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.
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.
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.
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.
CETel, a German service provider of global managed end-to-end communications solutions, has signed a five-year contract with SES Networks to connect new exploration and production sites in Africa via SES Networks’ medium earth orbit (MEO) O3b satellite constellation.
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.
ASECNA partners with Aerion to deploy space based surveillance technology in Western and Central Africa
American based Aireon that operates a space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast to enable global air traffic surveillance, has signed a data services agreement with the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar.
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.
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.
2018 will see the commercial launch of Root – a bank account which comes with a programmable credit card, online banking interface, mobile app and APIs.
Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that it has availed its mobile application in the apple store and Google Play for customers to download on their mobile phones and use it to transact with the airline for many of its products and services.
Africa, continent of the youth, aims at a skills gap between rich and poor. But online education can be one important tool to improve the access to higher education.
The Director General of the AfDB for North Africa and the Tunisian Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation have signed two loan agreements relating to support of the development of technical and technological skills.
Ayo Technology Solutions has listed on Software and Computer Services sector of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Main board. AYO Technology is the 21st company to list on the JSE this year.
Safaricom has released an updated version of the mySafaricom smartphone application, bringing a range of new M-PESA features and a data usage manager. With the updated version, M-PESA customers can now access all M-Shwari and KCB M-PESA functions.
MainOne, West Africa’s communications Services Company and operator of the premier Tier III Data Center, has announced its official listing by Microsoft as an ExpressRoute Connectivity Provider for Nigeria.
In a world where innovation is driving rapid and profound technological change, one of the biggest challenges we face is to ensure that technology is an equalizing force in the world.
ProvidusBank has launched the World Elite Mastercard offering in Nigeria, providing affluent consumers and frequent travelers with a range of priceless travel benefits and lifestyle privileges both at home and abroad.
Safaricom has introduced a dynamic voice biometrics system that will enable customers to access services through a quicker and less intrusive vetting process.
Africa Business Communities interviews Maria Morapedi, Director of elearning platform for African corporate businesses, eTree Courses.
Group Vivendi Africa deploys Netcracker OSS to enhance service management as it expands across the continent
Netcracker Technology has announced that its OSS suite was selected and deployed to support the long-term growth strategy of Group Vivendi Africa (GVA).
[Namibia] Green Enterprise Solutions partners with Workspad for higher functioning mobile workplaces
Green, a 100% Namibian company that provides Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Solutions for the Namibian market, has partnered with WorksPad to offer this application not just in Namibia, but right across Africa.
MTN Cameroon and Ericsson have been working together successfully in 2017 under the Product Take Back program (E-waste take back) to minimize the potential environmental impact associated with the disposal of decommissioned electrical equipment.
Teraco, Africa’s largest and only vendor-neutral colocation data centre, today announced the availability of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect through Teraco’s Johannesburg JB1 and Cape Town CT1 data centres.
CEC Liquid Telecommunications, part of the leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, is helping to accelerate Zambia’s emerging gaming and Internet of Things ecosystem through a new partnership with BongoHive; Zambia's first innovation and technology hub.
Traverse King is the co-founder of Test Heroes Consulting, a South African startup that has positioned itself as the market leader in testing web and standalone applications to improve productivity and minimize business costs.
Businesses in Nigeria can securely request and receive payments directly from their customers without any hassles using PayU’s innovative and secure product called PayU Receive.
Frost & Sullivan recognizes Nigeria's Credit Registry Services for adopting innovation in credit reporting
Based on its recent analysis of the credit reporting & risk management enterprise software industry, Frost & Sullivan has recognized Credit Registry Services (CRS) with the 2016-2017 Product Leadership Award.
Although Africa's largest telco operators are generally showing growth in their customer bases, it is public knowledge that revenue growth has somewhat stalled to as little as 1% year on year.
Samsung launched the Lesego Digital Village in North West, South Africa on Friday, 08 December 2017. This facility aims to provide primary health care and learning solutions for residents in the area.
For the first time ever, Kenya has achieved the milestone of one million active 4G customers. Safaricom said the milestone was achieved on the back of an expanding 4G network and increased affordability of 4G.
Huawei, together with industry alliance and partners in Northern Africa, aims to build ICT ecosystem in Northern Africa in response to industry digital transformation.
MainOne and Tizeti have announced the completion of a joint development project with Facebook to enable the expansion of internet services in Lagos.
Opera, the Norwegian developer of Opera Mini, the most popular mobile browser app in Africa, has integrated a new web payment platform in Kenya called OPay.
Eagle Technology, Inc., has announced a new international partnership with Production Solutions SA. Together, Eagle Technology and Production Solutions SA will enable factories and manufacturers to implement Eagle’s multilingual CMMS software.
Rainmaker Solutions, the digital business transformation specialist has announced its support for the Team Bäckstedt HotChillee Development Rider Programme in South Africa.
With 328 million users across the globe, the Huawei Mobile Service platform is coming to Africa, with the planned launch of a pre-installed localised APP store on Huawei devices.
Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd, has appointed Wycliffe Selebwa as East Africa Regional Director.
Continuum, the provider of vertically integrated IT service delivery platform that enables businesses to scale has entered into the Southern African market in partnership with Sovaton, the cybersecurity-focused distributors in the channel.
Decision Inc. has announced its merger with South African-based software solutions provider Resolve Immix. The merger will integrate Immix’s Enterprise Resource Planning and Customer Relations Management experience alongside Decision Inc.’s Information Management and Advisory Services.
Mastercard has unveiled Kionect, a digital ordering system that empowers small kiosk owners in Nairobi to order and pay for products from wholesalers via SMS.
While Africa is seeing an increase in demand for connectivity in order to bridge the ever-present digital divide between urban and rural areas, the bottlenecks experienced when backhauling data streams by service providers of all types is still a major issue that needs to be addressed.
Nokia to Nokia has been selected to help MTN Nigeria drive its transformation from network- to customer-centric operations and improve the experience for its 52 million customers.
In a new move designed to reduce price and ease logistics inherent in the purchase of its products, the management of Dangote Cement Plc has signed a pact with e-commerce platform Jumia Nigeria to offer for sale its cement to customers online.
Mobile money use in Kenya dropped in the third quarter of the year by 2 percent, the time when the country was in an electioneering period.
The rate of technological advancement in Africa is growing rapidly. Introduction of computer and internet in the 20th century has significantly improved the way of life across the globe and in the African continent.
Mobile money operators in the country have recorded N555.83 billion inter-scheme transactions in the first six months of this year.
Net1 UEPS Technologies has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Masterpayment has been appointed as a new partner for credit card processing and acquiring for cryptocurrency purchases for Bitstamp.
Liquid Telecom Uganda, part of the pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has announced a partnership with The Innovation Village to support Ugandan start-ups with high-speed internet and cloud-based services.
At a time when Africa continues to enjoy increased continental trade and booming business with its international peers, technology has been hailed as a key driver to this success.
Smile Communications and MediaTek have teamed up to bring the latest VoLTE smartphones to customers in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Rectron, a South African distributor of IT products, has announced the addition of Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme to its portfolio, enabling clients to drive their Microsoft cloud business and grow their profitability.
Attivo Networks bolsters security defences across South and Sub Saharan Africa with Networks Unlimited
Attivo Networks®, the leader in deception for cyber security threat detection, has announced a strategic partnership with Networks Unlimited, Africa’s leading value-added distributor.
At the inaugural African Fintech Unconference, a cross-section of professionals from the local and global fintech sectors gathered for two days to discuss key opportunities and challenges for fintech in Africa.
Internet Solutions of South Africa, the pan-African telecommunications services provider, and NTT Communications Corporation, the ICT solutions have announced that they have concluded a partnership, in order to deliver NTT Com’s Nexcenter™ data center service in the African continent.
Safaricom’s e-commerce platform, Masoko, is set to start signing international vendors on its online portal in the first quarter of 2018, enabling local customers to purchase items directly from abroad.
Mimicking global trends, South Africa can expect an increased demand for cloud storage on the back of several trends including Microsoft's recent Azure announcement.
Kirusa, a global leader in communication solutions over data networks for consumers and enterprises, has launched its Konnect Portal to enable enterprises drive customized flash call marketing campaigns.
MTN Swaziland, a telecom operator and Kirusa, a communication solutions provider over data networks for consumers and enterprises, have partnered to launch the unique InstaVoice service in Swaziland.
Pan-African entrepreneurial training program, seed fund, and incubator MEST has launched two new Incubator spaces in Lagos, Nigeria, and Cape Town, South Africa, as the program continues to expand its presence across the continent.
Many African countries have made significant progress towards creating an Internet sector, with broad reforms that focus on increasing broadband availability.
Facebook launches Nigeria Initiative in ambition to drive innovation, skills development and economic impact
Today, Facebook announced a new nationwide initiative in Nigeria to further cement its commitment and investment in the country, and across the continent.
LCB Bank and Mastercard working together to contribute to the Republic of Congo's economy transformation
LCB Bank, a subsidiary of BMCE Bank Of Africa Morocco Group, and Mastercard have announced their partnership focused on digitizing the Congo's financial economy in support of the countries desire to financially empower its citizens.
Farmcrowdy, Nigerian digital agriculture platform, has introduced a new category of funding small scale farming in Africa by allowing Nigerians to venture and sponsor agriculture; and has further announced the launch of its first app for Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices.
LXM has announced today a new 15a-6 chaperoning partnership with South African research provider Afrifocus Securities, further expanding its market-leading foreign broker dealer platform’s capabilities.
Entersekt protects digital service providers and their customers from digital banking and payments fraud, particularly when transactions take place on mobile devices.
Google Launchpad and Google Play South Africa were launched in November 2017 to boost African technology start-ups and develop a unique African design aesthetic.
Globalstar, Inc. has announced that the Botswana Communications Regulator Authority has granted terrestrial authority to Globalstar's Botswana subsidiary to provide terrestrial mobile broadband services over 16.5 MHz of S-band spectrum at 2483.5 to 2500 MHz.
[South Africa] Veridium and Wala in pilot digital banking project that authenticates users with biometrics
Veridium, a leader in strong authentication using biometrics has partnered with Wala, a South African-based, blockchain-powered financial services platform for the unbanked, to bring universal financial services to emerging countries in Africa.
Eutelsat Communications, one of the world’s satellite operators has announced a multi-year agreement with La Poste Sénégal, the country’s public postal service company, to interconnect 200 post offices nationwide.
Convergence Partners and 4Di Group announced a recently concluded acquisition of a significant minority stake in ESET Southern Africa by Convergence Partners.
ToLet.com.ng, Nigeria’s leading online property classifieds portal, has in conjunction with their existing investors, Frontier Digital Ventures, acquired Jumia House Nigeria, a competing property portal, for an undisclosed sum.
Pan-African ICT investor, Convergence Partners and 4Di Group have announced a recently concluded acquisition of a significant minority stake in ESET Southern Africa by Convergence Partners.
Mastercard is collaborating with Durban-based tech company Spazapp, to bring secure, seamless and convenient mobile payments to thousands of informal traders.
Young girls in Africa face overwhelming barriers to education caused by socio and economic challenges, widening the gender gap.
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has partnered with Huawei, an information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, to deliver 100G upgrades to its network in South Africa.
The Board of the African Development Bank Group has approved a loan of €71.56 million to support the implementation of ‘Digital Tunisia 2020’ National Strategic Plan.
Telecom Egypt has renewed a long term agreement with Vodafone Egypt, to provide international call conveyance services. The agreement extends to the year 2022.
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, will become a Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute partner with pan-African network reach when the Microsoft Azure cloud platform is generally available in 2018.
Mobile payments company Bango has expanded operations in Africa through a partnership with Victory Link in Egypt.
Oracle today hosted its Modern Business Forum in Kenya to help the country's fast-growing and large enterprises accelerate digital transformation and drive business growth with its next generation cloud applications that are now embedded with artificial intelligence.
Spreadtrum Communications, an ICT company in China with advanced technology has announced that its advanced networking platforms have been selected by Accent, the largest IT brand in Morocco, for their smartphones.
Konnect Africa, the Eutelsat-owned satellite broadband service provider, has unveiled SmartWIFI, a new hotspot service, as part of its ongoing commitment to bring digital opportunities to Africans.
Aubrey Swanepoel is CEO of Pfortner, a secure communications development company that provides technology, systems and consulting services.
Oracle today hosted its Modern Business Forum in Botswana to help the country's fast-growing and large enterprises accelerate digital transformation and drive business growth with its next generation cloud applications.
On Monday 6 November 2017 BCX, a member of the Telkom group, announced that the company has launched a digital learning platform which according to the company is designed to propel South African education into the digital future.
To further expand its network reach and peering capabilities, Angola Cables announced today that it expects to establish a Point of Presence (PoP) in Cape Town before the end of the year.
[Column] Rousseau Kluever: South African intelligence environment sees increased growth and adoption
The adoption of Business Intelligence is as inescapable as cloud and Big Data, and as inextricably intertwined. Organisations which have adopted the technology early have seen significant competitive advantages.
Tizeti today announced a partnership to expand Express Wi-Fi by Facebook in Nigeria, with plans to roll out hundreds of hotspots over the coming months.
Online shopping firm, Jumia Uganda has partnered with Barclays to introduce the card-on-delivery payment option for customers in Kampala.
Orange Botswana will soon deliver world-class video content to its customers across the country thanks to its partnership with recently launched pan-Africa, multi-platform Pay-Tv broadcast network Kwesé TV.
Liquid Telecom teams with VT iDirect and Telesat to deliver enhanced services to businesses in Africa
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has entered into an arrangement with Telesat, a global satellite operator with extensive coverage of the EMEA region.