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Truecaller has 43M African users, launches enterprise solution

Truecaller sees Africa as a growing market, now with over 43 million active users, and has launched a new enterprise solution for local businesses.

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Vodacom extends lending offering in SA

Vodacom SA has extended its lending offering in South Africa, with a new voucher offering where customers can get new appliances or food and pay later.

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Kenya Internet usage lags mobile penetration

DataReportal's Digital 2021 Kenya report shows that almost 109% of the population has a mobile connection and 73% have a mobile money account, but only 40% use the Internet.

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Twitter announces first African office in Ghana, begins hiring

Twitter has announced it is planning to open an office in Accra, the Ghanaian capital the first in Africa for the social media giant.

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Sub-Saharan Africa has world's most expensive data prices

Sub-Saharan Africa has six out of the ten most expensive countries in the world for 1GB of mobile data, including the most expensive, Equatorial Guinea, according to the Worldwide Mobile Data Pricing 2021 report from Cable.co.uk.

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Omdia View: March 2021

Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis to the biggest stories making headlines in Africa during March 2021.

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Guinea digitizing telecoms regulation

Guinea is joining the list of African countries implementing RegTech solutions in the communications sector, signing a five-year deal with Global Voice Group.

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Ethiopian telecoms license bidders given more time

The Ethiopian Communications Authority says bidders for two new telecoms licenses in the country now have until April 26 to apply.

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Nigerians get more time to register SIMs

Nigerian mobile users have been given one extra month to link valid National Identification Numbers to their mobile numbers, or risk being blocked from operators.

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Airtel Money gets $100M investment from Mastercard

Airtel Africa's mobile money business is getting a $100 million investment from Mastercard, and the operator plans to list the mobile money unit within four years.

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SA operators to share major government contract

A multi-billion-rand contract previously held exclusively by Vodacom will now be split up amongst South Africa's four big operators.

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Women in Tech: Orange Sierra Leone CEO Aminata Kane

Aminata Kane spoke to Connecting Africa about her experience as the first female CEO at Orange Sierra Leone and offered some advice to women hoping to follow in her footsteps.

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Twitter announces first African office in Ghana, begins hiring

Twitter has announced it is planning to open an office in Accra, the Ghanaian capital the first in Africa for the social media giant.

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Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's OnePipe

This month's hot startup is Nigeria's OnePipe, which is aggregating APIs from banks and fintechs into a standardized gateway that is easy to integrate and makes partnerships seamless.

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Digital inclusion as a catalyst for economic empowerment: Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu

Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu talks to Connecting Africa about how digital payment solutions and mobile money are transforming the lives of small business owners, women and marginalized groups in East Africa.

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Accelerating women in STEM: In conversation with GirlCode's Tinyiko Simbine

GirlCode co-founder and CFO Tinyiko Simbine talks about why it's important to help girls and young women excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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How Poa Internet is unlocking meaningful connectivity in East Africa

Poa Internet's CEO Andy Halsall shares his views on what it takes to develop last-mile connectivity and get Africans online in a meaningful way.

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