PwC’s 20th annual survey of CEOs worldwide shows rise in confidence despite new risks and uncertainty
Just over one-third (33%) of South African CEOs are very confident of their company’s own growth in the next 12 months, 4 points down on last year, and 5 points below this year’s global average (38%).
Ghana is a country that does not have a coherent policy for education infrastructure. At the same time, rising rates of mobile phone use among the population make this country ripe for an m-learning revolution.
South African fintech company, Entersekt, has expanded its worldwide operations and secured contracts with major banks across several continents.
Wema Bank Plc has launched a mobile branch “Wema Bank on Wheels” that will be accessible to everyone in all parts of the country.
Semtech Corporation, a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced that its LoRa® devices and Wireless RF Technology are protecting endangered black rhinoceroses at the Mkomazi National Park.
It has not been the most positive of times in Nigeria considering the current economic climate but every now and then a story will pop up and lift the spirits of the country.
Digital money transfer service WorldRemit and UK Charity, Ghana Union, today announce a partnership that will support the Ghanaian community in the UK throughout the entire year of 2017 via a wide variety of events and community activities.
Integrated digital payment and commerce company Interswitch Group has appointed Paul Mwaura Ndichu as its new East African CEO.
The first United Nations World Data Forum started yesterday in Cape Town, South Africa. The forum sees more than 1,500 data experts from more than 100 countries, with the goal of forming a broad consensus on how to harness the power of data for sustainable development.
The “Africa Rising” narrative is increasingly giving way to that of “Aspiring Africa”, as the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) shrinks and the new middle class burgeons, says Wim van der Beek, founder and managing partner of Goodwell Investments.
MTN is Nigeria’s largest telecoms operator, but faced numerous issues with the country’s authorities during the past two years, leading to revelations directors were discussing quitting the market if the “endless hostilities” it faced continued.
Probax, a cloud backup provider, has announced its expansion to Africa by making cloud storage available for local Managed Service Providers.
With OT, Burkina Faso has the Most Secure Driving License and Vehicle Registration Document in Africa
Oberthur Technologies today announces that its cutting edge solution, Lasink, has been chosen by Burkina Faso through a multi-year contract to supply highly secure vehicle registration documents and driving licenses.
Kenyans have been introduced to their very first casino mobile application on Android phones. Rambo Resource Ltd together with the Licensing Board in Kenya announced the launch of GameMania.
In an effort to make the internet a safe and secure environment for communities, Facebook has partnered with the International Centre for Leadership Development Nigeria (ICLDNG) to launch a safety center for teenagers, parents and educators.
Africa Union appoints ten eminent experts to drive technological and economic development agenda in Africa
Ten eminent experts drawn from various disciplines have been appointed to serve in the High Level African Panel on Emerging Technologies (APET) with a view to recognizing the need to harness both existing and emerging technologies for the economic development of Africa.
Nokia and Ooredoo Algeria achieve transmission rate of 1TPS in Africa’s first field trial of new optical technology
Working in partnership, Ooredoo Algeria and Nokia have successfully achieved a ground-breaking transmission speed of 1.2 terabits per second over optical fibre in Africa’s first field trial of innovative optical communications technology.
[Column] James Ngunjiri: What Makes Nairobi the Only African City in Global Investors' Top Five Watchlist
Nairobi is on the global watchlist of top five fast modernising cities that are attracting new global business on growing realisation that big companies cannot operate from one sub-Saharan location in South Africa.
First Bank of Nigeria Limited has increased transfer transaction limits on its FirstMobile Lifestyle app from N500,000 to a maximum daily limit of N1 million.
Data Science Nigeria will host a learning bootcamp for young data scientists in an aim to address the capacity gaps in Data science for beginners, intermediate and experts.
Despite what looks like economic downturn, investments in the fast growing telecommunications sector have been put at $68b as at July, 2016. Of this figure, $35 billion comes from Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs).
Ingenico Group partners Interswitch to deliver best-in-class multichannel payment solutions to the Nigeria
Ingenico Group, leader in seamless payment, announced that a strategic partnership has been signed with Interswitch Nigeria Limited, the leading transaction switching and electronic payment processing company in Nigeria.
Cape Town-based IT services firm CyberLogic is set to refresh its brand, expand its footprint and take new services to market in 2017, following its successful acquisition of Stellenbosch-based IT services firm Space Age Technologies last year.
Swiss FinTech leader NetGuardians has been selected by Nigeria’s Keystone Bank Limited for real-time protection against eBanking fraud.
Gemalto is supplying Uganda's Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC) with its Coesys Visa Management that combines swift issuance of all visas and permits with biometric enrollment upon arrival.
Meet researchers, executives, industry leaders, regulators, investors, and participants from ICT, energy, power & utility industries
Africa has caught the world’s attention with its advancements in the financial technology (fintech) space and usage of mobile money. The Nigerian fintech landscape, specifically, has the ability to become one of the most significant leaders in Africa’s innovation.
Barclays Bank of Kenya has launched a partnership with China UnionPay, which will allow UnionPay cardholders to transact at Barclays’ ATMs and point-of-sale devices across the country.
The use of information and communication technology (ICT) is considered one of the key elements to significantly improve the administration of justice. The rapid development of technology has opened up new opportunities that were unthinkable years ago.
Cognition Online, a new mobile app for booking and paying tutors, has gone live in South Africa to connect tutors and pupils. The app was announced as a winner in the Samsung Launching People- Mixed Talents competition.
Education, it has been said, is the key to success. One easy to access education tool are online courses. Online courses are available for nearly every topic.
Garmin has partnered with leading operator MTN to launch a range of wearable tech watches in Ghana as the market for wearables continues to grow in Africa.
Digital disruption is shifting the balance stay of power in financial services and influencing the way millions of people bank their money, make payments, remittances and more.
Mastercard and Zenith Bank have included Ghana as part of their partnership in West Africa. The agreement is geared towards issuing a suite of digital payment solutions that include prepaid, debit and credit cards which was made available from December 14, 2016.
Zoto, a product of Hedonmark Management Services Limited and Nigeria’s fastest mobile recharge app, announced today that it has become the number one app in Google play store in Nigeria for the shopping category.
Vodacom has launched One Net Business, a cloud-based unified communications solution that converges fixed and mobile telephony services across any device.
Fintech startup, Paystack has announced it has closed on Seed Investment of $1.3M from several international investors.
Not a fun fact: There are 128 million school-aged children in sub-Sahara Africa; of these, 17 million children will never see a school.
Central Bank of Egypt releases the new version of the regulations governing Mobile Payment Services to expand their usage.
Access Bank Ghana has upgraded its existing mobile banking application, designed to make banking more flexible for customers.
Ahead of the festive season travel rush, Vodacom has broadened its international prepaid data roaming footprint from 10 countries to 64.
In 2009, when mobile money services were launched, 3 million transactions were concluded in a year, but by July 2016 there were over 2 million transactions daily.
The Central Bank of Nigeria has said its decision not to allow telecommunication companies lead mobile money model was to protect customers from losing money as it would not be able to regulate the telcos.
Mozambican technology startup company Kamaleon is bringing Internet access to remote rural areas through a platform called “Community Tablet” (“Tablet Comunitário”).
M-learning is particularly useful in countries where literacy rates are low, and where school children struggle to complete their education - whether due to poor school facilities, the prevalence of child labour or poor transport infrastructure making it hard for children physically to reach the classroom.
Kenya-born Dr. Saggia completed a degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Nairobi before embarking on a highly successful career in the ICT sector, where over the past 18 years he held various senior positions.
Wema Bank Plc and Etisalat Nigeria have partnered to introduce WemaEasySavers, a Tier-1 savings account aimed to ensure financial inclusion for more Nigerians especially the youth.
Mobile service provider Safaricom has announced that it is in discussions with five companies to broaden the availability of M-Pesa services.
A young graduate, Shamah Abubakar has invented e-Franchise, an elections application. According to The Guardian the app was developed by an alumnus of the Bingham University in Karu local Government area.
DreamOval Limited has introduced a new version of the Slydepay mobile App – a disruptive mobile money app that enables smooth money transfer, merchant and person to person payments into the Ghanaian market.
MTN Cameroon announces the signature of an Accordion (Tranche C) of a Syndicated Medium Term loan of XAF 60 billion FCFA at the company’s Headquarters in Douala, Littoral Region.
Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, has announced the launch of the Orange brand in Morocco, where it will replace the Méditel brand.
[South Africa] Johannesburg startup, Onyx Connect, set to become first manufacturer of smartphones in Africa
A Johannesburg startup is set to become the first company ever to manufacture smartphones in Africa, taking advantage of low costs and growing local demand to build handsets, tablets and other devices based on Google Inc.’s Android system.
Pursuant to the SENS announcement of 31 October 2016, MTN Group is pleased to advise that as part of reviewing and finalising the permanent senior management team, the Company has made further appointments of the following executives:
With wealth increasing in SSA, now is most definitely the time to explore the potential for edtech to revolutionise e-learning in this region of Africa. This article explains some of the implications of recent studies and statistics relating to edtech in Tanzania, and formulates some strategies for implementing m-learning technologies in this country.
ContinuityEastAfrica has officially opened its doors in Nairobi. The company offers full business continuity management services and capabilities to East African businesses and government entities from its new data centre and work-area recovery facility situated just outside Nairobi.
Huawei Technologies in collaboration with Access Bank Plc and Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN) has staked N50 million to support the drive for eradication of diseases in the country.
The MTN Foundation, first corporate foundation created in Cameroon announces the renewal of its partnership agreement with ASCOVIME (Association of Talents for Better Life) which seeks to reinforce medical assistance provided to the underprivileged.
MTN Ghana has announced it will be launching the first sponsored data service in Ghana in partnership with Datami and Viotech.
The business world is changing. Historically, businesses were "analogue" in that they had a bricks-and-mortar store where customers would interact with real people and things were dealt with on a personal level.
Applications have opened for the Barclays Accelerator programme, powered by Techstars, an initiative aimed at uncovering the next M-Pesa or Paypal by working with exceptional fintech entrepreneurs innovating Africa's financial services industry.
Societe Generale announces that it has signed a merchant acquiring partnership with American Express in eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa where the Bank operates.
Vodacom Tanzania Limited is to issue shares worth up to Sh500 billion in its planned initial public offer (IPO), The Citizen has reliably learnt.
Despite the best intentions of major businesses, too many corporate social responsibility projects do not always deliver the expected outcomes intended.
What is the potential for e-learning via smartphones via online courses such as MOOC and other mobile based edtech solutions (collectively known as m-learning strategies) for East Africa?
Africa is a continent experiencing explosive growth in mobile penetration and usage, driven by the decreasing cost of smartphones / tablets and data. This has driven rapid increases in mobile video consumption.
Safaricom has announced plans to recruit 62 interns by January 2017 as it progresses its agenda to woo more women to the technology field.
Dandemutande Investments Limited, one of Zimbabwe's leading Broadband Internet Access Providers has announced that it acquired YoAfrica Limited, a leading Internet Service Provider in Zimbabwe.
The unveiling of Almaz, a first of its kind computer assembly company in Botswana has come as a welcome relief for its role in expanding electronics manufacturing and catalyzing content development, research and development.
Information and technology company Toshiba has launched Go Africa project in a bid to improve the storage capacity of its products using the latest technology.
Black Friday is an American tradition that has quickly taken root in Africa. The large online e-commerce shops and the major retail chains in many parts of the continent will be splashing out with big promotions and marketing campaigns to get consumers to part with their cash.
Paratus Telecoms has become the first privately owned Pan-African operator to turn on Fibre to the Home (FTTH) in Namibia. Connected residents in Finkenstein estate, East of Windhoek, will now enjoy this world-class connectivity.
98% of NGO’s in South Africa believe that technology is essential to their day-to-day operations. This is according to a recent survey conducted by Microsoft, which polled NGO’s across the region.
SAP's ambitious goal of equipping 5 million African youth with basic coding skills by 2025 took a bold step forward following the release of the results of this year's Africa Code Week.
The Agence de promotion des PME (APME - SME Promotion Agency) in Cameroon and the local branch of mobile operator MTN International, have signed an agreement to support 20,000 Cameroonian SMEs in getting connected to ICT.
In what looks like a major boon to digital banks eyeing the Nigerian market, electronic banking in the country has soared above N46trillion in less than a year.
Airtel Nigeria in partnership with global development organsation, Human Network International (NHI), has unveiled the 3-2-1 Service – a call-in system that provides free information – ranging from healthcare to good governance – to Nigerians.
MTN Group Executive Chairman, Phuthuma Nhleko, has commended the company’s Nigerian operation, following news that MTN Nigeria has been named the most valued brand in the country.
FibreCo Telecommunications today announced the appointment of Sammy Thamsanqa Mafu as its Business Development Executive.
Gemalto pioneers SIM Reactivation solution to help Ghanaian mobile operators reconnect with lapsed prepaid subscribers
Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, launches the world's first solution for real-time reactivation of dormant SIMs in Ghana.
Telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria has thrown its weight behind a new cashless initiative, mCASH, launched recently by the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc, NIBSS.
Mr Kwaku Sakyi-Addo, Chief Executive, Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, on Thursday said the country’s mobile money transaction for half of 2016 has reached GH¢30 billion with over 80,000 people making a living as agents.
Nigeria is currently ranked number 1 in Africa and eight in the world in terms of internet usage. The latest ranking was contained in the second edition of digitalfacts.
Cities are the future, but they will be put under great strain to adapt their infrastructures and services to cope with predicted population growth and increasing urbanisation.
AESA, with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, commits US$7m grants to fund innovation, research science in Africa
The African Academy of Sciences and the NEPAD Agency's Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) has committed US$7 million to fund innovative ideas and research through the Grand Challenges Africa program to accelerate scientific breakthroughs.
[Interivew] FABLab Namibia’s Kirstin Wiedow: Co-Founder and Director of the first fabrication laboratory in Namibia
Kirstin Wiedow is the Co-Founder and Director of the first fabrication laboratory (FABlab) in Namibia, a Centre of Excellence at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).
From AfricaCom 2016 in Cape Town, Angola Cables today announced its first direct Point of Presence (POP) in South Africa at Teraco (Johannesburg).
Facebook had a strong presence at AfricaCom 2016 in Cape Town, in line with its commitment to fostering a strong relationship with its connectivity partners and application developers across Africa.
InterCEL+ and Cambridge Broadband Networks build breakthrough Wireless Network to boost Broadband in Guinea
Cambridge Broadband Networks has announced a landmark partnership with InterCEL+, a subsidiary of Expresso Telecoms Group, to build a major wireless network that will distribute high-capacity broadband from the Africa Coast to Europe submarine fibre system to major urban and business regions in Guinea.
Orange and ENGIE have today launched a plan to deploy nearly 1,000 solar kits in Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon. Several villages in rural areas have been identified to participate in the first phase of this pilot program, prior to deployment on a larger scale.
Angola Cables has announced that it is has selected Etix Everywhere as its partner to build its critical infrastructure globally as part of an ambitious project to offer a lower latency route between the USA and Africa.
The Africa Technology Investment Roundtable is part of a series organised by the Africa Technology Business Network (ATBN) with the goal of driving sustainable investment from the UK into the African Technology sector.
Imagine you live in a small village in rural Kenya. Your daughter attends university in Nairobi and needs financial support to buy textbooks and pay her rent. How do you send her money if you, like many Kenyans, don’t have a bank account or internet access?(a)
Satellite operator SES today announced a multi-year agreement with MADA Communications International S.A.L (Offshore), a licensed Voice and Data Communications Internet provider, to provide Internet services to an Internet Service Provider and Mobile Network Operator in Juba, South Sudan.
Intracom Telecom, a global telecom systems and solutions vendor, announced today that it has successfully completed the live field trial of StreetNode, its SON (Self Organizing Network) based Point-to-Multipoint platform, implemented by MTN’s South African operation.
AfricaCom 2016 will mark the 10-month anniversary of the creation of a renewed and strengthened Nokia, which following its purchase of Alcatel-Lucent has created a global leader in technology and services for a connected world.
Connectivity and data center solutions provider, MainOne, has announced a service partnership between its Tier III Data Center, MDXi and SAP, leader in enterprise applications for software and software-related service to deliver high-quality cloud and infrastructure operations services for customers running SAP solutions in West Africa.
Lagos and San Francisco-based payments platform, Paystack, have launched a payment solution for Shopify merchants, opening up the e-commerce market for tens of thousands of Nigerian online retailers.
Light Reading, in partnership with KNect365, has launched a new online community, Connecting Africa, which will track, analyze and report on all the major developments in Africa's communications market, identifying the key trends and talking to the movers and shakers who are transforming the continent.
BICS announced the establishment of a new point-of-presence (PoP) in Nairobi, Kenya, thereby extending the company’s reach in the African region.