Investors update: March 17 2023
3 min Read March 17, 2023 at 11:37 AM UTC
Egyptian edtech almentor raises $10m funding to expand
- Egypt-based edtech, almentor, has raised $10 million in a pre-Series C round led by e& capital, alongside existing investors Partech, Sawari Ventures, Egypt Ventures, Sango Capital, and Endure Capital.
- Founded in 2016, almentor is an Arabic video-based online learning platform accessible through B2C and B2B channels.
- The proceeds will be used to accelerate the startup’s growth, increase its investment in the B2C segment and expand to Saudi Arabia.
Source: Disrupt Africa
Venture capital investors are increasingly backing education-focused technology startups in Africa, as they move to capitalize on an obvious market and economic opportunity while driving tangible educational impact in the fast-growing region. Almentor claims to have worked with more than 950 mentors since its inception in 2016 to create over 1,000 online courses for individuals, corporations, and government entities. It recently launched its monthly and annual subscription plans, where learners get unlimited access to a library of over 700 courses on diverse topics.
Safaricom partners with Huawei to roll out 5G centers in Nairobi
- Safaricom has partnered with Huawei to unveil three 5G experiential centers across Nairobi, showcasing the superfast speeds and cutting-edge devices that come with 5G connectivity.
- At the 5G experience centers, customers will experience virtual reality gaming zones, showcases of smart capabilities for homes and enterprises, and speed-testing booths.
- Safaricom launched its 5G network in October last year, a first in the region. Since then, the service provider has commissioned over 200 5G sites across 11 counties.
There’s an exclusive group of African countries where commercial 5G services have been launched; including Botswana, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, and Zambia while testing/pilot is ongoing in more than 10 others. The potential benefits of this next-generation network for the continent, such as the optimization of service delivery and end-user experience, are well-published. But adoption faces hurdles due to the high cost of 5G-enabled handsets as well as mobile data in the country. That hasn’t stopped Africa’s leading telcos from investing in the technology, however, with Safaricom’s planned experience centers the latest sample.
Seacom launches on Equiano to boost Africa’s internet connectivity
- Seacom, a leading telecommunications services provider in Africa, launched its services on the Equiano subsea cable after the cable landed in Cape Town in August 2022.
- With latency speeds of +/-110ms between South Africa and Europe, the cable offers private line services that make it the fastest direct route between the continents.
- This launch marks a significant milestone in Africa’s digital transformation, meeting the continent’s growing data requirements, enabling cross-border digital trade, and offering citizens and enterprises new opportunities.
Initially announced in 2019 by Google, the Equiano subsea cable is one of the highest-capacity cables serving Africa. The cable stretches 15,000 kilometers from Portugal to South Africa with landing stations in at least four African countries. In addition to improving connectivity in the countries in which it lands, and offering faster internet speeds, the Equiano cable is expected to have a major economic impact. According to a Regional Economic Impact Assessment by Africa Practice, commissioned by Google and published in 2021, the Equiano cable will increase South Africa’s GDP by $5.8 billion and create 180,000 indirect jobs by 2025.
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