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Content posted in May 2021
Safaricom consortium gets Ethiopia license
  • Paula Gilbert
A consortium of Safaricom, Vodacom and Vodafone has been awarded a telecoms license in Ethiopia, ahead of fellow bidder MTN, with plans to launch services in 2022.
Telkom SA's mobile customers pass 15M
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom SA's mobile business has surpassed 15 million subscribers for the first time while COVID-19 impacted its fixed line revenues and saw a slowdown from enterprise customers.
East Africa Com 2021: Ethiopia deep dive
  • Connecting Africa Video
A fireside chat at East Africa Com 2021 revealed some key details about Ethiopia's telecoms liberalization and the issuing of two new licenses in the country.
East Africa Com 2021: Beyond the 4IR buzz
  • Connecting Africa Video
A panel discussion at East Africa Com 2021 about what kind of value the fourth industrial revolution is bringing East Africa and what more can be done.
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Illuminum Greenhouses
  • Tom Jackson
Kenyan IoT startup Illuminum Greenhouses builds smart greenhouses equipped with intelligent irrigation and fertigation systems, which help eliminate guesswork from farming and increase yields by using solar-powered sensors.
Ethiopia would have liked Orange & Etisalat to bid for licenses
  • Paula Gilbert
A senior advisor to the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance told East Africa Com that it had expected four companies to bid for new licenses in the country, Orange and Etisalat being the operators that did not and MTN and a Safaricom consortium the ones that did.
Omdia View: April 2021
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This month, Omdia's analysts provide context around Ethiopia's telecoms licensing process, Millicom's plans to exit Tanzania and Ghana, and Airtel Africa's successful capital raise.


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Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 3 – Startups, funding and failing fast with Zachariah George

This week the team chats to Startupbootcamp AfriTech Co-Founder Zachariah George about venture capital and angel investing in Africa and what he is looking for in the next generation of tech startups.

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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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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

By Omdia Analysts

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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