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Liquid, Project Taara beam broadband across Congo River

Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Alphabet's Project Taara have found a way to bridge a particularly stubborn connectivity gap between Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo and Kinshasa in the DRC.

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Nokia, ATU pledge to speed up Africa's digital transformation

The African Telecommunications Union and Nokia have pledged to speed up digital transformation in Africa, including plans to leverage the power of 5G networks and connect Africa's unconnected.

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MTN, Flutterwave cement fintech alliance

MTN MoMo is partnering with Flutterwave in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.

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M-Pesa tops 50M users

Mobile money pioneer reaches a major milestone of 50 million monthly active customers, doubling users over the past five years.

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Safaricom begins hiring in Ethiopia

Safaricom plans to recruit 1,000 employees for its new Ethiopian business by June next year and is also launching a three-year graduate program in the country.

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Orange has high hopes for mobile financial services in Africa

Orange EVP for mobile financial services, Patrick Roussel, spoke to Connecting Africa about the operator's evolution in Africa and plans for the future.

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Research Bites: Blockchain potential for SA agriculture

This article, in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development explores how blockchain can be used in the agricultural sector to help improve production and distribution processes.

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Hot startup of the month: Tunisia's InstaDeep

Tunisian startup InstaDeep builds advanced decision-making and optimization AI solutions for enterprise clients. It is one of the best-funded AI ventures on the continent.

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MTN backs super app vision with new Ayoba leader

MTN is pushing forward the progress of its super app, Ayoba, by appointing former Turkcell exec, Burak Akinci, to oversee its ambitious growth plans.

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AWS expands cloud training program to more African countries

Amazon Web Services has expanded its cloud computing training program, AWS re/Start, into nine African countries as it aims to increase Africa's pipeline of entry-level cloud computing talent.

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Crowdsourcing platform Toloka accelerates push into Africa

Crowdsourced platform Toloka – which generates machine-learning data at scale – is expanding in Africa after success in countries like Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya.

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2Africa subsea cable gets even bigger

The highly anticipated 2Africa Subsea Cable System is expanding even further, extend connectivity to the Seychelles, the Comoros Islands and Angola and adding a landing to southeast Nigeria.

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Liquid, Project Taara beam broadband across Congo River

Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Alphabet's Project Taara have found a way to bridge a particularly stubborn connectivity gap between Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo and Kinshasa in the DRC.

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Research Bites: Blockchain potential for SA agriculture

This article, in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development explores how blockchain can be used in the agricultural sector to help improve production and distribution processes.

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Omdia View: August 2021

By Omdia Analysts

Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis about MTN's decision to exit Syria and not bid again for an Ethiopian license, as well as 5G news from Mauritius, Ghana, Mayotte and Reunion.

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Research Bites: Blockchain potential for SA agriculture

By Roberto Mavilia and Roberta Pisani

This article, in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development explores how blockchain can be used in the agricultural sector to help improve production and distribution processes.

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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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Digital Skills Enhancing Human Capital

As nations begin to look beyond the crisis of COVID-19 to the new future of work, an opportunity to leverage this disruption as a powerful catalyst for positive change exists – one that could reshape the future and provide more accessible, fair, and impactful digital education and training.

In this webinar, we focus on how digital skills can enhance human capital and help realise the extraordinary potential of intelligent, 4IR-ready African workforces.

Key topics include:

  • Importance of having more than basic digital skills – upskilling & reskilling
  • Championing access to online educational resources – affordable and reliable internet, electricity and hardware
  • Future career options for industry specific roles: Cloud, AI, industrial IoT, big data analytics
  • Education 4.0: How updating educational curricula is key for growth
  • The importance of progressive, industry-driven educational policy frameworks

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