Year 4 | Edition 9 | 7 April 2021

[Nigeria] Africa Data Centres confirms build of 10MW Lagos data centre

Africa Data Centres, Africa’s largest network of interconnected, carrier- and cloud-neutral data centre facilities, has confirmed a significant investment into the construction of a new data centre facility in Lagos, Nigeria

Stephane Duproz, CEO of Africa Data Centres said,  “Nigeria is a key African market. This region is hungry for digitisation and to pave the way for our hyperscale customers to deploy digitisation solutions to West Africa; Africa Data Centres’ construction of a 10-megawatt data centre in Lagos is well...

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Uber partners with Mastercard on digital payments across Middle East and Africa

Uber’s long-term partnership with Mastercard continues to grow with a new strategic initiative focusing on digital payments and advancing financial inclusions which will be facilitated by Mastercard across the Middle East and Africa (MEA).

As a regional first, the partnership with Mastercard will enable Uber to drive digitization across their business operations, leveraging Mastercard’s single infrastructure to meet all types of payments needs across Uber Rides, Uber Eats, Uber Pass...

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[Nigeria] SeerBit partners with Wix to boost ecommerce in Africa

Online payment processing platform SeerBit has announced it is partnering with Wix, a global SaaS platform to create, manage and grow an online presence, to empower and scale eCommerce businesses in Africa.

SeerBit is a product of Centric Gateway – an innovative Pan-African tech solutions company enabling seamless and secure payments across East and West Africa. This collaboration makes SeerBit a payment gateway for Wix on the African continent, processing payments in local currencies, and...

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LG Electronics confirms it’s exiting the smartphone business

LG Electronics has confirmed that it’s shutting down its smartphone business. The move, the company says will enable it to ''focus resources in growth areas such as electric vehicle components, connected devices, smart homes, robotics, artificial intelligence and business-to-business solutions, as well as platforms and services’’

Current LG phone inventory will continue to be available for sale and LG says it will continue to provide service support and software updates for customers of existing mobile products...

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Airtel Africa gains $100m investment from Mastercard

Airtel Africa, a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services, with a presence in 14 countries across Africa, today announces the signing of an agreement under which Mastercard, a leading innovator and global technology company in the payments industry, will invest $100m in Airtel Mobile Commerce BV ("AMC BV"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Airtel Africa plc (the "Transaction")

AMC BV is currently the holding company for several of Airtel Africa's mobile money operations and is intended to own and operate the mobile money businesses across all of Airtel...

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30 million people worldwide acquire digital skills during COVID-19, Microsoft

Microsoft has announced it has helped over 30 million people in 249 countries and territories gain access to digital skills, topping its initial goal of 25 million last June, and is extending the company’s commitment to help 250,000 companies make a skills-based hire in 2021.

From laid-off factory workers to retail associates and truck drivers, millions of people turned to online learning courses from GitHub, LinkedIn, and Microsoft during the pandemic to help prepare for and secure the most in-demand roles...

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[Interview] Charlette N’Guessan, Co-founder, BACE Group, Ghana

Ivorian based in Ghana, Charlette N’Guessan is a tech entrepreneur who collaborates with various organizations that strongly advocate for gender balance in the tech ecosystem.

She has a degree in Electronic and Software Engineering and certified in data science and machine learning by Worldquant University. A certified digital identity practitioner, Charlette is co-author of the AI BOOK published by Wiley in April 2020...

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[Interview] Abdelaziz Musa, CEO, Sudan Digital

Sudan Digital is a digital marketing agency operating in Khartoum and Dubai while delivering digital marketing solutions for clients across the globe. The company’s CEO and founder Abdelaziz Musa explains.

Tell us a bit about your company?

Sudan Digital is a digital marketing agency in Sudan and one of the fastest growing in North Africa and the Middle East. We are a pure play digital marketing agency, focusing on marketing strategy, and delivering impact to our customers...

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[Column] Shanon Ramdaw: Nine reasons to move asset management to the cloud

Moving Asset Management processes to the cloud has become an ever-increasing necessary step. However, many organisations seem to struggle with the idea of moving away from their known systems, however outdated and ineffective these systems may be.

In exploring the benefits of moving Asset Management systems to the cloud Shanon Ramdaw, Business Development Manager at iOCO, within iOCO Software Distribution, the local Infor Master Reseller, outlined Infor’s nine essential reasons...

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[Africa Cloud Review] Simon Ngunjiri: Cloud Infrastructure Spending in Africa is on the rise

Enterprises have been moving to the cloud as more increasingly rely on it other than on-premise data centres. While the trend continues to grow day by day, it is not until last year that spending on cloud infrastructure surpassed on-premise data centres — and by a large margin. This is according to a new report from Synergy Research Group.

Spending on cloud infrastructure grew by 35 per cent to reach almost $130 billion in 2020. At the same time, enterprises reduced spending on data centre hardware and software by...

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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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