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Content posted in July 2020
MTN Nigeria boosted by customer gains
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Nigeria added 6.8 million customers in the first half of 2020, with more people using mobile technologies during the COVID-19 health crisis.
Orange sees strong 4G growth in Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
French operator Orange is making strides in its 4G rollout in Africa and the Middle East with 4G customers growing 40% in the region over the past year.
Podcast: What's the story with mobile data in Africa?
  • Connecting Africa News
Paula Gilbert joins Light Reading's 'What's the Story?' podcast to discuss current trends around mobile data in Africa and their broader impact on the region and industry at large.
M-Pesa has almost 99% market share in Kenya
  • Paula Gilbert
Safaricom is still extremely dominant when it comes to Kenya's mobile money market, but its overall mobile customer market share declined slightly in the first quarter of 2020.
Africa is experiencing a health-tech startup boom
  • Connecting Africa News
The number of e-health startups active in Africa has increased by 56.5% over the last three years and investment continues to grow, according to a new report from Disrupt Africa.


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Twitter announces first African office in Ghana, begins hiring

Twitter has announced it is planning to open an office in Accra, the Ghanaian capital – the first in Africa for the social media giant.

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Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's OnePipe

This month's hot startup is Nigeria's OnePipe, which is aggregating APIs from banks and fintechs into a standardized gateway that is easy to integrate and makes partnerships seamless.

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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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How mobile operators in Africa can address signalling threats and secure the network
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SD-WAN and satellite – how MNOs and telcos can enjoy the best of both worlds
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Africa's mobile operators need better roaming monetization for growth
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