Equiano cable system to connect Africa, Europe

Posted by - July 3, 2019

Google has announced a new private subsea cable, Equiano that will shuttle high-speed data between Africa and Europe. The Equiano cable is named for Olaudah Equiano an African writer and abolitionist, who was sold into slavery prior to buying his own freedom. The Equiano cable will start in Western Europe and run along the West

Wi-Fi 6 makes debut in Africa

Posted by - July 3, 2019

Ruckus Networks, now part of CommScope via acquisition, has been at the forefront of Wi-Fi 6 and recently completed its first use case in Africa at The Fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) held in Nairobi Kenya. Wi-Fi 6, also known as 802.11ax and the latest generation of Wi-Fi, bridges the performance gap

Africa’s top 10 tech startups of the moment

Posted by - July 2, 2019

As a continent, Africa is contributing its fair share of exciting businesses to the world of tech. Indeed, as infrastructure grows, more and more startups are appearing and the future looks exciting, not only for African developers but for the global stage that will benefit from the innovation and design produced as a result. Here

Google launchpad accelerator Africa class 3 raises $9m

Posted by - June 27, 2019

Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa Class 3 which comprised 12 startups graduated recently in Lagos, raising $9 million (N3.24 billion) and creating more than 120 jobs. This was revealed by Mr. Fola Olatunji-David, Launchpad Accelerator Africa head of startup success and services. Olatunji-David noted that the 12 startups increased the number of startups that had featured

Multinational clients to benefit from Vodacom Business Africa’s strategic repositioning

Posted by - June 25, 2019

Vodacom Group (‘the Group’) has announced a strategic repositioning of its Vodacom Business Africa operations that will result in three separate share purchase agreements involving its enterprise businesses in Nigeria, Zambia, Angola, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. Subject to various regulatory and statutory body approvals, Vodacom will enter into service provider agreements with Synergy Communications in

African tech startups raised $1.163B in equity in 2018-Partech Africa Report

Posted by - April 8, 2019

African tech startups raised $1.163B in 2018 according to Partech Africa’s 2018 annual report (PDF) on the financing on the continent confirming the attractiveness of African entrepreneurs and their ability to transform the continent into a global powerhouse. The report covers equity deals in tech and digital spaces, and funding rounds higher than US$200K and

Fiber Optic Subscriptions Up 12%, Safaricom Closing in on Wananchi Group

Posted by - March 29, 2019

The Communications Authority of Kenya has released their latest Sector Statistics Report for Q2 2018-2019 and it has some interesting insights about the telecommunications sector. One of the ways people have internet in their homes is through fiber optic cables and this has been growing rather fast. According to the CAK report, fiber optic data

Africa’s Top 10 Fastest Internet Speeds

Posted by - March 26, 2019

Madagascar, one of world’s poorest countries, has the fastest broadband internet speed in Africa and has average speeds much faster than some of the world’s wealthiest nations, according to a broadband speed league table from UK analytics firm Cable, which collects data from 200 countries. At 24.9 megabits per second, Madagascar’s broadband speed is more

Microsoft opens data centres in Africa with intelligent cloud services

Posted by - March 7, 2019

Microsoft has announced the opening of its first data centres in Africa, with the general availability of Azure from the new cloud regions in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. This makes Microsoft the first global provider to deliver cloud services from datacentres on the continent, which will help companies securely and reliably move their