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Content posted in August 2018
Telkom Slams ICASA's Termination Rate Ruling
  • Connecting Africa News
Telkom condemns the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (ICASA)'s termination rate decision as a move that will "entrench the duopoly of the largest mobile operators and reduce competition."
Mixed Bag for MTN in H1
  • Ray Le Maistre
The operator added subscribers and improved margins but its debts and challenges in Iran and other markets are making investors nervous.
Safaricom CEO Slams Kenya Market Study
  • Connecting Africa News
Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore has criticized a report into Kenya's telecoms market, saying that its recommendations would punish its customers and stifle innovation.
Congolese Minister Eyes 5G Opportunity
  • Wei Shi
A partnership between Spanish technology company Applus+ and the Congolese telecom incumbent could provide a spur to 5G in the central African country.


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Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Swifttdial

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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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