Africa

Platform industry news: Oracle Corp

Oracle opens data centre to provide cloud services across Africa

Oracle opened a data centre in South Africa to provide local cloud services across Africa for the first time, joining the likes of Microsoft and Amazon in setting up facilities in ...

Platform News: Twitter App

Nigeria lifts Twitter ban from midnight, government official says

Nigeria will lift a ban on Twitter from midnight after the social media platform agreed to open a local office, among other agreements with authorities in the West African country,...

Platform News: Spotify music streaming app based out of Sweden

Music streamers turn to telcos to make Africa pay

Africa, with its internationally recognised musical talent – and growing mobile phone use – is central to Swedish music streamer Spotify’s plans to extend its rea...

Platform News: Google

Google to invest $1 billion in Africa over five years

Google plans to invest $1 billion in Africa over the next five years to ensure access to fast and cheaper internet and will back start-ups to support the continent’s digital ...

Orange

Orange sees role for Huawei in 5G Africa rollout

Orange, France’s largest telecoms firm, will avoid using equipment from Chinese vendors when developing Europe’s 5G networks, opting for suppliers such as Ericsson and ...

Money Transfers Africa

African money transfer firms thrive as pandemic spurs online remittances

Having fled an economic implosion in his native Zimbabwe, Brighton Takawira was able to provide for his mum back home with small earnings by a small perfume business he set up in S...

Platform Industry: Bitcoin and digital currencies

Bitcoin meets the real world in Africa

Just over four months ago, entrepreneur Abolaji Odunjo made an intrinsic change to his company selling mobile phones in a bustling street market in Lagos. He started paying his pro...

HealthTech

HealthTech pins hope on Africa’s COVID-19 shift to online care

When Loveth Metiboba’s infant had diarrhoea, she worried that taking him to a clinic near her home in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, might expose them both to the coronaviru...

Facebook

Facebook, telecoms businesses plan sub-sea cable to connect Africa, Middle East and Europe

Facebook and a group of African and global telecom majors have struck a deal to build one of the world’s largest sub-sea cable networks, boosting internet availability across...

Platform News: Apple logo on a retail store window

Apple expands services business to markets in Africa and beyond

Apple has just said it would expand its App Store, Apple Music and other services to dozens of new markets in Africa, the Middle East and beyond in the biggest geographical expansi...

Facebook, West African Governments

African governments team up with tech giants to fight lies surrounding COVID-19

Governments across Africa are teaming up with technology giants including Facebook and WhatsApp to fight misinformation about coronavirus on social media platforms that could prope...

Rocket

Rocket Internet sells stake in Africa e-commerce business Jumia

German tech investor Rocket Internet said on Thursday it had sold its stake in African e-commerce company Jumia, which has seen its shares steadily fall since they listed last Apri...