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CEO Sipho Maseko is leaving Telkom SA
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's third-biggest mobile operator announced that its long-serving Group CEO Sipho Maseko will leave the group in June 2022.
SA startup launches Life.file, the 'Dropbox for death'
  • Paula Gilbert
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.
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Gradely
  • Tom Jackson
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.
SA operators count the cost of recent riots
  • Paula Gilbert
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.
Mobile tech helps drive e-commerce in Central Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
Mobile technology is a key driver of e-commerce, with potential for significant social and economic benefits for Central Africa, says the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the GSMA.
Omdia View: June 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
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.
MTN sued for Internet shutdown in Eswatini
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN is being taken to court in Eswatini for blocking Internet services to its users after being instructed to do so by the Eswatini Communications Commission.
VEON sells Algeria's Djezzy to FNI
  • Connecting Africa News
Operator to offload 45.7% stake in Omnium to Fonds National D'Invesstissement, the Algerian National Investment Fund.
Nigerian SIM registrations limp on
  • Paula Gilbert
Nigeria's SIM card registration process continues this month after yet another extension in the deadline, this time until July 26, 2021.
Research Bites: ICT adoption amongst Uganda's SMEs
  • Guest Perspectives
This article, in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, explores the factors influencing the adoption of ICT by small and medium enterprises in Uganda.
Cell C has switched off a third of its RAN network
  • Paula Gilbert
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.
Safaricom launches M-Pesa 'super app'
  • Paula Gilbert
Safaricom has launched its long-awaited M-Pesa 'super app' with new features like offline mode as well as mini-apps within the app.
MTN commits $1.5B Nigerian investment
  • Paula Gilbert
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.
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Bankly
  • Tom Jackson
Nigerian startup Bankly is digitizing cash for people who work in the informal sector and helping unbanked Nigerians save money, invest and gain access to credit and other financial services.
5G lags in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
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.
Former Vodacom CTO to take reins at DFA
  • Paula Gilbert
Former Vodacom Group CTO Andries Delport will take over as the CEO of Dark Fibre Africa (DFA), with long serving CEO Thinus Mulder stepping down in September.
SA spectrum impasse could be settled by August
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's spectrum auction could be in motion as early as September, according to the SA telecoms regulator, which says settlement negotiations on spectrum litigation are unfolding well.
Building a green Africa and bridging the energy gap
  • Partner Perspectives
Connecting Africa sat down with James Li, member of the supervisory board and president of global marketing, sales and services for Huawei Digital Power to talk about how green ICT can profoundly impact African markets.
SA towers hit by power cuts, theft and vandalism
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom SA says it could have built about 35 new basestations with the money it lost from battery theft last year, while Vodacom says it loses about $8.8 million to vandalism and theft annually.
Nigerian minister expands social media ban
  • Connecting Africa News
Nigerian minister of information Lai Mohammed says social media must be Nigerian and licensed, following widely criticized Twitter ban.
Interview: Nir Kshetri on cybersecurity in Africa
  • Connecting Africa Video
Ahead of North Africa Com 2021 Emily Parrett sat down with Professor Nir Kshetri to discuss increased cybersecurity risks amid digital transformation in emerging economies.
Spectrum delay tactics hurting SA's 5G future
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub believes that the court cases which are delaying South Africa's spectrum licensing process are just delay tactics which will ultimately hurt SA's 5G future.
Omdia View: May 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
This month, Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis about new licenses for operators in Ethiopia and Uganda, and Nigeria's 5G rollout plans.
Women in Tech: Ericsson VP Eva Andrén
  • Paula Gilbert
Ericsson VP Eva Andrén spoke to Connecting Africa about how to inspire young girls to join the ICT sector and how women in the industry need to find their own version of a work-life balance that makes them happy.


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

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Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Gradely

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

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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

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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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