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 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.
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.
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.
In line with its commitment to investing in and amplifying African music, Audiomack has teamed up with entertainment provider, Ziiki Media, to propel the craft of artistes across Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa through marketing campaigns.
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.
As the eyes of the world turn towards the UAE from October-March for Expo 2020 Dubai, CNN will be an Official Broadcaster for the event, bringing unrivalled coverage to global audiences and staging a prominent presence at Expo itself.
Forsberg, who was named a Laureate of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise in 2016, emphasizes the need for community action and education to achieve long-lasting conservation.
The MultiChoice Group has appointed Duma Collective as its lead Creative Communications agency. Duma Collective will oversee public relations and social media for DStv, General Entertainment channels and the group’s corporate brand.
Opera has launched Hype Clubs, public and interest-based group chats in Hype, the new chat service built into the Opera Mini web browser. Hype is currently available and quickly gaining popularity in Kenya, South Africa, Ghana and Zambia.
C. Moore Media International Public Relations (CMM), a New York-headquartered PR agency focusing on the US, UK, and African markets, announces the second edition of The Future is Female Mentorship Program.
MultiChoice is enhancing its digital customer service through an Artificial Intelligence (AI) chatbot. Called The Ultimate Master of Information, or T.U.M.I, this innovative service is available 24/7 to answer customer queries about products and services.
Safaricom has unveiled BAZE, a mobile-first, video-on-demand service that offers a wide selection of local and regional short form videos in comedy, drama, lifestyle, music, among others.
Africa’s e-commerce market could grow by more than $14.5 billion between 2025-2030. This is according to an IFC report published this week.
Media streaming and download service Boomplay and Hitlab, a digital media and entertainment company have a new competition targeting emerging artists across Africa.
The MultiChoice Group and the MultiChoice Talent Factory are proud to celebrate the love of African cinema with the Colours of Africa film series.
The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has announced that it is making final touches on the review of children and local content programming guidelines.
Pay Television Company StarTimes Media has announced plans to roll out of exclusive productions that continue to feature on the subscriber platforms online application StarTimes ON and the local content self-produced channel, Rembo TV.
Linda Weaver has been appointed Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Africa Communications Media Group (ACG), the African-owned, pan-African firm handling communications and reputation management for global clients in the African context.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to stay in Ghana for six months to help set up the company’s Africa headquarters
Reports now indicate that Twitter CEO and Founder Jack Dorsey will settle in Ghana for six months to help set up the new office in Ghana.
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.
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.
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.
BBC World Service partners with AfricaWeb to offer digital content to audiences in Ghana and Cameroon
This partnership will offer for the first time The Comb podcast, a unique and fascinating news and current affairs product aimed at younger audiences across the continent.
BBC World Service s'associe à AfricaWeb pour offrir du contenu digital aux publics du Ghana et du Cameroun
Ce partenariat permettra d'offrir pour la première fois le podcast The Comb, un produit d'information et d'actualité unique et fascinant destiné aux jeunes publics du continent.
Developed by Orange, the program aims to offer African culture, in all its forms, an opportunity to shine and to strengthen the local presence of the Orange brand in Africa.
Azuri Technologies, the first company to launch a complete pay-as-you-go solar TV package in Kenya, and MultiChoice Kenya have announced a partnership to bring DStv content to off-grid households in Kenya.
In Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve, Sheila Funnell a wildlife conservationist, is working to protect the Grevy's zebra, an endangered zebra species.
Electrification for example is key in driving economic growth across Africa. But with only 43% of the continent connected to electricity, finding ways to secure and propel the continent towards energy independence means finding sustainable solutions.
Spotify has expanded into over 80 new markets in more than 36 new languages – including key territories across Africa such as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe.
Millions of Manchester United fans in Africa will gain access to MUTV under an agreement with StarTimes, the continent’s digital TV operator.
[Ethiopia] Private and public broadcasting associations respond to government’s call to migrate their channels
SES has announced that the Ethiosat platform is now broadcasting all channels of the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters (AEB) and the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) exclusively.
Opera the Norwegian browser developer has announcing the launch of its new dedicated chat service Hype, built into mobile web browser Opera Mini.
Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) has today announced that it is expanding its advertising business to Africa, the Middle East and Pakistan.
This week, a new report from The African Data Centres Association (ADCA) and Xalam Analytics revealed that Africa needs 1000MW and 700 facilities to meet the growing demand
Facebook has launched a product for journalists to register with the platform to receive features and tools designed to support them.
Investors and viewers of Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) will now be able to see the daily price information of securities listed on The Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, on the various stations.
Thousands of people world over are lending a hand to help save the world’s largest fish – the whale shark.
Pay Television Company StarTimes has today announced a price reduction of up to 33% targeting new subscribers acquiring the company’s type approved set top boxes.
Durban-based tech company, immedia has invested R10-million to help African media entrepreneurs to build sustainable community radio by using Fabrik, a set of cloud-enabled digital tools that empower media entities to live-stream shows.
African Discovery Group, Inc., a diversified, African-focused, business development company, has announced that it has successfully completed a private capital raise.
[Vacancy] Africa Business Communities wants to work with freelance African Business and Tech Journalists, Bloggers
Africa Business Communities is looking for Freelance Business and Tech Journalists, Bloggers in Nigeria | South Africa | Ethiopia | Uganda | Ghana
Africa has been betting on data and technology to transform transport infrastructure which continues to boost trade and enhance integration.
[South Africa] Realness Institute and Netflix Extend Episodic Lab Entry Deadline For African Writers
Realness Institute has extended calls for submissions calls for Episodic Lab in partnership with Netflix from African writers. Online submissions will now close upon receiving 150 additional applications.
Orange announced the launch of its new communication campaign focused on uses made possible by the 5G network, to raise the general public’s awareness of the sheer breadth of 5G use cases and areas of application.
Kam Global Strategies, Israel-based strategic communications firm and Brand & Image, Morocco's most prominent marketing and PR agency announced a strategic partnership to advance PR efforts in Israel and Morocco.
StarNews Mobile has launched its grassroots Youth Initiative incubator in partnership with Solutions on Point to empower young individuals interested in the digital film industry.
Umra Omar is an award-winning social entrepreneur, community leader, and the founder of Safari Doctors, a mobile medical clinic serving underprivileged communities in Kenya.
ayoba, the African messaging app, has reiterated its focus on protecting their users’ privacy and security.
Amsterdam and Los Angeles-based creative agency 180 announced a significant expansion and evolution of its business model, with the opening two new offices, 180 New York and 180 MENA (Middle East North Africa).
Orange International Carriers, the wholesale arm of Orange Group, is partnering with Côte Ouest Audiovisuel to supply network access and content delivery services in West Africa using its Media Delivery Boost (MDB) solution.
Nigerian man creates MelaninPeople social media app to celebrate Africa, Africans & African Diaspora
A Nigerian man Adeyinka Adegoke has created MelaninPeople, a social networking app designed to connect a range of Black and brown businesses, individuals and professionals.
LG Electronics (LG) announced a planned partnership with Google to bring Stadia to its latest webOS smart TVs in the second half of this year.
A new report by Juniper Research has found that there will be nearly 2 billion active subscriptions to on-demand video services in 2025; a 65% increase over the end of 2020.
Netflix, Inc. has announced the appointment of Strive Masiyiwa to its board. Strive is the Chairman and founder of Econet Group, a telecommunications and technology group with operations and investments in 29 countries in Africa and Europe.
African startup StarNews Mobile, specialized in the field of mobile video, achieved its first fundraising with Investisseurs & Partenaires, a pioneering impact investing group dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The fourth and final wave of the Ghana Election Poll which run from October 1 to November 30, 2020, has come to an end with interesting findings from Ghanaian adults aged 18 years and older.
Pierre Branco, recently named to the dual roles of Head of WarnerMedia EMEA Affiliate & Ad Sales and Country Manager for WarnerMedia Nordic, CEE, Middle East, Turkey & Africa, has announced his leadership team.
Insights from Africa's Largest Career Portals reveal Impact of COVID-19 on Jobs Markets in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya
ROAM Africa (Ringier One Africa Media) has today released three new labour market reports that shed more light on the effects of the COVID-19 on the African jobs market.
South African startup myFanPark merges with Starsona to create a global celebrity engagement platform
South African startup myFanPark has announced its merger with Silicon Valley-based celebrity engagement platform Starsona.
Satellite TV viewers across sub-Saharan Africa will be able to continue watching German TV channels offered by Satelio in Namibia and Deukom in South Africa, from an extended partnership between Televisionsklub and SES.
LaLiga signs Mondia as strategic technology, commercial partner for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific
LaLiga has signed mobile technology company Mondia group as its technology and commercial partner for the creation of LaLiga Xtra, its first ever subscription-based mobile platform, to offer exclusive content and experiences to sports fans.
After successfully piloting Gumzo For Schools, a video conferencing system designed specifically for e-learning in Africa, Usiku Games has enhanced its platform to allow tutors to continue providing private tuition.
After announcing a new partnership with streaming giant Netflix last week to create an Episodic Content Development Lab for African writers, Realness Institute is now calling for submissions.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo slipped 13 points to garner 20% in the third wave of the Ghana Election Poll which run from August 1 to September 31, 2020.
CNN International is launching a new series, Connecting Africa which will profile the people, projects and companies revolutionizing African business.
The Mastercard Foundation and UNICEF have joined forces to advance the efforts of the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service to provide quality and equitable learning opportunities for more than nine million children in Ghana.
Realness Institute has announced its partnership with global streaming service Netflix, to create an Episodic Content Development Lab for writers in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria.
Pay Television Company StarTimes Media has unveiled a strategic subscriber retention policy for its subscribers in Kenya and other African markets.
Eutelsat’s survey confirms 7/8° West neighborhood as predominant broadcast position for Egyptian TV homes
Eutelsat Communications revealed the findings of a new Egyptian television market survey, confirming its 7/8° West hotspot as the most powerful neighborhood for satellite television for the country.
MultiChoice Group has officially launched its next-generation decoder in South Africa. The new Explora Ultra will be available at participating retail stores from next week.
[Kenya] PortableVoices partners with East African Educational Publishers to produce and distribute pan-African audiobooks.
Kenyan audio production startup PortableVoices has partnered with East African Educational Publishers to produce and distribute pan-african audiobooks.
Orange Egypt, the provider of integrated telecommunications services, announced an exclusive partnership with Deezer, the global audio streaming service.
Telkom has today with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to launch a new streaming channel, TelkomONE.
Mondia, mobile technology company specialising in the marketing and distribution of digital content, announced the launch of time-based entertainment platform Monsooq.
Pay-TV services provider StarTimes has emerged winner of the innovative digital terrestrial TV brand at the 2020 Marketing Edge Brands and Advertising Excellence Awards in Nigeria.
Azuri Technologies, first company to launch a complete pay-as-you-go solar TV package in Kenya, has announced its latest generation of PayGo solar powered TV, the TV400.
CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) and Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) have collaborated on a cross-platform campaign that explores how innovation will change the way we will live in the future.
CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) has appointed two joint-heads of CNN’s international advertising sales business to give brands and advertisers from wherever they are in the world greater access to global solutions from CNN Worldwide.
Eutelsat Communications has successfully launched Sat.tv, its enhanced Electronic Program Guide for FTA channels.
SES and CANAL+ strengthen partnership with long-term extensions across Africa, Western and Central Europe
SES and CANAL+ have signed new long-term strategic agreements for satellite capacity across three geographies, strengthening the companies’ longstanding partnership.
As the covid-19 pandemic continues to devastate economies and take a toll on businesses, Kenya’s telecommunication giant Safaricom has reiterated its commitment to work with SMEs who have borne the greatest brunt of the virus.
GhanaWeb, Ghana’s biggest news platform and Tonaton.com, Ghana’s biggest online marketplace have signed an exclusive cooperative partnership agreement to lead and improve Ghana’s online marketplace with engaging content.
MultiChoice Group (MCG) has announced that its subsidiary SuperSport has acquired exclusive rights to broadcast Ethiopian Premier League matches.
Mondia, a technology company which specialises in marketing and distribution of digital content and Jumia, Africa’s largest e-commerce platform, launched Jumia Games, a competitively priced entertainment category on the JumiaPay App.
Trace, an international media group dedicated to empowerment and entertainment of afro-urban people, has entrusted Molotov Solutions to develop and operate the new version of its OTT platform, TracePlay.
Infront, the media-rights agency responsible for negotiating English Premier League’s free-to-air deals in sub-Saharan Africa, has secured a 30% increase in broadcasters for one of the world’s top football leagues.
Azam TV has completed the migration of its video platform from the EUTELSAT 7B to EUTELSAT 7C satellite, with a multi-year extension of the existing contract and an incremental capacity commitment.
Media and Entertainment Company, WarnerMedia, has expanded its entertainment offering in Kenya by introducing its Hollywood blockbuster channel, TNT, on pay television Company StarTimes media platform.
Azam TV has completed the migration of its video platform from the EUTELSAT 7B to EUTELSAT 7C satellite, with a multi-year extension of the existing contract and an incremental capacity commitment.
Talented young creatives continue to turn one of Africa’s largest refugee camps into their own artistic space, even during the pandemic.
R-Squared, South Africa's influencer marketing agency announced a formal partnership with industry leaders such as iProspect and Posterscope of the international Dentsu Aegis Network.
[Nigeria] Silverbird TV enters into a licensing deal with Integral to broadcast to English Premier League matches
Nigeria TV station, Silverbird Television has signed on to broadcast one live English Premier League match per week over the course of the 2020 – 2021 season.
Amagi, a global leader in cloud-based technology for broadcast TV and streaming TV announced it has partnered with The Africa Channel to streamline its entire broadcast workflow across cable, satellite and digital OTT services.
Pay Television company StarTimes Kenya has introduced additional consumer products on its integrated e-shopping platform StarTimes GO.
Global music and entertainment streaming platform, TIDAL, and leading ICT Company, MTN Nigeria have announced a partnership that enables MTN subscribers to receive free 30-day access to TIDAL.
As tech increasingly occupies a central role in modern world, five inspiring people from across the globe have embraced it to beat the odds and excel in everything from sport, to cultural preservation and gaming.
DStv has announced its largest offering of new products, programmes and value bundles in over 10 years.
A Kenyan dancer is using his talent to train children in Kibera, Africa’s largest urban slum, and in the process contribute to reducing crime which is prevalent in the area.