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KaiOS targets merchant market for growth, digital inclusion

KaiOS Technologies, the creator of a mobile operating system for smart feature phones, is piloting affordable merchant payment terminals - which look like feature phones - in Africa to help underserved merchants and transport providers accept digital payments solutions.

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Telecom Egypt partners with Nokia to deploy 5G

Telecom Egypt and Nokia have partnered to bring fifth-generation (5G) technology to Egypt.

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Ilara Health aims to improve quality of care in Kenya

Kenyan healthtech startup Ilara Health aspires to improve the quality of care in the country's clinics by providing equipment financing and digitizing facilities with its software.

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Leadership Lessons: The importance of mentorship for career growth

Nollie Maoto, First Rand Group's compliance chief data and analytics officer and Africa Tech Festival Leadership Council member, reflects on the importance of mentorship for career growth for African women in data analytics.

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Safaricom surpasses Airtel in Kenyan 5G sites

Kenyan operator Safaricom has now overtaken Airtel Kenya in the number of active 5G sites it has in the East African country.

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Zambia's prolonged power blackouts negatively impacting telcos

The Global System for Mobile Association of Zambia (GSMAZ) has complained that prolonged power cuts have negatively impacted Zambia's telecommunications sector.

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Global coalition promises more affordable smartphones for Africa

The GSMA, World Bank, African mobile operators and other global institutions have announced a new coalition to improve handset affordability for lower-income populations, focusing on sub-Saharan Africa.

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Tanzanian fintech Nala secures $40M Series A funding

Tanzanian payments company Nala has raised US$40 million in Series A funding to be used for its global expansion plans and enhancing its payment systems on the continent.

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South Sudan unveils approved Starlink tariffs

South Sudan's National Communications Authority (NCA) has released approved tariffs for SpaceX's satellite Internet service, Starlink.

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UPDATE: Ghana regulator instructs ATC to reconnect Telecel

The National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana has instructed network tower provider American Tower Corporation (ATC) to reconnect the power supply to the network equipment of operator Telecel Ghana.

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Google Translate adds 25+ African languages

Google Translate is using artificial intelligence (AI) to add 110 new languages to its translation service and about a quarter of the new languages come from Africa.

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ATC, Telecel Ghana at loggerheads over payment disputes

Network tower provider American Tower Corporation Ghana (ATC Ghana) has suspended power supply to Telecel Ghana's power network equipment due to the latter not fulfilling its payment obligations.

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KaiOS targets merchant market for growth, digital inclusion

KaiOS Technologies, the creator of a mobile operating system for smart feature phones, is piloting affordable merchant payment terminals - which look like feature phones - in Africa to help underserved merchants and transport providers accept digital payments solutions.

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Ilara Health aims to improve quality of care in Kenya

Kenyan healthtech startup Ilara Health aspires to improve the quality of care in the country's clinics by providing equipment financing and digitizing facilities with its software.

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Leadership Lessons: The importance of mentorship for career growth

By Nollie Maoto

Nollie Maoto, First Rand Group's compliance chief data and analytics officer and Africa Tech Festival Leadership Council member, reflects on the importance of mentorship for career growth for African women in data analytics.

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Omdia View: May 2024

By Omdia Analysts

May 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included African 5G subscriptions surpassing 5 million, growth from SpaceX's satellite Internet service Starlink, and a major fiber partnership in the Middle East and North Africa.

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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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