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Content posted in October 2023
Airtel Uganda closes IPO
  • Paula Gilbert
Airtel Uganda is closing its initial public offering (IPO) on October 27, 2023, ahead of its listing on the Uganda Securities Exchange on November 7, 2023.
Airbnb pledges $500K to Africa's tourism sector
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Digital accommodation marketplace Airbnb has announced a commitment of around $500,000 to support inclusive and sustainable tourism growth across the African continent.
Yahsat to launch satellite services in South Sudan
  • Paula Gilbert
Satellite communications company Yahsat will launch mobility and data services in South Sudan through its companies Thuraya and YahClick and a partnership with local start-up Gate for Technologies.
Omdia View: September 2023
  • Guest Perspectives
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.
MWC Kigali 2023: Closing the mobile usage gap – GSMA
  • Paula Gilbert
In sub-Saharan Africa 59% of people who are covered by a mobile network are still not using the mobile Internet – GSMA execs at MWC Kigali 2023 discussed the barriers holding back adoption and why it's important to close this usage gap.
Cassava Tech Talks Ep. 2: Solving Africa's energy crisis
  • Paula Gilbert
In the latest Cassava Tech Talks podcast we discuss the role of distributed energy as a solution for Africa's energy crisis. Guests are Norman Moyo, CEO of Distributed Power Africa, and Frost & Sullivan consultant Patrick Prestele. #sponsored
Hot startup of the month: SA's Contract Understanding
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is South African Contract Understanding, which uses an AI-powered software-as-a-service solution to help businesses securely store, organize and manage post-signature contracts.
Liquid launches second Azure Stack in Tanzania
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Liquid Intelligent Technologies has partnered with a provider of carrier-neutral data center services, Wingu.Africa, to launch the second Azure hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) stack in Tanzania.
SpaceX's Starlink launches in Zambia
  • Paula Gilbert
SpaceX's satellite Internet service, Starlink, has added another African nation to its list, with services now available in Zambia.
Jumia to sell Starlink equipment in Africa
  • Matshepo Sehloho
SpaceX's satellite Internet service, Starlink, has announced a partnership with African e-commerce company Jumia to sell Starlink satellite terminals in Africa.


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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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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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