Year 2 | Edition 34 | 13 March 2019
 
BitMinutes forays into Nigeria’s booming crypto space

BitMinutes Inc., a financial services technology company (FinTech) that leverages blockchain and tokenization for delivering its financial services to consumers, launched in Nigeria a few weeks ago and has caught the attention of the locals.

Expanding into Africa through a strategic partnership with Nigeria-based BODC Trading & Investment Co., the program includes the creation of a Trusted Agent Network (TAN) in which the BitMinutes Nigeria team will lead an effort to identify and oversee TAN Agents, who are often store merchants...

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[Column] Riaan Graham: Capitalising on tech innovation for 2019

With 2019 already in full swing, thoughts inevitably turn to what to expect later this year. Evolving technology means the public and private sectors can capitalise on potential growth, but what should businesses be looking at in 2019?

The network environment will be a fundamental component in 2019. We are seeing more regulatory focus on spectrum. This is vital if the country is to consider a move towards enabling mobile 5G networks...

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Visa targets 15 Tanzania banks with mobile app that allows cross-border transactions

Global payment technology company Visa, is set to unveil a mobile app in Tanzania that will allow free of charge and cross border transactions.

Dubbed Visa on mobile’, the application is a global payment system which enables consumers to access their funds directly from their bank accounts through a mobile banking app to pay merchants, send money to individuals, and deposit or withdraw cash at any Visa agent...

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[Column] Willie Kanyeki: Open banking to transform East Africa’s digital financial services

Open banking is revolutionising the financial services landscape across the world, and presents opportunities for transformation and financial inclusion throughout East Africa.

However, the region should learn from the experiences of other markets and leapfrog directly to the next era of open banking, says International mobile technology specialist at Myriad Connect...

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News Headlines

Skills and network gap leading causes of unemployment in Nigeria, MyJobMag survey 22-03-2019 | 12:59:09
A big percentage of Nigerians are unemployed because they don’t have the right skills and network that can help them land the job of their dreams, a survey by MyJobMag has revealed.


Kenshoo and Omnicom Media Group partner to create digital centers of excellence in Africa and Europe 22-03-2019 | 12:53:04
Kenshoo, a global marketing technology platform, and global media network Omnicom Media Group have partnered in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to create Digital Centers of Excellence.


[South Africa] IDU expands its cloud offering through partnership with Microsoft Azure 22-03-2019 | 10:13:10
South Africa’s Idu-Concept, has expanded its cloud offering through a partnership with Microsoft Azure.


[Kenya] Safaricom hits the 30 million customer mark 22-03-2019 | 07:42:15
Safaricom has announced that it has passed the 30 millionth customer milestone, cementing the firm’s position as the most preferred mobile service provider in the country.


South Africa Navy picks Teledyne CARIS software to upgrade operations 22-03-2019 | 07:36:46
Teledyne CARIS has announced it will be delivering a full software solution to the South African Navy Hydrographic Office.


[Kenya] Telkom sets up fibre loop for Mombasa in network expansion 22-03-2019 | 07:31:31
Kenya’s Telkom has begun setting up a fibre loop for the city of Mombasa to meet growing demand for faster data by its business and individual customers.


[Nigeria] Farmcrowdy closes on additional $1m seed funding 21-03-2019 | 10:33:00
Farmcrowdy, Nigerian digital agriculture platform which allows Nigerians to invest in agriculture, has closed on additional seed funding of $1 million.


[Interview] Chijioke Dozie, CEO, OneFi, Nigeria 21-03-2019 | 09:22:00
Chijioke Dozie is the CEO and co-Founder of OneFi, a leading African Mobile-First Consumer Lending Business that has disbursed over $40m to consumers since inception.


MultiChoice launches talent factory in Namibia 21-03-2019 | 07:35:52
MultiChoice Namibia has launched the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) online portal at its headquarters in Windhoek.


[South Africa] Hisense injects $5 million into its refrigeration and television production lines 21-03-2019 | 07:32:00
Chinese electronics manufacturer Hisense has invested R72 million, approximately $5 million, into its refrigeration and television production lines at its Atlantis factory in the Western Cape.


Unitel to chair working group on fraud and security issues for the telecommunications industry in Africa 21-03-2019 | 07:25:22
Unitel has been elected to chair the GSMA Association Africa Fraud and Security Group, a working group dealing with critical fraud and security issues for the telecommunications industry in Africa.


[South Africa] FlexClub raises $1.2M, partners with Uber Mexico 21-03-2019 | 06:33:40
South Africa’s startup FlexClub has closed a $1.2 million seed round led by CRE Venture Capital.


Silicon Valley-based startup Accelerator Founder Institute launches New Chapter in Lagos 21-03-2019 | 05:58:45
The Founder Institute, an idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program has launched a new chapter in Lagos, Nigeria targeting to work with 20 tech startups annualy.


NBA and YouTube launch live games on League’s First Channel dedicated to fans in Sub-Saharan Africa 20-03-2019 | 13:47:35
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and YouTube today announced the launch of the NBA’s first YouTube channel dedicated to fans in sub-Saharan Africa.


[South Africa] Cell C and Facebook launch public access Wi-Fi hotspots at UWC 20-03-2019 | 12:10:00
Cell C has partnered with Facebook to launch the first public access Wi-Fi hotspots at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).


 

 
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