Digital technology will have a critical part to play in boosting Djibouti’s socio-economic development.
Health Ministry, Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance Of Kenya and Safaricom partner for NCD Information Platform
Kenyans can now access information on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) directly from their mobile phones. This follows the launch of an SMS and USSD service called Fafanuka which is Swahili for ‘to be enlightened’.
Loon, the Alphabet company working to launch balloon-powered Internet on Telkom’s network in 2019, announces that it has secured all necessary regulatory approvals and has begun importing and installing ground infrastructure in Kenya.
Mimecast Limited, a leading email and data security company, today announced it has released the latest report Threat Intelligence: Far-fetched Idea or Must-have Security Tactic? from the Cyber Resilience Think Tank. Cyber Resilience Think Tank
IT multinational HP and Ugandan authorities have conducted a highly successful operation to halt the trade of counterfeit HP branded print cartridges in in the Kampala area.
A far-reaching in-depth study, led by Nielsen, of television reception throughout Nigeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast, has positioned Eutelsat as satellite market leader within these countries.
Telecommunication company Orange has partnered with KaiOS Technologies to democratize access to digital services in Africa.
In line with its global expansion strategy, leading business support system (BSS) provider for communications service providers (CSPs) Nexign (formerly Peter-Service) has announced that will be focusing on establishing its presence in Africa over the coming months.
Two Kenyan startups, Cloud9xp and PayGo Energy were among the second class of 11 startups who graduated this week from Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa program in Lagos.
Pan-African payments company providing a one-stop digital payments platform Cellulant has announced its partnership and title sponsorship of the inaugural Pwani Innovation Week in conjunction with Swahilipot Hub.
A joint study launched by the Government of Rwanda and the World Bank Group has identified four essential and interdependent drivers of future growth – innovation, integration, agglomeration, and competition.
Liquid Telecom has extended the availability of Microsoft Azure from the Cape to Cairo, continuing its lead in the African cloud revolution.
Twiga Foods, a Kenyan mobile phone platform that sells bananas and other produce from small-scale farmers to local vendors and markets is offering local farmers access to a transparent marketplace.
The South African companies that were exhibiting at the 1st China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai China last week said that there are business opportunities for South African companies in China.
Ecobank and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have signed an agreement to work closely together to empower local communities to cope with disasters more efficiently.
Nigeria’s property market continues to embrace technology to make the real estate sector more investable, increase liquidity and drive greater home ownership.
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Africell Holdings Limited have signed a commitment letter for $100 million to expand access to telecommunications in Africa.
Telkom Kenya has appointed Mr. Mugo Kibati as its new Chief Executive Officer.
African high-tech player Mara has announced the production of their newest product the Maraphone – the first made-in-Africa, full-scale smartphone, soon to be manufactured in plants across Africa.
In the recent years, South Africa has continued to prove that it is one of the most diverse and promising emerging markets in Africa. The country has become a key global hub for investment, innovation and research.
Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform, has signed an agreement with Rwanda to develop and finance a “Digital Innovation Precinct”, including commercial and retail complexes, as part of Kigali Innovation City.
Telecommunication company Safaricom has announced new Home Fibre packages that will combine mobile voice, mobile data, SMS and Home Fibre in one package.
As Kenya continues to cement its position as East Africa’s economic powerhouse, it has been on a charm offensive targeting African and global public and private players.
Johnson & Johnson has launched the Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0, a continent-wide competition calling on African innovators to submit ideas for innovative technologies, products and solutions that have the potential to create positive impact for African communities.
Statistics released by the Nigeria Interbank settlement System showed that despite the concerns over slow growth of the electronic payment system, mobile money is gaining traction in Nigeria.
Samsung Electronics has unveiled powerful new developer tools for its Bixby and SmartThings platforms. The company also unveiled new, powerful mobile experiences with One UI and Infinity Flex Display at the ongoing Samsung Developer Conference 2018.
With its world’s first ALL G software-enabled Open network solution, Parallel Wireless, Inc. is helping global mobile network operators (MNOs) ‘connect the unconnected’ by making ALL G network deployments as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi.
London based software technology company Fiskl has partnered with Vodacom Group to introduce a host of mobile and digital technology solutions to South Africa's small businesses.
Spanish fashion retailer Zara has launched online sales through a dedicated worldwide online platform bringing its fashions to customers in 106 new markets.
Finserve, an independent arm of Equity Group has announced that mKey, Africa’s first keyboard app that combines both financial social and lifestyle services has recorded close to 100,000 downloads since its official launch in early September.
Redington Kenya Ltd – Telecom Distribution has officially introduced the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max in Kenya
14 Fintech startups have been selected to join the CATAPULT: Inclusion Africa program scheduled to take place between the 5th and 9th of November at the LHoFT.
Five months after going live in Kampala, Uganda, Kenyan taxi-hailing firm Little has announced that it has launched in Lusaka, Zambia.
Video entertainment firm, MultiChoice Kenya has announced its membership into the Technology Service Providers of Kenya (TESPOK) association which aims at influencing Information Communication and Technology (ICT) policy.
GE Healthcare has conducted a series of educational sessions in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania targeting radiologists and radiographers. The educational sessions, which were attended by more than 100 healthcare practitioners, introduced participants to the latest techniques and technologies on medical imaging.
Kenyan Venture Capitalist firm, Novastar Ventures has raised $72.5 million for its second fund, Novastar II.
Self-insurance platform Franc Group has been selected the winner of Seedstars Johannesburg pitch event. The startup will now be heading to the Seedstars South Africa Finals that will be held on November 14th.
[South Africa] On Track Innovations partners with Western Cape Government to digitize public transport
On Track Innovations Ltd has partnered with Almex Transport Solutions for the George Municipality Western Cape Government to implement the Go GEORGE Smart Cards, a "smart card" solution for South Africa's public transportation system.
HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has today announced that the availability of the new Nokia 7.1 in Kenya.
Telecommunication company Safaricom has launched M-PESA Global a new and revolutionary service that opens up M-PESA to the world.
Oracle has today announced the opening of an Innovation Hub in Johannesburg, a first for Oracle in Africa that will help drive the adoption of emerging technologies across the country’s corporates, public sector and academia.
Cryptocurrency has become especially popular over the last few years, as this is one of the ways of additional, and for some people an even primary source of income.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma have witnessed the signing of three Memoranda of Understanding between the Rwandan Government and Alibaba establishing an lectronic world trade platform hub in Rwanda.
The tech startup fever has been spreading across the globe like bush-fire and Africa has not been left out in this bandwagon. More and more people are entering into the tech space because technology never gets old and new inventions keep evolving.
AfriLabs, the pan-african network of 123 technology and innovation centers across 34 African countries has concluded a partnership with Jokkolabs.
Global Voice Group (GVG) has announced the launch of a Common Platform (CP).
Etisalat Misr and MediaTek have announced the commercial launch of next generation voice & video calling technologies - VoLTE & ViLTE - for the first time in the Middle East and Africa regions.
Isuzu Motors South Africa has partnered with Nelson Mandela University's Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre (GMMDC) to provide innovative new teaching tools to three Port Elizabeth schools.
Google this week brought together Kenyan content creators to train them on how they can monetize and grow their YouTube fan base and use other online tools.
Equity Bank’s Head of Derivatives, Sales & Structuring, Brian Onyino emerged the winner of the 2018 Refinitiv Awards, formerly known as the Thomas Reuters Africa Awards, under the category of Innovation and Technology.
Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) and TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) has signed a financing agreement worth $1.57 Million. This marks the start of the second phase of the Rwanda Electronic Single Window (RESW).
Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma have witnessed the signing of three Memoranda of Understanding between the Rwandan Government and Alibaba establishing an electronic world trade platform hub in Rwanda.
Terra Drone Corporation has established a new branch in South Africa specializing in drone solutions for underground and surface mining.
South African media conglomerate Naspers has set up a R1.4bn ($96m) Naspers Foundry fund to invest into South African technology startups. The money will fund and support startups seeking to address big societal needs.
Visa, the global payments technology company, has announced a strategic partnership with Halotel to enable Visa on mobile payments on Halotel’s HaloPesa wallet in Tanzania.
Uber and Suzuki Motor Corporation have entered into a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) to expand the fuel-efficient UberCHAPCHAP option across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Kenyan tech developers now have a digital marketplace where they can host their applications thus significantly cutting down their time to market.
Parallel Wireless, Inc., a leader in providing end-to-end open network connecting solutions - 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G – today announced a partnership with the Telesol 4G brand, the fastest LTE network in Ghana. Parallel Wireless makes deployments as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi and will use its services to connect citizens and businesses in Ghana with 4G wireless services.
Collaborative medicine platform REMA has been named the winner of the Cameroon round of Seedstars World. The startup will now represent the country at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland to compete for up to USD one million in equity investment and other prizes.
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has launched the world’s most advanced, most accurate power quality meter, the PowerLogic ION9000 series.
Samsung Electronics has extended the J-series 2018 line-up with the introduction of the Galaxy J4+ and Galaxy J6+. These mass market smartphones further offer consumers a wider product range that is skewed towards specific tastes and preferences of the consumers.
The Mastercard Farmer Network, previously known as 2KUZE, received the Best AgTech solution award at the Digital Inclusion Awards recently held in Nairobi, Kenya.
Safaricom’s True Value to the Kenyan society has increased by 12% to KES543 billion during its last financial year.This was 9.8 times more than the financial profit the company made during the same period.
First Bank of Nigeria, in partnership with Clickatell’s Transact division, has commercially launched their Chat Banking channel on WhatsApp.
MTN Group has announced its Sudan operation as the winner of this year’s 21 Days of Y’ello Care employee volunteerism programme. The programme, which ran for 21 days in June, saw over 9000 employees across the company’s footprint dedicating their time and efforts to uplifting local communities.
UK-based fintech company, Fiskl, has announced a partnership with South African based fintech player, Ocean on 76.
UNIDO's Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Tokyo continues to foster international engagement towards TICAD7 as it hosted a very well attended multi-stakeholder dialogue on the "Africa and TICAD7" cooperation.
The Trade Finance Division of the African Development Bank and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, have teamed up with the International Chamber of Commerce to launch a Joint AfDB-ITFC Trade Finance E-Learning Program for African Financial Institutions.
West Africa’s largest data centre provider, MDXI and global IXP platform provider, Asteroid have partnered to launch a carrier-neutral Internet Exchange Point for West Africa.
Egypt’s ministry of ICT has signed an agreement with Intertek, specialized in inspection, physical tests, and certification.
Further disruption in South Africa’s accommodation and property letting sector is on the cards as AirAdvance, a fintech startup, provides those offering private accommodation through Airbnb easy access to affordable finance.
Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, has announced that it will open an infrastructure region in South Africa in the first half of 2020.
Telkom Kenya has announced plans to send home 500 employees as part of its workforce restructuring exercise.
Technology! A constant component that progressively weathers challenges of ecommerce evolution in every industry. Tourism is no exception and especially in Kenya, as stakeholders continually come up with innovative ideas and techniques meant to diversify tourism products. Google is the latest entry into boosting the sector, with the launch of the Google Street View in Nairobi.
Blockchain technology came into being in the early 2009. This invention was faced with a lot of backlash as most people lacked prior information about it and were therefore not ready to risk investing in it.
Safaricom has today opened its new retail outlet in Eldoret town as part of its regional expansion strategy to reach customers in the regions.
HFC extends access to HF Whizz digital banking platform with USSD, higher loan and transaction limits
HFC, the banking subsidiary of HF Group has unveiled improved loan and transaction limits to its customers and extended access to include USSD via *618# to complement its HF Whizz App channel currently available on both Android Playstore and iOS Appstore.
Remittance firm Okapi Finance has announced plans to expand in Botswana, Nigeria and The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by the end of 2018.
Safaricom is this week marking its 18th anniversary since the official launch on October 23rd, 2000. As part of 18th-anniversary celebrations that began this week, the mobile operator today unveiled a new brand campaign targeted at reinforcing its commitment to customers.
Mastercard in partnership with M-KOPA Solar and Centenary Bank, celebrated the first ‘pay-as-you-go’ QR transaction this week, officially launching the initiative, which provides a simple and inexpensive way to power the homes and businesses of Ugandans.
CR2, global banking software company, is negotiating with two banks operating in the Egyptian market to provide e-payment services, according to the company’s regional director Sherif Soliman.
The severe drought that brought Cape Town - one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world into the headlines, served as a wake-up call to the growing water crisis afflicting major urban settlements around the world.
TechCrunch Startup Battlefield in partnership with Facebook, returns to Africa in 2018, featuring panels and keynotes with high-powered industry leaders such as Omobola Johnson, senior partner at TLcom Capital, and Lexi Novitske of Singularity Investments. Following the breakout success of last year’s Startup Battlefield Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, the 2018 competition will unfold in Lagos, Nigeria.
DEMO Africa has announced the five winners for the for the 2019 edition of the Lions@frica Innovation Tour in Silicon Valley. The winners were announced after presenting their technologies to the world at the 7th edition of DEMO Africa held in Casablanca, Morocco.
A consortium of international bankers, Papersoft Africa, and Digital Transformation company iVEDiX have teamed up to launch a transformative blockchain and digital currency initiative.
In line with its investor protection mandate, the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has warned Kenyans against engaging in online foreign exchange trading through platforms of unlicensed entities.
Cybercrime has become one of the biggest threat to most organisations and businesses in Africa. The threat has continued to accelerate especially due to the power of digital technology and cybercriminals becoming more sophisticated.
Samsung Electronics has opened a new interactive store at Two Rivers Mall in Nairobi bringing to 29, the total number of Samsung Experience Stores across the country
SIM swap fraud has plagued mobile users across Africa for years, with Myriad Connect’s recent survey in Kenya revealing that over 90% of Kenyan banking leaders see it as an issue for their organisations.
Mastercard President and CEO, Ajay Banga, this week visited Zimbabwe to show Mastercard's support for the country's drive to create a new wave of digital payments and inclusive growth.
West Africa’s largest full-scale data centre provider MDXI has attained the Gold Data Centre certification from Microsoft, thus strengthening its position as one of the leading Cloud Services providers in Africa.
Rand Merchant Investment Holding, through AlphaCode, has awarded entrepreneurial packages valued at R16 million to eight of South Africa’s most promising financial services startups.
Taxi hailing firm Uber has announced the new Safety Toolkit which, over the next few weeks, will be rolled out to the millions of riders, drivers and delivery-partners using the app across Africa, Europe and Middle East.
The total revenue earned by mobile service providers increased by 8.5 per cent to Ksh 252.3 billion, approximately $2.5 billion, in the past twelve months to June 2018, the latest ICT sector statistic report released by the industry regulator indicates.
Small and medium sized businesses in Kenya represents 75 per cent of the country's workforce, constitute 98 percent of all businesses in Kenya and contribute 3 percent to the national purse.
Vodacom South Africa is partnering with device manufacturers to introduce the next chapter in the evolution of the Vodacom network, Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) – also known as Super High Definition (SHD) voice or HD Voice+ in a live commercial network.
There is a great demand in Africa for cross-border payments and a need to regulate the payment industry on the continent while at the same time opening it up to include non-banks.
Several US firms were recently targeted by online fraudsters who used elaborate scamming schemes to dupe them into incurring devastating financial losses.
Frankfurt-based firm GreenTec Capital has announced that it is expanding its West African presence with the opening of a new office in Lagos, Nigeria.
London-based startup accelerator Founders Factory has partnered with Standard Bank to launch its first international location in Johannesburg, South Africa to build and scale a further 100 technology startups.