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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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Orange wants to buy 40% stake in Ethio Telecom

French operator Orange wants to buy a minority stake in Ethio Telecom, according to a tweet from Ethiopia's ambassador to Paris.

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SA operators count the cost of recent riots

South Africa's telecoms operators are still trying to count the cost of last week's riots and looting that impacted many retail outlets and saw telecoms infrastructure damaged across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

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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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Nokia to deploy Africell's new 5G-ready network in Angola

Nokia and Africell have signed a major deal to deploy a new 5G-ready network in Angola.

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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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VEON sells Algeria's Djezzy to FNI

Operator to offload 45.7% stake in Omnium to Fonds National D'Invesstissement, the Algerian National Investment Fund.

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Nigerian SIM registrations limp on

Nigeria's SIM card registration process continues this month after yet another extension in the deadline, this time until July 26, 2021.

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Cell C has switched off a third of its RAN network

Cell C has now decommissioned 34% of its physical radio access network (RAN) sites in South Africa and 100% in the provinces of the Eastern Cape, Free State and Northern Cape.

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MTN commits $1.5B Nigerian investment

MTN has pledged to invest 640 billion naira (US$1.5 billion) over the next three years to expand broadband access in Nigeria and will also build a new flagship headquarters in Lagos.

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5G lags in sub-Saharan Africa

Ericsson believes 5G and 4G subscriptions will continue to grow in sub-Saharan Africa over the next six years, but 3G will remain the most dominant tech in 2026.

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SA startup launches Life.file, the 'Dropbox for death'

A female-founded South African startup and legal technology company has launched a service called Life.file which helps people create, store and share the legal information loved ones will need when they die.

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Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Gradely

Nigerian AI-based ed-tech solution Gradely is an adaptive learning app that recommends video lessons, practice questions and on-demand tutors to help students master challenging subject areas.

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Research Bites: The impact of robotics on SA's automobile industry

By Bianca Ifeoma Chigbu and Fhulu Hastings Nekhwevha

This article, in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, explores the collaborative work experience of robotics and human workers in the automobile industry in South Africa.

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Omdia View: June 2021

By Omdia Analysts

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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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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November 8-12, 2021
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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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