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Announcing the 2018 AfricaCom Awards Winners
Connecting Africa News  
11/15/2018   Post a comment
This year's AfricaCom Award winners have been announced, with Huawei, Liquid Telecom and Orange amongst the victors.
Digital Inclusion is Key for Africa's Development — Interview With Dudu Mkhwanazi
Connecting Africa News  
11/15/2018   Post a comment
Project Isizwe CEO Dudu Mkhwanazi talks to AfricaCom TV.
AfricaCom 2018 Day 2: From the Cloud to the Lunch Table, AI Covers It All
Wei Shi  
11/14/2018   Post a comment
Huawei brought its public cloud to sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on AI capabilities. But what realistic AI opportunities are there for Africa?
Orange Unveils Key Developments at AfricaCom
Connecting Africa News  
11/13/2018   Post a comment
At AfricaCom 2018, Orange announces multiple developments that will accelerate its multi-service operator strategy across the continent.
MTN, KaiOS, China Mobile, UNISOC Unveil Smart Feature Phone
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11/13/2018   Post a comment
At AfricaCom, MTN, KaiOS Technologies, China Mobile and UNISOC launched Africa's first smart feature phone, which will make Internet connectivity and advanced digital services affordable for everyone.
MFS Africa Ups Its Series B Funding Round to $14M
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10/30/2018   Post a comment
MFS Africa secures additional funding in the second closing of its Series B, bringing total amount raised for the round to US$14 million.
AHUB Programme at AfricaCom Highlights Critical Role of Entrepreneurship
Gabriella Jeakins  
10/30/2018   Post a comment
The AHUB programme at AfricaCom is a hotbed of activity for tech startups looking to take their next important steps.
Meet 6 Startups Transforming Africa
Gabriella Jeakins  
10/23/2018   Post a comment
Which tech startup should get the chance to win a live pitching session at this year's AfricaCom in Cape Town? You decide...
MTN Vows to Connect the Unconnected With Facebook-Inspired TIP Tech
Wei Shi  
10/18/2018   Post a comment
By banking on initiatives from the Facebook-backed Telcom Infra Project (TIP) to disaggregate cellular networks, MTN and other operators are recruiting startup vendors to help deliver data connections to the under-served.
Senegal's Fintech Startup Sudpay Is Playing the Taxman
Wei Shi  
9/25/2018   1 comment
Sudpay will help the local tax authorities track and collect taxes to finance local public services, in exchange for a commission.
Executive Interview: Tony Onuk, Co-Founder and CEO, The RootHub
Connecting Africa News  
9/13/2018   1 comment
Ahead of his appearance at Nigeria Com, Tony Onuk, Co-Founder and CEO of startup incubator and accelerator The RootHub, discusses the challenges and opportunities in the Nigerian startup scene.
Fintech Startup Yoco Turns Smartphones Into POS Terminals
Wei Shi  
9/10/2018   Post a comment
The South African fintech startup's solution enables 20,000 merchants to receive card payments.
Can African Tech Leapfrog Global Competitors?
Connecting Africa News  
9/3/2018   Post a comment
The AfricaCom Digital Week, a virtual event taking place September 10-14, will explore five of the key technology areas that have the potential to come together to create Africa 4.0.
Cash for Data: Fintech Startup Playing a Long Game
Wei Shi  
8/27/2018   Post a comment
Nigeria's Thank U Cash has a different approach for its loyalty program.
Alibaba Founder Launches $10M African Entrepreneur Fund
Ray Le Maistre  
8/14/2018   Post a comment
Jack Ma, the founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has launched the Netpreneur Prize, which will allocate US$10 million to African entrepreneurs in the coming years.
Temenos, AUC Venture Lab Collaborate on Fintech Innovation in Egypt
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8/13/2018   Post a comment
Banking software specialist Temenos is to support participants of Egypt's AUC Venture Lab FinTech Accelerator.
Smart Cities, 5G & IoT Take Center Stage at AfricaCom 2018
Amy Turner  
7/20/2018   1 comment
Africa's digerati are set to converge on the annual AfricaCom event in Cape Town once again to figure out the continent's connected future, analyse the potential of 5G, identify how IoT and smart cities could play a role in Africa's digital development… and much more.
French President Macron Unveils Vision For Franco-African Future
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7/9/2018   Post a comment
At an exclusive session hosted by the Tony Elumelu Foundation in Lagos, French President Emmanuel Macron addressed 2,000 young African entrepreneurs and offered his vision of France's relationship with Africa.
Liquid Telecom & AfriLabs Promote Sustainable Innovation Across Africa
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7/4/2018   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom will deliver connectivity and provide access to cloud-based tools to AfriLabs innovation centers located within its fiber footprint.
Google to Open AI Lab in Ghana
Ray Le Maistre  
6/15/2018   1 comment
Google says it will open a facility dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) research and its applications in Accra, Ghana, later this year.
Drones For Good in Africa: Part 2
Connecting Africa News  
6/12/2018   1 comment
In the second part of this special Connecting Africa feature, we look at how drones are being used in farming and in the treatment of HIV in children.
Drones For Good in Africa: Part 1
Connecting Africa News  
6/11/2018   1 comment
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), aka drones, are a controversial subject across the world: Are they are potentially dangerous, or do they have real developmental value? Part 1 of a two-part feature special to Connecting Africa.
Digital Payments Specialist Cellulant Raises $47.5M
Ray Le Maistre  
5/15/2018   1 comment
The digital payment specialist's C round of investment was led by The Rise Fund.
Africa's Talking Raises $8.6M From IFC & Others
Ray Le Maistre  
4/27/2018   Post a comment
Distributor of mobile communication and payment APIs to developers raises significant funding from the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC), Orange Digital Ventures and Social Capital.
Ecobank Launches Fintech Challenge Competition for African Startups
Connecting Africa News  
4/23/2018   2 comments
Top 10 finalists to be selected as Ecobank Fintech Fellows.
MFS Africa Raises $4.5M Series B Round
Ray Le Maistre  
4/18/2018   Post a comment
Fintech startup is the first African fintech company to attract investment from a Chinese venture capital firm.
ONEm Offers Internet-like Service Technology to African Businesses
Connecting Africa News  
4/11/2018   1 comment
ONEm has also developed a blockchain technology accessible over SMS to support unique applications and plans expansion in Africa through licensing and local partnerships.
Innovate Ventures Accelerator in Somaliland Now Open for Applications
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4/9/2018   Post a comment
Building on last year's success, this year's program will accept 12 startups and will invest up to $30,000 in the teams with the greatest potential.
Google Selects Launchpad Accelerator Startups
Connecting Africa News  
3/20/2018   Post a comment
Google has named the 12 startups that will participate in its Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa program.
Rain Readies for a Mobile Data Launch
Ray Le Maistre  
3/14/2018   Post a comment
South Africa's mobile data challenger Rain is preparing to launch its 4G services with a focus on making things simple for customers, notes the operator's CIO.
Applications Now Open for the 8th Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East
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3/1/2018   Post a comment
This prize, awarded by Orange, rewards innovative projects based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) which improve the living conditions of people in Africa and the Middle East.
Partech Ventures Launches $120M Africa Tech Fund
Connecting Africa News  
1/23/2018   1 comment
VC firm launches Partech Africa, a $120 million fund dedicated to raising capital for investment in African tech startups.
Liquid Telecom Partners Zambian Startup Hub
Iain Morris  
12/15/2017   Post a comment
The operator will provide Internet connectivity and cloud services to technology players in Zambia.
Tunisie Telecom to Test Cryptocurrency for Mobile Finance
Ray Le Maistre  
12/12/2017   1 comment
Tunisian operator is engaging with cryptocurrency startup Telcoin to check out a new way to offer mobile remittance services.
WorldRemit Raises $40M, Targets 5M Customers in Africa
Connecting Africa News  
12/11/2017   Post a comment
Fintech specialist attracts further funding as it aims for 10 million users, of which half (it hopes) will be in Africa.
Fintech Innovation a Key Trend as Africa's Economy Rebounds: Report
Connecting Africa News  
11/17/2017   1 comment
Ecobank Group Research provides a positive outlook for Africa's economy and cites fintech innovation as a key trend.
Automation Anxiety Grips Africa
Iain Morris  
11/9/2017   Post a comment
Automation in the workplace is a worrying prospect in a region with an acute skills shortage.
Liquid Strikes Microsoft Deal, Targets Cloud Dominance in Africa
Iain Morris  
11/8/2017   Post a comment
The African fiber operator has just signed a new deal with Microsoft and has grand ambitions in Africa's cloud services market.
AfricaCom Awards Shortlists Highlight Innovation
Connecting Africa News  
11/1/2017   Post a comment
The extensive shortlists for this year's AfricaCom Awards highlights the broad range of innovation underway across the continent's communications and ICT market.
Digital Africa, the Impact of Mobile, and Regulatory Issues: An AfricaCom Panel Debate
Connecting Africa Video  
10/25/2017   1 comment
A top class panel of industry specialists gathered at the 20th anniversary launch of AfricaCom in July to discuss the impact of mobile connectivity and digital services on the the personal and business lives of Africans.
Africa's Quiet Revolution in Mobile Finance and Commerce
Connecting Africa News  
9/27/2017   Post a comment
Advances in mobile finance across Africa open up opportunities for further value-added service developments.
Sowing the Seeds for AgriTech Growth
Stacey Knott  
9/22/2017   Post a comment
Young tech-savvy entrepreneurs are working hard to bring digital tools to Africa's enormous and important agriculture sector.
The Developer Economy & How to Increase Customer Retention: Nigeria Com Interview With MTN Nigeria's Adedamola Ibironke
Rachael McKie  
9/18/2017   Post a comment
Adedamola Ibironke, solution development manager at MTN Nigeria, talks about the trend of content co-creation in digital markets, as well as the role of partnerships.
AfricaCom: The 20th Anniversary
Connecting Africa Video  
9/14/2017   Post a comment
THE PLACE TO SHAPE AFRICA'S DIGITAL FUTURE. Anyone who's anyone in African telecoms and technology will be at AfricaCom 2017, 7-9 November, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa. You should be too. Three days of thought-provoking content and amazing tech. It's the place to get deals done.
Safaricom Spark Fund Backs AgriTech Startup
Ray Le Maistre  
9/12/2017   Post a comment
The Safaricom Spark Fund has announced its sixth investment, with AgriTech startup iProcure gaining the funding.
Bitcoin Specialist BitPesa Hits $10M in Funding
Ray Le Maistre  
8/31/2017   Post a comment
Attracts follow-up Series A funding of more than $4 million as its cryptocurrency-based payment processing model gains traction in Africa.
AfricaCom and Microsoft Launch New Technology Arena to Develop the Blueprint for Africa 4.0
Amy Turner  
8/29/2017   Post a comment
Microsoft is the lead sponsor of AfricaCom's new Technology Arena, which will open its doors for the first time on November 7 at the CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre).
The Tech Trailblazers: Women in Tech and Mapping Africa’s Road to the 4th Industrial Revolution
Amy Turner  
8/18/2017   Post a comment
Check out what happened in Connecting Africa's latest Twitter discussion.
Blockchain and Africa's Future: Connecting Africa Interview with Digital Week Speaker Lorien Gamaroff
Rachael McKie  
8/14/2017   Post a comment
Bankymoon CEO Lorien Gamaroff explains why he believes blockchain technology and the use of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin will have a major impact on the future of the financial services industry.
Silvertree Plans $10M Investment in Digital Startups in Coming Year
Ray Le Maistre  
8/8/2017   Post a comment
Cape Town-based Silvertree Internet Holdings intends to invest $10 million into new and existing digital portfolio companies during the next 12 months and names a new chairman.
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