Year 4 | Edition 19 | 28 May 2021

Raxio launches data centre in Uganda

Raxio has unveiled Uganda’s first state of the art Tier III carrier-neutral data centre at its site in the Kampala Industrial and Business Park (KIBP).

With this launch, Raxio is expected work towards supporting industries that are facing increasingly complex and unique IT and regulatory challenges by providing secure colocation space of up to 400 racks ready to house mission-critical IT infrastructure in a 24/7 redundant environment. The data centre brings the “metro edge” data centre model to Africa...

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Inertia, PayTabs Egypt and valU partner to provide e-payment solutions for home improvement financing

Inertia and EFG Hermes’ NBFI subsidiaries - PayTabs Egypt and valU, the buy-now pay-later platform (BNPL), have entered into an arrangement that will allow Inertia’s clients to process payments online. This includes scheduled maintenance and unit reservation costs processed through PayTabs Egypt’s payment gateway.

Additionally, valU aims to provide ultimate affordability to Inertia’s clients with its home improvement financing proposition, where financing facilities extend to include...

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[Nigeria] Inflow partners with Mono to transform personal finance management

In the last decade, people have made more financial transactions than they ever did in the years before. With more income and expenditure comes the need to understand and manage one's finances better.

Budgeting, as a way to manage personal finances, has been around for many years, but its capacity to help the current crop of people who operate one to three bank accounts, along with other digital finance apps is limited. Getting a complete view of their finances would mean logging into each of these...

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Mastercard appoints Victor Ndlovu Director, Business Development Lead, East Africa

Mastercard announced the appointment of Victor Ndlovu as Director, Country Business Development Lead for East Africa.

Victor is a seasoned business leader with close to three decades of solid experience in the fintech, banking, and payments industry. He joins Mastercard from South Africa’s fintech firm Ukheshe, where he spearheaded the fintech’s presence in Africa with deals at KCB Bank and Ecobank Pan Africa. n his new role, Victor is responsible for growing...

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Mastercard and Egyptian fintech startup Telda launch digital money transfer app

Mastercard has announced a partnership with Telda, Egypt’s first of its kind payment app. This partnership is set to promote the country’s digital transformation and bring Egypt closer to its vision of becoming a digital economy, particularly benefiting new segments through an innovative consumer experience.

Mastercard will also enable Telda to issue prepaid cards to its customers and facilitate transactions through Mastercard’s payment processing services. The Telda App offers users...

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MTN Nigeria partners with LaLiga to offer sports content to customers

Nigeria’s mobile telecommunications operator, MTN, has announced a partnership with LaLiga, the men’s top professional football division of the Spanish football league system, currently one of the most popular leagues in football, featuring many of the most talented stars and household names in the world.

A highlight of the partnership, which also grants MTN the right to use LaLiga’s brand name in Nigeria, is the launch of “LaLiga Trivia Nigeria,” a digital content platform that provides MTN...

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[Tanzania] MondiaPay partners with Vodacom to increase access to digital entertainment for customers

Mondia Pay and M-Pesa have partnered to allow Tanzanians to conveniently access Mondia’s leading suite of online content on the Vodacom Tanzania PLC digital services network.

Africa is experiencing a fintech explosion, with digitalisation coming of age in many countries as connectivity and access to devices expand and the pressures of COVID-19 shift more consumers online. According to the GSMA, two-thirds of global mobile-money transactions are driven by sub-Saharan Africa...

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[Kenya] Safaricom unveils mobile video on demand content service

Safaricom has  unveiled BAZE, a mobile-first, video-on-demand service that offers a wide selection of local and regional short form videos in comedy, drama, lifestyle, music, among others.

The service will be accessible via *544*55# or, giving customers the convenience of accessing a vast collection of video content, including first-run exclusives, on their smartphones. “Our goal is to delight our customers by availing a carefully curated collection of video...

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iColo starts construction of its third data center in Kenya

Carrier-neutral data center infrastructure provider iColo has announced the construction of its third data center in Kenya to be located in Nyali, Mombasa. Called MBA2, the new data center is expected to be completed in Q1 of 2022 and set to provide an estimated capacity of 1.6MW megawatt and 1,200 square meters of IT space.

The expansion plans in East Africa are on track with this new facility which will host over 600 customer racks. The location of MBA2 is in close proximity to subsea cables landing points...

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[Column] Brian Muguto: Is informal retail the real driver of Africa’s e-commerce future?

Whenever I visit my parents’ house, I see their landline phone sitting in the corner of their kitchen counter. I usually pay it no attention but, every now and then, it reminds me of my childhood when even the ‘rich kids’ could only dream of this thing called a mobile phone.

There are now more than half a billion mobile phone users in Sub-Sahara African, and the term “leapfrogging” has become a natural part of our vocabulary – referring to the phenomenon of how the continent quickly skipped past the...

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[Column] Achare Takor: Incentives for promoting innovative ICT start-ups in Cameroon

Over the last decade, information technologies (IT) have revolutionized the way people and businesses carry out their daily activities worldwide.

There is abundant evidence that the upsurge of technology has been a major contributor to fundamental economic change, notably the growth in global production and the distribution of intangible goods and services. As a result, the digital economy has become the new focus for economic growth in developing countries. With ICT set to become the...

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[Column] Warren Myers: Technology can ensure safety is universally accessible and affordable

Since it was first established in 2017, AURA’s vision has been to create an environment that recognises safety is so much more than a basic need – a right rather than a privilege. Emerging markets are stalling, in part, because far too many people lack access to basic resources.

The reality is innovation cannot thrive if people are worried about their next meal. The issue of safety applies in much the same way as creativity and human flourishing disappears if people are living in a perpetual state of fear and anxiety...

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[Column] Cathy Smith: Transforming African businesses into intelligent enterprises to build resilience

Much has been written about the pandemic’s impact on business and its role as a once-in-a-generation catalyst for accelerated digital transformation.

Across the continent – in enterprises large and small, and in every industry – business leaders have had to adapt with great urgency to survive the immediate disruption and ensure the long-term viability of their businesses. Organisations that had already embarked on the journey toward becoming intelligent enterprises – those enterprises that seamlessly...

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[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: E-commerce is a potential gold mine for women in Africa

Africa’s e-commerce market could grow by more than $14.5 billion between 2025-2030. This is according to an IFC report published this week.

The report found that this can be achieved by increasing the number of women selling on online platforms and by providing them with better training and financial support to help them match sales made by men. The report, Women, and e-commerce in Africa found that COVID-19 has accelerated the growth of e-commerce and digital entrepreneurship in Africa...

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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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