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Content posted in March 2018
Senegal's New ISPs Launch Services
  • Connecting Africa News
Newly licensed ISPs Waw, Africa Access and Arc Informatique have all launched commercial services, bringing additional broadband opportunities to Senegal.
Safaricom Unveils Marathon IoT Effort
  • Connecting Africa News
Mobile operator is working with Vodafone on an IoT solution that could help Kenyan athletes to complete a marathon in less than two hours.
MTN Ghana Heads for IPO
  • Ray Le Maistre
MTN is closing in on the local listing of its operation in Ghana in order to meet the terms of its 4G license.
Making Water Infrastructure Intelligent
  • Connecting Africa News
Major innovations will be needed to overcome water crises as the Fourth Industrial Revolution takes place, writes Sabine Dall'Omo, CEO for Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa.
Helios Towers Abandons IPO Plan
  • Ray Le Maistre
Mobile towers company kills plan to float about 25% of the company's stock as speculation emerges of a potential M&A move.
Rain Readies for a Mobile Data Launch
  • Ray Le Maistre
South Africa's mobile data challenger Rain is preparing to launch its 4G services with a focus on making things simple for customers, notes the operator's CIO.
IOX Cable, Angola Cables Team Up
  • Connecting Africa News
IOX Cable and Angola Cables sign agreement to expand their reach across Africa, the Americas and Asia.
Orange Upgrades 4G With Nokia
  • Ray Le Maistre
Operator is investing in a major upgrade of its radio access network infrastructure in seven countries using technology from Nokia.
Vodafone Uganda Files for Bankruptcy
  • Connecting Africa News
Mobile data service provider has appointed an administrator after suffering financial, administrative and service delivery failures in a crowded market.
Helios Towers Plans IPO
  • Ray Le Maistre
Tower infrastructure company plans to list 25% of its shares on the London and Johannesburg exchanges in a move that should value the company at more than $2 billion.


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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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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:

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