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Alphabet grounds Loon Internet project
  • Paula Gilbert
Balloon-powered Internet company Loon is shutting down, an unexpected announcement after projects in Kenya and Mozambique expected to use the technology in 2021.
Kenya experiences major jump in cyberattacks
  • Paula Gilbert
Kenya saw a 152.9% increase in cyber threat events between the second and third quarters of 2020, according to stats from the Communications Authority of Kenya.
The state of funding for Africa's tech startups
  • Paula Gilbert
The estimated value of startup funding in Africa during 2020 was $1.3 billion, plus about $1.12 billion worth of disclosed M&A, according to a new Briter Bridges report.
Six companies want South African spectrum
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's telecoms regulator has revealed that six companies are interested in an upcoming spectrum auction, with Telkom both applying and trying to oppose the auction in court.
Africa Tech Festival 2020: Beyond M-Pesa
  • Connecting Africa Video
During a fireside chat at the 2020 Africa Tech Festival, experts spoke about Africa's payment ecosystem and moving beyond M-Pesa to payments as a frictionless mobile infrastructure.
Hot startup of the month: Ghana's Sumundi
  • Tom Jackson
Sumundi, a Ghana-based startup, has developed an online and offline based retail management and point-of-sale platform for physical retailers.
Women in Tech Interview: MainOne CEO Funke Opeke
  • Paula Gilbert
Funke Opeke, founder and CEO of MainOne, spoke to Connecting Africa about her connectivity vision for West Africa and the female-run startups that are making waves on the continent.
Telkom SA CFO quits to join MTN
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN has announced that Tsholofelo Molefe will join next year as group CFO, just hours after Telkom SA announced she had resigned.
5G will grow but 3G will dominate SSA in 2026 Ericsson
  • Paula Gilbert
The newest Ericsson Mobility Report predicts that 5G will make up about 5% of sub-Saharan Africa's mobile subscriptions by 2026, but the region's dominant mobile technology will still be 3G at over 40%.
Pandemic propels mobile money growth
  • Paula Gilbert
Pan-African telcos MTN, Vodacom, Orange and Airtel have all seen a boost in mobile money users during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hot startup of the month: SA's FlexClub
  • Tom Jackson
South African startup FlexClub has launched a managed marketplace that helps independent drivers on digital platforms become vehicle owners.
Data demand boosts Vodacom H1 revenue
  • Paula Gilbert
The COVID-19 pandemic didn't dampen Vodacom's interim revenue growth by much as the SA-based telco saw a big surge in data traffic and growth in data and financial services customers.
Vodacom's focus on 'bite size' products
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom is finding success in providing what it calls 'bite size' products like nano-loans, nano-investment and cheaper short-term entertainment offerings and data bundles.
COVID-19 bites into Safaricom profit
  • Paula Gilbert
The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic saw Safaricom's first-half net profit drop 6%, but the Kenyan telco said it plans to get 4G to 100% of the population by the end of 2020.


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