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Content posted in June 2018
World Cup Boosts Opera News Downloads
Connecting Africa News  
6/29/2018   1 comment
Opera News reaches 10 million users in Africa thanks to World Cup features.
MTN, Ericsson Take 5G on the Road
Ray Le Maistre  
6/29/2018   Post a comment
MTN South Africa has teamed up with Ericsson on the first automotive use case demonstrating 5G mobility in Africa.
Avanti Boosts Kenya's Disaster Response Communications
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6/28/2018   Post a comment
Avanti Communications announces a project to enhance Kenya's disaster response communications.
Project Loon Seeks Operator Partners in Kenya
Connecting Africa News  
6/28/2018   1 comment
Google's Project Loon is seeking telecom operator partners in Kenya to help it offer broadband from stratospheric balloons.
Another Tower Operator Shelves IPO
Ray Le Maistre  
6/27/2018   1 comment
Now three planned mobile tower operator IPOs have been abandoned this year as IHS Towers mothballs its plan, according to reports.
Ghana's Major Mobile Operators Name New CEOs
Connecting Africa News  
6/26/2018   2 comments
Ghana's two leading mobile operators, AirtelTigo and MTN, have both appointed new CEOs.
Spectrum License Fracas in Nigeria
Connecting Africa News  
6/26/2018   2 comments
The prospective transfer of 800MHz spectrum license from Visafone to MTN Nigeria has Airtel and 9mobile up in arms.
Streaming Video-on-Demand to Boom in Africa: Report
Connecting Africa News  
6/25/2018   1 comment
Fuelled by growth in South Africa and Nigeria, streaming video-on-demand subscriber numbers are set to grow rapidly during the next six years but revenue per user numbers will not get any pulses racing.
Vodacom, Microsoft Launch Azure Cloud Services
Ray Le Maistre  
6/21/2018   Post a comment
South African operator teams up with Microsoft to launch a range of Azure cloud services to enterprise users.
Ethiopia to Split National Telco, Sell Stakes
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6/19/2018   2 comments
EthioTelecom is to be carved up into two separate companies and stakes will slowly be sold to international investors, the government has announced.
East Africa to Have 186M Mobile Broadband Connections by 2022: Ovum
Connecting Africa News  
6/18/2018   1 comment
Significant growth in next five years driven by greater investment in 3G and 4G networks and higher smartphone penetration levels.
Amazon Brings Its CDN to Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
6/15/2018   1 comment
CloudFront, Amazon's content delivery network (CDN), now has a point of presence in Johannesburg.
Google to Open AI Lab in Ghana
Ray Le Maistre  
6/15/2018   1 comment
Google says it will open a facility dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) research and its applications in Accra, Ghana, later this year.
Liquid Telecom Extends Microsoft Azure Stack Availability
Connecting Africa News  
6/14/2018   1 comment
Businesses in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique and Mauritius will be able to leverage Azure Stack through Liquid Telecom.
Airtel, Telkom Abandon Kenya Merger: Reports
Connecting Africa News  
6/13/2018   1 comment
Moves to ultimately merge Safaricom's two main rivals in Kenya have been abandoned according to local reports.
Freshworks Targets Expansion in South Africa
Connecting Africa News  
6/13/2018   2 comments
Freshworks is seeking to expand its customer base in South Africa as the cloud services market grows.
Africa's Mobile Market Remains Flat in Q1: IDC
Connecting Africa News  
6/12/2018   2 comments
Africa's mobile market remained flat in the first quarter as smartphone shipments declined for the second successive quarter, according to analyst house IDC.
Drones For Good in Africa: Part 2
Connecting Africa News  
6/12/2018   1 comment
In the second part of this special Connecting Africa feature, we look at how drones are being used in farming and in the treatment of HIV in children.
Drones For Good in Africa: Part 1
Connecting Africa News  
6/11/2018   1 comment
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), aka drones, are a controversial subject across the world: Are they are potentially dangerous, or do they have real developmental value? Part 1 of a two-part feature special to Connecting Africa.
Africa Code Week Kicks Off in Madagascar
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6/8/2018   Post a comment
The fourth edition of Africa Code Week has begun in Madagascar with a goal to empower 600,000 Youth in 2018.
African Development Bank & Partners Launch Coding for Employment Program
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6/7/2018   Post a comment
The African Development Bank, together with its partners The Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft and Facebook, launched the Coding for Employment Program at the African Innovation Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.
Rain Launches Data Only 4G Network in South Africa
Connecting Africa News  
6/6/2018   1 comment
Mobile challenger rain has launched its data-only 4G services in South Africa.
First Bank, WorldRemit Team on Digital Money Transfers to Nigeria
Connecting Africa News  
6/6/2018   1 comment
Partnership will allow WorldRemit customers in more than 50 countries to send money instantly to 14 million First Bank accounts directly from their phones.
Vodafone Brings IoT to the Fight Against Malnutrition
Connecting Africa News  
6/6/2018   1 comment
Mobile operator will help Sanku (Project Healthy Children) to reach 100 million people across Africa by installing Internet of Things (IoT) technology at small flour mills across the continent.
Intelsat Joins Smart Africa
Connecting Africa News  
6/5/2018   1 comment
Intelsat recently joined the Smart Africa initiative, a move it believes can 'help accelerate Africa's digital transformation.'




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