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Telkom SA moving forward with towers sale
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa is making progress on its plans to sell its masts and towers subsidiary Swiftnet to an undisclosed bidder. The operator intends to make an announcement by early April 2024.
SA's iKhokha invests $105M in small businesses
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African fintech firm iKhokha has distributed more than 2 billion South African rands (US$105 million) in working capital to its small and midsized enterprise (SME) customer base.
Mastercard appoints new West Africa head
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Global payments firm Mastercard has appointed Folasade Femi-Lawal as its new country manager and area business head for West Africa.
Interview: Orange's Brelotte Ba on digital inclusion
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Orange's Middle East and Africa Deputy CEO, Brelotte Ba, spoke to Connecting Africa at Africa Tech Festival 2023 about the operator's work across Africa to improve digital inclusion. He shared how Orange is focused on expanding beyond just connectivity solutions, to provide digital services that are relevant to the communities it serves, including key areas like mobile money and energy services.
Interview: Bayobab's Mohammed Aliyu on bridging Africa's digital gaps
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Mohammed Aliyu, Chief FibreCo Officer at Bayobab spoke to Connecting Africa at Africa Tech Festival 2023 about Bayobab's presence in sub-Saharan Africa, which includes access to 18 subsea cables around Africa – six of which it is a major investor in – and 112,000 kilometers of fiber.
MTN goes solar at SA head office
  • Connecting Africa News
MTN South Africa is making strides in phase one of a solar renewable energy project at its head office in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has switched on 5,418 solar panels out of the planned 9,000.
IHS Cameroon to build tower kiosks in rural areas
  • Matshepo Sehloho
IHS Cameroon has committed to provide connectivity and digital services to rural communities in the Northwest and Southwest of Cameroon through its 'Tower Kiosk' initiative.
Interview: Hans Geldenhuys on Intelsat's mission to connect Africa
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Hans Geldenhuys, Director of Sales at Intelsat, spoke to Connecting Africa at Africa Tech Festival 2023. As a featured sponsor of the Changing Lives category for the Africa Tech Festival Awards, Geldenhuys spoke about Intelsat's dedication to connecting people across the globe, especially in Africa.
Interview: Huawei's Chang Yong on connectivity, cloud & sustainability
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Chang Yong, CMO of Huawei sub-Saharan Africa sat down with Connecting Africa at Africa Tech Festival 2023 to talk about Huawei's strategy to support digital transformation across the continent, focusing on three core areas: connectivity, cloud computing, and sustainable development.
Satellite key for African connectivity in 2024 – Hughes
  • Paula Gilbert
Vaibhav Magow, VP of the international division at Hughes Network Systems, spoke to Connecting Africa about the satellite trends Africa can expect in 2024 and how service providers aim to connect more underserved regions.
Starlink cuts off users in South Africa
  • Matshepo Sehloho
SpaceX's satellite Internet service, Starlink, has cut off hundreds of South African users over alleged trademark and copyright violations.
SA mobile data prices likely to increase – Africa Analysis
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa has seen major reductions in mobile data prices over the past two decades, but ICT market research and analysis firm Africa Analysis warns that local prices will likely increase in the short-to-medium term.
Google rebrands Bard AI as Gemini
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Tech giant Google has renamed its chatbot Bard as Gemini and introduced a paid-for AI subscription service.
Safaricom users in Ethiopia tick up
  • Paula Gilbert
Kenyan-headquartered Safaricom now has 9 million mobile customers in Ethiopia and just over 3 million M-Pesa users after a year of operating in the Horn of Africa nation.
Senegal shuts down mobile Internet, again
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Senegalese authorities have shut down mobile Internet services after the country's President Macky Sall postponed the presidential elections scheduled for February 25, 2024.
Oracle to open cloud facility in Kenya
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Tech company Oracle has announced that it will establish a public cloud region in Kenya's capital city of Nairobi, its second cloud region in Africa.
Vodafone Ghana to rebrand to Telecel
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Telecommunication operator Telecel Group has announced that Vodafone Ghana will fully rebrand to Telecel by the end of February 2024.
Global 'funding winter' hits African tech startups
  • Paula Gilbert
Disrupt Africa's latest African Tech Startups Funding Report shows that investment into startups fell 28% to US$2.4 billion in 2023, as the global "funding winter" began to bite.
Four African cloud startups to watch in 2024
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa has compiled a list of four cloud-powered startups that have been making an impact on the lives of the communities they serve and are worth watching in 2024.
Cassava Tech Talks Ep. 5: Harnessing the power of data centers
  • Paula Gilbert
In the latest Cassava Tech Talks podcast we discuss how African businesses can harness the power of data centers and the importance of data residency. Guests are Africa Data Centres CEO Tesh Durvasula and Dan Thompson, principal research analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence. #sponsored
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's eBiashara
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is Kenya's eBiashara, a supply chain finance platform that offers scalable cloud solutions to its customers.
Eutelsat OneWeb signs satellite deal with Paratus South Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
Satellite operator Eutelsat OneWeb has announced a deal with specialist connectivity provider Paratus South Africa to enhance Paratus' connectivity offering in South Africa and provide satellite connectivity to more rural areas.
Telecom Egypt secures 5G license
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Telecom Egypt has secured the first fifth-generation (5G) license in the country from the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) for US$150 million.
Google study shows major AI interest from South Africans
  • Connecting Africa News
Google searches related to AI topics increased by 370% in 2023 in South Africa, and 95% of locals think AI will change most jobs and industries over the next five years, according to new Google research.
Vodafone, Microsoft partner to move M-Pesa to the cloud
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodafone and Microsoft have announced a $1.5 billion, ten-year strategic partnership across Europe and Africa, which includes housing mobile money platform M-Pesa on Azure and enabling generative AI services.
Telecom Egypt, Zain to build digital corridor
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Telecom Egypt and Zain Omantel International (ZOI) have partnered to establish a new digital corridor connecting the Mediterranean to the Arabian Sea and Arabian Gulf.

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The Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) has warned the public against the importation, use and resale of SpaceX's satellite Internet service Starlink's devices in the country.


Founders Factory Africa: Partnerships are key to building successful startups

Founders Factory Africa's Ayotunde Aladejana and Wangui Kahumbi spoke to Connecting Africa in an exclusive interview about the importance of building bridges between startups and corporations and fostering collaboration in the African tech ecosystem.

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Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on inclusion and sustainability 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.


Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

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Omdia View: September 2023

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Highlights in September 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included more 5G spectrum licenses, vendor and operator strategies, and partnerships – that and more in this month's Omdia View.


Omdia View: August 2023

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Highlights in August 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included a commercial 5G launch from Ethio Telecom and the signing of a virtual wheeling agreement between Vodacom South Africa and Eskom – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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