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Rwanda govt, Motorola in mobile deal for youth

February 17, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Rwanda govt, Motorola in mobile deal for youth

Recognising the catalytic natures of mobile technologies in fostering Human Development, UNDP and Motorola have entered into a partnership to address some of these challenges and further stimulate the diffusion of mobile initiatives on a larger scale. In Rwanda, there are many social innovators who are already pioneering mobile solutions for human...

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SkyVision links up Nigerian petroleum company

February 12, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, West AfricaComments Off on SkyVision links up Nigerian petroleum company

SkyVision Global Networks Ltd., a leading global communications provider, today announced the successful implementation of its project with SAPETRO (South Atlantic Petroleum), one of Nigeria’s major oil and gas upstream companies with new operations in...

African ecommerce platform goes Dutch for growth

February 12, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on African ecommerce platform goes Dutch for growth

West African mobile social and classified platform MoboFree has leveraged off growth funding from Netherlands-based eVentures Africa Fund to expand its local presence in Lagos and Accra, establish new offices in East Africa and invest in marketing. ‘To...

Booking his place in Kenya’s ICT history – Tonee Ndungu

February 11, 2014 • East Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Booking his place in Kenya’s ICT history – Tonee Ndungu

Kenya has been described as an economic powerhouse in East Africa. The African Development Bank projected that economic growth for the country would reach 4.5% in 2013 and 5.2% in 2014. However, skilled labour is crucial in order to sustain this growth. An...

Kenya’s businesses can now bank on mobile money service

February 10, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Kenya’s businesses can now bank on mobile money service

CfC Stanbic Bank has launched an electronic payments service that will provide its Business Banking and SME clients with the ability to accept M-PESA payments. The payments are then settled into their bank accounts immediately or on demand without the need to...

20 semi-finalists from Africa in Google competition

February 6, 2014 • East Africa, North Africa, Online & Social, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on 20 semi-finalists from Africa in Google competition

Google has today announced the 20 innovative, entrepreneurial web adopters from across sub-Saharan Africa who have made it to the semi-finals of Google’s Africa Connected competition.  The competition was launched in August last year, calling...

What does IBM’s $100 million Project Lucy really mean for Africa?

February 6, 2014 • East Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on What does IBM’s $100 million Project Lucy really mean for Africa?

IBM has launched a 10-year initiative to bring Watson and other cognitive systems to Africa in a bid to fuel development and spur business opportunities. Dubbed “Project Lucy” after the earliest known human ancestor, IBM will invest US$100 million...

Facebook unites with partners across Africa for a safer Internet

Facebook gaining not waning in Africa

February 5, 2014 • East Africa, Features, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Facebook gaining not waning in Africa

This week marks the tenth anniversary of the inception of Mark Zuckerberg’s global social network giant Facebook. In October 2013 the Company reported financial results for the third quarter, which ended September 30, confirming its attraction of 728...

5 African start-ups receive Microsoft funding

February 3, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on 5 African start-ups receive Microsoft funding

Microsoft today announced innovation grants for five African start-ups through the 4Afrika Initiative, which aims in part to invest in high performing, African start-ups. In addition to financial backing, these start-ups will receive technical support and...

Global expert to address Mobile East Africa 2014

January 29, 2014 • East Africa, EventsComments Off on Global expert to address Mobile East Africa 2014

World-renowned mobile expert Tomi Ahonen has been confirmed to deliver a special address during the Mobile East Africa 2014 main conference on 12th & 13th February, as well as a dedicated full-day workshop on Friday, February 14th. Considered by many to...

New entrant scheduled to change the picture for African news

January 28, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on New entrant scheduled to change the picture for African news

In 18 months time viewers cross Africa will be able to tune into a new pan-African multilingual news channel called Africanews. This is the result of a partnership between Euronews and national television channel of the Republic of Congo. From its base in...

Consider this before investing in a start-up

January 28, 2014 • East Africa, Lists, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Consider this before investing in a start-up

  Much has been written about the growth of Africa’s technology-focused startup business ecosystem. In strong emerging markets like Kenya, stakeholders – including venture capitalists, angel investors and multinationals, are continuing with...

Who is on top of IT service in South Africa?

January 24, 2014 • Company News, East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Who is on top of IT service in South Africa?

The South African IT services market has a new ruling force. According to the IDC’s (International Data Corporation) Competitive Profiles and Analysis of Leading IT Service Players in South Africa, 2013, South African-based and Africa-focused business...

Al-Shabaab threat downs mobile internet in Somalia

January 24, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Al-Shabaab threat downs mobile internet in Somalia

A report posted by Sabahi news says on Tuesday this week Al-Shabaab, following an ultimatum issued to telecommunications companies, forced a shutdown of mobile internet service in certain areas. The areas mentioned include Bulo Burde, Halgan, Mahas and...

Safaricom adds mobile muscle to Kenya’s medical insurance

January 23, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Safaricom adds mobile muscle to Kenya’s medical insurance

Mobile payment platform M-Pesa, developed by Safaricom, will serve as the premium collection platform for Linda Jamii, a micro-insurance health cover offering established through partners Britam, Safaricom Limited and Changamka Micro-insurance. The companies...

Decision Africa app to provide market data and analysis for upcoming Nigeria elections

Will social media influence African elections?

January 22, 2014 • East Africa, Features, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Will social media influence African elections?

In 2013 a number of election processes took place in key countries in Africa, including Kenya, Mali and Zimbabwe, and affirmed the role that technology – specifically social media and mobile infrastructure – plays in these political processes. Technology...