[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Fintech startup Wapi Pay founders Eddie and Paul Ndichu step down from their roles
This has been a very interesting week in tech in Africa. We covered a number of great announcements from a number of tech companies in the region, especially startups.
MTN Group are humbled to be recognized as the leading African company on the recently revealed Forbes World’s Best Employers list for 2021.
Safaricom had the highest internet speeds among top providers in Kenya in Q3 2021. This is according to Ookla's Q3 Internet Performance Report on the state of Kenya's mobile and fixed networks released this week.
The African Development Bank (AfDB), signed a grant agreement for $500,000 with Y’ello Digital Financial Services (YDFS), a fintech subsidiary of MTN Nigeria, to be used for a study into factors hampering access to finance for women in northern Nigeria.
Vodafone has partnered with Thales to connect customers with an Eco-SIM card, a product whose card body is made out of 100% recycled plastic from refrigerator interiors.
Pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies announced the launch of its shortest terrestrial fibre route between the East to the West coasts of Africa, connecting Mombasa, Kenya to Muanda, DRC.
The NHIF mini-app will provide all NHIF services through the Super App, empowering customers to access services wherever they may be without visiting NHIF offices or downloading a separate app.
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) has announced that the National Company for Telecommunications Services (NCTS) has selected the Hughes JUPITER™ System to deliver the ground segment requirements for operation of the Ka-band TIBA-1 satellite
Orange et la Coopération Allemande inaugurent « Orange Digital Center » un écosystème entièrement dédié au développement de compétences numériques et à l’innovation.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has recognised South African NEC XON’s alternative energy Hybrid Storage Solution (HSS) as an innovative technology for promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
Orange Cameroon, German Development Cooperation inaugurate sixth digital center in Africa and the Middle East
Orange and the German Development Cooperation are inaugurating, an Orange Digital Center in Douala, an ecosystem entirely dedicated to the development of digital skills and innovation in Cameroon.
Global software giant Oracle this week announced that it has chosen Johannesburg as the site of its first African data centre.
The NHIF mini-app will provide all NHIF services through the Super App, empowering customers to access services wherever they may be without visiting NHIF offices or downloading a separate app
To meet the ever-growing demand and network resiliency requirements, Djibouti Telecom has started the construction of a New Cable Landing Station in Djibouti City.
MTN Group has received recognition on the 2021 Fortune Change the World list.
Liquid Intelligent Technologies through its innovation and partnerships arm Liquid Labs, has partnered with Africa Legal, an organization that connects legal professionals across the African continent to launch three online courses on legal technology.
Africell, the fourth mobile operator in Angola, has selected Angola Cables to provide wholesale IP transit and connectivity solutions for its network.
[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Teraco completes first phase of its Cape Town hyperscale data centre campus
This week, the firm announced the completion of Phase 1 of CT2, its new hyperscale data centre in Brackenfell, Cape Town – the largest data centre in the Western Cape.
Ogunsanya joined Airtel Africa in 2012 and has retained his MD role throughout his nine-year tenure. He was also leading Airtel Nigeria, the company’s largest African market, from the get-go.
Avanti Communications, the leading provider of high throughput satellite capacity across EMEA, announced the launch of Avanti EXTEND, a new managed satellite service for rural connectivity.
Globacom selects Eutelsat’s Konnect Africa to bring satellite broadband to underserved regions of Nigeria
Eutelsat Communications and Globacom signed a multi-year, multi-Gbps wholesale capacity contract, enabling Globacom to extend its coverage beyond the reach of its terrestrial infrastructure, leveraging the EUTELSAT KONNECT satellite.
MwareTV announces availability of an entirely customisable OTT service for ISPs and telco operators in Africa
MwareTV, a leading cloud-based multi-tenant platform, has revealed the availability to telco operators and internet service providers (ISPs) in Africa of a new, end-to-end TV solution.
SEACOM on Thursday announced that its Regional Managing Director for East North East Africa, Tonny Tugee, is leaving the company.
[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: A huge number of the world’s population is now using mobile internet
GSMA has released the 2021 report on the same showing that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, more than half of the world’s population is now using the mobile internet.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) announced a new partnership that aims to accelerate the deployment of new and more cost effective cellular networks, particularly in areas of the world that are unconnected.
MTN Group has been named the most valuable African brand in the Brand Finance Africa 150 rankings
Ericsson today unveils the latest addition to its Massive MIMO portfolio the ultra-lightweight antenna-integrated radio AIR 3268 for easier and efficient 5G mid-band deployments in dense urban and suburban areas.
Safaricom has been announced as a Global Compact LEAD participant for its ongoing commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and its Ten Principles for responsible business.
CDC commits over $50m to expand digital infrastructure, boost rural connectivity across sub-Saharan Africa
CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution (DFI) and impact investor, has announced commitments totalling $50.9 million to expand digital infrastructure, boost rural connectivity and accelerate digital technology access.
Vodafone Group and ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies, have today launched a new initiative to connect 3.4BN people with smartphones by 2030.
Orange selects Ericsson to ramp-up its mobile money service and accelerate financial inclusion in Africa
Orange Middle East and Africa has selected Ericsson as a strategic partner for its pan-African Orange Money service, tapping Ericsson’s Wallet Platform to accelerate financial inclusion for its customers across fourteen African countries.
MTN South Africa network will be the first mobile operator in Africa to provide access to 5G technology to customers from the Philippines through its international roaming agreement with Smart Communications, Inc.
This week, Facebook announced a new partnership with Big Cabal Media and Comic Republic to launch a new campaign against fake news in Nigeria.
Liquid Intelligent Technologies connects DRC and Congo Brazzaville with high-speed connectivity using WOC technology
Africa’s technology group, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, is now delivering affordable high-speed connectivity to communities in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) using state-of-the-art Wireless Optical Communication technology (WOC).
Workz Group has launched Multi-eSIM Hub (MeSH), the first multi-tenant eSIM management platform that enables mobile network operators (MNOs) to manage the eSIM lifecycle
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) announced a minority investment by the Fund for Export Development in Africa (FEDA) into Liquid Intelligent Technologies (Liquid), a pan-African telecommunications technology group.
Nokia has today announced it has been selected by MTN, a leading emerging markets operator in Africa and the Middle East, to drive its voice core evolution and network modernization in South Africa.
MTN is pleased to announce a mobile money partnership with Africa’s leading payments technology company, Flutterwave.
This is the latest investment from MTN in a growing relationship with Nigeria’s dynamic football ecosystem.
[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: M-Pesa is now Africa’s largest fintech with 50 million active customers
More than 14 years after launching its mobile money service M-Pesa, Safaricom this week announced that it reached 50 million monthly active customers strengthening its position as Africa’s largest fintech.
Liquid Intelligent Technologies partners with Unitas Global to create a network of interconnected data centres in Africa
Pan-African technology group, Liquid Intelligent Technologies has announced a strategic partnership with global managed network provider, Unitas Global, in a bid to meet the demands of rapid digital transformation across the continent.
MTN in partnership with ayoba has launched a dynamic media campaign entitled: ‘Life inside ayoba’ that will bring the African super app to life.
Launched more than 14 years ago in Kenya, M-Pesa is today available in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, DRC, Lesotho, Ghana and Egypt.
Smart Africa has announced that Afriwave Telecom has become the latest private sector member of the Smart Africa Alliance. The organisations will work together towards the vision of transforming Africa into a single digital market.
Mobile phone technology will play a key role in building an inclusive, sustainable Africa of the future.
Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia PLC on Friday launched a countrywide staff recruitment drive ahead of its commercial launch.
Vodacom Group has been named a Global Alliance Member of the Earthshot Prize.
Vodacom Central Region has switched on 5G mobile network in Mangaung Municipal District, with other municipal districts in the Free State and Northern Cape provinces to go live later this month.
Speedcast announced that the company has been selected by Mining Company Katanga for a three-year contract to deliver satellite connectivity services in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Kenya and Nigeria fastest growing data center markets in Africa
Africa is poised for a data centre boom as internet penetration rates rise and the continent begins to play catch-up with other regions. Kenya and Nigeria have been described as some of the top markets to watch out for.
While many businesses struggled to find ways to keep their people connected during one of the most disruptive times in recent history, Vodafone says it already had a secret weapon that helped it thrive in times of extreme uncertainty.
MTN Nigeria CEO, Mr. Karl Toriola, speaks on the 20 years transformational journey of the telecoms revolution in Nigeria, its impact, and challenges.
MTN Group has announced the appointment of Burak Akinci as Chief Executive Officer of Simfy (ayoba), reporting to the MTN Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer Serigne Dioum and responsible for the super app ayoba.
Djibouti Telecom is leveraging Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme solution to upgrade its DARE1 (Djibouti Africa Regional Express1) network to increase digitization in the East Africa region.
MTN is launching a conservation partnership with the Owl Rescue Centre to provide safe homes for owls nesting in MTN towers.
Vodacom Mpumalanga Region, in partnership with Google South Africa, is giving away Android powered smartphones at no cost to scores of people in villages of Mbuzini, Mangweni, Stenborg and Magogeni in Nkomazi.
MTN Nigeria has appointed Odunayo Sanya as Executive Secretary of MTN Foundation. She replaces Nonny Ugboma who held the position from January 2009 to March 2021.
[Africa Tech Week] Duncan Mochama: Facebook has partnered with African telcos to extend subsea cable to four countries
The 2Africa consortium, comprising China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone, and WIOCC, announced the addition of four new branches to the 2Africa cable.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) are considering possible areas of increasing collaboration to enhance the impact and contribution of telecommunications sector on Nigeria’s socio-economic development.
Vodacom has introduced the pan-industry Eco Rating for mobile phones across multiple brands with distinct labelling at point of sale where these devices are available.
Nokia has come together with multiple stakeholders, including Safaricom, UNICEF and the Kenyan Ministries of Education and ICT, to connect close to 90 schools to the Internet in Kenya.
Broadband network and digital services offered in Seychelles will get a boost from a new cable system that will be leased by Seychelles-based telecommunications provider Intelvision, with support from IFC.
Mobile Money Corporation a le plaisir d’annoncer le lancement de sa nouvelle campagne baptisée « MoMo Pay », qui récompense tous les paiements effectués à partir du compte MTN MoMo.
MTN Cameroon has launched the MoMo Pay promotion, which rewards all payments made from the MTN MoMo account., which runs until 31 October.
Kaspersky’s recent research shows that the overall number of financial malware attacks in countries like Kenya decreased in the first half of 2021 when compared to the same period in 2020.
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Sanlam and MTN Group have announced that they are joining forces in an exclusive strategic alliance (the Alliance) to distribute Sanlam Group insurance and investment products across Africa, further developing MTN’s mobile financial services business.
There was a time, not so long ago, when 5G was only talked about in relation to ‘the future’. But as the first 5G networks are deployed around the world, with higher bandwidth and faster speeds, applications are already being enabled.
[Kenya] Safaricom Partners with Nairobi Securities Exchange to Enable Customers Invest Using Bonga Points
Safaricom announced a new partnership with the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE)to enable Kenyans to invest in stocks using their accrued bonga points.
OPPO has announced that the OPPO Research Institute has officially released its first 6G white paper - "6G AI-Cube Intelligent Networking".
[Africa Tech Week] Duncan Mochama: African fintech startups are attracting a lot of attention from investors
In Kenya, Wapi Pay has raised $2.2 Million in pre-seed funding to scale up global payments and remittances between Africa and Asia
Making the announcement, Sello Moloko, Chairperson of Telkom said the organisation was pleased that its extensive search process confirmed the calibre of Telkom’s people.
Orange maritime customers will now be able to accelerate their digital transformation with higher-capacity satellite connectivity services provided jointly by SES Networks and Orange.
Safaricom shareholders have given their nod for the setting up and incorporation of the Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia PLC, the company that will begin operation in Ethiopia by next year.
Google has joined Smart Africa as a platinum member of the Alliance, advancing its commitment to the digital transformation of Africa.
Orange Mali et la Coopération Allemande Inaugurent le 4ème Orange Digital Center en Afrique et au Moyen-Orient
Orange et la Coopération Allemande inaugurent à Bamako, « Orange Digital Center », un écosystème entièrement dédié au développement des compétences numériques et à l’innovation.
Vodacom Financial Services has announced that quick service restaurant (QSR), KFC South Africa, has become a Mini Program partner on the Vodacom Super App.
In agreement with its local partners and during the Board of directors meetings of its subsidiaries, Orange has appointed the following CEOs for three of its subsidiaries in Africa and the Middle East:
Orange Mali and German Cooperation inaugurate 4th Orange Digital Center in Africa and the Middle East
Orange and the German Cooperation are inaugurating, an Orange Digital Center in Bamako, an ecosystem entirely dedicated to the development of digital skills and innovation.
Vodacom South Africa and Nokia achieve highest transmission rates across live optical network in Africa
Vodacom South Africa and Nokia are working together to transform the operator’s nationwide optical transmission network through Nokia’s Photonic Service Engine 3 (PSE-3) chipset hardware to deliver high capacity transmission.
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.
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.
Adrian Kenya yesterday held a groundbreaking ceremony to officially launch the Fibre Infrastructure Relocation project along the Nairobi – Mau Summit Road.
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.
[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.
NuRAN Wireless Inc., a leading supplier of mobile and broadband wireless infrastructure solutions, announces it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Telinno-Consulting Limited for the in Mali, West Africa and Sierra Leone.
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.
Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a pan African technology group, has appointed Martin Mushambadope as the Chief Executive Officer for its operations in South Sudan.
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.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
Ooredoo Tunisia selects P.I. Works solution to reduce integration costs and implementation timelines
By integrating seven vendors from three different domains into a single monitoring product, VantagePM will become Ooredoo Tunisia’s one stop network monitoring solution.
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.
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.
Orange Egypt has entered into an agreement with the National Bank of Egypt (NBE), in preparation to manage its Orange Cash services that is aimed at boosting Orange customers experience and ensuring customers’ access to the best secured and innovative services.
Africa’s data centre market is poised for massive growth this year as internet penetration rates rise and the continent begins to play catch-up with other regions.
Nokia is now unlocking the global unlicensed spectrum with the industry first MulteFire 4.9G/LTE private wireless network solution which features the industry’s first certified MulteFire device: the Nokia Industrial MulteFire router 700.