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Kenya experiences major jump in cyberattacks
  • Paula Gilbert
Kenya saw a 152.9% increase in cyber threat events between the second and third quarters of 2020, according to stats from the Communications Authority of Kenya.
Comment: Africa's - huawei - 1/20/2021
The state of funding for Africa's tech startups
  • Paula Gilbert
The estimated value of startup funding in Africa during 2020 was $1.3 billion, plus about $1.12 billion worth of disclosed M&A, according to a new Briter Bridges report.
Six companies want South African spectrum
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's telecoms regulator has revealed that six companies are interested in an upcoming spectrum auction, with Telkom both applying and trying to oppose the auction in court.
Telkom SA CFO quits to join MTN
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN has announced that Tsholofelo Molefe will join next year as group CFO, just hours after Telkom SA announced she had resigned.
Hot startup of the month: SA's FlexClub
  • Tom Jackson
South African startup FlexClub has launched a managed marketplace that helps independent drivers on digital platforms become vehicle owners.
Data demand boosts Vodacom H1 revenue
  • Paula Gilbert
The COVID-19 pandemic didn't dampen Vodacom's interim revenue growth by much as the SA-based telco saw a big surge in data traffic and growth in data and financial services customers.
Vodacom's focus on 'bite size' products
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom is finding success in providing what it calls 'bite size' products like nano-loans, nano-investment and cheaper short-term entertainment offerings and data bundles.
COVID-19 bites into Safaricom profit
  • Paula Gilbert
The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic saw Safaricom's first-half net profit drop 6%, but the Kenyan telco said it plans to get 4G to 100% of the population by the end of 2020.
Telkom SA predicts earnings jump
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa is expecting its half-year headline earnings per share to be as much as 25% better than last year, as its mobile business continues to grow.
MTN Nigeria, 9Mobile test network sharing
  • Connecting Africa News
The Nigerian Communications Commission is encouraging network resource sharing through a national roaming service trial between MTN Nigeria and 9Mobile.
Karl Toriola appointed new MTN Nigeria CEO
  • Connecting Africa News
Karl Toriola to take over as CEO of MTN Nigeria, and Ferdi Moolman will return to South Africa to take on role of MTN Group chief risk officer.
Cell C's financial struggles continue
  • Paula Gilbert
South African operator Cell C recorded a net loss after tax of almost R7.6B (US$460M) in the six months to June 2020 and lost 4.5M customers in a year.
API marketplace Chenosis is gaining traction
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Group CTIO, Charles Molapisi, shared his ambitious plans for API marketplace Chenosis which has already signed up over 250 developers in just two months.
MTN Ghana pulls back on dominance court case
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN has withdrawn a court case in Ghana related to its market dominance, and is trying to find an amicable resolution with the National Communications Authority.
Tech gamechangers?
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Which technology will impact Africa the most in the next five years?
Vodacom gets a lifeline in Lesotho
  • Paula Gilbert
The High Court of Lesotho has granted an interim interdict stopping the Lesotho Communications Authority from revoking Vodacom's unified license in the country.
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.
Telkom launches COVID-19 track and trace solution
  • Industry Announcements
Telkom has been working with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research to develop a track and trace solution to identify people who may have contracted COVID-19 in South Africa.
How the digital healthcare revolution will be realized
  • AfricaCom Perspectives
Frank Hester, founder and CEO of healthcare technology company TPP, believes the healthcare industry is not embracing technology as it should, but that the digital revolution is coming.
AfricaCom 2019: Key Takeaways From the Week
  • Connecting Africa Video
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Telecoms.com Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide insights into the final day of AfricaCom 2019 and a summary of the conference in general, including how Africa is embracing the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' and the rise of smart feature phones in Africa.
AfricaCom 2019 Preview
  • Slideshows
With just a month to go before AfricaCom 2019 kicks off, here is a taste of what to expect in Cape Town in November.
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.
Safaricom Pumps KES 5M Into Afro-Asia Fintech Festival
  • Industry Announcements
Safaricom has announced a KES 5 million sponsorship of the inaugural Afro-Asia FinTech Festival 2019, called Fintech in the Savannah, which will be co-hosted by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).
Corporate SA Not Yet Sold on 4IR
  • Connecting Africa News
A new study by World Wide Worx has found that a number of key fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies have yet to be adopted with any enthusiasm by South African enterprises.
Why I'm Excited for a Connected Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
My new role as editor of the Connecting Africa community offers great opportunities to track the development of the continent's comms and IT sectors, highlight gender equality progress and share coffee/wine tips.
Canon Heads to East Africa Com
  • Connecting Africa News
Canon's participation in East Africa Com (May 14 - 15) is part of its strategy to support its customers in their digital transformation while keeping security at the heart of its concerns.


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The state of funding for Africa's tech startups

The estimated value of startup funding in Africa during 2020 was $1.3 billion, plus about $1.12 billion worth of disclosed M&A, according to a new Briter Bridges report.

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Hot startup of the month: Ghana's Sumundi

Sumundi, a Ghana-based startup, has developed an online and offline based retail management and point-of-sale platform for physical retailers.

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AfricaCom Interview: Onica Makwakwa on closing the digital gender gap

The Alliance for Affordable Internet's head of Africa, Onica Makwakwa, shares her views on how to narrow the digital gender gap and the challenges keeping women offline on the continent.

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AfricaCom Interview: Tunde Fafunwa on how the ACIP is fighting COVID-19

Tunde Fafunwa from the UN Economic Commission for Africa explains how the Africa Communication and Information Platform (ACIP) is helping Africa's battle against COVID-19.

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AfricaCom Interview: Temidayo Oniosun on Africa's space and satellite industry

Space in Africa founder, Temidayo Oniosun, shares his views on the challenges and opportunities in the African space and satellite industry.

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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
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