Technology

Andile Ngcaba, Chairman, Convergence Partners

Convergence Partners, Google and the IFC commit $100 million to pan-African wholesale broadband provider CSquared

Convergence Partners recently signed an agreement with Google, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui) to invest in CSquared, a broadband infrastructure company headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

Lagos, Nigeria

Uber and its rivals are struggling to keep both drivers and riders happy in Lagos

It was only a year ago that Uber declared that its Lagos market was potentially bigger than its London market.

Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft

Microsoft to deliver Microsoft Cloud from datacenters in Africa from 2018: Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft

Microsoft will soon deliver cloud services from datacenters located in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Multichoice City, Johannesburg, South Africa

MTN in talks to buy MultiChoice Africa, says report

MTN is in talks on a potential acquisition of pay-TV provider MultiChoice Africa, MyBroadband reports citing industry sources.

Nigerians would rather have a .com web address than .ng—and not just because it’s cheaper. Credit: AP/George Osodi/qz.com

Nigerians would rather have a .com web address than .ng - and not just because it's cheaper

On the internet, Nigerians are opting for more global identities through web addresses.

Shameel Joosub, CEO, Vodacom

South Africa's Vodacom to buy 35% Of Kenya's Safaricom from parent Vodafone

Southern African telecoms giant Vodacom Group will buy a 34.94% stake in Kenyan operator Safaricom – known for its ground-breaking M-Pesa mobile money system.

afaricom hopes to spread across Africa. Credit: Reuters/Noor Khamis

Safaricom is planning to expand M-Pesa mobile money across Africa

Safaricom is planning to take its successful mobile money service M-Pesa across Africa after building a dominant home base in Kenya and presence in its East African neighbors.

Nigeria's Cars45 closes $5M round to digitize Africa's used autos markets

Nigeria's Cars45 closes $5M round to digitize Africa's used autos markets

Africa’s startup boom is moving into the used-vehicle space. Nigeria based Cars45.com raised a $5 million Series A round from the Frontier Cars Group, a holding company whose backers include Balderton Capital, EchoVC, TPG Growth, and NEA.

Rob Shuter, CEO, MTN Group

MTN's new CEO starts job committing to investment in largest markets of Nigeria and South Africa

First-quarter sales rose 7.1 percent boosted by Nigeria and Iran. Carrier still has ‘work to do’ to meet full-year targets

World Bank launches program, XL Africa, to support Africa’s top tech entrepreneurs. Credit: infodev.org

World Bank launches program, XL Africa, to support Africa's top tech entrepreneurs

With support from prominent African investment groups, XL Africa will help 20 selected startups attract early stage capital of between $250,000 and $1.5 million.

Ismail Ahmed, Founder & CEO, WorldRemit

WorldRemit Africa revenue to double by 2020 on mobile money, says Founder & CEO Ismail Ahmed

Higher-paid African expatriates sending cash to home countries. Money-transfer company has Facebook backer Accel as investor.

Kim Reid, Founder & Co-CEO, Takealot

Africa's most valuable company Naspers ups investment in South Africa's largest e-commerce company Takealot

Naspers, Africa’s biggest ecommerce and digital company, has just invested R960 million (about $69.4 million) in Takealot Online, South Africa’s largest ecommerce company.

Lidya

Leading Nigerian fintech startup Lidya closes $1.25M seed funding round

Lidya, a leading fintech platform based in Nigeria, announced in late March that it has closed a US$1.25 million seed funding round to further its mission of easing access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Africa.

Kenya Electricity Transmission Company plans to become internet service provider

Kenya Electricity Transmission Company plans to become internet service provider

The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) has announced plans to venture into the internet service provision business.

Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos is Africa's most valuable startup ecosystem

Lagos has the most valuable startup ecosystem in Africa, with the local entrepreneurship scene worth US$2 billion, according to a new report.

Kenya to offer mobile-only bond to investors

Kenya to offer mobile-only bond to investors

Kenya will start selling a mobile-phone based government bond this week, the Treasury said on Tuesday, the culmination of a lengthy plan to tap a new pool of investors into government securities.

Ecobank Mobile

Ecobank targets 700% customer growth from mobile banking

Ecobank expects its new digital banking platform to help to boost its customer base across the continent to 100 million from 13 million by 2020.

WSJ Africa Bureau Chief Joe Parkinson (Left), Kenya's Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge (Center) and Nigeria's Sovereign Wealth Fund's CEO Uche Orji (Right)

Kenya and Nigeria Officials Have Different Economic Outlooks (Videos)

Kenya’s Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge and Nigeria’s Sovereign Wealth Fund’s CEO Uche Orji discuss their nations’ growth prospects.

Airbnb Aims to Double Growth in Africa This Year

Airbnb aims to double growth in Africa this year to reach 1.5 million customers

Airbnb expects to maintain its rapid growth in Africa this year and double its customer numbers to 1.5 million,.

Khanyi Dhlomo, Founder, Ndalo Media: The biggest enabler for African success is actually not necessarily external: Credit: Red Photographic/WSJ

How to encourage innovation in Africa: Khanyi Dhlomo, Ndalo Media Founder & Ashish Thakkar, Mara Group Founder

Ndalo Media founder Khanyi Dhlomo and Mara Group founder Ashish Thakkar on where the potential is and what’s blocking it.

Kenya telecoms regulator says has no intention to split company. Credit: qz.com

Kenya telecoms regulator says has no intention to split Safaricom

Kenya’s telecoms regulator said on Tuesday it had no plans to break up any company in the sector.

Ebenezer Asante, CEO, MTN Ghana. Credit: marcopolis.net

MTN Ghana prepares for IPO in 2017

MTN Ghana aims to complete preparations to list its shares on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) in 2017.

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

Vodafone slams proposed split of Kenya's M-PESA as 'ridiculous'

Safaricom Ltd, East Africa’s biggest mobile-phone company, would have to reconsider future investment in Kenya if proposals to break up the company are implemented.

Mteto Nyati, outgoing CEO, MTN South Africa

MTN South Africa's CEO Mteto Nyati resigns, to be replaced by Motsa

Africa’s biggest mobile phone operator MTN Group said on Tuesday that Mteto Nyati, the chief executive of its South African unit, will be resigning in March and will be replaced by Godfrey Motsa on the same day.

Private equity firm TA Associates announces minority investment in Interswitch

Private equity firm TA Associates announces minority investment in Interswitch

TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm, announced on Monday it has acquired a minority equity interest in Interswitch, an Africa-focused integrated digital payments and commerce company.

Safaricom faces break-up call from Kenyan lawmaker

Safaricom faces break-up call from Kenyan lawmaker

A Kenyan lawmaker proposed breaking up Safaricom, the country’s biggest telecoms operator, on Tuesday because of its role in providing mobile financial services.

Cyril Collon, General Partner, Partech Ventures

African tech startups raise record-breaking $370M in 2016: Partech Ventures (Infographic)

At Partech Ventures, we have been tracking for the past 3 years the dynamics of African tech investment, to better understand the investment landscape on the continent.

Nigeria's leading hotel booking company Hotels.ng launches flight bookings

Nigeria's leading hotel booking company Hotels.ng launches flight bookings

Hotels.ng, Nigeria’s leading hotel booking company has rolled out a new service – online flight bookings – on its website.

Social media has become the media in Africa

Social media has become the media in Africa

Five years ago, when Social Media Week launched in Lagos, it was the first event of its kind in Africa on that scale. At the time, social media seemed mostly a fun and useful marketing communications platform.

Nigeria says telcos must list on stock exchange

Nigeria says telcos must list on stock exchange

The Nigerian government says telecommunication companies operating in Nigeria must quickly conclude plans to get listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) or face regulatory penalties from their compliance failures.

Cape Town was the most important destination in 2016 for startup investments in Africa

Investment in Africa's tech start-ups on the rise

From mobile money to cargo drones and rugged portable wifi hotspots, Africa’s innovators are generating new technology to tackle consumer needs and development challenges.

PesaLink - Kenyan banks have joined forces to launch a mobile money rival to M-PESA

Kenyan banks have joined forces to launch a mobile money rival to M-PESA

Nearly ten years after its launch, M-Pesa finally has what could be a major competitor in the multi-billion dollar mobile money transactions business.

Nic Rudnick, CEO, Liquid Telecom

Pan-African Liquid Telecom Group has completed the $500M purchase of South Africa's Neotel

South African communications network operator Neotel has officially become part of the pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom.

Orange Seeks Africa Deals as Wireless Carrier Eyes Expansion

Orange Seeks Africa Deals as Wireless Carrier Eyes Expansion

Orange SA is seeking deals in Africa as France’s biggest wireless carrier targets the continent as a source of additional revenue growth, according to a company official.

Who takes the throne? Credit: qz.com/HBO

ShowMax is stepping up its pan-African battle with Netflix by putting servers in Kenya

In the battle to become the preferred video content streaming service by a majority of Africans, content servers are the weapon of choice.

Bastian Gotter, Co-Founder, iROKO Partners

iROKOtv Co-Founder Bastian Gotter leaves the company to invest in African startups

Bastian Gotter is the Co-Founder of iROKO, the VC-backed African entertainment and tech company that has single-handedly changed the face of Nollywood content distribution.

Investment in Africa's tech start-ups on the rise

Investment in Africa's tech start-ups on the rise

From mobile money to cargo drones and rugged portable Wi-Fi hotspots, Africa’s innovators are generating new technology to tackle consumer needs and development challenges.

South African courier WumDrop is tackling address challenges by delivering parcels to your phone location.

How could Amazon deliver without an address? This startup may have the answer

South African courier WumDrop is tackling address challenges by delivering parcels to your phone location.

A Jumia office: In 2016, Jumia became Africa's first "Unicorn". Credit: qz.com/Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

Here's what could happen if Africa's top mobile operators and start-ups work together

Telecom operators across the African continent continue to face significant risks when it comes to revenue growth.

Kola Aina, Founder, Ventures Platform. Credit: linkedin.com

Betting on Africa's future: Kola Aina, Founder, Ventures Platform

Last year, we decided to experiment with “organized early stage investing” in African technology companies.

Strive Masiyiwa, Founder & Chairman, Econet Wireless Group

Strive Masiyiwa builds broadcast empire to challenge MultiChoice

Econet Group is building a broadcasting empire that could challenge MultiChoice’s dominance in the payTV market across the continent.

Oscar Onyema, CEO, Nigerian Stock Exchange

Nigerian Stock Exchange working with MTN on 2017 listing

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) is working with South African cell operator MTN on a listing of its shares in the country this year, the head of the bourse said on Thursday.