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Four agritech startups to watch in 2024

Connecting Africa has compiled a list of four agritech startups that are making a difference in the communities they serve.

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Orange, EU and GIZ launch digital transformation project in Cte d'Ivoire

Orange, the European Union and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have launched the 'DigiGreen & Agri' project toward digital transformation in Cte d'Ivoire.

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Paratus express route from Johannesburg to Europe goes live

Connectivity solutions provider Paratus Group has launched what it calls the fastest 'fiber express route' from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Europe, making use of Google's Equiano undersea cable infrastructure.

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Mastercard, Onafriq partner to bring secure payments for SMEs

Global payments firm Mastercard and pan-African payments company Onafriq have partnered to bring secure payments to consumers and small and medium enterprises (SME) across the continent.

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TikTok deletes 1.7M videos by Nigerian users in Q4 2023

The short video social media platform TikTok has deleted 1.7 million videos by Nigerian users during the fourth quarter of 2023.

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Canal+ buys more MultiChoice Group shares

French pay-TV company Canal+ has increased its current stake in South African pay-TV and streaming company MultiChoice Group to 40%.

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I&M offers free mobile money transfers to SMEs in Kenya

Pan-African banking group I&M is offering free M-Pesa and Airtel Money transfers to solo business owners.

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SA regulator publishes draft plans for radio frequency spectrum

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has published a draft radio frequency migration plan (RFMP) and a draft International Mobile Telecommunication roadmap (IMT-R) for public consultation.

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Ericsson, Orange Egypt sign digital transformation deal

Ericsson and Orange Egypt have signed a multi-year deal to collaborate on accelerating the telco's bid to build a resilient architecture across its network.

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Canal+ makes formal offer to buy MultiChoice Group

French pay-TV company Canal+ has made an all-cash mandatory offer to buy all shares it does not already own of South African pay-TV and streaming company MultiChoice Group for R125 (US$6.70) per share.

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Connecting Africa Podcast: S3 Ep. 2 – Nigeria's king of micro-payments

On this episode, we speak to Touch and Pay Technologies Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer Michael Oluwole about how the startup is digitizing and processing micro-transactions in Nigeria's transport sector and his aspirations to grow the service across the continent.

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Ghana, Benin to implement free roaming initiative

Benin and Ghana's free-roaming initiative, aimed at reducing communication costs for their citizens traveling between the two countries, will go into effect on July 1, 2024.

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Four agritech startups to watch in 2024

Connecting Africa has compiled a list of four agritech startups that are making a difference in the communities they serve.

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Paymentology looks to strengthen its African roots

Global issuer-processor Paymentology's CEO Jeff Parker spoke to Connecting Africa about the company's African roots and aspirations to work with more banks, fintechs and enterprises both on the continent and globally.

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November 11-14, 2024
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Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on inclusion and sustainability in Africa

Uber's Country Manager for Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, Marjorie Saint-Lot, shares how the ride-hailing company is approaching public-private partnerships, environmentally friendly initiatives and gender inclusion in Africa.

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The 100 most influential African leaders in 2023

A new report from Africa Tech Festival and Connecting Africa puts a spotlight on the top 100 African leaders in the telecoms and technology sector in 2023.

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Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

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Omdia View: February 2024

By Omdia Analysts

Highlights in February 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included 5G launches in Senegal and 5G trials in Egypt as well as Kenya's first 5G MVNO. Airtel also launched a new wholesale connectivity business while MTN and Huawei are planning a joint Innovation Technology Lab in South Africa – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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Omdia View: January 2024

By Omdia Analysts

Highlights in January 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included a $200 million fintech deal between MTN and Mastercard as well as 5G network trials by Telecom Egypt – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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