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Content posted in November 2021
Youth-centric MVNO BeMobile launches
  • Connecting Africa News
A new digital mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) BeMobile has launched, aimed at the emerging African youth market.
MTN reduces Nigerian shareholding
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Group has received approval to sell 575 million ordinary shares in MTN Nigeria, part of plans to reduce its shareholding in the country.
Airtel launches Africa developer portal
  • Connecting Africa News
Airtel Money has launched the Airtel Africa Developer Portal which will let businesses and app developers integrate remote payments with Airtel Money wallets.
Omdia View: October 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
Across the Middle East and Africa, regulators are beginning to facilitate spectrum allocation to operators in the region for the deployment of new and innovative technology.
MTN to sell SA towers to IHS
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN is selling over 5,700 towers in South Africa to IHS Towers for R6.4 billion (US$413 million).
Vodacom customers grow as new service offerings deliver
  • Paula Gilbert
The Vodacom group now has almost 130 million customers across six markets in Africa and is seeing good growth from its 'new service offerings' like financial and digital services, which are diversifying revenue streams.
M-Pesa remains apple of Safaricom's eye
  • Paula Gilbert
M-Pesa remains a cash cow for Kenya's Safaricom with M-Pesa revenue growing 45.8% year-on-year for the first six months of the financial year.
Connecting Africa Podcast: S1 Ep. 6 – Rise of the super app
  • Paula Gilbert
This week the team discusses the rising trend of super apps in Africa with Gozem Co-Founder Raphael Dana, who gives us the backstory to the platform, which has become an integrated app for on-demand transportation, delivery and cashless payment solutions.
Telkom SA roaming on MTN again
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa is back roaming on the MTN network almost three years after calling off its previous agreement and switching to Vodacom.
Nigerian SIM rules keep biting into MTN subs
  • Paula Gilbert
Nigeria's SIM card registration regulations continue to hamper subscriber growth for local telcos, with MTN Nigeria losing 7.5 million users over the past year.
Connecting Africa Podcast: S1 Ep. 5 – AI vs. humanity
  • Paula Gilbert
This week, Tunisian startup InstaDeep's Co-Founder Zohra Slim joined the podcast and shared the human story behind the successful AI startup and how you maintain startup culture even when your company grows.


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SA minister says AI institute should execute ideas

South Africa's Communications and Digital Technologies minister, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has officially launched the country's Artificial Intelligence Institute.

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Connecting Africa Podcast: S2 Ep. 2 – Remittance revolution

The Connecting Africa Podcast team spoke to SendSprint founder and CEO Damisi Busari about the remittance market and how to improve the experience that Africans in the diaspora have with sending money home.

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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

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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

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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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