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Content posted in September 2018
Africa the 'Silicon Valley of Banking' — TagPay
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9/29/2018   Post a comment
The bank of the future is being invented in Africa, and it is more agile and close to its customers, according to the founders of TagPay.
Fiber Broadband Market in Africa & Middle East to Boom: Report
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9/29/2018   Post a comment
The Africa and Middle East region is set to have the fastest growing fiber broadband segment globally to 2023, according to research house GlobalData.
South Atlantic Cable System Is Completed
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9/28/2018   Post a comment
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.
CMC Networks Uses Kontron Tech to Support SDN, NFV Rollout
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9/28/2018   Post a comment
Kontron is CMC's preferred commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware infrastructure supplier to support its SDN and NFV deployment plans.
Orange Money Is 10 Years Old
Connecting Africa News  
9/27/2018   1 comment
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  
9/27/2018   Post a comment
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.
Senegal's Fintech Startup Sudpay Is Playing the Taxman
Wei Shi  
9/25/2018   1 comment
Sudpay will help the local tax authorities track and collect taxes to finance local public services, in exchange for a commission.
Liquid Telecom, Zindi to Boost Africa's Data Science Ecosystem
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9/24/2018   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom has teamed up with Zindi to support the rollout of its new data science competition platform across Africa.
Kenya's President Ups Internet, Voice Calls Tax
Wei Shi  
9/20/2018   Post a comment
To compensate his reduction of tax on petroleum products, Uhuru Kenyatta is bumping up tax on phone calls and internet use.
WTL Hails VoIP's Impact in Nigeria
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9/20/2018   Post a comment
Capacity up and congestion down as VoIP networks take 10 billion minutes off cellular networks, according to World Telecom Labs.
Africa's Entertainment & Media Industry Enters New Wave of Convergence
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9/19/2018   Post a comment
By 2022, total entertainment and media (E&M) revenues in South Africa is expected to reach R177.2 billion, up from R129.2 billion in 2017.
Bharti Airtel's Africa IPO Plan Gathers Pace
Wei Shi  
9/18/2018   1 comment
Major Indian telco is believed to have appointed banks to coordinate the IPO of its African business.
MainOne, Orange to Invest in West Africa Cable Landing Stations
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9/17/2018   Post a comment
The move will improve connectivity and offer a broader range of services for both Orange Côte d’Ivoire & Senegal's Sonatel.
Mozambique Refarming TV White Spaces to Provide Internet Connectivity
Wei Shi  
9/17/2018   Post a comment
Using WiMax to connect sparse populations in rural areas could be an efficient route to providing Internet access for other markets too.
Abra Adds Monero to Its Fintech Platform
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9/17/2018   Post a comment
Abra and Monero aim to help emerging economies drive a revolution in global financial inclusion.
Executive Interview: Tony Onuk, Co-Founder and CEO, The RootHub
Connecting Africa News  
9/13/2018   1 comment
Ahead of his appearance at Nigeria Com, Tony Onuk, Co-Founder and CEO of startup incubator and accelerator The RootHub, discusses the challenges and opportunities in the Nigerian startup scene.
Executive Interview: Olusola Teniola, President of ATCON
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9/12/2018   Post a comment
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  
9/11/2018   Post a comment
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.
Comsol & Samsung Turn On 5G Pilot in South Africa
Wei Shi  
9/11/2018   Post a comment
The pilot network delivered a download speed of 1.7 Gbit/s.
Fintech Startup Yoco Turns Smartphones Into POS Terminals
Wei Shi  
9/10/2018   Post a comment
The South African fintech startup's solution enables 20,000 merchants to receive card payments.
MTN at Loggerheads With Nigerian Authorities – Again
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9/7/2018   Post a comment
Already in a battle over a US$8.1 billion bank demand, MTN now faces a $2 billion tax bill from the Nigerian authorities.
Orange Digital Ventures Invests Again in Yoco
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9/7/2018   Post a comment
Orange Digital Ventures has invested for the second time in Yoco, a leader in payment terminals and added-value payment services in South Africa.
A New Approach To Roaming
Godslove Adagbonyin  
9/6/2018   Post a comment
Godslove Adagbonyin argues that Africa's mobile operators need to get creative in order to offer their customers an attractive roaming deal.
Vodacom Pumps R270M Into Limpopo Province Mobile Networks
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9/6/2018   Post a comment
Vodacom has invested R270 million in its Limpopo province 3G and 4G networks during the past two years.
Executive Interview: Smile Communications Nigeria MD, Godfrey Efeurhobo
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9/5/2018   Post a comment
Ahead of Nigeria Com 2018, Connecting Africa talks to Smile Communications Nigeria MD Godfrey Efeurhobo about opportunities, challenges and OTT competition.
Ugandan Fintech Startup Targets Payments Broker Role
Wei Shi  
9/4/2018   Post a comment
While retail is moving more and more cashless, Uganda's OlyCash is helping the 'unbanked.'
Can African Tech Leapfrog Global Competitors?
Connecting Africa News  
9/3/2018   Post a comment
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.
Botswana President Lauds Huawei Innovation
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9/1/2018   Post a comment
Botswana President says he looks forward to more Huawei innovations to speed up National Digital Transformation in Botswana.




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