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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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Uber facing class action lawsuit in SA

A group of Uber drivers in South Africa is taking the ride-hailing giant to court, hoping for a victory like the one British drivers had earlier this month.

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Orange to build data center for Egypt's 'new capital'

Orange Business Services will design and build cloud-based ICT infrastructure for Egypt's new smart city and the country's 'New Administrative Capital.'

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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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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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Lesotho and Zimbabwe implement telecom oversight technology

Global Voice Group will provide the telecoms regulators in Lesotho and Zimbabwe with a data analytics platform for telecom traffic monitoring.

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Hot startup of the month: Ghana's Sumundi

Sumundi, a Ghana-based startup, has developed an online and offline based retail management and point-of-sale platform for physical retailers.

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Black Friday disappoints in SA, but online sales tick up

Black Friday 2020 was not as lucrative for South African retailers as it was a year ago, although online sales did tick up.

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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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Major investments in African carrier-neutral data centers

About 25% of sub-Saharan states have or are planning carrier-neutral data centers, with significant investment across Africa, says PCCW Global's Console Connect.

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Cell C's financial struggles continue

South African operator Cell C recorded a net loss after tax of almost R7.6B (US$460M) in the six months to June 2020 and lost 4.5M customers in a year.

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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: 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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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 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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How mobile operators in Africa can address signalling threats and secure the network
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SD-WAN and satellite how MNOs and telcos can enjoy the best of both worlds
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Africa's mobile operators need better roaming monetization for growth
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