Year 3 | Edition 8 | 4 March 2020

[Nigeria] Actis acquires majority stake in Rack Centre, announces plans to build a $250 million African data centre platform

Leading investor of private capital into global emerging markets, Actis has acquired a majority stake in Nigeria’s leading, independent, co-location business, Rack Centre. 

Rack Centre owns and operates a certified Tier III data centre in Lagos. It has the largest installed capacity in West Africa hosting over 80 international, regional and local clients. With over 35 carriers connecting to the facility, as well as hosting Nigeria’s internet exchange, Rack Centre is the most...

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[Zambia] MTN unveils new digital products and services

MTN Zambia has introduced a wide range of new and digital products and services for its customers in Zambia

The telco's Chief Marketing Officer Mr. Seun Soladoye revealed that MTN Zambia customers will now have a new range of digital products and services that will enhance their customer experience and deepen digital inclusion in the country. “Our customers are always at the heart of what we do, and we are always working hard to ensure that we offer them the best...

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[South Africa] Vodacom Business intelligent Wi-Fi upgrades to Wi-Fi 6

South Africa's Vodacom Business has upgraded its intelligent WI-FI offering to support the new Wi-Fi 6 standards.

With faster speeds, enhanced security and superior support for the Internet of Things (IoT) Wi-fi 6 technology is set to transform Enterprise wireless networks. Vodacom Business is ideally positioned to provide a robust offering to support businesses on their digital journey while bridging the performance gap towards ten gigabit speeds. The explosive...

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GhanaWeb wins Google funding to help journalism thrive in the digital age

Global search engine, Google, has awarded a $1.93 million in funding for media related projects across Africa, Middle East and Turkey. 

Among the beneficiaries is Ghana’s first and most popular news portal, GhanaWeb, which has won the first Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge for its novel GhanaWeb Reporter project which will inject new ideas into the global news ecosystem. Collectively, GhanaWeb is the only company from Ghana to receive the highly sought-after award along...

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Understanding VPN’s and their benefits

Africa is an internet freedom friendly continent with countries like Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa dubbed as a silicon Savanna and the next tech investment capital in the world. 

So many African countries don’t seem to be engaging in online censorship, and this is really impressive. This creates an enabling ground for Africans to thrive and enter international markets. Using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) has been accepted in Africa and across the world as the demand for...

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[Startup Interview] Adeniyi Atiba, Director, Dr.3pleA Company, Nigeria

Dr.3pleA Company is a tech startup domiciled in Nigeria that offers a host of services among them HR Management consulting, e-learning and provision of information on investment in real estate. Adeniyi Atiba, the Director elaborates:

Tell us about Dr.3pleA Company

The Dr.3pleA Company is a tech firm with interests in HR Management Consulting Solutions, Media, e-learning and real estate.  We are consistently researching best tech practices to offer top notch services in the above sectors...

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[Startup Interview] Goodnews Chibuke, CEO, Dochase, Nigeria

Dochase is a Nigerian data startup that assists businesses understand their markets, clientele with a view to boosting their sales and customer numbers. Goodnews Chibuke the CEO talked to Africa Business Communities about the startup’s business model.

Give us a brief introduction of your company?

Dochase is a data, targeting company that helps businesses drive sales and customer acquisition app installation on the internet. Dochase data helps businesses understand their target markets, audience demogrpahics and right channels...

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[Column] Samantha Naidoo: Four strategic priorities for African telco operators in 2020

African telco operators face a landmark five-year period as they strive to reimagine their business models and build new capabilities that will ensure their future success.

Currently, non-traditional market entrants are putting pressure on telco operators’ profit margins, forcing them to look at ways of quickly delivering new services to meet customer demands. The introduction of telco operator -enabled IoT networks and the upcoming rollout of 5G is also...

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Wanted: African Tech 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

22-01-2021 | 06:12:42
[South Africa] Vodacom zero-rates gender-based violence awareness app
As part of its ongoing commitment to prevent Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Vodacom has zero-rated its Bright Sky SA app, which was launched in November last year.

21-01-2021 | 13:49:22
[South Africa] VMware begins search for new CEO to replace Pat Gelsinger
VMware’s board of directors has initiated a search for a new CEO after Pat Gelsinger stepped down from the position effective 12 February 2021 to lead Intel.

21-01-2021 | 12:58:48
Africa’s mobile fraud losses set to peak in 2021
Africa’s mobile fraud losses will continue to rise above last year’s USD 4 billion to peak at a record USD 5 billion by the end of 2021 if nothing is done to prevent global cybercriminals from looting the continent’s wealth.

21-01-2021 | 12:19:00
Incentro: Not even a pandemic can stop fifteen consecutive years of growth
For the fifteenth year in a row, we have realized growth. Nothing can stop us. Not even a pandemic! Our provisional data shows that in 2020, we produced revenue of almost 57 million euros. That’s a 8.8% growth compared to 2019.

21-01-2021 | 11:37:00
Global fintech company Wari partners with Lycaremit to facilitate cross-border remittance
Wari, a global platform offering digital financial services, and Lycaremit, a world player in remittance and part of the multinational Lyca Group, have signed a strategic partnership that will strengthen and expand their global networks to provide access to money transfer services worldwide.

21-01-2021 | 11:24:10
[Column] Tonny Tugee: Kenya’s digital journey - Where are we now, and where are we going
Kenya’s ICT sector has seen a 10.8% average annual growth since 2016, making it one of the fastest-growing tech environments on the continent.

21-01-2021 | 10:45:14
Digitalisation, extortion and a lucrative vaccine: Kaspersky makes its threat predictions for 2021
Kaspersky shares its vision on what we could face in terms of cyberthreats in such areas as healthcare, education and ICS attacks in 2021.

21-01-2021 | 09:25:34
[Nigeria] Edtech startup uLesson $7.5m Series A round for African expansion
Nigeria’s edtech startup uLesson has raised $7.5 million Series A funding led by Owl Ventures, with inclusion from existing investors, TLcom Capital and Founder Collective and participation from new investor LocalGlobe.

21-01-2021 | 08:25:00
Nigeria’s automotive startup Autochek expands its operations to Ghana
Autochek, the automotive technology company that aims to build solutions for the African market, has commenced operations in Accra, Ghana.

21-01-2021 | 07:00:58
[Column] Pedro Guerreiro: The role of technology in unlocking trade value in East Africa
The latest data – and East Africa's continued focus on transforming its key industries, sectors and infrastructure through technology – is giving me hope that the economic outlook is brightening.

21-01-2021 | 06:03:26
Kaspersky launches tailored threat intelligence reporting for the automotive industry
Kaspersky has now introduced its tailored threat intelligence (TI) reporting for organisations working in the automotive industry, which was previously available for a selected range of customers.

21-01-2021 | 05:43:00
Kenyan Students Awarded First Prize in Huawei Global ICT Competition
Three Kenyan teams that excelled at the Huawei ICT Competition Global Finals have today been awarded at an event held at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi.

21-01-2021 | 05:31:36
[South Africa] Customers demand greater digital engagement from Communication Service Providers, survey
The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the move to digital, as large proportions of the population have continued to work, learn and be entertained remotely.

21-01-2021 | 05:21:11
[Column] Andrew Bourne: Addressing Data privacy concerns in the workplace
Whatever state a business finds itself in this year, it cannot afford to ignore data privacy as a key priority especially, now that global and local news networks are covering online privacy quite extensively.

20-01-2021 | 15:35:00
[Column] Arthur Latim: Leveraging Africa’s demographic dividend in the fourth industrial revolution
Africa's tech industry is still at an infant stage, with an industry wide revolution dubbed the fourth industrial revolution. Africa to some extent missed the first, second and third revolution and is yet to miss the fourth industrial revolution (4lR) which is mixed up with industry 4.0.


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