Year 4 | Edition 8 | 29 March 2021

Incentro Africa becomes first company in Africa to achieve Google Cloud Partner Work Transformation Specialization

Incentro Africa, an IT service provider delivering custom build software solutions for the European and African market, is leveraging its novel cloud solutions to enhance the capacity and efficiency of businesses.

This, as it migrates thousands of employees into integrated suite of applications as they adapt to the new normal in the wake of disruptions occasioned by COVID 19. As demand for solutions that embrace remote operations burgeons, Incentro Africa has been working with banks, government institutions...

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MFS Africa reaches over 320 million mobile money wallets

Pan-African fintech leader MFS Africa has announced that it now reaches over 320 million mobile money wallets,enabling a range of banks, telcos, money transfer operators, and other financial institutions interoperability at scale in Africa through a single integration point.

Based on the 2021 State of the Industry report on Mobile Money released by the GSMA, this means that the company covers 60% of all mobile money wallets in sub-Saharan Africa. The MFS Africa partnership with Xoom, a PayPal...

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Kenyan agency banking startup Tanda secures funding to expand regionally

Kenyan agency banking startup Tanda has announced that is expanding its operations regionally after closing a funding round in February 2021 from HAVAÍC, Zedcrest Capital, DFS Lab, Victor Asemota and 3 more investors.

The startup has also secured key strategic partnerships with Mastercard and Interswitch which will further accelerate this growth. The growth comes on the back of successfully pioneering and proving the viability of the interoperable agent and merchant model in Kenya, a model that has only been...

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Microsoft and Wentors to mentor 1,000 women working in tech

Microsoft and women’s mentorship organisation, Wentors, have announced a commitment to mentor and train 1,000 women working in the technology industry in the next few years. This, according to the two is as a way of promoting gender diversity in the technology industry.

Wentors is a global community of women in technology mentoring and nurturing each other through a platform in which experienced women in the tech industry can mentor upcoming young women joining the industry, and final year...

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[Nigeria] Fintech Xerde rolls out new social funding app

Lagos-based fintech company Xerde has announced the rollout of it’s new application, Tudo, an innovative funding solution for businesses.

The new service provides social funding solutions that will drive innovation and encourage digital transformation by offering a range of accessible solutions to organisations in Africa. The app was developed following demands for funding of social welfare initiatives in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic that hindered many small and large businesses and charities...

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[Kenya] IXAfrica begins construction of East Africa's largest hyperscale-ready datacentre at 42.5MW

IXAfrica, the new-entrant datacentre operator in Kenya, announced earlier this month the start of significant investment in Kenya's digital economy, with an ambitious plan to build a world-leading and sustainable campus at a prime location in Nairobi.

"I am happy to announce that we have broken ground on a major Internet Infrastructure project in Nairobi. We are committed to helping the next generation of tech entrepreneurs in Kenya by providing world-class access to...

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[Interview] Marundu Muturi, Customer Advocate, Incentro Africa

Marundu Muturi is a Customer Advocate at Incentro Africa, an IT service provider delivering custom build cloud-based software solutions for the European and African market.

Kindly introduce yourself and your roles at Incentro Africa 

I’m Marundu and I work on Google Workspace at Incentro Africa! I set up, manage, and support Google Workspace customers. Google Workspace is a suite of collaborative tools that enables you to do what you do more easily and...

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[Interview] Esinam Yevu, Co-Founder, PayBox, Ghana

Esinam Yevu is Co-Founder and Communications Lead at Ghanaian fintech startup, PayBox. 

Please introduce PayBox as a startup and explain what it does.

PayBox was founded in 2019 and operates within the financial services and technology industries simultaneously - what has come to be known as the Fintech space. As such, we provide SMEs with digital business tools and a cross-border payment solution to enable growth. One of our goals is to...

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[Column] Josh Aroner: The rapid uptake of 5G and its real potential

In name it may feel like just one small step from 4G. But the fifth generation of cellular networks is much more than blazing fast mobile broadband.

Research by Nokia Bell Labs in 2020 found that 5G has the potential to contribute $8 trillion to global GDP by 2030, with industries as diverse as mining, entertainment, transportation and healthcare all set to reap enormous benefits...

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[Africa Cloud Review] Simon Ngunjiri: Cloud computing is shaping Africa’s technological infrastructure growth

Cloud computing remains a key part in shaping how Africa will grow when it comes to technological infrastructure.

Given the current covid-19  pandemic internet use and technology in Africa is unsurprisingly on the rise as we have mentioned in previous cloud review articles we have published. With this, the demand for cloud services is also set to go up. Cloud computing involves the management of an extensive network of resources such as data storage...

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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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