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

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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