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Hot startup of the month: Ghana's Sumundi
  • Tom Jackson
Sumundi, a Ghana-based startup, has developed an online and offline based retail management and point-of-sale platform for physical retailers.
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.
Vodacom denies Rain deal is a merger
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom is confident its agreements with Rain do not constitute a merger and do not contravene the South African Competition Act.
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.
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.
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MTN 5G goes live in South Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN has launched 5G across 100 sites in South Africa and made some big promises about its future rollout if it gets access to the spectrum it needs.
Amazon is creating 3,000 new jobs in SA
  • Paula Gilbert
The e-commerce giant is adding 3,000 full-time positions in customer service, bringing its total permanent workforce in South Africa to 7,000.
Comment: 5G network - Zitoto - 6/15/2020
COVID-19 boosts META cloud spend
  • Connecting Africa News
Public cloud is proving to be an exception to the COVID-19 slowdown rule, with IDC predicting higher spending in META following the outbreak.
New '2Africa' mega subsea cable announced
  • Connecting Africa News
The new 2Africa cable will be one of the world's largest subsea cable projects, connecting 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Sparkle expands to Morocco
  • Connecting Africa News
Italian service provider Sparkle is expanding its reach into North Africa by opening a new point of presence in Casablanca, Morocco.
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.
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Telkom SA to cut IP Connect pricing
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom has come to an agreement with the SA Competition Commission to address concerns over IP Connect pricing and reducing the digital divide.
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SA tech stock bloodbath
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's tech and telecoms stocks plummeted on Thursday as worries over the spread of the coronavirus caused massive equity sell-offs.
Bank cards still beat mobile payments in Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
A new research report from Omdia and OpenWay has found that consumer demand for debit and credit cards still outweighs that for mobile money, according to African banks.
Orange and SES team up on O3b mPower Communications System
  • Industry Announcements
Orange will be the first global telecom operator to integrate satellite-based terabit-scale O3b mPower communications system in its network, to support the growing demand for connectivity in Africa.
Africa remains growth driver for Orange
  • Paula Gilbert
Orange CEO Stéphane Richard says that once again in 2019, the Africa & Middle East region was a main growth driver for the Group.
MWC 2020 officially canceled
  • Paula Gilbert
The GSMA has pulled the plug on this year's Mobile World Congress due to the impact of reactions to the coronavirus outbreak.
MTN expects big earnings jump
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN expects its headline earnings per share for the 2019 financial year to be as much as 50% higher than the year before.
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.
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New Lead for Google SA
  • Connecting Africa News
Former advertising exec Alistair Mokoena is taking over as country director for Google South Africa.


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