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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Workz Group and Econet successful trials virtual SIM in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE – Mobile and IOT solutions provider Workz Group and Econet Zimbabwe have announced a deal that will provide Zimbabwean subscribers with network connectivity via embedded SIM devices such as the iPhone XS/XR/11 and Microsoft Surface Pro X. In a statement issued by the companies, a market launch can be expected “in the coming months”, but once available, users will be able to connect to Econet’s network without a physical SIM. The collaboration between Workz and Econet is expected to make Zimbabwe only the second country in Africa to adopt…

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Econet Zimbabwe turns to Tesla’s lithium-ion batteries to cushion against power crisis

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe’s biggest telecommunications company, Econet Wireless, has turned to lithium-ion batteries from Telsa to power its base stations around the country as a backup to electricity shortages currently hitting the country. The power utility company, Zesa Holdings(Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority), early this year, introduced 18-hour-long load shedding schedules to contain the situation, as its electricity generation plummeted due to low water levels in Lake Kariba, the country’s largest source of power, whose water levels have been depleted by an El Nino-induced drought. Zesa Holdings, which relies on importing…

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