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Mastercard to support development of Ghana’s digital payment ecosystem

In support of Ghana’s Vision 2020 goals, Mastercard has committed its support to helping the country develop a cashless economy, in furtherance of its push to be an economic powerhouse in Africa. This was highlighted during a recent discussion between Mastercard and Ghana’s new Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia. With aspirations of becoming an […]

WISeKey to set up Blockchain-IoT centre of excellence in Rwanda

WISeKey International, a Swiss based cybersecurity company, announced during its participation at the Rwanda Investment Board Blockchain event, the intention to establish a Blockchain-IoT Centre of Excellence in Rwanda. The Centre will deploy a Trusted Blockchain as a Service platform to enable the creation of a Blockchain Ecosystem in Rwanda. The project is part of […]

Chad based Presta Bist gets high-speed broadband through O3b Networks

O3b Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of SES, announced that its customer, Presta Bist Telecoms, has signed an agreement to significantly increase its contracted capacity in response to rising demand for reliable, high-speed broadband in the Republic of Chad. This upgrade is a 66% increase in capacity over the initial contract, enabling Presta Bist to […]

MainOne offers digital connectivity to help Nigerian businesses get out of recession

For companies in Nigeria currently battling the recession, the challenges are slowing sales and reduced earnings due to spiraling costs from high inflation and forex rates. To manage cash flows, businesses may have had to reduce or halt spending totally. However, the companies that will come out of the recession stronger must master the delicate […]

Opportunity for Africa, cross border retail trade growing at 25%, DHL survey

DHL Express, a global international express services provider, has published research highlighting the significant growth opportunity for retailers and manufacturers with an international online product offering. The 21st Century Spice Trade: A Guide to the Cross-Border E-Commerce Opportunity, looks in detail at the markets and products that offer the highest growth potential, the motivations and […]

Large scale Sigfox IoT network used to protect rhinos in South Africa

Sigfox Foundation announced a six-month experiment for a new rhinoceros tracking system. Involved in the conservation of the endangered species, the Sigfox Foundation is partnering with three of the largest international organisations dedicated to rhinos conservation. According to Save the Rhino, an international organisation supporting endangered rhinos, there are only 29,000 animals left in the […]

Quantis to use Intelsat EpicNG to enhance broadband services in Africa

Intelsat, operator of the world’s first globalised network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, announced that Quantis Global, one of the leading broadband service providers in Europe and Northern Africa, signed an agreement to enhance and expand the Quantis network using services provided by Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellites and IntelsatOne Flex services, bringing higher performing […]

Orange Business partners with Huawei to launch OpenStack cloud across Africa by 2018

Orange Business Services is accelerating its international cloud strategy with a new global public cloud offering that includes advice, auditing, integration and managed services for cloud infrastructure and applications. The services, delivered in partnership with Huawei, complement the existing Orange private cloud portfolio and will help enterprises in their digital transformation initiatives. The principal aim […]

Saudi Arabian Airlines to provide internet connectivity on North African flights

Checking emails and social networks, streaming live content at 36,000 feet, are poised to become reality at the end of this year for passengers connected to Taqnia Space Aero services platform. This follows an agreement between Eutelsat Communications Paris, a global satellite operators and Taqnia Space, owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia. […]

Vodacom and Novartis initiate mobile healthcare in Kaduna state of Nigeria

Vodacom has partnered with Kaduna State in Nigeria to launch an ICT for development initiative. The project will support mass service delivery in healthcare, education and agriculture through the deployment of tailored ICT solutions to promote greater efficiency in each sector. The first, SMS for Life 2.0, is a mobile technology-based healthcare programme in Kaduna […]

Vodacom and GIZ partner to launch connected farmer cloud application

Vodacom has partnered with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ on behalf of the German Government and Manstrat Agricultural Intelligence Solutions to launch a mobile technology solution to support South African smallholder farmers into commercial agriculture. With an estimated combined investment amount of €1.5 million, around R21 million, over three years, the Connected Farmer […]

Sierra Leone implements IMF’s enhanced General Data Dissemination System

Sierra Leone has implemented the recommendations of the Enhanced General Data Dissemination System e-GDDS, endorsed by the IMF Executive Board in May 2015, by disseminating a National Summary Data Page NSDP. The page serves as a one-stop publication vehicle for essential macroeconomic data, in both human and machine, readable formats. This places Sierra Leone in […]

P:Cubed offers WPP Data Alliance access to South African consumer insights

WPP’s Data Alliance, the unit that supports data horizontality across WPP by increasing data access and empowering data-driven solutions, announced a partnership that equips WPP operating companies with consumer profile data from P:Cubed, a leading South African marketing services provider. Procured by WPP’s Data Alliance, the partnership will provide value to WPP companies in the […]

Non-executive directors expected to drive digital transformation in African enterprises

Africa’s boards remain under significant pressure to continually transform and to ensure that they have the right expertise, experience and diversity to be an effective board in the rapidly-changing business environment. A number of challenging initiatives are changing the shape of the board of the future. The non-executive director of the future is expected to […]

Africa to grow moderately in 2017-18 despite global economic slowdown

A moderate economic growth recovery is projected in Africa for 2017-18, even as the global economy continues to be trapped in a prolonged period of slow growth, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects WESP 2017 Report. The report shows that world gross product grew by just 2.2% in 2016, marking its […]

Fujitsu provides datacentre and tablets for Egyptian digital census 2017

Fujitsu announced that it is supporting the Egyptian government in conducting the first population census to be based entirely on digital processes. Fujitsu will provide hundreds of Stylistic tablet devices plus datacentre services for the collection and analysis of vast amounts of data. Automating and digitalising the census process is expected to halve the time […]

Africa POP provider CMC Networks interconnects with US based CoreSite Realty

CoreSite Realty, a provider of secure, reliable, high-performance datacentre and interconnection solutions across the US, announced that CMC Networks, a global telecommunications carrier serving the data communications needs of carriers and value-added resellers in 44 African and 12 Middle Eastern countries, has expanded its presence into the US. This has been done via incremental deployments […]

US announces intention to lift Sudan technology sanctions in next 6 months

Why is the United States lifting sanctions on Sudan now? The actions to lift sanctions on Sudan were the culmination of months of intensive bilateral engagement with Sudan. The United States and Sudan committed to focus on achieving progress in five key areas: ceasing hostilities in Darfur and the Two Areas, improving humanitarian access, ending […]

61% South African CEOs say technology had impact on industry, PWC Survey

Worldwide, CEOs’ confidence levels for their growth prospects and outlook for the economy is back on the rise amidst new risks and uncertainty. In PwC’s 20th annual survey of CEOs worldwide, 38% are very confident about their company’s growth prospects in the next 12 months while 29% believe global economic growth will pick up in […]

East African farmers get Mastercard 2KUZE mobile app to sell

Mastercard launched 2KUZE, a digital platform that connects smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in East Africa. 2KUZE, which in Swahili means – let’s grow together, enables farmers to buy, sell and receive payments for agricultural goods via their feature phones. The platform brings the benefits and security of mobile commerce and payments to farmers […]