Tag: Uganda

Yoza: A Mobile App For Dirty Laundry? Yes, Please

Startups, Uncategorized
It’s the weekend, you are staring at your pile of dirty laundry wishing there was a way you didn’t have to do it. In Kampala, Uganda there is an easy and convenient way: Yoza. Yoza is an application that connects people who need their laundry done to the people offering laundry services in the area. Solomon Kitumba, a 24 year old was inspired to start the company when he was struggling to get laundry done one weekend. He tried to find someone to do it for him and found someone, a single woman who lived right next door. A few weeks later, a working prototype for Yoza was created. Just like Kenya, in Kampala, there are a lot of students and single professionals who need help with laundry. The people offering these cleaning services may be difficult to reach. Yoza which is growing day by
Future of African banking is mobile

Future of African banking is mobile

Business, Internet, Mobile
“In the next three to five years the vast majority of our transactions will be performed on smart-mobile devices.” Retail banking is experiencing a seismic shift in customer behaviour thanks to the digital revolution that continues to effect fundamental changes in the way businesses and individuals transact. Nowhere is this metamorphosis in customer behaviour more profound than in Africa. While much has been written about the rise of Africa’s middle class, which is expected to reach half a billion people by 2030, less is known about the extraordinary growth in mobile and broadband penetration on the continent. An Ericsson Mobility report shows that mobile subscriptions in sub-Saharan Africa will rise to 930 million by the end of 2019, from 635 million at the end of 2014. To put that gr

Telecommunications operator Africell to acquire Orange Uganda

Broadband, Business
Africell, one of the fastest growing mobile telecommunications operators in Africa, announces it has completed the acquisition of Orange Uganda. The transaction will add to Africell's portfolio 700,000 subscribers, as well as a 2G - 3G - 4G network. Africell has now reached 11 million active subscribers, a 700% increase over five years, and expects to end the year with over 12 million subscribers. Ziad Dalloul, Chairman & CEO of Africell, said: "Africell's acquisition of Orange Uganda presents a great opportunity for us to replicate the success we have achieved in other territories. This is an important strategic step for the company; this acquisition will add substantial growth to our portfolio which already includes the fastest growing network in DRC and another two operations ...

Funding scheme set to empower women in ICT in Africa

Internet, Mobile
[KIGALI]  A project which was launched last year in Africa is set to empower young women and girls in computer science and help them become global leaders in information and communication technology (ICT), experts say. The project, called ‘Seed Fund for Women + Girls in Computer Science’, is  aimed at extending technological entrepreneurship programmes and competition for young girls and women below 20 years old to set up technological enterprises, says Beth Garriott, a senior programme officer at Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech), the consortium managing the project. The programme’s second seed fund application was opened this week (10 August), according to the US-headquartered Institute of International Education (IIE), which leads WeTech. “WeTech [supports] a growing movement of in

Eastern Africa member countries discuss Sharing Internet Infrastructure

Broadband, Internet
Eastern Africa member countries are currently deliberating on how they can put up regional internet exchange points to contain local Internet traffic and reduce costs associated with traffic exchange between Internet Service providers. Reports All Africa In a weeklong forum jointly organised by African Union Commission, East African Communications Organisations, The East African Community and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the 11 partner states are focused on ensuring that internet traffic is routed locally, which according to experts will help improve Internet service providers efficiency. The countries present include; Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Mauritius, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea. Currently internet traffic across the region ...

Five African startups from Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya Get Grants From Microsoft 4Africa

Business
Committed to helping Africa improve its global competitiveness, the software giant, Microsoft Corp. has said that five African startups from Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya will get innovation grants designed to provide the financial support needed to cross borders and empower the next generation of developers and entrepreneurs in Africa. Microsoft 4Africa initiative is expected place tens of millions of smart devices in the hands of African youth, bring 1 million African small and medium-sized enterprises online, upskill 100,000 members of Africa's workforce, and help an additional 100,000 recent graduates develop skills for employability, 75 percent of whom Microsoft will help place in jobs. Accordingly, the grant, Microsoft said is part of the company's 4Afrika Initiative, which was launc...