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Malawi grants Starlink license to operate
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has granted Elon Musk's satellite Internet service Starlink a license to operate.
Hot startup of the month: South Africa's iiDENTIFii
  • Matshepo Sehloho
This month's hot startup is South African-based digital identity startup iiDENTIFii, which has developed a remote biometric identity authentication app to stop identity theft.
MTN SA 'crowd sourcing' electricity for network
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN South Africa has launched a new program to crowd-source additional generator capacity from small businesses to help bolster its network resilience as daily power cuts continue.
Kenya stands firm on SIM registration deadline
  • Paula Gilbert
The Communications Authority of Kenya says it won't extend a deadline that passed last weekend for all SIM cards to be properly registered, blocking users who did not comply.
Telecel Zimbabwe set for corporate rescue
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Communication and Allied Service Workers Union of Zimbabwe has asked the country's High Court to place Telecel under corporate rescue.
Tanzania rakes in US$187.5M from spectrum auction
  • Paula Gilbert
The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority confirmed that four operators will pay a combined US$187.5 million for spectrum after a successful auction was concluded this week.
TV white spaces can help connect SA's underserved – CSIR
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) principal researcher, Dr. Luzango Mfupe, talks to Connecting Africa about how TV white spaces could better connect SA's unserved and underserved communities.
Airtel Kenya spins off mobile money unit
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Airtel Kenya has separated its mobile money unit from its core telecoms business in compliance with regulations set by the Central Bank of Kenya.
Glo eyes share in Nigeria's mobile money pie
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Nigerian telco Globacom (Glo) has announced the official launch of its MoneyMaster Payment Service Bank joining its counterparts MTN MoMo and Airtel SmartCash.
40 Kenyan digital lenders audited for data breaches
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The audit comes at a time when the Kenyan government, through the Central Bank of Kenya, is on a mission to clean up the digital lending industry to get rid of illegal operators.
Safaricom network goes live in Addis Ababa
  • Paula Gilbert
Safaricom Ethiopia has officially switched on its mobile network and services in the capital, Addis Ababa, with plans to be in 25 cities by April 2023.
13 African states join ITU council, Zimbabwe in key role
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Thirteen African countries have made it onto the 48-member council of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), while Zimbabwe won the seat for the Director of Telecommunications Development Bureau.
SA's Vumatel, DFA announced as MAZIV companies
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Remgro-owned Community Investment Ventures Holdings (CIVH) unveiled MAZIV as the parent company identity for its two South African fiber providers, Vumatel and DFA.
ITU plans to bridge smartphone access gap
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The ITU and UNESCO's Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development have published a report that proposes solutions to the global lack of Internet access.
SA bank Capitec launches MVNO with data that never expires
  • Paula Gilbert
South African bank, Capitec, has launched its own mobile virtual network operator service, called Capitec Connect, promising mobile data prices that are considerably less than its competitors and data that doesn't expire.
SA regulator extends spectrum feedback deadline
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African regulator ICASA has extended the deadline for public comment on the second phase of the country's spectrum licensing process to September 30, 2022.
MTN Nigeria launches commercial 5G
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Nigeria has officially launched its commercial 5G network, after testing the technology across seven cities last month.
Liquid, Eutelsat to connect SMEs in East Africa
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Eutelsat Communications have signed an agreement to provide high-speed Internet to small businesses in Uganda, South Sudan and the eastern regions of the DRC.
3G sunset too soon for SA, operators say
  • Paula Gilbert
A 2025 deadline set by South Africa's government to shut down 3G networks is too soon for some local operators who think more discussions are needed between the public and private sector.

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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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Kenya and Zambia move towards 5G with new spectrum allocations while Tunisie Telecom plans to shut down its 3G network - that and more in this month's Omdia View.


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