Year 4 | Edition 21 | 3 June 2021

Liquid Intelligent Technologies achieves 100,000 kilometers of fibre becoming largest independent network provider in Africa

Digital solutions provider Liquid Intelligent Technologies has achieved the 100,000 km fibre network milestone, positioning the organisation as the largest independent fibre network provider in emerging markets globally.

Liquid has been manoeuvring steadily through Africa, investing in increasing its reach, which it has successfully done, moving the dial from 89,989 km at the beginning of 2021 to reach this new milestone now.  With its additional fibre network connecting 14 countries, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa...

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Shopify expands partnership with Google Cloud to enable global growth

Google Cloud and Shopify, a global commerce company, have announced an expanded partnership that will enable Shopify’s more than 1.7 million merchants to have access to Google Cloud’s technology across a broader set of regions.

And, by leveraging Google Cloud's power-efficient resources globally, Shopify is working to reduce its overall carbon footprint while delivering a better experience for merchants and their consumers. In 2020, Shopify merchants generated...

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Uber appoints Saad Pall as new General Manager for Middle East and North Africa

Taxi hailing app Uber has announced the appointment of Saad Pall as the new General Manager for Uber across the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan. The role covers Uber’s business in 36 cities across 8 countries in the region. 

Saad will lead the next phase of growth for Uber’s ride-sharing business across the region, bringing 15 years of strategy & marketing experience from the U.S., Singapore and Pakistan. Saad’s most recent role was as Uber’s General Manager in...

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Samsung Launches South Africa’s First Door to Door Repair Service for Smartphones

Samsung has launched a new ‘Door to Door’ service in South Africa to offer customers a convenient, hassle-free smartphone repair service. Samsung says the newly launched service for Samsung customers who require a smartphone repair, provides another option to visiting a customer care centre.

''Many people don’t always have the time to drive to a customer care centre – especially as they juggle both their home and work commitments.  Fortunately, you can now opt...

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Ericsson launches private 5G set to transform secure on-site connectivity

Ericsson launched Ericsson Private 5G. It offers secure and simple 4G LTE and 5G Standalone (SA) connectivity primarily targeting but not limited to manufacturing, mining and process industry, offshore and power utilities, as well as ports and airports.

Ericsson Private 5G optimizes and simplifies business operations with cloud-based network management, keeps sensitive data on-premise, has zero downtime upgrades and guarantees high performance through Service-Level...

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SAP targets over 5.5 million organizations with the world’s largest business network

At its global SAPPHIRE NOW® conference, SAP SE has announced a bold vision to create new business communities able to improve business outcomes, better navigate changing economic and geopolitical conditions and enhance sustainability contributions.

SAP unveiled the first step toward creating the world’s largest business network with SAP® Business Network, which will bring together Ariba® Network, SAP Logistics Business Network and SAP Asset Intelligence Network. Over 5.5...

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Mastercard Unveils New Carbon Calculator Tool for Banks in Kenya and the Region

Amidst the growing trend toward eco-conscious spending and consumption among people who want to pursue more sustainable choices and practices, Mastercard has released its Mastercard Carbon Calculator for Kenya and the wider region.

Developed in collaboration with the Swedish fintech Doconomy, the Mastercard Carbon Calculator is a feature that provides access to insights and data about environmental impact. It enables consumers to receive a snapshot of the...

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

Nigeria is one of the most active startup environments in the world and is certainly the country with the highest number of startups in Africa. As foreign investors pour into the market to take advantage of this development, so increases the need for local expertise and partnerships on ground.

Victoria Epelle founded Market Forward about a year ago and the company has been a fully operational entity since 2020. Located in the commercial hub of Lagos, Nigeria, Market Forward has executed projects both local and international...

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[Column] Ian Lessem: Venture Capital trends shaping the African investment landscape

At HAVAÍC, our investment thesis is centred around investing in businesses that solve real-world challenges. With the world having adjusted to new ways of shopping, learning, and doing business as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the appetite for solutions that solve real, tangible problems are without a doubt the best opportunities for growth.

Solutions that offer people and organisations better ways of living and working with less friction will reign supreme. In the African context, logistics, financial services, agri-businesses...

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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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[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Africa has very few support systems for aspiring local investors

While international interest is now putting African startups in the spotlight, there are still very few support systems for aspiring local investors and opportunities for young people to break into VC on the continent. 

This week, Dream VC, a Remote Venture Capital Upskilling Institute 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...

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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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