[Africa Tech Week] More 4G LTE networks
01-06-2018 13:08:00 | by: Bas Vlugt | hits: 28786 | Tags:

The World Bank Group will support some African countries to build capacity in key cyber security areas such as policy, legal and regulatory frameworks, Infrastructure protection and setup of cybersecurity institutions.

In a meeting held in Uganda this week, the World Bank Group launched the ‘East Africa Cybersecurity Clinic’ togather with National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U), the East African Community (EAC) and the Government of Israel.

The East African country also hosted the Africa Blockchain technology conference and participants heard from Mauritius which is already using blockchain technology to build databases and to support innovation in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, crop and seed science.

Africa is also geared to expand 4G LTE networks. At the 53rd Annual meetings of the Africa Development Bank held in South Korea recently, KT Corp, Korea’s largest telecommunications company, announced it would expand its cooperation with Africa in the field of ICT infrastructures based on 4G LTE networks.

KT corp has already rolled out 4G LTE in Rwanda at the national level and Tanzanian operator Smile Communications said it introduced it in Arusha, one of the big cities.

Tanzanians may not need to carry cash anymore they can now also use their Tigo Pesa app to make quick, easy and secure payments with Masterpass QR.

In Kenya, Egypt and South Africa companies are upgrading to 4G. Telkom announced a further expansion of its 4G-network in Nairobi and its environs, Telecom Egypt also obtained $200 million long-term financing with Chinese financial institutions in a deal facilitated by Huawei to roll out 4G.

In South Africa, Cell C announced a roaming agreement with MTN to provide both 3G and 4G services in some areas where Cell C has chosen to purchase coverage rather than self-build.

MTN and Cisco also announced the availability of the Cisco Jasper Control Center automated IoT connectivity platform for all companies looking to provide IoT services to their customers on MTN’s mobile network throughout South Africa.

Technology can be used differently to target young people. A church in Kenya expanded its online services to target the iGeneration to join its congregation while in Nigeria Piggybank.ng a startup and an online and mobile app savings platform that targets Millennials has built a savings community.

Piggybank.ng now has over 53,000 registered users, the majority are Nigerian Millennials, who have saved in excess of $5M, with a savings growth of 3000% between 2016-17. As well, Piggybank.ng secured seed funding of $1.1M from high net worth individuals, led by Olumide Soyombo, Founder of LeadPath.

In an event in Nigeria, Touchbal Pictures, a picture searching app, raised $20,000 Pre-seed funding from GenesysTechHub to support product development.

The team led by Gabriel Eze were the winners at #StartupSouth3 because their solution had global applications if supported.

In other Africa tech news, Uganda will borrow US $84 Million from the Exim Bank of China to finance tech and engineering training project.

The Union Bank in Nigeria has introduced the innovative Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology in its operations. The RPA technology uses robots which are software tools that simplify business process delivery. It is a first in the Nigerian Banking industry.

And down south, Rainmaker Worldwide announced its first water-to-water technology to South Africa. With its critical issues regarding water, Africa needs new approaches and solutions and hopefully, Rainwater can offer them.

This week in the Africa CEO Forum the question is: Is Africa ready for working in the cloud.


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