IT News Africa: Top stories of the week

September 15, 2017 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West Africa

IT News Africa: Top stories of the week

IT News Africa: Top stories of the week

This week in tech saw a number of developments across the African continent and the world. In South Africa, two fintech companies have joined forces and according to them, will be looking to change the fintech payment space.

In Nigeria, Multichoice has decided to launch a pay-per-view system which drew in both praise and criticism a like.

Another big story to come out of South Africa is the merger between DSTV (Multichoice) and Showmax, which will now see DSTV Premium subscribers gain access to Showmax free of charge.

 The team at IT News Africa hopes you have a great weekend. The top stories of the week can be found below.


Two South African fintech companies aim to change the payment space
Traderoot and Sureswipe, two of South Africa’s first financial technology companies, announced on Tuesday 12 September 2017 that the companies have entered into a strategic business relationship that they claim will change the fintech payment space. Read More.

Nigeria: Multichoice to launch pay-per-view
Multichoice Nigeria will be launching a pay-per-view (PPV) option in the country. The company emphasised that the PPV concept is a cable or satellite television system in which consumers pay an additional fee to watch a particular programme. Read More.

Cell C drops out-of-bundle rates and extends data life
South African telecommunications company, Cell C, announced on Wednesday 13 September 2017 that the company will be slashing its out-of-bundle (OOB) data rates for prepaid customers to its lowest tariff plan to 15c per MB. In addition, the company also announced that they will be addressing the expiry of unused data by allowing customers to extend the validity of their data bundles by purchasing a new bundle before the current one expires. Read More.

Showmax now free for DSTV Premium subscribers
DSTV and Showmax announced on Monday 11 September 2017 that the companies will be advancing their merger, which will now see DSTV premium subscribers receive the Showmax offerings for free in South Africa. Read More.

Zapper introduces mobile payment starter packs
South African mobile payment and loyalty rewards app, Zapper has introduced mobile payment starter packs. According to the company, the initiative will make it easier for businesses to cash in on the trend. Read More.

Safaricom invests in argi-tech startup iProcure
Safaricom’s Spark Venture Fund has announced that it will once again be investing in iProcure, a supply chain platform in Kenya. iProcure offers farmers discounts of between 10 and 20 percent every time they purchase farming products. Read More.

Top Opinions & Features

Hey big network where has my data gone?
Of the big six large African markets – Egypt, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa – South Africa is the most expensive when it comes to data. Read More.

Interview: Demystifying Bitcoin with ProsperiProp
IT News Africa recently sat down with the CEO and Founder of ProperiProp, Llew Morkel, who looked to demystify the world of Bitcoin by breaking down the facets that contribute to this disruptive technology. Read More.

Discussing how museums of Kenya 3D printed artifacts to preserve heritage
Tatjana Dzambazova is an inspiring force in AutoDesk’s quest for service excellence and customer satisfaction. Born, raised and educated in Macedonia, Tatjana participated as a student representative in several international architectural and design seminars, and established contact with learning institutions throughout Europe. Read More.

Here are Africa’s top most connected countries
We aren’t particularly known in Africa for our internet connectedness, in fact, as you may already know, we sit behind the rest of the world in this space. But that’s not to say that some countries aren’t striving ahead in connectivity. Today we take an in-depth look at Africa’s most connected countries and some of the driver behind them. Read More.

What will DSTV do to survive?
Who remembers TopTV? The brand’s reputation was eviscerated a few years ago when they launched adult channels, suffered severe customer service complaints and promised a PVR decoder which never saw the light of day. Read More.

Interview: No better time to join the African digital race
IT News Africa recently spoke to Hendri Lategan, CEO of Swipe Interactive, in an interview which looks to unpack how mobile apps are changing the face of business on the African continent. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

Top 5 gadgets for the African business leader
If there is one thing that business leaders around the world have in common, it’s the fact that they need to be in tune with what cutting edge technology can help them drive their businesses to the next level. Read More.

Top 5 reasons why Africans prefer Android devices
With Apple launching their new range of devices earlier this week it has brought up the age old debate, iOS or Android? Read More.

Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer Beta comes to PC
PC players will have the opportunity to test out the Call of Duty: WWII multiplayer beta ahead of the game’s November 2017 launch. Sledgehammer Games confirmed the news via a blog post that the Call of Duty: WWII Open Multiplayer Beta on PC will kick off on 29 September 2017 and run through to 2 October 2017 on Steam. Read more.

Everything you need to know about the iPhone X
Apple has officially revealed its latest device, the iPhone X. According to the firm, the device is the future of the smartphone, and comes in an all-glass design with a 5.8-inch Super Retina display, A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging and an improved rear camera with dual optical image stabilisation. Read More.

Huawei P10 Plus Review
The Huawei P series has been the company’s flagship phone for years now, and the P10 Plus really reiterates this fact. Unveiled at the annual Mobile World Congress, which was held in Barcelona in February 2017, this beautiful phone has now officially hit South Africa’s shores. And boy what an impression it has made. Read More.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider launch trailer revealed
Take on the role of Billie Lurk, once one of Dunwall’s most notorious killers-for-hire. Reunited with your old mentor, the legendary assassin Daud, you undertake the greatest assassination ever conceived: killing the Outsider, a god-like figure whom Daud sees as instrumental in some of the Empire’s most dishonourable moments. Read More.

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