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- Airtel Africa launches new data centre business Nxtra
Tech & Business
- Airtel Africa has launched Nxtra by Airtel (“Nxtra”), a new data center business, as demand for data centers continues to rise across the continent.
- Nxtra aims to build one of the largest networks of data centers in Africa, with high-capacity data centers strategically located in major cities across Airtel Africa’s footprint, complementing its existing edge sites.
- Airtel Africa’s Group CEO, Segun Ogunsanya, said that a rapid increase in data center capacity is needed to support the growth potential of Africa’s digital economy.
Airtel Africa has launched Nxtra by Airtel (“Nxtra”), a new data center business, as demand for data centers continues to rise across the continent.
Nxtra aims to build one of the largest networks of data centers in Africa, with high-capacity data centers strategically located in major cities across Airtel Africa’s footprint, complementing its existing edge sites.
Airtel Africa’s Group CEO, Segun Ogunsanya, stated that a rapid increase in …
Tanzania’s island of Zanzibar, once known for tourism, is now charting a new course toward becoming a powerhouse in technology and e-commerce. The recent launch of an electronic products shop in Zanzibar is not just a commercial opening; it symbolises the dawn of an ambitious era for the island’s investment sector.…
- Kenya’s online retailer, Sky.Garden has relaunched operations following a $1.6 million buyout by Lipa Later Group.
- This move has propelled Sky.Garden will revamp its platform, aiming to onboard 100,000 merchants in 2024.
- The revamped platform introduces a suite of new products, including Sky.Tickets, Sky.Logistics, Sky.Commerce, and Sky.Wallet.
Sky.Garden, one of Kenya’s online retail platforms, has relaunched operations in East Africa’s most advanced economy following a $1.6 million buyout by the Lipa Later Group.
This strategic move has propelled Sky.Garden will revamp its platform, introducing innovative features and diversified product offerings, to onboard 100,000 merchants by 2024.
During the launch event, Juliet Wanjiru, the Head of e-commerce at Sky.Garden shared the company’s visionary strides, highlighting the platform’s evolution into a comprehensive e-commerce ecosystem transcending conventional online retail. Wanjiru emphasized.
Sky.Garden unveils a new suite of platforms.
“Today marks a significant milestone in the evolution of Sky. As we embark on a …
In the heart of Africa, a digital revolution is underway. As the continent stands on the cusp of an unprecedented digital transformation, a new currency is emerging, not in the form of coins or notes but in the unique digital footprints of its people. Digital identities, once an abstract concept, are now becoming the gold standard for Africans, especially in the professional realm.…
- Orange’s Max it is a “super-app” designed to be a portal for mobile services that simplifies the digital experience and eases the achievement of daily activities.
- The super app is set to debut in five countries Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Botswana across Africa. By 2025, Orange projects to have 45 million active users.
- The app brings together account functionalities, Orange Money, and an e-commerce platform offering digital content.
Following the steady uptake of My Orange and Orange Money applications, which are used by more than 22 million customers on a daily basis, French telecommunications giant Orange is introducing its super-app: Max it.
According to the telco, Max it is an innovative application that seamlessly integrates telecommunications, financial services, and e-commerce to address all the daily requirements of its users.
Developed by the Orange teams in Africa with the African customer in mind, Max it, is set to …
- Creative disruption is predominant in Africa’s orange economy.
- Emerging technologies solve several challenges, even in areas beyond the orange economy.
- Carefully mitigating risks and developing an enabling environment will be key to unlocking the potential of Web 3.0 for Africa’s orange economy.
Recent economic challenges have reminded the world and Africa of the need for economic diversification. The orange economy, otherwise known as the creative industry, is one area that has grown significantly over the last couple of years, presenting endless opportunities for Africans considering the region’s youthful population and wealth of cultural assets.
Nevertheless, comparative advantage alone might not be sufficient to capitalise on the orange economy’s emerging trends fully. It is essential to explore another emerging sector, the Web 3.0 economy, and how it can be leveraged to benefit the orange economy.
The orange economy’s susceptibility to disruptive technology
The orange economy covers various activities that can convert …
Digital payment platform iPay has joined forces with Visa, a world leader in digital payments, to introduce Visa’s Tap-to-Phone technology to simplify digital payments for merchants and customers.
Dubbed Tap Ulipe, the solution is integrated into a sleek, portable, internet-enabled MobiGo 2 device, comparable in size to modern smartphones. It offers merchants many solutions beyond traditional payments without investing in clunky POS machines. In addition, merchants can also download the Tap to Ulipe app from the Google Play store on their Near-Field-Communication (NFC) enabled smartphones to accept contactless payments.…
An estimated 63 per cent of Kenyan students report using generative AI (GenAI) for their college or university studies—the highest percentage among the countries surveyed globally, surpassing Saudi Arabia and Spain, which both tied at 62 per cent.…
- The strategic manoeuvrings of the United States in the DRC’s cobalt mines serve as an international yardstick for how well it can balance economic aspirations with ethical imperatives.
- The DRC has become embroiled in a complicated geopolitical chess game, and it is no longer merely a national asset but a worldwide commodity.
- The strategic importance of cobalt from the Congo to the United States exemplifies the necessity for a multifaceted solution that upholds human dignity in the workplace, safeguards natural resources, and encourages economic resilience.
Conspicuously rising to critical importance on a global scale, cobalt has been overshadowed by the world’s precious metals. Although it is sometimes overlooked in resource talks in favour of its more glamorous cousins, gold and oil, this silvery-blue element—a byproduct of copper and nickel mining—is an essential component of modern technology.
Nevertheless, it is a mineral of the future because it powers electronic devices such …