Vincent Matinde

Contributing writer

Articles by Vincent Matinde

Regulatory tech, aiming to streamline compliance, makes inroads in Africa
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Regulatory tech, aiming to streamline compliance, makes inroads in Africa

Regulatory technology, also known as regtech, is starting to make inroads among African businesses and government entities looking to streamline the process of compliance, but an explosion of data and a changing regulatory landscape pose challenges.
May 17, 2022
6 African tech companies transforming the KYC  landscape
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6 African tech companies transforming the KYC landscape

KYC (Know Your Customer) protocols are difficult to follow in Africa, where much of the population does not have official forms of ID. These KYC tech companies are working to change that.
May 4, 2022
5 underutilized technologies for the African CIO’s watch list
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5 underutilized technologies for the African CIO’s watch list

Here's a look at the strengths and weaknesses of five key technologies — NB-IoT, serverless computing, VoIP, NFC (near field communication), and PWAs (progressive web apps) — that are currently underutilized in Africa, but which may yet catch on.
November 24, 2021
6  top African digital freight management companies
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6 top African digital freight management companies

These African technology-enabled shipping companies are using big data, AI, tracking technology, digital analysis to enable enterprises to import and export goods with ease.
October 27, 2021
AFRINIC’s spat with Cloud Innovation rings alarm for African internet
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AFRINIC’s spat with Cloud Innovation rings alarm for African internet

The legal feud between the African regional internet registry and the network provider, in the wake of accusations of under-the-table deals for IP addresses, threatens development of Africa's internet infrastructure, tech leaders say.
September 22, 2021
5 things for African CIOs to do in the vacuum of data privacy laws
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5 things for African CIOs to do in the vacuum of data privacy laws

The legal regime for data protection in Africa is fragmented, with only about half of nations in the region enforcing data privacy laws. Here are 5 step CIOs and other tech execs can take to deal with a complicated legal situation.
September 19, 2021
Why tech leaders are rethinking the smart city concept for Africa
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Why tech leaders are rethinking the smart city concept for Africa

Tech leaders have been advocating for the concept of smart cities — which use technology such as IoT, AI and 5G — to deal with Africa’s burgeoning population. But there is debate about whether to focus on building such cities from the ground up, or incorporate emerging tech into existing communities.
July 7, 2021
African enterprises grapple with growing mobile phone security threats
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African enterprises grapple with growing mobile phone security threats

African enterprises face growing mobile phone security threats due in large part to remote work and the rise of a wide variety of mobile services. Here are the issues that tech leaders face, and some tips on how to handle mobile security problems.rnrn
June 27, 2021
7 African companies using tech to innovate insurance for the masses
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7 African companies using tech to innovate insurance for the masses

While fewer Africans have insurance policies than people in other regions, a new breed of start-ups and innovative enterprises is deploying a range of technologies — including AI, API gateways and a variety of mobile platforms — to lower the cost of insurance services and bring them to markets that have historically been underserved by traditional insurance companies. rnrn
May 19, 2021
Pandemic accelerates supply-chain innovation in Africa
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Pandemic accelerates supply-chain innovation in Africa

As a way to reduce infections, many governments imposed movement restrictions that adversely affected businesses for the greater part of 2020, but innovation around the supply chain has been a silver lining for retailers as well as producers and distributors of goods.
May 5, 2021
After the Safaricom launch in Kenya, what next for 5G in Africa?
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After the Safaricom launch in Kenya, what next for 5G in Africa?

Commercial 5G networks have been rolled out in Kenya and South Africa and are being tested elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, but wide deployment appears to be a few years away. Enterprise systems such as IoT are likely to be on the vanguard of initial applications.
April 25, 2021