Year 2 | Edition 98 | 14 August 2019
 
Facebook expands its Africa local language coverage to enhance fact checking

Facebook has announced that it has added new local language support for several African languages as part of its Third-Party Fact-Checking programme - which helps to assess the accuracy of news on Facebook and aims to reduce the spread of misinformation.

Launched in 2018 across five countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Cameroon, Facebook has partnered with Africa Check, Africa's first independent fact-checking organisation...

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New tech to allow West African farmers access seed and fertilizer data online

Experts from IFDC, CORAF, and the private sector have come together in Dakar Senegal to develop an online tool to give localized seed and fertilizer recommendations.

Key seeds and fertilizers actors in West Africa are at the last stage of designing an online tool that will soon help address the challenges of accessing these critical inputs by farmers...

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Kobo360 raises $30 million in Series A Funding to drive expansion

Kobo360, the digital technology platform disrupting African third-party logistics, has announced the completion of a $20M Series A equity round led by Goldman Sachs, with participation from Asia Africa Investment and Consulting Pte. and existing investors including TLcom Capital, Y Combinator, the International Finance Corporation.

An additional $10M in local currency working capital financing has been secured from Nigerian commercial banks...

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[Column] Mike Smits: The rise of Sub-Saharan Africa as a fintech hub

Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the fastest-growing investment zones for financial technology companies according to new research says Forbes. The GSM Association says in its Mobile Economy, Sub-Saharan Africa 2019 report that the region will remain the fastest growing worldwide.

Predicting a total subscriber base of over 600 million by 2025, which represents approximately half the population, Sub-Saharan Africa will become a flagship for mobile disruption... 

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News Headlines

SEACOM invests in fibre capacity to support cloud computing 21-08-2019 | 13:09:23
Pan-African service provider SEACOM has announced plans to double the data capacity on its broadband submarine cable system from 1.5 terabytes to 3 terabytes.


[Kenya] BLAZE by Safaricom launches e-sports tournament 21-08-2019 | 12:30:43
BLAZE by Safaricom has today launched an e-sports tournament in partnership with Pro Series Gaming (PSG) and Standard Group, for youth aged between 18 and 26 who are looking at gaming as a career choice.


[Kenya] VMware and Strathmore University partner to enhance digital skills in Africa 21-08-2019 | 12:26:00
VMware has announced the expansion of the VMware IT Academy: Virtualize Africa programme in partnership Strathmore University – @iLabAfrica Centre, Kenya.


[Column] Michael Hailu: Africa needs more youth to farm, let’s give them the tools to do so 21-08-2019 | 08:48:02
It has long been clear that agriculture needs more young people, not only to secure Africa's future food security but to modernize farming.


Smart cities, IoT to transform business in Africa within 10 years, Gartner 21-08-2019 | 07:24:00
The 2019 Gartner. Inc. “Hype Cycle for ICT in Africa” features three technologies that will have a transformational impact on businesses in Africa within the next 10 years.


[Zambia] Paratus to provide internet at the Zambezi All Species fishing sports event 21-08-2019 | 06:31:00
Paratus Zambia has announced that it will be providing high-quality internet via VSAT throughout the entire Zambezi All Species fishing sports event.


[South Africa] Google launches CS First programme, to train 30k learners in computer science 21-08-2019 | 06:18:00
Google has announced the launch of CS First, an ambitious programme aimed at equipping South African learners with the fundamentals of computer science.


[Nigeria] Ten African startups taking part in the CcHUB’s PitchdriveAsia Tour 21-08-2019 | 05:50:00
Ten selected African startups utilising hardware and deep technology tools in their businesses will journey across five Asian cities during the two-week tech tour which will run until September 8, 2019.


Digital consultancy firm Viga Interactive expands African footprint through partnerships 20-08-2019 | 13:14:00
Viga Interactive has expanded its footprint across the continent through partnerships with international companies and brands aimed at providing research and insights.


South Sudan National Revenue Authority and TradeMark East Africa partner to modernize trade systems 20-08-2019 | 08:30:00
South Sudan National Revenue Authority (NRA) and TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing to establish modern trade systems and procedures.


[South Africa] Cape Town named Africa's leading digital city 20-08-2019 | 08:28:00
Cape Town has been named as Africa's leading digital city, offering a place for innovation with the necessary infrastructure and tools to grow as a tech hub.


KT Corp unveils global epidemic prevention platform in Ghana 20-08-2019 | 06:11:43
KT, the Korean telecommunication provider has launched a health platform, GEPP Ghana in the Ghanaian capital.


LTE network, fibre backbone infrastructure and 3G connectivity drive Namibia’s mobile market 20-08-2019 | 06:07:39
Although Namibia was slow to introduce competition in the mobile market, with a second operator not licensed until 2006, the market has since seen penetration rates rise to well above the regional average.


Telecom Egypt records EGP6.6b in revenues, 24% growth 19-08-2019 | 09:22:54
Telecom Egypt has announced its second quarter of 2019 results ending on 30 June, stating that total revenues recorded EGP 6.6 billion, growing by 24 percent year-over-year.


MTN and biNu partner to enable all websites and apps #datafree for South Africans 19-08-2019 | 08:43:46
MTN and #datafree pioneer biNu have entered a partnership that will enable mobile subscribers in South Africa to access websites and apps #datafree.


 


 
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