Year 4 | Edition 7 | 25 March 2021

Tunisia announces launch of first home-made satellite

Tunisia has launched its first home-made satellite. Challenge ONE was launched on 22 March with the help of a Russian launching rocket from a base in Kazakhstan.

Challenge ONE is a research and innovation project that offers a new approach to information technology and its practical application. Tunisia’s first satellite, Challenge ONE has been launched onboard Soyuz-2 rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It was announced in 2019 by Tunisian...

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Mobile money accounts grew to 1.2 billion in 2020, GSMA report

GSMA has published its annual 'State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money'. It reveals a dramatic acceleration in mobile transactions during the COVID-19 pandemic as lockdown restrictions limited access to cash and financial institutions.

The report found that the number of registered accounts grew by 13 per cent globally in 2020 to more than 1.2 billion – double the forecast. The fastest growth was in markets where governments provided significant pandemic relief to their...

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[Egypt] Majid Al Futtaim launches digital service to meet demand for online shopping

Newly launched "click and collect" service reinvents shopping experiences in Egypt to offer customers more convenience and choice.

Majid Al Futtaim, the shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has launched its free “Click and Collect” service across its four shopping malls in Egypt. The introduction of the digital offering addresses the rise in demand for online services by offering customers the opportunity to shop, order and...

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Cybercrime worries on the increase, but Africa’s mobile users loath to leave WhatsApp, KnowBe4

Mobile users in Africa are increasingly concerned about mobile risks and the potential for digital identity theft; however, this is not stopping them from using their favourite messaging platforms and applications.

This emerged in new research carried out by KnowBe4 among over 700 smartphone users in Nigeria, Mauritius, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Morocco and Botswana. The KnowBe4 Mobile Users in Africa survey gauged the opinions of Africa’s...

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[Nigeria] Fintech startup Team Apt launches internship program to support women in tech

Nigerian fintech startup Team Apt has launched an internship program to support women in Technology.

The internship program is targeting female graduates especially in the technology space with an aim to fill the gender disparity gap within The Nigerian Tech ecosystem especially the Fintech space. The program will run for six months providing a platform for young women to grow their skills by getting the exposure necessary to advance their...

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Online Delivery Startup Glovo launches its service in Ghana

On-demand delivery startup Glovo has launched its operations in Kenya. Glovo entered Africa in 2018 and is currently present in four countries. 

Glovo’s users will now be able to receive deliveries anywhere in Accra from local restaurants, stores and businesses in the city through the Glovo App. The app also has a special feature known as the “anything” category, which allows consumers to order whatever they want from restaurants, grocery chains, pharmacies and retail stores. “We are excited about...

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South African email marketing company Everlytic extends its channel partnership programme across Africa

Everlytic, South Africa’s provider of multi-channel bulk messaging and automation-driven marketing software, recently launched its Channel Partnership Programme with the aim of partnering with like-minded businesses and agencies in South Africa, Africa, the United Kingdom, Western Europe, and Scandinavia.

The pioneering technology company, which has been ranked the fastest-growing tech company in South Africa and the third fastest in Africa by Deloitte, is looking for channel partners...

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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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[Interview] Elizabeth Akinyi, Customer Success Manager, Incentro Africa

Elizabeth Akinyi is the Customer Success Manager 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 role at Incentro Africa

My name is Elizabeth Akinyi, I joined Incentro Africa in 2018. I am Google Workspace certified deployment specialist and Professional collaboration Engineer. At Incentro, I lead our Enterprise Collaboration services across 26 countries in Africa  including French-speaking nations. At the core of this...

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[Incentro Case] Rentokil’s road to Chromebooks: safe and time-efficient

As one of the largest companies in pest control and office hygiene, Rentokil Initial has a large dynamic staff spread across the globe.

As one of the early adopters of Chromebooks, they have been able to reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) on endpoints while making management and deployment more secure and less time-consuming...

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[Column] Peter Malebye: The future of mining: Digging deep with IoT

The pace at which digital transformation has swept across industries continues to increase rapidly in response to Covid-19. There is no doubt that many businesses across all sectors have leapfrogged several years of progress within a matter of months.

In the early years of the digital revolution, the mining industry, like many others, experienced a disconnect between expectations and reality. Early progress did not keep pace with slow adoption rates and implementation challenges, which...

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[Africa Cloud Review] Simon Ngunjiri: Cloud adoption is the future of African SMEs

In our previous Africa Cloud Review report, we highlighted how cloud adoption is no longer merely an option but a necessity that promises tremendous rewards across entire organizations.

Africa is currently witnessing a revolution in new cloud and data centre capacity, with a growth forecast of 80 per cent and 50 per cent. In fact, Xalam Analytics has previously noted that African data centres are the hottest growth area in the African ICT market.  The emergence of cloud in Africa as the Cloud...

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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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