Year 3 | Edition 7 | 26 February 2020

[South Africa] Cloud market moving from supply-driven to demand-driven, says Routed

Vendor neutral cloud infrastructure provider, Routed, says that four years ago the development of the local cloud landscape was still in its infancy. Managing Director, Andrew Cruise, says that in the time since launching Routed, cloud demand has increased:

“The market is moving from supply-driven to demand-driven. While the enterprise sector has taken time to embrace the cloud-concept, we have noted an increase in demand from these organisations.” He says that the enterprise sector has...

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[Kenya] Jumia appeals to local manufacturers with 50% lower commissions

In a move aimed at encouraging more local manufacturers to sell online, e-commerce leader Jumia is now extending a 50% reduction on commissions for locally produced products sold on the platform.

“We are committed to Buy Kenya, Build Kenya – and as such want to do our bit to support local manufacturers. Through the Jumia Local program we offer them reduced commissions to help them compete with imported goods,” said Jumia Chief Commercial Officer, Kenneth Oyolla, during the Quarterly...

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[Ghana] AirtelTigo launches unlimited call bundles

Ghana’s telecom operator AirtelTigo has launched new “Unlimited Call Bundles” to make life even simpler for its customers and enable them to call their family and friends without worrying about depleting airtime.

The new unlimited call bundles have been designed after extensive research and feedback from customers, who highlighted the need for bundles that last longer and give greater value. With the new comprehensive bouquet of...

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[Libya] ATIB selects Temenos to accelerate digital banking transformation

Libyan Assaray Trade and Investment Bank (ATIB) has selected Temenos Infinity and Temenos Transact to power its digital transformation. Temenos’ cloud-native, cloud-agnostic banking platform will enable the bank to quickly launch new digital products for retail and corporate banking and improve the customer experience.

ATIB has been a fixture in Libyan banking for over 20 years. It is recognized as one of the most structured and advanced banks in the country, delivering financial services to more...

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[Nigeria] Carbon launches USSD service to enhance access to finance

Carbon, the Pan-African digital financial services company, has introduced a USSD service to its platform, making it even easier for individuals that have little or no access to smartphones or the internet to access the financial services they need such as instant loans and easy-to-use payments. 

This new service will allow existing Carbon customers to access instant loans and other payment solutions via USSD without requiring internet data. Prior to the launch of the...

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[Startup Interview] Ali Messoudi, President, Transpare, Morocco

Transpare is a Morocco-based startup offering a digital platform targeting shippers and freight forwarders. Ali Messoudi the President talked to Africa Business Communities.

Introduce Transpare

Transpare is a digital platform that makes international freight transport easier. Like Booking or Trivago for tourism, we put in relationship shippers and freight forwarders. is totally free, both can register themselves in a few minutes only. Then they ask a quotation, they compare offers from...

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[Startup Interview] Reuben Abuloye, CEO, Buyavrika, Nigeria

Reuben Abuloye is the CEO of Buyavrika, a Nigeria-based startup that provides an online market place for African Art and African inspired wear.

Tell us a bit about Buyavrika

Buyavrika is an online market place for African Art and African inspired wear, (a secured online platform where sellers and buyers of African Art and wears can met to trade). it came into existence in 2016 in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State Nigeria. I am the co-founder and currently the chief...

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[Startup Interview] Rich Cheary, CEO, PT SportSuite, South Africa

PT SportSuite is a South African company whose mission is to digitally disrupt the sporting industry’s media landscape by allowing sporting organisations to operate like commercially-minded modern media houses, while building sustainable digital communities around their brand. The CEO Rich Cheary elaborates.

Tell us about PT SportSuite and your role in it.

PT SportSuite is a start-up “spin-off” from parent company Publisher’s Toolbox. As Publisher’s Toolbox CEO, the opportunity to enter the sports fray and apply the...

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Wanted: African Startups for Interviews

Africa Business Communities is conducting a series of interviews with startup businesses in Africa.

Are you a startup in Africa and interested in an interview? Great! Send an e-mail to These are some of the Startup Interviews that we have published in the past few months...

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News Headlines

03-07-2020 | 14:30:00
[Nigeria] KaiOS smart feature phones boost digital learning in Lagos
KaiOS Technologies has announced that its smart feature phones are being distributed across the state of Lagos to help school children continue their education during the COVID-19 lock-down period.

03-07-2020 | 11:55:00
[Nigeria] NSE upgrades data portal to improve market access
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) upgraded its Data Portal (X-DataPortal) to provide a more efficient, user-friendly experience for subscribers.

03-07-2020 | 07:10:00
[Column] Paulo de Matos: A four-step approach to building business continuity in uncertainty
The role of procurement is about ensuring that business operations continue like clockwork no matter how disrupted the business environment is.

03-07-2020 | 06:39:00
EANNASO launches AFYA digital health platform
The Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS and Health Service Organizations (EANNASO) announced the launch of its East Africa Wananchi Digital Health Platform (AFYA).

03-07-2020 | 06:30:00
MTN Group announces new CEOs for Cameroon and Benin
MTN Group has announced the appointment of new chief executive officers for two of its West African operations, MTN Cameroon and MTN Benin.

03-07-2020 | 06:27:11
Liquid Telecom provides VSAT connectivity to new social enterprise in Malawi
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has announced that it is providing its multi-award-winning managed VSAT connectivity services to mbora, a pioneering new social enterprise in Malawi.

02-07-2020 | 09:02:00
[South Africa] GoSolutions introduces IT and business offerings to meet market needs
GoSolutions an Enterprise Resource Planning company based in South Africa supplies a wide variety of software to several different industries.

02-07-2020 | 07:29:23
Digital health platform targets 600 million African mobile subscribers with timely information
A mobile-based tool for two-way information and communication between citizens and governments during the coronavirus pandemic has been launched.

01-07-2020 | 14:12:00
MainOne investment in West Africa’s internet infrastructure reaches $400 million
MainOne, West Africa’s provider of Wholesale and Enterprise connectivity and data center services celebrates 10 years of delivering innovative, world-class service in West Africa.

01-07-2020 | 09:42:53
[Column] Sabelo Dlamini: Of Covid-19 and digital divide in Africa
The IDC market outlook for Africa underscores the value of connectivity, the importance of ICT and the need to be more prepared when it comes to digital.

01-07-2020 | 07:20:00
World Bank supports jobs, skills development and digital transformation in Ghana
The World Bank approved $315 million from the International Development Association (IDA) to support job creation, skills development and digital transformation in Ghana.

01-07-2020 | 06:52:00
Intelsalt, Liquid Telecom extend VSAT service partnership in Africa
Intelsat, operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network, has announced an extension of its partnership with pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom.

01-07-2020 | 06:42:41
[Nigeria] Carbon revenue hits $17.5 million
Nigeria’s digital financial services company, Carbon has released its 2019 financial statements audited by KPMG, detailing its product growth and $17.5 million in revenue.

30-06-2020 | 14:35:45
[Column] George Ferreira: Building resiliency in times of uncertainty
The recent months have likely been the biggest challenge for all organisations across the continent.

30-06-2020 | 14:30:00
Ecobank Nigeria extends zero charge fee for digital money transfers
Ecobank has extended its zero-charge fee for digital money transfers below N5,000 till the end of September this year.


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