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Alphabet grounds Loon Internet project

Balloon-powered Internet company Loon is shutting down, an unexpected announcement after projects in Kenya and Mozambique expected to use the technology in 2021.

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Kenya experiences major jump in cyberattacks

Kenya saw a 152.9% increase in cyber threat events between the second and third quarters of 2020, according to stats from the Communications Authority of Kenya.

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Eswatini becomes first African nation to join Trump's anti-China 'Clean Network'

The Kingdom of Eswatini has become the first country in African to join the US 'Clean Network' program, which is working to exclude Chinese companies from national telecoms infrastructure, especially 5G networks.

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The state of funding for Africa's tech startups

The estimated value of startup funding in Africa during 2020 was $1.3 billion, plus about $1.12 billion worth of disclosed M&A, according to a new Briter Bridges report.

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App-based MVNO Vyke reports major user growth

Digital MVNO Vyke saw a 50% increase in subscribers in the last quarter of the year, with its biggest market in Nigeria.

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Lesotho and Zimbabwe implement telecom oversight technology

Global Voice Group will provide the telecoms regulators in Lesotho and Zimbabwe with a data analytics platform for telecom traffic monitoring.

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SA's Cell C migrating customers to roam on competitor networks

Cell C has begun migrating its customers to roam on Vodacom and MTN's networks as part of a new strategy to stop spending money on infrastructure.

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Kenya's mobile penetration increases to over 125%

Kenya's mobile market has grown as demand for ICT services continued to rise in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Internet shutdowns rumored ahead of Ugandan elections

As Ugandans prepare to vote this week, fear is mounting that there could be social media blackouts on the cards.

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MTN was South Africa's best network in 2020 report

MTN has been ranked as South Africa's best network for 2020 for speed and network quality, according to the MyBroadband Insights 2020 Mobile Network Quality Report.

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Vodacom, MTN towers burnt in SA by alleged 5G conspiracy theorists

A number of Vodacom and MTN towers have been vandalized and set on fire after conspiracy theories linking COVID-19 to 5G have resurfaced in South Africa.

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95% of children in West and Central Africa don't have Internet at home

In Eastern and Southern Africa only 13% of children and young people have Internet access at home, and in West and Central Africa access is even lower at 5%.

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Alphabet grounds Loon Internet project

Balloon-powered Internet company Loon is shutting down, an unexpected announcement after projects in Kenya and Mozambique expected to use the technology in 2021.

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The state of funding for Africa's tech startups

The estimated value of startup funding in Africa during 2020 was $1.3 billion, plus about $1.12 billion worth of disclosed M&A, according to a new Briter Bridges report.

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AfricaCom Interview: Onica Makwakwa on closing the digital gender gap

The Alliance for Affordable Internet's head of Africa, Onica Makwakwa, shares her views on how to narrow the digital gender gap and the challenges keeping women offline on the continent.

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AfricaCom Interview: Tunde Fafunwa on how the ACIP is fighting COVID-19

Tunde Fafunwa from the UN Economic Commission for Africa explains how the Africa Communication and Information Platform (ACIP) is helping Africa's battle against COVID-19.

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AfricaCom Interview: Temidayo Oniosun on Africa's space and satellite industry

Space in Africa founder, Temidayo Oniosun, shares his views on the challenges and opportunities in the African space and satellite industry.

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