Year 5 | Edition 54 | 25 August 2022
 
Amsterdam Internet Exchange and MainData Nigeria sign agreement to launch neutral internet exchange services in Lagos

Amsterdam Internet Exchange, AMS-IX, one of the largest Internet Exchange operators in the world, and MainData Nigeria Limited (MDXi), an Equinix company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to operate and grow Internet Exchange services in Africa.

AMS-IX will be setting up an internet exchange at MDXi, the carrier-neutral Data Center of MainOne in Lagos Nigeria. MDXi will act as AMS-IX strategic partner and reseller for AMS-IX in West Africa. This strategic partnership between AMS-IX and...

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Standard Bank South Africa adds Google Wallet to contactless payments

Standard Bank South Africa announced it has added Google Wallet to its growing list of digital payment methods, which customers have largely embraced as they seek digital payment solutions that are convenient, easy and safe to use.

Google Wallet, which stores credit and debit cards for Google Pay, arrives in South Africa today. With the Google Wallet, customers can make payments in store using only their Android smartphones or supported Wear OS watches. Google Wallet is easy to set up. Customers can simply download the...

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Incentro Africa bags Best Cloud Computing Solutions Provider award 2022 at DigitalTech 100

Incentro Africa has been awarded Best Cloud Computing Solutions Provider, 2022 by DigitalTech 100. The DigitalTech 100 awards recognize corporates from across the country that are providing digital tech-based solutions.

Incentro Africa has been providing cloud solutions to the African continent since 2017. With clients in over 29 countries and providing services and support in 3 international languages, Incentro Africa is steaming ahead on its mission to be the #1 Google Premier Partner in the region. In an...

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[Nigeria] MTN has rolled out 5G trials across seven cities

MTN Nigeria has launched 5G network in 190 sites across seven cities in the country. This initial installation of the high-speed network was launched in the cities of  Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kano, Owerri, and Maiduguri.

Nigeria is the third African country to install 5G network after South Africa and Kenya. South Africa initiated its plans for 5G network in 2019 through mobile operator Rain, while Kenya’s Safaricom kicked off the journey to 5G network in March 2021, although it has not gone commercial yet. Other...

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AT&T Senior Director Cynthia Karuri-Kropac appointed Safaricom's new enterprise manager

Safaricom on Wednesday announced the appointment of Cynthia Karuri-Kropac as its Chief Enterprise Business Officer effective 1st September 2022.

Cynthia takes over from Kris Senanu who left the company in June 2022. Kris joined Safaricom in June 2021 from Telkom Kenya where he served as the Managing Director in the Digital Service Delivery Unit. During his time at Safaricom. Following this, Safaricom named Joseph Wanjohi as the acting as the interim Chief Enterprise Business Officer from 1st June 2022...

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Nestlé launches digital platform targeting young innovators and entrepreneurs

As part of its Global Youth Initiative, Nestlé has launched the Nestlé Youth Entrepreneurship Platform (YEP), a new digital platform for young innovators and entrepreneurs who want to learn new knowledge and skills, test an idea or grow their businesses, in areas ranging from food science and technology to the development of products and services – including regenerative agriculture and sustainable packaging.

The Nestlé Youth Entrepreneurship Platform, a new digital platform for young innovators and entrepreneurs. YEP brings together all Nestlé's existing innovation initiatives and...

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[Kenya] Nokia and Safaricom complete Africa’s first Fixed Wireless Access 5G slicing trial

Nokia today announced that it has successfully piloted its 4G and 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) network slicing with mobile operator, Safaricom on its live commercial network. This is the first-time 4G/5G network slicing has been successfully achieved in Africa. 

The trial utilized a multi-vendor network environment and included RAN, transport and core as well as software upgrades to a range of Nokia’s products and services. The successful trial demonstrates that Safaricom is now poised to support...

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NEC XON opens an experience center in South Africa

NEC XON has opened an Experience Centre at its Midrand head office in South Africa where customers can test use cases and business models for emerging technologies, such as 5G Open RAN.

The Experience Centre also includes demonstrations and testing facilities for integrated or standalone solutions such as sustainable energy, digital self-service know your customer (KYC), and communications infrastructure. “We know that the pace of new technology developments is extremely fast and...

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Microsoft appoints Phyllis Migwi new Country Manager for Kenya

Microsoft has announced the appointment of Phyllis Migwi as the new country manager. She takes over from Kendi Ntwiga who left the company for Meta, Facebook’s parent company. 

Migwi has had a profound career as a leader in tech with experience spanning more than 14 years. She joins Microsoft from IBM where she worked for 12 years in various faculties. In her most recent engagement, she was the Regional Hybrid Cloud & AI Leader-Africa Growth Market. Besides her rich...

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UNIDO and Japan taps IoT technology to improve operations at geothermal power station in Kenya

With funding from the Government of Japan, and in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Government of Kenya, and the Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) launched its “Strengthening Capacity for Operation and Maintenance with Internet of Things (IoT) Technologies for Olkaria Geothermal Power Station in Kenya” project.

The IoT project is fully aligned with the National Development Programme of the Republic of Kenya as outlined in the Kenya Vision 2030 as well as with the Sustainable Development...

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Binance launches Crypto Education Hub in Cameroon in collaboration with Inoni Tech

Binance  the world’s leading blockchain ecosystem and cryptocurrency infrastructure provider, has announced the launch of a crypto education hub in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in collaboration with Inoni Tech, a non-profit tech hub providing resources and trainings for young people across Francophone Africa.

This is a first-of-its-kind crypto hub and will be a training center for in-person blockchain education sessions. Through this hub, Binance will equip crypto enthusiasts with more resources to thrive within the ecosystem as well as foster...

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[Kenya] Sasini to start using drones for fertilizer application and chemical spraying on its Kipkebe tea farm

Fahari Aviation, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways PLC has signed a service agreement with Kipkebe Ltd, which is a subsidiary of Sasini PLC, to offer precision agricultural services.

Fahari Aviation will use drone technology on the farm to offer agricultural services such as fertilizer application and chemical spraying on the tea farm. Kipkebe farm will be used to benchmark the effectiveness of drone use with a possibility to expand the services offering to other Sasini estates. Fahari Aviation will deploy high capacity drones to cover over 3000...

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Ecobank opens applications for its 2022 fintech challenge for African startups

Ecobank Group has launched the fifth edition of the Ecobank Fintech Challenge targeting African fintech startups. Selected startups stand a chance to win an overall cash prize of US $50,000 for the top winner and the opportunity to partner and scale their solutions across Ecobank’s 33 African markets.

Fintech companies and developers originating from any of Africa’s 54 countries, as well as global Africa-centered Fintechs, are eligible to enter Ten finalists will be inducted into the Ecobank Fintech Fellowship after the finals and awards...

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Identity theft cases in Africa increased by 26% since last year, report

Pan-African provider of identity verification technologies Smile Identity has said that cases of identity theft have increased by 26% since last year. The company further said that there is an increase in biometric theft and more sophisticated spoofing attacks across the continent.

In its inaugural survey on the State of KYC report H1 2022, the company highlighted several ways through which identity theft is executed. KYC, or Know Your Customer, is a business requirement which helps organizations identify their...

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[Vacancy] Incentro is looking for a DevOps Engineer in Nairobi

Building functional systems that improve customer experience? Love for deploying product updates, identifying production issues and implementing integrations that meet our customers' needs? And doing this at the #1 Google Premier partner of East-Africa?

About you

  • BSc in Computer Science, Engineering or relevant field
  • Experience as a DevOps Engineer or similar software engineering role
  • Proficiency with code repository management (git/bitbucket), code merge, quality checks, continuous integration, and automated deployment/management...

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[Vacancy] Incentro is looking for a Data Engineer in Nairobi

Able to see logic in a pile of information or create solutions for problems people never knew existed? And doing this at the #1 Google Premier partner of East-Africa?

About you

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related technical field, or equivalent practical experience.
  • 3 years of industry experience in software development, data engineering, business intelligence, data science, or related field with experience in manipulating, processing, and extracting value from datasets...

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[Interview] AI Kelly, Chairman and CEO, Visa

AI Kelly is the Chairman and CEO of the global payments firm Visa. He joined Visa in October 2016 as Chief Executive Officer and was elected Chairman of the Board in April 2019. Prior to Visa, Mr. Kelly was President and Chief Executive Officer at Intersection, a technology and digital media company which is an Alphabet-backed private company based in New York City.

How do you see Africa’s role in the global economy, and how important is the continent to Visa? 

Africa is home to both the world’s youngest population and six of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies—two factors that will have an increasingly transformative effect on the...

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[UNICAF] Scholarship Opportunities

Unicaf is an online and blended learning higher education platform that is dedicated to making higher education of international standard accessible, by offering scholarship opportunities to professionals and young school leavers.

What are scholarship opportunities?

A scholarship could be defined as financial aid that relieves the burden of tuition fees and living costs that students and families have to pay to secure a place in secondary and tertiary education. Considering the rising costs of student expenses and debts, we could nowadays describe education...

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[Column] Phil Lewis: Connecting the Dots in Food & Bev with Artificial Intelligence

The value of the market for artificial intelligence (AI) in the food and beverage sector is expected to reach a staggering $29.94 billion by 2026.

Already in use by pioneering businesses across the industry, it’s clear that AI is making its presence felt in more ways than one, impacting all aspects of the food supply chain, driving smarter, faster decisions, and underpinning that all-important competitive advantage. While many in the industry have heard of AI, there is still widespread uncertainty as to how AI...

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Tech trends: What the rest of 2022 has in store for the industry

Since the beginning of 2022, several trends have emerged as newsworthy front-runners.

CTO Wayne Yan and architect Saša Slankamenac at South African specialised software development firm Dariel, take a closer look at Web3, passwordless authentication, artificial intelligence and machine learning as three trends likely to make the biggest impact in the coming months...

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[Column] Patrick Ndegwa: Will the updated National Digital Masterplan accelerate digital transformation in Kenya?

In April 2022, Kenya’s Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs marked a significant step in the country’s journey towards digital transformation with the release of the country’s revised National Digital Masterplan at the annual Connected Summit in Diani.

The plan places technology at the heart of the national economy. It lays out ambitious targets over the next 10 years with regards to the rollout of ICT infrastructure and the creation of new employment and business opportunities...

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[Column] Marlene Mutimawase: The marketing language you should know!

The mobile industry in Sub-Saharan Africa continues to play a crucial role especially in marketing and communication. There is a significant increase in user in the next 5 years.

The research conducted by GSMA indicated that 615M people in Sub-Saharan Africa will subscribe to mobile services by 2025, equivalent to 50% of the region’s population. $155 BN of economic value added will be generated by mobile technologies and services by 2025. In 2020, transactions on mobile money platforms reached $490 billion. This explains...

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[Column] Nixon Kanali: Just how slow is 5G adoption in Africa?

5G deployment across Africa has been very slow despite telecom operators around the world having rolled out the network since 2019. As of May this year, only 6 African countries had rolled out the 5th generation network. And even at that, most of these launches are not even commercial. 

Some of these countries include South Africa and Kenya among others. South Africa initiated its plans for 5G network in 2019 through mobile operator Rain, while Kenya’s Safaricom kicked off the journey to this network in March 2021...

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News Headlines

29-09-2022 | 15:07:00
Nearly 75% of Local and State Government Organizations Attacked by Ransomware Had Their Data Encrypted, Sophos
The report found that 72% of state and local government organizations attacked by ransomware had their data encrypted—7% more than the cross-sector average.


29-09-2022 | 13:53:00
Mara launches free online course to advance blockchain adoption and financial literacy in Africa
Pan-African phone manufacturer Mara Group has launched a free educational online course with the aim to boost blockchain adoption and digital finance literacy in Africa.


29-09-2022 | 13:48:00
[Kenya] Zoho launches VAT and TIMS-compliant online accounting software for businesses
Zoho Corporation has launched its VAT and Tax Invoice Management Systems (TIMS) compliant, accounting software, Zoho Books to help businesses in Kenya prepare for the upcoming implementation of TIMS.


29-09-2022 | 13:32:10
Prophius partners with Mastercard to launch Tap on Phone payments to Small Businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa
Financial technology company Prophius has announced the launch of its PayContactless solution certified by Mastercard – a contactless acceptance solution that turns any NFC-enabled Android device into a physical point of sale.


29-09-2022 | 12:45:00
Ethio telecom unveils "Lead" 3 Years Strategic Plan
Ethio telecom started implementing its newly developed "Lead", a three-year development strategy for the period of 2022-2025


29-09-2022 | 12:37:00
Financial phishing cyberattacks significantly increase in Kenya and Nigeria in Q2 of 2022, report
Kaspersky Security Network data shows that the number of financial phishing attempts in the African regions increased significantly from Q1 to Q2 of 2022. Banks, payment systems, and e-commerce websites were attacked.


29-09-2022 | 11:45:00
PROPARCO lance l’African Private Equity Fellowship pour les jeunes Africain
PROPARCO lance l’African Private Equity Fellowship pour soutenir la prochaine génération d’investisseurs sur le continent Africain.


29-09-2022 | 11:05:00
[Kenya] Jumia adds electric Tuk-Tuks to its delivery fleet in Kenya
Jumia Kenya is adding E-Vans or what are commonly known as Tuk-Tuks to its delivery fleet in the country. The e-commerce leader has partnered with California-based EV solutions provider BILITI Electric for this project.


29-09-2022 | 09:40:20
Neustar Security Services expands partner network in EMEA
Neustar Security Services, a provider of cloud-oriented security services that enable global businesses to thrive online, has expanded its partner ecosystem across key technology hubs in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.


29-09-2022 | 09:31:00
[Ghana] Agritech Startup Farmerline has Raised $1.5 Million in Series A Funding
After netting $13 million in April this year, Ghanaian agritech startup Farmerline has raised another $1.5 million in pre-series A funding round. The funding from social impact investor Oikocredit.


29-09-2022 | 09:12:30
Mukuru and WeThinkCode partner to host women-only hackathon to solve financial services challenges in Africa
Mukuru CSI manager, Deidré Vrede, says the event was designed to provide the opportunity for winning students to bolster their studies and win internships or job shadowing opportunities at Mukuru, but more importantly create excitement and a platform for young, female students to shine.


29-09-2022 | 09:02:51
Microsoft to support continuous transformation of Africa’s Financial Services Industry
Transforming the Financial Services landscape in Africa will be a critical driver of economic prosperity across the continent, a banking summit has been told.


29-09-2022 | 07:46:00
[South Africa] Alitheia IDF leads $11 million investment round in home services platform SweepSouth
SweepSouth, an online home services platform with a presence across Africa has completed a US$11m investment round led byAlitheia IDF (AIF), Africa’s first and largest gender-lens private equity fund.


29-09-2022 | 07:37:00
Polygon to train more than 2,000 African developers on blockchain in partnership with Xend Finance
The Polygon Bootcamp and Hackathon will be the company’s first edition in Africa and will introduce developers in the region to the Polygon ecosystem using Xend Finance and Polygon technologies.


29-09-2022 | 07:28:00
[Kenya] Safaricom, NCBA and KCB restructure Fuliza with free daily fee
Kenya’s leading telco Safaricom, NCBA and KCB Bank Kenya have announced a restructuring of the popular Fuliza overdraft facility.


 


 
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