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SEACOM partners Microsoft to deliver faster connectivity to Azure data centres

SEACOM partners Microsoft to deliver faster connectivity to Azure data centres

SEACOM, Africa’s foremost network service provider and ICT enabler, has announced a partnership with Microsoft that sees it become a Microsoft ExpressRoute partner. ExpressRoute connections offer more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies and higher security than typical public Internet connections because they don’t run on the public Internet. This all means SEACOM can offer its


FrontDesk will help you launch your business, and even provide funds if it’s impressive

Because it is still not-so-easy to launch an online business, Sharphire Global Limited, a company that builds amazing Internet startups [1], has launched FrontDesk to make the whole process easy. FrontDesk helps you easily launch a simple website that enables you showcase, sell and receive online payments from anyone, anywhere. The website will not only


WorldRemit calls for reversal of international money transfer ban in Nigeria

WorldRemit, a leading online remittance provider, has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to immediately reverse its decision to ban certain money transfer operators (MTOs) from doing business in the country. The ban was extreme and unexpected, and not fair as Western Union, MoneyGram and Ria are not affected. “This move is arbitrary, inexplicable


Vehicle marketplace, AfriCarGroup launches operations in 12 African countries

AfricarGroup, a vehicle marketplace, has launched its operations in 12 African countries with the aim of becoming the first car classifieds websites network on the continent. The marketplace connect buyers, private sellers and dealers of new, used and second hand cars, motorbikes and trucks in a fast and easy manner. The countries where operations has


EasyPOS Restaurant launches to solve order management and payments problems in Nigerian restaurants

NetPlusDotCom, a Nigerian growth tech company, has launched an innovative app to solve order management and payments problem in Nigerian restaurants. Known as EasyPOS Restaurant, the app does exactly what it preaches. No stress! On the order side of things, it provides an easy and intuitive way for customers to select orders from an electronic menu


MTN Nigeria set to list shares on the NSE next year

MTN Nigeria, the “everywhere you go” telecom operator, will be listing its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange next year, according to reports. The planned listing is part of an agreement the telco reached with the Federal Government of Nigeria as it concerns the fine it got slapped with over unregistered sim cards. The board

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Huawei launches $5 million global innovation centre in Africa

Huawei has launched its first Innovation and Experience Centre in South Africa, which cost R72 million ($5 million USD) to build and which is equipped with cutting-edge technologies like 5G/4.5G wireless communication, VR and 4K Video, Mobile Money solution, Smart Home solutions, Safe City solutions, Cloud Service, Data Center and wearable devices amongst others.


Delivery management app, Tookan now has offline payment capability

Tookan, a delivery management app for field workforce, now has an offline payment capability, allowing delivery businesses to process payments without Internet connection. The new feature lets service providers to proceed with their next task, creating a more seamless experience for both businesses and customers. With offline payment capabilities, businesses with a mobile workforce will no longer depend on Internet connection to carry out

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WDB & Grovest now stakeholders in SA startup accelerator, Seed Engine

WDB Investment Holdings (WDB), a leading South African investment firm, and Grovest, a venture capital company, are now shareholders in Seed Engine, a South Africa based startup accelerator. A 30% stake was bought by WDB Investment Holdings (with the possibility of an increment to 51%) while Grovest bought a 27.5% stake in the company. Through the


Avast to acquire AVG for US$1.3 billion

Avast Software, an industry-leading maker of the most trusted security software in the world, has announced it is to acquire AVG Technologies, a leading provider of software services to secure devices, data and people, for US$1.3 billion. Both companies have signed an agreement to that effect, and will see Avast purchase all of the outstanding ordinary


SA cloud solution startup, Digital Cabinet raises funds to expand internationally

Digital Cabinet, a South Africa based cloud solutions and digital post technology startup, has raised an undisclosed amount of funds to grow and expand. The funds was secured from HAVAIC Limited Partners, a boutique African focused investment and advisory firm. The startup will use the funds to continue on its current growth path in South Africa


Next Economy Accelerator kicks off with 10 startups

The Next Economy Accelerator, a 3-month accelerator for early stage businesses in Nigeria, has kicked off with a cohort of 10 high potential early stage businesses. The program is aimed at growing businesses into profitable & sustainable enterprises to stimulate the creation of jobs in Nigeria. In no particular order, the selected startups are described


Microsoft launches Skype Meetings for small businesses

Microsoft has announced the launch of Skype Meetings, a free video conferencing tool for small businesses. In a blog post, Microsoft said: “Skype Meetings is a new online meetings tool that provides small businesses with real-time audio and HD video conferencing and includes collaboration features like the ability to share screens and content during meetings.”

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Orange completes acquisition of Airtel Burkina Faso

Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunication operator, has announced the completion of the acquisition of Airtel Burkina Faso. The acquisition was completed after Orange obtained all the official approbations from the relevant authorities. “We are pleased to announce that the acquisition of the mobile operator Airtel in Burkina Faso has been finalised,” said Bruno


Liquid Telecom & RBH to acquire SA telco, Neotel for ZAR6.55 billion

Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of the privately held and diversified telecommunications group, Econet Wireless Global, has announced it will be acquiring South African communications network operator, Neotel for ZAR6.55 billion. It will acquire the telco in agreement with Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH), a South African empowerment investment group, which has committed to take a 30%

Twitter launches Twitter Dashboard app for managing business accounts

Twitter has launched an app exclusively for business owners to manage their business accounts called Twitter Dashboard, which is aimed at helping small to medium-sized businesses manage communication and engagement with their followers. Following the launch of Twitter Engage which was geared towards creators, Twitter Dashboard is geared towards small and medium sized businesses as


Spacepointe raises funds from multiple investors, launches business solutions for SMBs

SpacePointe, a Nigerian fintech startup, has announced it has raised US$1.2 million in a seed funding round from multiple investors. On the back of this, the company has launched two business solutions for small and medium businesses in the Nigerian market. One of the business solution is CommercePointe, which enables businesses in the informal sector


SEACOM peers more Internet Exchange points in Europe & Africa, customers to enjoy better Internet

SEACOM, Africa’s foremost network service provider and ICT enabler, has announced it has peered with Internet Exchange points (IXP) in Europe and Africa, adding to the growing list of Internet exchange points it currently peers with. Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX) in Marseille and France Internet Exchange (FranceIX) in Paris are the Internet Exchange points it


SA’s iKhokha now offering merchants cash advances

iKhokha, a South African disruptive fintech startup, has announced the launch of a new product, offering its merchants cash advances. The product, which will be adminstered by iKhokha’s financing partner, Retail Capital, will help merchants get around the hassles associated with obtaining loans from banks and other similar financial institutions. To get cash advances from iKhokha, merchants