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Low smartphone penetration limits Zim's digital adoption Econet

Econet Wireless' 2020 report says smartphone penetration in Zimbabwe remains low at 52% and the lack of smartphones in the market impedes digital service adoption.

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Safaricom ranked Kenya's best network

Safaricom has been ranked as having the best network in Kenya for both data and calls, according to independent network tests from Umlaut.

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Nigerian Internet and mobile penetration grows

DataReportal's Digital 2021 report on Nigeria shows that Internet users increased 22% and mobile connections grew 10% between January 2020 and January 2021.

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$14.4M Kenyan deal to bring mobile infrastructure to remote areas

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has awarded contracts worth 1.57 billion Kenyan shillings (US$14.4 million) to five companies to roll out mobile network infrastructure to under-served areas in the country.

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18 African countries are testing 5G

Stats from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) show there are 24 operators in 18 African countries currently evaluating, testing or deploying 5G.

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Only half of Vodacom's customers use data

Only about half of Vodacom's customers across its African operations are using mobile data, stats from its newest trading update show.

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MTN selling BICS stake for $121 million

Pan-African mobile operator MTN has agreed to sell its 20% stake in BICS to Belgian operator Proximus for $121 million.

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Telkom SA's mobile business soars in 2020

Telkom SA's mobile business kept up its strong growth trajectory in 2020 with mobile service revenue growing over 40% for the last nine months of the year.

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Africell to launch network in Angola

Africell has been granted a license to operate in Angola, becoming the country's fourth telecoms operator.

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Five trends for Africa's telco market in 2021

Nexign, the BSS and IoT platform provider, breaks down the biggest telco trends in 2021, including the monetization of 4G and more mobile money growth.

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The cost of Africa's Internet shutdowns

Uganda's recent Internet shutdown cost the country about $10.7 million while Tanzania, Ethiopia and Chad all lost millions from Internet shutdowns in 2020.

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Poll result: 5G is top priority for Africa's future

Most Connecting Africa readers believe that 5G will impact Africa the most in the next five years, with 4G following as a close second.

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Hot startup of the month: Egyptian telemedicine platform Vezeeta

Vezeeta, an Egyptian telemedicine platform, had a big 2020, raising US$40 million in Series D funding and expanding its healthtech services into Kenya and Nigeria.


Four countries take lion's share of Africa's startup funding

2020 was a record year for investment into the African tech startup ecosystem &ndah; but startups in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt still drew the majority of funding.

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East Africa Com
May 11-12, 2021
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Africa Tech Festival
November 8-12, 2021
Cape Town, South Africa
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AfricaCom perspectives


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.


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.


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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Partner perspectives

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
By Ofer Asif, SVP BizDev, marketing and strategy at Spacecom

Africa's mobile operators need better roaming monetization for growth
By Damion Rose, product manager for Mobile Signaling and Roaming Solutions at BICS

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