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Tanzania: Government seeks to extend mobile money interoperability

Tanzania: Government seeks to extend mobile money interoperability

February 16, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Tanzanian government has urged Mobile Money operators, within the country, to register transactions with a central banking infrastructure as authorities seek to extend interoperability to all service providers. The interoperability agreement will enable customers to make payments from the mobile money account of one provider to the mobile money account...

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Telkom Kenya hits 4 million subscribers in six months

Telkom Kenya hits 4 million subscribers in six months

February 15, 2018 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Telkom Kenya has announced that its subscriber base has increased by one million and reached 4 million subscribers in six months. To celebrate this, the telecommunications firm launched a promotion to reward 50 subscribers with a Toyota Belta. Telkom is now...

Kenya: Safaricom launches music streaming service

Kenya: Safaricom launches music streaming service

February 13, 2018 • East Africa, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (0)

Safaricom has announced the launch of their streaming service in Kenya. Sonaga, the new all-inclusive music streaming service offers a variety of music to consumers as well as an additional platform for artists to sell their music. “Songa by Safaricom”...

Top android apps to download this Valentine's Day

Top Android apps to download this Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2018 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments (0)

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Alcatel, as well as IT News Africa, suggests a selection of Android apps to help you make the most of Valentine’s Day, whether you’re single or in a relationship. Netflorist Use this app from South Africa’s...

Innovation and consolidation to drive African tech deals

Innovation and consolidation to drive African tech deals

February 13, 2018 • East Africa, General, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments (0)

The global head of TMT for African bank, Standard Bank, is predicting continuing deal flow and increasing investment in Africa’s flourishing telecom, media and technology sector in 2018, against a backdrop of improving economic growth and increasingly...

Kenyans turning to online retail outlets to purchase their Valentines gifts

Kenyans turning to online retail outlets to purchase Valentine’s gifts

February 12, 2018 • East Africa, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (0)

With Valentine’s day around the corner, the annual Mastercard Love Index indicates that Kenyans are turning to online retail outlets to purchase their gifts. There has been 183 percent increase in the number of e-commerce transactions taking place from...

Zambia: Airtel and Standard Chartered Bank launch mobile money platform

Zambia: Airtel and Standard Chartered Bank launch mobile money platform

February 12, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (0)

Airtel Zambia has revealed that it has partnered with Standard Chartered Bank Zambia to launch a new mobile money wallet platform dubbed “Straight2Bank.” This newly launched mobile money wallet will, according to the firm, give its customers the...

Airtel Kenya ready to roll out 4G network

Airtel Kenya ready to roll out 4G network

February 9, 2018 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Communications Authority (CA) has confirmed that Airtel Kenya has finalised payment for its 4G LTE licence Kenya. The telecom operator paid $25 million licence fee for the 4G LTE 800 MHz signal. Airtel Kenya has not yet officially launched the high-speed...

e-Commerce penetration is disrupting the travel industry in Kenya

E-commerce penetration is disrupting the travel industry in Kenya

February 8, 2018 • East Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Online buying and selling of goods and services, online transactions, high mobile penetration, fast connectivity, a digital savvy population and an increased consumer spending power are among factors increasingly fueling the penetration and growth of...

Kenya's first AppFactory launched by USIU-Africa and Microsoft

Kenya’s first AppFactory launched by USIU-Africa and Microsoft

February 8, 2018 • East Africa, Education, Top StoriesComments (0)

The United States International University – Africa (USIU-Africa), in collaboration with Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative, has on Thursday, 08 February 2018 launched Kenya’s first AppFactory at the Incubation and Innovation Center (I2C) in Nairobi. The...

Better intelligence and analytics at the edge could improve business operations

AccessKenya rebrands and focuses on developing ICT solutions

February 6, 2018 • East Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

AccessKenya Group has announced the final stage of transition. The company rebranded to Internet Solutions Kenya- with a suite of ICT solutions offering dubbed FUTUREWARE. Access Kenya was acquired by Dimension Data in 2014 and since then the business has...

Logistics technology firm, Sendy plans East African expansion

Sendy plans East African expansion

February 6, 2018 • East Africa, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (0)

Sendy, a logistics firm backed by Safaricom, has announced plans to expand into East Africa by the end of 2018. The on-demand logistics firm allows customers to order courier services over their mobile phones. The company offers customers a wide choice of...

IT News Africa: Top Stories Of The Week

IT News Africa: Top Stories Of The Week

February 2, 2018 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on IT News Africa: Top Stories Of The Week

Yet another week has flown by where all the biggest news stories from across Africa, and indeed the rest of the world, have all had one thing in common, they have been about technology. This past week, the utilities regulator in Rwanda approved Airtel’s...

Best practices on safeguarding your smartphone and mobile data secure

Ernst Wittmann discusses how TCL will make an impact in Africa

February 2, 2018 • East Africa, Features, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Ernst Wittmann discusses how TCL will make an impact in Africa

As Regional Manager of Southern and East Africa for TCL, Ernst Wittmann is leading the brand’s growth strategy for the Southern and East Africa region. Working closely with global network operators and distributors, he is helping to make TCL a formidable...

Tanzania: HID Global to deliver e-Immigration solution and electronic passports

Tanzania: HID Global to deliver e-Immigration solution and electronic passports

February 1, 2018 • East Africa, GeneralComments Off on Tanzania: HID Global to deliver e-Immigration solution and electronic passports

The government of Tanzania has selected HID Global, an identity solutions company as its prime supplier for an end-to-end solution for issuing electronic passports as part of Tanzania’s transformative e-Immigration programme. The new ePassport was unveiled...

Venture Incubation Programme opens applications for 2018

Venture Incubation Programme opens applications for 2018

February 1, 2018 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Venture Incubation Programme opens applications for 2018

The Venture Incubation Programme (VIP) officially opened applications for 2018 on Wednesday, 31 January 2018. The programme invites entrepreneurs seeking to launch digital solutions on the African continent. VIP has helped over 30 start-ups in the past two...