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Select athletes at Rio Olympics to use Visa NFC ring for payments

Visa, the exclusive payment provider at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, introduced a new innovation for use at the Rio 2016 Games. It has launched the first payment wearable ring backed by a Visa account. The Visa payment ring will be given to all Team Visa athletes in Rio, a group of 45 Olympic hopefuls […]

Expert panel discusses omnichannel as retailers remain challenged in region

The way we understood retail is changing rapidly, according to experts, over 80% customers in the region indulge in digital activity before or after their purchase and browse product information on various channels including the social media before making a buying decision. Trends like online shopping, shop and ship, click and pick will continue to […]

Ericsson developing mobile wallet to support humanitarian response to crises

Ericsson has committed to developing Ericsson Emergency Wallet, a mobile financial services solution, for deployment in the immediate aftermath of disaster or crises to support humanitarian organisations and affected populations. The Ericsson Emergency Wallet solution will be designed for use in emergency situations where financial infrastructure is lacking. It will enable the distribution and use […]

Telkom partners with Avaya to host communication as a service

Telkom, a South African communications service provider, is collaborating with Avaya, to offer Communications-as-a-Service to businesses across the country. Telkom will host Avaya’s communications solutions and make them available to businesses in a cloud services model for the countries it operates in across Africa. Telkom will focus on Contact Centre-as-a-Service solutions, enabling organisations to purchase […]

Pay TV growing fastest across North Africa and Middle East says IHS

2015 was the year of growth for the pay TV market in the Middle East and North Africa region, according to a new report from HIS. The report, entitled Middle East and North Africa Pay TV Market Monitor, says the number of pay TV households jumped 10% in 2015 to 4.95 million. In the 13 […]

PAR Technology receives $1.8M US Navy contract for critical telecom at Djibouti

PAR Technology announced its subsidiary, Rome Research has been awarded a 27 month, $1.8 million contract to provide engineering services and installation of critical telecommunications infrastructure at Camp Lemonnier, in Djibouti Africa. Camp Lemonnier is the primary US Navy base for all operations in the Horn of Africa region. Commenting on the award, Matt Cicchinelli, […]

MobiCash, Boloro, Big Save, tie up for SMB mobile payment in South Africa

In keeping with the concept of Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation, at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, Patrick Ngabonziza the Chairman and Founder of MobiCash announced a new approach to financial inclusion in Africa. MobiCash and Boloro are launching their mobile payments ecosystem in the townships of South Africa with […]

AfDB commits €52M to Congo for broadband and e-services

The African Development Bank Group approved a €52 million loan for the Government of the Republic of Congo to help finance the Congo component of the regional Central Africa fibre optic backbone project. The loan will fund the deployment of fibre optic telecommunications in Congo and the introduction of new e-services, benefiting the Congolese population. […]

AfDB releases $1.7M to develop telecentres around Central Africa backbone project

The African Development Bank Group and the Government of the Republic of Cameroon signed an agreement under which the Global Environment Facility will provide a grant of $1.7 million to support environmental adaptation of the Central Africa fibre optic backbone project. The grant builds on a €37.4 million loan provided by African Development Bank to the […]

Egypt based Elaraby ties up with TCL for domestic manufacture

China based TCL Multimedia announced the signing of MoU with strategic partner Elaraby Group, the largest home appliance enterprise in Egypt. The signing ceremony was attended by Minister of Communications and Information Technology in Egypt Eng Yasser El Kady, Chief Marketing Officer of Elaraby Mohyielden Elaraby and General Manager of TCL Strategic Customer Business Centre […]

Oberthur Technologies acquires South Africa based Xantium

Xantium is a renowned South African supplier of cards and personalisation services to a wide variety of market segments including banks, retailers and third party payment processors in South Africa and several African countries. Through the acquisition, Oberthur Technologies will grow its footprint in the promising Southern African market and strengthen its base in Johannesburg […]

Swift messaging traffic grows by 12.5% in Africa

Data from Swift shows that Africa’s traffic growth has outperformed the total growth of Swift globally. In the year to date, total message traffic volumes grew by 12.8% versus 5.4% growth for Swift worldwide, illustrating that Africa plays an increasingly important role in Swift’s global business. Levels of growth were also significantly higher than in […]

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