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Omdia View: April 2024
  • Guest Perspectives
April 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included a license for Starlink in Ghana, new mobile termination rates in Ethiopia, and 6G trials in Bahrain – that and more in the latest Omdia View.
Hot startup of the month: Rwanda's Ampersand
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is Rwanda's Ampersand, which designs, builds, and manufactures electric motorcycles and battery packs for motorcycle taxis.
Pyypl plots African fintech growth
  • Paula Gilbert
Blockchain financial services and remittances company Pyypl is rapidly growing its operations across the Middle East and Africa with ambitions to triple its monthly active user base by the end of 2025.
South Africa's fiber-to-the-business market continues to grow
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's fiber-to-the-business (FTTB) market saw steady growth in the latter part of 2023, on the back of increasing interest in fiber connectivity by local companies, according to new research from Africa Analysis.
Mobile gender gap narrows slightly in sub-Saharan Africa: GSMA
  • Paula Gilbert
Over 200 million women were still not using the mobile Internet in sub-Saharan Africa in 2023, according to the Mobile Gender Gap Report 2024 from the GSMA, but the mobile gender gap did narrow for the first time in five years.
Egypt, Ethiopia impact Vodacom earnings
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom Group reported strong revenue growth in the past financial year, boosted by the addition of Vodafone Egypt, but earnings were pulled down by startup costs in Ethiopia, higher finance and energy costs, and inflationary pressure.
Another subsea cable fail impacts East Africa's Internet
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Internet connectivity in several East African countries has been disrupted after two subsea cables connecting Southern and East Africa went down, slowing connections and causing widespread outages.
Botswana could get Starlink services
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Botswana could soon get Starlink services, after the country's President Mokgweetsi Masisi met with SpaceX executives who expressed an interest in obtaining an operating license in the country.
SA online retail topped $3.8B in 2023, growing 29%
  • Paula Gilbert
Online retail sales in South Africa reached R71 billion (US$3.8 billion) in 2023, making up more than 6% of total retail in the country, according to research by World Wide Worx, with online retail sales forecast to make up 10% of the market by the end of 2025.
Egypt to launch its first digital bank
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has granted Misr Digital Innovation (MDI) preliminary approval to launch the country's first digital bank.
WACS repaired, Mauritius Telecom to build new subsea cable
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The West Africa Cable System (WACS) has been repaired after enduring weeks of disruptions while Mauritius Telecom is partnering with Orange and Reliance Jio to build a new subsea cable connecting Africa, Indian Ocean islands and Asia.
Interview: Deborah Asmah from Npontu Technologies on e-governance
  • Connecting Africa Video
Deborah Asmah from Npontu Technologies spoke to Connecting Africa's Associate Editor Matshepo Sehloho at the Africa eGovernance Conference (AfreGov) in Kigali, Rwanda, about the importance of e-governance on the African continent.
Madica funds three African startups
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Madica, an Africa-focused pre-seed investment program, has selected three African startups as its first portfolio companies to receive investment funding.
Interview: AFF Director Munyi Nthigah on digital financial inclusion
  • Connecting Africa Video
Africa Fintech Festival (AFF) 2024 Festival Director Munyi Nthigah spoke to Connecting Africa Associate Editor Matshepo Sehloho at the Africa eGovernance Conference (AfreGov) in Kigali, Rwanda, about the importance of financial inclusion on the African continent.
MultiChoice chairman steps down
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African pay-TV and streaming company MultiChoice Group has announced that its chairperson, Imtiaz Patel, will step down immediately.
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Ketha Africa
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is Ketha Africa, a Kenya-based agrifin platform that seeks to automate agriculture ecosystems by connecting the value chain actors and providing a robust network to ensure the security of transactions.
Ethiopia's ECA cuts mobile termination rates
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has cut mobile termination rates (MTR) for the next five years to encourage more competition in the nation's telecommunications industry.
Omdia View: March 2024
  • Guest Perspectives
The failure of four out of the five submarine cables deployed on the western shore of Africa in March 2024 led to a massive Internet outage across several countries. The outage fueled demand for satellite broadband, with SpaceX's Starlink becoming increasingly popular - that and more 5G and streaming news in the latest Omdia View.
Canal+ edges closer to MultiChoice takeover
  • Matshepo Sehloho
French pay-TV company Canal+ is edging closer to fully acquiring South African pay-TV and streaming company MultiChoice Group by increasing its stake to 40.83%.
Paratus express route from Johannesburg to Europe goes live
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connectivity solutions provider Paratus Group has launched what it calls the fastest 'fiber express route' from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Europe, making use of Google's Equiano undersea cable infrastructure.


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