July 21st 2021

Orange announces launch of 5G Pilot in Mali.

Mobile operator Orange Mali has announced the launch of a 5G pilot in Bamako, the country’s capital. Seven months after testing the technology in Senegal, Orange is now testing 5G in Mali and invites customers to be among the first to try out the new network.

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Kenya’s Alfluence closes $1M for its AI-powered influencer marketing Platform

AIfluence is a two-year-old startup with an AI-driven influencer marketing approach to measuring the ROI of influencer marketing campaigns, a challenge faced by Brand teams globally. Today, the company is announcing that it has raised $1 million in seed investment led by Dubai-based EQ2 Ventures. Other investors include Antler East Africa, Oui Capital, ArabyAds and an unnamed European family office. 

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July 14th 2021

Zambia turns to data to improve rural electrification efforts

The Rural Electrification Authority of Zambia and the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to monitor and support the country’s electrification efforts through data collection and analysis. 

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‘YouTube Shorts’ launches in Nigeria, set to battle TikTok

YouTube has announced the release of the beta version of YouTube Shorts in Nigeria. YouTube Shorts is the company’s new short-form video experience
that lets users create short, fun videos with their mobile phones. With TikTok and Instagram Reels already enjoying market equity, YouTube Shorts has pretty cool creation tools that could attract users to the platform. 

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Nigeria tackles traffic gridlock with tech. (Nigeria introduces tech to capture traffic offenders in real-time)

Nigeria’s most populous City, Lagos has introduced a technological-driven device called: the Traffic Management Solution Device (TMS), aimed at ensuring that the residents comply with traffic law. The TMS is a handheld device, would allow for real-time capture of picture and video evidence
of road traffic and vehicle compliance violations as they occur. 

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July 7th 2021

Japan’s Softbank to help Africa extend internet access through the skies

To increase the internet penetration rate in Africa to 51% by 2025, The Smart Africa Alliance, a group of primarily 32 African countries, has teamed up with Japanese technology giant, SoftBank, on the use of non-terrestrial connectivity to spread internet access to underserved regions on the continent.

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Kenya’s Safaricom launches M-Pesa Super App with Offline Mode, Mini-apps

Kenya’s leading telecoms company, Safaricom, has launched its long-awaited M-Pesa Super App, which comes with an offline mode and a mini-app functionality.

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Facebook actioned 30 million content pieces during May 15- June 15

Facebook took action against over 30 million social media content pieces which span across 10 violation categories during May 15 – June 15. Over the years, the social media giant has invested in technology and artificial intelligence to detect and analyse media content against its policy.

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