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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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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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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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Omdia View: July 2021

5G was a major focus this month with 5G licenses awarded in Mauritius and public consultation on 5G spectrum launched in Zambia – Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis on these developments.

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Sanlam and MTN team up to offer digital insurance and investments

Sanlam and MTN are joining forces in an exclusive, strategic alliance to distribute insurance and investment products across Africa.

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MTN Nigeria drops 7.6M subs in H1, service revenue jumps 24%

MTN Nigeria's service revenue grew 24.1% for the first six months of 2021, to $1.92 billion, despite losing 7.6 million mobile subscribers due to NIN-SIM linkage rules.

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Orange hails 'outstanding' Q2 in Africa and Middle East

The Africa and Middle East region remains a key growth driver for Orange with a 14.4% increase in Q2 revenue.

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Mobile tech helps drive e-commerce in Central Africa

Mobile technology is a key driver of e-commerce, with potential for significant social and economic benefits for Central Africa, says the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the GSMA.

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Appy days as African app installations soar 41%

African apps are growing big time, with installations up 41% in 2021's first quarter, and in-app advertising revenue up 167% from Q2 2020.

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Omdia View: June 2021

This month, Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis about Nigeria's Twitter ban, the privatization of Ethio Telecom and Vivendi's fiber plans in Burkina Faso.

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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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