Year 4 | Edition 5 | 1 March 2021

[Africa Cloud Review] Simon Ngunjiri: The pandemic boosted cloud usage in Africa

Businesses in Africa are increasingly turning to cloud to improve operational efficiency and COVID-19 is accelerating this adoption.

In fact, analysts predict more and more businesses will be moving to cloud as businesses and their employees worldwide continue to face tremendous challenges in maintaining business continuity. Dennis De Weerd, the CEO at Incentro Africa, , confirmed this in a recent interview with Africa Business Communities.  ‘’ Especially now the pandemic...

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Vodacom and Mondia launch maternal health service in DRC

Vodacom DRC and Mondia, a private mobile technology company have announced the rollout of the Mum & Baby maternal health service across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Mum & Baby is a free-of-charge mobile health intervention service that provides Vodacom DRC subscribers with maternal, neonatal and child health information. The information has been designed to encourage good health practices amongst pregnant women, mothers, partners and caregivers. Mondia...

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[South Africa] African focused VC HAVAÍC announces the launch of its newest fund

Following a successful 2020 comprising eight new investments and three international exits, African focused venture capital (VC) investor HAVAÍC has announced the launch of its newest fund.

With a track record for investing in, supporting, internationalising, and ultimately exiting, early-stage high growth African technology companies, HAVAÍC’s Universum Core African Fund has now achieved its second close. The Fund is a joint venture (JV) between HAVAÍC and Universum...

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Spotify expands into 80 new markets including Africa

Audio streaming subscription service Spotify has expanded into over 80 new markets in more than 36 new languages – including key territories across Africa such as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe.

With a worldwide community of more than 345 million monthly active listeners, Spotify will offer a world-class audio listening and music discovery experience to listeners. The Spotify service is available for free or with an upgrade to...

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[Kenya] Konza partners with Embassy of Israel to host an Innovation Challenge

Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) and the Embassy of Israel in Kenya have partnered to host an innovation challenge to address technology-driven needs of the Technopolis.

The challenge dubbed “Konza Innovation Challenge” targets innovations in response to the advancement of Konza Technopolis, that will utilize technology to power the City’s smart ambitions. According to Eng. John Tanui, Chief Executive Officer KoTDA, the challenge will provide an...

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[Column] Andrew Bourne: Sensory surveillance and smart devices – why we should care about the cost of convenience

Today, most people and households boast a multitude of smart devices, which bring a large measure of convenience to our daily routine and also enhance our experience with the simple pleasures in life like music and movies. However, that convenience comes at a cost.

By adopting these new technologies, we might be exposing ourselves to new forms of surveillance. Beyond the simple web tracking that we today perceive as a ‘necessary evil’ and have accustomed ourselves to, smart devices could result in a...

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[Vacancy] Incentro is looking for a Senior Java developer in Nairobi

You’re a back-end developer who loves working on impressive and impactful projects? You’re in the right place! With your ambitions and drive, you bring energy and inspiration to the team.

About you

With a passion for tech, you'll go a long way with us. What else do we want from you?

  • An IT-related bachelor’s degree;
  • 5 years of work experience as java developer...

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News Headlines

22-04-2021 | 14:04:00
Proposed new measures by the African Telecommunications Union and Ericsson set to expand Africa’s ICT space
African countries and telecommunications stakeholders have today launched the first set of ATU spectrum recommendations that focus on transforming Africa into a knowledge economy.

22-04-2021 | 13:09:00
[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: More African countries are now rolling out 5G
A number of African telcos already starting to roll out this fifth-generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks in the different countries they operate in.

22-04-2021 | 12:50:00
Audiomack partners with MTN Nigeria to offer music streaming service to subscribers at zero data cost
Audiomack has partnered with MTN Nigeria to unveil the Audiomack+MTN Data Bundle program , which offers MTN subscribers tailored data bundles for streaming unlimited music and accessing content on Audiomack free of data charges.

22-04-2021 | 12:15:00
CBFW, DHL and Sinpais Bring Training Support to 3,500 Women Entrepreneurs in Kenya
The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, DHL Express, and Sinapis have announced a new partnership to bring entrepreneurial skills and support to over 3,500 of Kenya’s most promising women entrepreneurs.

22-04-2021 | 11:54:00
Sophos Unveils XGS Series Firewall Appliances
Sophos has today unveiled new XGS Series firewall appliances with unrivaled performance and advanced protection against cyberattacks.

22-04-2021 | 09:16:00
US e-commerce company Wish enters into partnership with South Africa Post Office
Global ecommerce platform Wish has announced a strategic partnership with South Africa Post Office (SAPO) to strengthen its logistics capabilities and customer experience for South African consumers.

22-04-2021 | 09:00:52
PayTabs partners with Visa to launch Tap to Phone payment solution in MENA
Tap to Phone aims to make traditional expensive location centric devices like physical POS devices and terminals, obsolete.

22-04-2021 | 08:38:00
[Uganda] Insurtech startup OKO raises $1.2 million to bring innovative insurance to smallholder farmers across Africa
OKO, an Insurtech startup that provides inclusive agricultural insurance to secure farmers’ income across Africa, has closed a Seed investment of $1.2 million.

22-04-2021 | 07:27:00
[Column] Ian Lessem: Shaping tomorrow’s innovation - Collaborating with the right VC partner
HAVAÍC says aligning to startup founders’ interests leveraging off smart capital and working together towards a mutually favourable exit is the foundation for successful collaboration between Venture Capital (VC) investors and startups.

22-04-2021 | 06:37:22
FIS partners with Flutterwave to boost e-commerce in Nigeria and South Africa
In South Africa and Nigeria, FIS is offering domestic payment processing services through its previously announced agreement with payments technology company Flutterwave.

22-04-2021 | 06:21:49
[Column] Dejan Kastelic: How 5G technology could shape Africa's future
Developing nations have arguably surpassed their developed counterparts in benefiting from the rapid deployment of mobile technology.

22-04-2021 | 06:17:22
Airtel Africa signs $500 million credit facility with banks
Airtel Africa, a provider of telecommunications and mobile money services has announced the successful signing of a new $500 million loan facility with a group of relationship banks.

22-04-2021 | 05:26:14
[Nigeria] P2P Crypto Marketplace Bitzlato Partners with Lemonade Finance to Ease Money Transfers Across Africa
Bitzlato (BZ), the latest P2P Crypto Exchange to enter the African market, has added Lemonade Finance, a borderless payment platform for Africa as a payment method to its platform.

22-04-2021 | 05:14:00
Bolt Food appoints Edgar Kipngetich Kitur Country Manager for Kenya
Bolt has announced the appointment of Edgar Kipngetich Kitur as the Country Manager for Bolt Food in Kenya. Edgar joins Bolt Food from SUPPER London, a food delivery startup where he served as VP of strategy

22-04-2021 | 05:02:54
[Kenya] installs hybrid solar systems at its Nairobi and Mombasa data centers, a leading provider of carrier-neutral colocation services in Africa has announced the installation of Solar Energy systems at its Nairobi (NBO1) and Mombasa (MBA1) Data Centres.


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