December in Africa: Authorities meddling, unusual apps, and bumper funding


December became, as anticipated, a quieter month than bizarre in the African tech dwelling, however mute now not lacking in valuable tendencies.

No longer all of them had been for the better, however. The executive of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) shut down the nation’s net amid election protests, mirroring identical shutdowns in West African countries earlier in the year.

Within the meantime, in Ethiopia, the executive also blocked the web following days of protests and unease that resulted in deaths and injuries.

Nile X

Larger news from Egypt, where the nation’s first locally made smartphone became rolled out. Nile X has been designed for the Egyptian shopper with Chinese advantage.

Various countries saw most well-known unusual rollouts too. Web carrier provider MainOne, Wi-Fi startup Tizeti and Fb partnered to toughen net connectivity in Lagos, while Kenyan cell operator launched verbalize-activated transactions on its flagship M-Pesa cell cash carrier.

Also in Kenya, MasterCard launched an SMS ordering carrier for Nairobi shopkeepers, with Microsoft also busy. The firm rolled out Kaizala, a cell chat app for companies that enables them to filter participants internal according to the centered target audience of the administrator.

Google launched a facts administration application in Nigeria, while Ghana welcomed the Steady Shipping App, aimed at combating dinky one mortality. The free smartphone app, developed by the University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark and Maternity Foundation, supplies bag admission to to facts on overall emergency obstetric and neonatal care.

Opera busy

Opera is extra and extra scaling up its operations in Africa, and in December announced the outlet of a unusual place of work in Kenya. It also launched net-enabled price machine OPay in the East African nation, allowing customers to bag admission to cell cash price and credit score card companies and products along with cell credit score purchases and invoice payments.

In other areas, Nigerian fintech startup SureRemit has opened up an ICO to catch funds for a blockchain-essentially based remittances platform, while Lagos saw the initiating of a unusual disability-faithful digital hub moreover as one more fintech accelerator programme. The globally-essentially based Startupbootcamp accelerator concluded its first African programme, with participants signing 32 company deals.

It became also an attention-grabbing month via acquisitions, with South African budge-booking firm Travelstart buying a majority stake in hotel-booking platform SafariNow, and Kenya’s DPO making Setcom its sixth South African payments acquisition.

Remittances platform WorldRemit raised a US$forty million funding round to extra its global expansion, while there had been also funding rounds for Egypt’s Elves, Nigeria’s Farmcrowdy, and South African startups and Sxuirrel.

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