South Africa: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:42 am
South Africa’s largest mobile carrier, Vodacom, is set to undergo a massive rebranding of the company in an effort to open up additional business opportunities with regards to an increasingly digital future. The update in branding is a global effort, with parent company Vodafone leading the change with a new logo (pictured below) and tag line which states: “The Future Is Exciting, Ready?”. The new logo enables 2D visualisation, with 34 countries set to experience the change.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:57 am AFKI Original
South Africa is a country where smartphone usage is high, and downloaded android mobile apps form an important part of the experience for these users. The android market is the biggest among the smartphone competitors in the country, and as such this segment of the market is an indicator of the popularity of apps in general and the types of mobile applications that South Africans are using. Here are the 10 most downloaded android mobile apps in South Africa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:45 am
South Africa may host the 2018 ITU Telecom World, the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) annual telecommunications and ICT industry event. The potential for South Africa to host was made known at the 2017 ITU Telecom World in South Korea, with the 2018 telecom conference set to be the first time an African country has hosted the International Telecommunication Union’s prestigious event, subject to the conclusion of contractual arrangements.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:20 am AFKI Original
Technology has an important role to play in Africa, and one of the most important ways that tech is improving the lives of Africans across the continent is by transforming healthcare. Advances in technology and innovative ideas are allowing for better healthcare and improved diagnostic efforts in communities throughout Africa, including in remote areas thanks to the wonders of mobile and the internet.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:02 am
Global investment fund Endeavor Catalyst has backed South African authentication and app security company Entersekt through a funding round that was realized in September. The Silicon Valley-based investment firm led a funding round for Entersekt amounting to around $5 million, with the investment being Endeavor Catalyst’s first ever in South Africa, where they have had an office since 2004.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:15 am AFKI Original
Mobile internet is incredibly important to Africans, with a high mobile penetration rate making mobile the major medium through which Africans connect to the internet. Broadband, or fixed line internet, speeds via desktop or laptop computers are constantly improving throughout the continent, but it is on mobile that some of Africa’s top speeds may surprise people, with one East African nation in particular enjoying faster average mobile internet speeds than people in the U.S.
Ann Brown, 2:55 am AFKI Original
Ghanaian entrepreneur Nana Opoku W.O. Agyeman founded Asoriba, a web-based church management application that keeps the church connected to its members throughout the week, and not only on Sundays. So far, Agyeman has signed 395 churches in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, and the U.S. He has registered 30,000 church members to Asoriba, which was named the Ghanaian startup of the year in 2015.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:40 am AFKI Original
Africa loves sport, and the popularity of numerous top sports such as soccer, rugby and cricket has inevitably attracted tech companies that are interested in funding sport in the form of sponsorship deals to be associated with the various teams, competitions and players. Numerous global and local tech brands benefit from this, while the sports themselves require the finances provided by these deals to survive and thrive.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:19 am
South African bitcoin wallet and exchange, Luno, has expanded into Europe while attracting an additional investment of $9 million in a recent round of funding. Luno announced that it was expanding its service offering to cater for an additional 35 markets in Europe, bringing its total number of territories to 40. The bitcoin exchange enjoyed a successful Series B funding round led by London-based venture capital firm Balderton Capital.
Staff, 8:02 am
Mastercard released its first South African SpendingPulse report. The report, published worldwide, is based on transactions across every payment medium – including cash, wire transfers, and credit cards. This equates to over 80 billion transactions processed annually in 210 countries, and provides an accurate representation of consumer spending habits. Sarah Quinlan, senior vice president for Mastercard, indicated that one of the biggest changes in shopping trends came after the 2008 recession.
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