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Vodacom launches VodaPay 'super app'
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom's long awaited 'super app' VodaPay is now officially live in South Africa and has ambitious goals to boost financial and digital inclusion.
The $1T cost of the digital gender gap
  • Paula Gilbert
Barriers preventing women from accessing the Internet have cost low- and lower-middle income countries $1 trillion in GDP in the last ten years, according to new research from the World Wide Web Foundation and the Alliance for Affordable Internet.
Omdia View: September 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
This month's Omdia View covers Africell's Ugandan exit and MTC's Namibian stock exchange IPO; as well as Netflix's free Kenyan offering and a new broadband service in SA from Multichoice and MTN.
Google pledges $1B for Africa's digital transformation
  • Paula Gilbert
Google has pledged to invest $1 billion in Africa over the next five years through a range of initiatives, from improved connectivity to investments in startups and low-interest loans to help small businesses.
Expensive 4G devices are keeping 2G going
  • Paula Gilbert
The cost of 4G smartphones is still a major factor keeping Africa's 2G usage high, according to a new report from Vodacom, Vodafone and Safaricom.
MTN to list in Uganda
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Uganda will float 20% of its shares on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE).
IHS Towers launches IPO
  • Paula Gilbert
IHS Towers has been approved to list on the New York Stock Exchange, with its IPO expected to be the largest US listing by an African company.
Nigeria to lift Twitter ban, with conditions
  • Paula Gilbert
Nigeria's ban on Twitter could be lifted, but only if the social media company meets certain conditions from the government including setting up a physical presence and paying taxes locally.
Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 1 – Creating a fintech giant
  • Paula Gilbert
The pilot episode of the new Connecting Africa Podcast covers fintech and mobile money in Africa, the rise of the African 'Super App' and the evolution of mobile financial services, as well as crypto currencies on the continent.
2Africa subsea cable to connect to South Asia
  • Paula Gilbert
The 2Africa subsea cable system has announced yet another addition which will stretch to India, Pakistan and the Arabian Gulf making the cable the longest in the world.
Customer experience is telco's next 'battleground'
  • Paula Gilbert
South African social data and insights company BrandsEye thinks its unique blend of AI and human intelligence could help Africa's telcos face a battleground around customer service.
Chipper Cash launches in SA
  • Paula Gilbert
African fintech startup, Chipper Cash, has made South Africa its seventh African country, with more expansions planned soon.
Kenyans can get Netflix for free
  • Paula Gilbert
Streaming giant, Netflix, looks set on gaining new customers in Kenya, announcing it will offer a free version in the country.
Vodafone, ITU drive smartphone adoption
  • Connecting Africa News
Vodafone and the International Telecommunication Union are launching an initiative aimed at connecting 3.4 billion people to the Internet through a smartphone by 2030.
Virgin Mobile SA closes after 15 years
  • Paula Gilbert
Cell C is switching off services for Virgin Mobile SA today, following the MVNO's announced plans to close up shop in SA after 15 years.
Omdia View: August 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis about MTN's decision to exit Syria and not bid again for an Ethiopian license, as well as 5G news from Mauritius, Ghana, Mayotte and Reunion.
Liquid, Project Taara beam broadband across Congo River
  • Paula Gilbert
Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Alphabet's Project Taara have found a way to bridge a particularly stubborn connectivity gap between Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo and Kinshasa in the DRC.
North Africa has world's slowest Internet
  • Paula Gilbert
New data from Cable.co.uk shows North Africa has the world's slowest broadband speed on average, with sub-Saharan Africa in second-worst place.
MTN plans $35M investment in KZN following SA riots
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN SA will invest over $35 million on network upgrades in KwaZulu-Natal with 30% going toward replacing stolen and vandalized network infrastructure following civil unrest and looting in July.
SA operators will have to wait until 2022 for spectrum
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's telcos are not getting more high-demand radio frequency spectrum anytime soon, after settlement talks between the regulator and some operators failed to reach an agreement this week.
M-Pesa tops 50M users
  • Connecting Africa News
Mobile money pioneer reaches a major milestone of 50 million monthly active customers, doubling users over the past five years.
Africa Data Centres planning major expansion
  • Connecting Africa News
Africa Data Centres is planning to build ten hyperscale data centers in ten African countries over the next two years, spending over US$500 million.
Safaricom begins hiring in Ethiopia
  • Paula Gilbert
Safaricom plans to recruit 1,000 employees for its new Ethiopian business by June next year and is also launching a three-year graduate program in the country.
Research Bites: Blockchain potential for SA agriculture
  • Guest Perspectives
This article, in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development explores how blockchain can be used in the agricultural sector to help improve production and distribution processes.
Hot startup of the month: Tunisia's InstaDeep
  • Tom Jackson
Tunisian startup InstaDeep builds advanced decision-making and optimization AI solutions for enterprise clients. It is one of the best-funded AI ventures on the continent.
Cell C recapitalization edges closer
  • Paula Gilbert
Embattled South African operator Cell C's recapitalization plans seem to be edging closer to a conclusion, although we have heard that before.
Telkom SA Consumer gets new CEO
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa's executive reshuffle continues with the announcement that Lunga Siyo has been named the new CEO of Telkom Consumer.
Malware on the rise in Africa
  • Connecting Africa News
Four African countries accounted for 85 million malware attacks in the first six months of 2021, with South Africa the most targeted, according to research from cybersecurity company Kaspersky.
Vodacom goes green with eco rating for handsets
  • Paula Gilbert
South African telecoms operator Vodacom says it has introduced a pan-industry 'Eco Rating' for mobile phones as it moves toward improving its environmental impact.


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Orange opens Digital Centers in Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon

Orange has launched two new Digital Centers, one in Côte d'Ivoire and another in Cameroon, with plans to open more in Africa this year and into 2022.

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Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 2 – Life, death and affordable legal tech

In the second installment of the Connecting Africa Podcast, the team chats with Life.file Co-Founders Sinal Govender and Claire Keet, who are approaching legal tech in a unique way and helping people digitally get their ducks in a row before they die.

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Omdia View: September 2021

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This month's Omdia View covers Africell's Ugandan exit and MTC's Namibian stock exchange IPO; as well as Netflix's free Kenyan offering and a new broadband service in SA from Multichoice and MTN.

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Omdia View: August 2021

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Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis about MTN's decision to exit Syria and not bid again for an Ethiopian license, as well as 5G news from Mauritius, Ghana, Mayotte and Reunion.

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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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Micro and small businesses have been, and still are, the spine and lifeblood of the African economy, making up 90% of businesses on the continent.

Many of these businesses have still been operating in traditional ways and serving non-digital customers. With Covid-19 expediting the digital transformation process, businesses - big and small - have been forced to adapt to operate successfully in a more digital-first environment.

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