More and more learners are turning to online courses that enable them to participate in education over the web, at a distance from campus. Debates rage over how best to implement e-learning, particularly in regions such as Sub-Sahara Africa which are ripe for educational reform.
Africa is a place of real business opportunity that the world should be alive to. I know, having built businesses that now operate in 20 African countries and through creating a program over 10 years that is funding and mentoring 10,000 African entrepreneurs.
Infinix is about to sign an agreement with Telecom Egypt to supply the company with smartphones. Infinix business development manager Ahmed Wagih said negotiations are at an advanced stage.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant to Solafrica Energy (Pty) Ltd., a developer of utility-scale solar power plants in Southern Africa, for a pilot project that demonstrates the performance of an energy storage system
NATURAL TV, a Turkish channel featuring health, agriculture, music and cultural content, is extending its reach to the West-African audience thanks to SES Video’s broadcasting services.
Javnyuy Joybert is the founder of COSDEF Group, a Cameroonian social enterprise business whose four startups staggered across education, employment, finance and ICT seek design solutions to Africa’s problems, create impact and make money.
Sage has today announced that ICT industry veteran, Pieter Bensch, has assumed his new role as the company’s executive vice-president for Africa and Middle East.
As more financial service providers adopt machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions, it is becoming ever more apparent that these solutions are vital to economic inclusivity and innovation on the African continent.
Allied Exchange Africa has launched its novel digital payment platform, ALEXpay to overcome the lack of cross-network fund transfer and interoperability which currently inhibits the potential of mobile money services in Ghana.
Branch, a Facebook-linked mobile phone lending app, has raised Sh200 million by issuing a commercial paper. The Silicon Valley startup will use the funds to grow its loan book.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reviewed daily mobile money wallet transaction and balance limit, as well as the Bank Verification Number (BVN) requirement for mobile money wallet holders.
Samsung is continuing its roll-out of the Samsung Z4 smartphone in South Africa for R1,499 – powered by its own Operating System (OS), Tizen.
Moneytrans, a fintech company serving migrants has launched a smart and convenient mobile application that can send money in minutes, in and out of Africa, to one of its 250,000 points.
Streaming platform provider Roku, Inc. and African media company Econet Media, have announced that both companies have entered a Roku Powered license agreement for the launch of streaming TV service Kwesé Play.
Orange and Netflix have renewed the agreement signed in 2014 for the distribution of Netflix for Orange TV customers in France, and have expanded their partnership to all countries in which the Orange Group is present.
TV5MONDE, one of the world's leading television networks, has signed a long-term distribution contract with SES to broadcast three major free-to-air channels to the French-speaking and Francophile public in sub-Saharan Africa.
Asseco SEE, part of Asseco Group, 6th largest software vendor in Europe, has announced the first phase of the deployment of its leasing software solution LeaseFlex at Global Leasing Company, a pioneer in leasing solutions in Egypt.
General Electric has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise that will bring GE Digital’s breakthrough digital industrial solutions at scale to Africa, Middle East and Turkey.
Actis, a leading growth markets investor, and Genesis Group have signed an agreement to bring the premier cinema to Douala in Cameroon.
Pan African financial service provider has picked cyber security and applications delivery solutions company Radware® to protect its infrastructure from cyber-attacks with Radware’s Hybrid Attack Mitigation Solution,
The Africa Channel, Inc is set to launch its new streaming video venture -- Demand Africa (DA) -- on October 1.
The ABN Group owners of Forbes Africa and CNBC Africa platforms have recently appointed Peace Hyde as its new Head of Digital Media and Strategic Partnerships.
Pan-African entrepreneurial training program, seed fund, and incubator Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) has appointed Aaron Fu as Managing Director for MEST
Safaricom’s Spark Venture Fund has announced that it will once again be investing in iProcure, a supply chain platform in Kenya. iProcure offers farmers discounts of between 10 and 20 percent every time they purchase farming products.
Sub-Sahara Africa has the highest number of adolescents and young adults in the world. Unfortunately, SSA is also the home of the worst adolescent/youth health portraits.
Two of South Africa’s first financial technology companies have announced a strategic business relationship that is set to change the fintech payment space.
Multichoice Nigeria will be launching a pay-per-view (PPV) option in the country. The company emphasized that the PPV concept is a cable or satellite television system in which consumers pay an additional fee to watch a particular program.
Asoko Insight, African company information repository, is proud to announce its selection to the World Bank’s XL Africa acceleration program.
To enhance its customer service delivery, utility company Kenya Power has announced an upgrade of its Customer Management System.
RedCloud Technologies, the world’s first open banking platform, has announced a partnership with Nigeria’s KongaPay.
Oxygen8 South Africa implements blockfraud technology to tackle mobile billing fraud mobile carrier networks
Oxygen8 South Africa, an intermediary company that facilitates billing services between content providers and mobile carriers, has unveiled its recent implementation of mobile billing anti-fraud software.
Attendees at the upcoming Digital Marketing Masterclass taking place in Uganda and Rwanda can win an iPad and other prizes. Africa Business Communities has asked Markedu founder Michael Leander what this event is all about.
iflix, the Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets, has launched its service in Ghana.
Liquid Telecom appoints Willem Marais as Chief Business Development Officer to oversee the group’s growth
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has appointed Willem Marais as Chief Business Development Officer to help oversee the group’s business development and expansion into new markets.
[Kenya]TVU Networks to avail hundreds of its pack mobile transmitters for the upcoming presidential reelection
TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions will provide comprehensive support to all media organizations in covering the upcoming Kenya presidential re-election vote.
Recent Gartner research suggests there is a “growing demand in emerging markets for mid-priced 4G smartphones, with more storage, better processors and more advanced cameras”.
The Vodafone Group announced on Tuesday 5 September 2017 that the company’s subsidiary, Vodafone International, plans to sell 90 million shares, or a 5.2 percent stake, in South Africa's Vodacom Group at R165 ($13) per ordinary share.
The $1 million Safaricom Spark Venture Fund has announced its sixth and final investment in agri-tech startup iProcure.
It is now possible to own an Internet address, or domain name, ending with .africa. Already, more than 8000 of the continent’s and world’s biggest brands, businesses and individuals have registered for this exciting new Internet address
Corporate WorkForce Solutions Inc. has released its newly developed application to help the millions of African Diaspora in the western world.
Betloy ihas launched its football prediction website for lovers of football. Many fans utilize content like this for entertainment purposes while many others take it a step further by translating their passion into profits.
TP-Link Technologies, a global provider of SOHO, SMB networking products and wireless LAN solutions, has announced a plan that will see it help channel partners to raise awareness of its SMB products and solutions.
RippleNami, Inc., provider of the only blockchain map-based data visualization platform, announces a partnership with Data Edge Revenue, a Freetown, Sierra Leone-based systems integration company focused on advancing digitization in West Africa.
Social betting technology developer Oddslife has entered the African market by taking its B2B social betting platform into Kenya with one of the continent's largest sports betting affiliates.
Pan African telecom enabler, SEACOM has strengthened its Kenyan leadership team by appointing seasoned telecoms executive, Tonny Tugee, to head its newly launched SEACOM Business in Kenya
Vodacom Business has announced the opening of its first office in the north west South African province of Bokone Bophirima.
Over 200 Indian entrepreneurs have expressed interest investing in Rwanda’s various business projects including food processing, renewable energy and ICT.
Global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions VIAVI Solutions and Westcon-Comstor have announced the extension of their partnership to Africa, Middle East and Europe.
Safaricom intends to conduct another upgrade on its MPESA platform on Saturday 9th September 2017.
[South Africa] Vodacom and Eastern Cape Department of Education digitize education with launch of virtual teacher program
Vodacom and the Eastern Cape Department of Education have taken the digitalisation of education in the province a step further through the launch of the ‘Virtual Teacher’ platform in East London.
Increased vessel automation, integration and digitization are the inevitable future of shipping, adding cyber-attacks to the usual concerns of ship-owners and insurers.
Tourists in South Africa will have more opportunities to pay via smartphone as Alipay, online and mobile payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group, partners with Zapper.
[Column] Mariam Abdullahi: The top 4 digital transformation priorities for African telecoms operators
After nearly two decades of uninhibited growth and profitability, African telecoms operators (telcos) are facing the converging forces of digital disruption.
With the backing of Kenya’s telecoms giant Safaricom, taxi hailing app Little is set to commence operations in Nigeria’s tech capital city of Lagos come October.
Safran Electronics & Defense announces the selection of its WEFA solution (Wireless Extension For ACMS - Aircraft Condition Monitoring System) dedicated to the capture and the transfer of flight data, on the A320ceos of its long standing client, Air Cote d’Ivoire.
Vodacom Insurance is introducing free ‘Siyakha Funeral Cover’. The funeral cover is the first product to launch under the new ‘Siyakha Price Plan.
Cajutel Sarl, a Swiss-owned telecom company is building infrastructure to help all individuals in West Africa gain access to high-speed internet at affordable prices.
As part of its strategy to enhance shareholder value, Safaricom has appointed Mohamed Shameel Aziz Joosub and Linda Watiri Muriuki to its board as Non-Executive Directors, effective immediately.
Lenovo has announced the launch of two of its latest offerings; the Yoga 720 and Miix 720 in South Africa. The laptops come with features that, according to the company, give users more versatility, speed, and convenience.
Africa's largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, has renewed its passenger reservations system with global travel technology provider, Sabre Corporation.
Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global has partnered with Microsoft through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme and is now delivering scalable and secure cloud services across Africa.
Angele Messa runs Kamerbigbang.com an online business in Cameroon that works with the youth by equipping them with practical skills necessary to gain quality education which then facilitates their inclusion into the job market or transforms them into job creators.
Open Society Foundation launches South Africa Media Innovation Program to fund independent digital media
South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) to provide dedicated funding and capacity building support to independent media in the country, focused on digital innovation.
Parity, a Sage Platinum Reseller, implemented Sage X3 Fast Start for Lutramart Oils – an independent oil and lubricants company in a period of 21 days.
West Africa’s provider of connectivity and data center solutions, MainOne has reiterated the importance of Internet traffic domiciliation as a key requirement for growing the internet ecosystem in Africa.
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has signed a contract to provide comprehensive process automation systems, solutions and services to Dangote Oil Refinery.
Transnet National Ports Authority’s new, fully integrated ecommerce platform has gone live
Huawei is working with Kenya's Safaricom to deploy a fiber to the home (FTTH) network. Safaricom adopts Huawei's end-to-end (E2E) FTTH solution to rapidly deploy the FTTH network and expand its capability to new home broadband services.
Metrofile Holdings has announced that Competition Commission approval has been granted for its 100% acquisition of Tidy Files, a leading provider of end-to-end document management and storage solutions in Southern Africa.
Kalon Venture Partners, formerly Grotech, and Smollan Group SA both acquired a minority stake in South Africa’s fastest growing shopping community, SnapnSave.
Vizocom, a leading IT and Communication solution provider, signed a new multi-year contract with the US Army to provide satellite communications services to support the US Army in Africa.
South Africa's top online portal Snupit has launched its mobile app. Used by over 2 million people every month, Snupit connects users to 350,000 local pros and businesses
Paul Langlois-Meurinne is the co-founder and CEO of Optimetriks, a company that has developed an innovative data collection crowdsourcing platform to help Fast Moving Consumer Good companies and institutions monitor their distribution in Africa at outlet levels.
Databases of some 230 young Indian technologies engaged in more than 26 value chains are ready for acquisition by Rwandan entrepreneurs and business startups, officials have revealed.
TerraPay and Instant Cash have partnered to enable real-time cross border money transfers to mobile wallets, making possible cross-border money transfer to all major mobile wallets in Tanzania, Uganda and all mobile numbers in Nigeria.
United Bank for Africa Zambia (UBA) has launched the first Mastercard debit card in Zambia to financially empower its citizens.
eBay Inc.,a global commerce leader, and Mall for Africa, Africa’s global e-commerce and m-commerce platform, have announced a strategic partnership that further boosts the sale of handmade African products into the United States.
Pan-African telecom enabler, SEACOM, has acquired Cape Town-based Internet service provider and managed services provider, MacroLan.
Talentdesk24-7 has officially gone live in South Africa. The new platform provides easy access to a constant stream of projects for experienced freelancers and consultants, while simultaneously filling the skills gap for clients.
With aspirations of becoming an African economic powerhouse, Ghana is partnering with organisations such as Mastercard to smartly integrate technology into all aspects of the economy – building for the future, a cashless Ghana.
Safaricom backed taxi-hailing platform Little has unveiled an electronic wallet to encourage riders using their taxis to pay for trips online.
The Upper House of Somalia's parliament has passed the National Communications Act, which was earlier passed by the National Assembly on August 9, 2017.
Kyle Moss serves as a government affairs program manager and head of global entrepreneurship for Qualcomm Wireless Reach. Based in San Diego, Moss designs, implements, and manages social impact programs throughout Africa, Asia, and the US.
MainOne has launched a new colocation service, in addition to its connectivity solutions, to address the needs of businesses in Ghana seeking reduced IT infrastructure costs and improved efficiency via a shared services platform.
[South Africa] Prodigy Finance set to grow Cape Town presence after R3.19 billion fintech funding round
Prodigy Finance, an international fintech platform that has developed the world’s first borderless credit model, today announces a R3.19 billion fundraise.
Youtap, a global provider of contactless mobile payments and financial services software, has launched a QR code solution and smartphone apps for mobile money services in Africa and Asia.
Tuluntulu partners with Rhodes Business School and Nedbank to launch economic empowerment TV channel
Tuluntulu, an African mobile content platform, has teamed up with Rhodes Business School and Nedbank to launch a new 24/7 economic empowerment TV channel on the Tuluntulu app.
Bill Gates has announced a $15 million investment to help digitize Tanzania's health information systems and improve health data in the country.
Barclays Africa Group to collaborate with nine fintech companies to test potential for scaling tech based solutions
Barclays Africa Group, one of Africa’s largest financial services group with close to 12 million customers, will collaborate with nine financial technology companies to rapidly explore promising new technology-based solutions.
Direct Pay Online Group (DPO) has announced the acquisition of Virtual Card Services (VCS) South Africa.
MTN Ghana has made payments of over GH₵ 25 million in interest to about 7.8 million Mobile Money customers for the first half of 2017.
Vodacom Business has launched Virtual CIO, a service that provides a suite of IT support to SMMEs. The service offers monitoring, telephonic and onsite IT support to businesses which do not require full-time resources.
The 12 banks involved in the $1.2 billion 9Mobile loan are setting aside a large part of the debt from their books ahead of the December 31 end-date for the fiscal year.
A growing number of smallholder farmers in Kenya and Uganda continue to boost household incomes, improve nutrition and ease pressure on forests, thanks to interactive radio programmes.
Telkom Kenya has added two independent members to its board in the latest restructuring move
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In just two years, Angonix, an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) based in Luanda Angola, has grown exponentially to become the third largest African IXP.
Kaspersky Lab experts have discovered a backdoor planted in a server management software product used by hundreds of large businesses around the world.
South African mobile commerce company Blue Labe Telecoms now owns 45 per cent stake in mobile operator Cell C following a successful implementation of Cell’s C recapitalization.
SAP Africa has announced the appointment of Goutam Dev as its new Head of Education for Africa. The newly appointed executive has been with the enterprise services company since 2005.