Year 3 | Edition 9 | 11 March 2020
 

MTN reports commercial momentum, announces stepping down of CEO

MTN Group has announced an encouraging set of results for the year ended 31 December 2019 and that group president and CEO Rob Shuter would be stepping down from his role at the end of his contract in March 2021.

Commenting on the results, Shuter said: “In 2019, the 25th anniversary of MTN Group, we delivered commercial momentum across our operations as well as great progress in our strategy and strong financial results, despite challenging trading conditions. We added 18 million customers to reach...

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Facebook's Community Accelerator Programme targets projects from Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria

Facebook has launched a Community Accelerator programme that will target projects and initiatives from three sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries – South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.

The programme is part of Facebook’s mission to give people the power to build community around the world and its commitment to supporting the community leaders who drive change....

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[South Africa] Communications, Digital Technologies welcomes Vodacom, Competition Commission agreement to reduce data prices

Communications & Digital Technologies Ministry and ICASA welcomes steps taken by the Competition Commission to facilitate data prices reduction at the retail level of the market.

The Ministry of Communications & Digital Technologies and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) welcomes the announcement and agreement reached between the Competition Commission and Vodacom in ensuring that the cost of data is reduced, thereby aligning...

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SWVL names former Uber Kenya Country Manager its new General Manager

Egyptian shuttle-hailing company SWVL has today announced the appointment of Dip Patel as its General Manager in Kenya.

Until his appointment at SWVL, Patel was the Head of Growth at Apollo Agriculture – a Kenyan technology company that helps small-scale farmers maximize their profits. Prior to that, he served as Uber’s Country Manager in Kenya having started as the company’s first Marketing Manager for East Africa, a role that saw him contribute to the brand’s launch and...

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Orange Digital Ventures Africa invests $1.5 million in Youverify Nigeria

Orange Digital Ventures Africa has announces its latest investment on the African continent by leading the $1.5m seed investment round in Youverify.

The start-up, founded in Lagos, Nigeria automates identity and background verification processes, primarily serving financial and telecommunication service providers. Youverify is the fifth company to join the portfolio of Orange group’s African investment initiative. Financial and mobile payment services continue to accelerate their development on the continent...

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[South Africa] Cloud platform builder Jini Guru partners with Azilen to build advanced payment and banking solutions

Local cloud platform builder, Jini Guru, has partnered with Azilen Technologies, a product engineering company, to build innovative fintech solutions for emerging markets.

Mike Smits, co-founder, Jini Guru, says that the collaboration between the two companies brings immense skills to the local fintech market. “Azilen has over a decade of lean product engineering experience across a variety of vertical sectors. Together with Jini Guru’s local fintech knowledge and...

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[Startup Interview] Nathaniel Ndegwa, Managing Director, Tipping Point Media, Kenya

Nathaniel Ndegwa is the Managing Director of Tipping Point Media, a Kenyan digital marketing startup that has now grown its clientele to 15 countries.

Introduce The Tipping Point Media and your role in it

Tipping Point Media is a results driven Digital Marketing firm, with a bias to SMEs and E-commerce. We focus all our expertise in giving small and medium sized enterprises an edge in the market place using the power of internet marketing. I am the Managing Director and a co-founder of the company...

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[Column] Georgie Midgley: Gig economy can bolster job creation in Africa

Artificial intelligence, blockchain architecture, robotics, cryptocurrencies, virtual reality - these concepts are all going to disrupt the way humans work, live and interact. It turns out the 4IR is also being driven by a redefined idea of the labour force.

The gig economy – a model of freelance agents performing short-term, on-demand work – already employs 64 million individuals in the US and European Union, according to research by McKinsey. And the highest-paid gigging jobs are...

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[Startup Interview] Freeman Addico, CEO, Addicnet, Ghana

With customers spread across 10 countries, Pan-African cloud computing and ecommerce solutions provider Addicnet is redefining cloud computing landscape in the continent through its unique offerings. The CEO Freeman Addico explains.

Tell us abit about Addicnet and your role in it

Addicnet is a Pan-African Cloud computing and ecommerce solutions provider aiding African companies to deploy their operations on the cloud with stability, scalability, security, and efficiency. Our solutions span from multi-public cloud...

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[Column] Andrew Skudder: Digital trends that will shape the construction industry in 2020

From cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI), to 5G and mobility, a key trend in 2020 is the accelerated digitization of construction companies. This is critical for future proofing their businesses and maximizing efficiency and profitability.

As one of the least digitized industries in the world, with about 1.5% of revenue spent on IT compared to an average spend of about 3% across all industries, the construction industry has suffered a notable lack of growth in productivity...

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[Column] Nancy Kiarie: Women in the digital gig economy

he world is increasingly going digital and technology that could only be imagined a decade ago is now reality. The impact of innovation has been seen across all sectors of the economy including health, education, financial services, hospitality and transport, among others.

Innovation has had significant impact in encouraging women’s participation delivery of services enabled by technology platforms. The gig economy is described as an ecosystem that facilitates workers who are either employed or unemployed...

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[Column] Joel Chacko: Harnessing the value of cloud by rethinking how new services are operated

As companies embark on their application and data modernisation programmes and look to the cloud and infrastructure required to support their plans, most land on a hybrid cloud strategy with application and data workloads balanced across both public and private clouds.

Hybrid deployments combine the hyper-scalers’ public cloud benefits of innovation, speed, consumption, and scale with private benefits of regulatory compliance, performance, data gravity, and recouping of existing investments. Hybrid 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 bas@africabusinesscommunities.com. 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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