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Content posted in June 2020
MTN 5G goes live in South Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN has launched 5G across 100 sites in South Africa and made some big promises about its future rollout if it gets access to the spectrum it needs.
Hot startup of the month: Ghana's SynCommerce
  • Tom Jackson
SynCommerce is a cloud-based multichannel inventory and order management platform for online merchants which was born out of an entrepreneurial school in Ghana.
MTN Group now has 100M data users
  • Connecting Africa News
About 40% of the MTN Group customer base are now using data, as the group tops 100 million data customers.
Africa set for mobile data traffic boom
  • Paula Gilbert
Mobile data traffic in Sub-Saharan Africa is predicted to multiply by 12 by 2025, according to the June 2020 Ericsson Mobility Report.
Cell C may lay off 40% of its staff
  • Paula Gilbert
Financially strained South African mobile operator Cell C says it may cut 960 junior management and semi-skilled staff.
Amazon is creating 3,000 new jobs in SA
  • Paula Gilbert
The e-commerce giant is adding 3,000 full-time positions in customer service, bringing its total permanent workforce in South Africa to 7,000.
Sudan commits to cashless future
  • Connecting Africa News
Sudan has joined the UN's Better Than Cash Alliance to help accelerate the country's transition from cash to digital payments.
SA smartphone numbers jump, but fixed broadband subs drop
  • Paula Gilbert
A report from South Africa's telecoms regulator shows that smartphone subscriptions in the country are now at over 90%, while a drop in DSL subscriptions saw fixed broadband subscriptions decrease by almost 20% in 2019.


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