Lagos based Netcom Africa has solidified its footprint in Nigeria’s tech market with the deployment of IT Infrastructure Optimization services targeting corporate Nigerian corporate where high-end tech services are steadily on the rise.
GOIL, in partnership with the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS), have launched the use of the gh-link card on GOIL’s Point of Sale (POS) devices across the country.
[Rwanda] HAPSMobile and Ministry of ICT to review use of high altitude platform stations to provide mobile internet connectivity
Rwanda Ministry of ICT and Innovation and HAPSMobile have signed an MOU to conduct a Joint Research Project on use of High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) to provide mobile Internet connectivity in Rwanda.
Fugro has begun its shallow water campaign for the ''2Africa'' subsea fibre-optic cable project which, once installed, will connect 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Safaricom board has appointed Michael Joseph as the next Chairman of Safaricom’s Board of Directors following the retirement of current chairman Mr. Nicholas Nganga after serving for 16 years on the Board.
Orange and Google Cloud announced a strategic partnership to accelerate the transformation of Orange’s IT infrastructure and the development of future cloud services, in particular edge computing.
The National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) has adopted 130 farmers into the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture programme to provide Nigerian farmers with means to showcase their farm produce in the digital world market.
More than three quarters of people say they are “very concerned” about the environment and feel companies should be doing more to address their impact on the planet.
Polaris Bank has partnered with Facebook to provide free digital marketing training to SMEs in Nigeria.
Clydestone Ghana, a leading payments system and fintech solutions provider has partnered with Thales, a global leader in digital identities and security to provide TheOne authentication as a service platform.
There is one word that defines the times today - uncertainty. It hangs in the economies and markets. It is the essence of the complexity that the pandemic has wrought.
South Africa's digital system aggregator and solution provider Nexio has appointed Mickey Mashale as the company's chief executive officer (CEO) with effect from 1 August 2020.
The African gaming industry is expected to register a compounded annual growth of 12 per cent between 2020 and 2025 according to a study by Research and Markets.
To help aid entrepreneurship and job-creation opportunities peer-to-peer (P2P) bitcoin marketplace, Paxful is offering free virtual entrepreneur education workshops and courses to the public, in Southern Africa.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Visa have announced a strategic partnership that aims to jointly support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the economies where the EBRD operates.
Sterling Bank Plc, Nigeria in collaboration with Clickatell have announced a personalized banking experience for existing customers and prospective account holders through WhatsApp.
When you visit an agent outlet in Kenya, you often see a number of point-of-sales devices being used by the agent. When you enquire about it, she would mention that each of these devices belong to a different bank.
Network International, an enabler of digital commerce across the Middle East and Africa is set to acquire 100 per cent stake in Africa Online commerce platform operating across 19 countries DPO Group.
Eutelsat Communications and CANAL+ have signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract for Ku capacity on EUTELSAT 7C to support the launch by CANAL+ of a premium DTH platform in Ethiopia.
Uganda has embraced the digitalisation of the economy. In a society traditionally run by cash, people across the country have flocked to e-commerce platforms for contactless payments and purchases.
The Mauritius Chemical and Fertilizer Industry (MCFI) and Agritech company Lentera Africa have signed a partnership that will see Lentera provide satellite-based crop health analysis and crop modelling services.
Tizeti, West Africa’s pioneer solar-based internet service provider announced the successful upgrade of its core network infrastructure capacity to 100Gbps, in line with its focus on accelerating access to affordable broadband connectivity.
[Nigeria] NITDA selects 130 farmers to join National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture programme
In its move to digitize agricultural sector, the National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) has adopted 130 farmers into the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA) programme.
Safaricom customers can now access a brand new 4G-enabled smartphone by paying as low as Kshs.20 daily for the devices.
Over Saturated an African, user-generated content platform has been offering a digital space for African creators to post content they have created.
Infinera announced that Orange deployed spectrum capacity with Infinera’s submarine solution on its MainOne submarine cable, a new network built to provide large-scale international capacity.
Jack Ma Foundation’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative selects Top 50 Finalists of 2020 Africa’s Business Heroes Competition
The 2020 Africa’s Business Heroes prize competition has shortlisted the top 50 finalists from stage one of the selection process.
Airtel Africa, a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services in 14 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, is scaling up its operations with WorldRemit, the global digital money transfer service.
The First Bank of Nigeria announced that thousands of students have been signing up to access the e-learning solutions for free which is provided in partnership with Roducate and Lagos State Government.
Air Tanzania has selected Panasonic Avionics’ inflight entertainment (IFE) connectivity system to enhance the passenger experience onboard its Airbus A220 aircraft.
The global impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had not only on public health, but on business, cannot be underestimated. It’s prudent to consider the impact such a global disruption of trade has on small and medium businesses.
Avaya is helping African students unable to access primary and secondary schools as a result of COVID-19-related closures to stem this loss with video collaboration app.
Global information services company Experian has appointed Ferdie Pieterse as the new CEO for Experian Africa, effective immediately.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has launched the Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform with a large and rich set of data on food, agriculture, socioeconomics, and natural resources.
Temenos, the banking software company, announced that Orange Bank Africa has gone live with cloud-native Temenos Transact delivered as SaaS.
Infinet Wireless, a provider of fixed broadband wireless connectivity, has opened a new regional office in Cameroon as the company expands its operations in one of the world’s fastest growing economic regions.
Airtel Africa and Mukuru have announced a partnership which will enable Mukuru customers to instantly send cross-border transfers directly to Airtel Money customer wallets in 12 African countries.
Orange, a major telecoms provider in Africa and the Middle East, and NSIA, a player in bancassurance, have launched Orange Bank Africa in Abidjan and Côte d'Ivoire.
Pavillon54 Limited has announced the launch of its online platform, pavillon54.com, a digital center for Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa and the Diaspora.
A COVID-19 dashboard has been launched by the Commonwealth Secretariat to help member countries make vital decisions during the ongoing crisis.
Facebook’s connectivity investments to grow Africa’s economy by $57 billion in the next five years, report
Facebook has released findings from The Impact of Facebook’s Connectivity Initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa, a study conducted by Analysys Mason.
[Kenya] Mastercard partners with mobile platforms to offer exclusive discounts to consumers shopping from home
Mastercard is partnering with key entertainment, shopping and delivery platforms to provide cardholders with exclusive offers when shopping from home, including free deliveries.
Vumatel has officially launched the 'Free Fibre to Schools' Programme - an initiative that aims to provide schools with lightning-fast fibre for free in Polokwane, Limpopo.
The Nigerian Communications Commissions (NCC) has reiterated its committed to the creation of an enabling environment for competition among operators in the industry:
YuPlan Limited is a Zimbabwe digital startup that allows customers to book a venue from anywhere in the world.
Some of Africa's biggest musical talents, including local award-winning artists AKA, K.O and Holly Rey, have collaborated with HUAWEI Music to each launch curated playlists.
According to the report, the mHealth market was valued at $46 billion in 2019, and is expected to reach $230 billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 22.3% from 2020 to 2027.
COMESA has developed an online portal to be used by Member States to exchange information on availability of essential products within the region.
UNICEF and the Government of Puntland in Somalia have launched the Learning Passport, a digital remote learning platform where children can access educational content both online and offline from their homes.
Developers around the world are being invited to put their skills to the test on a global stage with the launch of the HUAWEI HMS App Innovation Contest, Apps UP.
Vodacom Business Africa has extended its footprint by providing connectivity to partners and clients in 12 new countries in the Middle East region.
[South Africa] Vodacom Financial Services to create new easy-to-use app with Alipay as technology provider
Vodacom Financial Services has announced a technology partnership with Alipay to bring inclusive mobile solutions to South African consumers and merchants through innovative digital technologies.
Africa is recognized as one of the most important emerging markets for online business, and with internet penetration lacking behind many parts of the world in recent decades, the continent is beginning to catch up.
Paxful, a leading peer-to-peer bitcoin (BTC) marketplace that aims to provide financial inclusion around the globe, announced that the platform has hit $4.6 billion in trade volume and reached 4.5 million wallet registrations.
The second quarter of 2020 ended well for the traditional PC market with global shipments growing 11.2 per cent year over year reaching a total of 72.3 million units, according to IDC.
Safaricom has extended free access to digital education content for primary and secondary school students to 8th September 2020 following the extended closure of learning institutions.
IBM has appointed Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh as General Manager for IBM North, East and West Africa.
Drones, with specialty spraying technology, were deployed for a recent sugarcane ripening trail in South Africa, showing an evident increase in the amount of sugar extracted from these canes.
Without a doubt, Africa is one of the world’s fastest-growing economic hubs. Crucial to this rate of development is the ability to meet the demand for key infrastructure.
The UrSafe App, has announced its partnership with the Nigeria-based team, virtual data and VAS Aggregator, Mobile Intelligence, to bring personal safety technology to the 160 million+ Nigerian's with mobile handsets.
FASTA, a digital lending fintech, has partnered with Mastercard to launch FASTACard, South Africa’s first virtual Mastercard credit card.
GreenTec Capital Partners has announced its investment in Pricepally, an innovative digital Nigerian wholesale platform allowing users to purchase food and other products either individually or as a part of a group.
The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted €11.2 million to 4-year higher education partnerships to develop the capacity of distance learning at higher education institutions.
KaiOS Technologies and Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country’s largest mobile network operator with the broadest data network, have launched the Atom 3G phone.
As part of its focus in bringing people together and building communities, Facebook announced 12 African community leaders who have been selected to join Facebook's Community Accelerator programme.
Nigeria's national telecommunications operator Globacom has slashed international call tariffs by as much as 55% to help its subscribers stay in touch with their loved ones abroad at a much more affordable cost.
Safaricom has partnered with UNESCO, and Eneza Education to implement a digital mentorship programme for high school students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has created a Digital Economy Department principally responsible for implementing programmes and policies aimed at fully supporting and promoting the national digital economy agenda.
Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) has announced that it now processes more than one billion phone calls annually for subscribers in previously unconnected rural areas in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) has commenced plans to adopt Remote Online Proctoring for the conduct of its professional banking and certification examinations.
Paxful, is shining the spotlight on the opportunities the fast-growing blockchain economy has to offer the youth, despite the challenging economic conditions currently experienced worldwide.
Vodacom Business has partnered with Cloudflare to provide businesses of all sizes, faster, more secure and reliable website services.
Aviat Networks, Inc. has announced that Safaricom, the largest telecom company in Kenya, has selected Aviat's WTM 4800 multi-band radio platform for 5G backhaul.
American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa have announced they are each beginning technical preparations for global expansion of the Click to Pay online checkout.
The World Bank approved a $100 million International Development Association which includes $50 million credit and $50 million grant to help Niger implement an ambitious program to use digital infrastructure.
Catalyst Fund, the global inclusive fintech accelerator, has announced that six new fintech startups, from Nigeria, South Africa, Mexico and India are joining its existing portfolio of 31 companies.
Orange Egypt, provider of integrated telecommunications services has been ranked the first in the speed of data services for almost a year since the inception of issuing the NTRA’s monthly report on the quality of communications network services.
Communications service providers can now tap the full potential of 5G New Radio (NR) technology with the commercial availability of Ericsson Standalone 5G NR software for 5G mid- and low bands.
The Tunga Academy offers free online courses for African tech talent and is part of the company’s investment program for educational resources.
Uganda’s real gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2020 is projected to be between 0.4 and 1.7% compared to 5.6% in 2019, according to the latest edition of the Uganda Economic Update released by the World Bank.
Rectron announces that following the signing of a distribution deal with H3C earlier this year, it has now become the distributor for H3C in South Africa.
Nedbank has unveiled its new tap-on-phone functionality that allows all merchants and business owners to convert their mobile phones into payment acceptance devices.
I hear this a lot, “We are in unprecedented times.” Actually, to borrow from author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek, we are not. We have been through tough business situations like this before.
WorldRemit, the global online money transfer service has announced the launch of its remittance services in Somalia.
Orange Egypt has announced its cooperation with TABIBI clinics to avail the necessary health support to Orange customers.
Everyone is fair (and likely) game when it comes to identity theft. That is true at the best of times, but the COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified cyber fraudsters’ hunt for the susceptible and vulnerable.
Konnect Africa, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications has proposed to offer broadband internet connection to isolation centers to fight against Covid-19 in Sokoto, a north-western state in Nigeria.
Tanzania Vodacom customers to transfer and receive funds from across more than 200 countries worldwide
Tanzania’s leading mobile money service provider Vodacom M-Pesa announced the expansion of its International Money Transfer service portfolio and Vodacom customers will now transfer and receive funds from across more than 200 countries.
Andela, the global talent network that helps companies build remote engineering teams, will now accept engineers from all African countries, expanding its presence from six countries to the entire continent.
Telma Madagascar has switched on its 5G commercial network to offer subscribers high-speed services enabled by the new generation of mobile connectivity and powered by Ericsson, the 5G network is now live in multiple cities in Madagascar.
Communications service provider MTN has gone live with Ericsson-powered commercial 5G in the South African cities of Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.
KaiOS Technologies has announced that its smart feature phones are being distributed across the state of Lagos to help school children continue their education during the COVID-19 lock-down period.
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) upgraded its Data Portal (X-DataPortal) to provide a more efficient, user-friendly experience for subscribers.
The role of procurement is about ensuring that business operations continue like clockwork no matter how disrupted the business environment is.
The Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS and Health Service Organizations (EANNASO) announced the launch of its East Africa Wananchi Digital Health Platform (AFYA).
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has announced that it is providing its multi-award-winning managed VSAT connectivity services to mbora, a pioneering new social enterprise in Malawi.
GoSolutions an Enterprise Resource Planning company based in South Africa supplies a wide variety of software to several different industries.
A mobile-based tool for two-way information and communication between citizens and governments during the coronavirus pandemic has been launched.
The IDC market outlook for Africa underscores the value of connectivity, the importance of ICT and the need to be more prepared when it comes to digital.
The World Bank approved $315 million from the International Development Association (IDA) to support job creation, skills development and digital transformation in Ghana.