[Nigeria] FirstBank Re-elected to the Board of Advisors of PCI SSC: Remains the only African Bank on the Board
First Bank of Nigeria Limited has been re-elected into the Board of Advisors of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) for the third consecutive time.
IT solutions company Citrix has announced that it is growing its foothold in Africa through an expansion in distribution operations, and that its channel in East and West Africa will now be managed and supported by Citrix South Africa.
Kaspersky Lab has introduced Secure Connection in Nigeria, a solution for encrypting traffic on Windows and Mac computers
Victor Chandler is back. After a 3-year hiatus, his first foray is set to be as part of a new sports betting and gaming company to be called Bet Lion, focusing on East Africa and launching in August.
Rakesh Parbhoo has been appointed the CEO of Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa, a value-added technology distributor of category-leading solutions in Security, Collaboration, Networking, Cloud and Data Centre.
A new Country Intelligence Report by GlobalData, provides an executive-level overview of the telecommunications market in Tunisia today, with detailed forecasts of key indicators up to 2021.
In April, Vodacom announced that it had been awarded the contract to supply a School Management Solution to the Eastern Cape Department of Education to help with the administration of schools in the province.
Xpress Money, a global money transfer brand, has seen a 14 per cent increase in remittances from the UAE that culminate onto mobile wallets in Kenya in the last two years.
Total customers can now make cash withdrawals in select Total Service Stations without an Automated Teller Machine (ATM).
Safaricom has announced that it has invested approximately $2 million in a first of its kind telecommunication lab in Kenya.
As more and more African companies start to embrace the concept of shared services, heads of Finance, Human Resources, ICT and more gather in Nairobi to learn best practices for implementation.
Standard Chartered Bank has announced its intent to join Thomson Reuters Org ID regional managed service solution for Know Your Customer (KYC) due diligence in South Africa.
Hughes Network Systems, LLCthe global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services has announced that its JUPITER System has been selected to bring high-performance connectivity throughout the Sub-Saharan Africa.
Globetom’s has announced that their cloud service for electronic distribution and payment solution management is making a market entry into Nigeria.
Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has disclosed that Government is working to meet its November 2017 timeline for the implementation of mobile money interoperability.
MTN South Africa, Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies have completed Africa's first commercial platform that addressees challenges of spectrum shortage.
United Bank for Africa (UBA) has announced the roll out of the Debit MasterCard card in Cameroon in support of financially empowering all citizens.
FactSet, a global provider of integrated financial information has opened a new office in Johannesburg as it seeks to grow presence in Africa
Safaricom has opened its 45th shop in Kitengela town and unveiled its Nairobi East Regional Office as part of its ongoing strategy to increase customer touch points.
Africa is standing before a small window of opportunity to grow future-ready leaders equipped to take on a new era of industry.
Until recently, the wireless sector of the telecoms market prioritised the performance increase in base stations and subscriber terminals.
Seclore Technologies has announced the expansion of the role of regional channel Ddirector to enhance its Go-to-Market Strategy.
Venture capital firm, Zeno Ventures, has closed an investment in Tizeti Inc., a Menlo Park, CA and Lagos, Nigeria based startup that participated in the latest batch of Y Combinator.
Leading banks in Nigeria have reported a significant rise in income from fees they charge customers for use of their various electronic banking services.
Experts at the International Telecoms Week conference in Chicago have highlighted the need to accelerate investment in Africa to facilitate the continent’s broadband data explosion.
Microsoft has revealed plans to deliver the complete, intelligent Microsoft Cloud for the first time from datacentres located in Africa.
Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, has announced the launch of its brand in Liberia. Cellcom Liberia now becomes Orange Liberia.
The IDC CIO Summit, currently underway in Lagos, is focusing on how the next wave of social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) technologies will unleash innovation and productivity in the enterprise by delivering better employee and customer experiences.
General Electric, the world’s leading digital industrial company consolidated its footprint in Africa with the official opening of GE Ethiopia new offices in Addis Ababa.
CNN’s ‘African Voices’, programme interviews Kenya’s rapper Khaligraph accompanying him to learn more about his influences, which include a mixture of western rap and his Kenyan upbringing.
Standard Chartered Bank has unveiled Video and Chat Banking service in Kenya following the successful roll-out of the service in Asia. The service allows clients to connect with banking agents via a secure video connection – or through chat or audio channels. Following the launch, the service is now available to more than five million clients across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Vodacom, in partnership with Huawei, have successfully completed the launch of Africa’s first live NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) site which is fully compliant with the standardised 3rd Generation Partnership Project(3GPP) NB-IoT specifications.
International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, Google Inc., Convergence Partners, and Mitsui & Co. have agreed to invest up to $100 million in CSquared, a partnership focused on deploying wholesale, carrier-neutral, open-access fiber optic networks across Sub-Saharan Africa.
[Ghana] GE and Ministry of Health in partnership to give Greater Accra Ridge Regional Hospital facelift
GE, the world’s Digital Industrial Company has partnered with the Ghana Ministry of Health and Bouygues Batimat International with the support of the US Government to overhaul the Greater Accra Ridge Regional Hospital in the Ridge District of Accra, Ghana.
Truecaller, one of the leading communication platforms in the world, has announced that it will start rolling out its ads platform in Africa, Truecaller Ads. Brands will now be able to utilize the Truecaller app to reach more than 40 million users in Africa.
Aotea Global Services that has predominantly been in East Africa has announced it is expanding its operations into the US. The company provides clients with a unique value proposition: High quality, low-priced IT resources who work only for them and become an offshore extension of their in-house staff.
Facebook has selected 60 finalists from the hundreds of entries it received from across the Middle East and Africa for the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. The Bots for Messenger Challenge is a contest to recognise and reward developers who create the most innovative new bots on Messenger.
Silicon Valley analytics software company FICO has announced that Discovery Health in South Africa is using the FICO® Decision Management Suite to process as many as 100,000 transactions a day.
Hurricane Electric has strengthened its global network with new regional network connectivity in Africa by establishing a new point of presence at the Djibouti Data Center (DDC), bolstering its ongoing commitment to the economic development of the region through the provision of improved IP connectivity and global network access.
Safaricom Limited has noted the announcement by Vodafone Group Plc regarding the proposed transfer by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Vodafone International Holdings B.V., of part of its indirect interest in Safaricom to Vodacom Group Limited, its sub-Saharan African subsidiary.
The Lagos State Government has launched a free public Wi-Fi project at parks and gardens in Lagos in partnership with MainOne.
Opera is kicking off a partnership with football professional Victor Moses, Chelsea starter and Nigerian national team star player. Moses will be the brand ambassador of Opera Mini , the most popular browser in Africa.
The Economic Commission for Africa’s Sub-Regional Office for West Africa and the National Assembly of Niger have established a partnership framework to organize a Forum on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region.
Global travel technology provider, Sabre Corporation, is celebrating ten years of success in Nigeria and the continued growth of the local travel industry.
Opera, the developer of the most popular mobile browser in Africa, has announced its plan to invest $100 million over the next two years to facilitate the growth of African digital economy. The company will use the investment to speed up internet adoption in Africa and strengthen the internet ecosystem with local partners.
As Internet connectivity needs continue to grow exponentially, the move towards cloud-based services and big data requirements increases.
KPMG in South Africa has launched a Learnership Incentive Tax Tool (LITT), an app that provides an additional tax deduction for registered learnerships.
Official launch in Swaziland of ADEA mobile application for capturing teacher and learner attendance
Through its Working Group on Education Management and Policy Support (ADEA-WGEMPS) and in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Training in Swaziland, the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) launched the Smart School System (3S).
BringCom Incorporated, a leading provider of connectivity solutions to developing countries, announced that it has reached a tentative agreement to acquire Datanet.Com, LLC.
SAP has announced the launch of its SAP Rural Sourcing Management solution connecting smallholder farmers and suppliers in rural areas with the supply chain of global agribusinesses and consumer products companies.
The mobile payments company Fortumo has announced that it has expanded its carrier billing services to 3 new African markets. More than 79 million mobile phone owners in Algeria, Ghana and Tanzania can now make payments for digital services.
IFPI, representing the recording industry worldwide, and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO), have signed a landmark agreement that will enhance the rights of African artists and their music.
Terrapay, an international payment company has launched an international money transfer service in Tanzania. The company received approval from the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) to send cross-border remittances to mobile wallets in Tanzania.
Co-creation Hub (CcHUB), the leading social innovation centre in Nigeria, has launched the ‘CcHub Diaspora Challenge’, an international project that will engage entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists from African communities in the UK and source scalable business solutions to social challenges in Africa.
The Government of Rwanda and Mastercard have reaffirmed their shared commitment to the development of strong digital platforms to meet the needs of the country's citizens and work towards Rwanda's goal of promoting a cashless society.
The all new Galaxy S8 and S8+, has been launched into the Nigerian market by Samsung Electronics. The Nigerian launch event recently took place at the Renaissance Hotel, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.
Liquid Telecom Kenya has announced the appointment of Adil Youssefi as its new Chief Executive.
The Helix Institute of Digital Finance has launched new courses in addition to its flagship offering the Agent Network Accelerator (ANA).
Established in 2012 as Africa’s first neutral Internet eXchange Point (IXP), NAPAfrica has grown 7-fold to become not only the largest in Africa, but one of the top three IXP’s in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as the regional internet traffic hub for sub-Saharan Africa.
Partnership between SAP SE and German Government Boosts Digital Skills Development in Developing Countries
By the end of 2016 SAP SE and Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) signed a historic agreement to strengthen tech entrepreneurship in developing countries under the BMZ's Make-IT initiative.
African financial institution, United Bank for Africa, has introduced a full-fledged banking platform, tagged UBA Magic Banking and enabled by dialling *919# within Nigeria.
Kirusa, a telecom and social media solutions provider has partnered with Vodacom Lesotho for the launch of InstaVoice Channels.
2U, Inc., a leader in partnering with colleges and universities to deliver the world's best digital education, has announced, that it has entered into an agreement to acquire GetSmarter a leader in collaborating with universities to offer premium online short courses to working professionals.
Mobile wallets just became even more useful with the announcement that Mastercard, the leading company in payments technology, is adding Bee, the smart payment solutions provider, as a key player to its interoperable mobile ecosystem.
The Kenyan Government has provided a vote of confidence in the implementation of the Huduma Card in the country, and its role in driving financial inclusion.
In order to try and achieve their shared goal of a Nigeria which offers financial inclusion for all, Paga and the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) recently announced a partnership which is aimed at doing just that.
TerraPay, a mobile-first international payment network has announced that it has successfully obtained regulatory approval from the Bank of Tanzania to launch International Money transfer services to mobile wallets in Tanzania.
Stakeholders in the mobile money ecosystem have called for a review of the prevailing mobile money regulatory framework, so that the country can achieve the target growth rate in the system.
Tigo, one of Ghana’s leading telecom companies, has partnered with Econet Media’s Kwesé TV, Africa's newest multi-platform Pay TV network, to deliver best-in-class live sports and entertainment to Ghanaian consumers on mobile.
MTN, telecommunications leader in Cameroon and Microsoft, announce the commercialisation of Office 365 services for enterprises through MTN Business, MTN’s entity dedicated to companies.
Measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce African countries, is going high-tech with the help of a new tool developed by FAO.
[Algeria] NXP delivers electronic driver licenses and vehicle registration smart cards to tame fraud
NXP Semiconductors N.V has announced that its partner HB Technologies, the leader in Algeria for secure solutions based on smartcard designs, chose NXP’s SmartMX2 microcontroller for the country’s new secure electronic driver license and vehicle registration smartcards.
VAST Networks, a leading open access Wi-Fi provider, is set to give 1.5 million Gauteng township residents an affordable alternative to access the Internet.
FAMOCO announces partnership with Orange Cameroon to improve the efficiency of their distribution network
FAMOCO, the leader in secure professional Android devices, announces a major commercial partnership with Orange Cameroon,a strategic choice by Orange to increase the efficiency of its distribution network (reduce fraud, theft and loss of data) and to meet compliance needs.
West Africa's leading connectivity and data center solutions provider, MainOne has pledged its commitment to boost Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Ogun State with a data center project in Sagamu.
Large scale datacentre investment opportunities are increasing in Sub-Saharan Africa as key commercial hubs benefit from the critical combination of high quality international backbone infrastructure (subsea cable) connectivity and mushrooming local demand for data, say investment leaders.
Mastercard and McDonald’s have entered into a strategic collaboration that will bring simpler and faster payment options to all McDonald’s customers when buying their favorite meal in store, at the drive thru or when ordering it online.
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, and Intelsat S.A, operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, have announced a new agreement that will introduce high performance Intelsat EpicNG satellite services into the Liquid Telecom network.
Kaspersky Lab introduces new partner program in Africa to drive business growth for managed security services providers
Kaspersky Lab has launched a new partner program in Africa, aimed at managed service providers (MSPs) that already offer security services or would like to add them to their current portfolio.
Synthesis Software Technologies, today announced that it has achieved Advanced status as an AWS Partner Network (APN) Consulting Partner.
Airtel Networks Limited and ZTE have announced a strategic partnership to launch 4G (fourth generation wireless mobile telecommunications technology) in Nigeria.
The Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), has partnered with Maindata Nigeria (MDXi), a MainOne subsidiary, to improve national transit traffic by hosting a Point of Presence in the Maindata facility.
KOKO Networks, a tech platform that connects suppliers, retailers and consumers has launched their technology in Nairobi.
Innovate Ventures is running for a second year their highly successful tech start-up accelerator – The Innovate Accelerator.
Taking a step closer to completing a valuable new route for the global telecommunications sector, Angola Cables has announced the completion of the marine survey for the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS),
MTN and Huawei have partnered to bring the first LTE Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) network in Africa. LTE LAA is an evolution of the LTE-Unlicensed mobile technology, which enables LTE to utilise unlicensed spectrum to significantly enhance network capacity.
Kenya's leading grower and exporter of cut flowers, Oserian Development Company, has signed its workers to a mobile health insurance scheme becoming the first flower firm globally and large employer in the agricultural sector in Kenya to embrace e-health.
[Egypt] Vodafone in a multi-million-dollar partnership with Procera Networks to enhance broadband subscriber experience
Procera Networks has unveiled a multi-year, multi-million-dollar partnership with Vodafone Egypt to enhance the subscriber experience for its fixed and mobile subscribers.
Telecommunication Safaricom has signed a distribution agreement with Econet Media’s Kwesé TV, Africa's newest multi-platform Pay TV network, to deliver premium video content to Kenyan consumers.
Mastercard and prepaid processing and payments solutions provider Global Technology Partners (GTP) signed a partnership agreement that will result in the latest prepaid solutions being made available across Africa to government institutions, financial services and corporate sector and consumers.
Facebook celebrated the achievements and products of its growing African developer and partner ecosystem at its annual F8 developer conference, held in San Jose, California, on 18 and 19 April.
The World Bank Group launched XL Africa, a five-month business acceleration program designed to support the 20 most promising digital start-ups from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Vodafone Egypt launched a new mobile application for blind and visually impaired users called “E3rafli” (an Arabic word for “Find out for me") to help them recognize basic things and services through their mobile phones.
Nigeria’s fully integrated telecommunications company, Globacom wants small businesses to adopt integrated and flexible communications plan in order to improve their efficiency, cut cost and expand their bottom lines.
When Vodacom introduced the mobile money transfer service, M-Pesa, in 2008 financial inclusion in the country was below 16 per cent.
Telkom Kenya plans to replace its mobile money platform Orange Money amidst its continued underperformance in the market.
Ghana’s Leading Telecommunications Giant , MTN Ghana has relinquished power to its cherished mobile money customers to unsubscribe interest on their deposits.
As part of efforts to educate telecommunications consumers on their rights to quality telecoms services, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said subscribers could stop unsolicited text messages if they send "STOP" to "2442".
Paratus Telecom plans to deepen its existing fibre network in Namibia and has announced a R150m fibre network expansion programme to be rolled out over three years.
An additional 16 government agencies involved in clearing international trade documents will be linked to the Uganda Electronic Single Window (ESW) as phase two of the system commences.