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Digital Inclusion


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Spotify expanding to dozens more African countries

Music streaming service Spotify is expanding to 80 more countries and half of them are in Africa.

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Low smartphone penetration limits Zim's digital adoption Econet

Econet Wireless' 2020 report says smartphone penetration in Zimbabwe remains low at 52% and the lack of smartphones in the market impedes digital service adoption.

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Nigerian Internet and mobile penetration grows

DataReportal's Digital 2021 report on Nigeria shows that Internet users increased 22% and mobile connections grew 10% between January 2020 and January 2021.

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$14.4M Kenyan deal to bring mobile infrastructure to remote areas

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has awarded contracts worth 1.57 billion Kenyan shillings (US$14.4 million) to five companies to roll out mobile network infrastructure to under-served areas in the country.

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Africell to launch network in Angola

Africell has been granted a license to operate in Angola, becoming the country's fourth telecoms operator.

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Five trends for Africa's telco market in 2021

Nexign, the BSS and IoT platform provider, breaks down the biggest telco trends in 2021, including the monetization of 4G and more mobile money growth.

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SA launches electronic COVID-19 vaccination system

South Africa has launched its Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) to start rolling out COVID-19 vaccines to frontline healthcare workers in the country.

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Hot startup of the month: Egyptian telemedicine platform Vezeeta

Vezeeta, an Egyptian telemedicine platform, had a big 2020, raising US$40 million in Series D funding and expanding its healthtech services into Kenya and Nigeria.

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Mastercard expects e-commerce growth to stay in 2021

Mastercard believes that 20-30% of the COVID-related shift to e-commerce spending will become a permanent feature going forward.

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Kenya's mobile penetration increases to over 125%

Kenya's mobile market has grown as demand for ICT services continued to rise in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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95% of children in West and Central Africa don't have Internet at home

In Eastern and Southern Africa only 13% of children and young people have Internet access at home, and in West and Central Africa access is even lower at 5%.

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Space-based mobile network coming to equatorial Africa in 2023

Mobile users in equatorial Africa could be tapping into AST SpaceMobile's space-based mobile network by 2023.

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Hot startup of the month: Egyptian telemedicine platform Vezeeta

Vezeeta, an Egyptian telemedicine platform, had a big 2020, raising US$40 million in Series D funding and expanding its healthtech services into Kenya and Nigeria.


Four countries take lion's share of Africa's startup funding

2020 was a record year for investment into the African tech startup ecosystem &ndah; but startups in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt still drew the majority of funding.

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AfricaCom perspectives


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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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
By Ofer Asif, SVP BizDev, marketing and strategy at Spacecom

Africa's mobile operators need better roaming monetization for growth
By Damion Rose, product manager for Mobile Signaling and Roaming Solutions at BICS

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