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MTN reduces Nigerian shareholding

MTN Group has received approval to sell 575 million ordinary shares in MTN Nigeria, part of plans to reduce its shareholding in the country.

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Airtel launches Africa developer portal

Airtel Money has launched the Airtel Africa Developer Portal which will let businesses and app developers integrate remote payments with Airtel Money wallets.

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MTN continues Middle East departure with Yemen exit

MTN has exited its operation in Yemen, transferring its majority shareholding to Emerald International Investment, as it moves forward with plans to get out of the Middle East.

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Omdia View: October 2021

Across the Middle East and Africa, regulators are beginning to facilitate spectrum allocation to operators in the region for the deployment of new and innovative technology.

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MTN to sell SA towers to IHS

MTN is selling over 5,700 towers in South Africa to IHS Towers for R6.4 billion (US$413 million).

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ZTE to pay SA authorities R5M for 'cartel conduct'

China's ZTE has agreed to pay South African authorities R5 million (US$321,300) in a settlement deal over collusion allegations in SA.

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Vodacom customers grow as new service offerings deliver

The Vodacom group now has almost 130 million customers across six markets in Africa and is seeing good growth from its 'new service offerings' like financial and digital services, which are diversifying revenue streams.

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M-Pesa remains apple of Safaricom's eye

M-Pesa remains a cash cow for Kenya's Safaricom with M-Pesa revenue growing 45.8% year-on-year for the first six months of the financial year.

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Vodacom strikes major fiber deal with CIVH in SA

Vodacom is doing a major fiber deal in SA with Vumatel and DFA's parent company CIVH, worth about $875 million.

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Vodacom swoops in with $2.7B offer for Vodafone Egypt

Vodacom is buying parent company Vodafone's 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt in a deal worth US$2.7 billion, after a previous deal with STC fell through.

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Telkom SA's mobile business shines, while enterprise struggles

Telkom South Africa's mobile customers now top 16 million but the group's enterprise segment BCX struggled under pandemic pressure in the first half of the financial year.

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Telkom SA roaming on MTN again

Telkom South Africa is back roaming on the MTN network almost three years after calling off its previous agreement and switching to Vodacom.

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Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 8 – Edtech for the future of work

This week we are joined by Eyitayo Ogunmola, CEO of Utiva, which is a startup offering technology skills training to prepare young people for the the future of work.

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Hot startup of the month: Malawi's Converged Technology Networks

Startup Converged Technology Networks is focused on addressing the unmet demand for residential broadband Internet access in Malawi.

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Omdia View: October 2021

By Omdia Analysts

Across the Middle East and Africa, regulators are beginning to facilitate spectrum allocation to operators in the region for the deployment of new and innovative technology.

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Research Bites: Why Africans stop using mobile apps

By Chinedu Wilfred Okonkwo, Magda Huisman and Estelle Taylor

This article – in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development – explores the reasons behind why Africans stop using certain mobile apps.

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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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Meeting SME’s where they are - Building inclusive ecosystems for Africa’s small business owners

Micro and small businesses have been, and still are, the spine and lifeblood of the African economy, making up 90% of businesses on the continent.

Many of these businesses have still been operating in traditional ways and serving non-digital customers. With Covid-19 expediting the digital transformation process, businesses - big and small - have been forced to adapt to operate successfully in a more digital-first environment.

To ensure that the digitalization of Africa’s market doesn’t leave micro and small businesses behind, digital solutions must be inclusive and create business-ready environments. But how can we ensure that African SMEs become digitally enabled?

In this webinar we will share from our own experience on how to create such an environment, and the actions we took in vcita to get there, including:

  • Closing the digital literacy gap through tech inclusion 
  • Making a positive impact on local communities
  • Building the foundations for digital inclusion and small business growth in a technology-accelerated world
  • Building the foundations for digital inclusion and small business growth in a technology-accelerated world

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