Orange launches Tunis Digital Centre to provide support for start-ups

19 July 2019

Orange said it will set-up similar centres in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Jordan, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone by the close of 2019

photo: Orange 

Orange said it will set-up similar centres in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Jordan, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone by the close of 2019 – photo: Orange 

 

French telecom firm Orange has launched the Orange Digital Centre in Tunis, to provide wide-ranging support for start-ups, including training in coding as well as guidance in start-up acceleration and investment in early-stage companies.

The company said the centre houses four strategic programmes: the coding school, the FabLab Solidaire, Orange Fab and Orange Digital Ventures Africa.

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Cameroon and Vietnam seek solution to Nexttel crisis

19 July 2019

Cameroonian and Vietnamese authorities have waded in to resolve a drawn-out managerial crisis rocking Nexttel, the brand name of Viettel Cameroon, which is the third privately-owned mobile telecommunications network service provider in the west African country.

It is a joint venture between Viettel Global Investment Joint Stock Company (a subsidiary of Vietnam military telecoms company – Viettel) and Bestcam, a local shareholder.

The crisis stems from disagreements in the management of the company by the Cameroonian and Vietnamese stakeholders.

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Ghana: fintech launches Visa on mobile

19 July 2019

Ghana’s fintech expressPay has launched Visa on mobile, which means the electronic payment service will enable people and businesses to make and accept digital payments more conveniently by using a merchant QR code to make a payment. 

Furthermore, the service is interoperable with other bank apps and USSD short codes. ExpressPay launched the service at the latest Accra Goods Market festival where merchants received digital payments via the new innovative feature. 

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Sudatel net profit falls

19 July 2019

Sudatel, the telecom and internet service provider in Sudan, recorded a net profit of US$32m in 2018, down from the US$45m posted in 2017. 

Overall operating revenue of US$326m was down by 36 per cent from US$513m in 2017, but revenue from operations in Sudan was up 49% last year.

“We adopted a very clear strategy of partnering with successful international firms to expand our operations both in Sudan and in west Africa,” said Sudatel group chair Fadul Abdalla. Fadul noted, “This strategy is serving us well and will be continued.”

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