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Center4Tech holds her “Young Inventors” 2015 Summer Camp

Center4Tech holds her “Young Inventors” 2015 Summer Camp

Center4Tech holds her 2015 Technology Training Camp this August tagged “Young Inventors Summer Camp 2015”. The Center4Tech team is excited to inspire and mentor the next generation of inventors with hands-on technology projects on Electronics & Microcontrollers, Mobile Games, Mobile Apps and Animation Design. As with the previous Technology Camps, secondary and primary school students


Kenya’s solar-powered internet service provider, Mawingu Networks receives US$4million from OPIC

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US government’s finance institution, is investing in Kenya’s Mawingu Networks in a reported US$4 million deal. The move is to help Mawingu, which means ‘cloud’ in Swahili, connect millions of Kenyans to the internet for the first time, and to further expand its use of TV White Spaces


South Africa’s Naspers Becomes Africa’s Biggest Company by Market Value

South Africa’s multinational mass media company, Naspers, is now the biggest publicly traded company by market value in Africa. This came to be as a result of the sale of bonds to fund emerging market internet acquisitions. In a July 15 statement released by the company, $1.2billion was raised to partly fund purchases, reports Bloomberg.


Gearbox plans to launch a ‘GE Garages’ manufacturing program in Kenya

Gearbox, a non-profit, open platform for hardware innovation based in Kenya is planning to launch a GE Garages manufacturing program to help build a skilled workforce and drive entrepreneurial development within the region. The program, which aims to develop a manufacturing ecosystem and contribute to bridging the technical skills gap in Kenya, will work with


Kenya’s Chase Bank to open innovation hub for Techpreneurs

The SME-friendly bank, as Kenya’s Chase Bank is called, is set to help small tech startups become profitable businesses by opening a state-of-the-art tech hub before the year runs out. This was made known to the public at the recently concluded Pivot East conference in Nairobi. #PivotEast2015 gold sponsors @chasebankkenya will be opening a state

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),


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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FUTA Undergrads Launch Open Data Portal To Help Provide Datasets to Businesses

The business community in Africa is beginning to take interest in big data via social analytics platforms, gathering insights on how their products and services are performing or being talked about by customers. Today, emerging markets in the continent prove challenging to data scientists as verifying and authenticating data, a lack of entrenched collection of


With 120 Million Facebook Users in Africa, Facebook Officially Opens For Business

Facebook has opened its first office in Africa to further the company’s commitment to help businesses connect with people and grow locally and regionally, according to a company statement made available to TechLoy. The company’s Africa approach will see it partnering with governments, telecom operators, agencies and other stakeholders to deliver localised solutions to advertisers

Ecobank and MasterCard

Ecobank to roll out MasterCard payment solutions to millions of its customers in Africa

Ecobank Transnational Inc., arguably Africa’s largest bank by geographical reach, has signed a landmark multi-country agreement with global payments technology company MasterCard to bring MasterCard’s payment solutions to more than 32 sub-Saharan African markets. The agreement culminates the multi-country licensing agreement signed by MasterCard and Ecobank in January 2014, which will see Ecobank issue MasterCard


SWIFT Networks Acquires Chromecom, Plans 1,000 Additional 4G LTE Base Stations in Lagos

SWIFT Networks Limited, Nigeria’s leading provider of high-speed broadband and data services to enterprise and consumer customers has completed the acquisition of the spectrum of Chromecom (subsidiary of Monarch Communications Limited), another licensed operator.


Ghana’s Cloud-Based Freight Tracking Startup, Vestracker Moves To Europe

Vestracker, a cloud-based software that allows freight forwarders to easily track consignments has launched offices in Uppsula, Sweden and Accra, Ghana. “These offices allow Vestracker to be closely aligned with the major shipping centers of the world,” says Osam Sarsah, the company’s co-founder and CEO. The MEST-backed startup provides freight forwarders with unique features to


Windows 10 officially arriving July 29 – Microsoft

Microsoft has today confirmed on its Official Windows blog that the latest version of its operating system, Windows 10 will launch come July 29. Previously all that’s been making rounds on social media has been that the company was seeing a summer release for the new OS, but in less than 2 months the long-awaited