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Pesapal gets green light to operate in Uganda
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Kenyan digital payments startup Pesapal, has been granted an operating license in Uganda to provide mobile cashless transactions in the East African country.
ConCourt rules to delay SA digital migration
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's Constitutional Court has ruled that the country's digital migration cannot happen on June 30, finding in favor of broadcaster eTV in a high-stakes court battle.
Africa lacks meaningful connectivity – A4AI
  • Paula Gilbert
In Mozambique and Rwanda, fewer than one in every fifty people in rural areas have meaningful connectivity, according to a recent report from the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI).
Vodacom's #CodeLikeAGirl program expands
  • Connecting Africa News
Vodacom says it plans to train another 1,500 young girls in coding this year, expanding the reach of its #CodeLikeAGirl program.
East Africa Com 2022: 5G in focus
  • Connecting Africa Video
GSMA director of social and regional research, Kenechi Okeleke, discusses the status of 5G in East Africa during a fireside chat at East Africa Com 2022.
East Africa Com 2022: AfCFTA's value for tech
  • Connecting Africa Video
A panel discussion at East Africa Com 2022 about what value the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) holds and what opportunities East African tech and telecoms companies can expect.
5G subs to hit 200M in MENA by 2027 – Ericsson
  • Paula Gilbert
The latest Ericsson Mobility Report predicts that 5G subscriptions in the Middle East and North Africa region will reach about 200 million by 2027, growing from about 10 million in 2021.
Omdia View: May 2022
  • Guest Perspectives
SpaceX-owned Starlink's plans to launch a satellite broadband service in Africa was a major highlight in May 2022, says Omdia's analysts.
Orange MEA gets new CEO
  • Connecting Africa News
Orange has announced that Jérôme Hénique will take over as CEO of the Africa and Middle East region.
SA govt launches DigiTech "app store" for SMMEs
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African Communications and Digital Technologies Minister, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has introduced a new tech platform aimed at selling South African digital apps.
SA agri-tech Nile gets $2.5M investment from Naspers
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Naspers, through its early-stage tech investment vehicle Naspers Foundry, has invested in agri-tech company, Nile, that connects farmers to buyers of fresh produce across Southern Africa.
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Shamba Pride
  • Tom Jackson
This month's hot startup, Shamba Pride, wants to revolutionize the rural agricultural trade ecosystem in Kenya by transforming agro-dealers into franchised 'DigiShops.'


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SA's smart city finalists win big for innovation

South Africa's City of Johannesburg's Smart City Office has awarded four innovators R500,000 (US$31,434) for their innovative solutions.

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Hot startup of the month: Data science marketplace Zindi

This month's hot startup is social enterprise Zindi, which is a professional network for data science in Africa.

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Omdia View: May 2022

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SpaceX-owned Starlink's plans to launch a satellite broadband service in Africa was a major highlight in May 2022, says Omdia's analysts.

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Omdia View: April 2022

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This month's Omdia View highlights indicate a shift to digital transformation and operational consolidation to maximize return on investments.

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Africa Green ICT: Lighting Up a Sustainable Continent

The ICT industry is the leading industry in the commitment to carbon neutrality, whose focus has shifted from setting ambitious targets to taking initiatives. The push for zero-carbon and for green energy development, it isn't just about CSR – it's also good for sustainable business.

The path to sustainable development requires green energy. Governments are looking at potential policy approaches to make green energy more widely available and affordable. Without sustainable energy, there will be no digital transformation and no chance of making Africa more economically competitive in the post-pandemic era.

Africa Green ICT Webinar 2022 will bring together ICT industry leaders and senior industrial analysts to provide insight, best practices and key learnings on how to achieve zero-carbon targets and practice green development in Africa.

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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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