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SA’s Cape to monitor VAST Networks’ vast Wi-Fi network

VAST Networks, South Africa’s first open access and leading Wi-Fi provider has selected South African Wi-Fi monitoring company, Cape to monitor its vast Wi-Fi network in the country. Formerly known as Assimetric, Cape Town-based Cape is a software as a service (SaaS) and hardware company on a mission to make the Internet better. It is doing this

Nigerian radio-based education solution wins TRECC, Seedstars World edutech ideas challenge

TRECC and Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, have named a Nigerian radio-based education solution winner of the edutech ideas challenge. Announced last year, the ideas challenge, referred to as the Rural Distribution Idea Contest, required people from all over the world to submit ideas for bringing

In Nigeria, Small-Scale Solar Plants Are Letting The Sunshine In

Until recently, small-scale rooftop solar projects have been under-utilised in the country, with diesel generators a far more common source of primary energy supply to these locations. Now, advances in solar technology are making this clean energy more affordable.

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British Airways, Safaricom Launch Emerging Enterprise Initiative For Kenyan SMEs

British Airways, the UK’s largest international airline and Safaricom, a leading mobile network operator in Kenya have announced the Emerging Enterprise Initiative aimed at providing international exposure for business owners in Kenya’s Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector. Through the initiative, five business owners in the SME sector will be provided with access to international

Mobile

40% of financial services business will be at risk of standalone Fintechs by 2020

The above statement is part of the findings of a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in partnership with its Strategy & platform focused on Fintech innovation, DeNovo. Insights were gathered from over 50 Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), and Industry leaders across various segments of Nigeria’s Financial Services (FS) industry to prepare the report, which is

40% of financial services business will be at risk of standalone Fintechs by 2020

The above statement is part of the findings of a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in partnership with its Strategy & platform focused on Fintech innovation, DeNovo. Insights were gathered from over 50 Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), and Industry leaders across various segments of Nigeria’s Financial Services (FS) industry to prepare the report, which is

40% of financial services business will be at risk of standalone Fintechs by 2020

The above statement is part of the findings of a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in partnership with its Strategy & platform focused on Fintech innovation, DeNovo. Insights were gathered from over 50 Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), and Industry leaders across various segments of Nigeria’s Financial Services (FS) industry to prepare the report, which is

Entertainment

TECNO’s Boom Player gets new name, new features

Boom Player, a music download and streaming platform from the stables of mobile phone manufacturer TECNO, has been renamed and updated with new features. Launched on the Play Store in April last year, Boom Player aims to deliver the best African and International music while also building a sustainable digital music ecosystem for African artists. It

Orange is the New Black to have three additional seasons on Netflix

Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network with over 75 million members in over 190 countries and Lionsgate, a premier next generation film production/distribution studio, have announced that the original series, Orange is the New Black has been renewed for three additional seasons on Netflix. Season four of the series will premiere on June 17,

ChopUp officially launches street football game, Monkey Post

ChopUp, a leading Nigerian mobile gaming company, has announced the official launch of Monkey Post, a street football game – Nigerians are familiar with it – that has no rules. First announced last year, Monkey Post is street football on steroids. It has no rules; no throw-ins, no penalties, no red cards, no corner kicks,

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Ericsson signs multiple content deals for SVOD service, NuVu

Subscribers of NuVu, a subscription-based video-on-demand (VOD) service, will now have access to new, fresh content as Ericsson has announced the signing of multiple content deals for the service. Ericsson has acquired more than 2,500 hours of content from international distributors including Viacom (MTV, BET, Nickelodeon), MGM, CBS, Al Jazeera, DHX Media and Mattel. Titles

TECNO’s Boom Player gets new name, new features

Boom Player, a music download and streaming platform from the stables of mobile phone manufacturer TECNO, has been renamed and updated with new features. Launched on the Play Store in April last year, Boom Player aims to deliver the best African and International music while also building a sustainable digital music ecosystem for African artists. It

Kwesé TV to air NBA Africa Game 2017 this August

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) have announced Econet’s unique Pay TV service, Kwesé TV will air the NBA Africa Game 2017. The game, to hold on August 5 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa, will see Team Africa and Team World play in support of UNICEF, the Nelson

Fashpa’s CEO launches vlog to share entrepreneurial journey

Her name’s Honey Ogundeyi and she has been running Fashpa, an e-commerce platform for shopping African fashion for really cheap, for more than three years now. While Honey considers herself pretty young in the entrepreneurial space in Nigeria, she thinks she has learnt a gang load of stuffs in the course of building and running

Apps

Nigeria’s Oga Taxi unveils new app, integrates Splyt global roaming API

Oga Taxi, a Nigerian community focused taxi app has announced the launch of a brand new ride-hailing app, featuring social ride-pooling which allows passengers know who they’re riding with. Launched in 2014, Oga Taxi aims to make movement of people within Nigeria quick, safe and convenient. It operates a system that provides equitable fare rates

Ushahidi’s new apps work even without Internet connection

Ushahidi, a Nairobi based technology company has announced the launch of an Android and iOS app to enable anyone gather reports from anywhere, anytime. Launched in 2008, Ushahidi empowers people to raise their voices and equips organizations with the tools they need to better listen to and respond to their audiences. Its crowdsourcing data platform

BlackBerry Ask Users To “let them know how you feel” Using #ILoveBB10Apps

I know you must wondering who the “them” are! A couple of weeks back, WhatsApp Inc announced that WhatsApp Messenger will no longer work on BlackBerry – including BlackBerry 10 and BBOS– by the end of 2016. As if that wasn’t a big enough blow, Facebook has also announced it will discontinue support of its essential APIs

On-demand home cleaning startup, SweepSouth is now live in Durban

SweepSouth, a South African on-demand home cleaning startup, has announced it has launched its services in Durban. #Durban! We’ve arrived to take the stress away from #home #cleaning. Book a #SweepStar today: https://t.co/zJ1KHQC1Zq pic.twitter.com/DN61MWhyk3 — SweepSouth (@SweepSouthSA) October 11, 2016 Customers in the city can now book cleaners, known as SweepStars, easily and conveniently via the

Ushahidi’s new apps work even without Internet connection

Ushahidi, a Nairobi based technology company has announced the launch of an Android and iOS app to enable anyone gather reports from anywhere, anytime. Launched in 2008, Ushahidi empowers people to raise their voices and equips organizations with the tools they need to better listen to and respond to their audiences. Its crowdsourcing data platform

Hotels.ng launches online flight booking service

Hotels.ng, an online travel agency (OTA) that specialises in hotel bookings within Nigeria, disclosed last week it’ll launch a new product today. The product, it stated, has the “potential to challenge the status quo and bring an interesting race to the online booking market in Nigeria.” The company has now officially announced the launch of

Kenyan government launches crime-reporting app

In a bid to give the fight against crimes in the country a fillip, the Kenyan government has launched a smartphone app, which will be available on Android, iOS and Windows Phones. The app will enable the public to report and document crimes as they happen, according to Attorney General Githu Muigai at a media

Money

SA’s Pargo secures US$1.18 million to expand its offering

Pargo, a South African high tech logistics and fulfillment startup has secured US$1.18 million (ZAR15 million) from a group of investors to expand its offering. Launched in 2015, Pargo has developed a convenient logistic solution that lets customers collect and return their parcels at a trusted and well-known local store whenever it suits them best

Ringier Africa sells stake in Nigeria’s DealDey to Silvertree Holdings

Ringier Africa, a leading diversified digital media company in Africa, has announced the sale of its entire stake in Ringier Africa Deals Group to South African business incubator, Silvertree Internet Holdings. Through Ringier Africa Deals Group, a new joint venture between Swiss Ringier Africa AG and Silvertree Internet Holdings, Ringier Africa acquired DealDey, one of Nigeria’s

SA’s Pargo secures US$1.18 million to expand its offering

Pargo, a South African high tech logistics and fulfillment startup has secured US$1.18 million (ZAR15 million) from a group of investors to expand its offering. Launched in 2015, Pargo has developed a convenient logistic solution that lets customers collect and return their parcels at a trusted and well-known local store whenever it suits them best

MTN Nigeria targets $1 billion in its IPO

Africa’s largest operator by sales, MTN is seeking to raise about $1 billion in an initial public offering, a condition tied to the settlement of a record fine imposed by Nigeria’s telecom regulator, reports Fin24, citing people familiar with the matter.

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