The rise of fintechs might be shaking up the banking sector in developed countries, but African banks are taking full advantage of this technological revolution.
The Ed-tech startup which aims to improve the quality of teaching via the internet by providing access to digital lessons beat 10 other startups to emerge the overall winner.
Google Search is celebrating 20 years of organizing the world’s information and making it accessible to billions of users in close to 200 languages.
Frost & Sullivan, a global growth advisory and market intelligence firm, has opened offices in North and West Africa to help Africa grow.
The Nairobi space will also host the new East African office of its parent brand, a global leader in media intelligence and AI-Driven Outside Insight, Meltwater, who is also expanding into the region.
Week after week, headlines about the latest cybersecurity attack dominate the news.
Unveiled in February this year, Facebook Community Leadership Program is a global initiative that invests in people building communities.
Angola Cables has just announced that the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has gone live for commercial traffic.
MTN Uganda in partnership with Mastercard and United Bank for Africa have announced a new service that will enable quicker, safer and more convenient online payments globally.
Digital money transfer service WorldRemit has partnered with Access Bank for instant money transfers to Access Bank accounts in Nigeria.
The renewed partnership between Astria Learning, a global e-learning solutions provider and Zambia’s telecommunications company, MTN Zambia has seen a larger percentage of Zambia’s economically challenged young adults obtain a college level education online.
Telecom Egypt announces that its board of directors has approved the acquisition of 50% of its subsidiary Egyptian International Submarine Cable Company at a value of USD 15mn.
Clickatell Transact and Kwesé iflix, together with GT Bank and other banks in Nigeria have partnered to offer the freshest line-up of sports, news and entertainment, available to millions of Nigerians, via the Kwesé iflix platform.
Communication Authority of Kenya has directed mobile operators switch off all unregistered SIM cards on their networks with immediate effect.
This week, the ever aggressive South African business world has seen two major companies, Vivo energy and Naspers all set to list on Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).
NikGroup, a consulting firm based in Ghana, wants to push for the adoption of the blockchain for social change as the government struggles to fight corruption in Ghana.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) and Huawei Technologies have launched a new study, ‘Faster Customs, Faster Trade Using Technology for Trade Facilitation’ which explores the interplay between international trade in information and communication technology solutions.
Liquid Telecom has announced a partnership with Zindi to support the rollout of its new data science competition platform across Africa.
Moneytrans and Remitly, the largest independent digital remittance company in North America, have entered into a global co-operation agreement.
The awards were launched by ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru and will see young Kenyan innovators feted during the Connected Kenya Summit that will be held at the Bomas of Kenya from 22nd to 24th October.
Kenyan Startup Lori Systems has expanded its operations to Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan. The startup launched its operations in the three countries after winning multiple bids associated with the newly built $4B railroad system in East Africa.
Mounting pressure on financial service institutions has forced a change in strategy as disruptors redefine the competitive landscape.
Known as MTN MoMo, customers will be able to use the card to shop or make payments at the vast network of global outlets accepting Mastercard payments.
RATs are legitimate software tools that allow third parties to access a computer remotely. They are often used legitimately by employees at industrial enterprises to save resources, but can also be used by malicious actors for stealthy privileged access to targeted computers.
A total of 22.4 million smartphones were shipped in Africa during the second quarter of this year (Q2 2018), according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC).
The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT, has named South African startup Wala as the grand prize winner of the 2018 Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion, as well as the regional winner of the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge.
IoT devices were attacked with more than 120,000 modifications of malware in the first half of 2018. This is according to a new IoT report released by Kaspersky Lab.
Mastercard today announced a multi-year partnership with Riot Games to become the first global sponsor for League of Legends esports, the largest esport in the world.
Africa’s entertainment and media industry has entered a dynamic new phase - a third wave of convergence.
MallforAfrica (MFA), Africa's largest e-commerce platform, has announced its customers will now be able to purchase products from the most sought-after Chinese brands.
Known as TenFour, Ushahidi says it built the check-in application after one of them was involved in a terrorist attack and it needed a quick way to check in with each other in critical situations.
The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has named the top 10 startups that will compete for its prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2018 awards.
The African Leadership University (ALU) and the Meltwater School of Entrepreneurial Technology (MEST) are launching their operations in Kenya in partnership with Nairobi Garage.
International digital money transfer service WorldRemit has partnered with Access Bank for instant money transfers to Access Bank accounts in Nigeria.
ESET East Africa has been voted the Cyber Security Company of the year at the 2018 Digital Inclusion Awards (DIA).
Norwegian fintech company Blockbonds has announced that in addition to the current features, users will now be able to purchase airtime in Rwanda directly from the SPENN app.
Safaricom has received Tier III Design Certification from Uptime Institute for the Thika Data Center, thus joining elite data centers in the world to be certified by the leading Data Center Authority.
Egypt has seen a two percent drop in its software piracy rate to reach (59%), the U.S.-based Business Software Alliance said in its recent study, released last June.
Nestlé and Ashoka have kick-started a social investment accelerator program to accelerate social entrepreneurship and boost the economic development of Africa on 10th September 2018.
Block Commodities Limited, the innovative commodity trader operating in Africa has entered into a strategic partnership with Pure Grow Africa Limited supplier of high-quality agricultural produce based in Uganda.
Tanzania’s digital lifestyle company Tigo, has heightened the availability of ultra-fast digital experience for data customers in the country with the launch of 4G+ network.
Global currency wallet and exchange Abra has added super-private cryptocurrency Monero to its platform in a move it says is aimed directly at helping emerging economies - including Africa - drive a revolution in global financial inclusion
Kaspersky Lab has revealed the online activities of children across Nigeria, based on statistics from the company’s Parental Control modules.
Algeria’s national police force, has implemented STACS-CW Enterprise sample tracking and quality control software at their forensic DNA laboratory in Algiers.
International money transfer company, MoneyGram and Zeepay, a mobile financial services company, have unveiled a new partnership that enables customers around the world to send money directly to more than 11 million mobile wallets in Ghana.
As urban population hits unprecedented highs putting pressure on key amenities like housing, transport water and sanitation experts are mulling new and innovative ways to create smarter inclusive and sustainable cities.
ADvTECH has announced the acquisition of Monash South Africa (MSA), a leading South African private tertiary education institution with students from more than 50 countries.
The new Arusha offices are in addition to its offices in Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam as the company seeks to support its growth strategy particularly in the hospitality and retail segment.
SUDPAY, a startup that allows municipalities to mobilize more revenue by digitizing the collection of local taxes and financially including merchants is the winner of Seedstars Dakar.
Somalia’s economy is projected to grow at an annual rate of 3–4 percent, according to the third Somalia Economic Update (SEU) published by the World Bank.
Two schools in Kenya have benefited from an e-learning project led by Camara Education in conjunction with Dell and Computer Aid.
The Driver Destinations feature will allow drivers to indicate they’re going and then synchronize it with the Taxify app for drivers to find and connect with trips that are on their way.
Mastercard has partnered with Microsoft to introduce Mastercard Track, a global trade platform that will simplify and enhance how companies around the world do business with each other.
Sygnia shares begin trading on A2X today under share code SYG. Sygnia is the eleventh issuer to secondary list on the exchange. Sygnia retains its primary listing on the JSE.
The leading mobile network operator, Vodacom Tanzania has signed a partnership deal with Google to give customers the option to pay for content on the Google Play Store using Vodacom Airtime balance.
Nedbank has partnered with Mastercard to launch Qkr! with Masterpass, a mobile order-ahead and payment platform developed by Mastercard Labs.
The Africa and Middle East personal computing devices market, which is made up of desktops, notebooks, workstations, and tablets, declined 7.7% year on year in Q2 2018, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC).
Loon, the Alphabet company that is planning to launch balloon-powered internet connectivity in Kenya next year, has successfully sent a test internet connection 1,000 kilometers across seven balloons.
Oracle yesterday announced its Impact Technology Summit, hosted in Nairobi and geared towards driving awareness of emerging technologies and their impact on business.
Hashmart Kenya, which specializes in electronics says it is positioning itself to give established players in e-commerce segment a run for their money.
Mastercard has partnered with Vodacom and BancABC to introduce the first online card in Tanzania – the M-Pesa virtual card.
Comsol Networks, a leading provider of enterprise-grade wireless infrastructure, and Samsung South Africa have lit up Vilakazi Street in Soweto with a live 5G pilot network.
Opera and Worldreader, the global nonprofit that believes everyone can be a reader, announced on the International Literacy Day that African mobile users have spent more than 4 millions hours of reading books on their mobile phones in 2018.
China Mobile International Limited (CMI) has opened a South African office in Johannesburg.
Vodacom region has announced that it has invested over a quarter of a billion rands on capital expenditure over the past two years, targeted primarily at expanding its 3G and 4G footprint.
China Telecom Africa and Middle East has today announced that it is establishing an inter-connection network and telecommunications hub to support growing traffic demands at Teraco Data Environments.
One of the leading commercial banks in Kenya, Spire Bank, will be instrumental in facilitating a wide variety of international Crytpto banking activity in association with Blockbank.
Vodacom has announced that it has invested over R270 million, approximately $17 million on capital expenditure over the past two years, targeted primarily at expanding its 3G and 4G footprint.
Virtual Crypto Technologies, Inc.has signed an Exclusive Distribution Agreement with a third-party company Virtual Crypto SA Ltd. to begin selling the Company's products in the Southern African Region.
Conventionally one is prone to associate blockchain exclusively to cryptocurrency, often bypassing the technology’s versatility to solve a wider range of financial problems.
At first glance, it seems business as usual, but that could not be farther from reality. Business has never been more positive, rapid, nor disruptive.
Kenyan solar startup Gasol is among three startups that have been selected for Microsoft’s third annual Airband Grant Fund.
In recent years, rapid urbanization trends have been accompanied by global climate changes and a dramatic increase of natural disasters.
Four businesses that are shaking up financial services have been named as finalists in AlphaCode’s recently launched accelerator programme, AlphaCode Accelerate.
Pan-African Financial Institution, United Bank for Africa has announced the commencement of its chat banker ‘Leo’ on the WhatsApp platform.
In a bid to cater for the growing demand for data, Telkom Kenya has unveiled 200 new 4G sites within Nairobi and its environs.
Art Selfie is a tool that connects art lovers with thousands of art pieces that resemble their face from art galleries across the world went live following experiments in the US that began in January.
African mobile users have spent more than 4 million hours reading books on their mobile phones in 2018 according to Opera and Worldreader.
Google Kenya is hosting the first Web Rangers summit in Africa aimed at spreading awareness about internet safety and promoting responsible digital citizenship on the continent.
The Kenya Red Cross Society has partnered with Safaricom to introduce an SMS based information tool to provide timely early warnings for disasters and lessen the adverse effects on communities.
Rwanda Based women health and personal care e-commerce and mobile platform Kasha, has launched its operations in Kenya.
Sports betting platforms dominated the list of search items by Kenyans once again showing how betting is becoming a national past time.
Bwala Group, a Kenyan last mile logistics marketplace has secured a Ksh 24m debt financing from South African-based bank CFC Stanbic to meet the rising demand for last mile fleet connectivity.
As part of efforts to grow Nigeria's Information and Communication Technology sector, the Export-Import Bank of China will provide a loan of $328 million to support the country.
African companies selling domain names today or planning to in the future deserve the same range of products and services to sell enjoyed by their peers in Europe, the US and Asia.
MainOne has reiterated its commitment to leading the digital transformation efforts of the Francophone region with an initial investment of $20m on cable landing and data centre projects in Cote D’Ivoire within the next 24 months.
As part of his visit to China on the sidelines of the FOCAC Summit, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia H.E Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo visited Huawei's Beijing Executive Briefing Center and met with Yi Xiang, Senior Vice President at Huawei.
On his state visit to China, President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana expressed that Botswana looks forward to cooperating in depth with Huawei, to promote socio-economic development and achieve sustainable development of Botswana through digital transformation.
MainOne and data centre supplier Minkels – part of the publicly traded company Legrand have announced the second phase of the project.
Finserve has launched mKey, Africa’s first keyboard app.
Innovation is a critical part Africa’s DNA, but it only plays a part in shaping the continent’s narrative when the world becomes aware of it.
Safaricom has announced new security measures to address the issue of SIM swap fraud.
Communications Authority of Kenya, (CA) has launched a new system to measure quality of services provided to consumers on mobile telephony networks.
Maximeyes Group, a business incubator and investor in the UK, has acquired the Bamba Group, a Kenyan boutique data collection agency.
It has been another busy week for anchor sectors in Kenya with more investors, landmark deals and strategic partnerships pointing to Kenya as the investment destination for the region.
From April to June, a total of 20.7 million transactions were carried out in the country through the mobile payment platforms.
European digital money transfer Azimo has announced a partnership with African payments firm Interswitch Group.
Kenya’s second National Construction Week at Kenyatta International Convention Centre from 7-9 November 2018, is set to enhance contribution of the construction industry towards the Big Four Agenda.
Avanti Communications, a satellite operator providing Ka-Band satellite data communications services across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, announces the official launch of its South Africa-based operations as of 29 August 2018.