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Facebook hosts Developer Day in Kenya to help developers create services that integrate with Internet.org

Facebook hosts Developer Day in Kenya to help developers create services that integrate with Internet.org

Facebook hosted a Developer Day at Kenya’s iHub in Nairobi today as it marks the one year anniversary of the introduction of the Internet.org app in the country. At the event, the Facebook team gave an overview of Internet.org and the opportunities for developers to build and grow their services on the Internet.org and Facebook Platforms. Through its Internet.org Platform,

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Nigeria’s Online Retailer For Audio Books, TalkingBookz Receives Seed Investment

TalkingBookz, a Nigerian-based startup that makes audio books available online for sale has received seed investment from Marek Zmyslowski, the co-founder and managing director of Jovago, a leading hotel booking portal in Africa. The Lagos-based startup, which offers access to unique African content and international bestsellers boasting more than 3000 of these on its site, allows

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French telecoms giant, Orange in talks to acquire Airtel subsidiaries in Africa

French telecom giant, Orange has entered exclusive talks with Indian telecom giant, Bharti Airtel to explore the possible acquisition of its operations in Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville and Sierra Leone, according to a statement made available to TechLoy. Although both operators say “there is no certainty of any binding agreement as a result of

Nigeria’s FirstBank sponsors 3rd Digital Africa Conference & Exhibition 2015

Nigeria’s most valuable bank brand, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has partnered with Digital Africa Global Consult Limited to host the 3rd Digital Africa Conference & Exhibition in Abuja. The event will gather renowned ICT experts to discuss the development of Africa’s ICT sector and proffer solutions to the challenges limiting the continent’s advancement to

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South Africa’s Naspers invests into Bitcoin start-up, BitX

According to a report from TechCentral, Naspers is leading a $4million USD funding round in Bitcoin start-up, BitX. The Singapore-based startup, with operations in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore, is used by people worldwide for money transfers, online buying and trading and storing the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. BitX co-founder and CEO Marcus

Kenya launches electronic visa application service

The Kenyan government has moved its visa application process from the tedious and time-consuming visits to the embassy to the more convenient and cashless e-Visa application under the Department of Migration. With the launch of its e-Citizen platform, Kenyan visitors can now apply for their Kenyan Visa Online, an online portal that enables Kenyan citizens

Nigeria’s telecoms tower provider, Helios Towers re-brands to HTN Towers

Helios Towers, a leading independent telecoms tower facility provider in Nigeria has re-branded to HTN Towers, which according to CEO Inder Bajaj, “heralds a new phase in the company’s growth and reflects our pan-African expansion ambitions.” The company, which provides co-location services for mobile and data carriers, sets up new towers, which is build-to-suit (BTS),

Africa Finance Corporation to co-develop $120 million Singrobo hydro power plant in Côte d’Ivoire

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a leading investment multilateral development finance institution and project developer, has announced the signing of a joint development agreement with Ivoire Hydro Energy SA (IHE), an Ivorian project company, for the development of the 44MW Singrobo hydroelectric power plant (Singrobo) in Côte d’Ivoire. The project is expected to have a 35-year

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MTN Group appoints Mteto Nyati as its CEO for South Africa

Telecommunications giant, MTN Group has announced the appointment of Mteto Nyati as the new Chief Executive Officer for its South African operations, effective July 13, 2015, following Ahmad Farroukh’s resignation earlier this month. Nyati, who only joined MTN as the company’s Group Chief Enterprise Officer in October 2014, has been described as a seasoned ICT executive

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MainOne says it has invested over $300 million in infrastructure in West Africa

West Africa’s leading telecommunications and data services company, MainOne, today celebrated five years of leadership in transforming the region’s Internet landscape. According to the company, it has invested over $300 million in infrastructure in West Africa towards improving connectivity and data center services in West Africa in the past five years. Within this period, the

Wi-Fi to carry 60% of data traffic by 2019 – report

Wi-Fi networks will carry almost 60% of smartphone and tablet data traffic by 2019, reaching over 115,000PB (Petabytes) by 2019, compared to under 30,000PB this year, representing almost a four-fold increase, according to Juniper Research. Juniper estimates global smartphone data consumption to be nearly twice the amount of tablet traffic in 2015. The new research

Everjobs launches in three East African countries

Everjobs, the fast-growing job portal for emerging markets, has announced its expansion into East Africa today, starting with operations in Uganda, followed by Tanzania and Ethiopia. Launched in April 2015, the online job portal’s mission is to simplify the job search and hiring process in emerging markets by connecting job seekers with employers in a

DStv Premium channels coming to Compact subscribers at no cost

MultiChoice is giving four of its DStv Premium TV channels — Lifetime, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Nick Jr. — to the cheaper DStv Compact package for almost a month from 26 June at, no extra cost, reports myBroadband via Channel24. According to the company, A+E Networks UK’s Lifetime (DStv 131) and Viacom International Media Networks

Orange to open its first retail store in South Africa on June 26

Leading telecommunications operator, Orange is set to launch its very first retail store, selling mobile gadgets and accessories, from a location in Claremont, Cape Town in South Africa starting June 26, reports myBroadband. “The opening of a physical store is a logical step for us,” said Orange Horizons CEO Sébastien Crozier. Crozier said the store

Microsoft launches Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android phones

Microsoft has announced the general availability of the new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for Android phones, after several weeks of test and reviews from preview users on over 1,900 different Android phone models in 83 countries. During the preview, the company says it heard from thousands of users, and over the last few weeks

Facebook’s Internet.org platform reportedly arriving in South Africa on Cell C

Facebook is said to be introducing Internet.org, its free Internet service for users in emerging markets, in South Africa in partnership with mobile operator Cell C, according to TechCentral. The platform, which is now available to over 1 billion people around the world, provides people with free access to basic internet services so they can

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