Ghana: Latest News
Tom Jackson, 7:08 pm AFKI Original
To mark the recent international women’s day, Rwandan ride-hailing platform SafeMotos announced it had added the first female moto-drivers to its network, while it is working on a service that specifically matches female riders with female drivers. But will Uber or Taxify follow SafeMotos’ lead and develop a similar service? Not anytime soon, according to the companies, though both are dedicated to supporting female drivers within their networks and ensuring safety for passengers.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:37 am
African smartphone growth numbers are down in the fourth and final quarter of 2017, following on from positive growth in the third quarter. Africa’s smartphone market experienced a quarter-on-quarter decline of 6.4 percent during the period under review in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the International Data Corporation. The decline in growth is represented by shipments of around 20.3 million units in the quarter.
Tom Jackson, 5:37 am AFKI Original
Back in January, South African mobile operator MTN and Ericsson announced Africa’s first 5G technology and applications trial, which is part of a 5G demonstration starting in the first quarter of 2018. The 5G trial achieved a throughput of more than 20Gbps with less than 5ms latency, which is the highest achieved on a mobile network in Africa. MTN said it has tested a range of 5G use cases, and expects to see commercial deployment in the near future.
Staff, 4:42 am
African millennials who were born from the early 1980s until around the turn of the new millennium are perceived as having changed the world’s understanding of Africa, bringing it from a ‘dark continent’ to ‘Africa rising’ through blogging and social media (#SomeoneTellCNN). They are often thought of as mobile, connected, and tech savvy, founders of tech startups that begin with the abbreviation ‘M’ – for mobile, with little care for politics, but is that a myth?
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:28 am AFKI Original
U.S.-based venture capital fund Village Capital has announced the full cohort of fintech startups from Africa that will take part in the Village Capital Fintech Africa 2018 program. Their venture development program will see the 12 early-stage African fintech startups, which are focused on improving financial health, work through a specific curriculum over a three-month period, in collaboration with PayPal. The startups have been chosen from Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria.
Tom Jackson, 4:07 am AFKI Original
Blockchain and cryptocurrencies have been controversial topics, linked to Silk Road and the Dark Web, but they could have huge potential in Africa. Many new developments provide the first, baby steps towards a new Africa, democratized and made more transparent by the blockchain. But as each new development proves its worth, and if regulators and governments awaken to the potential, they might in future be seen as the beginning of the blockchain revolution on the continent.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:47 am
U.S.-based venture capital fund Village Capital has announced the full cohort of fintech startups from Africa that will take part in their venture development program, in collaboration with PayPal. The Village Capital Fintech Africa 2018 program will see the 12 early-stage African fintech startups, which are focused on improving financial health, work through a specific curriculum over a three-month period. The startups have been chosen from Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:14 am AFKI Original
Africa is a continent that has embraced telecoms technology and mobile on a wide scale, with numerous telecommunications brands in Africa providing millions of African subscribers with a variety of mobile-based services. According to new research published in February from brand valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance, a number of African mobile operators and telecoms companies form part of the most valuable telecoms brands on the planet.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:26 am
American financial services corporation Mastercard and Kenyan pay-as-you-go solar energy provider M-KOPA have partnered in an effort to expand solar opportunities for homes and businesses in Africa. The partnership will see M-KOPA piloting Mastercard’s quick response (QR code) payment technology in Uganda, with the aim of improving access to its pay-as-you-go solar service.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:56 am AFKI Original
Edutech startups provide a way in which education and technology can be combined to teach people through various digital means. In Africa, there are many impressive edutech firms that have provided mobile applications, digital platforms and other tech solutions to issues that were previously unsolved. These startups bring education to the people of Africa and allow for better access through m-learning and e-learning.
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