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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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Pandemic propels mobile money growth

Pan-African telcos MTN, Vodacom, Orange and Airtel have all seen a boost in mobile money users during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Amazon CEO backs African fintech Chipper Cash

Tech billionaire Jeff Bezos is investing in Africa's fintech startup scene, backing mobile money company Chipper Cash.

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Women in Tech Interview: IFS Africa MD Emma Murray

IFS Africa MD Emma Murray spoke to Connecting Africa about her more than 20 year career and shared advice for young women joining the IT industry.

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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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Interview: Jimmy Nguyen on Bitcoin and blockchain in Africa

Bitcoin Association founding president Jimmy Nguyen speaks to Emily Parrett about Bitcoin and blockchain technology and the potential benefits of these technologies for Africa.

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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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MTN sees Q3 boost, steady subscriber growth

Pan-African telco sees growth in subscriber numbers, with performance lifted by key markets South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana.

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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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API marketplace Chenosis is gaining traction

MTN Group CTIO, Charles Molapisi, shared his ambitious plans for API marketplace Chenosis which has already signed up over 250 developers in just two months.

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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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