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Internet Technologies Angola (ITA), part of the Paratus Group, announced today the launch of its high-speed fibre-optic link connecting Angola to DRC across Noqui (Angola) and Matadi (DRC). The 600-kilometre connection between Luanda and Noqui, with a capacity of up to 200 gigabits per second, will also provide internet services...
South African cricket pace bowler Dale Steyn today announced that he is releasing a limited number of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) on the OpenSea platform. Having announced his retirement from professional cricket last week, the Phalaborwa Express today embraced the digital collectable space with the release of four NFTs, each commemorating...
South Africa's semi-private telecommunications firm Telkom has cut the price of its 1GB + 1GB All networks data bundle to R79,00 from the previous price of R99. The telco has also announced the introduction of a new 1,5GB + 1,5GB All networks data bundle at R89,00. According to a statement...
MTN Ghana, the Ghanaian arm of Africa's largest telecom, has donated $1.6-million (GHS10-million) to support the Girls in Information Communication Technology (ICT) Project. A Ghanaian initiative hoping and aimed at exposing the ICT sphere to young women. According to Business Ghana, the donation is set to run for three years...
Africa Data Centres, one of the continent's leading carrier-neutral co-location data centre providers, has announced plans to build large hyperscale data centres throughout Africa, including the North African countries of Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. According to a statement today released from Africa Data Centres, the project will involve building 10...
Recently, MTN issued a warning that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)'s decision to take back the emergency temporary radio frequency spectrum it opened to the country's telecoms in April 2020 at the onset of the pandemic would lead to a "digital load shedding" in SA. ICASA is...
Vodacom Central Region has become the first network provider to launch a 5G mobile network in Kimberly, Northern Cape province of South Africa. The new 5G network supports both mobile and fixed wireless access services. Customers of the carrier with 5G enabled devices, and within a 5G coverage area, are...
Kenyan budget airlines Jambojet has confirmed the appointment of Karanja Ndegwa as its CEO and managing director effective from 2 September, Thursday. The Kenya Airways subsidiary holds nearly half of the domestic aviation market in Kenya, offering low-cost tickets. According to a statement from the airlines, Ndegwa has held the...
South African health insurer Discovery is making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all staff from the beginning of next year, following the lead of several major global companies, from banks to airlines, in insisting on inoculation of employees. Lenders CitiGroup and Deutsche Bank have both announced plans to make vaccines compulsory...
Digitisation has ushered in an era of hyper-connectivity, marked by disruptive digital platforms that operate on a global scale. A recent Baker McKenzie report - Competition in the Digital Economy - an African Perspective - shows that, in Africa, this dynamic evolution of markets presents an opportunity for competition regulators...
South African mega-retailer Massmart, the company that operates Game stores, has revealed that it is planning to sell its shops across countries in East and West Africa, including Kenya and Nigeria. Massmart, which is owned by American Walmart, cites a renewed need to focus on its "core strengths" as the...
Absa Group, one of the largest financial service providers in Africa, is strengthening efforts to grow its digital partnerships ecosystem across the continent with the appointment of HYBR and SystemicLogic, which will help Absa identify potential collaboration partners. “We believe in the substantial mutual value that is created by connecting...
While over 12-million South Africans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, rollout in the country has been slow. Currently, Media24 reports that the South African government is debating whether or not the jabs will be made mandatory for SA citizens. While these discussions occur, recently appointed...
The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred digital transformation initiatives across Africa, but it has also affected the revenues of its largest telecommunication firms. Almost all of the companies in this list had their bottom lines affected by the global pandemic either positively or negatively, however, a key trend is clear -...
Australian Zip Co Limited has announced its intention to fully acquire South African buy now pay later (BNPL) fintech Payflex as part of its global expansion plans. With a presence in twelve markets across five continents, Zip plans to grow its South African business and expand into other African markets...
Nedbank South Africa has announced the launch of a series of enhancements to its digital services, including the introduction of a conversational AI-powered chatbot. "In line with its commitment to offer cutting-edge digital banking that adds real value to clients, Nedbank works tirelessly to add new features and services across...
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