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Content posted in January 2019
Tech Startup Funding In Africa: A Deeper Dive into 2018
  • Connecting Africa News
Having focused on the strength of the Nigerian startup sector and the attraction of fintech in the first leg of this two-part report, Disrupt Africa's Tom Jackson now takes a look at the other markets and sectors that were hot for tech startup funding in Africa during 2018.
Tech Startup Funding In Africa: 2018 Hits Record High
  • Connecting Africa News
As tech startup funding tops $330 million for 2018, Disrupt Africa's Tom Jackson explains, in the first part of a two-part report, why Nigeria is the new center of Africa's funding universe.
Comviva Appoints New Head for MENA Region
  • Connecting Africa News
Digital finance solutions specialist Comviva appoints Ramy Moselhy as its new Market Unit Head for MENA (Middle East & North Africa) as it targets significant growth in the region.
MTN's Nigeria IPO Looks to Be Back On Track
  • Wei Shi
The CEO of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) is optimistic the public listing will go ahead now that MTN has sorted out its differences with the Nigerian authorities.
Safaricom Offers Enterprise Security Services
  • Connecting Africa News
Kenyan operator is offering enterprise users Managed Security Solutions, Security Assurance and Advisory services, as well as Managed Security Operations Center solutions.
Vodacom Reports Growth Despite Tough SA Market
  • Wei Shi
Vodacom reported a decline in revenues in its home market of South Africa during the final three months of 2018 but its other operations helped it post a 1.5% growth in sales.
Orange Brings 4G to Burkina Faso
  • Wei Shi
The Orange subsidiary announced that it has secured a 4G licence as well as having renewed its 2G and 3G licences.
WorldRemit Sets Up Shop in South Africa, Eyes IPO
  • Ray Le Maistre
Digital money transfer specialist now has license to make money transfers from South Africa and has opened an office in Johannesburg as it seeks further funding and aims for an IPO.
Intelsat Joins GSMA to Get Closer to Mobile Operators
  • Connecting Africa News
Satellite operator believes joining the industry organization will help bring it closer to the mobile operator community in Africa and elsewhere and help to strengthen the ties between satellite and terrestrial networks.
Microsoft Delays Data Center Launch
  • Ray Le Maistre
Microsoft needs more time and investment before it can open its planned data centers in South Africa, reports ITWeb.
Econet Takes Full Control of Kwesé Iflix
  • Connecting Africa News
Streaming video services specialist Iflix has decided to exit the African market and has sold its stake in Kwesé Iflix to Econet Global, Kwesé's parent company.


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South Africa's Communications and Digital Technologies minister, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has officially launched the country's Artificial Intelligence Institute.

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Connecting Africa Podcast: S2 Ep. 2 – Remittance revolution

The Connecting Africa Podcast team spoke to SendSprint founder and CEO Damisi Busari about the remittance market and how to improve the experience that Africans in the diaspora have with sending money home.

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Women in Tech: Spotlight on inclusivity with Digital Council Africa's Juanita Clark

Digital Council Africa founder and CEO, Juanita Clark, talks to Connecting Africa as part of our Women's Month series about her career and what needs to be done to make the tech industry intentionally inclusive.

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Women in Tech: Spotlight on legal tech with Life.file's Sinal Govender

Life.file co-founder, Sinal Govender, talks to Connecting Africa as part of our Women's Month series about her career and how we can encourage more young girls to enter the legal tech field.

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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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Omdia View: July 2022

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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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Omdia View: June 2022

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5G was the major news trend across Africa in June, as Orange became the first operator to launch 5G in Réunion and operators in Senegal accelerated their 5G plans despite spectrum delays.

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