Africa Tech

[South Africa] Helios Towers partners with Vulatel to expand mobile and fixed-line infrastructure

01-16-2019 | 10:41:08
Helios Towers Ltd, the independent telecoms tower infrastructure company has today announced that it has entered into an agreement with South Africa’s Vulatel (Pty) to create a South African infrastructure platform.

Konnect Africa launches broadband internet in Côte d'Ivoire

01-16-2019 | 08:39:45
Konnect Africa, an initiative of the satellite operator Eutelsat dedicated to satellite broadband on the African continent, has launched Internet access offers in Côte d'Ivoire.

Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, WorldRemit launch first international mobile money transfer service in the country

01-16-2019 | 06:38:43
Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE), has partnered with global digital money transfer service, WorldRemit, to launch its first ever international mobile money transfer service to Ethiopia.

[Ghana] Rendeavour rolls out American Tower communications infrastructure at Appolonia City

01-16-2019 | 06:28:11
Appolonia City has partnered with ATC Ghana, a subsidiary of American Tower Corporation, to deploy cell towers within Appolonia City's 2,325-acre development in Greater Accra.

[Kenya] Lendable closes second round of asset-backed pass-through notes with institutional investors to expand access to credit across sub-Saharan Africa

01-16-2019 | 05:39:00
Lendable, Inc. has announced the closing of an innovative secured dual tranche 36-month note program, called Multi-Originator Segregated Portfolio 2, or “MOP2”.

MEST Africa opens applications for its second annual MEST Africa Challenge

01-16-2019 | 05:32:13
MEST Africa has opened applications for its second annual MEST Africa Challenge, a Pan-African pitch competition for scale-ups based in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa or Cote d’Ivoire.

Alibaba trains Rwandan Government officials on enabling a digital economy

01-16-2019 | 05:25:00
Alibaba has this week trained delegates from the government of Rwanda on enabling a digital economy in a four-day workshop dubbed the New Economy Workshop.

[Kenya] Mobile lender, Branch, raises Ksh 500M for local expansion

01-16-2019 | 05:17:37
Digital lender Branch International has today announced its largest commercial paper issuance to date, raising Ksh500 million, following a Ksh350 million issuance in 2018 and a Ksh200 million issuance in 2017.

Fraudsters sell South African Social Security Agency cards in latest scam

01-15-2019 | 09:36:00
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has warned the public to be aware of fraudsters selling SASSA cards on social media.

[South Africa] Vodacom Video Play secures rights to live stream 2018-19 FA Cup

01-15-2019 | 08:31:15
Vodacom, through its entertainment-streaming platform Video Play, has secured the rights to live-stream the 2018-19 FA Cup, the oldest national football competition in the world.

[Uganda] Gemalto awarded contract to fast track border crossing e-Kiosks at Entebbe Airport

01-15-2019 | 08:24:00
Gemalto in cooperation with local partner SCINTL, has been awarded the contract for the supply of a Border Management System including airport self-service eKiosks at Entebbe Airport.

Versa Networks and BringCom roll out improved network connectivity solutions in East and West Africa

01-15-2019 | 08:19:39
Versa Networks and BringCom Incorporated have rolled out a joint solution to deliver Versa's best-in-class SD-WAN capabilities to East and West Africa.

[Kenya] Uber launches UberASSIST targeting disabled and elderly customers

01-14-2019 | 09:00:00
Taxi hailing company Uber has launched UberASSIST in Nairobi.

Liquid Telecom appoints Mohamed Abdel Bassit as Regional CEO for West Africa and Middle East

01-11-2019 | 11:11:10
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has appointed Mohamed Abdel Bassit as its new Regional CEO for Middle East and West Africa

[South Africa] Public cloud services will enable organisations to accelerate digital transformation

01-10-2019 | 13:19:07
The increased utilisation of public cloud services will enable organisations in South Africa to focus on innovation and accelerate the pace of digital business transformation.
 
Features

[Column] Karl Reed: The customer’s journey to the cloud

01-16-2019 | 07:20:30
Migrating to the cloud is no longer the complex process it once was. Thanks to the evolution of technology, moving from an on-premises environment can be done much more efficiently than before.

[Column] Hark-sang Kim: What will the next phase of smartphone innovation bring?

01-16-2019 | 05:55:01
In light of modest global sales recently, some observers say that smartphone innovation has hit a bottleneck, as new devices bear more iterative upgrades instead of groundbreaking features.

[Africa Tech Week] African tech startups continue to raise more funding

01-13-2019 | 11:18:07
2018 was a good year for the African startup and tech community. A number of startups raised funding to scale and expand their operations across the continent.

[Column] Felix Antonysamy, South Africa adopts to blockchain technology

01-09-2019 | 05:13:00
South Africa's financial services industry has made a promising incursion into the adoption of blockchain technology as all major commercial banks recognize the disruptive potential of technology.

[Column] Mark Bannerman, Driving accelerated growth in automotive business

01-03-2019 | 08:44:04
According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), to achieve success, the automotive industry must deliver internationally competitive products.

[Africa Tech Week] Mobile money is driving financial inclusion in Africa

12-22-2018 | 08:44:25
Mobile money – pioneered since 2007 by Kenya’s Safaricom with its M-Pesa platform – can include more people into the economy in Africa and be the base of more sophisticated forms of e-commerce.

Xalam Analytics: Can Data Localization Laws Boost African Cloud and Colocation Markets?

12-18-2018 | 13:10:00
On the surface, requiring companies to host data locally would seem an attractive option to foster local industry and data sovereignty. The question is whether it ultimately does more harm than good

[Africa Tech Week] More collaborative efforts required to fight mobile money fraud in Africa

12-14-2018 | 07:38:40
Questions have also been abound on the security of mobile money transactions platforms, and also on the capacity of African security agencies to tame the fraud. Progress is, however, being made.

[Column] Chetan Goshalia, Kickstarting the future: The South African entrepreneur

12-12-2018 | 12:54:00
South Africa has, according to the report ‘Small Businesses in India, Brazil and South Africa: Basic Characteristics’, far less red tape than Brazil and yet that country manages to produce SMEs at double the rate.

[Interview] Tony Idugboe, Vice President, Itanna, Nigeria

12-11-2018 | 10:15:00
Tony Idugboe is Vice President, Head of Investments at Itanna, an investment vehicle that drives and supports Nigeria's most promising tech-enabled startups.

[Africa Tech Week] Digital payments driving financial inclusion in Africa

12-06-2018 | 12:40:26
Over the last few years, Africa has shown so much potential for mobile money services adoption or what we can call digital payments services especially in regions where financial inclusion is limited.

[Column] Corine Mbiaketcha Nana: Automation vacation – technology driving change in the Kenyan travel industry

12-06-2018 | 08:16:15
It is often said we live for the holidays, and perhaps proof of that is the fact that today, the tourist industry is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world.

[Column] Frédéric Massé: Tech, transparency hold key to transforming Africa’s agribusiness

12-03-2018 | 13:41:35
According to experts, the African population is expected to double by 2050, which means that food demand on the continent is expected to at least double by then.

[Africa Tech Week] African governments and organisations improving service delivery through digitization of services

11-29-2018 | 16:50:30
Digitization of services has enabled secure identification and access control. It has facilitated more efficient payments collection in major African cities, hospitals and even schools by streamlining processes.

[Column] Phathizwe Malinga, Internet of Things Artificial Intelligence: The future

11-29-2018 | 10:48:52
A simple gesture. A world built from accessible assets that drive human convenience and interaction. This is the future that’s powered by the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI).