The Egyptian government has had a busy time of late, shutting down taxi app mergers, taxing e-commerce platforms, and administration agenda media adjustment laws.

Rumors have been bouncing that Uber and bounded agnate Careem might be set to merge in Egypt, but it’s not going to happen. That’s because regulators have insisted they would fine each of the parties complex $28 actor USD if it went ahead.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s admiral of accounts has appear it now requires e-commerce companies to charge VAT of 14 percent, just like accustomed stores, while the country has also started administration a law that requires online publications to pay authorization fees.

In hardly more advantageous news from the North African country, which has a rapidly developing tech scene, smartphone architect Silicon Industries Corporation (SICO) is branch into other African countries, and intends to expand to the likes of Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, and Nigeria by next year.

Google in Africa

October was awash with Google action in Africa, with the aggregation holding its first Google for Kenya event and able a host of new articles and services. It will train 100,000 Kenyan farmers in agenda skills, and has launched a dedicated travel mode for motorcycles. Street View has also launched in the East African nation.

Elsewhere, the aggregation will also grant 10,000 African developers four months of access to Android and Mobile web courses, the first part of its goal of training 100,000 developers across the region.

Facebook also had an active month, ablution its third-party fact blockage action in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. Facebook is attractive to rope in more African countries in its bid to combat fake news. Other countries are set to follow.

Uber may have had any Egyptian merger affairs shot down, but other taxi apps fared better. Taxify broadcast its operations in South Africa, ablution in Polokwane and East London, while Zimbabwean mobile abettor Econet launched its own ride-hailing service, Vaya Lift.

Internet, no internet

People keep giving Africans the internet and people keep taking it away. Local connectivity accustomed a couple of major boosts over the last month, with Amazon Web Casework announcement it will open data centers in South Africa in the first half of last year.

Meanwhile, global web and achievement firm Cloudfare made Lagos the 155th city across the world where it is active, saying it had already anchored access to local subsea cable operators and local internet exchanges.

Governments, however, remain committed to taking away any gains. Zimbabwe became the latest country to hit mobile money users with taxes, while Chad became the latest country accused of throttling the the internet. There was at least some good news, from Malawi, where the government is allegedly working on a law acute all businesses to offer at least one free agenda acquittal channel.

Fintech led the way for tech allotment over the course of the month, with standout rounds for trade and advance belvedere Orbitt and micro-loans aggregation Tala, which secured advance from PayPal. A host of Nigerian fintechs raised finance, like Flutterwave, Riby, Thank U Cash, and Accounteer, as did South African insurtech platforms Click2Sure and Simply, solar leasing exchange Sun Exchange and crowdfunding belvedere Uprise.Africa.

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