Year 4 | Edition 78 | 16 December 2021

MTN Nigeria bids for 3.5GHz spectrum license to enable 5G rollout

MTN Nigeria has announced that it has been successful in its bid to acquire one of the two 100MHZ spectrum licenses in the 3.5GHz spectrum band auctioned by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

This is a significant step towards achieving the goals of the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020-25). Acquisition of the spectrum will enable the rollout of 5G services to MTN Nigeria’s customers. Fifth generation (5G) mobile network technology offers faster data speeds and lower latency...

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African mobility fintech Moove enters Kenyan market, broadens vehicle financing to bikes and trucks

Moove, an African mobility fintech, has launched operations in Nairobi, its first city in East Africa and sixth on the continent.

To expand their vehicle and product offerings to customers, the revenue-based vehicle financing company has partnered with Uber to allow ride-hailing and delivery drivers to purchase motorcycles for Uber Connect, UberEats deliveries and UberBoda trips. In addition, following its recent partnership with pan-African e-logistics platform Lori Systems, Moove...

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Cassava Technologies and ITC Secure announce joint venture to expand Microsoft cloud security expertise in Africa

ITC Secure (ITC), a leading advisory-led cyber security services company and a Microsoft Gold cyber security partner, and Cassava Technologies, the pan-African technology leader, announced today that they have entered into a Joint Venture (JV) to build and launch an extensive portfolio of cyber security services, powered by Microsoft Azure cloud technologies in Africa.

Hardy Pemhiwa, the CEO of Cassava Technologies said: “Digital transformation in Africa is accelerating the adoption of cloud services which is creating an urgent need to better...

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[Kenya] Telkom and Britam partner on mobile and insurance product

Telkom Kenya, and the financial services group Britam Holding, have partnered to launch a mobile-based insurance product.

Known as Life Bila Noma bundle, the product will see customers benefit from a bespoke mobile and insurance bundle that includes mobile data, voice minutes, SMS, personal accident and last-expense insurance. It will be available in two options, Life 200 and Life 300. Life 200 at a monthly cost of only KES 200 will provide monthly insurance...

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[Kenya] Meta and HerHustle launch program to equip women entrepreneurs with digital skills

Meta has announced a new partnership with HerHustle to launch a program to equip women entrepreneurs in Kenya with the knowledge and digital skills to grow their businesses online. Known as ‘SheMeansBusiness’, the program aims to train over 3,000 women-owned businesses in the country.

The program will be implemented by HerHustle,  an organization that facilitates digital business growth programs for young women. The training will be delivered through instructor-led live webinars, short videos and infographics...

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IBM appoints Julia Carvalho as General Manager for IBM Growth Markets in Africa

IBM has announced the appointment of Julia Carvalho as General Manager for IBM Growth Markets, Africa. 

Ms. Carvalho will be responsible for IBM’s business operations, growing our partner ecosystem and driving client satisfaction across multiple regions in Africa. With an increased focus on the partner ecosystem in Africa, Ms. Carvalho will lead the drive to strengthen the IBM business on the continent through a deeper level of technical expertise and industry experience to build growth for our company, clients...

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IBM and MuleSoft partner to help accelerate flexibility across public and private clouds

IBM and MuleSoft have announced a global relationship. MuleSoft plans to extend its Anypoint Runtime Fabric, a container service for multi-cloud and hybrid deployments, to run on Red Hat OpenShift, the industry's enterprise Kubernetes platform.

IBM and MuleSoft plan to deliver increased integrations and solutions around the IBM Z product family to support financial services and other mutual customers. In addition, IBM plans to significantly expand its overall investment in integration...

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Writer Information, Morphisec partner to deliver unified cyber threat prevention platform in Africa

Writer Information Management Services (Writer Information), a unit of Writer Business Services and India's comprehensive information management company, announced its cyber security services partnership with Morphisec, to offer its cyber threat-prevention platform in the GCC region.

This partnership aims at offering Morphisec’s patented Moving Target Defense technology across advanced endpoints, virtual desktops, cloud workload and servers. Morphisec is the latest entrant into Writer Information’s compelling and...

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[Nigeria] Online learning platform Edukoya announces $3.5M pre-seed led by Target Global

Lagos- and London-based startup online learning platform, Edukoya has raised $3.5 million in a pre-seed round led by Target Global.

Other participating angel investors in the round included European and African founders such as Shola Akinlade - CEO and co-founder of Paystack (acquired by Stripe), Babs Ogundeyi and Musty Mustapha - founders of Kuda, Brandon Krieg and Ed Robinson - founders of Fintech Stash and Raffael Johnen - CEO of Aux Money among others. Launched in...

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[Kenya] Wowzi raises $3.2 million seed funding to expand across Africa

Kenyan startup Wowzi has raised $2 million in seed funding to expand its digital marketplace across Africa. The round was led by 4DX Ventures with participation from, Golden Palm Investments, LoftyInc Capital, Afropreneur Angels, and Future Africa.

Other participants in the round included Andela co-founder Christina Sass, and former Andela executives Jessica Chervin, Justin Ziegler, as well as Johnny Falla, who currently serves as chief development and growth officer at Wowzi. This round...

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Four Nigerian tech start-ups shaking up the global tech ecosystem

Helium Health was founded in 2016 by three incredible young Nigerians The technology start-up ecosystem in Nigeria is one of the fiercest on the continent falling short to South Africa and Kenya. On a daily basis, young Nigerians look for various ways to add value to themselves for survival.

Through the hustle and bustle of some of Nigeria’s biggest cities, tech-labs that educate young Nigerians on how to code and make efficient use of the internet spring up regularly. To validate how the system has grown in a short space of time...

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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] Leon Kiptum: Kenya’s economy could benefit from fintech growth and innovation

Financial technology (Fintech) has been a key driver of growth in the financial services sector in the face of the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As countries around the world move past the economic downturn brought about by the pandemic, with governments mooting strategies to jumpstart frail economies, fintechs have improved access to financial services to the unbanked and underbanked populations. The pandemic exposed and perhaps exacerbated the financial inclusion gaps among the...

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[Column] Mamolefe Molefe: Five reasons why Android users should download AppGallery

Released globally in April 2018, HUAWEI AppGallery is now available in more than 190 countries, including, South Africa. In such a short space of time, it has already become one of the top used App platforms in the world.

But why should Huawei customers have all the fun? Even if you have another make of Android device, you can still experience the wide variety of apps and games on offer in AppGallery. Here are five reasons why you should check it...

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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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[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Safaricom expands its smartphone financing plan

Kenya’s leading telco Safaricom has launched a number of interesting products this week. Safaricom partnered with Google and Transsion, the company behind TECNO, Infinix and itel to add new devices under its Lipa Mdogo Mdogo smartphone financing plan. 

It also announced the expansion of its Baze platform to include music, enabling its customers to enjoy a mobile-first, ad-free, music streaming experience from as little as KES 10 per day. Earlier in the week, the telco also partnered with...

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News Headlines

27-01-2022 | 13:51:56
[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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