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Content posted in February 2021
Uber facing class action lawsuit in SA
  • Connecting Africa News
A group of Uber drivers in South Africa is taking the ride-hailing giant to court, hoping for a victory like the one British drivers had earlier this month.
Safaricom ranked Kenya's best network
  • Connecting Africa News
Safaricom has been ranked as having the best network in Kenya for both data and calls, according to independent network tests from Umlaut.
18 African countries are testing 5G
  • Paula Gilbert
Stats from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) show there are 24 operators in 18 African countries currently evaluating, testing or deploying 5G.
Telkom SA's mobile business soars in 2020
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom SA's mobile business kept up its strong growth trajectory in 2020 with mobile service revenue growing over 40% for the last nine months of the year.
The cost of Africa's Internet shutdowns
  • Paula Gilbert
Uganda's recent Internet shutdown cost the country about $10.7 million while Tanzania, Ethiopia and Chad all lost millions from Internet shutdowns in 2020.


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Orange Ventures, Digital Africa promise more funding for startups

Orange Ventures and Digital Africa are teaming up to invest more in tech startups in Africa and the Middle East through Digital Africa's Fuz program and the Orange Digital Center network.

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Hot startup of the month: Rwanda's Ampersand

Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is Rwanda's Ampersand, which designs, builds, and manufactures electric motorcycles and battery packs for motorcycle taxis.

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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: April 2024

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April 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included a license for Starlink in Ghana, new mobile termination rates in Ethiopia, and 6G trials in Bahrain – that and more in the latest Omdia View.

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Leveraging agritech to build resilience against climate change

By Francis Hook

ICT analyst Francis Hook discusses agritech in Africa and how the agricultural sector is using technology to build resilience against the negative effects of climate change and to ensure food security.

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