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MFS Africa Raises $4.5M Series B Round
Ray Le Maistre  
4/18/2018   Post a comment
Fintech startup is the first African fintech company to attract investment from a Chinese venture capital firm.
From 5G to 2G: What Is Relevant Depends on Where You Are
Bradley Shaw  
4/17/2018   Post a comment
Topics such as expanding infrastructure sharing to the radio access network (RAN) and opening up the market to open source-based network infrastructure are far more relevant to Africa than 5G, argues Bradley Shaw.
Four African Operators Gain GSMA Mobile Money Certification
Ray Le Maistre  
4/13/2018   Post a comment
GSMA launches global mobile money certification scheme and four of the first five operators to be certified are from Africa.
Price Controls Would Harm Kenya Telecom Market, Says Think Tank
Iain Morris  
4/5/2018   Post a comment
Institute of Economic Affairs slams regulator's proposals as a 'major policy reversal' that could damage the market.
Cambridge Analytica Fallout Could Hit Facebook in Africa
Iain Morris  
4/4/2018   Post a comment
The social network's task of bringing African users online may just have become even harder.
Orange Hails Africa Recovery, Expects Margin Growth
Iain Morris  
2/21/2018   Post a comment
Orange CEO says 'mutualization' efforts in Africa are likely to buoy earnings this year.
Kenyan Authorities Drop Plans to Break Up Safaricom – Report
Iain Morris  
1/3/2018   1 comment
A proposal to curb the dominance of Safaricom by breaking it up has been jettisoned in a new regulatory report.
Airtel Snaps Up Tigo Rwanda
Iain Morris  
12/19/2017   Post a comment
Bharti Airtel to merge its Rwandan network with that of local rival Millicom.
Liquid Telecom Partners Zambian Startup Hub
Iain Morris  
12/15/2017   Post a comment
The operator will provide Internet connectivity and cloud services to technology players in Zambia.
Airtel Downplays Africa Exit Talk – Report
Iain Morris  
12/12/2017   1 comment
Indian operator denies it has talked about quitting African markets but says it remains open to merger possibilities.
Sub-Saharan Africa to Have 310 Million 4G Users by 2023 – Ericsson
Ray Le Maistre  
11/28/2017   Post a comment
Mobile network equipment vendor's annual Mobility Report suggests 4G subscription numbers will grow from just 30 million this year to 310 million within six years.
Liquid Telecom Revamps Data Centers in Major Cloud Expansion
Iain Morris  
11/22/2017   1 comment
The pan-African operator has already made a name for itself in the continent's fiber markets. Its new focus is the cloud.
Vodacom: Future Telcos Will Be Invisible to Consumers
Iain Morris  
11/9/2017   Post a comment
Vodacom executive foresees a radical overhaul of the business model for mobile network operators in the next five years.
Automation Anxiety Grips Africa
Iain Morris  
11/9/2017   Post a comment
Automation in the workplace is a worrying prospect in a region with an acute skills shortage.
Safaricom CIO: I'm a Terrible Capitalist, Not a Greedy Coward
Iain Morris  
11/8/2017   Post a comment
Senior executive at Kenyan operator accepts some of the blame for Africa's affordability crisis.
Liquid Strikes Microsoft Deal, Targets Cloud Dominance in Africa
Iain Morris  
11/8/2017   Post a comment
The African fiber operator has just signed a new deal with Microsoft and has grand ambitions in Africa's cloud services market.
Orange Botswana on Long Trek to 5G
Iain Morris  
11/7/2017   Post a comment
Orange subsidiary in Botswana is already thinking about 5G, but it will have to overcome numerous obstacles before it can deploy the technology.
Mugabe's Man Bashes US & Asian Tech Firms
Iain Morris  
11/7/2017   Post a comment
Zimbabwean minister of communications wants his country to become a software leader. There seems little chance it will happen.
Ericsson Forecasts Lackluster 5G Take-Up in Africa
Iain Morris  
11/7/2017   Post a comment
Swedish equipment vendor unveils research that suggests 5G technology will not take off quickly in Africa.
Huawei, Telcos Clash With Policymakers in Cape Town
Iain Morris  
11/7/2017   Post a comment
Private sector players continue to complain that shortsighted regulation is hindering the rollout and take-up of telecom services in Africa.
"I'm a Proud Capetonian -- I Love That This City Gets to Host This Magnificent Event": AfricaCom Interview with Bradley Shaw
Amy Turner  
10/25/2017   Post a comment
Bradley Shaw from NuRAN Wireless talks about Africa's networking needs and the impact that mobile connectivity can have on communities.
Strategizing African Telecoms' Future: AfricaCom interview with Ellie Hagopian
Amy Turner  
10/23/2017   Post a comment
Industry consultant Ellie Hagopian discusses hot trends in Africa's telecoms sector and her participation in this year's AfricaCom.
Safaricom Rolls Out FTTH, Eyes Smart Home Opportunity
Ray Le Maistre  
10/10/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator has plans to deliver smart home services once high-speed connections are in place.
Tracking Liberia's Transition of Power
Stacey Knott  
10/5/2017   Post a comment
Technology is playing a key role in enabling a democratic process in Liberia.
Sowing the Seeds for AgriTech Growth
Stacey Knott  
9/22/2017   Post a comment
Young tech-savvy entrepreneurs are working hard to bring digital tools to Africa's enormous and important agriculture sector.
Africa Still Trailing in Internet Access, Finds ITU Report
Ray Le Maistre  
9/20/2017   Post a comment
With Internet User Penetration at just 21.8%, Africa is still trailing the rest of the world, according to a new ITU State of Broadband report.
Safaricom to Create Another 300 Customer Care Jobs
Iain Morris  
9/17/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator says investments in customer care will reduce call-waiting times and take pressure off an existing facility.
Bitcoin Specialist BitPesa Hits $10M in Funding
Ray Le Maistre  
8/31/2017   Post a comment
Attracts follow-up Series A funding of more than $4 million as its cryptocurrency-based payment processing model gains traction in Africa.
AfricaCom and Microsoft Launch New Technology Arena to Develop the Blueprint for Africa 4.0
Amy Turner  
8/29/2017   Post a comment
Microsoft is the lead sponsor of AfricaCom's new Technology Arena, which will open its doors for the first time on November 7 at the CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre).
Facebook's Wi-Fi Hotspot Rollout in Kenya Hits Milestone
Ray Le Maistre  
8/23/2017   Post a comment
Facebook and local partner Surf Kenya have deployed 600 Wi-Fi hotspots across the country since March.
The Tech Trailblazers: Women in Tech and Mapping Africa’s Road to the 4th Industrial Revolution
Amy Turner  
8/18/2017   Post a comment
Check out what happened in Connecting Africa's latest Twitter discussion.
MTN Uganda's MoKash Service Tops 2.5M Users in Just 1 Year
Ray Le Maistre  
8/17/2017   Post a comment
Mobile operator's savings and loans m-commerce service has attracted 2.5 million users in its first year.
Entering the Age of the Empowered Consumer
Amy Turner  
8/16/2017   Post a comment
A Nigeria Com Interview with Smile Telecom's Godfrey Efeurhobo.
What Mobile Technology Suits Africa Right Now?
Bradley Shaw  
8/16/2017   4 comments
More mobile network coverage is needed across Africa, but some mobile network technologies are more suitable than others if the unconnected are to be reached quickly and efficiently, argues Bradley Shaw.
Discussing digitalthings: Connecting Africa Interview with Digital Week Speaker Bora Varliyagci
Rachael McKie  
8/9/2017   Post a comment
Ahead of his involvement in Connecting Africa's Digital Week, Bora Varliyagci, CEO of digitalthings, discusses connectivity and digital inclusion in Africa.
The Internet as an African Business Enabler – AfricaCom Interview With Google South Africa's Luke McKend
Amy Turner  
8/4/2017   Post a comment
Google's Luke McKend on how the Internet can help bridge the digital divide in Africa.
Becoming the Global Leader We Need Africa to Be – AfricaCom Interview With Rapelang Rabana
Amy Turner  
7/31/2017   Post a comment
Rapelang Rabana believes the gap between tech innovation and execution in Africa needs to be bridged if that innovation is going to bring real economic progress.
Latest TIP Product? A Basestation That Looks Good for Africa
Iain Morris  
6/23/2017   Post a comment
The latest innovation from Facebook's TIP is a low-cost basestation aimed at small communities that have been left off the cellular map.
Africa's Mobile Phone Market Suffers Sequential Slump in Q1 – IDC
Ray Le Maistre  
6/23/2017   Post a comment
Research firm notes a 'drastic' quarter-on-quarter dip in shipments during the first three months of 2017.
Expanding Ecosystem Partnerships: An Interview with Africa Open Innovation's Mactar Sy
Amy Turner  
6/21/2017   Post a comment
West Africa Com talks to Mactar Sy, the CEO of Africa Open Innovation, who will be speaking at the upcoming event in Dakar, Senegal.
Orange Launches €50M Fund for Startups Focused on Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
6/19/2017   Post a comment
Orange Digital Ventures has developed a new €50 million investment initiative devoted to investing in startups focused on dealing with modern challenges in Africa.
Intelsat, Eutelsat Boost Their Satellite Credentials Across Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
6/9/2017   1 comment
As Intelsat lands a new customer, Eutelsat's Konnect Africa operation launches services in multiple countries.
Developing the Digital Economy Takes Center Stage at West Africa Com 2017
Amy Turner  
6/6/2017   Post a comment
The West Africa Com agenda is packed with great topics, speakers and panels that highlight the potential of partnership development in an increasingly digital world.
Safaricom Urges NGOs to Help Meet Development Goals
Ray Le Maistre  
5/31/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator seeks assistance from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as it aims to tackle poverty and improve prospects.
Connecting Africa Takes to Twitter for #AfricaDay Chat
Amy Turner  
5/25/2017   Post a comment
To celebrate Africa Day, we took to Twitter for a live chat on the continent's contribution to technology innovation.
Vodafone Foundation's 'Ambulance Taxi' Helps to Cut Maternal Mortality Rate in Tanzania
Ray Le Maistre  
5/22/2017   Post a comment
A service designed to help pregnant women get to hospital for childbirth has had a positive impact, reports Vodafone.
The Transformational Impact of Digital Communications: East Africa Com Interview With Safaricom’s Muhalia Allan
Amy Turner  
5/15/2017   Post a comment
With only a few days to go until East Africa Com 2017 kicks off in Nairobi, Connecting Africa caught up with Safaricom's senior manager of wholesale service.
The Countdown to East Africa Com 2017: What to Expect on Day 2
Amy Turner  
5/10/2017   Post a comment
Having previously looked at the highlights for day 1, we turn our attention to the key agenda items for day 2 of East Africa Com 2017.
The Countdown to East Africa Com 2017: What to Expect on Day 1
Amy Turner  
5/9/2017   Post a comment
The impact of digital transformation in the communications and TV sectors is at the heart of this year's East Africa Com agenda.
Tech Tackling Malaria – #WorldMalariaDay
Amy Turner  
4/25/2017   Post a comment
On World Malaria Day, Connecting Africa looks at how telecom tech is helping to combat the terrible threat presented by mosquitos.
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