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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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