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Econet centralises offering with Cassava Technologies launch

By , ITWeb
Africa , Zimbabwe , 10 Nov 2021
Strive Masiyiwa, chairman of Liquid Telecom and founder of Econet Group.
Strive Masiyiwa, chairman of Liquid Telecom and founder of Econet Group.

Privately held African telecommunications group, Econet, has launched Cassava Technologies, which brings together Econet’s digital services and digital infrastructure product segments, encompassing fibre broadband networks, datacentres, and renewable energy; as well as cloud & cybersecurity, Fintech, and digital platforms.

Headquartered in London, Cassava Technologies’ product segments provide digital solutions to over one million enterprises and enable access to the internet for over 500 million people.

Its Sasai Super App is projected to provide access to Fintech services for over 75 million customers across Africa by 2025.

Cassava Technologies encompasses Liquid Intelligent Technologies, Africa Data Centres, Liquid Cloud, Sasai Fintech, Vaya Technologies, and Distributed Power Technologies. Cassava Technologies is backed by significant investment and extensive collaboration with some of the world’s largest technology businesses and institutional investors interested in Africa’s nascent but rapidly growing digital economy.

Econet released a statement which reads in part: “Cassava Technologies is the leading technology enterprise driving Africa’s digital transformation which represents a large and fast-growing addressable market of under-served consumers and businesses. With a total projected population of 1.5 billion and approximately 60% of the population expected to be urbanised by 2025, there is accelerating demand across the continent for Cassava Technologies’ range of digital services enabled by a digital infrastructure platform of un-rivalled scale. The African continent is still marked by low internet penetration and hampered by high costs of internet access despite the projected exponential growth. This, coupled with a significant un-banked population further underlines the huge market opportunity for Cassava Technologies.”

Econet Group’s mobile telecoms businesses, which include Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, Econet LEO (Burundi), Econet Telecom Lesotho, Econet’s investment in Mascom Wireless Botswana, and Econet’s mobile money business, EcoCash Holdings Zimbabwe are unaffected and will continue to operate under the Econet Wireless brand.

Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman of Cassava Technologies, said: “Technology creates pathways to democratise access to opportunity. Only through accelerating digital innovation in Africa will we empower individuals, families, businesses, and economies to reach their full potential. As Africa’s economy transitions to digital, there is a tremendous opportunity for increasing connectivity to usher in a new wave of digital tools and solutions that will improve the lives of millions of Africans. This is why we have created Cassava Technologies, to make technology as accessible as cassava “fufu” in Africa.”

Hardy Pemhiwa, CEO of Cassava Technologies, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of Cassava Technologies. As Cassava Technologies, with a footprint covering more than 15 countries, we are well positioned to meet the growing needs of businesses operating in Africa and expand access to Fintech and other digital services to enterprises, small & medium size businesses, and consumers across Africa.”

Cassava Technologies’ pan-African terrestrial fibre broadband network, which spans more than 62,000 miles, covering more than 300 towns and cities.

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