Year 4 | Edition 61 | 19 October 2021

Liquid Intelligent Technologies announces Asia-USA global internet transit route via Africa

Pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies announced the launch of its shortest terrestrial fibre route between the East to the West coasts of Africa, connecting Mombasa, Kenya to Muanda, DRC.

With the completion of this route, Liquid establishes a new global Internet transit route between Asia and the USA through Africa, avoiding high-risk bottlenecks in the Middle East and Europe. The new route will also serve tens of millions of people in Africa's landlocked cities, towns, and villages...

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NCTS Selects Hughes JUPITER System to Deliver Satellite Broadband Connectivity in Egypt

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), an innovator in satellite and multi-transport technologies and networks, has announced that the National Company for Telecommunications Services (NCTS) has selected the Hughes JUPITER™ System to deliver the ground segment requirements for operation of the Ka-band TIBA-1 satellite.

The deployment of the Egyptian government-owned TIBA-1 satellite is a major milestone in the country's mission to connect the unconnected; the Hughes JUPITER System will...

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Nigeria’s auto financing firm Autochek officially launches in Kenya

Autochek, the automotive technology company that aims to facilitate auto finance across Africa, has officially widened its operations to Kenya as part of its pan-African expansion. To lead its Kenya operations, Autochek has appointed Bilhah Muriithi as the Country Manager.

Having recently acquired automotive marketplaces Cheki Kenya and Cheki Uganda from ROAM Africa (Ringier One Africa Media), the move into the Kenyan market signals Autochek’s focus on building digital solutions that will increase market...

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Vantage Data Centers breaks ground on first South Africa Data Center

Just weeks removed from announcing two strategic acquisitions that expanded its footprint into the Asia-Pacific market, Vantage Data Centers is breaking ground on a new data center campus in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Leveraging a $1 billion investment from existing financial partners, Vantage is building an 80MW campus in Johannesburg’s Waterfall City, a thriving business and data center ecosystem in the heart of the continent’s largest data center market. This exciting new development gives Vantage...

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[Kenya] Safaricom and National Hospital Insurance Fund launch MPESA mini app

Safaricom and the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) have launched the NHIF mini-app within the M-PESA Super App.

The NHIF mini-app will provide all NHIF services through the Super App, empowering customers to access services wherever they may be without visiting NHIF offices or downloading a separate app. Payment and account reconciliation services are already live on the mini-app, with procedure approvals set to become available soon. “NHIF is...

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[Nigeria] E-commerce fulfillment startup Sendbox raises $1.8 million to digitize deliveries for Africa’s SMEs

Sendbox has announced the completion of a $1.8 million seed round from investors including 4DX Ventures, Enza Capital, FJLabs and Golden Palm Investments.

With participation from Flexport and YC Combinator as part of its 2021 winter cohort, Sendbox’s total investment raised has now reached $2 million following a pre-seed round from Microtraction and 4DX Ventures in 2018. The Nigeria-based e-commerce fulfillment platform for merchants in Africa says the new funding will be used to expand the company’s...

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Kaspersky launches dedicated ‘low budget’ security hub for SMEs across META

Kaspersky has unveiled a free platform with tips and tricks for small businesses to help them quickly improve their organisation’s security. 

Known as Kaspersky Cybersecurity on a Budget, the platform provides a set of short but actionable recommendations relevant for any company, as well as specific, but still easy-to-follow tips for different verticals and business needs. This includes data and communication protection, secure use of various digital platforms, website security and much more...

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[Column] James Bayhack: How mobile service cloud can transform customer experience

Service, service, service. That’s been the call for businesses that want to keep their clients happy and turn one-time customers into lifelong fans. Now, however, the focus has moved to brilliant customer experience. But what does this mean? And why are we seeing the shift? 

Think about how you do business today compared to just a few years ago. Customer service was measured by metrics like how many rings there were before your service department answered. In addition, were your retail staff smiling and...

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[Column] Mark Dankworth: The connected continent

Mobile transacting is fast becoming the golden egg of financial services – and nowhere more so than in Africa.

According to the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) 2021 State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money, the number of registered mobile money accounts grew by 12.7% globally in 2021 to 1.21 billion accounts – double the forecasted growth rate. Sub-Saharan Africa makes up the biggest slice of this pie on all fronts – number of accounts (548 million of the 1.2 billion accounts)...

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[Column] Bridgette Vermaak: Data compliance for healthcare

Patient data is essential in healthcare, especially when managing an individual’s care. Safeguards governing the processing and storage of patient data are required and will be bolstered by the introduction of the Protection of Personal Information Act, No 4 of 2012 (PoPIA).

Since this law came into effect on 1 July 2021, all private and public bodies processing personal information are now required to have implemented policies and procedures in order to be compliant. Xperien ITAD specialist Bridgette Vermaak...

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[Column] Ian Lessem: The rise of African tech unicorns

African unicorns have made big news in recent months, with four startups having recently reached a $1 billion valuation or more this year alone, taking the total up to seven. Two of the new entrants are in fintech, one in edtech, and one in general technology.

These and other technology-enabled sectors are where emerging market investors are betting a flurry of new African unicorns will follow suit in the near future. Unicorns are privately held, fast-growing startups with a valuation equal...

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[Africa Cloud Review] Simon Ngunjiri: Data centres are a growing investment opportunity in Africa

Last week, Global software giant Oracle announced that it has chosen Johannesburg as the site of its first African data centre. Joburg will be among the 14 locations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Latin America that the company says it plans to open cloud regions to support strong customer demand for Oracle Cloud services.

This announcement came at a time when the demand for data centers in Africa continues to rise.  According to Gartner, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) data centre market...

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News Headlines

03-12-2021 | 09:32:50
Africa Data Centres selects DPT to provide renewable energy for its data centres in South Africa
Africa Data Centres has selected Distributed Power Technologies (DPT) to provide renewable energy and storage solutions for its data centres across South Africa.

03-12-2021 | 07:30:00
Mastercard Foundation and Light For The World Launch online platform for persons with disabilities
Light for the World Uganda, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, launched an online platform, Cap-Able, which will enable higher education institutions, primarily Scholars Program Partner Universities, to become more disability inclusive.

02-12-2021 | 13:13:00
[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Africa Data Centres unveils 10MW data centre in Lagos, Nigeria
On Monday, Africa Data Centres officially opened its new 10MW data centre facility in Lagos, Nigeria. The new facility, the company says, will pave the way for Africa Data Centres hyperscale customers to deploy digitisation solutions to West Africa

02-12-2021 | 10:31:29
Kenyan team wins regional IBM award for developing solution to help reduce food waste
IBM and David Clark Cause have announced Mavuno Link as the Middle East and Africa Regional Winner of the 2021 Call for Code Global Challenge.

02-12-2021 | 10:20:00
Kaspersky reports on next-level gamechangers in ransomware distribution and monetisation in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria
Nigeria saw an unexpected 40% decrease in cyber threats with South Africa and Kenya seeing a growth in the attacks of 23% and 6,9% respectively

02-12-2021 | 10:10:00
Liquid Intelligent Technologies launches Microsoft Teams Essential platform for SMEs in Africa
Liquid Intelligent Technologies has announced that it's the launch partner for the new Microsoft Teams Essential offering platform targeting small, medium and micro-enterprises across the continent.

02-12-2021 | 08:03:13
[Tanzania] Tech Mahindra partners with TANESCO to drive digital transformation and improve efficiency
Tech Mahindra, a provider of digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering services & solutions, has partnered with Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd. (TANESCO) for one of the biggest Utility Transformation deals.

02-12-2021 | 07:07:00
[Column] Gilbert Lungu: How seamless payment experiences make retail brands more valuable and relevant
As established brands in the retail sector aggressively compete to acquire, cultivate, and defend their share of the Zambian consumer’s spend, those that connect, engage, and transact in the most unified and frictionless ways will be best positioned.

02-12-2021 | 06:05:00
South African proptech firm e4 expands to the UK
After 21 successful years in the South African PropTech industry, digitalisation specialist e4 is expanding into European markets.

02-12-2021 | 05:56:00
[Kenya] Jumia launches electric bicycles for deliveries
Jumia Kenya has partnered with eBee Africa to launch a fleet of electric bicycles, to amplify Jumia’s logistics capacity for delivery.

02-12-2021 | 05:45:00
Mastercard and Meta join forces to support digitization of SMEs in MEA
The two plan to organize a training webinar that will provide SMEs insights from industry experts, and a masterclass on how to manage uncertainty from renowned author and academic Nathan Furr, Associate Professor of Strategy at INSEAD.

02-12-2021 | 05:40:00
[Kenya] 4G Capital partners with CGAP to develop financial stress early warning system
Financial technology credit provider, 4G Capital has developed a new tool that identifies financial stress and helps protect low-income consumers against over-indebtedness.

01-12-2021 | 11:00:00
UNICEF and Liquid Intelligent Technologies launch partnership to help Giga bridge the digital divide in Africa
UNICEF and Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a business of Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group, announced a partnership in support of Giga’s work to connect every school to the Internet and every young person to information, opportunity, and choice.

01-12-2021 | 08:26:21
Huawei and UNESCO to implement project in Africa for digital education systems
UNESCO and Huawei announced the launch of the implementations phase of the Technology-Enabled Open Schools for All (TeOSS) project in Ghana, Ethiopia, and Egypt.

01-12-2021 | 07:06:07
South African tech company e4 announces international expansion to the UK
As one of the pioneers of property digitalisation, in South Africa e4 has established a significant client base including major South African lenders and law firms and has identified a similar opportunity in the UK market.


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