Author: Nasha Harper

iWayAfrica Kenya acquires terrestrial and VSAT customer base of Callkey

iWayAfrica Kenya acquires terrestrial and VSAT customer base of Callkey

Business, Technology
iWayAfrica Kenya, has been granted regulatory approval to acquire the terrestrial and VSAT customer base of Callkey Networks, a Nairobi-based corporate communications service provider and subsidiary of ImaraSat. In a strategic move to grow its local presence, iWayAfrica Kenya finalised the deal with CallKey to acquire its 200-strong customer base. The acquisition was also in support of Government efforts to improve the quality and reach of internet connectivity. The signing marks an end to months of negotiations between the companies, and engagement with the regulators, to ensure a seamless transition for customers. Photo Credits: iWayAfrica Kenya's Managing Director, Kenneth Munyi, said that the Internet provision business has become highly competitive: “Offering top notch se
Yassir taxi hailing App takes a go at Uber

Yassir taxi hailing App takes a go at Uber

Startups, Technology
Yassir is a new taxi hailing app in Algeria set to allow users to call cab drivers near them directly quickly and affordably. Yassir, developed by engineer and former Intel Corporation researcher Noureddine Tayebi, will be first launched in El Biar, Benaknoun, Cheraga, Dely Ibrahim, Ouled Fayet, Birmourad Rais, Mohamadia, Bab Ezzouar, Dar El Beida and Bordj El Kiffan then expanded to other communes later. It is not yet clear why Tayebi decided to launch Yassir but may be some of the reasons that make Uber unfavourable in other markets such as pricing, wait time and driver requirements are what could have moved the entrepreneur to get his hands dirty to launch his own company. Photo Credits: Yassir is looking for drivers with cars registered after 2007 and staying in the ten
Jumia global launches to compete with MallforAfrica

Jumia global launches to compete with MallforAfrica

Business, Startups
Photo Credits: Many sites have sprouted across cities to help buyers in Africa purchase just about anything from hundreds of overseas E-Commerce stores and have it delivered back home either in Accra, Lagos, Nairobi or in between. Sites like Kenya’s Vitumob, Box, Savostore, Box, Kentexcargo among others have been fulfilling their customer needs just fine whereas before their emergence,  Amazon and eBay had gained dominance. Then came VC-backed MallforAfrica to change Africa’s global e-commerce shopping trend. During its launch in Nigeria in 2014, Chris Folayan said the platform aimed to ship to millions of shoppers in Nigeria, as well as Nigerians living abroad who want to ship items home to their families in Africa. MallforAfrica signed partnerships with Macy’, BestBuy, GAP a
Moringa School Lowers fees to graduate more women

Moringa School Lowers fees to graduate more women

Women
Moringa School,  a software developer accelerator based in Nairobi, Kenya, has launched a women’s boot camp program with a 50% subsidy in November 2017 to help it graduate over 100 women. The program will also help test the effectiveness of coding boot camps on women’s outcomes. Dubbed Moringa Prep, the boot camps are targeted at students who want access to world-class coding content. On her part, Moringa CEO, Audrey Cheng said they have been testing and iterating their content and education model for the last 3 years and are excited to push more for diversity so that more women can access their high quality education and outcomes program.                                                                                    Photo Credits: On one hand the subsidy is a great initiative as i
South African fibre comparison tool launches

South African fibre comparison tool launches

Startups
FibreTiger, a South African fibre comparison tool has launched to enable users  find out if their area has fibre internet as well as find the best fibre deals and ISP providers in their area. The tool, founded by Jacques du Rand from a personal need to quickly and easily compare fibre options,  helps users to easily see and compare their fibre package requirements such as shaping, capping, capacity, data and pricing. Users can also search by network or their favourite provider. “I created it because I struggled to compare what the differences in offers were, and also price at each level of fibre package across ISPs.” says du Rand. ”FibreTiger doesn’t only rate the most popular and biggest ISPs, we also list and compare the lesser known boutique ISPs that are up and coming, and that p