Startups

Move Over WhatsApp, Google Set to Launch Chat, an Android Messenger App

Move Over WhatsApp, Google Set to Launch Chat, an Android Messenger App

Business, Mobile, Startups
Google is rolling out a new chat service to replace standard texting, a move that analysts say will offer Android users advanced features already found in popular chat services such as Apple's iMessage and Facebook's WhatsApp. But the unveiling also represents a strategic retreat for the tech giant, experts say, which has struggled to prop up a dedicated chat app of its own. The service, dubbed Chat, is not a Google messaging app but will run on Android phones through partnerships with dozens of mobile carriers around the world. Chat offers several upgrades for Android users whose messaging relies on SMS, or short message service, a text-based system that has been widely adopted but surpassed by more feature-rich messaging apps. Using a new standard called Rich Communications Ser
South African Fintech Launches Blockchain-based Money Transfer App

South African Fintech Launches Blockchain-based Money Transfer App

Startups, Technology
South African Fintech start-up, Vio Digital, is using blockchain to make it easier for people to transfer money from person to person anywhere in the world, introducing a new method of international money transfer. Across Africa, remittance solutions are typically among the most expensive in the world, with up to 20% being charged on a single transaction. The era of disruption heralded by Fintechs has seen nothing but positive change for consumers to enable access to payments and convenience and now use technology to save costs. With Vio, there are no transfer and exchange fees and no foreign exchange mark-up, solving for some of the biggest markets for remittance corridors. ‘For people sending money home to their families, additional processing and admin costs can be crippling. Ou
Rafiki Power Partners with Mobisol to launch Hybrid Grids to Serve Rural Tanzania

Rafiki Power Partners with Mobisol to launch Hybrid Grids to Serve Rural Tanzania

Broadband, Startups
Rafiki Power and Mobisol have partnered to pilot a new approach labelled the Hybrid Grid for off-grid clients in rural Tanzania. combining the best of mini-grids and solar home systems to bring higher value and better service to their mutual customers at lower cost. While Rafiki Power will continue to build mini-grid infrastructure, Mobisol will complement the offer and help reduce overall costs by equipping customers lying outside the core perimeter of the mini-grid with their large solar home systems. According to Daniel Becker CEO Rafiki Power, “We are thrilled to combine the best of both worlds of mini-grids and solar home systems. Our customers stand to benefit from the improved offer, in particular in terms of access to a wider range of high quality appliances. The operat
Google launches new job search experience in Africa

Google launches new job search experience in Africa

Startups
Google, at a press conference held on 1 March 2018, has announced a new job Search experience that aims to help job seekers find employment opportunities. For the first time, when someone uses their phone or computer to search on Google for a job, they will see a streamlined experience letting them explore, research and find relevant, local job postings. This launch builds on Google’s existing commitment in Sub Saharan Africa to improve economic opportunities for job seekers and employers, demonstrated through its Grow with Google initiatives. The Digital Skills for Africa program, Google’s commitment to train 1 million African youth between April 2016 and March 2017, was achieved and surpassed. In July 2017, this program was extended to see 10 million youth trained by 2022 as well
Alepo & Smart Link Communications to launch Algeria’s first public WiFi service

Alepo & Smart Link Communications to launch Algeria’s first public WiFi service

Broadband, Internet, Startups
Alepo, a provider of core network and IT software solutions for communications service providers, has announced that it has been selected by Smart Link Communications (SLC), an Algerian internet service provider, for its public wireless broadband service. As part of the first public WiFi network in Algeria, SLC will deploy the complete Alepo WiFi monetisation solution, including AAA infrastructure, real-time charging and policy control, prepaid voucher management, and more. Alepo will deploy a solution that will support the WiFi monetisation requirement, as well as offload in the near future. According to SLC, by selecting Alepo, the firm will be able to accelerate their overall return on investment (ROI) by creating new revenue streams with a flexible and robust captive portal that...