Year 4 | Edition 77 | 14 December 2021

Cassava Technologies and Mitsui sign MoU to accelerate digital transformation in Africa

Cassava Technologies is Africa’s first integrated technology company of continental scale, with operations and activities in more than 15 countries.

Launched by telecommunications group company Econet Cassava Technologies, brings together Econet’s digital services and digital infrastructure product segments, encompassing fiber broadband networks, data centers, and renewable energy; as well as cloud and cybersecurity, fintech, and digital platforms. Mitsui on the other hand is one of Japan’s largest...

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[Côte d’Ivoire] MTN starts construction of new head office and 5G trials

MTN Group has aunched the construction of a state-of-the-art headquarters for MTN Côte d’Ivoire, as well as the start of a local trial of 5G services in Abidjan. Both took place during a state visit to the West African country by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

After the conclusion of the Côte d’Ivoire-South Africa Business Forum in which MTN participated, a foundation stone-laying ceremony was held at a site at the Akwaba Business Park in Port Bouët. It was attended by President Ramaphosa and...

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Orange Egypt and the German Development Cooperation inaugurate 7th Orange Digital Center in MEA

Orange and the German Development Cooperation have inaugurated, the 7th “Orange Digital Center” (ODC) in the heart of Cairo. The centre is an ecosystem highly dedicated to the development of digital skills and innovation to train young people in digital technology to enhance their employability.

The Orange Digital Center in Egypt brings together four strategic programmes of the Orange Group, namely; a Coding School, a solidarity FabLab - one of the Orange Foundation's digital manufacturing workshops -, an Orange Fab start-up accelerator and Orange Ventures, the investment fund...

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Accenture, Dubai Cares, Microsoft and UNICEF launch digital education platform

Accenture, Dubai Cares, Microsoft and UNICEF announced the launch of a global, digital learning platform for young people. Operating under the Generation Unlimited partnership, the Passport to Earning platform aims to address the global education crisis, currently exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare the next generation for decent work.

The platform will provide young people aged 15-24 across the world with free, certified education and skills training—with content spanning across digital, foundational, role-based...

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Airtel Africa and Ericsson launch data center in Seychelles

Airtel Africa has awarded Ericsson a turnkey project to relocate and modernize their existing network and core services to a new data center in the Seychelles.

Featuring a blend of legacy and virtualized network functions, the partnership will provide Airtel Africa with a new hybrid network cloud environment, bringing significant efficacy gains. The hybrid network cloud environment will increase network and cost efficiency, reduce time to deploy applications, and enable developers to innovate and bring new applications to...

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WFP, Citibank Zambia and MTN unveil digital payment solution targeting refugees

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Citibank Zambia Limited and MTN Zambia have for the first time, provided cash assistance to people living in Mantapala Refugee Settlement, home to around 18,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), through a digital payment solution, plugPAY.

Under the initiative, the payment platform allows WFP to transfer cash directly to refugees’ bank accounts or mobile wallets of choice while using the country’s interoperable...

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Vertiv partners with tech consortium to lead low-carbon fuel cell development for data centres

Vertiv, a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, announced a Clean Hydrogen Partnership that will provide 2.5 million to help fund a project to develop low-carbon fuel cells to power data centres. It is hoped this could reduce carbon emissions from operations by up to 100%.

The EcoEdge PrimePower (E2P2) project is a novel proof-of-concept initiative aiming to develop and demonstrate low environmental impact fuel cells that provide economic and resilient prime power solutions for the data centre...

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Zwarttech rebrands to Zarttech to strengthen its service offering

Zwarttech, the Netherlands-based tech startup is changing its name to Zarttech to strengthen its service offerings and consolidate its market position. 

Founded in 2020 by Nelson T. Ajulo, the startup bridges the opportunity gap by connecting the top 1% senior IT Experts from Africa with businesses in the West on a full or hybrid remote basis. Its objective is to spread economic opportunities to Africa from the West to the large numbers of senior IT talents in Africa so they can access high paying jobs from...

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[Incentro Case] Connecting Africa: The poa! Internet story

If you can access it, the internet is alive with opportunity and Poa Internet (poa!), has harnessed the power of Chrome Enterprise to help connect those living in the underserved communities of Africa with unlimited, high-quality, and highly affordable home and street internet connectivity.

Achieving tangible business growth in Africa during a pandemic may seem like an insurmountable task for entrepreneurs across the continent; however, it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right partners and the right tech...

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[Column] Ryan Mer: Payment fraud – top five scams to look out for

The truth is, all businesses are at risk of being scammed at some point, and just one incident can cost a company millions of Rand.

Ryan Mer, CEO, eftsure Africa, a Know Your Payee™ (KYP) platform provider, says that fraudsters are constantly finding new ways to exploit vulnerabilities and attack corporate payment systems and it’s critical that we all work together and share information to remain one step ahead of scammers. Accounts payable fraud is one of the most...

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[Column] Claudio Muruzabal: Making profitability sustainable and sustainability profitable

For the past 18 months, the business world has been so focused on Covid-19 that it’s taken its eye off the other C-word – CSR, or corporate social responsibility.

But you can write this down and take it to the bank: the enterprises that will thrive in a post-pandemic world will be those that put the societal element of sustainability at the core of their business strategies. Before the pandemic, many companies could get away with an old-school approach to CSR and how they engaged and managed their people. They...

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Online Gaming: How to break into the African Market

When it comes to online gaming, the industry is as incredibly competitive as any other aspect of the gaming market, and that means you should always be keeping your eyes open for developing opportunities to get ahead.

To this end, you might wish to consider the possibility of engaging with the African gaming market and introducing a solid online gaming experience. This article aims to highlight a handful of tips on how you might want to go about this, and...

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[Africa Cloud Review] Simon Ngunjiri: Digital Marketers and now taking full advantage of cloud

Most African organizations are turning to the cloud to help them succeed in the face of the growing demand for flexible workplaces. As we mentioned in our previous column in countries like South Africa, although only around 5% of the South African enterprise market is fully on the cloud, many more are now considering this option

Hybrid work scenarios, e-commerce modernization, distance learning, and online religious services, formerly unthinkable worldwide, are now commonplace thanks to cloud computing. This is according to a recent whitepaper published by Pawa...

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News Headlines

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[Libya] Canon EMEA partners with UN Women to deliver educational workshops
During a three-day virtual workshop, twelve participants discussed their interest in exploring social and environmental topics that are important to them individually and to their communities.

27-01-2022 | 13:43:00
Datadobi appoints Matthias Nijs as Vice President of EMEA Sales
Data management software provider Datadobi has today announced the appointment of Matthias Nijs as its new Vice President of EMEA Sales to continue accelerating its momentum in the region

27-01-2022 | 12:00:44
GSMA sets out 5G roadmap for Middle East and North Africa
The GSMA has published an analysis showing how robust 5G growth in the Middle East and North Africa has followed ambitious 5G spectrum assignments.

27-01-2022 | 10:55:00
African focused VC Firm TLcom secures first close of $150mn Pan-African Tech Fund
TLcom, the Africa-focused venture capital firm has announced a first close of $70mn for its $150mn Africa focused tech fund making it the largest independent VC firm fully dedicated to the continent.

27-01-2022 | 10:17:00
Submarine cable investment and fiber connectivity to attract more data center investments in Africa, report
The data center market in Africa is attracting significant investments in recent years, led by South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria, and Ethiopia.

27-01-2022 | 09:58:00
[South Africa] MTN cements position as best network with Rohde & Schwarz score
Rohde & Schwarz SwissQual AG has recognised MTN as the best network in South Africa on a basis of the reports Network Performance Score findings.

27-01-2022 | 09:46:00
Syska Hennessy appoints Kostas Tsekouras as Managing Director, Middle East and North Africa
Kostas Tsekouras, an engineer with extensive senior-level experience in information technology and data centers, has joined Syska Hennessy as Managing Director, Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

27-01-2022 | 09:46:00
[Column] Hyther Nizam: Factors to consider while building a business intelligence programme for your organisation
As businesses continue to go digital and become increasingly data-driven, it's imperative for them to include a holistic business intelligence (BI) programme in their technology strategy.

27-01-2022 | 07:25:00
[South Africa] Delivery startup Orderin raises $4.7m pre-Series B funding for expansion
outh African B2B delivery-as-a-service (DaaS) startup Orderin has raised $4.7 million pre-Series B funding to scale its infrastructure and improve its last-mile delivery service.

27-01-2022 | 06:51:20
[Column] Ryan Mer: Five things to do immediately to address payments fraud
From advanced digital security to straight-forward invoice numbers, here are five ways to make your Accounts Payable department the best it can be.

27-01-2022 | 06:47:00
[Column] Duncan Azenga: In a Hybrid Working Environment future, integrating company communications is key
Gartner research has found that 71% of human resources leaders were increasingly focused on employee collaboration in 2021. This is likely to be a major initiative going forward in the coming year.

27-01-2022 | 06:38:00
Women in tech face lockdown barriers to career progression, report
Half of women working in technology believe the effects of COVID-19 have delayed their career progression, despite a similar percentage believing that much needed gender equality is more likely to be achieved through remote working structures.

26-01-2022 | 14:21:00
Eutelsat partners with Intersat to enhance internet connectivity in The Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Senegal
Eutelsat Communications and Intersat signed a multi-year deal representing several hundred Mbps to address the connectivity needs of enterprises, institutions and individuals in Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Senegal.

26-01-2022 | 10:33:17
SolarWinds to host EMEA partner summit 2022
SolarWinds, a leading provider of simple, powerful, and secure IT management software, announced it will host its Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Virtual Partner Summit 2022.

26-01-2022 | 09:20:59
Samsung introduces smart all-in-one fingerprint security IC for biometric payment cards
he new solution is EMVCo and Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (CC EAL) 6+ certified and performs in line with Mastercard’s latest Biometric Evaluation Plan Summary (BEPS) specifications for biometric payment cards.


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