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Content posted in January 2021
Hot startup of the month: Egypt's Vezeeta
  • Tom Jackson
Vezeeta, an Egyptian telemedicine platform, had a big 2020, raising US$40 million in Series D funding and expanding its healthtech services into Kenya and Nigeria.
MTN suing SA regulator over spectrum auction
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN has gone to South Africa's high court to challenge how ICASA is dealing with an upcoming spectrum auction, in particular licensing of spectrum for 5G.
Alphabet grounds Loon Internet project
  • Paula Gilbert
Balloon-powered Internet company Loon is shutting down, an unexpected announcement after projects in Kenya and Mozambique expected to use the technology in 2021.
Kenya experiences major jump in cyberattacks
  • Paula Gilbert
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.
The state of funding for Africa's tech startups
  • Paula Gilbert
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.
Six companies want South African spectrum
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's telecoms regulator has revealed that six companies are interested in an upcoming spectrum auction, with Telkom both applying and trying to oppose the auction in court.


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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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Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's OnePipe

This month's hot startup is Nigeria's OnePipe, which is aggregating APIs from banks and fintechs into a standardized gateway that is easy to integrate and makes partnerships seamless.

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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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How mobile operators in Africa can address signalling threats and secure the network
By Katia Gonzalez, Head of Fraud and Security at BICS

SD-WAN and satellite – how MNOs and telcos can enjoy the best of both worlds
By Ofer Asif, SVP BizDev, marketing and strategy at Spacecom

Africa's mobile operators need better roaming monetization for growth
By Damion Rose, product manager for Mobile Signaling and Roaming Solutions at BICS

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