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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.

More Nigerians are embracing electronic payments

More Nigerians are embracing electronic payments (Infographics)

Five years after Nigeria’s Central Bank (CBN) launched its Cash-less Nigeria project to reduce the amount of physical cash circulating in the economy, it is finally catching on.

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.

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

Safaricom's M-PESA has Kenya's government worried what happens in the event of a crash (Infographic)

At the time of M-Pesa’s launch in 2007, few could have conceived the mobile money service would be as ubiquitous and deeply entrenched in the lives of millions of Kenyans as it is today.

Kenyan banks want a bigger share of the mobile money action. Credit: qz.com/Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Kenyan banks are closing in on what they think will be the perfect M-PESA disruptor (Infographic)

Early next year, Kenyan banks are expected to unveil a digital and mobile money transfer platform to rival M-Pesa’s longstanding dominance as the scramble for cashless payments intensifies.

Nic Rudnick, CEO, Liquid Telecom

Liquid Telecom buys Neotel for $466M to form Africa's largest fiber network

Africa’s largest fiber network will be formed as Liquid Telecom buys South African converged network operator Neotel.

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

Safaricom in talks with five firms on M-PESA's future

Mobile service provider Safaricom has announced that it is in discussions with five companies to broaden the availability of M-PESA services.

All eyes on Africa tech

All eyes on Africa tech

Forget bootstraps. Africa is a continent dragging itself up by its code strings to become a global player – but it needs more software developers, writes Brett Parker, SAP Africa Managing Director.

Phuthuma Nhleko, Executive Chairman, MTN Group

MTN Chairman sells $8.8 million of shares before arrival of new CEO

MTN Group Ltd. Executive Chairman Phuthuma Nhleko sold shares worth about 123 million rand ($8.8 million).

The Carlyle Group Acquires CMC Networks, a Pan-African Network Connectivity Provider

The Carlyle Group Acquires CMC Networks, a Pan-African Network Connectivity Provider

Global Alternative Asset Manager The Carlyle Group announced last week that it has agreed to acquire a majority share of CMC Networks.

Ericsson bets on fast-growing broadband demand in Africa

Ericsson bets on fast-growing broadband demand in Africa

Ericsson is betting that fast-growing demand for mobile Internet services in sub-Saharan Africa will also boost sales for the world’s biggest mobile telecoms equipment maker.

Bryan Leith, COO, KPMG Africa

Africa's Economic Prospects: Bryan Leith, ‎COO, KPMG Africa

While on a road show for US clients, Bryan Leith, chief operating officer of KPMG’s global Africa practice, sat down with Global Finance to discuss the continent’s economic prospects.

Africa Digital Market Outlook

Fact of the Day: Africa to pass 1 billion mobile subscriptions by end of 2016, says Ovum (Infographic)

Africa is expected to cross 1 billion mobile subscriptions in the fourth quarter of 2016, reaching 1.02 billion by year-end, according to global advisory firm Ovum.

MTN Nigeria

MTN versus Nigeria

MTN’s misadventures in Nigeria have become a cautionary tale for multinationals and governments in the region – but for which side is still a matter of some debate.

Visa launches mobile money service mVisa to rival Safaricom's M-PESA

Visa launches mobile money service mVisa to rival Safaricom's M-PESA

Visa Inc., the world’s largest payments network, introduced a mobile-phone application to enable cashless transactions in Kenya, where the majority of wireless payments are being done through the nation’s biggest telecommunications company, Safaricom Ltd.

7 Reasons to Be Bullish on MTN Group

MTN Nigeria said to target $1 billion in Nigerian Stock Exchange IPO

MTN Group Ltd., Africa’s biggest wireless operator by sales, and minority shareholders in its Nigerian business are seeking to raise about $1 billion in an initial public offering.

Paga agent: Mobile money is catching on. Credit: qz.com

Nigerians are finally using mobile money services

It took a while to catch on but Nigerians are finally using mobile money. Over the past decade, financial institutions and telecoms operators, sometimes in collaboration, as well as standalone firms have tried to deploy mobile money services in Africa’s largest economy with mixed success.

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.

Safaricom & M-PESA - An African Growth Story

Safaricom & M-PESA - An African Growth Story: Peter C. Thoms, Founder, Africa Capital Group

One of the larger holdings in our Africa strategy is Safaricom, the dominant mobile communications provider in Kenya.

What Africa's banking sector needs to do to survive

What Africa's banking sector needs to do to survive: Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Founder, African Institution of Technology

Across Africa, banking is being redesigned. Technology has emerged as a competitive weapon in driving operational excellence and superior service quality.

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.

MTN to list on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 2017

MTN to list on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 2017

MTN Group Ltd. appointed units of Citigroup Inc. and Standard Bank Group Ltd. as advisers on a planned listing of the wireless company’s Nigeria business on the country’s local stock exchange, part of a deal struck with the West African nation’s government to settle a record fine.

Bob Collymore (Right), CEO, Safaricom. Safaricom launched Uber rival Little Cabs earlier this month. Credit: techcrunch.com

In Kenya, Safaricom's Little Cabs app goes head to head with Uber

Even as a deal is imminent between Uber and its closest competitor Didi Chuxing in the immense Chinese market, competition in ride-sharing continues to intensify around the globe.

Africa tops 500M mobile users, adds $150B to economy

Africa tops 500M mobile users, adds $150B to economy (Infographic)

Africa now has half a billion mobile users, and the mobile ecosystem added $153-billion to the African economy in 2015, according to a new GSMA study, which predicts smartphone numbers will triple in the next five years.

M-PESA customers will soon be able to use debit cards for quicker transactions. Credit: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya/qz.com

Safaricom's M-PESA is getting its own debit card to compete with banks

Safaricom, parent of the M-PESA mobile money platform, is eyeing a piece of the $13.5 billion in annual transactions in Kenya’s payment cards industry with a new debit card.

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The African Future Is Digital: Victor Asemota

WhatsApp? What is That? A couple of years ago, one of our Managing Consultants was in South Africa. She had decided to buy a local SIM instead to save cost on roaming.

Strive Masiyiwa, Founder & Chairman, Econet Wireless Group

Econet Wireless & Royal Bafokeng to purchase Neotel for $428M creating Africa's largest broadband network

Econet Wireless Global affiliate Liquid Telecom agreed to pay 6.55 billion rand ($428 million) for South African Internet-service provider Neotel Pty Ltd., creating the continent’s largest broadband network and business-to-business phone carrier.

South Africa's MTN bets on mobile banking with new CEO

South Africa's MTN bets on mobile banking with new CEO

MTN’s new chief executive Rob Shuter has been brought in to boost profits at Africa’s biggest mobile phone group after a $1.7 billion fine in Nigeria, by persuading its 200 million clients to use their handsets to store money and pay bills.

MTN's latest turnaround strategy involves poaching top executives from its arch rival

MTN's latest turnaround strategy involves poaching top executives from its arch rival

Africa’s largest telecom is appointing a new CEO, and shaking up its board and top executives.

Rob Shuter, incoming CEO, MTN Group

South Africa's MTN names Vodafone Europe Head Rob Shuter as CEO

South African mobile phone operator MTN Group named the head of Vodafone Europe as its new CEO on Monday, bringing in an outsider with a risk-management background 10 days after it agreed to pay a $1.7 billion fine in Nigeria.

African internet traffic to grow six-fold by 2020

Fact of the Day: African internet traffic to grow six-fold by 2020

Africa’s internet traffic will grow six-fold by 2020, when the Middle East and Africa internet traffic will be equivalent to 527 times the volume of the region’s in 2005.

Issam Darwish, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, IHS Towers

IHS Towers closes the first African mobile infrastructure consolidation transaction with HTN Towers

IHS Holding Limited (IHS), the largest mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, has completed the acquisition of Helios Towers Nigeria Limited’s (HTN) 1,211 diversified tower sites throughout Nigeria.

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.

Phuthuma Nhleko, Executive Chairman, MTN

MTN settles Nigeria fine & looks at listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange

MTN Group has agreed to pay a reduced fine of 330 billion naira ($1.7 billion) in a settlement with the Nigerian government of a long-running dispute over unregistered SIM cards, sending shares in the South African telecoms group soaring.

As it expands in Africa, Uber adapts to local markets and adopts cash payments

As it expands in Africa, Uber adapts to local markets and adopts cash payments

While Uber continues its push into Africa the company is making allowances to local markets and testing unique service models users wouldn’t see in other parts of the globe.

Interswitch: Africa’s first ‘unicorn’? Credit: eyefortravel.com

Interswitch: Africa's first 'unicorn'?

An integrated digital payments and transaction processing company in Nigeria has travel companies queueing up, writes Sally White.

Taxify's driver app, putting the driver first. Credit: Taxify/qz.com

Uber's rivals in Africa think they can win with happier drivers, traffic jam deals and even price haggling

Wherever there is a car, a decent road and a reliable GPS connection, there is Uber.

John Tanui, Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KOTDA)

First phase of Kenya's smart city Konza is ready for development, says Konza Development CEO John Tanui

The first country in the region to set up a smart city, Konza Techno City, Kenya is way ahead in East Africa’s ICT development race.

Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital

How mobile is sparking creativity in African business: Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital

Chanzo Capital is an early stage micro-VC firm that provides capital and mentorship to high-tech startups in Kenya, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa (the so-called KINGS of Africa’s digital economy).

Meet some of the tech companies creating opportunity in Africa

Meet some of the tech companies creating opportunity in Africa: Jonathan Berman, CEO, J.E. Berman Associates

For our family, it’s the homecoming routine. I pull up to the house and my son flies out of the car to inspect the box or two on our front stairs. Santa only delivers once a year, but Amazon leaves something on our door about every other day.