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$300 mln Ghanaian smart cities project to enable nationwide Wifi network

$300 mln Ghanaian smart cities project to enable nationwide Wifi network

February 15, 2019 • General, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Celltel Networks, Roberta Annan Consulting (RAC) and Chinese government’s international cooperation company (CEIEC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate in the execution of the $300 million Ghana Smart Cities project under the brand name ArisCel. Under the MoU, Ghanaian company, Celltel Networks, is the concept developer, RAC...

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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...

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...

UBA, Google rollout Wifi hotspots in Nigeria

UBA, Google rollout Wifi hotspots in Nigeria

February 14, 2019 • Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The United Bank for Africa (UBA) has collaborated with Google and ISP partner to launch Google Station in 11 UBA branches in Lagos State as part of plans to roll out 200 stations in the country. Google Station, a platform for providing free, high-speed Wi-Fi...

NCC fines telecos for violating regulation

NCC fines telecos for violating regulation

February 14, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Nigerian Communications Commission has fined four major network operators in the country a total of $205 394,40 for various infractions. The NCC had in 2018 highlighted some non-compliance by the network providers ‘such as the routing of a minimum...

Ecobank Nigeria launches Ecobank Pay Zone in Lagos

Ecobank Nigeria launches Ecobank Pay Zone in Lagos

February 13, 2019 • Finance, West AfricaComments (0)

Ecobank Nigeria, has launched EcobankPay zone at Alaba International Market, Lagos. Ecobank is committed to innovating more payment and financial solutions to serve traders across the country. Patrick Akinwuntan, managing director, Ecobank Nigeria said that...

Fears of an Internet Shutdown in Nigeria on the Rise

Fears of an internet shutdown on the rise in Nigeria

February 13, 2019 • Features, Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

With less than a week until the Nigerian election, there are mounting fears that access to the internet and social media services could soon be restricted. The run-up to the vote, which will be held on February 16th, has been plagued by rumours that there are...

NCA Ghana meets Togolese regulator to discuss spectrum

NCA Ghana meets Togolese regulator to discuss spectrum

February 12, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The National Communications Authority (NCA) is holding a bilateral frequency coordination meeting with Togo, to collaborate and resolve issues related to the use of Radio Spectrum along the Ghana-Togo Border. The meeting has participation from the Togolese...

Publiseer wins the Startup World Cup Nigeria Regional Competition

Publiseer wins the Startup World Cup Nigeria Regional Competition

February 12, 2019 • Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Publiseer has emerged as the regional champion of the Startup World Cup Nigeria Regional Competition held in Lagos, Nigeria. Publiseer will join other regional winners from various countries, including Mauritius, South Africa, and Kenya, at the Grand Finale,...

Digital Afrique Telecom launches a smart card system in Côte d'Ivoire

Digital Afrique Telecom launches smart card system in Côte d’Ivoire

February 11, 2019 • General, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Digital Afrique Telecom (DAT) announced the launch of a Smart Card and Ticketing system to enable Ivorian public transport users to board over 700 buses every day through contactless cards. This smart ticketing service allows each passenger of SOTRA, the...

Avanti partners MainOne to improve broadband services in Nigeria

Avanti partners MainOne to improve broadband services in Nigeria

February 11, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Avanti Communications Group, a provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and MainOne, a connectivity and data centre solutions company in West Africa, have signed an agreement to jointly improve broadband...

IFAD propels inclusive rural economic growth in Togo

IFAD propels inclusive rural economic growth in Togo

February 9, 2019 • Careers, West AfricaComments (0)

Over 50,000 vulnerable rural households in Togo will benefit from a US$35 million project that aims to spur inclusive rural economic growth and create employment opportunities in rural areas through a value chains approach, according to the details of a...

FirstBank and Azuri to deepen financial inclusion in Nigeria

FirstBank and Azuri to deepen financial inclusion in Nigeria

February 8, 2019 • Finance, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Azuri Technologies, a pay-as-you-go solar technology company, and First Bank of Nigeria Limited announced a partnership that will help deepen financial inclusion in Nigeria. Under the partnership, Azuri’s solar home TV product will be co-branded and...

Nigeria: Digital Bridge Institute calls for major investment in ICT skills

Nigeria: Digital Bridge Institute calls for major investment in ICT skills

February 8, 2019 • Education, West AfricaComments (0)

The Administrator of Digital Bridge Institute, Dr Ike Adinde has called for significant investment in skills of the workforce to make them key drivers of the economy. Dr Adinde said the laboratory, worth $1 million, was donated by Huawei Technologies Nigeria...

Lava technologies expands to Nigeria

Lava Technologies expands to Nigeria

February 7, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Indian mobile phone manufacturer Lava Technologies announced that it is expanding its global reach by entering the Nigerian market. In January, the smartphone manufacturer launched operations in Ghana. In a statement, the company stated that they have brought...

Ghana gets affordable Wifi services

Ghana gets affordable Wifi services

February 7, 2019 • Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Vodafone Ghana has partnered with Facebook to deploy Express Wifi in residential areas. Express Wi-Fi aims to reduce barriers to connectivity such as limited infrastructure and high data costs, giving more people, such as small business entrepreneurs and...