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Content posted in January 2024
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.
Togocom lands $60M IFC loan
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Togocom signed a financing agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) for around US$60 million towards upgrading its infrastructure and expanding its 4G network.
Lyca Mobile shuts down in SA
  • Paula Gilbert
Global mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Lyca Mobile has shut down its services in South Africa after six years.
Interview: Vodacom's Mariam Cassim on the evolution of MFS
  • Connecting Africa Video
Vodacom's CEO of Financial and Digital Services, Mariam Cassim, joined Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert for a video interview to talk about the evolution of Vodacom's mobile financial services (MFS) portfolio.
Bolt Kenya adds feature to stop offline trips
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Ride-sharing platform Bolt in Kenya has introduced a new feature on its app called 'Driver Asked to Pay Off-the-App' to discourage riders from taking trips offline and paying off the app.
Algerian telco rivals agree to share infrastructure
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Algerian operators Algérie Télécom (AT) and Ooredoo Algeria have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to exchange ideas on innovative services and share infrastructure.
Showmax 2.0 to launch in February
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South Africa's Multichoice has announced that its revamped streaming platform, Showmax, will go live in February 2024, with the promise of a variety of local and international shows.
ATF 2023: Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on women in tech
  • Connecting Africa Video
Uber's Country Manager for Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire and Pakistan, Marjorie Saint-Lot, spoke to Connecting Africa's Associate Editor Matshepo Sehloho at the Africa Tech Festival about her experience navigating a male-dominated industry on the continent.


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Paymentology looks to strengthen its African roots

Global issuer-processor Paymentology's CEO Jeff Parker spoke to Connecting Africa about the company's African roots and aspirations to work with more banks, fintechs and enterprises both on the continent and globally.

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Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on inclusion and sustainability in Africa

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: February 2024

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Highlights in February 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included 5G launches in Senegal and 5G trials in Egypt as well as Kenya's first 5G MVNO. Airtel also launched a new wholesale connectivity business while MTN and Huawei are planning a joint Innovation Technology Lab in South Africa – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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Omdia View: January 2024

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Highlights in January 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included a $200 million fintech deal between MTN and Mastercard as well as 5G network trials by Telecom Egypt – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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