Lleida.net and the international organization Smart Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in the digitization of all types of public processes through the use of the SaaS services belonging to the Spanish company.
[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Fintech startup Wapi Pay founders Eddie and Paul Ndichu step down from their roles
This has been a very interesting week in tech in Africa. We covered a number of great announcements from a number of tech companies in the region, especially startups.
Africell Group's Chairman and CEO opens Africell's new data center in Luanda with the help of Angola's National Director for Telecommunications and Information Technologies and US Ambassador to Angola.
Liquid Intelligent Technologies was awarded the Best African Wholesale Carrier for the 10th consecutive year at The Global Carrier Awards ceremony in London last night.
Brass, a Nigerian digital bank delivering easy access to affordable premium banking services for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), has today secured $1.7mn in funding.
By combining the forces of AI, private and public security, crime can be fought in a collective, coordinated, and proactive way. Safety should be a basic human right, not a privilege. And now, it can be.
Equity Bank has revamped its online banking offering, previously known as Eazzy Net, in line with the bank’s One Equity strategy to provide a seamless customer experience across all banking channels.
Kaspersky experts noticed increased activity from fraudsters stealing passwords by using special malware called Trojan-PSW
Mondia Digital has integrated all of its technology, content and services into the easy-to-use VodaPay Super App environment. It is also responsible for connecting third-party content providers into this ecosystem.
[Angola] South Atlantic Cable System Steps up to Support Major Telco Operators and Global Content Providers
The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has seen a considerable increase in traffic as major telco players look for direct access to markets in the US and South America.
Eddie Ndichu has been the CEO of the Singapore and Kenyan-based Fintech startup, while his twin brother Paul Ndichu was the Executive Director. Elizabeth Kariuki who is the Chief Operating Officer will now take over as interim CEO.
Vodafone has partnered with Thales to connect customers with an Eco-SIM card, a product whose card body is made out of 100% recycled plastic from refrigerator interiors.
Majdi noted that organizations that have migrated to cloud benefit from lower costs, economic efficiency and faster deployment. While these benefits are tempting, it can be daunting to decide which cloud model is right for you.
n what felt like the blink of an eye, the work landscape was transformed as the pandemic spread across the world in 2020.
The Pan-African, cross-sector, climate-first accelerator is seeking fifteen startups from across Africa to apply for funding, expertise, and mentorship via the first pan-African accelerator focused on scaling the most promising climate-focused innovations.
NetSuite customers will be able to automate accounts payable, accounts receivable and reconciliation processes, making it fast and simple to pay bills, send invoices, get paid and gain full cash flow visibility, all from within a unified system.
alsoug, the digital classifieds and marketplace in Sudan, has announced the close of a $5 million fundraise to establish a national payments network enabling quick, easy and safe transactions for all Sudanese.
Vertiv released the results of an in-depth research project to identify edge infrastructure models to help organizations move toward a more standardized approach to edge computing deployments.
Pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies announced the launch of its shortest terrestrial fibre route between the East to the West coasts of Africa, connecting Mombasa, Kenya to Muanda, DRC.
The NHIF mini-app will provide all NHIF services through the Super App, empowering customers to access services wherever they may be without visiting NHIF offices or downloading a separate app.
Data centres are a growing investment opportunity in Africa. These increased investments is a clear indication that cloud adoption in the region has reached new heights
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) has announced that the National Company for Telecommunications Services (NCTS) has selected the Hughes JUPITER™ System to deliver the ground segment requirements for operation of the Ka-band TIBA-1 satellite
[Nigeria] E-commerce fulfillment startup Sendbox raises $1.8 million to digitize deliveries for Africa’s SMEs
Sendbox has announced the completion of a $1.8 million seed round from investors including 4DX Ventures, Enza Capital, FJLabs and Golden Palm Investments.
Google recently announced that it will be investing up to $50 million in African early- and growth-stage startups via its Africa Investment Fund. Here are the 9 Kenyan startups selected to receive equity-free funding.
Autochek, the automotive technology company that aims to facilitate auto finance across Africa, has officially widened its operations to Kenya
The latest edition of Kaspersky’s annual IT Security Economics report reveals the growing severity of cybersecurity incidents affecting businesses through suppliers that they share data with.
Every business needs comprehensive protection including a cloud-based email security solution that reduces the complexity of protecting companies from malware, spam and data leakage.
Orange et la Coopération Allemande inaugurent « Orange Digital Center » un écosystème entièrement dédié au développement de compétences numériques et à l’innovation.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has recognised South African NEC XON’s alternative energy Hybrid Storage Solution (HSS) as an innovative technology for promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
According to the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) 2021 State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money, the number of registered mobile money accounts grew by 12.7% globally in 2021 to 1.21 billion accounts
Kaspersky has unveiled a free platform with tips and tricks for small businesses to help them quickly improve their organization’s security.
Orange Cameroon, German Development Cooperation inaugurate sixth digital center in Africa and the Middle East
Orange and the German Development Cooperation are inaugurating, an Orange Digital Center in Douala, an ecosystem entirely dedicated to the development of digital skills and innovation in Cameroon.
Global software giant Oracle this week announced that it has chosen Johannesburg as the site of its first African data centre.
According to Ryan Mer, Managing Director, eftsure Africa, a Know Your Payee™ (KYP) platform provider, fraudsters are constantly finding new ways to exploit vulnerabilities and attack corporate payment systems.
Global software giant Oracle has announced that it has chosen Johannesburg as the site of its first African data centre.
The NHIF mini-app will provide all NHIF services through the Super App, empowering customers to access services wherever they may be without visiting NHIF offices or downloading a separate app
Kenyan students have been challenged to apply and participate in this year’s global innovation program which is taking place in 44 countries worldwide.
Nigeria's Eden Life has announced that it has completed a $1.4m Seed round, led by UK-based LocalGlobe, along with participation from Samurai Incubate, Future Africa, Village Global, Rising Tide Africa and Enza Capital.
To meet the ever-growing demand and network resiliency requirements, Djibouti Telecom has started the construction of a New Cable Landing Station in Djibouti City.
Malware attacks that encrypt company data and systems and demand a ransom payment for release are surging globally.
African unicorns have made big news in recent months, with four startups having recently reached a $1 billion valuation or more this year alone, taking the total up to seven.
Cybereason and Google Cloud have announced a joint collaboration between the two companies to create and bring to market unprecedented Extended Detection and Response (XDR) across endpoints, networks, cloud and workspaces
Volante Technologies, the global player in cloud payments and financial messaging, has announced a partnership with MDSL, a specialist in the integration of turnkey banking solutions in the Middle East, to enhance and automate banking payments in Egypt.
Mobile transacting is fast becoming the golden egg of financial services – and nowhere more so than in Africa.
Orange et la Coopération Allemande inaugurent Orange Digital Center, un écosystème entièrement dédié au développement des compétences numériques et à l’innovation.
Orange and the German Development Cooperation are inaugurating an Orange Digital Center in Abidjan, an ecosystem entirely dedicated to the development of digital skills and innovation.
Nearly four months after the launch of its Tier III facility at Appolonia City, Accra, Ghana, MDXi, a MainOne company, has announced the expansion of its data center facilities in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria.
Pan-African fintech startup Carbon partners with Network International to boost digital payment offering
Under the agreement, Network International will issue and process physical Visa debit cards on behalf of Carbon, enhancing the bank’s offering to customers.
The appointment follows an executive search process following the announcement in January 2021 by then Group CEO Ken Njoroge of his intention to transition from his position. Akshay has been serving in an acting capacity since April 2021.
Cloud is transforming teaching and learning as we know it, while fast-tracking education improvement from primary school to university across Africa.
Liquid Intelligent Technologies through its innovation and partnerships arm Liquid Labs, has partnered with Africa Legal, an organization that connects legal professionals across the African continent to launch three online courses on legal technology.
Manufacturing and Production Companies Hit by Ransomware Least Likely To Pay The Ransom, Sophos Survey
Companies in the manufacturing and production sector are the least likely (at 19%) to submit to a ransom demand to have encrypted files restored and the most likely (at 68%) to be able to restore data from backups.
With the large-scale migration of business data and IT services to the cloud – particularly in light of the global pandemic driving a 35 percent increase in online traffic – there has been a notable rise in global data centre construction.
Last week, tech giant Google announced that it plans to invest up to $50 million in African early- and growth-stage startups via its Africa Investment Fund.
Safeguards governing the processing and storage of patient data are required and will be bolstered by the introduction of the Protection of Personal Information Act, No 4 of 2012 (PoPIA).
Africell, the fourth mobile operator in Angola, has selected Angola Cables to provide wholesale IP transit and connectivity solutions for its network.
[Column] Hyther Nizam: The future of IT - Democratising application development with low-code platforms
With COVID-19 accelerating the digital transformation of businesses, many organisations were forced to adopt a work-from-home strategy, and customers began to increasingly purchase goods and services online.
AfricaNenda, an emerging and independent Africa-led coalition of dedicated digital payments experts on Thursday launched a new digital financial inclusion advisory platform aimed to expand financial access in the continent
[Column] Dumisani Moyo: Winning hearts, minds and market share: Four key focus areas for African retailers
Technology has transformed every aspect of our personal and professional lives, and has left no sector of the economy untouched.
Les dirigeants d'aujourd'hui doivent fournir à leurs équipes les connaissances et les outils dont ils ont besoin pour être compétitifs dans l'économie numérique. Incentro Africa aide les organisations à faire exactement cela grâce à une série de solutions et de services en tant que seul partenaire de premier plan de Google en Afrique.
MTN Group announced the appointment of Benjamin Adekunle Awobodu as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Digital and Fintech.
[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Teraco completes first phase of its Cape Town hyperscale data centre campus
This week, the firm announced the completion of Phase 1 of CT2, its new hyperscale data centre in Brackenfell, Cape Town – the largest data centre in the Western Cape.
[Kenya] MSK partners with online learning platform Unicaf to provide scholarship opportunities to its members
Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) has signed a partnership agreement with Unicaf to increase its members’ and employees’ access to quality higher education.
Cybersecurity is a complex and exceptionally challenging environment given the modern need to connect many people in dispersed locations with distributed and highly integrated systems, data sources, and repositories.
Goodlife has partnered with Glovo Kenya to leverage its network and knowledge of e-commerce in Kenya. Following the deal, the retailer has listed its products on the app.
Standard Bank and Pick n Pay have today launched Standard Bank’s EasyScan – a new service that enables customers to pay for their shopping using the Standard Bank Mobile Banking app.
Femi Apesin is the Head of Growth and Marketing at OnePipe, a Nigerian startup that has raised almost US$1 million in a pre-seed round with a plan to make API integration seamless for banks and fintech companies.
Today’s leaders must provide their teams with the knowledge and tools they need to compete in the digital economy. Incentro Africa helps organisations do just that through a series of solutions and services as Africa's only Google premier partner.
Teraco Data Environments Proprietary Limited, Africa’s largest vendor-neutral data centre and interconnection services provider, has announced the completion of Phase 1 of CT2, its new hyperscale data centre in Brackenfell, Cape Town
One of the side-effects of the move away from the controlled environment of the office has been an increase in the threat landscape.
Ogunsanya joined Airtel Africa in 2012 and has retained his MD role throughout his nine-year tenure. He was also leading Airtel Nigeria, the company’s largest African market, from the get-go.
Sendy has partnered with Mobility 54 Investment SAS, Toyota Tsusho Corporation and CFAO’s corporate venture capital arm, to acquire a significant stake in West African logistics startup Kamtar
The Ooredoo Group has selected Ericsson as its next-generation digital transformation partner for Business Support Systems (BSS) solutions.
Facebook announced the winners of the 2021 Facebook Community Accelerator Program, highlighting the 13 Facebook community leaders Africa who will receive up to $50,000 USD in funds.
Avanti Communications, the leading provider of high throughput satellite capacity across EMEA, announced the launch of Avanti EXTEND, a new managed satellite service for rural connectivity.
Globacom selects Eutelsat’s Konnect Africa to bring satellite broadband to underserved regions of Nigeria
Eutelsat Communications and Globacom signed a multi-year, multi-Gbps wholesale capacity contract, enabling Globacom to extend its coverage beyond the reach of its terrestrial infrastructure, leveraging the EUTELSAT KONNECT satellite.
Cloud provides the digital infrastructure for smart cities: in other words, a city’s cloud will function as a storage and analysis system for the data used in everything.
The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has unveiled a three-month awareness campaign to protect children and their digital footprint, as it steps up the advocacy on responsible use of the internet.
MwareTV announces availability of an entirely customisable OTT service for ISPs and telco operators in Africa
MwareTV, a leading cloud-based multi-tenant platform, has revealed the availability to telco operators and internet service providers (ISPs) in Africa of a new, end-to-end TV solution.
Development Partners International (DPI), a premier investment firm focused on Africa on Monday announced that it has raised $900m in its third round of funding.
The African Union Commission together with its partners organized the ‘Innovating Education in Africa Virtual Expo 2021’ to showcase technical innovations in education.
As a result of Ericsson’s constant pursuit of new technology to improve the deployment of Radio Access Network (RAN) sites, the company has teamed up with PowerLight Technologies to achieve the first safe, fully wireless-powered 5G base station.
With technology evolving and people embracing the likes of mobile wallets, banking apps, and other solutions to manage transactions, businesses must rethink how best to bolster anti-fraud mechanisms.
US-based cyber security firm ThreatConnect has expanded to South Africa through a strategic partnership with BUI, Microsoft’s largest Security and Consulting Partner in the country.
Biometric digital authentication and automated onboarding technology solution, iiDENTIFii has been named as the New or Emerging Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Partner of the Year in the Microsoft South Africa Partner of the Year 2021 Awards.
OPPO Kenya has launched a mobile photography competition with an aim to support the continued revival of local tourism by encouraging more Kenyans to visit the national parks and game reserves.
Nigeria’s B2B payments platform Verto has announced that it has closed $10 million in Series A funding for expansion. The round was led by Quona Capital, an emerging fintech-focused venture capital firm
Amdocs, a leading software and services provider, and Telkom Foundation, the autonomous social investment arm of South Africa’s 39% state-owned telecommunications provider, Telkom have donated internet data, and tablets, to three local schools in South Africa.
Chinese tech giant Huawei has announced the top 20 shortlisted apps for the Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest (Apps UP) flagship event.
NetDragon signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Ghana, to secure a long-term relationship for investment in a broad range of solutions and services.
Global innovation platform Plug and Play is partnering with the Egyptian Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), to launch an Open Innovation Hub in Cairo.
The primary drivers for the market growth include increasing automation in the agriculture industry and the shortage of manual labor in the sector.
The World Bank approved a credit from the International Development Association (IDA) in the amount of $100 million to support Cameroon’s efforts in promoting digital inclusion and the use of digital solutions in the agriculture sector.
Information Technology Industry Development Agency partners with Plug and Play to launch Innovation Hub in Egypt
Plug and Play Egypt is scheduled to launch in November 2021 and will have an initial focus on Digital Transformation in Fintech, Insurtech, Energy, IoT, Mobility, Healthcare, and Sustainability amongst other industries.
SEACOM on Thursday announced that its Regional Managing Director for East North East Africa, Tonny Tugee, is leaving the company.
Known as the BOLT program, these grants aim to support teams of creatives, technologists, researchers, and social/cultural workers to develop solutions to Internet connectivity, particularly among communities where current technologies are unavailable or inaccessible.
Capria and its affiliated network of funds have invested USD 92.1 million as of December 2020, impacting 16.5 million lives across regions despite the pandemic-induced setback.
[Column] Hyther Nizam: Why the next big leap forward for CRM is transforming into a ‘system of experiences’
Customer relationship management (CRM) is a massive industry. In fact, it’s the biggest software market in the world that continues to see steady growth.
Andela, the global network for remote engineering talent, has announced $200 million in Series E financing. The financing round was led by Softbank Vision Fund 2
IBM partners with ACME SAICO and Egypt's Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade to automates wheat silos processes
IBM and business partner ACME SAICO, have announced the automation of 22 wheat silos across Egypt by the end of this year using IBM AI-powered automation software.