Year 4 | Edition 20 | 1 June 2021

[Nigeria] Terragon's Customer Data Platform verified as RealCDP

Africa’s data and marketing technology company, Terragon, has been listed as a verified verified Customer Data Platform (CDP) company by the CDP institute, having met the institute’s specific criteria for qualification as a RealCDP.

This makes Terragon the first and only African CDP company in its directory. This was made known by the CDP Institute after a rigorous audit and demo assessment of Terragon’s CDP, its key functionalities and user interface. David Raab, the...

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[South Africa] MTN partners with Ozow to enable customers purchase data, airtime directly via whatsApp

MTN South Africa has partnered with instant EFT solution provider Ozow to allow customers to purchase data and airtime through WhatsApp. The service is provided within the MTN Chat platform and customers initiate the purchase of airtime and data bundles within their WhatsApp chat.

“Giving customers the ability to transact seamlessly on WhatsApp is a gamechanger in South Africa. It provides a seamless way to stay connected, in touch and in tune, while being simple and secure. Most importantly it will help...

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[Nigeria] NCC restates commitment to digital empowerment for young women, girls

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reaffirmed its commitment to the promotion and empowerment of young women and girls in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the country.

The Commission expressed this commitment during separate sensitization campaigns held at Government Girls’ Science School (GSS), Kuje and Nobel Hall Leadership Academy, Abuja  as it joined the rest of the world in marking the 10th...

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Dream VC Launches Inaugural VC Fellowship Program For Africa

Dream VC, a Remote Venture Capital Upskilling Institute, has launched a new fellowship program dedicated to providing more access and opportunities to traditionally underrepresented individuals in the African venture capital space. 

The four-month program will run from June to September, 2021 and will place particular emphasis on young homegrown Africans and the diaspora. It aims to teach its fellows basics from conducting due diligence and drafting investment...

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Orange launches extend rural coverage to over 1,000 new villages in Guinea Bissau

Orange Bissau has inaugurated the first antenna in the village of Bijimita (Quinhamel sector) under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Guinea Bissau Mr General Umaro Sissoco Embaló, and the presence of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Orange Bissau, Ministers, Ambassadors, notables, and dignitaries of Guinea Bissau.

This inauguration marks: The complete modernization of the existing 3G + / 4G network of Orange Bissau, which will offer the entire population an incomparable experience of the...

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EMEA smartphone market defy COVID 19 to record rise, IDC report

The EMEA smartphone market grew to a first-quarter record of 93.060 million units, according to the latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker from International Data Corporation (IDC).

This was a 20.9% increase over quartet one in 2020, while the value increase, at $31.676 billion, was 29.0% above that in the previous year. In Europe, the value increase over the same quarter last year was almost a third, at $23.196 billion. "It's no surprise that the first quarter was well up on 1Q20," said...

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[Interview] Victoria Epelle, Founder, Market Forward, Nigeria

n a fully operational entity since 2020. Located in the commercial hub of Lagos, Nigeria, Market Forward has executed projects both local and international and is making a name for itself in the field of Consulting and Project Management.

Could you introduce your company to us?

I founded Market Forward about a year ago and it has been fully operational since 2020. We are a business focused on providing research and business advisory services with focus on the African Continent, though there are occasions where...

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[Column] Setumo Mohapi: Finding the right cloud strategy for your business

2021 will be the year defined by business’ attempt to recover, build better resilience and restructure their operations following a tumultuous year of change as a result of the global pandemic.

The ability to adapt to the new world of work and the additional challenges that now lie ahead in 2021 will be the defining factor for those who will maintain business success – and those who won’t. Although companies had previously set long term goals for their digital transformation, the...

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[Column] Tonny Tugee: How connectivity could lead to job creation in Kenya

High unemployment, especially among the youth, remains one of Kenya’s pressing socio-economic challenges. Figures from June 2020 show that the pandemic exacerbated this, with our unemployment rate rising to 21%.

While East Africa is proving to make the most resilient post-pandemic recovery among African regions, with Kenya’s GDP projected to grow by 5% in 2021 compared to Africa’s 3.4%, more still needs to be done to foster job creation in Kenya’s growing digital economy. Digital technologies are...

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[Africa Cloud Review] Simon Ngunjiri: Cloud services are transforming Africa's productive capacity

From banks looking to accelerate the rollout of new applications to startups disrupting entire industries with innovative, cloud-powered models, cloud services are transforming Africa's productive capacity.

They are emerging as one of the most essential pillars of Africa's digital transformation according to a recent report   "The Rise Of The African Cloud - 2021report. The report notes that cloud-based office applications are increasingly vital components of the African modern...

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News Headlines

22-06-2021 | 13:09:00
Ivory Coast transport startup Moja Ride partners with O-CITY for its next phase of growth in mobility innovation
Moja Ride, an Ivorian startup providing a reservation and cashless payment system for transport services in Abidjan, has partnered with O-CITY for its next phase of digital innovation and future expansion.

22-06-2021 | 12:20:00
[Column] Pedro Guerreiro: Cloud as a tool to create certainty
Organisations need the flexibility to adapt to these multi-faceted changes while also improving the accuracy of the decisions they make regarding which route to take.

22-06-2021 | 12:17:51
Africell appoints Christopher Lundh as CEO of Angola
Under Mr. Lundh’s leadership, Africell will deliver on its promise to transform the Angolan telecoms sector by providing affordable, reliable and high-quality mobile telecommunications services to millions of consumers.

22-06-2021 | 12:14:46
MTN to invest $1.5 billion to expand broadband access across Nigeria
MTN Nigeria plans to invest 640 billion naira, approximately US$1.5 billion, over the next three years to expand broadband access across the continent’s most populous country

22-06-2021 | 09:34:00
Opera launches interest-based social Clubs in its chat service, Hype
Opera has launched Hype Clubs, public and interest-based group chats in Hype, the new chat service built into the Opera Mini web browser. Hype is currently available and quickly gaining popularity in Kenya, South Africa, Ghana and Zambia.

22-06-2021 | 08:37:00
MainOne to unveil new data center in Appolonia City, Ghana
MainOne, the provider of connectivity, cloud and data center solutions in West Africa is set to launch the Appolonia Data Center of its subsidiary, MDXi, in Accra, Ghana.

21-06-2021 | 15:11:00
Mobile money transfers soar in Africa, Report
Flutterwave, ChipperCash, Interswitch, Paga and OPay are five African financial technology (fintech) startups that are now being identified as unicorns by investors.

21-06-2021 | 14:46:00
[Africa Cloud Review] Simon Ngunjiri: Cloud adoption has reached new heights
Enterprise spending on cloud infrastructure bypassed spending on data center hardware and software for the first time in 2020 according to the latest data from Synergy Research Group.

21-06-2021 | 11:17:05
Britam partners with fintech app KOA to enable more Kenyans access to low risk investment opportunities
Britam Asset Managers and Kenya-based fintech startup KOA, have today announced a partnership to offer customers access to low risk investment opportunities.

21-06-2021 | 10:22:00
[Kenya] InsurTech startups benefit from IRA, Prudential innovation hub
Three local startups have each received Ksh 1.25 million in cash awards from an innovation hub steered by the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) in collaboration with Prudential Life Assurance Kenya Limited (Prudential)

21-06-2021 | 08:03:00
[Kenya] Microsoft's Future Ni Digital Initiative aims to equip local MSMEs owners with digital skills
Future Ni Digital is a digital literacy, entrepreneurship, and career skills programme that seeks to equip over 50,000 owners of Micro Small Enterprises (MSEs) across Kenya with the relevant digital skills by the end of this year.

21-06-2021 | 07:11:00
CMM PR Launches the Second Edition of The Future is Female Mentorship Program
C. Moore Media International Public Relations (CMM), a New York-headquartered PR agency focusing on the US, UK, and African markets, announces the second edition of The Future is Female Mentorship Program.

18-06-2021 | 16:13:00
USTDA announces grant funding to support digital connectivity in South Africa
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), announced grant funding for a feasibility study to support Dark Fibre Africa efforts to expand reliable and affordable internet access and digital services to underserved populations in South Africa.

18-06-2021 | 11:32:19
[Column] Santho Mohapeloa: Cyber insurance is a growing demand for all companies
The acceleration towards greater digitalization and remote working driven by the pandemic is also further intensifying IT vulnerabilities.

18-06-2021 | 11:25:00
MTN Uganda advances network automation with TIP technology
MTN Uganda and several members of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) have signed an agreement that will advance network automation using TIP’s Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway (DCSG).


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