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Content posted in January 2022
MTN Nigeria earnings soar in 2021
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Nigeria's profit-after-tax rose over 45% in 2021, despite the telco losing 8 million subscribers due to regulatory restrictions on SIM sales.
Research Bites: Lack of 4IR knowledge a cause for concern
  • Guest Perspectives
This article – published in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development – explores the levels of knowledge of South African citizens about the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
SA President orders investigation into Telkom
  • Paula Gilbert
President Cyril Ramaphosa has directed South Africa's Special Investigating Unit to probe allegations of maladministration to do with Telkom SA's failed forays into Nigeria and Mauritius.
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Wowzi
  • Tom Jackson
Kenya's Wowzi is an online marketplace for social media users and influencers to connect with big brands and make money by amplifying their messages or products.
SA operators band together to fight crime
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's telecom operators have joined forces to establish a new non-profit organization, COMRiC, which aims to tackle crime impacting the industry.
Omdia View: December 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
This is the December 2021 edition of the Middle East and Africa News Digest series from Omdia, which provides analysis of major trends and events in the region.
World Mobile brings Wi-Fi hotspots to Zanzibar
  • Connecting Africa News
Blockchain operator World Mobile is partnering with the Zanzibar eGovernment Agency to launch free Wi-Fi hotspots at public facing government institutions.
SA operators pick sides in spectrum court battle
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's mobile operators have picked sides in the recent court battle over a planned spectrum auction in the country, with the majority siding with the telecoms regulator.
Charles Molapisi is new MTN SA CEO
  • Paula Gilbert
Former MTN Group CTIO, Charles Molapisi, is now the CEO of MTN SA, replacing Godfrey Motsa who stepped down on January 1, 2022.


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Botswana prohibits Starlink, imposes penalties for lawbreakers

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.

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Uber's Country Manager for Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, Marjorie Saint-Lot, shares how the ride-hailing company is approaching public-private partnerships, environmentally friendly initiatives and gender inclusion 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.

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Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

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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.

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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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