Last year was different for many obvious reasons. But one habit which hasn’t changed is our need and use of everything digital. The pandemic has accelerated our use of digital channels, both as individuals and as businesses.
Vodacom Mpumalanga Region has become the first network provider in that province to switch on first live 5G mobile network in Mbombela Municipality, with other municipal districts in the pipeline.
Zoom Drives Innovation of Video Communications with New Solutions to Empower the Hybrid Workforce
Oxford Foundry and FMDQ Private Markets, a subsidiary of FMDQ Holdings Nigeria, have launched a global partnership to accelerate the growth of Nigeria’s startup ecosystem.
Visa announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Currencycloud, a global platform that enables banks and fintechs to provide innovative foreign exchange solutions for cross-border payments.
Pan-African banking group, Ecobank Group, in partnership with Microsoft, LinkedIn, GitHub and Ecobank Academy is set to provide training to equip Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) across sub-Saharan Africa.
Barclaycard Payments signs up to Mastercard Track Business Payment Service to modernise business payments
Barclaycard Payments announced it has agreed to join Mastercard Track Business Payment Service, making new services available to Barclaycard Payments’ customers later this year.
[South Africa] Convergence Partners closes its third fund at at US$120 million to drive digital inclusion in Africa
Convergence Partners, a private equity investor focused on the technology sector across sub-Saharan Africa, has announced the successful first close of its third fund, the Convergence Partners Digital Infrastructure Fund (CPDIF) at US$120 million.
To help strengthen broadband infrastructure and improve online access to digital services for individuals and businesses in more than 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, IFC has invested in a new fund by Convergence Partners Africa.
[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: African fintechs are diversifying to offer a wide range of complementary services
Kenyan-based fintech startup Cellulant this week also received approval from Bank of Tanzania to Become a Payment Solution Service Provider.
The Bank of Tanzania (BOT) has issued an approval in principle to Cellulant Corporation to operate as a Payment Solution Service Provider in Tanzania having satisfied all the necessary requirements.
Adrian Kenya yesterday held a groundbreaking ceremony to officially launch the Fibre Infrastructure Relocation project along the Nairobi – Mau Summit Road.
Credit information and decision analytics provider Creditinfo Group has launched a scorecard solution in Kenya tailored for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
South African consumers are heading online in greater numbers as the e-commerce shopping experience increasingly offers more choice and convenience than can be found at traditional big-brand, brick-and-mortar retailers.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced new funding to create research and innovation centers in Liberia and Guatemala.
[Column] Tonny Tugee: Connectivity, collaboration, competition - The 3 essential Cs for Africa’s growth
If we want to develop Africa’s digital stronghold and support the continent’s growing young population, every person needs access to high-quality, low-cost connectivity.
Although Africa is not necessarily considered a focus area for the more sophisticated types of cybercriminal activity such as targeted attacks or advanced persistent threats (APTs), the continent is certainly not immune to these attacks.
Facebook, Ajua Sign Agreement to Empower African SMEs with Automated Customer Support through WhatsApp
Ajua has signed an agreement with Facebook to automate commercial interactions and customer support for businesses through WhatsApp.
Nigerian-based AfriGlobal Insurance Brokers launched AfriCover247, a round-the-clock digital insurance transaction platform that will assist businesses, individuals and technology providers access and redistribute insurance products with ease.
The surging demand for digital connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic has led IFC's commitments to the telecoms, media and technology (TMT) sector in emerging markets to exceed $1 billion for the first time in one fiscal year.
In a world where cybercrime remains rife and is only fuelled by aspects like the pandemic, there is never a moment one should not consider the implications of a cyberattack, warn Kaspersky researchers.
Virtually every week brings news of yet another high-profile cybersecurity attack on citizens, companies or governments. Over the last year, large parts of our world moved online.
Verimatrix, Renmore Partners collaborate to offer scalability and affordability for digital TV switchover in Nigeria
Verimatrix, the leader in powering the modern connected world with people-centered security, announced that Renmore Partners selected Verimatrix’s conditional access technology to offer Nigerians cost-effective at-home entertainment.
Zadara, the edge cloud services provider, announced that Africa Data Centres and Global Sense have added Zadara’s edge cloud services to their marketplace.
IFC has appointed Carlos A.T. Katsuya as its new Senior Manager for Angola, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia. In this role, he will lead IFC's work across the four countries to strengthen the private sector.
In today’s modern and distributed enterprise, it’s more difficult than ever to proactively combat internal and external threats due to a lack of server visibility in the context of user behaviour, application updates and system configuration changes.
Medical Credit Fund (MCF), a non-profit fund exclusively dedicated to financing small and medium-sized healthcare companies in Africa, celebrated the first loan disbursement within MCF2.
[Africa Cloud Review] Simon Ngunjiri: Cloud is playing a big part in the growth of African enterprises
Analysts predict more and more businesses will be moving to cloud as businesses and their employees worldwide continue to face tremendous challenges in maintaining business continuity.
The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the GSMA has called on Central Africa’s 11 governments to adopt policies to accelerate e-commerce, including better access to digital services and public-private collaboration.
Taager, an Egyptian social e-commerce startup, has raised a US$6.4 million seed funding round to help it scale its platform and expand across the Middle East.
[Kenya] Safaricom Partners with 2019 Global Teacher Prize Winner to provide computers and Internet to Nakuru School
Safaricom has joined forces with former Global Teacher Prize winner, Peter Tabichi, to equip Keriko Mixed Secondary School in Nakuru County with computers and internet connectivity.
The education sector was the hardest hit by ransomware in 2020 with 44% of organizations hit (compared to 37% across all industry sectors). This is according to a new report published by endpoint security leaders Sophos.
AfDB, KOAFEC fund database system to improve utility regulation for Public Utilities Regulatory Commission of Ghana
AfDB and KOAFEC Trust Fund have funded a Database Management System (DBMS) to improve the operations and functions of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) of Ghana.
This week, Eocband has partnered with Workonline, one of the largest IP transit providers on the African continent to boost internet connectivity in Ghana.
Microsoft is excited to announce Windows 365, a cloud service that introduces a new way to experience Windows 10 or Windows 11 for workers from interns and contractors to software developers and industrial designers.
Communities living across the eastern most peninsula of Africa will be able to enjoy 4G services on their mobile phones following a three-year partnership agreement signed by fixed satellite solution and professional service provider, iSAT Africa and SES.
With a flourishing ICT sector that has grown by an average of 10.8% every year since 2016 and as a home to some of Africa’s most innovative start-ups, Kenya’s nickname of “Silicon Savanah” couldn’t be more fitting.
CIC Group has launched a claim’s self-service provider portal for Garages and Assessors to increase efficiency in the claims’ reconciliation process.
Zoho Corporation, a leading global technology company, today announced its new Business Intelligence (BI) Platform — an AI-driven data analytics solution empowering businesses to surface precise and actionable insights through self-service data preparation.
New research by Mastercard has highlighted the important role of government support in helping small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) to recover.
LG Electronics is expanding its market footprint in East Africa by opening new shops in four countries in response to the growing demand for home appliances.
Orange Egypt has teamed up with Amazon to offer Orange pre-paid and post-paid customers 6 months of Amazon Prime Video, courtesy of Orange.
VOXOX, a 5G-enabled AI cloud communications company announced a strategic partnership with GTS Africa, a French value added communications network operator doing business in Cameroon and Nigeria.
Cybereason, the leader in operation-centric cyber-attack protection, has secured $275 million in crossover financing led by Liberty Strategic Capital, with additional backing provided by Irving Investors.
Construction giant migrates cloud back to South Africa for flexibility to run, manage and scale without latency or access concerns
From artificial intelligence (AI) to machine learning (ML) to robot process automation (RPA), deep learning, and the Internet of Things (IoT), emergent technologies are shaping the worlds of work, business, and public sector development.
A business which gives out virtual cash in exchange for rubbish, a start-up that converts faecal sludge into fuel briquettes, and an enterprise which offers smart metering solutions for solar mini-grids, have won the SEED Awards
The portal is estimated to serve at least 1.5 million users per month and publishes information on 84 procedures made up of 336 steps, 851 forms and documents, 140 contact persons, 88 norms and laws.
In an effort to foster growth for both the formal and informal sector in Zambia, Pan-African payments business Cellulant has rolled out Tingg, a digital payments platform enabling businesses and their consumers accept and make payments seamlessly.
Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a pan African technology group, has appointed Martin Mushambadope as the Chief Executive Officer for its operations in South Sudan.
Marketforce, the Kenyan-based B2B platform for retail distribution of consumer goods and digital financial services in Africa, announced the appointment of Ore Omolaja as the Nigeria Country Manager and Head of Business, effective 15th July 2021.
From contactless shopping and autonomous checkout technology to Cloud Point of Sale (POS) solutions, Mastercard and Verizon Business will collaborate to deliver scalable innovations that drive the industry forward and create new experiences for consumers and businesses alike.
StarNews Mobile and Culture Genesis to expand entertainment offering to African mobile subscribers via Orange and MTN
StarNews Mobile has announced its partnership with Culture Genesis to distribute All Def Comedy and Music channels to over 430 million mobile subscribers via Orange and MTN in Africa.
Intelsat announced that Gogo Commercial Aviation, a business it acquired in December 2020, is dropping the Gogo name and is now called Intelsat.
Leading global marketing measurement, AppsFlyer, has launched a report with Google that reveals a booming African mobile app market, propelled by a growing fintech space.
Microsoft is thrilled to add RiskIQ’s Attack Surface and Threat Intelligence solutions to the Microsoft Security portfolio, with the vision and mission of providing unmatched internet visibility and insights to better protect and inform our customers and partners’ security programs.
Banque Misr signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with Microsoft Egypt to launch the first open innovation program in the Egyptian market, enabling a spurt in fintech startup growth.
[Column] Claudia Johnston: Utilities companies to embrace service, remain relevant to customer needs
Across the board, utilities are facing de-commoditisation and shifts in the way electricity is generated, supplied and consumed, which requires them to fight to remain relevant to their customers.
Huawei Mobile Kenya users in Kenya can now make in-app purchases in your favorite AppGallery Apps and games and buy HUAWEI Themes, via M-PESA.
5G not only greatly improves network experiences for mobile consumers, but more importantly, will bring digitalization into every industry, revolutionizing our society.
Nokia today announced that it has signed a deal to deploy its comprehensive network technologies to Angola’s new mobile telecommunications operator, Africell, to provide 2G, 3G and 4G services in the capital city Luanda.
IT professionals in the region need to gain skills in cloud and data architecture due to the rapidly increasing number of organizations subscribing to integrated cloud services in recent years.
Connected asset financing platform M-KOPA, has officially expanded to Nigeria. To lead the Nigeria team, M-KOPA has named Babajide Duroshola as the new General Manager.
Omnisient, a secure data collaboration platform, has achieved its second raise this year totalling USD1.4 million.
Kaspersky has been tracking Milum — a malicious Trojan used by WildPressure, an advanced persistent threat (APT) actor active in the Middle East — since August 2019.
Music streaming service Spotify recently launched its global initiative, the EQUAL Music Program, to cultivate gender equality in music and support female creators.
ESET, a global industry-leading IT security provider together with other players in the cybersecurity sector have raised the red flag on the increase of state and state-sponsored cyber attacks
[South Africa] Nedbank and AWS re/Start programme empowers unemployed youth to embark on careers in cloud computing
South Africa's Nedbank has joined forces with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide free cloud computing skills development and job training to unemployed youth through the AWS re/Start programme.
Call of Duty League plans to begin rolling out ActivStat during the 2021 season which the initial rollout will include critical information like player and team standings and winning ratios across multiple aspects of virtual combat—including ultimately what these numbers mean for rankings.
The Mastercard New Payments Index shows 96% of Nigerian consumers will consider using at least one emerging payment method, such as cryptocurrency, biometrics, contactless, or QR code, in the next year.
Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) inked a partnership with Mondia Pay, a digital payment provider, that is set to provide Ooredoo Algeria and Orange Tunisia users with safe and convenient payment options.
KQ has launched the Fahari Innovation Hub, a centre for innovation that acts as a springboard for new ideas and data-driven innovations to accelerate impact-driven solutions that address some of the societal and business challenges.
amsung Electronics East Africa has introduced into the East African market a new range of consumer electronics most of which are centered on AI and interconnectivity between home and lifestyle technology.
[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Sub-Saharan Africa to reach 70 million 5G subscriptions by 2026
Data from the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, released this week now shows Sub-Saharan Africa to reach 70 million 5G subscriptions by 2026.
International money transfer provider Small World Financial Services has announced that customers in Nigeria can now receive money in minutes across an even larger bank network than before, with more than 2800 pay out locations, as to well as to their bank account.
Glovo selects Orange Business Services’ digital voice solutions to help expand customer experience globally
Delivery service start-up Glovo has engaged Orange Business Services to support its global expansion plans with a wide range of contact center and telephony services.
After having opened CV Labs in Zug, Vaduz (Liechtenstein) and Dubai,Crypto Valley Venture Capital (CV VC) is now opening its first office on the African continent in Cape Town.
Sophos has today announced that it has acquired Capsule8, a pioneer and market leader of runtime visibility, detection and response for Linux production servers
The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) kicked off its annual global Innovating Justice Challenge in search of the region’s best justice-related social entrepreneurs in March this year.
Pipit Global has announced that in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mali, Senegal, and Ghana, consumers can now avail of transactions through the pipit platform at lower rates than ever before.
Powered by improvements in digital infrastructure, Kenya’s growing start-up scene continues to fuel innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment
Asteroid International has announced that it is partnering with Data Centre firm iColo to expand its Kenyan internet exchange services from Mombasa to Nairobi.
Ericsson projects that 5G mobile subscriptions will exceed 580 million by the end of 2021, driven by an estimated one million new 5G mobile subscriptions every day.
Microsoft has unveiled a new cloud-based business management solution, Dynamics 365 Business Central, to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in Africa and the Middle East to streamline their operations.
To extend its international footprint, Vodacom Business Africa has taken a step into Brazil, thereby increasing its fixed-connectivity coverage to five continents across the globe.
le Sénégal veut pouvoir boucler la construction de son Parc des technologies numériques (PTN), premier Parc IT aux standards internationaux du pays érigé sur 25 hectares à Diamniadio, le nouveau pôle urbain.
Over 8,500 girls and young women from across Africa are getting a head start into careers in computer coding to help transform African economies thanks to a two-week formation exercise opened by Cameroon’s Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Minister
Dublin’s digital hub will play a supporting role in Africa’s maturation process until Johannesburg is equipped to take on the local challenges and unique offerings that ultimately yield innovative, scalable solutions.
South African born Avatar Cape Town, a subsidiary of the Avatar Agency Group , triumphed in a TECNO global pitch by demonstrating its mantra of ideas that move people against international network agencies in the Europe and APAC.
This webinar offers the opportunity for Incentro and HYCU to share insights of existing/past cases of ransomware attacks and how they were overcome. The Webinar will focus largely on Google Cloud (Incentro/Google) and Cloud security (HYCU).
The Global Partnership for Ethiopia (GPE) on Monday appointed Mr. Anwar Soussa as the Managing Director (MD) of the Operating Company in Ethiopia, effective 1st July 2021.
Kenya's brokerage firm EFG Hermes has unveiled a new mobile app to offer retail investors seamless and convenient stock trading on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE).
For the time being, Africa accounts for less than 1% of the world’s co-location data centre supply, with South Africa accounting for the bulk of the continent’s capacity.
Businesses are missing out on a significant opportunity to fix internal processes and address the root causes of customer experience issues in the wake of the pandemic, research from IFS shows.
Cloud enterprise software developer IFS selects Technodyn as exclusive distributor to lead growth in Sub Saharan Africa
IFS has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Technodyn across Sub-Saharan Africa. Technodyn will be empowered to grow IFS’ presence in this market as the lead partner.
The partnership will provide local SMEs with tailor-made digital solutions to enable them to adapt to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, continue interacting with customers online and grow their businesses.
The KPMG Private Enterprise Global Tech Innovator Africa competition came to a close this week and saw South African fintech startup Ukheshe, take second place.
CIP, RAB, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the One Acre Fund have partnered to support and launch a digital platform called AKILIMO that helps farmers and extension workers develop tailored fertilizer recommendations.
Digital transformation alongside automation enablers like artificial intelligence (AI) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA), coupled with the responsible utilisation of data assets will be determining business success factors over the next five years
ICT and Agriculture are the leading host sectors for Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in Kenya, the 2021 MSMEs Survey Report shows.