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Content posted in November 2018
MTN Group Joins the IoT World Alliance
  • Connecting Africa News
MTN Group is the first African telco to join the IoT World Alliance, an industry organization dedicated to enabling connected IoT solutions.
Telecom Egypt Upgrades Its Delta Backbone Network
  • Connecting Africa News
Telecom Egypt has deployed Nokia's Photonic Service Engine (PSE) technology to double backbone capacity on its Delta Region DWDM backbone network to enable a single-carrier 200G service.
Orange Eyes 5G Launches in Africa, Middle East
  • Ray Le Maistre
There are still many challenges to overcome to make 5G network deployments efficient but Orange is confident that 5G will be coming to Africa and the Middle East from 2020.
MTN, Orange Forge Mobile Money Interop Deal
  • Wei Shi
Two leading mobile operators in Africa are to set up a joint venture called Mowali to enable mobile money service interoperability across sub-Saharan Africa.
MTN, Ericsson, Netstar Claim 5G First for South Africa
  • Connecting Africa News
MTN South Africa and Ericsson have announced South Africa's first 5G customer trial, a deployment using a fixed wireless access site at technology company Netstar's headquarters in Midrand.
Nokia Shows Off at AfricaCom 2018
  • Connecting Africa News
Nokia will be showcasing the latest innovations and engaging in discussions on ultra-broadband, the value of 5G in enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), digital transformation and the importance of encryption and Virtual Reality (VR).
Telkom SA Reports Fiscal H1 Revenue Growth
  • Connecting Africa News
South African operator Telkom SA has reported a 5.2% year-on-year increase in group operating revenues for the six months to September 30.
Free Conference Calling Launched In Uganda
  • Connecting Africa News
FreeConferenceCall.com has enabled instant access to free conference calling in Uganda, making the service available to 40 million potential users.
Transforming Lives in Africa Through Free WiFi Hotspots
  • Gabriella Jeakins
With under a week to go until AfricaCom 2018, Connecting Africa speaks to Dudu Mkhwanazi, the CEO of Project Isizwe, a South African non-profit organization that advocates for free Internet access within walking distance in low-income communities.
Blockchain Technology Set to Transform African Financial Services
  • Gabriella Jeakins
With under a week to go until AfricaCom 2018, Connecting Africa speaks to some of the AfricaCom Ambassadors, a group of 30 leaders and innovators from across the continent who are driving Africa's digital transformation. First up: VALR.com's Farzam Ehsani.


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Orange opens Digital Centers in Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon

Orange has launched two new Digital Centers, one in Côte d'Ivoire and another in Cameroon, with plans to open more in Africa this year and into 2022.

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Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 2 – Life, death and affordable legal tech

In the second installment of the Connecting Africa Podcast, the team chats with Life.file Co-Founders Sinal Govender and Claire Keet, who are approaching legal tech in a unique way and helping people digitally get their ducks in a row before they die.

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Omdia View: September 2021

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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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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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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 Future of Work

Exploring the infrastructure and tech that are paving the way for Africa’s Digital Future. As Africa heads towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it is crucial for businesses to harness the potential of its human capital to thrive through digital transformation. The webinar series will provide the opportunity to debate the challenges and opportunities around skills, evolving demographics, learning and development, talent, and employee engagement.

This is the second and final webinar in a short series focussing on the future of work in Africa. These special digital sessions explore how education and skills training are critical foundations of building 4IR-ready workforces equipped to deliver on the promise of more efficient and inclusive digital economies. We’ll explore some of the enduring challenges facing the sector, and look at how skills development and tech integration is driving disruptive progress across industry vertical.

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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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