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Somalia issues first spectrum license to Hormuud Telecom

Somalia has issued its first ever spectrum license as it moves forward with plans to formalize the East African nation's telecoms regulatory environment.

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Intelsat bringing 5G software-defined network to Africa

Global satellite services provider Intelsat is building a 5G software-defined network that aims to provide satellite 5G connectivity to Africa by 2025.

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MTN Zambia rolls out commercial 5G

MTN has officially rolled out its commercial 5G network in Zambia after piloting 5G over the past 11 months.

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Telkom SA earnings drop as costs rise, consumer spending slows

Telkom South Africa reported lower earnings and revenue for the first half of the financial year, with constrained consumer spending and rising operating costs, including load shedding, to blame.

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What's the Story? All SES wants for Christmas are MEO satellites

Connecting Africa's Paula Gilbert interviews Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser about her recent tour of Boeing's satellite facility and meeting with SES.

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Ethio Telecom partial sale back on, new telecoms license to be issued

Ethiopia has reopened the process of selling a 40% stake in state-owned Ethio Telecom and a separate plan to issue a second independent telecoms license.

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Africa Tech Festival 2022 highlights in pictures

Photo highlights from the Africa Tech Festival 2022 which saw over 12,000 attendees return to the physical event in Cape Town, South Africa to watch keynote speeches, panel discussions and join workshops and networking events.

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Orange launches 5G in Botswana

Orange's new commercial 5G network in Botswana is the company's first in Africa, with six more countries in the pipeline for 2023.

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ATF 2022: Vanu expands reach with Orange deal in West Africa

Off-grid equipment and solutions provider Vanu has announced a deal with pan-African operator Orange to provide connectivity in rural areas in Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Liberia.

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ATF 2022: Regulators must either close down or change their name – Andile Ngcaba

During a panel discussion at Africa Tech Festival 2022, Convergence Partners founder Andile Ngcaba urged African governments to be enablers for digital transformation and not develop hindering regulations.

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Telkom SA targets 5G for fixed broadband, mobile to come later

South African partially state-owned operator, Telkom, has launched its 5G network aimed initially at fixed wireless Internet with plans to move to mobile when demand for 5G mobile increases.

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Safaricom launches commercial 5G in Kenya

Kenya's largest telecommunications company Safaricom has launched commercial 5G high-speed Internet service in the East African country.

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Zoho eyes African expansion, adds second SA office

Indian multinational tech company, Zoho, is opening its second office in South Africa as it eyes further expansion in the Middle East and Africa.


Hot startup of the month: Mauritius' Ojimah

This month's hot startup is a Mauritian multichannel digital platform, Ojimah, that is on a mission to streamline African travel.

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Women in Tech: Spotlight on inclusivity with Digital Council Africa's Juanita Clark

Digital Council Africa founder and CEO, Juanita Clark, talks to Connecting Africa as part of our Women's Month series about her career and what needs to be done to make the tech industry intentionally inclusive.


Women in Tech: Spotlight on legal tech with Life.file's Sinal Govender

Life.file co-founder, Sinal Govender, talks to Connecting Africa as part of our Women's Month series about her career and how we can encourage more young girls to enter the legal tech field.


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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Omdia View: July 2022

By Omdia Analysts

Kenya and Zambia move towards 5G with new spectrum allocations while Tunisie Telecom plans to shut down its 3G network - that and more in this month's Omdia View.


Omdia View: June 2022

By Omdia Analysts

5G was the major news trend across Africa in June, as Orange became the first operator to launch 5G in Réunion and operators in Senegal accelerated their 5G plans despite spectrum delays.

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