Drone delivery service Zipline raises US$190-million in new funding

Zipline links up
to fresh funding  

Round values venture
at over US$1-billion.

Tuesday, May 21st

Smile Telecoms appoints new CEO

Smile Telecoms appoints new CEO

Former Mobily chief executive, Ahmad Farroukh will spend majority of his executive time in Nigeria.

Vodacom, MTN head-to-head subscriber race intensifies

Vodacom, MTN head-to-head subscriber race intensifies

As SA's two biggest mobile operators continue to attract customers, ITWeb drills into the rise and fall of their subscriber…

Kenya's revenue authority tightens grip on digital businesses

Kenya's revenue authority tightens grip on digital businesses

Tax authorities take aim at OTT operators.

Zambia could pay heavy price for mobile money fraud

Zambia could pay heavy price for mobile money fraud

Local mobile money subscribers rush to regulator with complaints of theft from their accounts.

Cisco to train 1 million potential digital workers in Africa

Cisco to train 1 million potential digital workers in Africa

Company outlines its strategy at Cisco Connect 2019 this week in South Africa.

Orange opts for ENGIE to maintain West African datacentre

Orange opts for ENGIE to maintain West African datacentre

International energy firm contracted to provide preventative maintenance, including video surveillance and access control.

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Telecoms

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Smile Telecoms appoints new CEO

Smile Telecoms appoints new CEO

21 May 2019

Former Mobily chief executive, Ahmad Farroukh will spend majority of his executive time in Nigeria.

Orange opts for ENGIE to maintain West African datacentre

Orange opts for ENGIE to maintain West African datacentre

20 May 2019

International energy firm contracted to provide preventative maintenance, including video surveillance and access control.

MTN Nigeria gets go-ahead to list

MTN Nigeria gets go-ahead to list

15 May 2019

Operator confirms approval and says introductory listing will proceed on 16 May 2019.

Mobile

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SA, Nigeria and Ghana give MTN a quarterly boost

SA, Nigeria and Ghana give MTN a quarterly boost

09 May 2019

Group CFO says growth in service revenue was supported by the continued expansion in voice, data and FinTech revenue.

Over US$4-million tech grant to fight malaria in Africa

Over US$4-million tech grant to fight malaria in Africa

26 April 2019

Companies Tableau, Mapbox, Exasol and Alteryx have pledged support for Visualise No Malaria campaign.

Orange targets start-ups with first digital centre in Tunisia

Orange targets start-ups with first digital centre in Tunisia

26 April 2019

Telco plans to establish similar centres in Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Jordan, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone by year-end.

Networks

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Vodacom, MTN head-to-head subscriber race intensifies

Vodacom, MTN head-to-head subscriber race intensifies

21 May 2019

As SA's two biggest mobile operators continue to attract customers, ITWeb drills into the rise and fall of their subscriber numbers over the past year.

Egypt's Etisalat Misr budgets US$167-million for network upgrade

Egypt's Etisalat Misr budgets US$167-million for network upgrade

16 May 2019

Modernisation project to facilitate 4G growth, 5G plans and IOT roll out.

Zambia officials, Huawei mum on 5G project plans

Zambia officials, Huawei mum on 5G project plans

14 May 2019

Country's Minister of Communication and Transport says no details are yet available on relevant time frames or related costs.

Security

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Zambia could pay heavy price for mobile money fraud

Zambia could pay heavy price for mobile money fraud

21 May 2019

Local mobile money subscribers rush to regulator with complaints of theft from their accounts.

Nigeria to launch new code of practice for ISPs

Nigeria to launch new code of practice for ISPs

13 May 2019

Telecommunications industry regulator shifts attention to cyber security and data protection.

Business Intelligence

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SA's high growth companies investing more in AI - Microsoft

SA's high growth companies investing more in AI - Microsoft

13 May 2019

Research show AI is used to augment decision making, drive efficiencies and help drive growth, including job creation.

Kenya's government to use AI in allocation of affordable housing

Kenya's government to use AI in allocation of affordable housing

24 April 2019

Data analysis will be applied to assist in evaluating credit worthiness of each applicant.

Cloud

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SA digital lenders target SMEs

SA digital lenders target SMEs

10 May 2019

Cloud-based accounting platform Xero spearheads partnership to bolster small business development.

SA-backed cloud procurement solution clinches expansion deal

SA-backed cloud procurement solution clinches expansion deal

15 May 2019

US-based Fraxion announces merger with eRequester to bolster presence in North America.

Red Hat joins the big league

Red Hat joins the big league

09 May 2019

There is only one thing you cannot ask Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst about, and that's IBM.

ICT and Governance

Setting
Cisco to train 1 million potential digital workers in Africa

Cisco to train 1 million potential digital workers in Africa

21 May 2019

Company outlines its strategy at Cisco Connect 2019 this week in South Africa.

Ghana strikes deal with private firm to handle government's ICT

Ghana strikes deal with private firm to handle government's ICT

17 May 2019

Contract to manage and commercialise e-government infrastructure has been on the cards since 2016.

Kenya launches digital economy blueprint

Kenya launches digital economy blueprint

16 May 2019

Guideline a contribution towards objectives of the Smart Africa Alliance.

Business Continuity

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Africa's postal services slow to grasp digital transformation

Africa's postal services slow to grasp digital transformation

14 May 2019

Research by Universal Postal Union (UPU) reflects on imbalance of e-commerce services on the continent.

Nigeria's aviation authority threatens to demolish 7000 telco masts

Nigeria's aviation authority threatens to demolish 7000 telco masts

26 April 2019

Regulator at loggerheads with operators over 'illegal' infrastructure.

South Africa: severe weather hits Openserve's infrastructure

South Africa: severe weather hits Openserve's infrastructure

24 April 2019

The bad weather hitting coastal KZN is wreaking havoc on Openserve infrastructure and causing a rising number of network faults.

Channel

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SA ISP pens colocation agreement with Angola Cables

SA ISP pens colocation agreement with Angola Cables

16 May 2019

Cool Ideas will take up colocation services in the recently inaugurated datacentre in Brazil.

Westcon-Comstor to distribute NetApp in Sub-Saharan Africa

Westcon-Comstor to distribute NetApp in Sub-Saharan Africa

26 April 2019

Latest development strengthens existing, long-term agreement between companies.

Huawei, Redington alliance to push East Africa tech

Huawei, Redington alliance to push East Africa tech

27 March 2019

Companies to host joint partner summit in Nairobi to outline the plan for the year ahead.

Unified Communications

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How Google is using AI to solve African problems

How Google is using AI to solve African problems

12 April 2019

Google researchers at an artificial intelligence lab based in Ghana deploy the technology to address Afro-centric challenges.

France helps Africa leverage space tech

France helps Africa leverage space tech

05 April 2019

AU and countries including Ethiopia and Kenya stand to benefit from data exchange and access to tech resources.

South Africa: University of Pretoria opens Future Africa campus

South Africa: University of Pretoria opens Future Africa campus

01 April 2019

The research institute will bring together global researchers and leverage innovative technologies to address societal challenges in Africa.