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Eutelsat, Facebook plan major African Wi-Fi rollout

Eutelsat and Facebook are partnering to extend Wi-Fi connectivity to people in rural and underserved communities throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

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Factors influencing fintech adoption in Nigeria

This article is a collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development and explores the factors impacting the adoption of financial services technology in Lagos, Nigeria.

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The state of mobile broadband affordability in Africa

If you look at the price of mobile data as a percentage of average income, 8 out of the 10 most expensive countries in the world are in Africa according to A4AI.

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MTN becomes first operator to list in Rwanda

MTN Rwanda has listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange, becoming the first mobile network operator to do so.

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MTN, Vodacom consortium only bidders for Ethiopian license

The Ethiopian Communications Authority has received just two offers for new telecoms licenses in the country, after the market initially expected a lot more interest.

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Vodacom extends lending offering in SA

Vodacom SA has extended its lending offering in South Africa, with a new voucher offering where customers can get new appliances or food and pay later.

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Kenya Internet usage lags mobile penetration

DataReportal's Digital 2021 Kenya report shows that almost 109% of the population has a mobile connection and 73% have a mobile money account, but only 40% use the Internet.

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Twitter announces first African office in Ghana, begins hiring

Twitter has announced it is planning to open an office in Accra, the Ghanaian capital – the first in Africa for the social media giant.

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Sub-Saharan Africa has world's most expensive data prices

Sub-Saharan Africa has six out of the ten most expensive countries in the world for 1GB of mobile data, including the most expensive, Equatorial Guinea, according to the Worldwide Mobile Data Pricing 2021 report from Cable.co.uk.

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Ethiopian telecoms license bidders given more time

The Ethiopian Communications Authority says bidders for two new telecoms licenses in the country now have until April 26 to apply.

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Airtel Money gets $100M investment from Mastercard

Airtel Africa's mobile money business is getting a $100 million investment from Mastercard, and the operator plans to list the mobile money unit within four years.

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Women in Tech: Orange Sierra Leone CEO Aminata Kane

Aminata Kane spoke to Connecting Africa about her experience as the first female CEO at Orange Sierra Leone and offered some advice to women hoping to follow in her footsteps.

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Hot startup of the month: SA's Snode

This month's hot startup is South African company Snode, which is applying a data-driven approach to cybersecurity.

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Twitter announces first African office in Ghana, begins hiring

Twitter has announced it is planning to open an office in Accra, the Ghanaian capital – the first in Africa for the social media giant.

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Factors influencing fintech adoption in Nigeria

By Yusuf Opeyemi Akinwale and Adam Konto Kyari

This article is a collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development and explores the factors impacting the adoption of financial services technology in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Omdia View: March 2021

By Omdia Analysts

Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis to the biggest stories making headlines in Africa during March 2021.

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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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The moving target that is telecoms fraud
By Clémentine Fournier, Regional VP Sales, Africa, BICS

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
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