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Content posted in February 2022
SA's Vumatel acquires 45% stake in Herotel
  • Connecting Africa News
SA fiber provider Vumatel has bought a non-controlling stake in local Internet service provider Herotel which focuses on connectivity in smaller towns and cities.
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Scrapays
  • Tom Jackson
Scrapays, a Nigerian waste management platform, connects waste producers to localized collectors, saving them time and helping them earn money from recycling.
All six bidders qualify for SA spectrum auction
  • Paula Gilbert
SA regulator ICASA has announced the qualified bidders for South Africa's spectrum auction licensing process, with all six applicants passing the pre-qualification stage.
Orange Africa growth story continues
  • Paula Gilbert
French operator Orange's operations in Africa and the Middle East continued to be its strongest growth region with revenue rising almost 11% in 2021.
Huawei in hot water over SA hiring habits
  • Connecting Africa News
Huawei South Africa sued by local labor department for alleged non-compliance with employment equity policy by employing 10% local staff when it should be 60%.
Omdia View: January 2022
  • Guest Perspectives
This month's Omdia summary of the biggest stories in the Middle East and Africa covers IoT regulation, 5G spectrum auctions and service launch plans.
SA spectrum showdown gets April court date
  • Paula Gilbert
The ongoing spectrum battle between Telkom SA and regulator ICASA will go to court in April, but the auction they are arguing about is set to happen in March.
Women in Tech: MTN Rwanda CEO Mitwa Ng'ambi
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Rwanda CEO Mitwa Ng'ambi sat down with Connecting Africa to share her career journey, and the strides Rwanda is making in gender inclusion in both government and the private sector.


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Paymentology looks to strengthen its African roots

Global issuer-processor Paymentology's CEO Jeff Parker spoke to Connecting Africa about the company's African roots and aspirations to work with more banks, fintechs and enterprises both on the continent and globally.

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Women & technology: impacts of the digital gender divide

Connecting Africa correspondent Chiti Mbizule investigates the state of Africa's digital gender gap and the impact this divide is having on access, education and entrepreneurship opportunities for local women.

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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: February 2024

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Highlights in February 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included 5G launches in Senegal and 5G trials in Egypt as well as Kenya's first 5G MVNO. Airtel also launched a new wholesale connectivity business while MTN and Huawei are planning a joint Innovation Technology Lab in South Africa – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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Omdia View: January 2024

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Highlights in January 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included a $200 million fintech deal between MTN and Mastercard as well as 5G network trials by Telecom Egypt – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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