Paul Kagame in Paris for VivaTech Summit

As last year, Paul Kagame, the head of the Rwandan Government, will participate in "Salon des start-up VivaTech" which takes place in Paris, TOPAFRICANEWS reports. The boss of China's online business group Alibaba, Jack Ma, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager inter alia will speak...

200 Million People Will Have Smart Speakers in 2019

Smart speakers are definitely a hot topic in the tech world, whether they are seen as the future of SEO or privacy violating devices. Yet, all this negative press doesn’t appear to have deterred the masses. According to the latest reports, it looks like smart speakers including the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple’s HomePod...

5th Transform Africa Summit set for Kigali

The fifth Transform Africa Summit will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, on May 14-17, focused on promoting Africa-developed digital innovations to encourage a digitally-driven economy. Transform Africa will be held at Kigali Convention Centre, bringing together over 4,000 participants including different heads of states and governments, corporates, entrepreneurs, investors and international organisations to discuss...

LAF simplifies Access to Legal services in Rwanda

Since its establishment in 2006, the Legal Aid Forum (LAF) has advocated actively for access to justice for vulnerable and poor people. One result is the adoption of the Law on the Bar allowing lawyers from civil society organizations to represent clients in court. It is with this background that the Legal Aid Forum provides...

Rwanda’s Internet penetration rate reaches 52.1 pct in 2018

KIGALI, April 16 (Xinhua) -- The Internet penetration rate in Rwanda has increased to 52.1 percent at the end of 2018 from 7.9 percent in 2010, the country's regulatory authority said on Monday. Internet service subscription increased from 821,504 in 2010 to 6,149,425 in 2018, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory...

Alibaba to open e-commerce class for Rwandan students

HANGZHOU, April 15 (Xinhua) -- China's e-commerce giant Alibaba will launch an undergraduate program this September to enroll students from Rwanda, a central African country that is building a knowledge-based economy. The Alibaba Business School said its "International Business Cross-border eCommerce" class will enroll 30 students this year, who will spend four years in...

Facebook artificial intelligence (AI) researchers create the world’s most detailed population density maps of Africa

New AI-powered, high-res maps to help humanitarian aid and relief agencies better assist people in need JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, April 9, 2019/ -- Facebook (www.Facebook.com) is working closely with key non-profit and research partners to use artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to address large-scale social, health and infrastructure challenges in sub Saharan Africa. These...

SIM Boxing – A threat that telecommunication companies and government should jointly fight

In 2016, it was estimated that telecom companies in Uganda on annual basis were losing about $60m due to illegal redirection of international calls trafficKAMPALA, Uganda, March 25, 2019/ -- By Derrick Sebbaale - Independent ICT ConsultantIn 2016, it was estimated that telecom companies in Uganda on annual basis were losing about $60m due to illegal redirection...

OneWeb raises USD 3.4 bn to build global communications by 2021

OneWeb, a global communications company with a mission to bring connectivity to everyone, everywhere, announces it has secured its largest fundraising round to date with the successful raise of $1.25 billion in new capital. This brings the total funds raised to $3.4 billion. This round was led by SoftBank Group Corp., Grupo Salinas, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and...

STEM careers can help unlock solutions for social and economic challenges in Africa

In Africa, less than 2% of students, under 18, finish school with vital Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills NAIROBI, Kenya, February 26, 2019/ -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies and careers are becoming increasingly important in order to prepare students to develop innovative solutions to solve challenges in diverse sectors. General...

DEAL 2019 in Dubai to unleash robots, drones, virtual reality concepts aimed at African markets

Newgame changers to bring further engaging and immersive experience in African Family Entertainment Centers (FEC)s and indoor theme parksADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 13, 2019/ -- The entertainment concepts are evolving and have taken a completely new avatar with the growing popularity of virtual reality gaming concepts. Furthermore, drones and robots have also entered...

South Korea ready to partner with Africa on technology

"A win-win proposition" - Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development BankSEOUL, Republic of Korea, February 7, 2019/ -- In partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB.org), Korea is ready to step up technology transfers to Africa, officials said in Seoul today.Speaking at a meeting on potential technology partnerships between Korea and Africa, representatives of Busan...

RURA clarifies new simcard regulations

On Thursday last week mobile phone users received a text message from  Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Authority (RURA) notifying them on changes in sim-card ownership regulations. According to the utilities regulator, beginning January 31, 2018, nationals and foreigners will be allowed a maximum of three sim-cards on each network bringing the maximum one can hold...

Rwanda emerging as a key tech and investment hub in Africa

As South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria dominate the African tech ecosystem, Rwanda is slowly, yet assuredly, emerging as a key tech and investment hub with its ease of doing business. Partech Ventures’ 2017 report revealed that South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria accounted for 76% of total funding in 2017 and...

Fibre connecting Africa to America is a game changer

Having an undersea cable system connecting Africa directly to the Americas is a game changer, Angola Cables CEO António Nunes has told MyBroadband. The company launched a cable linking North and South America called MONET, along with the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) which connects Brazil to Angola. Several cables connect from Angola to...

SGI Dubai 2019 could further propel the African digital signage industry

SGI Dubai to be held at iconic Dubai World Trade Centre from January 13th to 15th 2019 at the halls 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, December 11, 2018/ -- With the advancement in display technologies, the evolution of LCD, LED, OLED, and super AMOLED, Africa’s digital signage industry is set to grow leaps...

Tech leaders, startups and creatives to connect at Africa Tech Summit in Kigali

With less than three months to go until Africa Tech Summit in Kigali, the first 35 expert speakers from across the continent have been announced for the pan-African event at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda on February 13-15th, 2019. The Summit will connect over 400 African corporates, start-ups, investors and creatives, sharing insights from industry leaders including; Safaricom, Econet...

TOPAFRICANEWS hits a record of Popularity after three months

KIGALI: 27TH AUGUST, 2018: TOPAFRICANEWS.COM has hit a record of Popularity after three months since it was launched. According to Alexa.com, TOPAFRICANEWS.COM is ranked among top 30 popular Rwandan News Websites. Alexa.com is a global pioneer in the world of websites analytical insight whose global traffic rank is a measure of how a website is doing relative to all other sites...

Nsanzabandi abajura bamwibishije Ikoranabuhanga. Murabe maso!

Uyu mugabo Nzanzabandi Eugene aratanga Ubuhamya bw'Ukuntu Abajura bamwibye bakoresheje Telephone. Urwego rw'Ubugenzacyaha bw'U Rwanda rwemeza ko ikoranabuhanga rikomeje kwifashishwa mu Kwiba ibya rubanda. Iyumvire Ubuhamya bwa Nsanzabandi Eugene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6u8Ph_DWH0&feature=youtu.be

Telecom actors gather in Kigali to discuss Africa’s digital revolution

Kigali, July 17, 2018 – Over one thousand CEOs and senior executives from leading mobile companies and players across the digital ecosystem are gathering in Kigali to discuss Digital Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa. The three-day event dubbed Mobile 360 Series – Africa discusses issues such as how the digital future will socially and economically impact communities and industries; how the...

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Ministers from some of Africa’s largest oil and gas producing nations...

The ministers will be using Africa Oil Week Summit as a platform to discuss national strategies, sovereign competitiveness, issue licences...