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Orange Ventures, Digital Africa promise more funding for startups

Orange Ventures and Digital Africa are teaming up to invest more in tech startups in Africa and the Middle East through Digital Africa's Fuz program and the Orange Digital Center network.

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Google to build Umoja cable to connect Africa to Australia

Tech giant Google is building a new undersea fiber optic cable that will connect Africa to Australia.

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Omdia View: April 2024

April 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included a license for Starlink in Ghana, new mobile termination rates in Ethiopia, and 6G trials in Bahrain – that and more in the latest Omdia View.

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Kenya to introduce new taxes for electric vehicles, solar batteries

The Kenyan government has proposed the Finance Bill 2024 that would impose a value-added tax (VAT) on electric bikes, buses, and solar and lithium-ion batteries.

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Hot startup of the month: Rwanda's Ampersand

Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is Rwanda's Ampersand, which designs, builds, and manufactures electric motorcycles and battery packs for motorcycle taxis.

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Microsoft South Africa pledges $71.6M for SMMEs, skills development

Microsoft has pledged to invest more than R1.3 billion (US$71.6 million) in South Africa to support small businesses, create jobs, invest in youth skills development and ready the country for AI transformation.

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Liquid launches LEO satellite services via Eutelsat

Liquid Intelligent Technologies has signed a distribution partner agreement with Eutelsat Group that will see low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite services rolled out in Africa.

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BII expands telecom infrastructure in Senegal, Tanzania

British International Investment (BII) has signed financing agreements to support both Senegal and Tanzania's telecommunication infrastructure plans.

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Visa shortlists fintech startups for accelerator program

Payments giant Visa has announced the 18 startups from sub-Saharan Africa that were shortlisted for the second cohort of its Africa Fintech Accelerator program.

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Pyypl plots African fintech growth

Blockchain financial services and remittances company Pyypl is rapidly growing its operations across the Middle East and Africa with ambitions to triple its monthly active user base by the end of 2025.

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South Africa's fiber-to-the-business market continues to grow

South Africa's fiber-to-the-business (FTTB) market saw steady growth in the latter part of 2023, on the back of increasing interest in fiber connectivity by local companies, according to new research from Africa Analysis.

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Mobile gender gap narrows slightly in sub-Saharan Africa: GSMA

Over 200 million women were still not using the mobile Internet in sub-Saharan Africa in 2023, according to the Mobile Gender Gap Report 2024 from the GSMA, but the mobile gender gap did narrow for the first time in five years.

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Orange Ventures, Digital Africa promise more funding for startups

Orange Ventures and Digital Africa are teaming up to invest more in tech startups in Africa and the Middle East through Digital Africa's Fuz program and the Orange Digital Center network.

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Hot startup of the month: Rwanda's Ampersand

Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is Rwanda's Ampersand, which designs, builds, and manufactures electric motorcycles and battery packs for motorcycle taxis.

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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: April 2024

By Omdia Analysts

April 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included a license for Starlink in Ghana, new mobile termination rates in Ethiopia, and 6G trials in Bahrain – that and more in the latest Omdia View.

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Leveraging agritech to build resilience against climate change

By Francis Hook

ICT analyst Francis Hook discusses agritech in Africa and how the agricultural sector is using technology to build resilience against the negative effects of climate change and to ensure food security.

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