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Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon.com

Amazon Web Services cloud platform considering hosting data centers in South Africa

Amazon Web Services is hoping to build cloud data centers in South Africa – an expansion was strongly hinted at by CTO Werner Vogels during the recent AWS Summit in Cape Town.

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.

First Bank of Nigeria ATMs

How Nigeria's banks are innovating

Nigeria’s relatively significant exposure to the oil and gas sector increased pressures on balance sheets and operations.

Christina Sass, Co-Founder & COO, Andela

Andela to invest in its graduates’ startups

Andela, a company working to bring the top 1% of African tech talent to engineering teams in need of capable, skilled developers, will eventually invest in the startups from those who complete its four-year program.

iHub, Nairobi, Kenya

A few things we learned about tech hubs in Africa: GSMA (Infographic)

The last mapping exercise done by the World Bank in September 2015 listed less than 120 tech hubs in Africa. As of July 2016, GSMA’s research suggests there are 314 active tech hubs in Africa.

Tech companies help foster the startup ecosystem in Africa. Credit: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya/qz.com

Half of the tech hubs in Africa are located in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt and Morocco

A total of 314 tech hubs and incubation centers was recorded in July by the global telecoms industry body GSMA’s Ecosystem Accelerator, a program that works to enable partnerships between operators and developers on the continent.

Opeyemi Awoyemi, Ayodeji Adewunmi and Olalekan Olude, Founders of jobs site Jobberman. Credit: Jobberman/theguardian.com

Here are Africa's top 10 tech pioneers

Africa’s digital transformation would be nothing without the tens of thousands of people who have invested, and continue to invest, energy into propelling it forward.

This Startup Trains Africa's Elite Coding Apprentices For Giants Like IBM & Microsoft

This Startup Trains Africa's Elite Coding Apprentices For Giants Like IBM & Microsoft

As a teenager growing up in Lomé, the capital of Togo, Faiçal Tchirou taught himself to code at a cybercafé. He wanted to help his mother manage the small pharmacy she owned.

South Africa's MTN is the most admired brand in Africa

MTN, Samsung and Coca-Cola top list of most admired brands in Africa

Brand Africa has announced that MTN is the overall best brand in Africa and reclaimed the #1 spot as the Most Admired Brand in Africa at a gala launch of the 4th Annual Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands at Sandton Convention Center.

MainOne MDX-i data center in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria

Inside MainOne's MDX-i in Lagos: A photo tour of the first Tier III data center in West Africa

While the internet continues to play a major role in our everyday lives, it’s easy to forget that the billions of data being processed everyday are not stored “somewhere in the clouds”, but in actual, physical data centers all over the world.

The Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUBNigeria) in Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria. Credit: techpoint.ng

Yabacon Valley: Nigeria tech startup enclave springs up in Lagos suburb

At first glance, Yaba is like many other parts of Nigeria’s sprawling commercial capital: a cacophony of car horns and shouting street vendors mingling with exhaust fumes.

Africa’s smartphone market is on the rise as affordable handsets spur growth. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis)

Africa's smartphone market is on the rise as affordable handsets spur growth (Infographic)

As Africa closes in on 1 billion mobile subscriptions, affordable smartphones are contributing significantly in bringing more people online across the continent.

Mteto Nyati, CEO, MTN South Africa

MTN appoints Mteto Nyati to be CEO of South African business

MTN Group Ltd. appointed Mteto Nyati to lead its South African business, promoting the former Microsoft Corp. executive to run the wireless carrier’s second-biggest unit.

Traditional Nigerian dances have been joined by new music and attitudes

I've seen Nigeria's old power at work. I know change is coming: Ken Saro-Wiwa, Jr., Partner, Dragon Africa

When President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as Nigeria’s 15th head of state last month, it was, as the saying goes, the beginning of an end and the end of a beginning.

Kenya’s Konza Techno City, a new tech hub 60km southeast of Nairobi, will be the biggest ICT park in East Africa.

Connected East Africa: Kenya leads, East Africa follows

Earlier this month, the great and the good of the Nairobi ICT sector made their annual pilgrimage to the Kenyan coast to discuss the events of the last year and put in place plans for the next.

Fellows in Code Club 2015 work at the Hehe Labs headquarters at "The Office" in Kigali, Rwanda, a coworking space for young entrepreneurs.

Inside the Tech Revolution That Could Be Rwanda's Future

The small East African nation of Rwanda has progressed remarkably over the last decade.

Alcatel-Lucent appoints Richard Edet as Nigeria Managing Director

Alcatel-Lucent appoints Richard Edet as Nigeria Managing Director

Alcatel-Lucent has appointed Richard Edet as Country Senior Officer and Managing Director for Nigeria, effective immediately.

An illustrator works on a digital drawing board at the Kuluya Games office at Anthony district in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

10 technology trends to watch in Africa in 2015

Because connectivity defines modern prosperity, and because Africa will not be able to build roads fast enough to manage its growth, the continent will be the first to adopt cargo drones at massive scale.

M-PESA

Fact of the Day: Mobile money service M-PESA is Kenya's top brand

Mobile money payment service M-PESA has been voted as Kenya’s leading brand in the Top 20 super brands in Kenya survey.

Delivery Science

10 African startups that rocked 2014

2014 has been another amazing year for startups in Africa.

7 African countries with booming ecommerce markets

7 African countries with booming ecommerce markets

Ecommerce is at the epicenter of Africa’s thriving economies. With internet penetration rapidly spreading across the region, this represents huge potential which has hitherto been untapped.

Fernando de Sousa, General Manager Africa Initiatives at Microsoft and HumanIPO's Paul Adepojuat DEMO 2014

Microsoft and 88mph announce partnership to support startups in Nigeria

Technology company Microsoft today announced a partnership with seed fund and accelerator 88mph to expand Microsoft Ventures program into Nigeria.

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.

Doug Smart, General Manager, KFC Africa

How to succeed in selling to consumers in South Africa

Doug Smart, KFC’s general manager in Africa, is mulling the challenges his company faces in appealing to a cross-section of South Africans one morning at a restaurant in Johannesburg.

Smartphone use in Africa

Boosting smartphone use in Africa: Success strategies of industry players

The high penetration of mobile phones in Africa has been one of its success stories.

Arik Air

Nigeria's Arik Air now accepting international mobile payments powered by SlimTrader

Arik Air has activated international payments on its mobile platform. Customers from anywhere in the world can now access Arik Air’s mobile site, search for tickets, select flights, and pay using credit and debit cards from Visa and MasterCard.

Kabelo Makwane, Managing Director, Microsoft Nigeria

We want to invest in Nigeria and we want to be present in one of Africa's largest markets: Kabelo Makwane, MD of Microsoft Nigeria (Video)

Microsoft recently announced the elevation of Microsoft Nigeria to a stand-alone subsidiary, in recognition of the maturity of the Nigerian market and the immense opportunities the country offers.

Mteto Nyati, Chief Enterprise Officer, MTN

MTN appoints former Microsoft South Africa MD Mteto Nyati as new Group Chief Enterprise Officer

MTN has appointed former Microsoft South Africa MD Mteto Nyati as its new group chief enterprise officer. The appointment is effective 1 October.

BlackBerry Passport

Given BlackBerry's strong popularity in Nigeria and South Africa, will the newly-launched BlackBerry Passport be a hit on the continent?

BlackBerry released its new Passport phone today, a keyboard smartphone with a 4.5-inch​ screen aimed at corporate users.

Charles Ifedi, CEO, Verve International

Q&A with Charles Ifedi, CEO, Verve International

Verve is currently the most widely used payment card in Nigeria, with 18 million of the country’s 25 million payment cards Verve branded; while 19 out of the 21 Nigerian banks issue Verve cards, in addition to microfinance banks (MFBs) and mobile money operators.

DEMO Africa

Microsoft sponsors DEMO Africa 2014

Microsoft Corporation has announced it is a platinum sponsor of 2014 DEMO Africa that will be held later this month in Lagos, Nigeria.

TV White Spaces (TVWS) can bring afforable broadband to Namibia

Namibia hosts world's biggest TV white spaces (TVWS) pilot project

A northern Namibian area spanning 62km x 152km (9,424 km²) has become home to the world’s biggest television white spaces (TVWS) broadband pilot project, says Microsoft.

Konga Mall

Africa's tech start-ups of the future

Silicon Africa is gaining attention, investment, and momentum.

Easy Taxi

Easy Taxi, which operates in 32 countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Egypt, secures additional $40M in series D fund raising

Easy Taxi, a leading mobile taxi app in Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia, secured USD 40m in Series D funding led by the Russian Phenomen Ventures with participation of Tengelmann Ventures, the investment company of Germany’s multi-sector retailer Tengelmann Group.

WhiteSpaces

Broadband startup WhiteSpaces wants to bridge Nigeria's digital divide

WhiteSpaces, startup based in Nigeria, wants to offer an affordable, reliable broadband solution to the country’s millions of unserved citizens.

Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos vs. Kenya vs. South Africa: Which is Africa's ICT capital?

Why is it Lagos up there and not Nigeria? Because Lagos almost qualifies as a country of its own right now.

White Spaces for Broadband

Africa's White Spaces Revolution: Broadband's Final Frontier

An unused portion of the radio and television spectrum known as White Spaces is now being tapped by tech pioneers as the way to get Africa connected to the internet.

More than half of Africa's 1.1 billion people now own a mobile phone

Africa's mobile boom powers innovation economy

Innovation is happening all over Africa in all different sectors, from education to energy, banking to agriculture.