Year 6 | Edition 2 | 20 January 2023
 
Airtel Nigeria buys 5G spectrum for network expansion in Africa

Airtel Africa announced that its Nigerian subsidiary, Airtel Networks (Airtel Nigeria), has purchased additional spectrum for network expansion in Africa. Airtel Nigeria purchased 100 megahertz of spectrum in the 3,500 megahertz band from the Nigerian Communication Commission.

Also included in the purchase was 2×5 megahertz of 2,600 megahertz. The total consideration was $316.7 million, payable in local currency. Airtel said that the additional spectrum would support its investments in network...

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Telecom Egypt, Huawei put in service the first green tower in Africa

Telecom Egypt, the country’s first integrated telecom operator, in cooperation with Huawei Technologies, the world’s provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, have announced the activation of the first eco-friendly wireless network tower made of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP).

Through this cooperation, Telecom Egypt becomes the first operator in Africa to install this green tower. The material used for building the tower emits less CO2 than steel, the alternative. Highly resistant to wind and high temperatures...

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Africa Data Centres breaks ground on new Sameer facility in Nairobi, Kenya

Africa Data Centres (ADC), a business of Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group has officially broken ground on an additional data centre facility in Nairobi. The new build will see the existing facility on the adjacent piece of land expanded up to an extra 15MW of IT load.

ADC’s expansion at the new site will be completed in the first half of 2024 and will bring five times more capacity than is currently installed. "We believe that data centres will play a significant role in digital transformation and economic...

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Zenlayer and Cyxtera partner to provide high-speed interconnectivity into global emerging markets

Zenlayer, a massively distributed edge cloud services provider, and Cyxtera, a global player in data center colocation and interconnection services, have announced a partnership to bring high-performance cloud connectivity to global emerging markets

With the partnership, Zenlayer joins Cyxtera’s robust ecosystem partner program across Cyxtera’s global data center platform. Customers can now connect from Cyxtera’s 60+ data centers to multiple sites and cloud service...

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Raxio continues pan-African expansion by developing Angola’s first carrier-neutral Tier III data centre

Raxio Group (Raxio), a premier pan-African data centre developer and operator, announced that it is investing and establishing ‘Raxio Angola’, the first state-of-the-art, carrier neutral, Tier III data centre in the country.

Raxio Angola is the latest facility to be part of Raxio’s fast expanding network of interconnected carrier neutral, Tier III data centres across the African continent. Angola’s digital and telecommunications ecosystems have been developing rapidly, with the country now reaching an internet penetration rate...

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Elon Musk’s internet firm Starlink set to launch in Kenya

Starlink, the satellite internet company owned by billionaire Elon Musk has indicated that it will be launching in Kenya by the second quarter of the year.

“Order now to reserve your Starlink. Starlink is targeting service in your area starting in Q2 2023. Availability is subject to regulatory approval. Within each coverage area, orders are fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis,” says a message on the company’s website. Those who wish to pre-order the company’s services can deposit Ksh12,260 ($99) which is...

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Bolt appoints Takura Malaba as Regional Manager for East and Southern Africa

Bolt has appointed Takura Malaba as the new Regional Manager for East and Southern Africa, effective 1st January 2023. Takura takes over from Kenneth Micah, who has been the firm's Regional Manager for Eastern Africa since October 2019.

“Bolt is delighted to have Takura take on the role of Regional Manager for East and Southern Africa. Since joining the business in 2021, he has done an excellent job in leading the South African market. He has steered the business and...

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African startups land deals at European tech events

Seven African tech companies wooed investors, networked and showcased their products at two of the world’s biggest tech gatherings in Europe.

For African tech startups, finding investors means getting into the spaces where venture capitalists gather. Seven companies received exactly that, by attending two of the world’s biggest tech events: Web Summit in Lisbon, and Slush in Helsinki. With 70,000 attendees from 1 to 4 November, Web Summit gathers CEOs, founders, investors, media...

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Carry1st raises $27M to develop and publish games in Africa

African mobile game publisher, Carry1st, has raised $27 million in a funding round led by BITKRAFT Ventures and featuring participation from Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), TTV Capital, Alumni Ventures, Lateral Capital, Kepple Ventures, and Konvoy.

This funding comes on the heels of a successful partnership with Call of Duty: Mobile in South Africa in Q4 2022 and a new partnership with Riot Games set to launch in 2023. “Africa is home to the largest population of young people in the world...

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Sub-Saharan Africa lost $261 Million in 2022 due to internet shutdowns

As internet penetration across the world increases, internet shutdowns that hit various countries last year had a devastating effect on the economy.  With so many people, businesses and governments depending on the internet for service delivery, long hours of internet shutdown dealt a big blow to economic development.

Top10VPN, a London-based research firm that keeps tabs on internet privacy, security, and freedom released a report indicating that the global economy lost $23.79 billion to internet shutdowns in 2022, an increase of 323% from...

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Media blackmail, fake data leaks and more attacks via clouds ranked top enterprise threats for 2023

Researchers at Kaspersky’s Security Services shared their predictions for this year’s trending cyberthreats that large businesses and government structures should prepare for.

They include cybercriminals using media to blackmail organisations, reporting alleged data leaks, and purchasing initial access to previously compromised companies on the darknet. Other threats involve the rise of the Malware-as-a-Service model and attacks via the cloud. This report is a...

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Multilateral collaboration essential to bridging the digital economic divide, report

The Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) has launched the Bridging the Gap Report at the World Economic Forum in Davos, highlighting the critical need for greater international, multilateral cooperation to close the digital divide and ensure all nations can benefit from digital economies.

The report draws on an extensive global consultation with experts from multiple sectors and regions, which was undertaken by the DCO as part of its mission to empower member states to develop their digital economies and create...

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Kaspersky cautions against Bluebottle cybercrime group active in Africa

Over the past several months, cybercrime group Bluebottle has been targeting companies in the financial sector in French-speaking African countries with a combination of spear phishing attacks and malware centred around job opportunities, Kaspersky warned.

“The Bluebottle crew is known for tricking victims into clicking on bad attachments that unleash malware like NanoCore RAT, Cybergate, Adwind, WSH-RAT, and Houdini. They have been operating for a while now, using Dynamic DNS services...

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[Interview] Temitope O. Oguntosin, CTO, Femsin Technologies Solutions, Nigeria

Femsin Technoloigies Solutions Limited is an IT solution company based in Lagos, which was founded and incorporated in Nigeria in 2018. Temitope O. Oguntosin, the company's Chief Technology Officer, in an interview with Africa Business Communities talks on the state of the company as well as its future growth strategies.

Please introduce your company

Femsin Technologies Solutions is an IT Solutions company that provides digital solutions to businesses within and outside of Nigeria, from which we are based. Our services covers areas such as web development, digital marketing, digital...

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[Startup Interview] James Adebisi, Founder, Oruis Medical, Nigeria

Orius Medical is a Nigerian health startup that provides mental care and support through psychotherapy and mental health education.  The startup’s founder James Adebisi explains.

Tell us about your startup         

Oruis Medical is healthcare company that provides mental health services in the form of psychological assessment, psychotherapy, and mental health education...

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[Column] David Meintjes: Unified communication and collaboration trends for 2023

As businesses continue evolving to meet changing customer behaviour, the uptake and investment in cloud unified communications platforms and tools will continue to soar.

Businesses are increasingly realising that they must meet customers at a time and digital channel of their choosing, which leads to increased adoption of fully fledged Omni Channel solutions. This adoption augments two core strategies in most businesses, firstly in enhancing a customer intimacy strategy and extending the lifetime value of a customer and...

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[Column] Mark Wilson: The ERP and technology trends that will shape 2023

Following a year of disruption caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, supply chain disruptions and record-breaking inflation, we look to the year ahead and what 2023 might have in store for manufacturers and distributors. 

Even with pandemic-related restrictions now a thing of the past, many reopened enterprises have quickly realised the market is not what it used to be. New technology and the latest enterprise resource planning trends have enabled a rush of swift changes in ERP that will need companies to update...

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[Column] Mukesh Bector: What will work look like in 2030?

The world of work and industry has changed immeasurably in the past few years. Remote working and automation have become the norm in many sectors. 

Yet the trends seemingly brought about by the pandemic already existed. What happened in 2020 merely accelerated developments that were already reshaping the market and business environment prior to Covid-19. With this in mind, we can form an idea of how we may be working, producing and managing in years to come. In fact, it’s incumbent upon...

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News Headlines

03-02-2023 | 07:42:21
[South Africa] Clickatell launches Chat 2 Pay with FlySafair for WhatsApp mobile payments
FlySafair is the first airline in the world to deploy Chat 2 Pay with a pay-by-link capability that allows its customers the convenience of effortless mobile payments via FlySafair’s WhatsApp channel.


03-02-2023 | 07:38:25
FICO and FPG Technologies & Solutions partner to help West African firms accelerate digital transformation
FPG will sell, implement and support FICO® Blaze Advisor® decision rules management system and FICO® Xpress Optimization, leading tools that businesses use to automate high-volume decisions, rapidly change strategies and leverage advanced analytics to improve performance.


03-02-2023 | 07:25:25
Global tech spend will reach $4.4 trillion in 2023 despite a turbulent macroeconomic environment, report
Despite facing a difficult 2023, tech executives can accelerate their organizations’ growth by both improving operational efficiency and investing in areas such as research and development, cybersecurity, and enterprise digital transformation.


02-02-2023 | 18:55:55
Africa Data Centres announces groundbreaking of a second data centre in Cape Town
The new facility will be in the north of the city and will have an IT load of 20MW. Construction is underway, and the facility will be up and running by mid-2024.


02-02-2023 | 18:33:00
Zeepay expands into Zambia
Ghanaian remittance fintech company, Zeepay, has been granted a license by the Central Bank of Zambia to operate in the country.


02-02-2023 | 13:45:33
CR2 partners with M2P Fintech to secure e-commerce transactions with ACS
CR2, a leader in the digital banking and payments platform industry has partnered with M2P Fintech, a global leader in embedded financial infrastructure.


02-02-2023 | 13:41:00
[Kenya] Paradigm Initiative opens registrations for for the 10th edition of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum
Paradigm Initiative (PIN) has opened registration for the 10th Edition of Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF23), a pan-African bilingual event that will be held in Nairobi, Kenya.


02-02-2023 | 12:35:00
Toggle Market has expanded its B2B buy now, pay later (BNPL) solution to Rwanda
Toggle Market’s B2B ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ continues its expansion across the African continent and now launched in Rwanda in addition to other four African countries.


02-02-2023 | 12:15:00
Convergence Partners raises $296 million to drive digital inclusion across Africa
Private equity investor Convergence Partners, which is dedicated to the technology sector across sub-Saharan Africa has announced the successful closing of its Convergence Partners Digital Infrastructure Fund (CPDIF) at $296 million.


02-02-2023 | 12:09:00
Digital banking revolution can help SA banks regain their customers’ love, says BCG
Retail banking in South Africa is increasingly competitive, with fintechs, neobanks and digital players disrupting the banking value chain with new and emerging technologies.


02-02-2023 | 12:04:00
[Kenya] Microsoft ADC collaborates with local universities to improve their curriculum
The Africa Development Centre, Microsoft's premier engineering arm, has announced a collaboration with Kenyan technology universities to review their curriculums and make them more relevant to industry.


02-02-2023 | 10:06:00
Cellulant partners with Dubai fintech company Money Q to boost mobile remittances in Africa
Cellulant, Africa's Payments Solutions Provider has partnered with Dubai-based fintech solutions company to enable expatriates to seamlessly pay for bills and recharge airtime for their beneficiaries across Africa.


02-02-2023 | 09:19:00
[Kenya] Sendy unveils Payment on Delivery product for e-commerce in Africa
Kenya's fulfillment and Logistics enabler, Sendy, has introduced a Payment on Delivery product for e-commerce and social commerce vendors in Africa.


02-02-2023 | 09:10:00
Women founders in Africa invited to apply for Google’s new accelerator program
Google on Tuesday announced a women's accelerator program aimed at providing resources and opportunities for women founders in Africa.


02-02-2023 | 08:41:24
Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Nokia partner to drive innovation and connectivity in Africa
Through this partnership, Liquid deployed Nokia’s innovative transport network technology in the new terrestrial fibre route connecting Mombasa (Kenya) to Johannesburg (South Africa).


 


 
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