No industry will remain undisrupted in 2018 and the years to come. But for African telco providers, who have feasted on near-uninterrupted subscriber and revenue growth over the past two decades, the need to adapt is paramount.
[South Africa] Argility solidifies software technologies portolio with latest acquisition of Indaba Mobile
South Africa innovator of enterprise software solutions, Argility, has announced its latest acquisition following on the heels of its formation of the Argility Technology Group late last year.
Angola Cables, an Angolan telecommunications multinational has announced that U.S.-based, FiberLight, LLC will provide backhaul connectivity in the U.S., starting with the Miami, Florida region.
Telecom Egypt has signed an agreement with Orange Data to provide infrastructure and transmission services for three years.
In a dual development set to transform Africa’s access to China as well as simplify the ability of Chinese to transact in Africa, Standard Bank has signed an agreement with UnionPay International to accept UnionPay cards in multiple African markets.
Austin Zungu a South African entrepreneur is developing a one-of-a-kind inbuilt power harvesting technology that reduces dependency on plug-in-charging while providing eco- friendly power to mobile communication devices.
Jara Mobile Limited, a Nigerian startup, runs an innovative bills payment platform that integrates various retailers into one loyalty programme, giving customers the leeway of doing more with less money.
First Bank of Nigeria Limited has recorded giant strides in its Financial Inclusion services delivery, via its 894 quick banking, a USSD based channel that enables customers to access banking services using any type of phone and without data/internet.
The electronic investment platform, the iGuide, developed by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in collaboration with UNCTAD, has been unveiled by the Investment Promotion Agency (API) of the Republic of the Congo in Brazzaville.
FarEye, a digital logistics platform has unveiled a new parcel shop technology dubbed 'Drop&Pick'.
CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) and Dangote Industries are expanding their long-term partnership by renewing Dangote’s sponsorship within CNN Marketplace Africa, launching a new brand campaign on CNN TV and Digital.
The Board of the Capital Markets Authority has approved the grant of a license to Execution Point Limited to operate as a Non – Dealing Online Foreign Exchange Broker.
Silicon Valley based digital solutions provider Fiorano Software has been selected by I&M Bank, Kenya to achieve digital transformation to reduce time-to-market while integrating its Finacle, Core Banking System.
Zensar Technologies has won the mandate for providing JD Edwards 9.2 implementation for Africa’s leading specialty chemicals conglomerate, SynChem.
A24 media announces $1milion investment fund targeting disruptive technology developers across Africa
Africa’s content creation and aggregation company A24Media, has announced a $1 million technology investment fund.
African Ministers and heads of delegations attending the third Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa have committed to support the continent’s youth to build tomorrow’s society through innovation.
Agritech is transforming doing business among Kenyan farmers and vendors, CNN Marketplace Africa programme has learnt.
As developing countries tap into the unrivaled potential of financial technologies to boost financial inclusion, United Pay Ltd, a Mauritius based company is working with banks to provide innovative digital payment solutions.
Fintech is boosting financial inclusion across Africa, according to Ecobank, independent pan-African banking group, a pioneer in Africa’s digital transformation.
As the first hotel-booking online platforms in Nigeria, Nitestay.com is launching a new website for customers.
The President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, and the Government of Egypt are championing a new push for African countries to work together towards building a new Africa driven by innovation and technology.
MyJobMag has unveiled its free, personalized and unlimited push notification services aimed at helping job seekers and employers searching for the best job alert and best-in-class customer service.
Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG Ms. Janina Kugel, together with regional and pan African executive management visited Sudan.
Kenya’s mobile network operator Safaricom has launched a new all-inclusive music streaming service offering a wide variety of music to consumers as well as an additional platform for artistes to sell their music.
The global head of TMT for Africa’s largest bank, Standard Bank, is predicting continuing deal flow and increasing investment in Africa’s flourishing telecom, media and technology sector in 2018.
Homesweet.com.ng, a price guide and review website for home appliances has been launched in Nigeria.
Global information technology provider NEC Corporation has announced an increase in investment in XON Holdings Proprietary Limited, an ICT solutions company based in the Republic of South Africa, making it a subsidiary through NEC Europe Ltd.
Global supplier of technological solutions in the aviation industry SITA is providing wireless connectivity on the ground to Air Mauritius’ new fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft.
Makeblock, the global provider of STEAM education solutions, has teamed up with the government of Cape Verde on a mission to bridge STEAM education gap on Cape Verde Islands, Africa.
Naijafund is a crowdfunding website aimed at Nigerians wherever they are to raise money online for anything.
Banco Postal Angola has successfully implemented a platform that tackles integration challenges in its digital transformation journey.
Jens Ischebeck is an expert in fintech service providers in Africa, both global and regional. His website, www.apps-for-money-transfer.com, is designed to assist anyone living or operating in the African and Middle Eastern regions to send and receive money in the most quick, efficient, and cost-efficient manner possible.
Globacom has announced an offer that benefits its teeming subscribers. The bundle offer comprises the network’s mini router, Glo MiFi, with 16 gigabytes of data for N16,000.
A specialist money transfer app guide has been launched that is specifically designed for Africa and the Middle East.
A tax app named hApp-e-tax has launched, offering everything accountants, auditors, tax practitioners, lawyers, those in business and students need to know about South African income tax legislation.
Opera News reaches 1 million downloads in just four weeks and becomes the number 1 news app on Google Play Store in Africa
The world of work is evolving, and future-conscious organizations need to be aware of the business implications associated with automation and robotics.
Celebrating Safer Internet Day, Facebook has announced a number of partnerships across Africa with over 20 institutions to explore ways to make the Internet safer for all.
[South Africa] Nedbank and FEXCO launch dynamic currency conversion payment solution partnership targeting merchants
Nedbank and FEXCO have announced a partnership through which FEXCO's dynamic currency conversion solution will be provided to Nedbank merchants and their international customers throughout South Africa.
The international tech community is nurturing Africa’s digital ecosystem by supporting skills development, technology adoption and the growth of digital businesses across the continent.
MTN Cameroon, leader of the telecoms sector in Cameroon announces the launch of its new digital proposition, Facebook Flex in partnership with Facebook.
HID Global®, a company involved in identity solutions has been selected by the government of Tanzania as its prime supplier for an end-to-end solution for issuing electronic passports as part of Tanzania’s transformative e-Immigration programme.
Enterprise open source infrastructure solution provider, SUSE, has named Aptronics as its first Solution Partner in South Africa for the solution areas of SUSE Enterprise Linux and Storage.
International money transfers to Africa are rising. There are good reasons for that. With the choice of the right online money transfer provider you can save yourself a high amount of remittance fees.
Telecom Egypt has signed a wholesale agreement with Vodafone Egypt to provide transmission and infrastructure services.
The Nyaradzo Life Assurance Company has contracted SilverBridge to provide it with a cloud-based system for managing various product portfolios including life and pension policies.
Orange and the National Distance Learning Centre, CNED, have announced a partnership to facilitate access to educational content on smartphones in Africa.
Available in 38 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and already broadcast in Senegal on Canal+ offer, Africanews is stepping up its presence in the land of Teranga, thanks to the partnership with the new media outlet L'Obs TV
Africa Business Communities will be developing a Tech Platform on its website and is therefore looking for a freelance journalist/webmaster
An idea that was hatched at a Kenyan University as a student’s project over a year ago has now metamorphosed into a regional business offering startups a chance at embracing technology to make intelligent decisions to foster growth.
With huge opportunities for insurers who embrace emerging technologies and communication channels, the Swaziland Royal Insurance Corporation has chosen to migrate from Insure/90 to SSP's digital insurance platform, SSP Pure Insurance.
Africa Data Centres, part of the leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has today launched newly-expanded data centres facilities in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.
Kenya’s mobile network operator Safaricom has announced a 53 percent reduction in mobile broadband pricing for customers on its Safaricom Home service.
Global e-commerce and m-commerce giant, Mall for the Africa, has announced its expansion into 11 new countries in Africa.
Itron, Inc. a global technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, has signed a new contract with the Rwandan water company, WASAC, to continue to modernize its water metering system.
In order to support the digital transformation of the African continent, Proparco has taken a $ 5 million stake in TLCOM TIDE AFRICA FUND, a fund that will finance young innovative companies in sub-Saharan Africa.
Africar Group, the very first car classifieds to emerge for Sub-Saharan Africa, has now grown to become the leading car classifieds marketplace in the region, with a vast coverage of 30 countries and reaching out to more than 600 million people.
Freelancing has found a new name in the digital era. A ‘Gig’ is simply a task performed as a once-off freelancing job, but because the trend towards freelancing has grown so significantly, a new economy has been born: the ‘Gig Economy’.
Jorij Abraham is an eCommerce generalist with more than 15 years experience in integrating marketing, business processes and information technology to build online turnover. He is currently the Managing Director of Ecommerce Foundation, a global digital trading entity that is now welcoming partnerships in Africa.
[Kenya] Liquid Telecom and Strathmore Business School to drive Africa’s data revolution through new analytics center
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has partnered with Strathmore Business School, to launch a new data analytics centre focused on data-driven research and practices for African businesses.
Mastercard and USAID launch initiative to transform Kenya and Uganda refugee settlement schemes into digital communities
MasterCard and the U.S. Agency for International Development have launched a public-private coalition that will bring together technology, solutions and experience from multiple sectors to transform refugee settlements into digitally-connected communities.
Kirusa, a global leader in communication solutions over data networks for consumers and enterprises, has announced the launch of its InstaVoice Channels Service in partnership with Moov, a leading telecommunications operator in Benin.
The installation of the first direct link between Africa and South Americas nearing completion. The wet-plant installation is progressing in accordance to the plan and the cables will arrive in Brazil at the beginning of February 2018.
A mobile phone app, which has been developed to make high-quality maths education free and accessible to students from various socio-economic backgrounds, will be launched in South Africa in April 2018.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group will work towards the realization of a system for fiber optic interconnection between the Central African Republic, Cameroon and Congo.
E- health platform E-health platform MYDAWA, hit over 30,000 registered users as of December 2017. The digital service that is enabling consumers to conveniently purchase authentic medicines and wellness products was launched in March 2017.
MainOne partners with West and Central African Research and Education Network to boost connectivity in research and education institutions
Following a highly competitive bidding process involving leading communications operators in Africa,Connectivity and Data Center solutions provider, MainOne has emerged winner of a 15-year contract to provide high-speed bandwidth services.
With more Kenyans consuming digital content, five Kenyan bloggers have come together to start 24BIT, a Kenyan technology podcast.
Wholesale network service provider Workonline Communications has expanded its East African presence by making its IP transit services available in Nairobi, Kenya.
Technology has taken off in Kenya like wildfire, where the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors are the latest industries to embrace its benefits.
The development of an e-certificate of Origin (eCO) to eventually replace the hard copy version is on course.
Imagine Education, a player in global solutions, and onQ™, a digital content delivery provider for communications have expanded their partnership, to support the Teachers First initiative for the Egyptian Ministry of Education.
International Finance Corporation becomes anchor investor in Partech Africa, largest venture capital fund focused on Africa
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has helped Partech Ventures launch a €100 million fund that is expected to become the largest venture-capital fund focused on digital-technology start-ups in sub-Saharan Africa.
Ghanaian startup Kudobuzz has acquired AdGeek, an ad creation tool used by many online merchants for prospecting new customers and ad retargeting.
Paul Langlois-Meurinne is a serial entrepreneur in Africa focused on large scale technology driven innovations. Gravity is one of such innovations:
The EU-funded AfricaConnect2 project has just announced that, following the tender call to connect West and Central (W&C) Africa back in June 2016, GÉANT has awarded a 15-year contract to MainOne for connectivity services.
Grad Coach, a popular provider of 1-on-1 online tutoring to business, management and leadership postgraduate students, has taken a bold step into the podcasting arena by launching Grad Coach Radio.
Partech Ventures has launched Partech Africa fund, which has secured above $70 million commitments toward its target size of $120 million, making it the first technology fund of such size from a top tier international venture capitalist.
Rwanda’s largest commercial bank, Bank of Kigali, has chosen US tech company Fiorano Software to install its payment platform, as part of the bank's digital transformation agenda.
Access Bank has upgraded its customer service function, Ombudsman, for the purpose of resolving service issues between the Bank and its customers.
The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) and Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct have partnered to launch a security access management hackathon.
Sky and Space signs $30 million contract with BeepTool to avail affordable mobile payment services to key African markets
Satellite company Sky and Space Global Ltd has signed a 5-year binding agreement with Nigerian mobile payments start-up BeepTool Communications & Integrated Services Ltd.
The President of the African Export-Import Bank Dr. Benedict Oramah, has received a delegation from Orascom Telecom Media for discussions on areas of possible collaboration between the two organisations in promoting trade across Africa.
Digital security provider Gemalto is providing its PURE white-label payment solution to Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems, a subsidiary of Ghana’s central bank that manages the country’s interbank payment processing system.
A new tax of 0.5 percent has been introduced on money transfers made through telephone companies in Cote d’Ivoire or their intermediaries, and relates particularly to remittances, according to the 2018 Tax Schedule.
Fintech continues to surprise with little to touch the rise of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in 2017. This will continue in 2018 and I make some predictions based on what we see happening globally and what we see taking place with our members at AlphaCode.
Southern Africa’s telecom regulator is looking to implement a directive by regional ministers for the reduction of mobile roaming costs by 66 percent, BusinessWeek reported.
Around 100 million people live in Ethiopia. Over three quarters dont have any access to banking services. The cashless money transfer and payment service, M-BIRR, provides an alternative to a bank branch by enabling payment by mobile phone.
Ringier Africa Digital Publishing has entered into a digital content license agreement with The New York Times News Service and Syndicate, the licensing and syndicate division of The New York Times further expanding its news and media portfolio.
Pan-African financial institution, United Bank for Africa, has changed the face of e-banking with the introduction of Leo, the UBA Chat Banker who enables customers make use of their social media accounts to carry out key banking transactions.
Diamond Bank of Nigeria has been awarded the ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 certification by the British Standard Institute (BSI) Group.
Sandhills South Africa is set to open an office location in Johannesburg. The company distributes MarketBook South Africa—a print publication and online marketplace.
Pareteum Corporation the rapidly growing Cloud Communications Platform company, has been awarded a three-year contract from a significant Cross Border European and African Mobile Operator.
Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) has expanded its WorldLink® Payment Services (WorldLink®) cross-border ACH capabilities to 60 countries including Africa.
Opera Software has launched of Opera News, a new AI-powered app which enables people to access their favourite news articles and hottest trending videos.
In a move that will connect up to one million Nigerians with the latest crypto news and investment opportunities, Zloadr has officially signed a deal with a top Lagos newspaper.
Current technological advances are creating a new automated age, with recent developments in robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
[Kenya] Stanbic Bank becomes first bank to launch automated float purchase platform for Mpesa agents
Stanbic Bank has become the first bank in Kenya to offer an Automated Float Purchase platform for Mpesa agents.
[Côte d'Ivoire] M6 Group acquires 33 per cent stake in in Life TV in deal to open broadcast market to foreign entities
M6 Group has announced that it is participating in the creation of the Life TV channel in the Ivory Coast through the acquisition of a 33% stake in the share capital of the Ivorian company of the same name.
VT iDirect, Inc.a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. has announced that Dalkom Somalia has installed an iDirect Hub and will leverage iDirect’s series remotes to provide high-speed satellite connectivity in Somalia.