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Content posted in November 2018
MTN Group Joins the IoT World Alliance
  • Connecting Africa News
MTN Group is the first African telco to join the IoT World Alliance, an industry organization dedicated to enabling connected IoT solutions.
Telecom Egypt Upgrades Its Delta Backbone Network
  • Connecting Africa News
Telecom Egypt has deployed Nokia's Photonic Service Engine (PSE) technology to double backbone capacity on its Delta Region DWDM backbone network to enable a single-carrier 200G service.
Orange Eyes 5G Launches in Africa, Middle East
  • Ray Le Maistre
There are still many challenges to overcome to make 5G network deployments efficient but Orange is confident that 5G will be coming to Africa and the Middle East from 2020.
MTN, Orange Forge Mobile Money Interop Deal
  • Wei Shi
Two leading mobile operators in Africa are to set up a joint venture called Mowali to enable mobile money service interoperability across sub-Saharan Africa.
MTN, Ericsson, Netstar Claim 5G First for South Africa
  • Connecting Africa News
MTN South Africa and Ericsson have announced South Africa's first 5G customer trial, a deployment using a fixed wireless access site at technology company Netstar's headquarters in Midrand.
Nokia Shows Off at AfricaCom 2018
  • Connecting Africa News
Nokia will be showcasing the latest innovations and engaging in discussions on ultra-broadband, the value of 5G in enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), digital transformation and the importance of encryption and Virtual Reality (VR).
Telkom SA Reports Fiscal H1 Revenue Growth
  • Connecting Africa News
South African operator Telkom SA has reported a 5.2% year-on-year increase in group operating revenues for the six months to September 30.
Free Conference Calling Launched In Uganda
  • Connecting Africa News
FreeConferenceCall.com has enabled instant access to free conference calling in Uganda, making the service available to 40 million potential users.
Transforming Lives in Africa Through Free WiFi Hotspots
  • Gabriella Jeakins
With under a week to go until AfricaCom 2018, Connecting Africa speaks to Dudu Mkhwanazi, the CEO of Project Isizwe, a South African non-profit organization that advocates for free Internet access within walking distance in low-income communities.
Blockchain Technology Set to Transform African Financial Services
  • Gabriella Jeakins
With under a week to go until AfricaCom 2018, Connecting Africa speaks to some of the AfricaCom Ambassadors, a group of 30 leaders and innovators from across the continent who are driving Africa's digital transformation. First up: VALR.com's Farzam Ehsani.


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Over 5K African SMBs graduate from Google's Hustle Academy

Around 5,300 small and midsized businesses (SMBs) from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa have graduated from the Google Hustle Academy.

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Orange launches super-app 'Max it' for Africa

Telecoms operator Orange has launched its own super-app, called Max it, in five African countries with plans to roll it out across its operations in Africa and the Middle East.

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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: September 2023

By Omdia Analysts

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

By Omdia Analysts

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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