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Orange hails 'outstanding' Q2 in Africa and Middle East

The Africa and Middle East region remains a key growth driver for Orange with a 14.4% increase in Q2 revenue.

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Egypt's Internet penetration lags North African peers

DataReportal's Digital 2021 report on Egypt shows the country's Internet penetration still below 60%, compared to higher numbers for peers like Morocco and Tunisia.

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Another delay for Nigeria's SIM registration process

Nigerians now have until October 31 to link their SIM cards to their National Identification Number, yet another delay in the ongoing process.

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Orange wants to buy 40% stake in Ethio Telecom

French operator Orange wants to buy a minority stake in Ethio Telecom, according to a tweet from Ethiopia's ambassador to Paris.

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SA operators count the cost of recent riots

South Africa's telecoms operators are still trying to count the cost of last week's riots and looting that impacted many retail outlets and saw telecoms infrastructure damaged across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

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Mobile tech helps drive e-commerce in Central Africa

Mobile technology is a key driver of e-commerce, with potential for significant social and economic benefits for Central Africa, says the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the GSMA.

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How riots have disrupted connectivity across South Africa

At least 113 mobile towers were destroyed in the unrest, prompting ICASA to call it a 'direct attack on the constitutional right of individuals and communities to access news and information.'

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Appy days as African app installations soar 41%

African apps are growing big time, with installations up 41% in 2021's first quarter, and in-app advertising revenue up 167% from Q2 2020.

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Djibouti set to follow Ethiopia and liberalize telecoms sector

Djibouti looks set to follow in the footsteps of its neighbor Ethiopia and open up its telecoms sector to private investment.

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Omdia View: June 2021

This month, Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis about Nigeria's Twitter ban, the privatization of Ethio Telecom and Vivendi's fiber plans in Burkina Faso.

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Liquid, Facebook partner on fiber project in DRC

Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Facebook are partnering on a long-haul and metro fiber network in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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MTN sued for Internet shutdown in Eswatini

MTN is being taken to court in Eswatini for blocking Internet services to its users after being instructed to do so by the Eswatini Communications Commission.

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SA startup launches Life.file, the 'Dropbox for death'

A female-founded South African startup and legal technology company has launched a service called Life.file which helps people create, store and share the legal information loved ones will need when they die.

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Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Gradely

Nigerian AI-based ed-tech solution Gradely is an adaptive learning app that recommends video lessons, practice questions and on-demand tutors to help students master challenging subject areas.

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Research Bites: The impact of robotics on SA's automobile industry

By Bianca Ifeoma Chigbu and Fhulu Hastings Nekhwevha

This article, in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, explores the collaborative work experience of robotics and human workers in the automobile industry in South Africa.

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Omdia View: June 2021

By Omdia Analysts

This month, Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis about Nigeria's Twitter ban, the privatization of Ethio Telecom and Vivendi's fiber plans in Burkina Faso.

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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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November 8-12, 2021
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Digital Skills Enhancing Human Capital

As nations begin to look beyond the crisis of COVID-19 to the new future of work, an opportunity to leverage this disruption as a powerful catalyst for positive change exists – one that could reshape the future and provide more accessible, fair, and impactful digital education and training.

In this webinar, we focus on how digital skills can enhance human capital and help realise the extraordinary potential of intelligent, 4IR-ready African workforces.

Key topics include:

  • Importance of having more than basic digital skills – upskilling & reskilling
  • Championing access to online educational resources – affordable and reliable internet, electricity and hardware
  • Future career options for industry specific roles: Cloud, AI, industrial IoT, big data analytics
  • Education 4.0: How updating educational curricula is key for growth
  • The importance of progressive, industry-driven educational policy frameworks

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