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MTN launches 5G in Zambia

MTN Zambia has become the first telco to launch 5G in the Southern African nation.

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SA operators pick sides in spectrum court battle

South Africa's mobile operators have picked sides in the recent court battle over a planned spectrum auction in the country, with the majority siding with the telecoms regulator.

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SA's fastest and slowest mobile networks

MTN had South Africa's fastest average download and upload speeds in 2021, according to a new report from MyBroadband Insights.

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MTN sides with SA regulator in spectrum auction battle

SA operator MTN is siding with ICASA in a court battle with Telkom SA over a spectrum auction in the country, filing its own opposition.

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SA regulator blasts Telkom over 'selfish' court case

SA's telecom regulator, ICASA, has responded to Telkom's latest court case against it saying the operator 'appears hellbent' on stalling its efforts to license spectrum.

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Telkom wants to stop SA spectrum auction, again

Telkom South Africa is once again asking the courts to stop local regulator ICASA's upcoming spectrum auction.

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ATF 2021: New models for African telecoms

During a panel discussion at the 2021 Africa Tech Festival, experts spoke about how African telecoms operators are diversifying and finding new models for success.

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Interview: Dynamic Spectrum Alliance President Martha Suarez

Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert sat down with DSA President Martha Suarez for an in-depth discussion on efficient and effective spectrum utilization as a way to speed up digital inclusion and help connect Africa's unconnected.

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ATF 2021: Ethiopia's telecom market liberalization

During a fireside chat at Africa Tech Festival 2021, we got a status update on Ethiopia's telecoms liberalization process from Brook Taye, senior advisor to the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance.

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5G to make up 10% of African subs by 2027 – Ericsson

The newest Ericsson Mobility Report predicts that 5G subscriptions will make up 10% of total subscriptions in sub-Saharan Africa by 2027.

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Youth-centric MVNO BeMobile launches

A new digital mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) BeMobile has launched, aimed at the emerging African youth market.

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Hot startup of the month: Malawi's Converged Technology Networks

Startup Converged Technology Networks is focused on addressing the unmet demand for residential broadband Internet access in Malawi.

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World Mobile brings Wi-Fi hotspots to Zanzibar

Blockchain operator World Mobile is partnering with the Zanzibar eGovernment Agency to launch free Wi-Fi hotspots at public facing government institutions.


Hot startup of the month: Morocco's Chari

Morocco's B2B e-commerce app, Chari, is allowing store owners to order anything they need for their stores and get it delivered in less than 24 hours.

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Research Bites: Why ICT public access centers are struggling

By Cecilia Frans and Shaun Pather

This article – in produced in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development – explores the reasons why African ICT public access centers are not finding success.


Omdia View: October 2021

By Omdia Analysts

Across the Middle East and Africa, regulators are beginning to facilitate spectrum allocation to operators in the region for the deployment of new and innovative technology.

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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.


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.


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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Meeting SME’s where they are - Building inclusive ecosystems for Africa’s small business owners

Micro and small businesses have been, and still are, the spine and lifeblood of the African economy, making up 90% of businesses on the continent.

Many of these businesses have still been operating in traditional ways and serving non-digital customers. With Covid-19 expediting the digital transformation process, businesses - big and small - have been forced to adapt to operate successfully in a more digital-first environment.

To ensure that the digitalization of Africa’s market doesn’t leave micro and small businesses behind, digital solutions must be inclusive and create business-ready environments. But how can we ensure that African SMEs become digitally enabled?

In this webinar we will share from our own experience on how to create such an environment, and the actions we took in vcita to get there, including:

  • Closing the digital literacy gap through tech inclusion 
  • Making a positive impact on local communities
  • Building the foundations for digital inclusion and small business growth in a technology-accelerated world
  • Building the foundations for digital inclusion and small business growth in a technology-accelerated world

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