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Virgin Mobile SA closes after 15 years
  • Paula Gilbert
Cell C is switching off services for Virgin Mobile SA today, following the MVNO's announced plans to close up shop in SA after 15 years.
Omdia View: August 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis about MTN's decision to exit Syria and not bid again for an Ethiopian license, as well as 5G news from Mauritius, Ghana, Mayotte and Reunion.
Liquid, Project Taara beam broadband across Congo River
  • Paula Gilbert
Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Alphabet's Project Taara have found a way to bridge a particularly stubborn connectivity gap between Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo and Kinshasa in the DRC.
North Africa has world's slowest Internet
  • Paula Gilbert
New data from Cable.co.uk shows North Africa has the world's slowest broadband speed on average, with sub-Saharan Africa in second-worst place.
MTN plans $35M investment in KZN following SA riots
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN SA will invest over $35 million on network upgrades in KwaZulu-Natal with 30% going toward replacing stolen and vandalized network infrastructure following civil unrest and looting in July.
SA operators will have to wait until 2022 for spectrum
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's telcos are not getting more high-demand radio frequency spectrum anytime soon, after settlement talks between the regulator and some operators failed to reach an agreement this week.
M-Pesa tops 50M users
  • Connecting Africa News
Mobile money pioneer reaches a major milestone of 50 million monthly active customers, doubling users over the past five years.
Africa Data Centres planning major expansion
  • Connecting Africa News
Africa Data Centres is planning to build ten hyperscale data centers in ten African countries over the next two years, spending over US$500 million.
Safaricom begins hiring in Ethiopia
  • Paula Gilbert
Safaricom plans to recruit 1,000 employees for its new Ethiopian business by June next year and is also launching a three-year graduate program in the country.
Research Bites: Blockchain potential for SA agriculture
  • Guest Perspectives
This article, in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development explores how blockchain can be used in the agricultural sector to help improve production and distribution processes.
Hot startup of the month: Tunisia's InstaDeep
  • Tom Jackson
Tunisian startup InstaDeep builds advanced decision-making and optimization AI solutions for enterprise clients. It is one of the best-funded AI ventures on the continent.
Cell C recapitalization edges closer
  • Paula Gilbert
Embattled South African operator Cell C's recapitalization plans seem to be edging closer to a conclusion, although we have heard that before.
Telkom SA Consumer gets new CEO
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa's executive reshuffle continues with the announcement that Lunga Siyo has been named the new CEO of Telkom Consumer.
Malware on the rise in Africa
  • Connecting Africa News
Four African countries accounted for 85 million malware attacks in the first six months of 2021, with South Africa the most targeted, according to research from cybersecurity company Kaspersky.
Vodacom goes green with eco rating for handsets
  • Paula Gilbert
South African telecoms operator Vodacom says it has introduced a pan-industry 'Eco Rating' for mobile phones as it moves toward improving its environmental impact.
Omdia View: July 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
5G was a major focus this month with 5G licenses awarded in Mauritius and public consultation on 5G spectrum launched in Zambia – Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis on these developments.
2Africa subsea cable gets even bigger
  • Connecting Africa News
The highly anticipated 2Africa Subsea Cable System is expanding even further, extend connectivity to the Seychelles, the Comoros Islands and Angola and adding a landing to southeast Nigeria.
Nigeria rushes to replace failing satellite
  • Connecting Africa News
Nigeria's NigeriaSat-2 observation satellite is on its last legs, but the country has found it very useful. Will it get a replacement up in time?
Telkom SA appoints new CEO from within
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa has tapped Telkom Consumer Business CEO Serame Taukobong to take over as Group CEO when Sipho Maseko steps down next year.
CEO Sipho Maseko is leaving Telkom SA
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's third-biggest mobile operator announced that its long-serving Group CEO Sipho Maseko will leave the group in June 2022.
SA startup launches Life.file, the 'Dropbox for death'
  • Paula Gilbert
A female-founded South African startup and legal technology company has launched a service called Life.file which helps people create, store and share the legal information loved ones will need when they die.
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Gradely
  • Tom Jackson
Nigerian AI-based ed-tech solution Gradely is an adaptive learning app that recommends video lessons, practice questions and on-demand tutors to help students master challenging subject areas.
SA operators count the cost of recent riots
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's telecoms operators are still trying to count the cost of last week's riots and looting that impacted many retail outlets and saw telecoms infrastructure damaged across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
Mobile tech helps drive e-commerce in Central Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
Mobile technology is a key driver of e-commerce, with potential for significant social and economic benefits for Central Africa, says the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the GSMA.


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Research Bites: Blockchain potential for SA agriculture

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Omdia View: August 2021

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Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis about MTN's decision to exit Syria and not bid again for an Ethiopian license, as well as 5G news from Mauritius, Ghana, Mayotte and Reunion.

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Research Bites: Blockchain potential for SA agriculture

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

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How Poa Internet is unlocking meaningful connectivity in East Africa

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