Econet taps into Ericsson’s learning services digital platform

ZIMBABWE – Econet Wireless Zimbabwe (Econet) and Ericsson have announced a partnership to implement Ericsson’s Learning Services Digital Platform for Econet’s employees. Econet will have access to Ericsson’s premium e-learning content service, All Access Plus. The partnership with Ericsson enables Econet to utilize the Learning Services Digital Platform ensuring unlimited and uninterrupted access to Ericsson’s e-Learning content available in the global Ericsson training library.   As a knowledge library, All Access Plus is updated regularly and includes more than 200 interactive training and videos, podcasts, and white papers. This partnership gives…

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Distributed Power Africa to install solar panels in TotalEnergies Zim service stations

ZIMBABWE – Distributed Power Africa, Econet Global subsidiary, has clinched a deal to install solar panels at 15 TotalEnergies Zimbabwe service stations in Zimbabwe.  The deal is part of Total’s initiative to install solar-powered service stations across 57 African countries to create a portfolio of low-carbon businesses that will account for at least 20 percent of the energy conglomerate’s trading by 2040.  Mr. Divyajeet Mahajan, DPA Zimbabwe CEO, said his company was contracted to custom-design the grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, procure equipment and install the power solutions. DPA will…

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DPA and Econet to reduce carbon footprint through use of solar batteries

ZIMBABWE – Distributed Power Africa (DPA), a leading renewable energy solutions company, is targeting to reduce Econet Wireless Zimbabwe’s diesel consumption by 80% through the use of solar batteries. Several businesses in Africa have been relying on fossil fuels to sustain their operations due to erratic power suppliers, however, environmental and sustainability concerns, along with rising fuel prices, have led many companies to turn to clean and renewable energy. DPA, which was recently recognised by TowerXchange,  a thought leader in the power industry as a leading energy service company in…

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Econet’s Cassava Fintech partners Mastercard to advance digital inclusion across Africa

AFRICA – The Econet Group, through its subsidiary, Cassava Fintech International has entered into a strategic partnership with Mastercard to advance digital inclusion across Africa and collaborate on a range of initiatives including expansion of the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) TravelPass. TravelPass is a digital health pass developed by Cassava Fintech and offered in conjunction with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). It is accessible to users of Cassava Fintech’s Sasai SuperApp, and is recognised as one of the leading initiatives in the fight…

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Distributed Power Africa to light Ecobank branches in Kenya with solar

KENYA – Ecobank has signed an agreement with solar energy company Distributed Power Africa (DPA) to roll out solar power solutions in its seven branches in Kenya. The pan African bank has shifted to solar power in a move to reduce operation costs and ensure reliable power supply. Ecobank joins the growing list of companies seeking reliable and cheaper power supply in what has rattled electricity distributor Kenya Power amid declining revenues. “Our partnership with DPA on solar retrofitting in our branches is in line with our commitment to create…

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Econet Wireless subsidiary DPA to install electric car charging stations in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE – Econet Wireless group subsidiary Distributed Power Africa (DPA), will build charging stations for electric cars in Zimbabwe, a new business for DPA which mainly supplies solar energy to industrial and commercial customers. The aim of the project is to encourage Zimbabweans to adopt less polluting electric cars and the company thus supports the Zimbabwean government’s policy in favour of electric mobility.  According to DPA, its DC stations have the capacity to charge the Vaya Nissan Leaf (24 kWh battery) to 80% in less than 30 minutes. The company…

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US backs Africa Data Centers with US$300m for expansion and acquisitions

SOUTH AFRICA – The United States government is investing US$300m in Liquid Telecom’s Africa Data Centers (ADC), to fund expansion in South Africa and Kenya as well as new builds and acquisitions elsewhere. The International Development Finance Corporation (IFC), based in Washington DC, says the finance will also ADC’s entry into new markets in other African countries. Strive Masiyiwa, head of Econet Wireless, the Zimbabwe operator that owns Liquid Telecom and ADC, said that the money will allow them to expand our facilities in South Africa and Kenya, as well…

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Econet, X’s Project Taara to deploy high-speed internet technology across sub-Saharan Africa

AFRICA – Econet Group, a leading telecom and technology group in Africa, has teamed up with X’s Project Taara to expand and enhance affordable, high-speed connectivity to communities across sub-Saharan Africa using a new optical wireless technology developed by Taara. This is the first roll-out of Taara’s technology in Africa. Taara is a project at X, Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory (formerly known as Google[x]), which works to bring affordable and abundant high-speed internet access to unconnected and unconnected areas and communities through an innovative approach to wireless optical communication technology. Taara’s…

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Royal Bafokeng Holdings to invest US$20m in DPA Africa Asset-Co for solar energy

ZIMBABWE – Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH), an African community investment company is considering making a US$20 million equity investment in DPA Africa Asset-Co as it plans to expand in Africa. The company, set up by Distributed Power Africa (DPA), will provide 175 MW of solar power in some of its markets in Africa over the next four years. The subsidiary of Econet Wireless, a major Zimbabwean telecommunications company with interests in five continents, has already signed the financing agreement with Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH). Under the partnership, the African community…

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Liquid Telecom opts for solar to cut power costs

ZIMBABWE – Liquid Telecommunications Ltd, Africa’s biggest fibre-network company, has added a solar plant at its East Africa data centre to cut operational costs. The fibre network company’s data centre has been relying on power generator that was built by Distributed Power Africa (DPA), a subsidiary of the Econet Global Ltd group controlled by Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa. The installation of the solar power panels will reduce power expenditure by about a third and help reduce Liquid’s carbon footprint, DPA chief executive officer Norman Moyo said in an interview. In…

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