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Content posted in August 2019
Nomanini Raises $4m for Fintech Expansion
  • Connecting Africa News
The fintech company that targets the informal retail ecosystem in Africa has raised $4 million through a funding round led by Standard Bank.
Fiber Connectivity Key for SA Enterprises
  • Paula Gilbert
A new study from World Wide Worx and Syspro has found that fiber connectivity is being embraced by many sectors in South Africa, but manufacturing is lagging behind other industries.
Bolt Food to Be Served Up in Kenya & SA
  • Paula Gilbert
Rideshare platform Bolt is launching its food delivery service in Africa later this year and is targeting Kenya and South Africa first.
Safaricom Contributed $5.8B to Kenya's Economy
  • Paula Gilbert
According to Safaricom's 2019 Sustainable Business Report, the value to Kenyan society created by Safaricom hit KES 601 billion – US$5.8 billion at current exchange rates – in the most recent full financial year.
MTN Winning 4G Race in SA
  • Paula Gilbert
South African operator MTN is leading in terms of 4G availability in the country, according to a new report from Opensignal.
Vodacom & IoT.nxt Deal Moves Forward
  • Connecting Africa News
South Africa's Competition Commission has approved Vodacom's plans to to acquire a controlling stake in IoT.nxt, with conditions.
Who Will Lead Ericsson MEA?
  • Paula Gilbert
With two and a half weeks to go before the current head of Middle East and Africa steps down, there is still no news from Ericsson about a replacement.
MTN Group Adds 7.7M Customers in H1
  • Paula Gilbert
Despite tough trading conditions, MTN added 7.7 million group subscribers and grew service revenues almost 10% in the first half of the financial year.
Jury's Out on 5G Efforts: Poll Result
  • Ray Le Maistre
We asked you if you thought it was too early to put time and effort into 5G in Africa — and the slight majority believe Africa needs to be involved in 5G right now.
Safaricom Pumps Up Its FTTH Plans
  • Ray Le Maistre
Uptake for Safaricom's fiber broadband service has been impressive, but the company is still looking to attract new customers and has outlined a short-term discount to tempt new customers.
Mobile Operator Quartet Dominate African Market
  • Paula Gilbert
One in ten Africans is an Orange customer, says the French giant -- that makes it one of the top four mobile operators on the continent by subscriber numbers, with MTN, Airtel and Vodacom the other big hitters.


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