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

31-03-2020 | 10:08:09
Smart Africa launches digital solutions for African governments to tackle COVID-19
Smart Africa has launched a continent-wide technology based coordinated impact response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for Africa.

31-03-2020 | 10:02:56
Jumia announces actions to support governments’ fight against COVID-19 in Africa
Africa’s e-Commerce platform, Jumia, has offered the support of its integrated ecosystem which includes a marketplace, logistics and online payments to governments in Africa.

31-03-2020 | 07:38:00
Opera, Worldreader expand access to free ebooks for African students
Opera, a browser provider, and international nonprofit organization, Worldreader, are expanding the access to ebooks for children and students via the Opera Mini browser during the coronavirus outbreak.

31-03-2020 | 07:35:00
[South Africa] Accelerit Technologies launches free group video platform
A new, locally hosted and free and secure group video platform has been launched in South Africa to help small to medium companies and the general public remain connected.

31-03-2020 | 07:22:00
Wimbart launches PR Office Hours for African tech startups
Wimbart has launched its first edition of Wimbart Office Hours, a webinar and mentorship programme designed to equip African start-ups with the PR tools required to achieve their business goals.

31-03-2020 | 07:03:00
[Kenya] Safaricom partners with NSSF to collect tenant purchase scheme installments through M-PESA
Safaricom and the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) have announced a partnership to empower customers on the NSSF Tenant Purchase Scheme make monthly installments through M-PESA.

30-03-2020 | 13:39:00
Smart Africa launches Africa wide coordinated response to COVID-19
Smart Africa has launched a continent-wide technology based coordinated impact response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for Africa.

30-03-2020 | 11:55:00
JSE,TMS launch virtual AGMs for clients to engage with shareholders
JSE has partnered with TMS to launch the first virtual AGMs in South Africa to enable clients to engage with shareholders when the country is faced with tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.

27-03-2020 | 10:04:17
[Column] Rentia Booysen: It is time to adopt multi-cloud
Companies have been preparing for a multi-cloud world for some time, even if they were not aware of doing so.

27-03-2020 | 09:54:32
Kaspersky offers free endpoint security products to medics to tackle Covid-19
Kaspersky has announced free availability of its core endpoint security products for medical organisations, in order to help them stay protected from cyberthreats during the pandemic.

27-03-2020 | 06:27:28
[South Africa] Vodacom launches lending facility targeting SMMEs
South Africa’s Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME) sector is expected to come under even greater pressure as Government puts extraordinary measures in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.

27-03-2020 | 06:19:04
[Kenya] Safaricom partners with public transport sector players to collect fares through M-pesa
Safaricom has rolled out a partnership with public transport sector players to accept cashless payments through M-PESA in the ongoing battle to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.

26-03-2020 | 14:26:00
Konnect Africa targets 3,600 DR Congo schools with high speed internet
Konnect Africa, Schoolap and Flash Services have announced a Memorandum of Understanding to connect several thousand schools across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the Internet.

26-03-2020 | 14:22:00
Credit Agricole Egypt launches third digital channel to improve customer interaction
Credit Agricole Egypt has extended its digital user experience and launched the third digital channel “desktop channel”.

26-03-2020 | 12:34:00
[south Africa] Department of Science and Innovation COVID-19 research under way
South African Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) is working with several partners to investigate the efficacy of repurposing existing drugs to assist in halting the COVID-19 virus.


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