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Content posted in December 2018
How Fintech is Driving an African Startup Funding Frenzy
Connecting Africa News  
12/28/2018   Post a comment
Tech startup funding has been booming across Africa, driven largely by fintech.
Omo Takes Over as Secretary General of the Africa Telecommunications Union (ATU)
Connecting Africa News  
12/27/2018   Post a comment
John Omo, formerly of the Communications Authority of Kenya, becomes the second Kenyan to head up the ATU.
Liquid Telecom to Launch Wholesale 4G Network in South Africa
Connecting Africa News  
12/27/2018   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom South Africa to provide wholesale open access roaming services to network operators starting early 2019.
MTN Settles $8.1B Spat with Central Bank of Nigeria
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12/24/2018   Post a comment
MTN announces the conclusion of a resolution agreement with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Mobile Money Transfers in Kenya Hit Ksh. 2 Trillion in Q3
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12/23/2018   Post a comment
In the July-September quarter, the value of mobile money transactions in Kenya hit the Ksh 2 trillion milestone for the first time, according to the Communications Authority of Kenya.
EIB Commits €495M to Developing Africa's Infrastructure
Wei Shi  
12/21/2018   Post a comment
The European Investment Bank commits €495 million to three mega projects in Africa to improve broadband access, public transport, and access to electricity.
Tigo Senegal Plans Network Boost with Ericsson
Ray Le Maistre  
12/20/2018   Post a comment
Three-year network modernization program will see Ericsson's radio access network gear deployed at more than 1,000 sites.
Facebook Applauds Its 2018 Record in Africa
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12/19/2018   Post a comment
Facebook has had a trying year but according to the social media giant it's had a fabulous 2018 in Africa!
Kenyan Government Steps In to Standardize Mobile Money Services
Wei Shi  
12/18/2018   Post a comment
Kenya's Communications Authority is working with the Central Bank to develop a common platform to support interoperability between mobile money solutions.
MTN Group Has a New CTIO & a New CIO
Connecting Africa News  
12/17/2018   1 comment
Charles Molapisi will be the operator's new Group CTIO while Nikos Angelopoulos is the new Group CIO.
Liquid Telecom, Code for Africa to Map Deadly Air Pollution in Kenya
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12/14/2018   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom Kenya's Internet of Things (IoT) network lowers the cost of 'citizen science' sensor network.​
Ecobank Appoints MFS Africa As Its Digital Payments Partner
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12/12/2018   Post a comment
Ecobank's customers in 33 African countries can now transact with more than 170 million mobile wallets across the continent.
TelOne Zimbabwe Launches VoD with Vubiquity & Discover Digital International
Connecting Africa News  
12/12/2018   Post a comment
Vubiquity and strategic partner Discover Digital International help launch video On demand with TelOne Zimbabwe.
CDC Group Pumps $180M into Liquid Telecom
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12/11/2018   Post a comment
CDC Group, a UK government-backed development finance institution, has agreed to invest US$180 million in African network operator Liquid Telecom, which is majority-owned by diversified communications company Econet Group.
Liquid Telecom Commits to $400M Investment in Egypt
Ray Le Maistre  
12/10/2018   1 comment
In an effort to cement its position as the gateway between Egypt and the rest of Africa, Liquid Telecom plans significant data center and network investments in the country during the next three years.
OPPO Plans Major Investments for 2019
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12/7/2018   Post a comment
Device manufacturer OPPO plans to focus its increased investments in the areas of 5G, artificial intelligence and smart devices.
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12/6/2018   1 comment
Investments are being made that will benefit the citizens of Africa, improve economies and perhaps most importantly give the people of Africa the opportunity to play their part in the Fourth Industrial revolution.
Safaricom Trials TubeStar Base Station
Ray Le Maistre  
12/6/2018   Post a comment
Kenyan operator is putting a new base station design to the test.
5G Will Roll Out in Nigeria by 2020, Says Regulator
Wei Shi  
12/4/2018   1 comment
The Nigerian Communications Commission says the country will be ready to launch next-generation cellular networks in 2020, despite low current 4G penetration.
Safaricom Intros Interactive Customer Care Chatbot
Connecting Africa News  
12/4/2018   Post a comment
Safaricom has introduced Zuri, an artificial intelligence chatbot assistant that is available on Telegram and Facebook Messenger.
HP Commits to Educate 100,000 Across Africa in the Next Three Years
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12/4/2018   Post a comment
Company will open a HP LIFE Center for entrepreneurship in South Africa.




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