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Content posted in July 2018
DR Congo: Is Reaganomics Coming to the Rescue?
  • Wei Shi
The GSMA has recommended the Democratic Republic of Congo lower taxes on the mobile industry to provide a boost for the industry as well as the government's coffers.
Orange Boosted by Data Demand
  • Iain Morris
Orange reports strong growth in sales and earnings, thanks to consumer appetite for mobile data services.
Smart Cities, 5G & IoT Take Center Stage at AfricaCom 2018
  • Amy Turner
Africa's digerati are set to converge on the annual AfricaCom event in Cape Town once again to figure out the continent's connected future, analyse the potential of 5G, identify how IoT and smart cities could play a role in Africa's digital development… and much more.
Is M-Pesa Heading to Ethiopia?
  • Ray Le Maistre
Speculation suggests Safaricom is about to strike a deal with Ethiopia's government to help introduce the M-Pesa mobile money and banking service to the country's 100 million-plus population and compete with existing player M-BIRR.
Chad to Auction New Mobile License
  • Wei Shi
The telecom regulator of Chad has issued an invitation for tender to auction out a new mobile licence covering 2G, 3G and 4G.
Nigeria Courts US Media, Tech Investment
  • Connecting Africa News
Representatives of the US media, tech and investment sectors have been meeting in Silicon Valley with Nigerian government ministers about potential business and investment opportunities.
Sudatel Checks Out 5G, FTTH With Nokia
  • Ray Le Maistre
Sudanese operator is to trial enhanced 4G, 5G and fixed fiber broadband access technologies as it considers services evolution.


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Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Swifttdial

Kenyan company Swifttdial is helping companies in Kenya and Nigeria set up cloud-based virtual call centers, with plans to expand further into West Africa.

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Hot startup of the month: Egyptian telemedicine platform Vezeeta

Vezeeta, an Egyptian telemedicine platform, had a big 2020, raising US$40 million in Series D funding and expanding its healthtech services into Kenya and Nigeria.

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East Africa Com Interview: Andy Halsall on getting Africans online in a meaningful way

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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AfricaCom Interview: Onica Makwakwa on closing the digital gender gap

The Alliance for Affordable Internet's head of Africa, Onica Makwakwa, shares her views on how to narrow the digital gender gap and the challenges keeping women offline on the continent.

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AfricaCom Interview: Tunde Fafunwa on how the ACIP is fighting COVID-19

Tunde Fafunwa from the UN Economic Commission for Africa explains how the Africa Communication and Information Platform (ACIP) is helping Africa's battle against COVID-19.

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