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All posts tagged "Africa"

  • Airtel partners with Kenya Revenue Authority to allow for tax payments on mobile

    Airtel Kenya has partnered with Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA). The partnership will make it possible for Kenyan citizens to make tax payments of up to KES 140 000 per day through the Airtel Money Service. The taxman is strict, some may even go on to say that at times mean, unnecessarily so. Either way the universal agreement is that however passionate you want to cheat on someone, let it not, even if the feeling is strong, be the taxman. It has been proven over and over again that nobody cheats the taxman and gets away with it. But giving...

  • MTN’s results a mixed bag: subscribers, data up, revenues down

    MTN Group, Africa's largest mobile operator, reported a growth in quarterly subscribers on Thursday. The increase is not huge by any means but it is still impressive considering that the cellular faced tough competition as well as earlier this year battling stringent new rules in some markets. Of particular worry was the decision by the Nigerian telecommunications regulator to fine the country's three biggest mobile operators, including MTN, for the quality of their service and prohibited them from selling new SIM cards in March. MTN said the growth of subscribers increased by two percent over the three months ending...

  • Google Street View enables humans to hang out with their blood-related chimpanzees

    There is not a place Google has not taken us human beings, be it for education or leisure. It appears that Google wants to take us from Angkor to some of the greatest art galleries in the world to the Pyramids of Giza and all around the world. And now Google is taking us to the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, Africa, a park to a population of over 100 wild chimpanzees. Also living in the park is a chimpanzee named Google. This is part of Google's recent Street View “trek” 'Journey beyond the road'. These chimpanzees are...

  • Airtel partners with UNESCO for IT youth training in Gabon

    Bharti Airtel Limited, commonly known as Airtel -- an Indian multinational telecommunications services company with its headquarters in New Delhi -- has launched a training programme aimed at giving new technology skills to thousands of young people in Gabon. The initiative, which will be run in partnership with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), is called “Train My Generation: Gabon 5 000” and will be stretched out over a period of three years. For UNESCO, the initiative is ground-breaking. It's the first time it has formed such a partnership with a private organisation in Sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative...

  • African women in tech: Emma Kaye on changing the conversation around women

    "In my experience, women tend to create a collective around them and then it is 'lets go into battle together'. For me, it is this type of approach, collaboration, collective thinking that is useful in this industry, an industry full of innovation." -- Emma Kaye. Where are the women in tech? Who are the women building technology or working in technology in Africa? These questions and many more are asked on a daily basis. When it comes to technology in Africa, the general consensus is that women are not present. We beg to differ. Africa has a range of women working...

  • WeChat cannot succeed in Africa if it holds tight to its Chinese legacy

    WeChat is blazing around the globe caring very little of what is in its path. In the last year, the platform's global launch has seen it begin to weave itself into the fabric of Africa's tech ecosystem and platforms of choice. I recently started using the platform. Before now, it held no real appeal for me -- none of the people I would ordinarily IM with are on the platform and sharing seemed futile if my crowd wasn't there to share with. That said, the platform has managed to attract a fair number of users, but what are they doing...

  • Fiber-optic cable to increase Africa’s mobile coverage by 20% in 2015

    We all know Africa has a massive mobile population, right? Well, recent efforts will see a massive increase in internet coverage for this fast-growing population. Telecom operator Angola Cables has just announced an investment of US$100-million together with Brazil's Algar Telecom, Antel from Uruguay and Google that will increase mobile coverage to internet by 20% in 2015 of Africa's population. The Angolan telecom has already invested US$200-million in 2013 to construct a submarine cable from Africa across the Atlantic Ocean to Brazil. “The new cable route will be 10,556 km long and have six fiber pairs. According to estimations, it will...

  • PWC’s Danie Fölscher chats to Ventureburn about the winning formula for African startups and innovation

    If you've been taking a sabbatical from Ventureburn within the last few weeks, you've probably missed out on the news of PWC's Vision to Reality Awards. A first for South Africa, the startup accelerator saw 10 tech startups partake in a three-month mentorship programme and showcase their ideas. Impressive transaction authentication service Entersekt came up top. The Vision to Reality Awards in South Africa is merely the tip of the iceberg. Brewing below is an ecosystem with internationally acclaimed innovations as well as those that fit into the unique local environments. Ventureburn had a chat with PWC Partner in Charge...

  • How is the internet improving people’s lives in Africa? [T4A]

    There are five key characteristics reflecting how the internet has "greatly improved" people's lives in Africa, so says research conducted by On Device Research. The company, which presented its findings of a survey conducted recently, addressed some key consumption patterns for audiences in Africa and how the internet has changed their lives and the ways they consume content. "The data is representative of mobile internet users. That means that in the UK it is all smartphones whereas in the African markets the vast majority are feature phone users," said Alistair Hill of On Device told the audiences at the Tech4Africa conference,...

  • Kenyan Twitter from A to Z: everything you need to know about ‘Kitter’

    Last year the newly launched Nendo Ventures release its report on the Kenyan social media landscape. The report highlighted 15 key trends that is shaping and informing the Kenyan social media landscape. It also provided some insights into how Kenyans behave on social and their consumption patterns. The team is now taking a step further with its latest report unpacking Kenyan Twitter (Kitter) by alphabetising it. The report -- which has just been released -- is part of a series the company is releasing on the African Twitter landscape. Kenyan Twitter A to Z is the first of four,...

  • Wiki Loves Africa competition asks for photos, videos and audio of African Cuisine

    Wiki Loves Africa is an annual competition that encourages Africans to enter media from photographs, video and audio. The competition seeks to bring together and bring to light fragments of life that are alien to one another. This year’s competition allows through photographs, video and audio people to share their African cuisine thus sharing their souls. For this year of 2014 the theme for the contest is ‘African cuisine’. Africa has a conflicted relationship with food. It is one of joy and sadness. Over the past years, famines have swept through much of Africa and to a large extent...

  • African women in tech: Rebecca Enonchong on concealing her role as founder

    "For a long time, to obtain enterprise customers, I concealed the fact that I owned the company. I never lied about it, but I never volunteered that information. My business card didn't even have a title" -- Rebecca Enonchong. Where are the women in tech? Who are the women building technology or working in technology in Africa? These questions and many more are asked on a daily basis. When it comes to technology in Africa, the general consensus is that women are not present. We beg to differ. Africa has a range of women working and building cool technology for...

  • 3 key insights SA’s tech ecosystem can take from Israel

    Mind-set, connectedness and government support are everything when it comes to building and sustaining a far reaching tech culture set to breed innovations across the globe. If it is a key imperative for tech businesses to replicate their business models and product innovations on an international scale, some key insights and lessons can be learnt from Israel, dubbed ‘the start-up nation’ who has successfully built an intimate tech culture and community with a far reaching global impact. 1. Connectedness Everyone in the tech world in Israel is connected. They talk, they engage and they discuss – it is essentially one big community...

  • Five reasons why African developers should go to Twitter Flight

    As you all know by now Twitter has finally launched a mobile developer conference. Think f8 for Twitter. As the platform describes it, Flight is a "gathering built by developers, for developers". According to Twitter, if you live, breathe and occasionally dream in Java, Objective-C or Swift then you will be right at home at Flight. The conference begins with a keynote Twitter's head honcho, Dick Costolo, capped off with a mixer for engineers (geeks who mingle). In honour of the upcoming conference, the social media platform has revamped its developer site, dev.twitter.com. "We’ve reorganized all of the content...

  • Could social media be the future for remittances to Africa?

    In April the Financial Times in London reported that Facebook was in the process of applying for a banking license in Ireland in order to enter the global money remittances industry and posed the question: “Are we about to see the emergence of FaceBank?” While FaceBank might be some way off yet, there’s no doubt that social media is a big part of the future for global remittances – an industry which the World Bank estimates totaled US$550-billion in 2013, of which US$414-billion went to developing countries, involving some 232 million migrants. Michael Kent, CEO of the online social money transfer...