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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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Telkom SA launching streaming service

Telkom South Africa is launching a new streaming service called TelkomONE and is looking for original local content.

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Hot startup of the month: Ethiopia's BeBlocky

Ethiopian startup BeBlocky is trying to make learning to code easier and more accessible for young people, by turning it into a game.

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Africa Tech Festival aims to virtually unite tech and talent

The Virtual Africa Tech Festival is on a mission to unite tech and talent in Africa and drive digital transformation by bringing the continent's tech industry together in a fully virtual event.

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Econet launches Zimbabwe's first 3G smart feature phone

Econet Wireless is rolling out Zimbabwe's first 3G smart feature phone, powered by the KaiOS mobile operating system.

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MTN 5G goes live in South Africa

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.

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MTN Liberia zero-rates Facebook to help COVID-19 social distancing

MTN Liberia customers can now use Facebook Flex even if they have no data or airtime on their phones.

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Netflix and Uber face taxation in Kenya

Digital services companies like ride-hailing platforms and streaming services look set to face taxation in Kenya.

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Huawei's path forward without Google

Huawei's CTO in SA speaks to Connecting Africa about what consumers can expect from a Huawei phone without Google apps.

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MTN's MusicTime expands African footprint

MusicTime has reached over 500,000 downloads and is now available in six African countries.

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Samsung Is Ready for 5G in SA

Samsung says it will bring 5G handsets and other 5G devices to South Africa as soon as regulation allows.

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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.


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.


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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SD-WAN and satellite – how MNOs and telcos can enjoy the best of both worlds
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Africa's mobile operators need better roaming monetization for growth
By Damion Rose, product manager for Mobile Signaling and Roaming Solutions at BICS

How Africa's operators are driving socio-economic development
By Clémentine Fournier, VP Sales Africa at BICS

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