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SA digital migration on track for March 2022

South Africa's Communications Minister has committed to completing the country's digital migration by the end of March 2022.

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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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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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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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Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 7 – Coding for diversity

Baratang Miya, founder and CEO of Girlhype, joins the podcast to talk about diversity and inclusion in tech and shares her fascinating and unique story with us.

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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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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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Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 6 – Rise of the super app

This week the team discusses the rising trend of super apps in Africa with Gozem Co-Founder Raphael Dana, who gives us the backstory to the platform, which has become an integrated app for on-demand transportation, delivery and cashless payment solutions.

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MTN & Airtel inch closer to banking licenses in Nigeria

Airtel Africa and MTN have received 'approval in principle' from the Central Bank of Nigeria to operate payment service banks – a step forward for their fintech plans.

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Research Bites: Why Africans stop using mobile apps

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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Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 4 – Cutting out the middleman

This week the team caught up with Amitruck Founder and CEO Mark Mwangi. The startup's digital logistics marketplace is helping Kenyans secure transport directly from truck drivers and owners by cutting out the need for brokers.

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TNM Mpamba launches debit card for Malawi's unbanked

A partnership between TNM Mpamba and Mastercard will see the introduction of Malawi's first debit card linked to a mobile money wallet, not a bank account.

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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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