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  • CAMTEL, Orange Cameroon in tug of war

    CAMEROON, 2017/10/16 Cameroon Telecommunications company, CAMTEL is accusing Orange Cameroon of refusing to refund the FCFA 1.6 Billion they owe. Enlightening reporters in Yaounde on Tuesday on the accusation, Philemon Zo’o Zame, Managing Director of the Cameroons Telecommunication Regulatory Agency said, CAMTEL which has monopoly of the optical fibre, had deprived Orange Cameroon from the optical fibre on October 6. This according to Director had provoked perturbations on the Orange network operation for 24 hours.
  • Digital IQ for African companies track global averages – but South Africa is at risk of falling behind

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/04 Most organisations around the world have not done enough to keep up with the digital era – and leadership is falling short, with a lot of chief executives not from presently on fully engaged in the initiatives of digital transformation. African companies match their world peers in a lot of measures of Digital IQ: just over half (52%) rate their organisation’s Digital IQ as strong – a score of 70% or better. However, South African companies stand at risk, with less than half (47%) rating their organisation’s IQ over 70%. These are some of the highlights from the 10th edition of PwC’s World Digital IQ survey (http://APO.af/FZSmmw), with a focus on Africa. “Digital IQ has a different meaning today than it had at the same time as PwC (www.PwC.com) started this research a decade ago. Tielman Botha, Digital Lead for PwC South Africa, says: “Today, the scope and scale of digital-driven change has grown significantly, and organisations have invested a lot of time and money to keep up.
  • Submarine cable deployed in Angola to link Africa to South America

    ANGOLA, 2017/09/09 The project of deploying the initial submarine telecommunication cable in the South Atlantic ocean linking Africa to South America has been launched in Angola’s capital Luanda. The launch of the fibre-optic South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) follows months of marine survey that was completed by multinational telecommunications company Angola Cables in April.
  • Five billion people in the world use mobile phones, 436 million in sub-Sahara Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/06/15 The number of mobile phone subscribers in the world has reached five billion, according to the research arm of the world mobile industry organization, GSMA. But sub-Sahara Africa is the least penetrated with 436 million incomparable subscribers, the organization says in a press release copied to ghanabusinessnews.com. The GSMA defines a ‘incomparable mobile subscriber’ as an individual person that can account for multiple ‘mobile connections’, that is SIM cards. According to GSMA Intelligence, the world’s five billion incomparable mobile subscribers today account for approximately 7.7 billion mobile connections – excluding mobile-to-mobile (M2M).
  • 3 Ways Digital Technology Can Transform Africa Into a Global Power

    BOTSWANA, 2016/11/03 Africa is home to some of the world’s greatest digital innovations. From medical applications to inventions aimed at enabling the continent’s educational system, the continent is not just experiencing a digital revolution, but it’s as well solidifying its place as world leader in science and technology. The number of young people creating life-changing digital applications in Africa continues to grow. In Mozambique, counselors are using Short Message Services to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS, while in Nigeria a Do It Yourself generator that can produce six hours of power just from a liter of urine was invented by a group of 15-year-old girls. And in Zimbabwe, a 24-year-old engineering student has managed approaching up with a machine that turns plastic into diesel.
  • Merger creates pan-African online merchant access across 24 countries

    CAMEROON, 2016/10/04 A merger between South African company PayGate and the East African Direct Pay Online Group will create a pan-African online payment processor that will provide local business owners with a single point of contact to accept online payments in 24 African nations – from Cameroon to Mauritius. This vision to build a pan-African payment processor will be supported by a significant investment in DPO of additional than R100m by Apis Partners , which is focused on financial services in the increase markets of Africa and Asia. PayGate was founded in 1999 and has additional than 15 years of experience in providing payment processing and merchant services throughout Southern Africa. The company enables quick, fasten online payments through a wide variety of payment solutions in South Africa and beyond, and supports a large array of digital payment methods.
  • Responding to the demand for reliable data collection in Africa, mSurvey raises seed funding

    KENYA, 2016/08/27 mSurvey, a Kenya based startup specializing in mobile data collection, has raised seed capital as it looks to expand its survey business in partnership with retailers in sub-Saharan Africa. Safaricom, Cross Culture Ventures, and the Virgin Group’s Alpha Angels joined an investment round in the four year old business. “It’s a seed round. I can’t disclose the all, but part of it comes from the $1 million Spark Venture Fund Safaricom set up to invest in high increase startups,” said mSurvey CEO Kenfield Griffith. “We’ll use the funds to drive price add to merchants using Safaricom’s Lipa Na M-Pesa [bill pay and digital payments] service and to further fuel increase in Africa and other emerging markets,” he added.
  • AFRICA 2016 POPULATION AND INTERNET USERS STATISTICS FOR 2016

    BOTSWANA, 2016/08/13 Africa is the second-largest continent, after Asia, in size and population; located south of Europe and bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and to the east by the Indian Ocean.
  • Orange invests $85M in Africa Internet Group, Africa’s first billion dollar tech firm

    AFRICA, 2016/07/24 There’s additional money for Africa Internet Group (AIG), the Rocket Internet-backed company that became Africa’s initial tech unicorn last month at the same time as it landed a $326 million investment at a valuation of additional than $1 billion. AIG today revealed that it has taken an additional €75 million (around $85 million) in additional cash from new investor mobile giant Orange. Beyond the new capital, the transaction marks a strategic partnership between the two that will help AIG push and promote its a lot of businesses — which include online sales site Jumia, Uber rival Easy Taxi, Hellofood and travel booking site Jovago — across the 12 nations in Africa where Orange and AIG share a mutual presence.
  • African press review 21 May 2016

    AFRICA, 2016/05/22 Nigerians opt for bicycles as new fuel price increases come into force. Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe says he is "staying in power because the West continues to meddle in African politics". And panic has reportedly gripped officials at Kenya's examinaions board as government orders a revetting of its staff. We start in Nigeria where workers, hit by recent fuel price hikes, are reportedly changing their lifestles. The Federal Government this week set 145 Naira per litre as the maximum price of fuel at pumping station (up from 86 Naira per litre) next its decision to end the subsidization of petrol products.