictions. “The rise of cheap smartphones will allow vast portions of the population – from middle classes in cities to small businesses in rural areas – access to mobile broadband. “M-commerce can offer endless opportunities for entrepreneurs and we’ve found that farmers are fans of mobile wallets, as well as teenagers wanting to watch music videos on their smartphone,” Jejdling says. Ericsson undertakes traffic measurements in more than 100 live networks across the world and makes predictions in collaboration with Ericsson ConsumerLab, combining its own data with population and macroeconomic trends.