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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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