Year 1 | Edition 16 | 18 December 2018
 
[Ghana] Esoko empowers farmers communication, bolstering markets

Esoko, a Ghanaian technology firm, is empowering farmers to get better prices for their products at a time, connecting them directly with the traders.

Launched in 2005, Esoko provides real-time information about market pricing, as well as three-day weather forecasts and even agricultural tips and techniques-all via text messages. The company serves one million farmers, half or them in Ghana and the rest spread across 19 African countries...

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Xalam Analytics: Can Data Localization Laws Boost African Cloud and Colocation Markets?
On the surface, requiring companies to host data locally would seem an attractive option to foster local industry and data sovereignty. The question is whether it ultimately does more harm than good.

Last August, an Indian expert panel committee released its initial recommendations for the country’s upcoming privacy law, including a requirement for companies to store Indian user data in servers physically located in the country...

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[Column] Chetan Goshalia, Kickstarting the future: The South African entrepreneur

The small to medium enterprise (SME) is the lifeblood of the economy. In Brazil, more than 16 million small to microenterprises make up around 20% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

In India, 26 million SMEs make up around 8% of the country’s GDP. And in Germany, the small to mid-sized business is not just the foundation of the country’s economic success, but the benchmark for global success stories...

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[Interview] Tony Idugboe, Vice President, Itanna, Nigeria
Tony Idugboe is Vice President, Head of Investments at Itanna, an investment vehicle that drives and supports Nigeria's most promising tech-enabled startups through Honeywell Group's business acumen, investment and mentorship.

Could you introduce your company?

Itanna is a Corporate Venture Capital platform backed by the Honeywell Group. The platform is conceived to be a place where Africa’s top talent can bring their ideas, visions, expertise, and resources to create a new wave of businesses...

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News Headlines

[South Africa] Helios Towers partners with Vulatel to expand mobile and fixed-line infrastructure 16-01-2019 | 10:41:08
Helios Towers Ltd, the independent telecoms tower infrastructure company has today announced that it has entered into an agreement with South Africa’s Vulatel (Pty) to create a South African infrastructure platform.


Konnect Africa launches broadband internet in Côte d'Ivoire 16-01-2019 | 08:39:45
Konnect Africa, an initiative of the satellite operator Eutelsat dedicated to satellite broadband on the African continent, has launched Internet access offers in Côte d'Ivoire.


[Column] Karl Reed: The customer’s journey to the cloud 16-01-2019 | 07:20:30
Migrating to the cloud is no longer the complex process it once was. Thanks to the evolution of technology, moving from an on-premises environment can be done much more efficiently than before.


Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, WorldRemit launch first international mobile money transfer service in the country 16-01-2019 | 06:38:43
Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE), has partnered with global digital money transfer service, WorldRemit, to launch its first ever international mobile money transfer service to Ethiopia.


[Ghana] Rendeavour rolls out American Tower communications infrastructure at Appolonia City 16-01-2019 | 06:28:11
Appolonia City has partnered with ATC Ghana, a subsidiary of American Tower Corporation, to deploy cell towers within Appolonia City's 2,325-acre development in Greater Accra.


[Column] Hark-sang Kim: What will the next phase of smartphone innovation bring? 16-01-2019 | 05:55:01
In light of modest global sales recently, some observers say that smartphone innovation has hit a bottleneck, as new devices bear more iterative upgrades instead of groundbreaking features.


[Kenya] Lendable closes second round of asset-backed pass-through notes with institutional investors to expand access to credit across sub-Saharan Africa 16-01-2019 | 05:39:00
Lendable, Inc. has announced the closing of an innovative secured dual tranche 36-month note program, called Multi-Originator Segregated Portfolio 2, or “MOP2”.


MEST Africa opens applications for its second annual MEST Africa Challenge 16-01-2019 | 05:32:13
MEST Africa has opened applications for its second annual MEST Africa Challenge, a Pan-African pitch competition for scale-ups based in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa or Cote d’Ivoire.


Alibaba trains Rwandan Government officials on enabling a digital economy 16-01-2019 | 05:25:00
Alibaba has this week trained delegates from the government of Rwanda on enabling a digital economy in a four-day workshop dubbed the New Economy Workshop.


[Kenya] Mobile lender, Branch, raises Ksh 500M for local expansion 16-01-2019 | 05:17:37
Digital lender Branch International has today announced its largest commercial paper issuance to date, raising Ksh500 million, following a Ksh350 million issuance in 2018 and a Ksh200 million issuance in 2017.


Fraudsters sell South African Social Security Agency cards in latest scam 15-01-2019 | 09:36:00
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has warned the public to be aware of fraudsters selling SASSA cards on social media.


[South Africa] Vodacom Video Play secures rights to live stream 2018-19 FA Cup 15-01-2019 | 08:31:15
Vodacom, through its entertainment-streaming platform Video Play, has secured the rights to live-stream the 2018-19 FA Cup, the oldest national football competition in the world.


[Uganda] Gemalto awarded contract to fast track border crossing e-Kiosks at Entebbe Airport 15-01-2019 | 08:24:00
Gemalto in cooperation with local partner SCINTL, has been awarded the contract for the supply of a Border Management System including airport self-service eKiosks at Entebbe Airport.


Versa Networks and BringCom roll out improved network connectivity solutions in East and West Africa 15-01-2019 | 08:19:39
Versa Networks and BringCom Incorporated have rolled out a joint solution to deliver Versa's best-in-class SD-WAN capabilities to East and West Africa.


[Kenya] Uber launches UberASSIST targeting disabled and elderly customers 14-01-2019 | 09:00:00
Taxi hailing company Uber has launched UberASSIST in Nairobi.


 


 
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