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Content posted in December 2020
Africa Tech Festival 2020: Beyond M-Pesa
  • Connecting Africa Video
During a fireside chat at the 2020 Africa Tech Festival, experts spoke about Africa's payment ecosystem and moving beyond M-Pesa to payments as a frictionless mobile infrastructure.
Hot startup of the month: Ghana's Sumundi
  • Tom Jackson
Sumundi, a Ghana-based startup, has developed an online and offline based retail management and point-of-sale platform for physical retailers.
Women in Tech Interview: MainOne CEO Funke Opeke
  • Paula Gilbert
Funke Opeke, founder and CEO of MainOne, spoke to Connecting Africa about her connectivity vision for West Africa and the female-run startups that are making waves on the continent.
Telkom SA CFO quits to join MTN
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN has announced that Tsholofelo Molefe will join next year as group CFO, just hours after Telkom SA announced she had resigned.
5G will grow but 3G will dominate SSA in 2026 Ericsson
  • Paula Gilbert
The newest Ericsson Mobility Report predicts that 5G will make up about 5% of sub-Saharan Africa's mobile subscriptions by 2026, but the region's dominant mobile technology will still be 3G at over 40%.


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Interview: Juliet Ehimuan on Africa's next wave of innovation

Juliet Ehimuan, founder and CEO of Beyond Limits Africa and ex-MD of Google West Africa, spoke to Connecting Africa about the next wave of innovation in Africa and the continent's digital future.

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InDrive enters Zimbabwe's Bulawayo

Ride-sharing platform InDrive is expanding its services to Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo after successfully introducing its services in the capital of Harare in May this year.

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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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Challenges and opportunities for women's tech careers

A new survey reveals that COVID-19, the cost-of-living crisis, skills shortages and a lack of mentorship have negatively affected women's career development over the past two years.

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October 4-5, 2023
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Africa Tech Festival, Home of AfricaCom and AfricaTech
November 13-16, 2023
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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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Omdia View: February 2023

By Omdia Analysts

In February 2023 key events in the Middle East and Africa included a major Internet project for Africa's underserved by Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Microsoft as well as a 5G launch in Tanzania – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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