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Vodafone UK builds up IoT offering with SA's IoT.nxt

The UK-based operator signals progress with ambition to take South African startup's IoT solutions global.

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Ericsson, Telenor Connexion power smart water purification solution in East Africa

Ericsson and Telenor Connexion are bringing connectivity and enabling IoT solutions for micro-brewery and water filtering firm Wayout's water purification micro-factories in East Africa.

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US-Africa Tech Challenge to take place in 2021

David Bray, inaugural director of the GeoTech Center at The Atlantic Council, spoke at East Africa Com, giving more details about the US-Africa Tech Challenge.

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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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Orange and DeBeers team to mine IoT marine diamonds

Orange Business Services has helped De Beers Marine South Africa build an IoT platform to ensure marine miners keep a safe distance from heavy machinery.

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SA president backs 4IR to assist economic recovery

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa believes the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) can help the country to emerge from the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MTN unveils API marketplace for developers

MTN is launching a pan-African API marketplace for developers, called Chenosis, which it plans to make the largest library of open APIs published on the continent.

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MTN 5G goes live in South Africa

MTN has launched 5G across 100 sites in South Africa and made some big promises about its future rollout if it gets access to the spectrum it needs.

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AWS Cape Town data centers officially live

Amazon Web Services has officially launched its new AWS Africa Region in Cape Town.

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Hot startup of the month: Mini-Internet network provider NodeOne

Rwandan-founded NodeOne has developed a hardware and software package that enables anyone, anywhere to create small, affordable Internet networks.

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Hot startup of the month: IoT-enabled refrigeration company Gricd

Nigerian startup Gricd builds solar-powered, IoT-enabled mobile refrigeration boxes to transport and store food and medication.

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Internet Solutions taps Liquid Telecom for 5G capacity

Liquid Telecom will provide Internet Solutions with wholesale 5G connectivity in South Africa.

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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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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

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How Africa's operators are driving socio-economic development
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