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Startup Week Is Coming To Lagos This July

Startup Week Is Coming To Lagos This July

Startup Week, a 5-day event that brings entrepreneurs, local leaders, and friends together to build momentum and opportunity around the technology community’s unique entrepreneurial culture and identity is coming to Lagos in July. The event, which consists of keynote sessions, meetups, panel discussions, workshops, pitches as well as several networking opportunities would provide the knowledge,


Opera provides access to free books and math materials from Worldreader and Microsoft

Opera has partnered with Worldreader and Microsoft to make free books and learning materials available through its mobile browser. Worldreader is a non-profit organization that provides children and families across Africa with access to digital books, many of which are free of charge. With this partnership, students in 32 countries across the continent can get


Opera releases report on the most popular Android phones in Africa

According to a recent report by Opera, Samsung, Tecno and Huawei phones are the most widely used Android devices by Opera browser users in Africa. The web and mobile browser recently released the new Opera Mini for Android, which is now one of the top-featured apps in the Google Play store in several countries and


Kenya’s FinTech Startup, Weza Tele Acquired By AFB For $1.7 Million

Kenyan financial technology startup, Weza Tele has been acquired by financial services group AFB for US$1.7 million, reports Disrupt Africa. In a statement on the company’s website, chief executive officer, Hilda Moraa said: “Weza Tele Ltd is pleased to announce that we are now part of AFB, a pioneering organization providing credit access to customers

MTN Foundation and Oracle collabo to grow technology skills in Nigeria

MTN Foundation, the corporate social investment vehicle of leading telecommunications company, MTN, has joined forces with technology software giant, Oracle, to give further ICT training to select MTNF scholars. According to MTN, the collaboration will see two projects come to fruition — a bursary funded by Oracle for one student to attend the CERN openlab

Nigeria’s Access Bank introduces “10-minute” online job application portal

Nigeria’s Access Bank has rolled out an online application portal for its 2015 graduate recruitment exercise, available through its youth platform, Accelerate. The job application portal which opens for a 10 minute window every 24 hours from 11th of May till 10th of June 2015, allows job candidates to solve some puzzles in 10 minutes

Mobile networks plan to block online ads in Europe to target Google – report

According to a report in the Financial Times, mobile networks in Europe are planning to start blocking online adverts in a bid to, perhaps, target Google’s digital ad revenues. Citing “several” unnamed carriers, the financial newspaper says ad-blocking software developed by an Israeli company called Shine has already been installed in their data centres with

MTN launches Internet of Things (IoT) platform

MTN Business has launched an open Internet of Things (IoT) platform, looking to connect and manage machines across its African footprint, reports MyBroadband. The new IoT platform, which is live in South Africa, with other MTN operating countries set to follow over the next 12 months, provides a dedicated network to connect devices and systems,

Axxess, Vox Telecom and Internet Solutions rated top ISPs in South Africa – survey

Latest broadband survey results show that Axxess, Vox Telecom, and Internet Solutions are rated as the top ISPs in South Africa, according to MyBroadband. The survey was completed by 2,668 South African ADSL, VDSL, and fibre subscribers, who rated their service provider on value for money, network quality, and billing and support. Responders included IT professionals

Ghana sees 400,000 increase in mobile phone subscriptions

According to Ghana’s telecoms regulator, NCA, the country’s mobile phone operators signed up some 400,000 subscribers during February, making the total number of customers to reach 31.03 million. MTN Ghana’s subscriptions increased by 173,496 from January’s figure of 13.94 million to end February with 14.11 million; Tigo Ghana had 61,155 new subscriptions and ended February

South African domain registry celebrates 20th anniversary of domains

South Africa’s central domain name registry, ZA Central Registry (ZACR) has joined 221 domains in celebrating the 20th anniversary of their registration, reports MyBroadband. Since 1995 when ZA domain names made their appearance on the Internet, more than one million .za domains have been registered. Examples of the first .za domain names registered include,

AzaTV, a new online TV network is launching in South Africa

Sorele Media has announced that it will launch a new online TV platform called AzaTV set “to deliver the very best in entertainment, lifestyle, talk, and inspirational content to Africans by Africans”, starting on 20 May 2015. According to Salamina Mosese, the director and co-founder of Solere, AzaTV is about breaking new ground, while answering some of


Nokia’s HERE Maps Gets Major Updates For Android And Windows Phone In 10 African Nations

Nokia has started rolling out updates for its Windows Phone and Android Here mapping apps with “significant improvements” in about ten African countries and island nations. According to the company, it is bringing support for turn-by-turn navigation in Mayotte and Zimbabwe, while adding significant improvements to the maps for Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gambia, Liberia, Madagascar,


Soweto To Host Its First-Ever Technology and Digital Conference In April

Johannesburg’s south western township, Soweto, will be hosting its first-ever technology and digital conference — Soweto Innovation Week 2015 — as a platform for an exciting new generation of entrepreneurs, thinkers and leaders at the cross section of technology and innovation. The 3-day conference, scheduled to hold from April 8 – 10, 2015 at the


Rwanda Launches First Utility-Scale Solar Energy Project In East Africa

Rwanda is now home to the first utility-scale solar energy project in the whole of East Africa — thanks to Gigawatt Global’s 8.5 megawatt (MW) solar project located at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, a residential community in rural Rwanda. The $23.7 million solar energy project which was completed in early February is expected to boost