Top Tech News in Africa This Week

Top Tech News in Africa This Week

Genius Pocket Translator: Don’t Go On Holiday, Without This

Have you ever found yourself in a foreign country being ripped off by a taxi driver or having the wrong dish at the restaurant just because of language barriers? This happens to everyone.

What can the inexperienced traveler do so this doesn’t happen to him too when traveling abroad? Thanks to this pocket translator you can instantly speak and understand 39 languages and save yourself from trouble, being ripped off and embarrassing situations. A local businessman from, Kenya, explains why he made this:

“After our business has been very successful in Kenya we decided to expand abroad. At first, the experience was a disaster. Trying to communicate with merchants and clients was impossible.”

The apps he used for communication were simply not good enough

“At first, I tried to use google translate but the app is just too slow, and the translation can be inaccurate. In addition, apps like google translator can only translate one way, not allowing me to make real conversations and I just couldn’t close any deal like that”

After a random meeting with an international diplomat who explained to him how they communicate efficiently, he decided to bring this Japanese tech solution to everyone. He named it: TRANSLATY

TRANSLATY is a brilliant 2 ways solution for translation, anywhere.

Translaty is using the advanced technology of voice recognition and it’s able to accurately understand and translate 39 different languages.  The translator has been designed for traveling and it can easily fit your pocket. 

Vodacom Group to sell its Angolan operations and assets

On Friday, 21 June 2019, Vodacom Group announced that it has entered into an agreement with Internet Technologies Angola (ITA), one of the largest independent network providers in Angola.

The deal set out requires ITA to purchase Vodacom Business Africa’s Angolan operations and assets. The two entities are in the process of concluding the agreements, which are subject to the approvals of the regulatory authorities within these markets. The transaction is in conjunction with Vodacom Group’s new repositioning strategy in Africa — the focus of which has been to grow and strengthen its core business. The group will no longer directly service global enterprise customers in these markets but will rather continue to operate as a local pan-African telecommunications network provider.

AirtelTigo Ghana partners Huawei on $30 million network modernisation project

Network provider, AirtelTigo, is partnering with Huawei Technologies on a $30 million project that’s aimed to provide a faster internet experience to customers.

The project, which has been designed in phases, will commence in the greater Accra region in June and is expected to end in October 2019.

Nokia, UNICEF to boost digital literacy in primary schools in Kenya

Nokia and the Finnish National Committee for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UNICEF Kenya have launched a shared-value partnership during this year’s Nairobi Innovation Week, to increase equitable access to digital literacy for some of the most disadvantaged children in Kenya. This includes girls and children with disabilities in urban informal settlements and some of the most remote areas of Kenya.

The partnership builds on the Government of Kenya’s investment in the Digital Literacy Project which provided one million tablets to primary schools with a focus on improving the availability and use of quality digital content.

Nigeria’s digital taxi-transportation service, MAX, receives $7.5 million in funding

The uMunthu fund has acquired a share in MAX, the motorcycle hailing app in West Africa. MAX has raised around $7.5 million from a group of investors including NovaStar Ventures, Yamaha, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Zrosk Investment Management, and other partners.

The current round brings the total funding raised by the mobility startup to $9 million. Existing investors include TechStars, Olive Tree Capital, Venture Garden Group, RightSide Capital Management, Shell Foundation and Angel investors such as Greg Schroy and Michael Lazerow.