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Content posted in February 2020
Bank cards still beat mobile payments in Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
A new research report from Omdia and OpenWay has found that consumer demand for debit and credit cards still outweighs that for mobile money, according to African banks.
Vodacom facing trouble in Lesotho
  • Paula Gilbert
The Lesotho Communications Authority is not happy with Vodacom and has fined it $549,000 – and is threatening to revoke its license.
Africa remains growth driver for Orange
  • Paula Gilbert
Orange CEO Stéphane Richard says that once again in 2019, the Africa & Middle East region was a main growth driver for the Group.
MWC 2020 officially canceled
  • Paula Gilbert
The GSMA has pulled the plug on this year's Mobile World Congress due to the impact of reactions to the coronavirus outbreak.
MTN expects big earnings jump
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN expects its headline earnings per share for the 2019 financial year to be as much as 50% higher than the year before.
Connecting Africa joins MWC exodus
  • Paula Gilbert
Connecting Africa believes it will be easier and more efficient to report on the industry's developments without traveling to Barcelona.
How the digital healthcare revolution will be realized
  • AfricaCom Perspectives
Frank Hester, founder and CEO of healthcare technology company TPP, believes the healthcare industry is not embracing technology as it should, but that the digital revolution is coming.


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