Ghana: Latest News
Staff, 9:01 am
Ghana launched its first radio astronomy observatory in an effort to widen knowledge of African skies, catalyze skills development, and attract scientists. A 32-meter wide (104-foot) radio telescope, converted from an old telecommunications dish, forms the heart of the observatory, which is in Kuntunse. Astronomers are eyeing these dishes with plans to turn them into radio telescopes. Ghana’s dish, donated to the government by V odafone, is the first of a number of planned conversions.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:36 am
African e-commerce platform MallforAfrica and global market leader eBay have announced a development that builds on their existing partnership to enable the sale of African handmade goods into the U.S.. MallforAfrica and eBay will now provide Africans in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, and Rwanda with a new platform to sell their unique artisan products into the U.S.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:53 am
Renewable energy firm, GreenWish Partners, which is run by former Morgan Stanley executive Charlotte Aubin-Kalaidjian, has announced plans to invest $800 million on solar-powered telecommunications towers to be built throughout Africa. GreenWish will partner with telecoms provider Orange to implement hybrid telecommunication tower systems that are completely off-grid thanks to the combination of a solar panel, a battery and a diesel generator.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:59 am AFKI Original
In business terms, countries with the fastest broadband speeds have a distinct advantage over others, and this is especially true for Africa. The research took into account 189 countries, including most African nations ranking them from first to last with regards to average speeds that users experience in those countries. Singapore ranks as the world’s fastest country with speeds of 55.13Mbps, while Yemen is in last place in the ranking at an average speed of only 0.34Mbps.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:42 am
Malaysian subscription streaming video service iflix, which is focused on emerging markets, has secured significant funding that will be used to facilitate the company’s African expansion plans. The Netflix competitor announced that it had attracted investments amounting to $133m in new funding round led by U.S. media giant Hearst that was successful due to significant interest from both new investors and existing shareholders.
Tom Jackson, 10:49 am AFKI Original
While both Kenya and Rwanda admit to the importance of tech development in spurring economic success, the countries have two different approaches. Kenya’s tech development has stalled, mostly on President Kenyatta’s watch, and the government needs to match its rhetoric with action if it is to get it going again. In contrast, Rwanda is earning a reputation as a test kitchen for startups, and a recent report placed the country first in government success in ICT promotion.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:38 am AFKI Original
The Barclays Accelerator Program, powered by small and medium business empowerment organization Techstars, is a startup program of networking, mentoring and development at Rise, Barclays Africa Group’s fintech innovation hub. Selected from a large group of applicants from 50 countries, Barclays will work closely with 10 chosen startups to explore promising new technology-based solutions that can benefit the financial services industry and their customers.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:47 am
British mobile virtual network operator Lycamobile is expanding into Africa, and has chosen South Africa as their first sub-Saharan African market. As the biggest mobile virtual network operators in the world, Lycamobile’s expansion to South Africa will be their first in the region, as well as the 23rd country within their list of global markets.
Staff, 7:45 am
African space programs are nothing new. In 1964 Edward Mukuka Nkoloso, self-appointed director of Zambia’s national space program, wanted to beat the USA and the Soviet Union in the space race, and landing a Zambian on the Moon. Using unconventional techniques, such as spinning students around a tree in an oil drum, Nkoloso trained 12 astronauts. He was unsuccessful. Fortunately Africa’s space programs now look much more promising. In the last decade the continent has entered a space race.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:37 pm AFKI Original
History was made in 2016 when Africa could finally celebrate its first startup unicorn, with the Africa Internet Group, now known as Jumia Group, being valued at over $1 billion in February last year. In doing so, it became the first privately owned startup to gain unicorn status, joining an elite group of 150 or so companies around the globe. The company is based in Lagos, Nigeria, and operates as a subsidiary of Millicom International Cellular S.A, using a sales approach similar to Amazon.
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