Engineers in the field of electronics have thrown their weight behind the need for Nigeria to deploy 5G technology. This comes after the country's communication commission announced that, despite news on social media, it had not given out any licenses for network operators to begin to deploy 5G technologies. These...
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is adamant that it has not yet issued 5G licenses to any of the countries operators - despite rumours spread via social media platforms that claim the local telecoms industry would switch on 5G networks in Lagos this week. In an official statement, the NCC...
Ghanaian telecom operator, AirtelTigo has announced its partnership with popular mobile web browser Opera Mini to offer free data and browsing on the Opera Mini browser and Opera News App for three months. Through the partnership, both new and existing AirtelTigo customers will automatically receive free 50MB data every day...
A man in Nigeria was sentenced to death via the popular video conferencing app Zoom this week - this after courts in Nigeria turn to video-conferencing platforms as the country struggles under nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19. CNN reports that in a virtual court hearing on Monday, Olalekan Hameed was...
Many organisations across Africa are finding themselves transitioning their workforce to remote work at home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. IT departments are re-architecting their environments on the fly to allow for remote access. Now, according to a report by Serianu, Pan-African based Cybersecurity and Business consulting...
Gozem has officially integrated Etisalat Benin's mobile money capabilities to its app.  Essentially, the integration means that Gozem customers can now use Moov Money to safely top up their Gozem wallets and take trips without cash. This move could see hundreds of Gozem users in Benin benefiting from the simplicity...
Biotech company 54Gene has increased Nigeria's laboratory testing capacity for COVID-19 with a mobile laboratory in Ogun, a state in the South-West of the country. In addition to its DNA biobank lab in Lagos, the number of molecular laboratories in the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)’s network of coronavirus...
Multichoice Nigeria has announced that it will give DStv and GOtv customers massive discounts - of up to 44 per cent and 74 per cent respectively - in a bid to ease the impact of the ongoing socio-economic crisis in the country. Martin Mabutho, CCO of MultiChoice Nigeria, told The...
Africa focused payment startup PalmPay has waived transfer fees in Nigeria and is offering direct payouts to customers who have contracted COVID-19 in the country, according to Tech Crunch. Launched in 2019, and backed by Chinese mobile-phone manufacturer Transsion, PalmPay has created the PalmPay Support Fund. The initiative will start...
A group of tech innovators have created a crowdfunding platform to receive and distribute relief funds to financially distressed Nigerians. We Are Together is a crowdfunded COVID-19 relief fund for the country. The website was set up in response to the socio-economic distress many Nigerians face as a result of...
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) will begin repurposing equipment designed for HIV and tuberculosis tests to accelerate COVID-19 testing, reports Tech Cabal. This is according to Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the NCDC, who relayed the information on an audience participation video session on Thursday last week - live-streamed...
MTN Ghana, as part of its Y’ello Hope package to support the government’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, is providing free Internet connectivity to over 100 educational sites for private and public school students across the country, according to News Ghana. The package which seeks to promote e-learning...
Nigeria, and indeed the world, faces an unprecedented crisis in the form of COVID-19, and the country's lack of preparedness is glaring. However, The Guardian Nigeria reports that - having tried everything and failed - investment in innovation and knowledge economy can help the country navigate its way out of...
Facebook is expanding its Coronavirus Information Centre to Ghana, following its launch across 17 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa last week. Created as part of Facebook’s efforts to help the global fight against COVID-19, users in Ghana will now be able to access the latest news and information from trusted...
A joint venture fund aimed at growing women-led businesses in Africa has reached its second close at $75-million and will announce its first investment soon, reports Tech Cabal. Known as Alitheia IDF, the fund focuses on investments for SMEs with high-growth potential in Africa. The fund invests in businesses that...
SystemSpecs, a Nigerian fintech and provider of Remita, and Paga - the foremost mobile money service providers in the country - have partnered together in the hopes of extending the frontiers of electronic payments in Nigeria, report Vanguard Nigeria. This comes as Nigeria adhere to social distancing, remain at home...
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