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Uganda deports MTN CEO over national security

February 15, 2019 • Company News, East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The chief executive officer of MTN Uganda, a unit of South Africa’s MTN Group, has been deported from the East African country over national security, police said on Friday, 15 February. The development is the latest concern for the largest telecommunications firm in Uganda after three senior executives were deported in January. Police spokesman Fred...

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Young, African entrepreneurs can now apply for the Anzisha Prize

Young, African entrepreneurs can now apply for the Anzisha Prize

February 15, 2019 • East Africa, Events, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Anzisha Prize program which is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation has just launched the call for 2019 applications. The prize is looking for Africa’s most innovative social and business entrepreneurs between...

Rwanda: Drones deliver medical supplies in remote areas

February 15, 2019 • East Africa, Healthcare, Top StoriesComments (0)

Rwanda made headlines as the first country to pilot blood deliveries by drone. However, President Paul Kagame has not been credited enough with improving the Rwandan health system with the use of drones. The drones have been improved on and will increase...

Nigeria's innovation centre expands to East Africa

Nigeria’s innovation centre expands to East Africa

February 15, 2019 • East Africa, West AfricaComments (0)

Nigeria’s innovation centre, Co-Creation Hub launch the ‘CcHUB Design Lab‘ in Rwanda. The design lab is an unprecedented next step in Africa’s growing tech sector, and is set to become a creative space where its multidisciplinary team...

Ethiopia gets $40 mln healthcare boost from the US

February 14, 2019 • East Africa, Healthcare, Top StoriesComments (0)

There are many barriers to residents obtaining proper health care in Ethiopia. It is estimated that 76 percent of Ethiopian women live in rural areas and do not have access to health care due to long traveling distances with lack of transportation. There...

Visa launches fintech fast-track program in Africa

February 12, 2019 • East Africa, Finance, Top StoriesComments (0)

Visa has just announced it is expanding its fast-track program to support fintechs in the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA) region as part of its efforts in developing the next generation of digital payment solutions. Already rolled...

Ethiopia’s telecom privatisation leads new wave of deals for 2019

February 12, 2019 • East Africa, Events, Mobile and TelecomsComments (0)

Last week, during a press briefing, Ethiopia’s state-owned telecommunications company announced it will be the first of four companies to be privatised. Telecom, media and tech investment and consolidation activity in Africa is predicted to reach a record...

Airtel, Telkom Kenya merge operations

February 11, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Airtel Kenya has announced that it has signed an agreement with Telkom Kenya to merge their respective mobile, enterprise and carrier services businesses as Airtel-Telkom. Last month, three industry sources had told Reuters that Bharti Airtel was in talks to...

Uganda strengthens security with Automated Biometric Identification System

February 11, 2019 • East Africa, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Digital security company, Gemalto is supplying its Cogent Automated Biometric Identification System (CABIS) and LiveScan technology to the Ugandan Police. These biometric solutions enable the police force to better solve crimes through the electronic...

Ethiopia tightens privatisation of telecom companies

February 9, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Ethiopia’s state-owned telecommunications company will be the first of four companies to be privatised, an official in the finance ministry said in a press briefing. The communications director in the ministry of finance, Haji Ebsa said the government will...

Rwanda invests in first smartphone factory

February 8, 2019 • East Africa, Gadgets and Gaming, Top StoriesComments (0)

In October 2018, Rwanda-based technology company Mara Corporation said it was investing $100 million in South Africa to make affordable, high tech smartphones. Mara founder Ashish Thakkar noted that the African continent currently had over 400 million...

Google launches Web Rangers in partnership with Kenyan scouts

February 8, 2019 • East Africa, SecurityComments (0)

Google has supported the Kenya Scouts Association to hold the 2019 edition of Web Rangers, a youth programme for online safety, to mark Safer Internet Day. The scheme has been run in over fifteen countries and was launched in Kenya in 2015. This year,...

Facebook creates jobs with content review centre in Kenya

February 7, 2019 • Careers, East Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Social network platform, Facebook, has announced plans to open a content review centre in Nairobi, Kenya. The company will work together with Samasource one of the largest digital employers in East Africa in creating employment as well. Facebook’s...

African leaders set to tackle healthcare issues in Addis Ababa

February 6, 2019 • East Africa, HealthcareComments (0)

According to the 2018 WHO Global Health Expenditure Database, African countries are gradually increasing domestic investments in health with 35 out of 55 AU Member States (over 64%) having increased the percentage of their Gross Domestic Product invested in...

Facebook Flex to launch in Lesotho

Facebook partners African NGO’s for Safer Internet Day

February 5, 2019 • East Africa, North Africa, Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

As we celebrate Safer Internet Day on 5 February, Facebook is joining hands with more than 20 non-profit organisations and government agencies. The campaign aims to raise awareness about Internet safety and security concerns such as cyberbullying and...

Xpress Money to double mobile wallet operations in Africa

Xpress Money to double mobile wallet operations in Africa

February 5, 2019 • East Africa, Finance, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Global Money transfer organisation Xpress Money has announced that it witnessed a 37 percent growth in Mobile Wallet Credits to Africa in 2018 and foresees a similar trend in 2019. Xpress Money cashed in on the fact that more than half of the world’s...