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Hot startup of the month: Malawi's Converged Technology Networks

Startup Converged Technology Networks is focused on addressing the unmet demand for residential broadband Internet access in Malawi.

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Omdia View: October 2021

Across the Middle East and Africa, regulators are beginning to facilitate spectrum allocation to operators in the region for the deployment of new and innovative technology.

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MTN to sell SA towers to IHS

MTN is selling over 5,700 towers in South Africa to IHS Towers for R6.4 billion (US$413 million).

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SA regulator offers 'provisional spectrum' ahead of 2022 auction

SA telecoms regulator ICASA has announced it will allocate provisional spectrum from December as previous temporary spectrum licenses expire at the end of November.

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Telkom SA roaming on MTN again

Telkom South Africa is back roaming on the MTN network almost three years after calling off its previous agreement and switching to Vodacom.

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Nigerian SIM rules keep biting into MTN subs

Nigeria's SIM card registration regulations continue to hamper subscriber growth for local telcos, with MTN Nigeria losing 7.5 million users over the past year.

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Cell C earnings improve under new strategy

South African operator Cell C's half year results were a noticeable improvement from a year ago, with net income swinging from a loss to a profit.

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Orange sees major 4G boom in MEA

Orange Africa and Middle East saw a 33.6% year-on-year increase in 4G customers while revenue saw double digit growth in the region, according to Q3 earnings from the French telco.

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MTN & Vodacom join Telkom in court battle for spectrum

SA operators MTN and Vodacom have joined Telkom SA in a court battle to stop regulator ICASA from taking back temporary spectrum in November.

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MTN stake in IHS Towers priced at $1.79B in listing

MTN's stake in IHS Towers could be worth US$1.79 billion when the tower company's initial public offering in New York goes live today.

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New spectrum battle erupts between Telkom and SA regulator

SA regulator ICASA says it will fight a new court challenge from Telkom South Africa, this time over the return of temporary spectrum.

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Omdia View: September 2021

This month's Omdia View covers Africell's Ugandan exit and MTC's Namibian stock exchange IPO; as well as Netflix's free Kenyan offering and a new broadband service in SA from Multichoice and MTN.

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Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 8 – Edtech for the future of work

This week we are joined by Eyitayo Ogunmola, CEO of Utiva, which is a startup offering technology skills training to prepare young people for the the future of work.

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Hot startup of the month: Malawi's Converged Technology Networks

Startup Converged Technology Networks is focused on addressing the unmet demand for residential broadband Internet access in Malawi.

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Omdia View: October 2021

By Omdia Analysts

Across the Middle East and Africa, regulators are beginning to facilitate spectrum allocation to operators in the region for the deployment of new and innovative technology.

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Research Bites: Why Africans stop using mobile apps

By Chinedu Wilfred Okonkwo, Magda Huisman and Estelle Taylor

This article – in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development – explores the reasons behind why Africans stop using certain mobile apps.

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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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Meeting SME’s where they are - Building inclusive ecosystems for Africa’s small business owners

Micro and small businesses have been, and still are, the spine and lifeblood of the African economy, making up 90% of businesses on the continent.

Many of these businesses have still been operating in traditional ways and serving non-digital customers. With Covid-19 expediting the digital transformation process, businesses - big and small - have been forced to adapt to operate successfully in a more digital-first environment.

To ensure that the digitalization of Africa’s market doesn’t leave micro and small businesses behind, digital solutions must be inclusive and create business-ready environments. But how can we ensure that African SMEs become digitally enabled?

In this webinar we will share from our own experience on how to create such an environment, and the actions we took in vcita to get there, including:

  • Closing the digital literacy gap through tech inclusion 
  • Making a positive impact on local communities
  • Building the foundations for digital inclusion and small business growth in a technology-accelerated world
  • Building the foundations for digital inclusion and small business growth in a technology-accelerated world

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