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Welcome to the Last edition of the African Tech Gist Roundup for October. Have a fun read.
Airtel Disconnects Globacom Over Interconnected debt
In the week, Airtel received the go-ahead from the Nigerian Communication Commission to disconnect Globacom from its network over interconnected debt. Globacom has been in the limelight in recent times for failing to remit its interconnect bills. The disconnection from Airtel will bar Globacom users from calling the airtel network. Read More Here
Big Applaud to the Nigeria Communication Minister as he Suspends MTN’s Planned Charges on USSD Transactions
Did you also receive the SMS from MTN and other mobile network companies on the new charge for USSD transaction? Well, several Nigerians got the SMS too. The minister also got wind of the move and was swift to halt it. He noted that he was unaware of the new charges. See Gist Here
More Funds for Fintech Startups in Africa as UK approves Sh1.8Bn for the sector
The UK government has opened yet another support opportunity for fintech startups in Kenya. The move is meant to build Kenya’s fintech sector and increase the United Kingdom’s impact on the African Continent. Interested in the in-depth report? Click Here
Airtel partners Ecobank to offer Mobile Financial Services Across Africa
Airtel, a leading telecom company in Africa has partnered the Pan African Bank, Ecobank in a bid to offer mobile financial services and a variety of digital services in Africa and beyond. The term of the partnership will see to it that Airtel users perform transactions from Ecobank without having an account with the bank. Find More Here
Microsoft recruits 50 Engineers for its Development Centre in Nairobi
Do you know that Microsoft now has a research and Development Centre in Nairobi? The Centre has been there for some months now. But more importantly, the centre has recruited 50 Engineers for the centre.
Amazingly, Microsoft will also build another centre in Nigeria before the end of this year. We all anticipate its launch. See Details Here
Orange Telecommunication to Sell-off Business in Niger over Tax Evasion
Orange is set to sell off its business in Niger over tax evasion. The decision was further ignited by the Niger government as it orders the French-owned company to sell off or shut down. Read More Here
Naspers Bids to Acquire Just Eat in a step to Compete with other Leading Food Delivery Food Business
Naspers made an unsolicited bid to acquire JustEat, Britain’s leading online food delivery business this week. The move, if gone through, will make the multinational compete with other leading online food delivery companies. Unfortunately, it didn’t as Just Eat blatantly rejects the offer. Read More Here
South Africa Signs New Agreement with Tencent to Scale Foreign Investment
The South Africa Department of Tourism has signed a new partnership agreement with Tencent to scale its tourism sector. The agreement will allow South Africa to be position as the choicest tourist center on Tencent’s digital platform like WeChat. Full Gist Here
AbuDhabi Shows New Support for Africa with $250million Investment Fund
Abu Dhabi, the state capital of the United Arab Emirates is set to invest $250 million in tech startups across Africa and the Middle East. The fund is part of its Hub71 initiative and an offshoot of its investment arm Mubadala. More Gist Here
Finally, Mastercard Partners NMB Bank to Offer Digital Payment Solutions for Boda-Bodas in Tanzania
Mastercard has partnered NMB to Scale the provision of digital payment solutions to Boda Boda motorcycle riders. The payment solution will enable Boda Boda riders to receive payments from customers with ease and ensure a secure payment gateway. Read More Here
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