Year 3 | Edition 12 | 9 November 2020
[Interview] HYCU Steven Cooper, Vladimir Djordjevic on SAP HANA Investment on Google Cloud

For many companies today, maintaining a robust IT-infrastructure that includes terabytes of data to protect on SAP HANA, while balancing the need to reduce costs and simplify IT-management, can be challenging. For HYCU and Google Cloud Partner Incentro, there are ways to manage and protect without breaking the bank. As a proud partner, Incentro will be hosting a webinar to take you through HYCU on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 4 p.m. EAT

Africa Business Communities talks with HYCU's Sales Director, Steven Cooper and Systems Engineer, Vladimir Djordjevic...

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Paxful adds Bitsika as a payment method in Nigeria

Paxful, a global peer-to-peer crypto marketplace has announced the addition of Bitsika to the platform, expanding their range of local payment methods in Nigeria. The addition enables users to deposit Cedis, Naira, Dollars, CFA through the Bitsika app to facilitate easy transactions.

Speaking on the partnership, CEO and co-founder of Paxful, Ray Youssef said “As an organization that constantly devises alternatives to ensure seamless and safe transactions for our users, we’re excited to add Bitsika as a payment option to...

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Mara Phones opens first store South Africa

Mara Phones has officially opened South Africa’s first franchise Mara Experience Store at Maponya Mall in Soweto, the hub of Klipspruit.  

The launch of the store happens exactly one year since the opening by Mara Phones of the country’s first smartphone manufacturing facility. This landmark franchise store is owned by South Africa’s well-known broadcaster, philanthropist, and businesswoman, Chante Jantjies. The opening of two Mara Phones facilities – one retail and one manufacturing – within...

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[Kenya] Bolt launches Web App to make ride-hailing services more accessible

Ride-hailing app Bolt has launched Bolt Web App, a cost-effective alternative for riders to request a trip on a web browser. 

Bolt Web App is an option for riders who have mobile phones with limited capabilities in terms of high-performance user experience, internal phone storage, prone to a weaker internet connection, are conscious of the amount of money spent on data or want to order a ride using their computer...

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ITU, Norway, Ghana government launch Digital Transformation Centres to boost ICT skills

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Norwegian Government and the Government of Ghana will sign agreements to support the Digital Transformation Centres (DTC) Initiative in Ghana.

The new partnership with Norway will scale up and strengthen digital skills training for underserved communities in Ghana, in collaboration with Cisco and the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC). It will provide around 14,000 citizens with job-ready digital skills, in particular...

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[Column] Francis Wainaina: Africa, Kenya and the Cloud – The Numbers You Need to Know

As a unified online platform for communication and collaboration, the cloud is now widely considered to be one of the most valuable resources we have at our disposal.

It’s reported that by the end of 2020, 82% of workloads globally will reside on the cloud and more than 40 zettabytes of data will be flowing through cloud servers and networks. If African businesses are to take advantage of the opportunities that the cloud will present in the next decade, there are some key numbers we should all be paying attention to...

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[Column] Murray Gardiner: How digital payments could foster African development

The World Bank has estimated that Africa could potentially hold 90% of the global poor population by 2030 and has recently cut its economic growth predictions to between -2.1% and -5.1% in 2020 from the 2.4% of 2019.

The situation has been significantly worsened by the global pandemic, as the continent hits its first recession in 25 years. But this is not the picture that defines a continent that has long defied expectation and prediction. In fact, a young population, a growing consumer market, and the rapid...

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[Webinar] Make the Most of Your SAP HANA Investment on Google Cloud

For many companies today, maintaining a robust IT-infrastructure that includes terabytes of data to protect on SAP HANA, while balancing the need to reduce costs and simplify IT-management, can be challenging. For HYCU and Google Cloud Partner Incentro, there are ways to manage and protect without breaking the bank.

As a proud partner, we’ll be hosting a webinar to take you through HYCU on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). In this interactive session, learn how...

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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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