The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has granted operating licenses to an additional 12 Digital Credit Providers (DCPs), bringing the total to 22.
Kenya's Shadrack Kiprotich is the 2022 recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for actively sharing high-quality expertise with other technology professionals.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has launched a national domestic payments card program called AfriGo, meant to help the country gain a competitive edge in a market dominated by Visa and Mastercard.
Chris Okoro is an entrepreneur and business strategist skilled in the Financial Services and Engineering sector. He's currently the Managing Director and CEO of Eunisell Interlinked Plc., Nigeria.
C-Suite executives still don’t take cybersecurity seriously enough while boards are not nearly as engaged in cybersecurity as they are in other areas of oversight, says Patrick Evans, CEO of SLVA CyberSecurity.
Khawaja takes over from John Ngumi who resigned from the position earlier in the month to focus on developing green energy generation projects across Africa.
Zuri Health has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Moroccan VC UM6P Ventures. The funds will be used to support Zuri’s growth and expansion across Africa.
About 16 million pay TV subscribers will be added in Africa between 2022 and 2028 to take the total to 57 million. This is according to the latest report by Research and markets.
With stable internet connectivity spread out throughout the continent, and greater bandwidth being consumed, we can finally drive down the cost of connectivity.
With an estimated global market value of $478.36 billion this year, which is set to grow exponentially, IoT technology has the potential to become the next-generation business solution and enabler of new digital functions and services.
A new report by Surfshark in partnership with internet watchdog NetBlocks has revealed that nearly a third of a billion Africans were affected by internet shutdowns in 2022.
BOAD et EDC pour un financement de mise en place la plateforme unifiée et ouverte de Vidéo-Protection Urbaine
La BOAD et EDC sont fières d’annoncer le succès de leur mandat de co-arrangement d’un financement de 70,1 milliards FCFA en faveur de l’Etat de Côte d’Ivoire dans le cadre de la mise en place de la plateforme unifiée et ouverte de Vidéo-Protection Urbaine (VPU) en Côte d’Ivoire.
Epson has unveiled the production of sustainable textile creations, made possible through the utilization of its digital textile printing technology.
The technology world was on fire about the latest artificial intelligence demonstration by OpenAI in the waning months of 2022, ChatGPT.
The new card was announced will allow ZoodPay to scale its offerings and provide BNPL solutions to customers and merchants without being restricted to the ZoodPay network.
Euromonitor’s annual report aims to help organizations stay ahead of disruption, predict consumer shopping motivations and fulfil unmet consumer needs.
South Africa’s Advertising Regulatory Board (ARB) has introduced a new clause to the country’s Code of Advertising Practice detailing how crypto products should be dealt with.
Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) has initiated talks with financiers who will provide access to affordable and long-term credit to its investors.
Digital insurance platform mTek has partnered with Kyosk.app and Fin Africa to provide insurance covers to over 100,000 small-scale corner shops commonly known as dukas.
Telecommunications company Mitel, and distributor Mart Networks, have re-affirmed their commitment to leverage on technology to improve the telecommunications sector in West Africa.
FIFA has launched FIFA Digital Skills, an educational programme designed to develop the expertise of professionals in the global football community on all things digital, through a dedicated e-learning platform and a series of live masterclasses.
The importance of digital products is not in dispute. In today's economy, selling digital products can be a successful strategy for shop owners to bring in new customers and expand their businesses
Kaspersky researchers recently uncovered a new spam campaign spreading through direct messages on Twitter and stealing the cryptocurrency of affected users.
After expanding its commodities exchange business in Kenya in June last year, Nigeria’s AFEX is now expanding to Uganda. Similar to Kenya and Nigeria, farmers in the country will benefit from AFEX’s tech-enabled services for agricultural producers.
Africa50 investit dans Scanning Systems pour construire des postes de contrôle juxtaposés afin de stimuler le commerce régional et la ZLECA.
BCX, one of Africa’s largest systems integrators and digital transformation partners, has acquired 100% of the shares in DotCom Software Projects (“DotCom”).
SweepSouth, a South African cleaning startup that recorded quick growth through several funding rounds has informed its customers that it’s closing down its Nigeria and Kenya offices.
At least 95% of cloud security failures in the next three years will be the customer’s fault, according to Gartner. Unsurprisingly, the biggest threat to security is people.
Dimension Data has launched 360 Observability, a new managed service that it says is designed to allow organizations to achieve deep visibility over their cloud-native applications, hybrid IT and multi-cloud infrastructure.
The selected startups will receive an intensive three-month coaching and support program to accelerate their growth and benefits worth $750,000 USD.
ADC’s expansion at the new site will be completed in the first half of 2024 and will bring five times more capacity than is currently installed.
Included in the report is an in-depth look at the challenges facing nations, especially smaller and developing nations, to gaining equal access to digital economies.
Microsoft is the latest corporation to announce massive job cuts, a move that will cost the company $1.2 billion in severance costs.
Cybercrime group Bluebottle has been targeting companies in the financial sector in French-speaking African countries with a combination of spear phishing attacks and malware centred around job opportunities, Kaspersky warned.
Researchers at Kaspersky’s Security Services shared their predictions for this year’s trending cyberthreats that large businesses and government structures should prepare for.
[South Africa] Red Hat Announces Intent to Reach Net-Zero Operational Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2030
Red Hat, a leading provider of open source solutions, today announced its ambition to achieve net-zero operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 to address the global climate crisis.
Epson’s Regional Head for East and West Africa, Mukesh Bector explores the trends that will shape the workplace of 2030 and how businesses can prepare for the future
African Stream, a newly created social-media platform with its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya brands itself as a tool that seeks to challenge negative stereotypes and give a voice to Africans through cutting-edge, African-centered content.
Starlink, the satellite internet company owned by billionaire Elon Musk has indicated that it will be launching in Kenya by the second quarter of the year.
Vehicle trading in the Middle East and North Africa region is set to be transformed following an agreement between Online marketplace KIFAL Auto and BMCI.
Nokia is collaborating with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to help improve digital education and training in schools in select parts of Senegal.
JDE selects Orange Business Services for future-proof and scalable connectivity infrastructure to support global business expansion.
Eutelsat bridges digital divide in Africa by providing ubiquitous and affordable connectivity services
Half a year into the pledge, Eutelsat is proud to share that the 200,000-user mark for its Konnect Wi-Fi hotspots has already been reached, a significant milestone acknowledged by the 2022 Partner2Connect Annual Report.
The startup which digitizes credit unions (SACCOS) has also acquired IRNET, a software company which is a subsidiary of the Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (KUSCCO LTD) for an undisclosed amount.
Huawei has earned top recognition from CDP, a global non-profit that runs the world’s first environmental disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions, for the firm’s actions on climate change and transparency of disclosures.
Glovo's data on key trends shaping 2022 in the Kenyan market shows a 160% increase in local food orders compared to 2021.
Following a year of disruption caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, supply chain disruptions and record-breaking inflation, we look to the year ahead and what 2023 might have in store for manufacturers and distributors.
Airtel Africa announced that its Nigerian subsidiary, Airtel Networks (Airtel Nigeria), has purchased additional spectrum for network expansion in Africa.
Femsin Technoloigies Solutions Limited is an IT solution company based in Lagos. Temitope O. Oguntosin, the company's CTO, in an interview with Africa Business Communities talks on the state of the company as well as its future growth strategies.
Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa were the main contributors to this rise in finance app installs, with the former largely bolstering this by a massive 200%.
Bolt has appointed Takura Malaba as the new Regional Manager for East and Southern Africa, effective 1st January 2023. Takura takes over from Kenneth Micah.
Sub-Saharan Africa recorded losses worth $261 million from 9532 hours of internet shutdowns that affected 132.2 million people.
Sama, Facebook's largest content moderator has discontinued its services for the social media company. Following this shift, Sama will release about 3% of its workforce, most of them from its moderation hub in Nairobi.
enza will focus on providing native digital payments capabilities to service institutions that want to enable their customers to accept or make electronic payments.
Ride-hailing company Bolt has partnered with Nigerian fintech firm CredPal to introduce ride-now pay-later services to its customers.
Cybersecurity firm Trellix has announced the appointment of Harold Rivas as its new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).
Kenyan fintech firm Kwara has acquired IRNET, a software company which is a subsidiary of the Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (KUSCCO LTD) for an undisclosed amount.
When it comes to cloud, specifically, the euphoria around hyperscale cloud (from providers like Amazon, Azure, and more) has also waned, adds Benjamin Coetzer, Director at Routed.
What are the key fintech trends and factors, which will affect online business in the nearest future, and what a great role Kenya is going to play in this process?
Cybercriminals eye passwords and cloud vulnerabilities with a sharp rise in attacks expected in 2023
Continued innovation and adoption of smart technologies, IOT devices, car connectivity and infotainment, will also present new attack vectors for cybercriminals in 2023
Pre-seed venture capital (VC) fund and accelerator Catalyst Fund has announced a $2 million investment in 10 startups developing solutions to improve the resilience of communities most vulnerable to climate change in Africa.
A report released by The Big Deal, a research firm tracking startups across the continent has revealed that African startups active on the continent and led by women raised $203.2 million in 2022.
The new agreements expand existing engagements with the institutions, which already use McGraw Hill's Inspire Science, Reveal Math, and Wonders reading programs with their students.
The government of Rwanda plans to make nearly 2 million instant Zipline deliveries and fly more than 200 million autonomous kilometers by 2029.
In a recent interview with Tech Journalist Nixon Kanali, Rami Osman, the company’s Director, Corporate Sales and Marketing MEA said the company will continue local testing to make 5G a reality.
Google has announced it will introduce a 16% Value Added Tax (VAT) on some of its goods and services sold in Kenya from February 1, 2023.
In 2022, Kaspersky’s detection systems discovered on average 400,000 malicious files distributed every day, indicating a 5% growth compared to 2021.
Kaspersky experts have identified new functionalities within the Janicab malware, which is being used by a mercenary APT group DeathStalker to infiltrate specific organisations within a number of industries.
Customers on the taxi-hailing platform Bolt prefer shorter trips that are less than 10km with more than 5 million rides taken over short distances. This is according to the firm’s 2022 end-of-year data insights released last week.
Carlo Bolzonello, country lead for Trellix South Africa, discusses the new era of cyber threats and the evolving response needed to keep abreast of it.
Samsung Electronics and Galaxy Community generate over $10 million to help the world achieve the global goals
The funds were generated through the Samsung Global Goals app and will help UNDP promote resilience and accelerate progress around the world.
MTN Benin and Ericsson deploy Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Network Solution in Africa
MTN Benin and Ericsson have partnered to deploy an Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) solution in Africa to address throughput challenges.
Nokia and Etisalat UAE, branded as etisalat by e& demonstrated the fastest passive optical network (PON) speed in the Middle East and Africa region.
Sophos has announced that Gerard Allison has joined the firm as Senior Vice President of Sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Surfshark Antivirus reported a rise of 572% in cyber threats in Kenya in mid-December. Kenya had a threat rate of 16 threats per 100 scan cycles with the most common threats being riskware and SPR.
KoinKoin, the African-focused digital assets exchange, has launched a new app for retail traders to buy and sell digital currencies ultimately using local payment methods.
Burning Heroes African Startup Awards is open to Pre-Seed Startups with market validation and product prototype. Campus-based and Seed Startups can also apply.
Safaricom Ethiopia has switched on its network and services in five more cities. The cities include Hawassa, Assela, Jigjiga, Sodo and Dilla, growing its network footprint across the country to 21 cities.
As Africa’s urban population increases, cities will have to develop new ways in which to create jobs while at the same time dealing with the environmental, social and political challenges that urbanization brings with it.
Telecommunication company Qualcomm announced it is set to launch Make in Africa Startup mentorship program to identify promising early-stage startups keen on applying advanced connectivity.
In partnership with the Ghanaian Ministry of Education and Israeli government, Intelitek and its parent company, Robogroup T.E.K. Ltd., have opened the first of 20 planned STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering and Mathematics) centers in Ghana.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Nairobi-based internet service provider Poa Internet Kenya Ltd, for a feasibility study to help expand affordable internet connectivity to one million households in low-income urban areas outside of Kenya.
USTDA and DBSA signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) renewing a partnership that began in 2013 to advance socioeconomic development, inclusive economic growth, and innovative solutions to infrastructure needs across Africa.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), launched the Coalition for Digital Africa, an initiative aimed at expanding internet access in Africa.
African governments must release spectrum to increase 5G adoption, Qualcomm's Elizabeth Migwalla says
Elizabeth Migwalla, Vice President of Government Affairs at Qualcomm Inc in a recent interview with Tech Journalist Nixon Kanali noted that this planning and policy is very key when it comes to 5G deployment success in Africa.
The total amount of data created and consumed globally is projected to grow to more than 180 zettabytes by 2025, almost three times the 64 zettabytes of 2020.
[Kenya] Tech for Climate Action Hackathon encourages youth to develop tech-based solutions to climate change
Jacob’s Ladder Africa and Moringa School announced the winners of the Technology for Climate Hackathon which challenged young people to develop innovative tech-based solutions to address the impact of climate change in the country.
[South Africa] Hello Pay offers armed response option in powerhouse of solutions for SMEs and informal entrepreneurs
Local fintech Hello Pay has included armed response option in its turn-key suite of business solutions, providing peace of mind to spaza shops, kasi traders, informal entrepreneurs, and SMEs across South Africa.
Kenya’s digital literacy gap is set to narrow further as the first ever mobile computer lab scales up its activity across the country with half of its beneficiaries expected to be girls and women.
Au nom du Ministère Fédéral de la Coopération Economique et du Développement (BMZ), la KfW a signé une convention de financement avec la BOAD d'un montant de 16,2 millions d'euros pour le Fonds de transformation numérique en Afrique de l'Ouest (phase 1).
On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), KfW signed a financing agreement with the West African Development Bank BOAD (Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement) for EUR 16.2 million for the Digital Transformation Fund in West Africa (Phase 1).
The chipset is the world’s first TSMC chip built on the 4nm process and uses Arm’s new v9 architecture promising users faster performance and better power efficiency.
EG Capital announces successful anchor closing of its maiden fund to invest in startups across East Africa and Zambia
EG Capital has announced the anchor closing of its first EG-Economic Empowerment Fund LP, which will invest in medium-sized businesses in the Food, Health, Education and Climate Resilience sectors in East Africa and Zambia.
The opportunities for banking in Africa are immense. The region is a ‘sleeping giant’ when it comes to accessing traditional bank accounts, digital banking, and affordable financial services.
Microsoft and Viasat have announced a new partnership to help deliver internet access to 10 million people around the globe, including 5 million across Africa.
BCX, one of the largest systems integrators in Africa and a division of Telkom, ushered in a new 5G-enabled era for the Nungu Mine, in collaboration with its industry-leading partners.
Kwely, a Senegalese-based startup has launched a B2B e-marketplace to provide African producers and manufacturers with a global window to sell their products at scale.
Known as DoshFX, the new trading platform will serve the African region with over 700 investable assets, including select cryptocurrencies in a simpler, safer, transparent manner.
Access Bank a full-service commercial Nigerian bank has modernized its IT infrastructure, helping to propel the bank’s rating from 65th in the country to number one.