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Content posted in November 2017
Econet Preps London IPO, Plans More M&A
  • Ray Le Maistre
With multiple acquisitions already under its belt, Econet is now planning to raise money by listing its shares on the London and possibly also Johannesburg stock exchanges as it eyes up further expansion.
Kontron on SDN in developing markets
  • Sponsored Video
SPONSORED VIDEO: Kontron’s Luc-Yves Pagal Vinette discusses software-defined networking (SDN) in developing markets and how Kontron is facilitating a fast transformation to SDN/NFV for service providers in Africa.
Connecting Africa Through Satellite Communications
  • Connecting Africa News
At AfricaCom 2017, South Africa's Telecommunications and Postal Services Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams highlighted the role that satellite communications can play in bridging the digital divide.
Vodafone in Firing Line Over African Growth Strategy
  • Ray Le Maistre
Investigation into Vodafone's growth across Africa suggests that deals were not as ethical and transparent as they could have been and have lined the pockets of the continent's political elite.
AfricaCom Day 1 Overview
  • Connecting Africa News
The opening day of AfricaCom in Cape Town saw the emergence of several key themes.
Orange Botswana on Long Trek to 5G
  • Iain Morris
Orange subsidiary in Botswana is already thinking about 5G, but it will have to overcome numerous obstacles before it can deploy the technology.
AfricaCom Awards Shortlists Highlight Innovation
  • Connecting Africa News
The extensive shortlists for this year's AfricaCom Awards highlights the broad range of innovation underway across the continent's communications and ICT market.


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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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Women & technology: impacts of the digital gender divide

Connecting Africa correspondent Chiti Mbizule investigates the state of Africa's digital gender gap and the impact this divide is having on access, education and entrepreneurship opportunities for local women.

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November 11-14, 2024
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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

By Omdia Analysts

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

By Omdia Analysts

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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