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Ethiopia would have liked Orange & Etisalat to bid for licenses

A senior advisor to the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance told East Africa Com that it had expected four companies to bid for new licenses in the country, Orange and Etisalat being the operators that did not and MTN and a Safaricom consortium the ones that did.

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Pandemic eats into Safaricom's M-Pesa revenue

COVID-19 impacted Safaricom's full-year core earnings as it saw declines in revenue from voice services and its financial services platform, M-Pesa.

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Airtel Africa sees major mobile money, data growth

Airtel Africa had a strong financial year with underlying revenue growing 13.6%, to $3.88 billion, as mobile money revenue jumped 35.5% and data revenue grew 31.2%.

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Orange prioritizes renewable energy in Africa

Pan-African operator Orange is accelerating its solar projects in Africa and the Middle East with a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint to zero by 2040.

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Omdia View: April 2021

This month, Omdia's analysts provide context around Ethiopia's spectrum licensing process, Millicom's plans to exit Tanzania and Ghana, and Airtel Africa's successful capital raise.

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Eutelsat, Facebook plan major African Wi-Fi rollout

Eutelsat and Facebook are partnering to extend Wi-Fi connectivity to people in rural and underserved communities throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

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Factors influencing fintech adoption in Nigeria

This article is a collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development and explores the factors impacting the adoption of financial services technology in Lagos, Nigeria.

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MTN SA towers sale receives major interest

MTN has received queries from over 20 companies interested in buying its passive tower infrastructure in South Africa.

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Registration rules see Nigerian operators drop 12M subs

Nigeria's mobile operators lost a combined 12.1 million mobile subscribers between December 2020 and March 2021, as new registration rules bit into user numbers.

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The state of mobile broadband affordability in Africa

If you look at the price of mobile data as a percentage of average income, 8 out of the 10 most expensive countries in the world are in Africa according to A4AI.

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MTN becomes first operator to list in Rwanda

MTN Rwanda has listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange, becoming the first mobile network operator to do so.

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Nigerian SIM registrations bite into MTN subs

MTN Nigeria lost 5 million mobile subscribers in the first quarter of 2021, due to SIM registration regulations and general customer churn.

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Hot startup of the month: SA's Snode

This month's hot startup is South African company Snode, which is applying a data-driven approach to cybersecurity.

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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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Omdia View: April 2021

By Omdia Analysts

This month, Omdia's analysts provide context around Ethiopia's spectrum licensing process, Millicom's plans to exit Tanzania and Ghana, and Airtel Africa's successful capital raise.

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Factors influencing fintech adoption in Nigeria

By Yusuf Opeyemi Akinwale and Adam Konto Kyari

This article is a collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development and explores the factors impacting the adoption of financial services technology in Lagos, Nigeria.

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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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The moving target that is telecoms fraud
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How mobile operators in Africa can address signalling threats and secure the network
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SD-WAN and satellite – how MNOs and telcos can enjoy the best of both worlds
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