Mastercard partners with Ghana Cyber Security Authority to fight fraud
Mastercard recognizes the seriousness of these threats and places a high priority on fraud prevention and cybersecurity in all the countries where it operates, including Ghana.
Liquid C2 collaborates with INOVO to offer omni-channel cloud contact centre to clients in Africa
INOVO's cloud contact centre solution enables businesses to easily optimise channels, supporting processes, data and their workforce to drive efficiencies and boost the customer experience
Centi partners with Centbee to empower African diaspora with blockchain-based transfers
Remittances are the financial backbone for many African households, with Switzerland's sizeable diaspora community playing a significant role.
5 African countries pledged to uphold free internet in 2021 UN resolution, yet imposed 16 restrictions since
By comparing countries’ stances with data from Surfshark’s Internet Shutdown Tracker, Surfshark was able to identify 5 African countries that claimed to support the resolution but “broke their word” by imposing internet restrictions.
Yellow Card and Tether join forces to drive stablecoin education and adoption among the African youth
Pan-African fintech and cryptocurrency exchange Yellow Card and Tether, the stablecoin provider have completed completion of Phase 1 of their strategic collaboration across three key African markets.
[Column] Christopher Sau: Ready to fly - A cloud migration roadmap for Kenyan enterprises
According to the Cloud in Africa 2023 report by World Wide Worx, 84% of Kenyan organisations increased their cloud service spending last year. This is fuelled by an increase in the number of local data centres and available cloud platforms
[Kenya] Rural ISP Mawingu begins expansion to 25 additional counties
Mawingu, the Rural Internet Service Provider (ISP), has begun its network expansion to 25 additional counties across Kenya three months after the company raised $9 million in Series B funding.
[South Africa] Trellix expands support for Amazon Security Lake from AWS
Trellix has expanded support for Amazon Security Lake from Amazon Web Services (AWS). The service automatically centralises security data from the cloud, on-premises, and custom sources into a purpose-built data lake.
[Kenya] Boost for SMEs as Pesapal Introduces Real-Time Settlement of Payments
Pesapal has introduced real-time settlement for merchants in Kenya, enabling fast transfer of funds into their accounts. Through Pesapal’s e-wallet Openfloat, merchants who use the Pesapal platform can receive funds faster.
Kenya to host newly launched Diageo’s Africa Digital Hub
Global drinks company, Diageo Plc, will host the newly launched Africa Digital Hub in Kenya to accelerate its digital transformation ambition.
DataPathology ouvre son capital au fonds d’investissement Azur Innovation Fund
La start-up spécialisée dans le diagnostic pathologique à distance, DataPathology, accueille Azur Innovation Fund, un nouvel investisseur local dans son tour de table.
Letshego Kenya to launch Letsgo Cash for easy access to funds for emergency purposes
Letshego Kenya launches “Letsgo Cash” in partnership with Creditinfo Kenya to take financial inclusion to a higher level.
Nigeria's Regtech startup Youverify launches its full cycle compliance solutions in Kenya
Youverify, the regtech company building full-cycle global compliance products for businesses has officially entered the Kenyan market.
[Column] Andrew Springate: Spearheading Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) innovation in South Africa and beyond
While the journey towards a fully modernised Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT) market in Africa has its challenges, the opportunities far outweigh them.
[Kenya] USIU-Africa students win the 2023 Microsoft Imagine Cup World Championship
A team of four students from the United States International University-Africa, and winners in the education category of the 2023 Imagine Cup world finals qualifying round have won the World Championship.
MultiChoice, Rapyd and General Catalyst to develop new integrated payment platform for Africa
MultiChoice Group, Rapyd and General Catalyst on Monday announced a joint venture aimed at developing an integrated payment platform for Africa.
[South Africa] Jonathan Duncan Joins Vertiv Africa Engineering and Technical Team
Vertiv, the global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, has appointed Jonathan Duncan as application engineering and technical solutions director for Africa.
Green technology fund raises Sh171 million from FSD Africa
Venture fund startup Africa Climate Ventures (ACV) has raised £1 million (Sh171.1 million) for investing in companies focused on environment-friendly projects in the continent.
[Column] Joanne Mwangi – Yelbert: Entice more women in tech to bridge skills gap and bolster growth
Digital technologies hold immense potential to improve people’s economic and social outcomes, yet challenges remain regarding women’s access to and use of these technologies.
[Ethiopia] Azentio Software’s iMAL is now live at Rammis Bank
Azentio Software announced that the latest version of its Islamic banking solution - iMAL, has gone live at Rammis Bank, a newly launched financial institution in Ethiopia specializing in Sharia-compliant products and services.
[Column] Mukesh Bector: A Simple Place to Start if You’re Lagging on Digital Transformation
Digital transformation: we’ve all heard the phrase a thousand times. It’s a buzz word that’s been around for a couple of decades. Yet it can mean different things depending on the organisation that needs to change.
[Kenya] Pathways partners with Konza to foster high-tech training
Tech firm Pathways Technologies has partnered with Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) to train and equip the youth with cutting-edge skills in Data Analytics, AI, Machine Learning, and Data science.
[SAP on Google Cloud] An Intelligent Enterprise enabled by Incentro Africa with SAP and Google Cloud
At Incentro Africa's SAP on Cloud Storefront, we possess end-to-end capabilities and industry-specific insight to assist you in realizing the full transformative potential of the cloud.
[Column] Shameel Joosub: Unlocking AfCFTA's potential value
Encompassing 54 countries and 1.3 billion people and accounting for revenue of over US$3.4 trillion in terms of GDP, the AfCFTA’s potential value is enormous.
Centbee and nChain partner to further global blockchain payment technology
Blockchain payments company Centbee has announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with nChain, a world player in Web3 and Blockchain technologies to strengthen its blockchain payments technology offerings.
Zydii a Kenya-based digital training solutions provider got new funds
DOB Equity, Kua Ventures, Kaleo Ventures and NaiBAN have invested in a pre-seed funding round in Zydii, a Kenya-based digital training solutions provider.
[Column] Chester Wisniewski: Protecting Assets in a Remote-First and Potentially Hostile World
With both persistent attacks and post-pandemic remote work here to stay, modern security solutions must assume the endpoint device or phone operates in a dangerous environment at all times.
[Senegal] Avanti completes second phase of HYLAS 4 satellite gateway project
Avanti Communications has completed the second phase of its project to build a new HYLAS 4 satellite gateway station, in Dakar, Senegal.
Liquid Dataport and Viasat sign deal to improve connectivity services for business and consumers in West Africa
Liquid and Viasat intend to focus on the potential commercialisation and distribution of satellite broadband to reduce internet connectivity costs and improve data connections across the region.
ESET E.A to launch a cyber security industry survey
Global cyber security solutions provider ESET through its local subsidiary ESET E.A has rolled out an industry wide survey that seeks to establish the State of Cybersecurity in East Africa.
[Column] Patrick Ndegwa: Expanded connectivity - How Kenya’s manufacturing sector could reap major benefits
With the right tools, enterprises can collect, analyse, and act on the data generated by IoT devices, thereby improving decision-making and business outcomes.
[South Africa] Fintech specialist Ukheshe launches new innovation hub
Banking as a Service (BaaS) and embedded finance enabler Ukheshe has launched a new innovation hub, Ukheshe Labs, to focus on research and development in the digital payments market.
AFEX plans to expand into 7 new African countries
AFEX, Africa’s leading commodities market player to announce that it has secured first place in the Financial Times (FT) ranking of Africa’s Fastest-Growing Companies in 2023.
[Kenya] Zoho officially opens its new office and training center in Nairobi
Zoho Corporation, the Indian technology company building enterprise management solutions has officially opened its new office in Nairobi.
Research PLUS Africa launches new collaborative platform for African researchers
Research PLUS Africa has unveiled a collaborative platform aimed at empowering African researchers and revolutionizing the research landscape on the continent.
Angola Cable et Orange signent une accord de partage d'infrastructures en Afrique de l'Ouest
Angola Cables et Orange ont conclu un accord de partage des infrastructures sur le réseau Ouest-Africain de Djoliba.
Azercosmos and Intelsat’s collaboration opens the way to unreachable places in the African region
Azercosmos and the global satellite operator Intelsat have signed a commercial agreement on the joint implementation of long-term projects in the West African region.
[Incentro - Google Webinar] How to upgrade your classroom with GWS for Education
Elevate your classroom into a collaborative and innovative hub with GWS (Google Workspace) for Education - empowering learners and teachers to reach new heights!
[Column]Chinelo Anohu: Change Africa’s narrative through partnerships and investment
Change Africa’s narrative through partnerships and investment, says Africa Investment Forum’s Senior Director.
[Column] Darryl Pietersen: Africa’s digital dividend: The role of technology in remittances
The growth of Africa’s digital economy has resulted in many positive changes.
IN Groupe partners with Entrust to modernize identity programme in Africa
IN Groupe and Entrust have announced that they have expanded their partnership to modernize an African government’s identity program, bringing greater security and scalability to meet the identity challenges of today and into the future.
MTN targets over 40 million small businesses across Africa with launch SME Day
MTN, Africa's telecommunications company, has announced its upcoming SME hybrid event aimed at fostering growth and providing essential resources to the continent's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
[Interview]: Ady Namaran Coulibaly, Operations Manager at Bolingo Consult
Ady Namaran Coulibaly is Operations Manager at Bolingo Consult, she is dedicated to providing localization and multicultural insights for Africa and its languages to Language Services Buyers and LSPs.
Sabi raised $38 Million for B2B marketplace serving African retailers
African B2B e-commerce startup Sabi tops $300M valuation in new funding.
MTN GlobalConnect achieves MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet Services Certification
MTN GlobalConnect has attained a MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet Services Certification.
Bayobab and Microsoft form strategic connectivity partnership enabling future growth for Africa
Bayobab, formerly known as MTN GlobalConnect to announce the strategic pan-African connectivity partnership with Microsoft.
[Nigeria] Edtech startup uLesson secures license to launch online university
Nigerian ed-tech, uLesson, has secured an online university license for Miva University, its new platform for tertiary education.
Morocco partners with Africa Finance Corporation to advance critical financing for local institutions
The MOU strengthens the partnership after Morocco officially became a member of the AFC in 2021.
[South Africa] Vodacom partners with South Point to bring a new youth-focused store to Braamfontein
Vodacom''s new OnPoint Mobile store has opened in Braamfontein. Developed in partnership with South Point, Braamfontein's largest property owner and developer and home to more than 6 000 students, the new space delivers exciting retail design and curated consumer experiences to Africa's largest academic district.
Fintech firm dLocal receives regulatory licenses to operate in Kenya and Rwanda
dLocal, the fintech firm has announced that the Central Bank of Kenya and the National Bank of Rwanda have granted it their respective payment service licenses.
[Column] Somesh Adukia: Paper versus digital: The Future of work
Over the past two years, remote and hybrid arrangements have become the norm in the workplace.
Mobile money services reached transaction value of $1.26 trillion in 2022, report
The report, published annually by the GSMA and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, demonstrates that rates of adoption are even quicker than expected, with the number of registered mobile money accounts growing by 13% year on year, from 1.4 billion in 2021 to 1.6 billion in 2022.
[South Africa] Africa Data Centres and LINX form a partnership to explore digital growth in Africa
Africa Data Centres has entered into a strategic partnership with The London Internet Exchange (LINX), to explore growth and opportunities in current and new markets across Africa.
Acquisition of 16% stake in NBX and capital increase by SPENN
SPENN Technology A/S announces the acquisition of 16% ownership in Norwegian Block Exchange AS (NBX) through a share purchase agreement with Observatoriet Invest AS, a company owned by Bjørn Kjos and family.
[Column] Takalane Khashane: What companies need to know about prioritising information security in the cloud age
The cloud allows businesses to rapidly store, analyse and act on large amounts of data and insights – which in turn accelerates innovation, agility and competitiveness.
Mastercard Foundation and First Consult announce program to support 72000 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises
The Mastercard Foundation and First Consult have announced the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise Recovery and Resilience (“MESMER”) Program to support 72,200 informal, start-up, and formal enterprises.
La Fondation Batonga en partenariat avec la Fondation Mastercard étend ses programmes au Sénégal
La Fondation Batonga d’Angélique Kidjo étend ses programmes au Sénégal pour maximiser sa portée auprès desadolescentes et des jeunes femmes
[Kenya] Bolt launches driver engagement centre
Bolt, the on-demand mobility platform in Africa, has launched a driver engagement centre in efforts to enhance its driver relations and address drivers expectations in terms of handling their concerns.
[Column| Patrick Ndegwa: Empowering developing countries through ICT
As we celebrated World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on 17 May, a spotlight falls on the impact of ICT technologies and Internet connectivity.
Deal Source Africa platform launched to bridge the 331$bn funding gap for African businesses
The program will help to bridge the $331 billion funding gap for African SMEs, especially those with high growth potential by offering solutions that are tailored to meet their business needs
AfriLabs welcomes 19 new members, expands to two new cities
AfriLabs, the largest network of technology and innovation hubs in Africa has announced the admission of 19 new members to its community.
Cashtoken Rewards Africa has recieved $100M commitnment from GEM
CashToken Rewards Africa Limited, has obtained a $100 million capital commitment from Gem Global Yield LLC SCS (GGY), part of GEM.
Africa50 and Bayobab in partnership to develop pan-African terrestrial fibre
Bayobab and Africa50 signed a partnership to develop Project East2West, a terrestrial fibre optic cable network connecting the eastern shores of Africa to those on the continent’s west.
Africa50 et Bayobab s'associent pour développer les réseaux de fibres optiques terrestres en Afrique
Bayobab et Africa50 ont signé lundi un partenariat visant à développer le projet East2West, un réseau de câbles terrestres à fibres optiques reliant la côte est de l'Afrique à celle de l'ouest du continent.
MTN GlobalConnect rebrands as Bayobab to strengthen its commitment to digitally connecting Africa
MTN GlobalConnect announced an important step in the evolution of its business through the unveiling of its new name and positioning – Bayobab.
Mastercard and CEBIH partner to drive cybersecurity in Nigeria
The Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) found that 91% of fraudulent attacks were successful in 2020-2021, and the Anti-Corruption Agencies of Nigeria found that almost $18 billion is lost annually to illicit financial crimes.
Africa Data Centres to start construction of a new facility in Accra, Ghana
Africa Data Centres, the largest network of interconnected, carrier-and cloud-neutral data centre facilities on the continent, has announced that it will shortly start construction on its newly acquired land in the Central Business District of Accra, Ghana.
Banks, regulators and fintechs drive global investment into Ghana, report
AZA Finance released a brief unveiling critical insights in the Ghanaian fintech landscape, emphasizing the crucial roles of banks, regulators, and fintech in driving global investment into this thriving market.
[Column] Ruth Njihia: Cloud economics demystified - navigating budget constraints with Google Cloud
Moving to the cloud can be a game-changer for businesses, allowing them to pay only for the resources they need, when they need them, and easily scale up or down as their needs change.
Tizeti to tackle broadband underdevelopment in Cote d’Ívoire with Microsoft
Tizeti, a leading internet service provider in West Africa, announced an expanded collaboration with Microsoft to address the issue of broadband underdevelopment in Cote d’Ívoire and bring internet access to almost five million people.
[Kenya] Digital payments firm DPO Pay announces new leadership appointments
African digital payments company DPO Pay has announced the appointment of Isabella Marira as Group Head of Operations. The firm has also named Daisy Shipwoni as Head of Marketing.
Mediawan annonce l’acquisition des sociétés Côte Ouest
Mediawan annonce l’acquisition des sociétés Côte Ouest,Cote Ouest Audiovisuel Maurice et Atlantic Pictures Limited.
[South Africa] BT partners with ServiceNow to simplify contact centre transformation
It will be delivered and managed by BT and ServiceNow to help customers create fully digital, comms-enabled workflows without having to engage multiple partners.
FEEXPAY a officiellement rejoint la sphère fintech africaine
FeexPay, un agrégateur de paiement pour accélérer l’inclusion financière sur le continent africaine.
Absa acquires minority stake in agritech start-up, Khula!
In line with its strategic intent to be a digitally powered business that is committed to transformation, Absa Bank has acquired a minority stake in the agritech start-up, Khula! App Pty Ltd.
Leroy Merlin se lance au Sénégal
Après la Côte d’Ivoire, Leroy Merlin se lance au Sénégal grâce à Jumia
TDB supports World Trade Board plan to empower SMEs through trade and finance
The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) has contributed to the World Trade Board’s new plan to drive greater access to trade finance for MSMEs, the Financial Inclusion in Trade Roadmap.
Fake ChatGPT apps scam users out of thousands of dollars, Sophos reports
Sophos has announced that it had uncovered multiple apps masquerading as legitimate, ChatGPT-based chatbots to overcharge users and bring in thousands of dollars a month.
Climate tech startup Amini raises $2 million to solve environmental data scarcity for Africa
Within the first six months of operation, the company has developed a robust data aggregation and analytics platform capable of collecting, unifying, and processing satellite data, weather data, and other types of data down to a square meter.
Deal Source Africa platform launched to bridge the funding gap for African businesses
Deal Source Africa, a comprehensive program to connect African businesses with investors and transaction advisors and African Impact Funds with investors, officially launched at the West Africa Deal Summit held in Accra.
[South Africa] Dariel Software launches new Cape Town office
Software engineering firm, Dariel Software, has announced the launch of its Cape Town office together with the appointment of Craig Mitchelmore as Regional Manager.
Kenyan startup ElevateHR Africa raises funding to scale people management software
Cloud-based HR management platform ElevateHR Africa has appointed Kennedy Nybwala as the new Chief Executive Officer following its recent early stage funding by From Here Ventures.
South African retailer Woolworths partners with tech firm First Insight to boost operations
Woolworths announced that it will use First Insight to gather zero-party, Voice of Customer data and operationalize product testing for faster and better merchandising decisions in their Womenswear division.
E-commerce platform Bigcommerce broadens international presence with entry into South Africa
Through this expansion and localized partnerships, BigCommerce delivers its modern enterprise ecommerce platform to help merchants of all sizes build and grow their online presence with innovative shopping experiences that power online sales and drive revenue.
Liquid Dataport launches the first terrestrial data superhighway connecting Mombasa to Johannesburg
This new route, including a breakthrough and unique fibre link across DRC between Goma and Kananga, provides multiple landlocked countries with extra redundancy, resilience, connectivity to numerous data centres and cloud resources, and, most significantly, an alternative option in the event of a subsea cable outage between Kenya and South Africa.
HP selects Mitsumi as authorized distribution partner for more than 20 francophone countries
HP has named Mitsumi Distribution as one of the authorized HP distribution partners in more than 20 francophone countries in West and Central Africa.
Tingg by Cellulant transforms billing and collections for utility companies in Zambia
Tingg, Cellulant's digital payments platform, is challenging Zambia's traditional bill payment method. With Tingg, individuals and businesses can quickly and easily pay their water and power bills on an app or via USSD.
MTN messaging app Ayoba surpasses 25 million monthly active users
Africa’s super app ayoba has announced the achievement of a significant milestone – surpassing the 25 million monthly active users’ mark as we celebrate our fourth anniversary.
Spyware attacks in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria increased steadily in Q1 2023, Kaspersky
Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky recorded an increase of 18,8% in South Africa, 12,9% in Kenya, and 14,6% in Nigeria from Q4 2022 to Q1 2023.
[Nigeria] Volition Cap secures fund management license from from SEC
Volition Cap announced today that it has secured a fund management license from the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as of December 2022.
Apis Partners leads €29M Series A funding for African fintech Peach Payments
Apis Growth Fund II, a private equity fund managed by Apis Partners LLP announces its proposed investment of €29M (US$31M) in Baobab Payments GmbH (trading as Peach Payments), a rapidly growing digital payment service provider that enables online payments in Africa.
M-KOPA raises $250m to scale its consumer fintech across Africa
M-KOPA has successfully closed over $250m in new debt and equity funding to expand its financial services offering to underbanked consumers across Sub-Saharan Africa.
71% of manufacturers in MEA region are pursuing a digital-first approach to business, Infor
The manufacturing sector in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region is entering a new era of digital innovation, with enterprises shifting from the digital transformation era to the digital business era,
[Kenya] Mobility startup delivers 5 new electric buses to Metro Trans
BasiGo, the Kenyan e-mobility startup providing public transport bus owners with a cost-effective electric alternative has announced the delivery of 5️ new electric buses to MetroTrans Limited.
[South Africa] Fintech firm e4 acquired by consortium led by Infinite Partners
Leading South African fintech firm, e4 has been acquired by a consortium of private equity investors, led by an independent private equity fund manager, Infinite Partners.
[Column] Faith Dombo: Public sector considerations for successful cloud adoption
It is hard to argue with the fact that the future of computing for most public sector organisations lies in the cloud.
45 per cent of executives say ChatGPT has prompted an increase in AI investment, report
Seventy percent of executives said that their organization is in investigation and exploration mode with generative AI, while 19% are in pilot or production mode.
2Africa Subsea Cable Segment in Egypt completed with port said landing
Within its continuous efforts to enhance its value proposition, Telecom Egypt, Egypt’s first integrated telecom operator and one of the largest subsea cables operators in the region, announces the recent successful landing of the 2Africa subsea cable in Port Said.
South Africa’s informal economy shows signs of movement to switch away from cash, study
South Africa, the continent’s second biggest economy, with a population of over 61 million, has a large informal sector with an estimated at 3.3 million micro and informal businesses.
Data encryption from ransomware reaches highest level in four years, report
Sophos has released its annual State of Ransomware 2023 report, which found that in 76% of ransomware attacks against surveyed organizations, adversaries succeeded in encrypting data.