Its South African head has also announced plans to invest $56.4 million in rural areas. The money, according to MTN, will be used to modernise existing network infrastructure and deploy newer ones in Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
The Modernisation of Network South Africa project (MONZA) will also include the expansion of the 5G network in South Africa. While over 18 countries are still testing 5G in sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa is 1 out of 4 African countries, including Kenya, Nigeria and Zimbabwe to have deployed a 5G network.
MTN is one of the 3 South African telecoms to have launched 5G but its reach across the country isn’t very wide. It’s faced a couple of challenges including clashing with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) on spectrum allocation.
Presently, MTN’s 5G covers less than 25% of South Africa but it appears its new $56.4 million investment will help it reach its 25% goal by the end of the year. MTN’s 5G connectivity will be rolled out to 58 new sites, in addition to the existing 53.
Seventy-six new network sites will also be built across the rural communities of Limpopo and Mpumalanga while 230 will be upgraded.
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Over the past couple of years, Jumia has improved on its last-mile delivery. From launching Jumia Express, to improving its tracking features, people get their packages quicker and with fewer hitches.
It’s not Amazon-fast yet but it’s decent delivery and world-class operations. This became more evident yesterday when US-based delivery service UPS announced a partnership with Jumia to help grow its reach in Africa.
What’s Jumia helping UPS with?
Side-bar: Last-mile delivery refers to the last leg in the delivery of a package. Simply put, it starts when the delivery service receives the package from the seller and ends when the package reaches the buyer.
UPS will now have access to Jumia’s last-mile delivery infrastructure. According to TechCrunch, this means that UPS customers can now pick off and drop off packages at Jumia’s stations in Kenya, Morocco, and Nigeria.
What this means is that people in these countries can now access use UPS more efficiently for international deliveries.
While this option is only available in these 3 countries right now, there are plans to expand it to other Jumia markets across Africa, which will give UPS access to Jumia’s 3,000+ pick-up stations across the continent.
Zoom out: After Jumia made the announcement, its shares JMIA increased by 29% from $9.48% to $11.82.
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THEPEER PARTNERS WITH PAGA TO ENABLE FLEXIBLE E-COMMERCE
Thepeer, a Nigeria-based startup that builds infrastructure for businesses to share data with one another, has partnered with leading mobile payments company Paga
, to offer the latter’s users a faster and easier way to shop online.
Paga is the latest business to integrate Thepeer’s checkout API on its platform. The integration means the fintech giant’s millions of users can make online payments without giving out their card or bank details.
In other words, all Paga users leveraging the integration can shop on several online platforms integrated on Thepeer’s network, and easily pay with their Paga account.
With the checkout API, the customer’s experience at the checkout page of a website is simple and fast.
“Making it simple for people to access and use their money is our purpose at Paga,” says Tayo Oviosu, Paga founder and CEO. “Thepeer has integrated our robust infrastructure for one-click payments which simplifies online commerce, meaning customers have another option for quick, secure, and easy payments via Thepeer checkout. You don’t need to give out your card or bank details, just use your Paga account.”
Founded in April 2009, the company—now a UK-headquartered Group—has amassed more than 19 million unique users through its consumer channel and agent network of over 120,000 agents across Nigeria while processing over $10 billion (₦4 trillion) since it began commercial operations in 2012.
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EVENT: EMERGENCY RESPONSE AFRICA (ERA) BRAND ACTIVATION
Emergency Response Africa is holding an event to redefine perspectives on medical emergency management, and identify opportunities for and encourage meaningful cross-sector collaborations.
On April 7, 2022, at Four Points by Sheraton in Lagos, Nigeria, various speakers will explore different perspectives of the activation theme: Transforming Emergency Medical Services In Africa Using Technology.
Speakers include Shai Jaskoll, Regional Director of Development at United Hatzalah of Israel; Lanre Mojola, Director-General and CEO of Lagos State Safety Commission; and Nike Jagun, Investor at Rising Tide Africa, among others.
The VFA Fintech Product Management Bootcamp is now open to applications. Anyone trying to accelerate their career in product or looking to break into product management, specifically within the fintech industry can now apply to be part of the 12-week programme. At the boot camp, participants will learn how to conduct user research, communicate with stakeholders, and use product analysis tools, amongst other things. Find out more.
The JAMII Femmes Programme is now open to applications from female entrepreneurs in Nigeria, Kenya, and Côte d’Ivoire who are focused on building sustainable solutions in the agriculture sector. One woman from each country will be awarded $10,000 prizes, and participate in a 2-week accelerator programme. Check it out.
Applications are open for the 2022 edition of the African Business Heroes Competition for African Entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs from all 54 African countries who are contributing to the development of sustainable economies are invited to apply. Ten winning entrepreneurs will share $1.5 million, get access to mentorship opportunities, and gain global recognition. Shoot your shot.
The Acumen Accelerator 2022 for Ventures Serving Displaced People is now open to applications from East African businesses and startups that create sustainable living solutions for displaced people in East Africa. Selected startups will share up to $75,000 in grants. Find out more.
Applications are open for the Sound Connect Funds in Southern Africa 2022 grant. Southern African NGOs and businesses that focus on and support the cultural and creative sector in Southern Africa are invited to apply to get up to €180,000 in grants. Check it out.