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WorldRemit set to boost Ethiopia's remittance income

WorldRemit set to boost Ethiopia’s remittance income

January 16, 2019 • East Africa, Finance, Top StoriesComments (0)

Digital remittance transfer company, WorldRemit is set to boost Ethiopia’s income from remittance by partnering with Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE). The new strategic partnership significantly increases WorldRemit’s footprint in Ethiopia, enabling its customers in over 50 countries to make mobile money transfers to over 1.2 million CBE Birr...

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Helios Towers partners Vulatel on South African infrastructure

Helios Towers partners Vulatel on South African infrastructure

January 16, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Helios Towers has entered into a partnership with Vulatel to work on expanding South Africa’s mobile and fixed-line infrastructure, saying that they aim to make “major greenfield wireless and fixed-line telecoms infrastructure investments”....

Zimbabwe kills its internet over protests

Zimbabwe kills internet over protests

January 16, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Zimbabwe’s government is limiting access to the internet – and social media specifically – in an attempt to stifle violent protests that have broken out in response to skyrocketing fuel prices. Protests broke out across the country after...

Rocket League cross-play is a thing now

Rocket League cross-play is a thing now

January 15, 2019 • Gadgets and Gaming, Top StoriesComments (0)

Sony has announced that it will finally let PS4 owners play Rocket League against gamers on Xbox, Switch, and PC. Having previously blocked Rocket League cross-play, except between PS4 and PC, developers said that they were simply waiting on Sony to give the...

Explore the future of retail at Digital Retail Forum 2019

January 15, 2019 • Events, Top StoriesComments (0)

There is so much more in store for the African retail industry. According to research conducted by PWC, many sub-Saharan African countries have emerged among the world’s fastest-growing economies. This kind of development is due, in part, to a great deal of...

Mining industry gets super wireless technology boost

Mining industry gets super wireless technology boost

January 15, 2019 • Mining & Energy, Top StoriesComments (0)

Epiroc, a productivity partner for the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries, has signed a cooperation agreement with Ericsson to jointly help mining companies achieve optimal wireless connectivity in their operations through LTE and 5G...

Lillian Barnard appointed as new Managing Director for Microsoft South Africa

Microsoft South Africa gets new MD as Zoaib Hoosen calls it quits

January 15, 2019 • People, Top StoriesComments (0)

Microsoft South Africa has appointed Lillian Barnard as its new Managing Director, effective March 1, 2019. Barnard, the current Director for Public Sector at Microsoft, will replace Zoaib Hoosen who has resigned after nearly five years at the helm. Since his...

Musk's SpaceX is downsizing

Musk’s SpaceX is downsizing

January 15, 2019 • Company News, Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments (0)

Elon Musk’s SpaceX, a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company, is looking to lay off around 10 per cent of its workforce in an attempt at better managing costs. This news comes shortly after the company’s...

Uganda’s border-crossing gets fast-tracked with Gemalto

January 14, 2019 • East Africa, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Gemalto together with local partner SCINTL, has been awarded the contract for the supply of a Border Management System (BMS) including airport self-service eKiosks at Entebbe creating a faster and more convenient border-crossing experience for travelers and...

Nigerian telecos, NCC call on government to review national broadband plan

Nigerian government urged to review national broadband plan

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

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) and telecommunication operators have called on the government to review the National Broadband Plan, which expired in December 2018. The National Broadband Plan 2013-2018 had penetration targets for both fixed and...

Apple set to release 3 new phones in 2019

January 14, 2019 • Gadgets and Gaming, Top StoriesComments (0)

Despite Apple’s plateauing sales, The Wall Street Journal reported that the company is still planning on releasing three new iPhone models this year. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company’s 2019 line-up will include the same rough...

10 CIO Resolutions for 2019 according to Gartner

10 CIO Resolutions for 2019 according to Gartner

January 14, 2019 • General, Top StoriesComments (0)

It’s the beginning of a new year — the time for CIOs to take stock of their personal development goals for 2019. This year, the focus is on the culture shift required to build digital business plans, as most organisations are on their way toward...

Nigerian e-commerce platform, DealDey shuts down

Nigerian e-commerce platform, DealDey shuts down

January 14, 2019 • Retail, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

DealDey, Nigeria’s e-commerce platform has closed its business in December 2018 and has let go of its workers. In 2015, the company raised $5 million in a Series B funding from Kinnevik which was its original investor. After raising funds, the company laid...

IT News Africa: Top Stories of the week

January 13, 2019 • Top StoriesComments (0)

Happy New Year! January 2019 is halfway through, however the industry is already buzzing. During the course of the week Microsoft unveiled some of the new date release of its data centres. The CES 2019 also took place from the 8 – 11 January, the conference...

Teleology Holdings to withdraw from 9mobile project

Teleology Holdings to withdraw from 9mobile project

January 13, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Teleology Holdings, the new owners of 9mobile, have withdrawn from further participation in the 9mobile project. The company acquired 9mobile, known then as Etisalat, in November 2018. Teleology Holdings will be seeking to exit its shareholding in local joint...

Instagram rolls out multiple account feature

January 12, 2019 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (0)

To simplify the lives for multi-Instagram account owners, the company has begun rolling out a new feature that lets ‘grammers posts their pics to multiple accounts simultaneously. In a recent interview with TechCrunch, a company spokesperson stated that...