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Visa launches fintech fast-track program in Africa

February 12, 2019 • East Africa, Finance, Top StoriesComments Off on Visa launches fintech fast-track program in Africa

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 out in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific, the program provides innovative fintechs with [&hellip...

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

February 12, 2019 • East Africa, Events, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Ethiopia’s telecom privatisation leads new wave of deals for 2019

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 Off on Airtel, Telkom Kenya merge operations

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 Off on Uganda strengthens security with Automated Biometric Identification System

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 Off on Ethiopia tightens privatisation of telecom companies

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 Off on Rwanda invests in first smartphone factory

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 Off on Google launches Web Rangers in partnership with Kenyan scouts

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 Off on Facebook creates jobs with content review centre in Kenya

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 Off on African leaders set to tackle healthcare issues in Addis Ababa

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...

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Facebook partners African NGO’s for Safer Internet Day

February 5, 2019 • East Africa, North Africa, Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Facebook partners African NGO’s for Safer Internet Day

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 Off on Xpress Money to double mobile wallet operations in Africa

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...

Nigeria’s digital publishers set to speak at IPA in Nairobi

February 4, 2019 • East Africa, Events, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria’s digital publishers set to speak at IPA in Nairobi

Founders of Nigeria’s digital publishing company, Publiseer, Chidi Nwaogu and Chika Nwaogu, will be speaking at the International Publishers Association (IPA) Seminar in Nairobi. The International Publishers Association Seminar on Sustainable...

Azuri launches pay-as-you-go solar satellite TV in Kenya

February 4, 2019 • East Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Azuri launches pay-as-you-go solar satellite TV in Kenya

The off-grid solar market is in the midst of a serious boom, already growing beyond the simple necessities of lighting and phone charging. Azuri Technologies, pay-as-you-go solar technology provider, has unveiled its new 32-inch solar satellite TV system...

10 Things to know about mobile payments in Africa

10 Things to know about mobile payments in Africa

February 4, 2019 • East Africa, Finance, Lists, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on 10 Things to know about mobile payments in Africa

The trend of making payments using mobile wallets installed as applications on smartphones which sometimes makes use of Near Field Communication Technology and generally an internet connection is becoming widespread, and indeed Africa is not left out in the...

Survey reveals Kenya’s customer experience state in 2018

February 2, 2019 • East Africa, Retail, Top StoriesComments Off on Survey reveals Kenya’s customer experience state in 2018

Kenya’s second largest telco Airtel, Equity bank and pay TV service provider DSTV have emerged to be among major brands offering their customers remarkable services and satisfaction. In a recent integrated customer experience company mSurvey has...

EU praises Uganda’s executive decision

February 1, 2019 • East Africa, Mining & EnergyComments Off on EU praises Uganda’s executive decision

On Tuesday, January 28, the Ugandan government announced the joined partnership with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a move it said would improve accountability in the management of natural resources. Government spokesperson Ofwono...