Tech news around the continent today

Tech news around the continent today

Liquid Telecom to rollout South Sudan’s first fibre broadband

Liquid Telecom has announced plans to connect South Sudan to the “One Africa” broadband network, which is approaching 70,000km across 13 African countries and to the rest of the world. Phase one of the rollout is due to be completed before the end of 2019.

Liquid Telecom’s network internet connectivity will be available to nearly 13 million citizens of South Sudan, as well as thousands of businesses, government institutions and non-governmental organizations. South Sudan will link to Liquid Telecom’s network across the region which covers the East African Community, a regional intergovernmental organization of six partner states, the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda. The Community connects up to 300 million people and stimulates cross-border investment and trade.

“Liquid Telecom is immensely proud to bring fibre connectivity to South Sudan for the first time,” says Strive Masiyiwa, Executive Chairman of Econet Global and Liquid Telecom. “This modern ICT infrastructure will help address the most pressing challenges within South Sudan, including the urgent need for peace and state building, job creation and improved livelihoods. South Sudan’s 13 million citizens will be connected to 300 million people across the East African Community. Connecting South Sudan to the ‘One Africa’ broadband network will also champion pan-Africa trade and help build Africa’s digital future.”

Kenyan website launches e-commerce programme for mothers

MumsVillage, a parenting website for expert advice and online community support in Kenya, announced the launch of the MumsVillageShop.

Aimed at becoming a one-stop-shop for mum and baby products MumsVillageShop reflects the changing preferences of consumers to shop online in Kenya —  due to the convenience and access to quality products. The product categories include diapers and wipes, baby gear, toys and books, and feeding accessories. 

Orange Business Services, Genesis partner to deliver digital banking strategy in MEA

Orange Business Services and Genesis Analytics have partnered in a bid to prepare financial institutions to launch new digital ecosystem banking services in the Middle East and Africa.

The partnership will help these financial institutions address the increasing disruption of innovative mobile payment and digital banking business models with a full portfolio of digital capabilities. It combines Genesis Analytics’ African and Middle Eastern expertise in regulatory economics, strategy and market research with the Orange capabilities in digital, cloud and network services.

“Banks and regulators in Africa and the Middle East are looking for digital partners to support them in their digital transformation journey, from strategic regulatory advice and building co-innovation sandboxes to hosting banking solutions in the cloud. Together with Orange Business Services, we are now able to offer these new digital services to our large established customer base in the region,” said Richard Ketley, Managing Partner of the Financial Services Strategy practice at Genesis Analytics.

South African entrepreneur seeks to use robotics to transform education

A young South African entrepreneur aims to use a robot to teach children how to build new robots. RD9 Solutions is a start-up company created by Tyrone van Balla. van Balla and his business partner Ridhaa Benefeld aim to build robots and use them as educational tools. Together, they have designed a robot and a curriculum that offers a course in programming and robotics.

“We’ve always been inspired by technology, and we’re dedicated to making it as accessible to others as possible, so that they too may be inspired,” van Bala said. RD9 Solutions is a tech innovation company that strives to find answers to everyday challenges by developing creative and cost-effective solutions. The start-up company currently operates in the ed-tech space and offers an accessible and innovative platform through which topics as electronics, programming and robotics can be taught.