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Content posted in September 2019
AI & Automation Key to Telecom's Progress
  • Connecting Africa News
The introduction of automated processes and artificial intelligence looks set to transform the operations of telecom operators of all sizes and in all markets.
Cell C Puts Brave Face on Massive Loss
  • Connecting Africa News
South African operator reports a massive loss for its full financial year but insists it's set up for long-term success.
Rain Brings 5G FWA to South Africa
  • Ray Le Maistre
Competitive South African operator has launched a commercial 5G-based fixed wireless access (FWA) broadband service in Johannesburg and Tshwane, with further locations to follow.
Africa to Embrace Hybrid Cloud
  • Paula Gilbert
Cloud services in Africa will run on both public and private cloud platforms and be provided by a mix of global players and local or regional players, finds industry analyst.
Cloud Services a Game Changer for Digital Transformation
  • Paula Gilbert
Connecting Africa's 'Cloud Evolution in Africa' webinar revealed that cloud services are a game changer for Africa and without adequate access to these services, digital transformation loses some of its depth and meaning.
Helios Towers Reignites IPO Plans, Eyes Expansion
  • Ray Le Maistre
With mobile tower valuations making global headlines, African operator Helios Towers dusts off its IPO papers with a planned listing on the London Stock exchange and talk of expansion.
MTN SA Heading to Court to Fight R5M Fine
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN South Africa plans to head to the High Court to fight a R5 million ($340,000) penalty from ICASA for raising the price of a WhatsApp bundle without the proper regulatory approval.
SA Minister Calls for Universal Broadband
  • Paula Gilbert
South African finance minister Tito Mboweni says economic growth, job creation and entrepreneurial activity are inextricably linked to broadband access.


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Twitter announces first African office in Ghana, begins hiring

Twitter has announced it is planning to open an office in Accra, the Ghanaian capital – the first in Africa for the social media giant.

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Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's OnePipe

This month's hot startup is Nigeria's OnePipe, which is aggregating APIs from banks and fintechs into a standardized gateway that is easy to integrate and makes partnerships seamless.

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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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How mobile operators in Africa can address signalling threats and secure the network
By Katia Gonzalez, Head of Fraud and Security at BICS

SD-WAN and satellite – how MNOs and telcos can enjoy the best of both worlds
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Africa's mobile operators need better roaming monetization for growth
By Damion Rose, product manager for Mobile Signaling and Roaming Solutions at BICS

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