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Content posted in September 2018
South Atlantic Cable System Is Completed
  • Connecting Africa News
Angola Cables and OSI announce that installation of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), the first direct link between Africa and South America, has been completed.
Orange Money Is 10 Years Old
  • Connecting Africa News
Orange Money celebrates a decade of financial innovation in Africa and confirms its position as a major mobile money player.
Spectrum Hope for SA's Mobile Operators
  • Wei Shi
Following a legal settlement, South Africa's planned spectrum auction will be called off while the minister withdraws legal action against the regulator, but a new agreement is in the works.
WTL Hails VoIP's Impact in Nigeria
  • Connecting Africa News
Capacity up and congestion down as VoIP networks take 10 billion minutes off cellular networks, according to World Telecom Labs.
Executive Interview: Olusola Teniola, President of ATCON
  • Connecting Africa News
Ahead of his appearance at Nigeria Com, Olusola Teniola, President of ATCON (Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria), discusses network sharing, digital transformation and more.
Huawei Marine Completes SAIL Subsea Network Build
  • Wei Shi
The new undersea South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) fiber connection, built by Huawei Marine, is the first of its kind to directly connect Africa and Latin America across the south Atlantic.
A New Approach To Roaming
  • Godslove Adagbonyin
Godslove Adagbonyin argues that Africa's mobile operators need to get creative in order to offer their customers an attractive roaming deal.
Can African Tech Leapfrog Global Competitors?
  • Connecting Africa News
The AfricaCom Digital Week, a virtual event taking place September 10-14, will explore five of the key technology areas that have the potential to come together to create Africa 4.0.


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World Mobile brings Wi-Fi hotspots to Zanzibar

Blockchain operator World Mobile is partnering with the Zanzibar eGovernment Agency to launch free Wi-Fi hotspots at public facing government institutions.

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Hot startup of the month: Morocco's Chari

Morocco's B2B e-commerce app, Chari, is allowing store owners to order anything they need for their stores and get it delivered in less than 24 hours.

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Research Bites: Why ICT public access centers are struggling

By Cecilia Frans and Shaun Pather

This article – in produced in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development – explores the reasons why African ICT public access centers are not finding success.

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Omdia View: October 2021

By Omdia Analysts

Across the Middle East and Africa, regulators are beginning to facilitate spectrum allocation to operators in the region for the deployment of new and innovative technology.

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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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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 
  • Making a positive impact on local communities
  • Building the foundations for digital inclusion and small business growth in a technology-accelerated world
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