African Tech Round-up — Andile Masuku
African Tech Round-up | Podcast, ±29 min episodes every 5 days
The African Tech Round-up podcast delivers all the week's technology, digital and innovation highlights from across the African continent and beyond, while the African Tech Conversations podcast features relaxed in-depth chats with leading entrepreneurs, innovators and thought-leaders who are intimately involved in Africa’s Information & Communications Technology scene.
We're often asked what informs our opinionated take on the biggest tech and innovation headlines each week. Our secret is having five to ten times as many conversations per week than most people.From established tech entrepreneurs and high-flying C-suite types to striving startup founders, career tech-heads, VC’s, business angels and everyday Africans who are leveraging tech to make a better life for themselves, we talk to everybody.On this week's African Tech Round-up we've decided to let you in on some typical offline chatter that tends to colour our worldview. Listen in to hear Chris Campbell, co-founder of the African Business Angels Network (ABAN) catch up briefly with Candace Johnson at the World Business Angels Investment Forum that recently went down in Turkey. Candace is the co-chair of the Global Business Angels Network, and Chris got her to react to the presence of an African delegation at the event. Chris also tapped Nigerian Angel Investor, Tomi Davies for his thoughts on how the world is coming to the realisation that Africa is a serious tech investment destination.Finally, Andile Masuku taped a relaxed conversation with one of our most treasured listeners in Uganda-- blogger and tech entrepreneur, Nicholas Kyanda. Among the many things they discussed is the question of whether Africa's tech scene might be heading for a bubble burst.Music Credits:Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Music licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution
In the same week that Neotel officially became part of Liquid Telecom (a subsidiary of the Econet Group), Anglophone Cameroon clocked a month of going without internet access. Brian Lupiya shares the details in this Tech Minute.Music credit: Brian LupiyaImage credit: Edouard Tamba
Alison Treadaway is a director and shareholder of the South African eBilling and eMarketing software and services company, Striata. In this chat, Alison unpacks the noble aims of South Africa's imminent enaction of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI), and highlights some of the pain points that this ground-breaking piece of legislation is expected to address-- gaps that other African countries will no doubt seek to plug through passing personal data laws of their own.
The continent's two most prominent central banks-- the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Reserve Bank of South Africa (RBSA), have decidedly different attitudes towards the notion of adopting virtual currencies.While the CBN has recently warned the country's financial institutions and citizens that virtual currencies are not legal tender, the RBSA has displayed a willingness to emulate Tunisia by launching a blockchain-based digital version of the South African Rand. With bitcoin showing signs of maturing into a legitimate asset class, central banks the world over are grappling with a very real fear of missing out on the cryptocurrency wave. The surf's up, it seems.Also in this week's African Tech Round-up is a chat with Alison Treadaway, director and shareholder of the South African eBilling and eMarketing software and services company, Striata. Alison unpacks the noble aims of South Africa's imminent enaction of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI). She highlights some of the pain points that this ground-breaking piece of legislation is expected to address-- gaps that other African countries will no doubt seek to plug through passing personal data laws of their own.Music Credits:Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Music licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon are probably still celebrating their win against Egypt in the AFCON final against Egypt.How ironic that roughly 20% of the Central African country’s population was unable to celebrate their national team’s win on social media thanks to the government’s ongoing broadband blackout following anti-government protests in the north-west and south-west regions of the country. No doubt some Cameroonians, particularly the tech heads who make up the nation’s “Silicon Mountain” community, might happily give up the recently won AFCON trophy if it meant getting their internet back.It is becoming increasingly apparent that many African governments cannot be trusted not to tamper with public access to the web. With increasing frequency citizens are cut off without notice whenever government interests are threatened, often under the guise of promoting national security. The unfortunate truth is that for the average African the concept of internet access as a human right is a myth, and as for the concept of net neutrality... Please...This week’s African Tech Round-up features a chat with Lionel Chmilewsky. He is the CEO of Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL), a privately-held multipoint microwave tech firm based in the UK, which has an impressive client list that includes seven of the world’s top ten mobile operators, including African biggies like Vodacom and MTN. Lionel shares insights on the state of play on the continent’s wireless network scene, and explains why recent advances in multipoint microwave tech are potentially game-changing.Music Credits:Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Music licensed under Creative Commons: ...
Africa's 'high-end' VOD scene is hotting up, and for home-grown heavies, ShowMax and Kwesé, the race to critical mass is on.ShowMax is on the prowl around for mobile telco partners that can help it hack growth while leveraging the enviable stash of international licenced content its mothership, DStv, has in the vault. Meanwhile, Kwesé has the benefit of being part of the Econet Group, and having a default advantage with regards to plugging into an established mobile distribution within Econet's footprint.With Econet's Chairman Strive Masisiyiwa promising that Kwesé will launch 60 channels across no less than 18 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa it's clear that the network's "mobile-centric" strategy will not be limited to seeking to carve out a decent share of the mobile VOD market, and DStv could well be due for a haircut.This week's African Tech Round-up features a chat with Nzwisisa Chidembo, a programmer, business analyst and author of new book called Exploring Consumer Adoption of NFC Mobile Payments in South Africa which unpacks research into why South Africans haven’t taken to mobile payments as readily as consumers in other countries on the continent.Music Credits:Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Music licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution
Got a minute? Here's Brian Lupiya with this week's "Tech Minute". For more on these stories and the rest of the week's biggest digital tech and innovation news from across the African continent, check out the latest episode of the African Tech Round-up with Andile Masuku at AfricanTechRoundup.com.Music credit: Brian Lupiya
At the start of what's fixing to be an exciting year for fintech on the continent, Andile Masuku caught up with Katherine Liew-- Head of Digital Disruption at Barclays Africa Group Limited. Among the many things they chatted about, Katherine gave Andile a sense of how a large banking incumbent like Barclays Africa is responding to the many technological innovations threatening their dominance in the financial services industry.
Several well-respected voices we featured on the show last year predicted that we would see some major agtech plays happen in 2017. Sure enough, Mastercard made headlines last week for launching a digital marketplace platform called 2KUZE which connects smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The app allows farmers to buy, sell and receive payments for agricultural products via their feature phones.If this initiative works half as well as we hope it will, it should make a heck of a difference to small-scale farmers looking to sell their produce to the right buyers more efficiently and at the best possible prices.This week's African Tech Round-up features a conversation Andile Masuku had with Katherine Liew. Katherine is the Head of Digital Disruption at Barclays Africa. Given what's fixing to be an exciting year for fintech on the continent, he was keen to tap Katherine's mind to get a sense of how one the continent's largest banking incumbents is going about keeping up with the frantic pace of innovation within the financial services industry.Music Credits:Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Music licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution