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Content posted in September 2020
Orange, Google launch $30 smartphone for Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
Orange CEO Stéphane Richard told the GSMA Thrive Africa conference that the telco is partnering with Google to launch a low-cost smartphone aimed at the African market.
Dimension Data growing African data centers
  • Connecting Africa News
Dimension Data has begun construction on a new data center in Johannesburg to meet an expanding need for infrastructure across the African market.
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's MPost
  • Tom Jackson
MPost, a Kenyan digital addressing company, is providing those without physical addresses a way to receive mail using a virtual address linked to their mobile number.
M-Tiba puts Safaricom on Fortune's Change the World List
  • Paula Gilbert
The 2020 Fortune Change the World List has ranked Kenya's Safaricom in seventh place because of the positive impact of M-Pesa and healthcare-focused service M-Tiba, which helps Kenyans pay for medical bills with mobile money.
MTN Eswatini drops mobile data prices
  • Paula Gilbert
Mobile data price drops by MTN in Eswatini are a strong move towards more affordable mobile communications in a country that previously had Africa's most expensive data prices.
Safaricom to launch M-Pesa 'super-app'
  • Paula Gilbert
Safaricom is launching an M-Pesa 'super-app' which will let SMEs create their own business apps within the mobile money ecosystem, according to CIO, George Njuguna, who was speaking at East Africa Com.
Nigeria sees mobile subs boom – Ericsson
  • Paula Gilbert
According to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report stats, Africa added 12 million new mobile subscriptions during Q2 2020, half of which were in Nigeria.


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