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Orange MEA sees biggest Q1 growth in 10 years

Orange's Africa and Middle East business recorded its best first quarterly performance in 10 years - driven by growth in mobile data, mobile money and fixed broadband.

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SA's Cell C reports $386M full-year loss

Struggling South African mobile operator, Cell C, has reported a yearly loss of R5.5 billion ($386 million), but says its turnaround strategy is bearing fruit.

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Omdia View: March 2021

Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis to the biggest stories making headlines in Africa during March 2021.

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Ethiopian telecoms license bidders given more time

The Ethiopian Communications Authority says bidders for two new telecoms licenses in the country now have until April 26 to apply.

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Women in Tech: Orange Sierra Leone CEO Aminata Kane

Aminata Kane spoke to Connecting Africa about her experience as the first female CEO at Orange Sierra Leone and offered some advice to women hoping to follow in her footsteps.

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Safaricom brings 5G to Kenya

Safaricom has activated 5G service in Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii and Kakamega, with plans to expand to 150 sites across nine Kenyan towns over the next 12 months.

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Airtel selling towers in Madagascar and Malawi

Airtel Africa is selling tower companies in Madagascar and Malawi to UK-based Helios Towers for $108 million, and it may sell more in Chad and Gabon.

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Rain planning 5G ramp-up in SA

South African data-only network Rain plans to roll out 2,000 5G towers across the country over the next few years.

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SA regulator to fight spectrum auction ban

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa says it will appeal a recent court ruling that has halted this month's spectrum auction.

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MTN gets more spectrum in Nigeria

MTN Nigeria has acquired additional 10MHz spectrum in the 800MHz band, saying the acquisition will significantly improve customer experience in the West African nation.

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Podcast – The Divide: Upstream's Kostas Kastanis on offering 'free' Internet in Africa

This week, Kostas Kastanis, deputy CEO of Upstream, joins the show to discuss the digital divide in Africa and Upstream's ad-supported service Zero-D, which enables free Internet access for millions of mobile users in emerging markets.

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Omdia View: February 2021

Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis on the biggest stories making headlines in Africa during February 2021.

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Twitter announces first African office in Ghana, begins hiring

Twitter has announced it is planning to open an office in Accra, the Ghanaian capital – the first in Africa for the social media giant.

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Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's OnePipe

This month's hot startup is Nigeria's OnePipe, which is aggregating APIs from banks and fintechs into a standardized gateway that is easy to integrate and makes partnerships seamless.

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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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How mobile operators in Africa can address signalling threats and secure the network
By Katia Gonzalez, Head of Fraud and Security at BICS

SD-WAN and satellite – how MNOs and telcos can enjoy the best of both worlds
By Ofer Asif, SVP BizDev, marketing and strategy at Spacecom

Africa's mobile operators need better roaming monetization for growth
By Damion Rose, product manager for Mobile Signaling and Roaming Solutions at BICS

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