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Content posted in July 2019
African Operators, Governments Show Faith in Huawei
  • Paula Gilbert
Analysts agree Huawei has had a very cordial working relationship with most African governments, which don't seem to be bowing to global pressure to blacklist the Chinese company.
4IR More of a Security Opportunity Than a Threat
  • Paula Gilbert
A new study from World Wide Worx found that fourth industrial revolution technologies offer more security opportunities than security risks, but many companies still don't perceive it that way.
Key Trends & Takeaways From West Africa Com 2019
  • Paula Gilbert
Satellite technology, fintech, mobile data prices and how to get better inclusion for women in tech were among the key topics discussed at the 2019 West Africa Com event in Senegal.
EOH Admits to 'Serious Governance Failings & Wrongdoing'
  • Paula Gilbert
The South African IT services firm has confirmed that an investigation has found evidence of unsubstantiated payments, tender irregularities and other unethical business dealings that could add up to $87 million.
Cell C Opens Up About Financial Challenges
  • Paula Gilbert
Cell C interim CEO Douglas Craigie Stevenson has published an open letter speaking about the 'financial and other challenges' that the South African operator faces.
Spotify Lite Launches in Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
Music streaming service Spotify has launched a 'Lite' version for emerging markets which uses less storage, data and battery.
Vodacom Shows Off 5G's Potential
  • Connecting Africa News
At the Durban July horse racing event, Vodacom teamed up with LG Electronics and Nokia to demonstrate Africa's first 5G data session on a commercially ready 5G mobile phone and network.
Corporate SA Not Yet Sold on 4IR
  • Connecting Africa News
A new study by World Wide Worx has found that a number of key fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies have yet to be adopted with any enthusiasm by South African enterprises.
EOH Offloads CCS Stake for $31M
  • Paula Gilbert
The South African IT services company has sold a 70% stake in Construction Computer Software (CCS) to help reduce the group's debt.


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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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The Future of Work

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:

  • Closing the digital literacy gap through tech inclusion 
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