Esoko, a Ghanaian technology firm, is empowering farmers to get better prices for their products, one text message at a time.
Temenos, the banking software company, announced that Banque de l’Habitat (BH) has signed for T24 Core Banking, Payments, Channels, Analytics, Financial Crime Mitigation and Enterprise Risk Management.
Emergent Technology Holdings LP, a global financial technology company has acquired Interpay Africa, a payments processor based in Ghana.
The public and private sectors have this week recorded heightened activities with partnerships, trade and capital markets dominating headlines.
BTCCredit is set to disrupt the billion dollar lending industry with its innovative platform that aims to make peer-to-peer (P2P) crypto lending mainstream.
The start of 2018 saw global technology research firm, International Data Corporation (IDC), predict that South African channel partners would have to evolve strategy and platform to meet the growing demand for digital transformation.
IFC is investing $1 million in Vezeeta, an Egyptian technology company that operates an online platform that allows patients to quickly find doctors.
Global money transfer company, WorldRemit has partnered with Atlas Mara Limited-owned Zimbabwe financial institution BancABC to provide a digital money transfer service.
Vubiquity, has announced a deal with Discover Digital to provide new international content in Africa starting with TelOne DEOD, Digital Entertainment On Demand, in Zimbabwe.
Leading storage device manufacturer Toshiba has announced that its go Africa initiative has seen its market share in the storage business grow by 400 percent since the program was launched two years ago.
Google has released South Africa’s Year in Search results, an overview of the searches and questions that drove South Africans online throughout 2018.
Moroccan Airports Authority partners with National Aviation Services to launch electronic gates at Airports in Marrakech
The Moroccan Airports Authority (ONDA) has partnered with National Aviation Services (NAS) to launch the first electronic gates (E-gates) at the Pearl Lounge in the Marrakech Menara Airport departures area.
Pan-African bank Ecobank has appointed MFS Africa as digital payment partner enabling cross-platform payment services for Ecobank account holders.
The Mimecast Limited quarter’s assessment report found that these email security systems are missing more than 25 percent of emails containing dangerous file types in comparison to last quarter’s findings.
After launching in Cape Town earlier this year, Startup Guide, the global guide for startups in high-growth innovation hubs in Europe, the US and the Middle East, is open to nominations in Johannesburg.
Konza Technopolis Development Authority and Huawei have announced plans to set up an innovation hub in Kenya, at Machakos University dubbed Konza Innovation Hub.
Opportunities abound for Africa to engage in and benefit from e-commerce and the digital economy as the African Continental Free Trade Agreement comes into force.
Google has released Year in Search 2018, an overview of the searches and questions that drove Kenyans online throughout the year. The trending searches in 2018 were mainly dominated by events and personalities
IDOOH International has expanded to Africa through a partnership with Nigeria’s Abercairn Digital to deploy 1,000 in-vehicle media screens with ride-hail drivers in Lagos.
The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has called on all stakeholders in financial institutions and banking sector to work together to strengthen the fight against mobile money fraud and cybercrime.
[Nigeria] TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018 highlights achievements of top innovators and startups in Africa
M-SCAN, a company that develops portable mobile ultrasound devices, was crowned as Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most Promising Startup at TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018, held in Lagos, Nigeria.
Egyptian e-health startup Vezeeta has raised $1 million in additional funding from IFC to add to the $12 million in Series C financing it raised earlier this year to continue its international expansion.
Kenya is set to become the first country in the world to adopt TIACA’s new Cargo Service Quality (CSQ) tool nationwide.
The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has announced the appointment of Governor Dr. Patrick Njoroge by the United Nations Secretary-General, to the Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Liquid Telecom has reached an agreement with CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution, to invest $180m in the company.
Janngo has launched in Ivory Coast its first online platform www.Jexport.ci, bridging access to market and competitiveness gaps.
Although e-commerce is snowballing in Africa, with more than 21 million Africans shop online, countries are at very different stages of development.
Mastercard and DPO Group have partnered to enable more than 40,000 African merchants to accept Mastercard payment.
IFC has announced a $6 million equity investment in Kobo360 Inc, a tech-enabled e-logistics platform that connects the supply of trucks with the demand for transportation services by cargo owners in Nigeria.
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has announced that it is investing 8 billion Egyptian Pounds (USD400m) in Egypt over the next three years.
South Africa continues to be the continent’s preferred destination for international investors due to its competitive market, favorable political climate, a booming middle class and strategic location.
General Electric has launched an e-learning portal for its Lagos Garage advanced manufacturing training program.
Addis International Bank, WorldRemit target 2 million Ethiopians in diaspora with money transfer service
Global digital money transfer service WorldRemit has joined forces with Addis International Bank for digital money transfers.
MTN has launched MusicTime!, a fully inclusive time-based music streaming service through Simfy Africa.
Pay-as-you-go solar pioneer Azuri and consumer goods company Unilever have launched an e-voucher system designed to help off-grid rural consumers in Kenya access consumer goods and services via pay-as-you-go solar.
Even with mounting fears that rapid automation could reduce the number of jobs in the Kenya’s manufacturing sector, a new report posits that digital technologies can, in fact, boost job creation.
Kwesé, a subsidiary of Econet, has today announced the launch of video-on-demand (VOD) streaming service, Kwesé Play, as the centerpiece in its new Kenyan broadcasting strategy, and a first in Kenya.
TC4A launches its East Africa business in Kenya to boost universal healthcare coverage through digital innovation
Social impact company Tech Care for All (TC4A), has announced the launch of its East Africa business, to be headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
Modernising regulation and policy reform will be crucial to boosting Nigeria’s digital economy and accelerating internet access for millions through increased mobile broadband penetration.
SAP has launched SAP Sports One, the first sports-specific cloud solution powered by SAP's celebrated HANA platform.
[South Africa] Internet Solutions opening Africa’s largest pre-fabricated data centre in South Africa
Internet Solutions has announced plans to open the largest pre-fabricated data centre in South Africa. The data centre is due to officially begin operating in January 2019 and will be located in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
Nedbank’s new mobile account, MobiMoney, has seen more than 50 000 people sign up less than eight weeks after the bank rolled out a pilot project for the service.
Safaricom has today began trial of a new and innovative network coverage technology aimed at enhancing coverage in urban areas.
Pan-African payments company Cellulant has announced plans to build an application programming interface (API) for Africa’s payments companies to solve Africa’s payment problems.
Mastercard has partnered with Housing Finance Bank, to launch Mastercard Debit and Prepaid Card options to the bank’s customers in Uganda to deliver a quick, convenient and secure alternative to cash.
Safaricom has introduced Zuri, an artificial intelligence (AI) Chatbot assistant available on Telegram and Facebook Messenger. Zuri will offer a fast, convenient and easy way to manage customers’ queries.
Middle East,Turkey and Africa personal computing devices market to decline to lowest levels since 2009, study
The Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) personal computing devices (PCD) market, which is made up of desktops, notebooks, workstations, and tablets, will slump to its lowest levels in a decade next year.
Kenyan manufacturing risks further de-industrialization if the government and firms do not adapt to new digital technologies.
After two years of intensive development, the Mauritius Africa FinTech Hub (MAFH) will be launching in December.
MTN Group is now the first African telecommunications company to join the IoT World Alliance, the leading enabler of connected IoT solutions.
The online investment guide (iGuide) to Mauritania has been launched in the presence of the media and representatives of the public and private sector.
HP has announced a new commitment to reach 100,000 learners across Africa over the next three years through the HP Foundation’s HP LIFE program, and kicked off the commitment by opening a new tech-enabled HP LIFE Center in South Africa.
The mobile telecommunications industry contributed $21 billion to gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017, representing 5.5 per cent of Nigeria’s total GDP.
The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, has been selected to manage the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF).
[Kenya] HF Group PLC reports loss as it banks on a diversification strategy to mitigate future risks
HF Group has reported a pre-tax loss of Ksh325m for the period ending 30 September 2018, occasioned by low demand that has led to a slowdown in the real estate credit growth.
Africa's mobile phone market declined 2.1% quarter on quarter in 2018 according to the latest figures announced by International Data Corporation.
Vodacom has added over 150 new sites to its network to facilitate additional traffic over the festive season.
Digital payments platform BitPesa raises $5m from Sompo Holdings to revolutionize cross-border payments
Kenya’s BitPesa has raised $5m from Japanese insurance group Sompo Holdings in a move expected to revolutionize cross-border payments and insurance services globally.
East Africa Community member states asked to deploy IT-enabled procurement systems to curb corruption
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury Mr Henry Rotich has called on East Africa Community member states to deploy IT-enabled procurement systems to curb corruption.
Konnect Africa, an initiative of the satellite operator Eutelsat dedicated to satellite broadband on the African continent, has launched its Internet access offers throughout the Congolese territory.
After making good progress on financial inclusion, Senegal has turned its attention to digitizing payments in order to speed up its growth and inclusive development.
Google has announced the 12 finalists of the first Google Impact Challenge in Kenya. Lewa Wildlife Marathon was named the winner of the Public Vote, while African Prisons Project, Startup Lions and Ujuzi Kilimo Solutions won the Judges’ Vote.
Kenya’s Family Bank Limited has partnered with London-based financial technology firm SimbaPay to launch an instant money transfer service from Kenya to China.
Mobile phone data-driven financial platform Port It Global Inc has closed a Seed round of funding led by Energy Access Ventures (EAV) to drive market expansion in Africa and South America.
[Kenya] E-health platform MYDAWA partners with Kenya Pharmaceutical Association to advocate for better health care solutions.
Kenya’s e-health platform and online retail pharmacy; MYDAWA and Kenya Pharmaceutical Association (KPA) have announced a new partnership to advocate for access to quality health commodities for Kenyans.
Family Bank has announced that it has surpassed the Ksh500 million mark in loans disbursed, to both its customers and non-customers, within a three-month period through its mobile application PesaPap.
Visa and Vivo Energy have announced a Pan African agreement to provide digital payment services to consumers across 15 African countries, where both companies operate.
Equity Bank has unveiled an innovative online forex trading platform in a move that seeks to harness the potential of the financial markets in Kenya.
Blockchain technology is a disruptive innovation that is gradually gaining traction in Africa.
NGExchanger, a Bitcoin Exchanger in Nigeria, is posed to change the face of Crypotcurrency and Bitcoin e-currency exchange in Nigeria.
Email and data security company Mimecast Limited has launched Mimecast for IBM QRadar, which integrates email security data into IBM’s security intelligence technology.
Kenyan based payment service provider DPO Group, has announced a partnership with Aero CRS (an airline customer reservation system) that will see DPO power all the payments at the back-end ensuring all parties receive their payments in real time.
Majid Al Futtaim, the exclusive franchisee operator of Carrefour in 15 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has partnered with Jumia to provide a secure and convenient way for Carrefour customers to shop for groceries and household goods online starting end of December.
SecuritEase is pleased to announce that it has implemented its multi-market, multi-currency settlement system at Investec Securities to clear and settle both principal and agency trades executed on the A2X market.
With the year winding down, Cell C customers will be able to get twice the data for Cell C’s revolutionary mobile service that combines connectivity and entertainment in a unique and great value package, MediaPlay.
In a further move to cement its position as an integrated financial services organisation offering exceptional value, Standard Bank is entering the airtime and data market.
Vodacom Group Limited has appointed two new board members to replace Ms Thoko Mokgosi and Mr Ronald Schellekens, who have resigned as directors.
Accutrak, a North-West technology company in South Africa is looking forward to expanding its customer base during the Trade and Investment Mission to Mozambique this month.
Persons living with visual impairment/blindness can now access M-PESA messages independently in braille format and conduct financial transactions with confidentiality.
The European Investment Bank has signed a loan agreement worth $40 million with Telkom.
Telecom Egypt has adopted Nokia's Photonic Service Engine (PSE) technology to double backbone capacity on its Delta Region DWDM backbone network.
Guaranty Trust Bank has announced the launch of Habari, Nigeria’s largest platform for music, shopping, lifestyle content and more.
The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology has signed an initial grant agreement with the World Bank to support the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund.
The City of Ekurhuleni is an important industrial center in Gauteng, which is South Africa's most economically developed province.
Orange Group and MTN Group have announced a joint venture, Mowali, mobile wallet interoperability, to enable interoperable payments across the continent.
KT Corporation, South Korea's telecommunications company, has reached a milestone deal with Ghana to fight epidemics.
Wananchi Group has announced plans to expand its services to Nakuru town as part of its regional expansion strategy. This will be the third city the company is expanding to after Nairobi and Mombasa.
HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has today announced the availability of Nokia 5.1 Plus in the Kenya market from selected retailers, selling from Ksh 24,000.
A new comprehensive tool on African urban agglomerations has been launched on the sidelines of the eighth Africities Summit in Marrakesh Morocco.
Five months after rolling uberBODA operations in Kampala, Uganda, Uber has now launched the service in Nairobi.
Morocco has successfully launched a new satellite christened Mohammed VI-B.
Cybersecurity research firm, ESET has partnered with Airtel to launch a new mobile security product specially designed for Airtel Nigeria subscribers.
International Finance Corporation, IFC has announced an agreement of $1.6 million with Atlantic Financial Group Central and East Africa to expand access to digital financial services.
MTN has announced the launch of Ugx1bn (US$270,000) fund to support technology startups in Uganda. The fund is expected to provide a financial boost to startups that participate in the MTN innovation challenge series.
MTN Uganda has become the first telecom company in Uganda and in the MTN Group to grant access to third-parties to its Mobile Money Access Programming Interface (API).
[Nigeria] Agritech startup Farmcrowdy celebrates its second anniversary of empowering with close to 8,000 farmers
Nigeria’s digital agriculture platform Farmcrowdy, recently celebrated its second year of empowering close to 8,000 farmers across 10 states in the country.
Telecommunications service provider, SEACOM has acquired 100% of FibreCo Telecommunications in a move to achieve its vision to expand its African footprint through the consolidation of fibre assets.
[Kenya] Cellulant patners with Facebook to launch Augmented Reality (AR) powered try-on experiences on Messenger
Pan-African Payments company, Cellulant, has built Africa’s first Augmented Reality (AR) powered try-on experiences in Facebook Messenger.
Smart Packaging Solutions (SPS), a global ID card and ePassport manufacturing technologies companies, has been selected by five countries in West Africa for their national eID cards.
Visa has announced a new partnership with Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) to become the payment technology sponsor of the Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in 2019 and 2021.