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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.

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.

Mark Zuckerberg's trips to Nigeria and Kenya track tech's growing interests on the continent

Mark Zuckerberg's trips to Nigeria and Kenya track tech's growing interests on the continent

After a surprise Nigeria visit to meet with techies in Lagos, Mark Zuckerberg took his Africa tour to Kenya this Thursday.

Mark Zuckerberg has made a surprise visit to Nairobi to learn about mobile money

Mark Zuckerberg has made a surprise visit to Nairobi to learn about mobile money

On his surprise tour of tech hubs in Africa, Mark Zuckerberg has made a pit stop in Nairobi.

With Kenya's Safaricom, Uber will face a rival it won't be able to beat so easily

With Kenya's Safaricom, Uber will face a rival it won't be able to beat so easily

In Africa, local taxi companies and startups have been working hard to compete with Uber but the ride hailing company has managed to outmaneuver most of them.

Kenya's Safaricom to launch local rival to Uber.

Little Cabs: Kenya's Safaricom to launch local rival to Uber

Kenya’s biggest telecoms company Safaricom is joining up with a local software firm to launch a ride-hailing company to take on Uber as it seeks new sources of revenue, its CEO said.

M-KOPA call center. Credit: m-kopa.com

Generation Investment Management leads $19M fund raising round in M-KOPA Solar

M-KOPA Solar, the world’s leading pay-as-you-go energy provider to off-grid homes, has announced the closing of a US$19 million financing round led by Generation Investment Management LLP.

US President Barack Obama (L) and M-KOPA Solar representative. M-KOPA, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, is the global leader of “pay-as-you-go” energy for off-grid customers.

The African tech startup scene has been transformed in just four years

Last month DEMO Africa took place in Lagos, Nigeria, with 30 tech startups pitching to an audience of investors.

Seed funding for African tech startups is really taking off

Venture capital funding for African tech startups is really taking off - here's why

It is well established that VC investing globally is on the rise, but there is increasing evidence that more of this money is landing in Africa too, as the continent is now deemed a less risky place for investors to put their cash.

4 reasons investors should seriously look to Africa for tech

4 reasons investors should seriously look to Africa for tech

In recent years, Africa has become a hotbed of technological innovation. The spread of mobile technology has spurred new companies, such as delivery service MamaMikes, which allows dispersed family members to send gifts …

Solar power plant

Three exciting developments in the solar power space in Africa

The new year may only be a few months old, but 2015 has already ushered in a number of exciting developments in the solar power space in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Employees stand inside a mobile phone store specializing in the sale of Samsung Electronics Co. handsets in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 17, 2013. Photographer: Trevor Snapp/Bloomberg

Europeans Selling Mobile Payments Should Ask Africa for Help

As telecommunications carriers in Europe seek a share of the billions of dollars likely to flow to companies that build mobile-payment systems, Claudio Chiche has a few words of advice: Ask Africa for help.

Off Grid Electric

Fresh off the heels of $7M capital raise, Tanzanian solar-as-a-service startup Off Grid Electric raises another $16M

Things are looking bright for East Africa this season.

A M-KOPA retailer hands out flyers about the solar product. Courtesy of M-KOPA, Georgina Goodwin.

Pay-as-you-go solar startup M-KOPA signs up 100,000 solar users in East Africa

Pay-as-you-go solar products — that tap into cell phone infrastructure and micropayments — are slowly emerging across rural Africa, and India.