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Content posted in December 2022
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Womenovate
  • Matshepo Sehloho
This month's hot startup is a Nigerian female-focused online learning platform that offers women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics (STEAM) access to resources, training courses and jobs globally.
Seacom to launch West African hub in 2023
  • Paula Gilbert
Seacom Chief Digital Officer Prenesh Padayachee told Connecting Africa the company plans to expand its footprint into West Africa and wants to set up a hub in either Nigeria or Ghana next year.
Turkcell not giving up on MTN Iran battle
  • Paula Gilbert
Turkcell looks set to continue a court battle with MTN over a license in Iran; while the case was dismissed by the South African High Court, Turkcell is preparing to appeal.
Angola begins re-privatization of Unitel
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Angola's Institute for Management of State Assets and Stakes has started a re-privatization process for state-owned operator Unitel.
Kenya reinstates mobile money fees
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Central Bank of Kenya says as of January 2023, charges for sending money between mobile money wallets and bank accounts will be reinstated.
MTN Ghana blocks 5.7M unregistered SIMs
  • Matshepo Sehloho
MTN Ghana has complied with the government's directive to block subscribers who have not completed the country's SIM registration process, blocking 5.7 million users on December 2.

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African tech startup funding hits $3.3B in 2022

Investment in Africa's tech startup ecosystem passed $3 billion for the first time in 2022, with Nigeria taking the biggest piece of pie and fintech dominating other sectors, according to a report from Disrupt Africa.


Connecting Africa Podcast: S2 Ep. 4 – Agri-fintech, from kibbutz to Kenya

The Connecting Africa Podcast team speak to Israeli-Kenyan startup Avenews' co-founder and CEO, Shalom Ben-Or, about his fintech super-app that has been built specifically for Africa's agriculture industry.

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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.


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.


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.


Omdia View: June 2022

By Omdia Analysts

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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