The technology reinforces the bank endeavors to digitalize corporate business online operations and build lasting customer relationships to win in the Digital Economy.
NQR Code is an indigenous Payment Platform designed by the Nigeria Interbank Settlement Scheme (NIBSS), to provide a reliable and enhanced payment experience with the aim of lowering transaction costs for customers.
Proposed new measures by the African Telecommunications Union and Ericsson set to expand Africa’s ICT space
African countries and telecommunications stakeholders have today launched the first set of ATU spectrum recommendations that focus on transforming Africa into a knowledge economy.
A number of African telcos already starting to roll out this fifth-generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks in the different countries they operate in.
Audiomack partners with MTN Nigeria to offer music streaming service to subscribers at zero data cost
Audiomack has partnered with MTN Nigeria to unveil the Audiomack+MTN Data Bundle program , which offers MTN subscribers tailored data bundles for streaming unlimited music and accessing content on Audiomack free of data charges.
Sophos has today unveiled new XGS Series firewall appliances with unrivaled performance and advanced protection against cyberattacks.
Tap to Phone aims to make traditional expensive location centric devices like physical POS devices and terminals, obsolete.
HAVAÍC says aligning to startup founders’ interests leveraging off smart capital and working together towards a mutually favourable exit is the foundation for successful collaboration between Venture Capital (VC) investors and startups.
Mobile users in Nigeria have been impacted by mobile malware during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is according to a new report by mobile technology specialist, Upstream and its full-stack anti-fraud platform, Secure-D
Karooooo, a software company, joined the JSE’s Main Board. Karooooo is the controlling shareholder of Cartrack, the previously JSE-listed fleet management and vehicle recovery specialists.
[Nigeria] P2P Crypto Marketplace Bitzlato Partners with Lemonade Finance to Ease Money Transfers Across Africa
Bitzlato (BZ), the latest P2P Crypto Exchange to enter the African market, has added Lemonade Finance, a borderless payment platform for Africa as a payment method to its platform.
Bolt has announced the appointment of Edgar Kipngetich Kitur as the Country Manager for Bolt Food in Kenya. Edgar joins Bolt Food from SUPPER London, a food delivery startup where he served as VP of strategy
icolo.io, a leading provider of carrier-neutral colocation services in Africa has announced the installation of Solar Energy systems at its Nairobi (NBO1) and Mombasa (MBA1) Data Centres.
[Column] Joshua Ndemenge: University Students need continuous mentorship to become relevant in their chosen fields of study
In March, Microsoft’s Africa Development Centre announced the kick-off of Season 2 of its Game of Learners (GOL) program, an initiative aimed at enhancing digital and coding skills amongst university students in Africa
Passwords are inconvenient and create numerous security vulnerabilities, so why can’t we just replace them? The short answer is that there’s no better method, yet.
The programme aims to grow the technical skills of the graduates, training them on the Ericsson technology, solutions and, delivery and providing them with an understanding of Ericsson’s processes, methods and tools.
After the release of its plugins for Shopify and Magento, Kwik Delivery has released its plugin for Prestashop.
Digital payments stimulate domestic production and consumption. If 50% of temporary workers in Senegal received payments digitally, 45 billion CFA francs would be added to GDP per year.
[Africa Cloud Review] Simon Ngunjiri: Cloud computing is the technological revolution of the twenty-first century
For some African sub-regions, the cloud computing model has already come to represent a solution to IT under-equipment problems, and the trends indicate that this model is set for major development.
UNICEF has announced the twenty-two startups that will be taking part in this year's cohort of the UNICEF Startup Lab, a co-creation space and accelerator.
Andela, the global talent network that helps companies build remote engineering teams, today announced the global expansion of their engineering talent.
[Kenya] Logistics startup Amitruck and Sky.Garden announce last mile goods pick-up and deliveries partnership
Logistics platform Amitruck and e-commerce platform Sky.Garden have announced a partnership aiming to form an end-to-end digital chain for goods pick-up and deliveries to the last mile.
As of 19 April, Showmax mobile subscribers in Kenya will pay Ksh 300 a month for access to the full Showmax catalogue on a single mobile device. This is a 20% reduction on the previous price point of Ksh 380.
Grindstone is an equity-free structured entrepreneurship development programme that assists high-growth innovation-driven SMEs in South Africa to become sustainable and fundable.
Pan-African cloud-based digital service provider inq. has announced that they are now a strategic managed security services partner for Elastic, the company behind Elasticsearch and the Elastic Stack.
Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) has partnered with AVEVA to provide a modern enterprise cloud solution that promotes integration across the entire value chain.
Nick Treurnicht is the Customer Engineer for Google Workspace at DigiCloud Africa, Africa's Google Cloud Brokerage, specialising in Google Cloud products - including Google Cloud Platform, G Suite, Google Maps and Chrome.
The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has announced signing a cooperation agreement with the National Telecommunication Regularity Authority (NTRA) to help pensioners obtain their financial dues and proceed ahead with any banking transaction swiftly and easily.
Esri , the global leader in location intelligence, announced the Egyptian partner Quality Standards for Information Technology (QSIT), has successfully implemented the Crop Mapping and Field Boundary Detection solution.
Despite the many challenges of 2020, healthcare organisations have gained considerable insights and experience that will transform the sector well into the future.
As countries seek to relax border restrictions, quarantines and lock-downs, they need a more reliable, trustworthy and efficient way to validate the health status of incoming travelers.
Airtel Money has now been included on Zambia's Government Services Bus (Zamportal), a platform for public electronic services provided by the Government.
[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Twitter Opens First African Office in Ghana to Tap Fast-Growing Market
Twitter announced that it's finally coming to Africa. The microblogging site announced on Monday that it was opening a new office in Ghana, which it said was in line with its growth strategy.
Zemen Bank and Mastercard launch Ethiopia’s first contactless Platinum Mastercard Prepaid Travel Card
Zemen Mastercard prepaid travel cards will enable cardholders to use cards with either of the two major currencies, namely U.S. Dollars and Euros, based on their travel destination.
Quro Medical, a South African digital health startup, emerged from stealth mode to announce the closure of its seed funding round to accelerate growth for Africa’s first technology-driven Hospital at Home offering.
Seychelles-based Securities, Commodities and Derivatives Exchange (SECDEX), and KOINON, the global Digital Coin and Token-based payment platform have announced a collaboration to interlink mobile money and digital assets.
Oduwa Coin, the first indigenous Cryptocurrency designed to empower people of African descent has announced the launch of its latest blockchain optimization called IVIE.
Mauritius Telecom Network Operator Emtel has provided the only landing point for the METISS (Meltingpot Indianoceanic Submarine System) fibre optic cable in the country.
Truecaller has introduced a new identity solution for businesses to bolster safety and eliminate fraud. The enterprise solution is dubbed Truecaller Business Identity.
The financing and technical cooperation agreement is the outcome of the Inter-Governmental Negotiations that were concluded last Year between our two respective Governments.
[Kenya] Strathmore University partners with Ukraine company to train students on blockchain solutions
@ilabAfrica-Strathmore University has partnered with 482.solutions, Odessa, Ukraine to provide training on blockchain solutions development to students at the University and other interested professionals.
Twitter is coming to Africa, the social media company announced Monday. The company seeks to build a team in Ghana, which it said was in line with its growth strategy.
[South Africa] Retailers need to meet online shoppers with an exceptional experience, Immersion Group
Consumers are embracing the e-commerce experience in growing numbers and corporate South Africa is taking serious notice, according to Geoff Hardy, Head of Digital, Immersion Group.
Telkom Kenya has partnered with The National Youth Council of Kenya (NYCK) to develop a youth-focused digital wallet to boost financial inclusion among the youth, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
[South Africa] SYSPRO rebrands to enhance secured digital future for global manufacturers and distributors
SYSPRO, an industry-built ERP software solution designed to make things possible in key manufacturing and distribution industries, has unveiled its re-energized brand, visual identity and positioning to the market.
The Program helps startups achieve 18-24 months of growth in just three months. Now, the next generation of early-stage African tech startups disrupting a wide range of industry sectors are being sought.
Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in its shared Innovation series highlights seven innovative programs created or developed by African countries to combat covid-19.
[Africa Cloud Review] Simon Ngunjiri: Africa is Undergoing a Revolution in New Cloud and Data Centre Capacity
Africa is indeed moving forward with its instigation of cloud computing on a theatre-wide basis. Cloud services are transforming Africa's productive capacity and emerging as one of the most essential pillars of Africa's digital transformation.
An online platform that provides community-oriented technological solutions to connect, support and empower people with disabilities in Kenya has been launched.
Absa Group has launched a cloud incubator initiative in collaboration with Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), a leading cloud services provider, to enhance its cloud computing skills across its operations in Africa.
Students from Forge Academy, South Africa's first fully inclusive Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) laboratory, recently took part in a tri-continental hackathon between students from South Africa, Finland and the USA.
Today, any Kenyan entrepreneur with an Internet connection can promote their business, engage with customers, transact digitally, and leverage connected technologies to improve their operations.
Appzone, the Pan-African fintech software provider building proprietary solutions for the continent’s banking and payments industries, has today announced the close of its $10mn Series A round.
Technological innovations like artificial intelligence (AI) promise to identify and close these gaps through claims of a more data-driven, objective approach.
Evina and Telecoming have signed a global alliance to work hand in hand in promoting DCB as the safest and most appropriate payment method in the new mobile economy and, in particular, for the fight against fraud.
Africa Data Centres (ADC), part of the Liquid Intelligent Technologies (formerly Liquid Telecom Group) has appointed Dan Kwach to the newly-created position of Managing Director for the East Africa region.
Two thirds of META consumers would shun an online service provider following a data breach, Kaspersky
Two thirds of META consumers (65%) would walk away from an online service provider if it suffered any form of data breach, according to a study of 15,000 consumers worldwide, conducted by Kaspersky.
Solar home systems social enterprise startup Baobab+ has raised €4 million in financing for the expansion of its activities in Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.
Kigali based electric motorcycle startup Ampersand has raised $3.5 million in funding from the Ecosystem Integrity Fund (EIF) to rapidly scale its electric motorcycle and swap station network in Rwanda.
MTN has released a statement on the negotiations that derailed the suspension and restoration of digital banking services earlier this month.
Telkom Kenya and the Standard Group have partnered to enable customers access the Group’s digital versions of their print content, conveniently and in real time, via their smartphones.
BS/2 company, a software security company in cooperation with its partner, Diebold Nixdorf, has begun installing its ATMeye.iQ solution in financial institutions in Mali.
As movement restrictions and other safety measures took hold across Kenya, the Kenya National Farmers’ Federation (KENAFF) created a mobile phone–based information service as a way to respond to the crisis and keep farmers better informed.
ZTE Corporation, the international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, announced it has implemented Africa's first live 3G/4G/5G Tri-RAT dynamic spectrum sharing solution.
[Column] Akinwumi Adesina, Patrick Verkooijen: African agriculture is ready for a digital revolution
After a dark 2020, a new year has brought new hope. In Africa, where up to 40 million more people were driven into extreme poverty and the continent experienced its first recession in 25 years.
Covid-19 has accelerated the rate of digital technology adoption around the world, but also revealed the depth of the digital divide worldwide.
[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Africans are increasingly using eCommerce in response to COVID-19 restrictions
Ten countries are responsible for 94% of all online business in Africa. South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria, and Kenya together account for 78% of total marketplace traffic.
Telkom Kenya has today announced that two of its senior colleagues Steve Okeyo and Kris Senanu are leaving the company after two and five years respectively
Fintech startup Dash App has raised $500K+ pre-seed financing to expand its operations to Kenya and Ghana.
CPaT Global has announced they have been awarded a new contract by Air Tanzania for the provision of distance learning solutions, including Aircraft Systems courses, Interactive Diagrams, Aircraft Procedures.
Binance Charity announces $1 million crypto donation to UNICEF to help in global COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Binance Charity has announced the world’s first crypto donation to UNICEF’s role in the global COVID-19 vaccine rollout—the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation ever undertaken.
Jio Haptik partners with iSON Xperiences to enable AI-powered customer service for enterprises in Africa
The partnership forges the power of Conversational AI and Contact Centre Automation to personalize customer experiences, improve agent performance, and lower cost overheads for businesses.
[Kenya] Safaricom selects Ericsson's microwave transport solution to boost mobile broadband coverage
Safaricom has chosen Ericsson to supply microwave solutions based on the E-band platform to achieve multi Gbps backhaul capacity for mobile broadband nationwide coverage in Kenya.
Looking back on 2020, it’s clear that the ways we work have rapidly transformed, from the shift to remote work to balancing time across work and personal responsibilities.
5G roll-out is in full swing. 144 5G networks have been launched with 90 more expected in 2021. Over 200 5G devices are now on the market and 5G is expected to reach 1 in 5 people by the end of 2021
One of the countermeasures to address rural decline is for tech companies to recognise that talent can operate from anywhere and provide employees the option of working from anywhere.
Huawei Mobile Kenya has announced that local banking apps are now available on App Gallery. Huawei AppGallery is the official Huawei app store that you can use to download hundreds of Android apps.
They discussed areas for cooperation, establishing partnerships between the two countries in digital technologies, and growing the IT market in Egypt and Denmark.
Infor, the industry cloud company has announced that mineral and energy trading company Mazule has selected Infor SunSystems.
According to the company, Travelport+ is the centerpiece of Travelport’s new global strategy and is designed to accelerate industry innovation in multi-source content distribution, travel retailing and value generation.
AgriGO apps, is primarily assisting a farmer to improve the current yield, by availing the right, modern and personalized best practices in farming through personalized SMS in local languages.
In today’s world, having a diversified economy is the result of the right mix between manufacturing and service-based industries with the latter being based on laws, regulations and incentives.
Ivorian based in Ghana, Charlette N’Guessan is a tech entrepreneur who collaborates with various organizations that strongly advocate for gender balance in the tech ecosystem.
Over 1,000 young entrepreneurs in Rwanda are set to benefit from employment-readiness skills and accelerator programmes offered in the new incubation hubs “HANGA Hubs”.
Africa Data Centres, Africa’s largest network of interconnected, carrier- and cloud-neutral data centre facilities, has confirmed a significant investment into the construction of a new data centre facility in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Rwandan ICT sector grew by 29 per cent in 2020, the latest figures from the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) show.
Sudan Digital is a digital marketing agency operating in Khartoum and Dubai while delivering digital marketing solutions for clients across the globe. The company’s CEO and founder Abdelaziz Musa explains.
inq., the pan-African multi-cloud digital service provider, has appointed Dr. Christian Wirtz as its new Group CEO to take over from founding Group CEO Geoff Hardwick, who stepped down from the role.
Spending on cloud infrastructure grew by 35 per cent to reach almost $130 billion in 2020. At the same time, enterprises reduced spending on data centre hardware and software by 6 per cent to $89 billion.
Network International, an enabler of digital commerce across the Middle East and Africa (MEA), has appointed Egyptian national Hany Fekry as the Regional President for Northern and sub-Saharan Africa.
Vodacom has celebrated the achievements of 146 youth, including 89 women who graduated with certified ICT certificates from the mobile operator’s Youth Academy.
Microsoft has announced it has helped over 30 million people in 249 countries and territories gain access to digital skills, topping its initial goal of 25 million last June.
Facebook has today launched a new Covid-19 misinformation campaign in partnership with the WHO. The campaign called ‘Together Against Covid-19 Misinformation’ will be rolled out in select African countries.
Shanon Ramdaw, Business Development Manager at iOCO, within iOCO Software Distribution, the local Infor Master Reseller, outlined Infor’s nine essential reasons for moving to the cloud.
LG Electronics has confirmed that it’s shutting down its smartphone business. The move, the company says will enable it to ''focus resources in growth areas such as electric vehicle components, connected devices.
CBK has announced the resumption of charges for transactions above Ksh.100 effected through bank-specific mobile money wallets that are closely linked to the Savings and Credit Societies (SACCO) sector.
Female leaders of farming cooperatives in Rwanda have been given smartphones to sensitize farmers on agriculture best practices under the #ConnectRwanda initiative.
Known as Konn3ct, the new App was developed by a young company, called Newwaves Ecosystems, led by former Chams Nigeria executive, Femi Williams.
Connecting women to the digital economy is critical to driving further economic growth and innovation on the African continent.
Cell C has been appointed as one of the preferred service providers to the South African government for the delivery of mobile communication services. This is for the period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2026.