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Content posted in October 2021
Research Bites: Why Africans stop using mobile apps
  • Guest Perspectives
This article – in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development – explores the reasons behind why Africans stop using certain mobile apps.
Cell C earnings improve under new strategy
  • Paula Gilbert
South African operator Cell C's half year results were a noticeable improvement from a year ago, with net income swinging from a loss to a profit.
Orange sees major 4G boom in MEA
  • Paula Gilbert
Orange Africa and Middle East saw a 33.6% year-on-year increase in 4G customers while revenue saw double digit growth in the region, according to Q3 earnings from the French telco.
Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 4 – Cutting out the middleman
  • Paula Gilbert
This week the team caught up with Amitruck Founder and CEO Mark Mwangi. The startup's digital logistics marketplace is helping Kenyans secure transport directly from truck drivers and owners by cutting out the need for brokers.
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's HouseAfrica
  • Tom Jackson
This month's featured startup is Nigerian blockchain-based land registry, HouseAfrica, which is on a mission to unlock dead capital in Africa's land and real estate space.
MTN Online School launches in SA
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN SA has launched an online education portal in partnership with South Africa's Department of Basic Education.
SACS cable sees tenfold traffic growth
  • Connecting Africa News
Angola Cables' South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has seen a major increase in traffic with more African telcos looking for direct access to markets in the Americas.
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.


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Hot startup of the month: South Africa's Zoie Health

This month's hot startup is South African digital women's health clinic Zoie Health – a digital app that focuses on family planning, fertility and maternity care.

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Orange Côte d'Ivoire launches 5G lab in Abidjan

Pan-African telecoms operator, Orange, has launched a 5G lab in Côte d'Ivoire in anticipation of its 5G network rollout in 2023.

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5G is lighting up the future of North Africa
By Chris Meng, VP of Huawei Northern Africa Carrier Business Department

The moving target that is telecoms fraud
By Clémentine Fournier, Regional VP Sales, Africa, BICS

How mobile operators in Africa can address signalling threats and secure the network
By Katia Gonzalez, Head of Fraud and Security at BICS

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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

By Omdia Analysts

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

By Omdia Analysts

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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