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Telkom SA launches WhatsApp-based payment service

South African telecoms operator, Telkom, has launched a digital payment service that works through the WhatsApp messaging app.

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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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Data demand boosts Vodacom H1 revenue

The COVID-19 pandemic didn't dampen Vodacom's interim revenue growth by much as the SA-based telco saw a big surge in data traffic and growth in data and financial services customers.

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Vodacom's focus on 'bite size' products

Vodacom is finding success in providing what it calls 'bite size' products like nano-loans, nano-investment and cheaper short-term entertainment offerings and data bundles.

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COVID-19 bites into Safaricom profit

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic saw Safaricom's first-half net profit drop 6%, but the Kenyan telco said it plans to get 4G to 100% of the population by the end of 2020.

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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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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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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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Safaricom contributed 6% of Kenya's GDP

Safaricom's 2020 Sustainable Business Report places its overall social impact over the past year at 6% of Kenya's GDP.

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Airtel, Samsung in smartphone financing deal

Airtel Africa is partnering with Mastercard, Samsung and Asante Financial Services to launch a smartphone financing project as a way to entice users to upgrade from feature phones to smartphones.

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M-Tiba puts Safaricom on Fortune's Change the World List

The 2020 Fortune Change the World List has ranked Kenya's Safaricom in seventh place because of the positive impact of M-Pesa and healthcare-focused service M-Tiba, which helps Kenyans pay for medical bills with mobile money.

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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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