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Africa's mobile broadband affordability much improved since 2015 – A4AI

Over five years the cost of 1GB of mobile data has dropped 60% in Africa, according to the Alliance for Affordable Internet's 2020 Affordability Report.

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5G will grow but 3G will dominate SSA in 2026 – Ericsson

The newest Ericsson Mobility Report predicts that 5G will make up about 5% of sub-Saharan Africa's mobile subscriptions by 2026, but the region's dominant mobile technology will still be 3G at over 40%.

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COVID-19 spurs e-commerce uptick in MEA – Mastercard

According to a new Mastercard study, over 70% of consumers in the Middle East and Africa were shopping more online than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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Liquid Telecom accelerates fiber access in Botswana

Liquid Telecom is expanding fiber access in Botswana by activating 82km of fiber in a cross-border network into the Southern African country.

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Econet and X's Project Taara join forces to connect Africa

Econet Group and Google X's Project Taara are teaming up to deploy new high-speed Internet technology to communities across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Orange launches pan-West African fiber network

Orange has announced a massive fiber-optic network in West Africa, called Djoliba, which is a first-of-its-kind pan-West African backbone.

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Telkom SA continues strong mobile growth

Telkom South Africa saw its mobile data traffic grow 81% over the past six months and mobile data revenue increase by 53.8%.

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Vodafone Egypt gets additional ten-year spectrum license

Vodafone Egypt has acquired a block of 2.6GHz spectrum for $540 million which it says will significantly expand its network capacity.

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Podcast: Infinera's Tim Doiron on TIP, open networking and how vendors adapt

Infinera's Tim Doiron discusses open networking and Infinera's role in a recent Telecom Infra Project deployment.

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Nearly half the world has never used the Internet

Nearly half of the global adult population has never used the Internet, and the majority live in Africa and South Asia, according to a recent ITU report.

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New report shows digital gender gap in Ghana, Uganda

The digital gender gap stands at almost 43% in Uganda and 5.8% in Ghana, according to the World Wide Web Foundation's new Women's Rights Online Report.

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Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's VNTS

Nigerian startup VNTS manufactures network devices that solve last-mile connectivity and last-inch Wi-Fi signal issues using existing electrical cabling.

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Hot startup of the month: SA's FlexClub

South African startup FlexClub has launched a managed marketplace that helps independent drivers on digital platforms become vehicle owners.

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Econet and X's Project Taara join forces to connect Africa

Econet Group and Google X's Project Taara are teaming up to deploy new high-speed Internet technology to communities across sub-Saharan Africa.

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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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