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Thousands of African girls to be trained in coding: a step closer to a connected Africa

Thousands of African girls to be trained in coding: a step closer to a connected Africa

Technology
The hybrid training targets young African women and girls between 12 to 25 years of age, where 100 from Namibia will be physically attending while over 2000 are expected to join virtually The Connected Africa Girls Coding Camp is back this year with its 5th edition commissioned by ECA in partnership with the government of The Republic of Namibia, UN Namibia, UN WOMEN, and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The hybrid training targets young African women and girls between 12 to 25 years of age, where 100 from Namibia will be physically attending while over 2000 are expected to join virtually from around the African continent. Considering the rising global-scale influence of technology in driving sustainable development and growth, strengthening the ICT sector ...
Clickatell Secures $91 Million in Series C Funding for US Expansion and Product Acceleration

Clickatell Secures $91 Million in Series C Funding for US Expansion and Product Acceleration

Corporate Stories, Technology
Clickatell investors now include Arrowroot Capital, Kennedy Lewis Investment Management, Sequoia Capital, DAG Ventures, Endeavor Global and Harvest Clickatell, today has secured $91 million in their Series C round. This round was led by Arrowroot Capital, with participation from Kennedy Lewis Investment Management, Endeavor Global and Harvest. Clickatell the CPaaS innovator and Chat Commerce leader, which has delivered double-digit profitable growth for several years, will use the Series C round capital to scale and expand three key areas: (i) Accelerated development and innovation of its Chat Commerce offering, (ii) Expansion of its footprint in the U.S., and (iii) Scaling of sales and marketing efforts on the back of growing demand from leading brands. The new capital will ...
IFC Partners with Liquid Intelligent Technologies to Boost Africa’s Digital Infrastructure

IFC Partners with Liquid Intelligent Technologies to Boost Africa’s Digital Infrastructure

Business, Corporate Stories, Innovation, Technology
To support universal and affordable broadband access in Africa, IFC has partnered with Liquid Intelligent Technologies (Liquid.Tech) to expand data center capacity and the rollout of fiber-optic cable on the continent. The partnership with Liquid Intelligent Technologies, Africa’s leading independent fiber and digital services provider, aims to increase digital connectivity and inclusion in Africa and to support the region’s growing digital ecosystem. IFC’s equity and debt investments in Liquid Intelligent Technologies, which to date total approximately $250 million, will support the company to grow its hyperscale data center capacity in Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa through its subsidiary, Africa Data Centres. As Africa’s population grows and is increasingly urbanized...
Saudi Arabia’s Telecommunications Operator, Specialized by STC, Launches Broadband Push-to-Talk Solution from Motorola Solutions

Saudi Arabia’s Telecommunications Operator, Specialized by STC, Launches Broadband Push-to-Talk Solution from Motorola Solutions

Business, Economy, Innovation, Technology
Specialized by STC (bit.ly/3bFyZgv), the leading telecommunications operator in Saudi Arabia, has selected Motorola Solutions (https://bit.ly/3q6sr2U) to deliver a next-generation mission-critical Push-to-Talk (PTT) (https://bit.ly/3EGSZMk) solution to provide its customers with instant communication and collaboration capabilities to increase efficiency, productivity and customer satisfaction. We look forward to building on our successful partnership with Specialized by STC to offer secure and dynamic communication capabilities Motorola Solutions will deliver a scalable, highly resilient, network-integrated 3GPP standards-compliant mission-critical solution that provides secure connectivity over Specialized by STC’s LTE network. The new service will offer enhanced multimedia cap...
PropTech Solution Sets a New Benchmark in the Real-estate Industry

PropTech Solution Sets a New Benchmark in the Real-estate Industry

Corporate Stories, Economy, Innovation, Technology
Leading Pan-African professional real-estate services provider Broll Property Group (www.Broll.com) is a PropTech technology creator and arguably the continent’s leader in this regard. It has achieved this pre-eminence through in-house software development and collaborating with other technology houses. Software development has been core to Broll’s business for over two decades, giving its clients and the industry a unique advantage in the technology and PropTech space. Broll-Online™ is an in-house PropTech solution providing end-to-end, comprehensive property services that encapsulate property, financial and facility management and mobility and business intelligence in a single integrated platform, explains Stuart Mathieson, Broll Group IT Executive. PropTech promises to signific...
Fintech TagPay rebrands as Skaleet!

Fintech TagPay rebrands as Skaleet!

Business, Corporate Stories, Innovation, Technology, Technology & Innovation
From today, TagPay will be known as Skaleet (Skaleet.com), an international fintech company offering a back-end technology platform. Its core banking platform is fully interactive with an ecosystem of banks, fintechs and technology partners. It has the speed and agility required to quickly launch new personalized services to the market. Skaleet’s ambition is to bridge the gap between complex financial products and customers’ changing needs. In this new digital world, Skaleet helps financial institutions become faster and more agile in adapting to their customers’ changing needs by offering innovative services. Our range of services allows banks, neobanks and fintechs to stay in the race against the Big Tech threat that is attempting to dominate this market. Skaleet’s platform offers...
Liquid Intelligent Technologies joins hands with Africa Legal in an ed-tech partnership to drive professional growth in Africa through Liquid Labs

Liquid Intelligent Technologies joins hands with Africa Legal in an ed-tech partnership to drive professional growth in Africa through Liquid Labs

Business, Corporate Stories, Economy, Technology
Liquid Telecom Picture © Gareth Davies 07774899744 Capture Comms Ltd Captruecommsltd@gmail.com Leading pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies (www.Liquid.Tech), through its innovation and partnerships arm Liquid Labs, is launching three online courses on legal technology, targeted at supporting career development amongst students, budding entrepreneurs, and lawyers. This has been possible through a partnership with Africa Legal, an organisation that connects legal professionals across the African continent. Liquid Labs aspires to make relevant tech training programmes accessible to students and professionals to bridge the affordability and digital divide, the main deterrents to increased access. The courses will offer targeted training for lawyers and the busi...
Property technology to disrupt Africa’s real estate sector – Analysts

Property technology to disrupt Africa’s real estate sector – Analysts

Business, Technology
Africa’s Property Technology (Proptech) sector is ramping up and is a key component of future strategies for local REITs, operators and others looking to future proof their real estate businesses as well as VCs looking to invest in early stage startups and opportunities according to the founder of the Africa Proptech Forum, Kfir Rusin. “Covid-19 accelerated the growth of technology in real estate management on the continent with smart building and sustainable technology being the most broadly adopted innovations to date,” says Rusin. Evidence of this ramp up and uptake in African real estate for Rusin includes: Spleet, a leading Nigerian Proptech start-up’s inclusion into the NYC-based Metaprop accelerator; increasing fund allocation to property technology by VC’s such as Kalon Vent...
Liquid Intelligent Technologies creates direct access to USA internet resources via a new POP connection to Miami

Liquid Intelligent Technologies creates direct access to USA internet resources via a new POP connection to Miami

Business, Innovation, Technology
African businesses and consumers will now be able to benefit from a direct connection to the USA as Liquid Intelligent Technologies (www.Liquid.Tech) opens an Internet Point of Presence in Miami, connecting to the Liquid network via a South Atlantic subsea cable. As part of Liquid’s East-West route between the US and Asia via Africa, the new POP is connected to their 100,000km of fibre across 11 countries on the continent and another 14 countries via the Operators Alliance Programme and Liquid Satellite Services. This results in customers being able to leverage a better connection to the US, giving them access to Cloud services, OTT resources, Internet content and high-quality voice and video calls with family and business partners. Speaking about the impact, David Eurin, Chief Exec...
Empowering young Africa girls through technology

Empowering young Africa girls through technology

Business, Innovation, Technology
African girl coders are taking the lead in ensuring gender equity and balance in technology on the continent, a field majorly dominated by their male counterparts. Through Connected African Girls Coding Camp initiative, a joint programme of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in collaboration with UN Women and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), young girls are applying their coding skills that include Animation, Gaming, Turtles stitch, artificial intelligence, robotics and internet of things they acquire through the program training.  The initiative has held training camps for African girls from across the continent in Ethiopia and Cameroon. The aim is to bridge the 23% digital divide between men and women on the continent. Theresa John, 21, a universit...

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