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Content posted in November 2021
Youth-centric MVNO BeMobile launches
  • Connecting Africa News
A new digital mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) BeMobile has launched, aimed the emerging African youth market.
MTN reduces Nigerian shareholding
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Group has received approval to sell 575 million ordinary shares in MTN Nigeria, part of plans to reduce its shareholding in the country.
Airtel launches Africa developer portal
  • Connecting Africa News
Airtel Money has launched the Airtel Africa Developer Portal which will let businesses and app developers integrate remote payments with Airtel Money wallets.
Omdia View: October 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
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.
MTN to sell SA towers to IHS
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN is selling over 5,700 towers in South Africa to IHS Towers for R6.4 billion (US$413 million).
Vodacom customers grow as new service offerings deliver
  • Paula Gilbert
The Vodacom group now has almost 130 million customers across six markets in Africa and is seeing good growth from its 'new service offerings' like financial and digital services, which are diversifying revenue streams.
M-Pesa remains apple of Safaricom's eye
  • Paula Gilbert
M-Pesa remains a cash cow for Kenya's Safaricom with M-Pesa revenue growing 45.8% year-on-year for the first six months of the financial year.
Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 6 – Rise of the super app
  • Paula Gilbert
This week the team discusses the rising trend of super apps in Africa with Gozem Co-Founder Raphael Dana, who gives us the backstory to the platform, which has become an integrated app for on-demand transportation, delivery and cashless payment solutions.
Telkom SA roaming on MTN again
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa is back roaming on the MTN network almost three years after calling off its previous agreement and switching to Vodacom.
Nigerian SIM rules keep biting into MTN subs
  • Paula Gilbert
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.
Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 5 – AI vs. humanity
  • Paula Gilbert
This week, Tunisian startup InstaDeep's Co-Founder Zohra Slim joined the podcast and shared the human story behind the successful AI startup and how you maintain startup culture even when your company grows.


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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

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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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