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Africa’s bumpy road to sustainable energy

Africa’s bumpy road to sustainable energy

November 7, 2018 • East Africa, Mining & Energy, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Africa’s bumpy road to sustainable energy

For years, Kenyans freely used and disposed of plastic bags. The bags were ubiquitous—in the markets, in the gutters, and in the guts out of 3 out of every 10 animals taken to slaughter. Nakuru, a town northwest of Nairobi, was a particular eyesore, with a poorly managed dump site that left bags strewn across [&hellip...

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Nigerians get flexible smartphone financing options

Nigerians get flexible smartphone financing options

November 5, 2018 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigerians get flexible smartphone financing options

PayJoy, a Silicon Valley technology company, has partnered with pan-African mobile network operator, MTN, TD Mobile, and financial institution, Sterling Bank, to offer a technology-driven financing solution that enables Nigerians to buy mobile devices on...

Mastercard Foundation Announces New Fund to Seed Young African Leaders' Social Ventures

Mastercard announces new fund to Seed young African leaders

November 3, 2018 • East Africa, Education, Southern Africa, Startups, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Mastercard announces new fund to Seed young African leaders

The Mastercard Foundation today announced a new fund that will enable young changemakers to seed and kick-start promising social ventures and community projects, creating economic opportunities for themselves and others. Over the next two years, the...

Nigeria: Publiseer to take part in the Next 100 African startups Initiative

Nigeria: Publiseer to take part in the Next 100 African startups Initiative

November 2, 2018 • Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Publiseer to take part in the Next 100 African startups Initiative

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Egyptian Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation (MIIC) have selected Nigeria’s digital content distribution startup, Publiseer, to be part of the Next 100 African Startups Initiative....

First Bank of Nigeria, Clickatell use Whatsapp to drive financial inclusion

First Bank of Nigeria, Clickatell use Whatsapp to drive financial inclusion

November 1, 2018 • Finance, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on First Bank of Nigeria, Clickatell use Whatsapp to drive financial inclusion

First Bank of Nigeria, in partnership with Clickatell’s Transact division, has commercially launched their Chat Banking channel on WhatsApp. This capability enables FirstBank’s customers to manage their banking needs within their WhatsApp chat...

Parallel Wireless to provide 4G LTE in Ghana

Parallel Wireless to provide 4G LTE in Ghana

October 31, 2018 • Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Parallel Wireless to provide 4G LTE in Ghana

Parallel Wireless, a provider of end-to-end open network connecting solutions has announced a partnership with the Telesol 4G brand, the fastest LTE network in Ghana. African countries face severe constraints in the development of even the fixed-line...

Microsoft and the CPGR unveil medical research and healthcare platform

Microsoft and the CPGR unveil medical research and healthcare platform

October 31, 2018 • East Africa, Healthcare, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Microsoft and the CPGR unveil medical research and healthcare platform

Microsoft, through its 4Afrika initiative, and the Centre for Proteomic & Genomic Research (CPGR) have embarked on a joint project bringing together the intelligent cloud and genomics research to create a scalable, cost-effective technology platform to...

Renewable energy will play a pivotal role in Africa

Renewable energy will play a pivotal role in changing Africa’s energy crisis

October 30, 2018 • East Africa, Mining & Energy, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Renewable energy will play a pivotal role in changing Africa’s energy crisis

Renewable energy can play a pivotal role in bringing power to people whether in rural or remote areas. It has the potential to assist many African countries and citizens to have access to power which is essential for the reduction of poverty as well as to...

Cellcom selects Parallel Wireless for network expansion

Vodacom Business expands its fixed connectivity network in Africa

October 29, 2018 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Vodacom Business expands its fixed connectivity network in Africa

Vodacom, a subsidiary of Vodafone Group, has added 19 new countries to its already extensive 28 markets footprint, in so doing increasing its overall coverage to 47 countries across Africa. Through its strategic partnerships, Vodacom Business, the leading...

How artificial intelligence is starting to impact on your everyday life

Could Johannesburg be the AI Hub Africa needs?

October 29, 2018 • East Africa, General, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Could Johannesburg be the AI Hub Africa needs?

When one thinks of artificial intelligence (AI), major corporations working out of leading tech hubs like Silicon Valley and – with a growing presence – London come to mind. Africa, on the other hand, hasn’t yet taken a seat at the...

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Airtel Nigeria unveils 4G in Lagos

October 27, 2018 • Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Airtel Nigeria unveils 4G in Lagos

Telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria unveiled 4G LTE network in Lagos eight months after it first rolled out the service in Nigeria. Airtel Nigeria Chief Executive, Segun Ogunsanya, said that the company had launched the 4G network in over 60 major cities across...

MTN now covers 90% of South Africa with high speed LTE coverage

MTN, Vodafone and AirtelTigo announce tariffs hike from November 1

October 20, 2018 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on MTN, Vodafone and AirtelTigo announce tariffs hike from November 1

The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications on behalf of its members – AirtelTigo, MTN and Vodafone has disclosed that they will increase their tariffs from November 1, 2018. A statement released by the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications revealed that these...

Security challenges facing the multi-cloud

Whale Cloud and Alibaba partner with Ghana on Innovative City Development

October 18, 2018 • Cloud Computing, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Whale Cloud and Alibaba partner with Ghana on Innovative City Development

Whale Cloud (rebranded from ZTEsoft) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Ghana on innovative city development at the headquarters of Alibaba Group. Ben Zhou, CEO International of Whale Cloud, and Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Minister...

WorldRemit set to boost Ethiopia's remittance income

WorldRemit launches online bank transfers to nine African countries

October 18, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on WorldRemit launches online bank transfers to nine African countries

Digital money transfer service, WorldRemit continues its rapid expansion in Africa, launching low-cost bank transfers to nine new countries across the region. Nearly 3 million migrants living in over 50 countries can now send money directly from their phones...

Nigeria selects Papersoft and Integrated Biometrics as tech partners for national financial inclusion program

Mobile operators plan to improve financial literacy in Nigeria

October 17, 2018 • Finance, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Mobile operators plan to improve financial literacy in Nigeria

Nigeria’s mobile operators have set up the Telecommunications Financial Inclusion Committee and laid out a plan to improve financial literacy in Nigeria. Glo, 9Mobile, Airtel, MTN and Ntel held a meeting in September 4, 2018, where the operators...

SICO set to expand reach in Africa

Egyptian manufactured smartphone to expand African reach

October 15, 2018 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Egyptian manufactured smartphone to expand African reach

Silicon Industries Corporation (SICO), Egypt’s first smartphone maker is set to expand to the rest of Africa by the end of 2018 or early 2019. SICO which already exports to the Gulf and aims to start selling phones in Kenya, Morocco, the Democratic...