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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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Hot startup of the month: South Africa's Zoie Health

This month's hot startup is South African digital women's health clinic Zoie Health – a digital app that focuses on family planning, fertility and maternity care.

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Orange Côte d'Ivoire launches 5G lab in Abidjan

Pan-African telecoms operator, Orange, has launched a 5G lab in Côte d'Ivoire in anticipation of its 5G network rollout in 2023.

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5G is lighting up the future of North Africa
By Chris Meng, VP of Huawei Northern Africa Carrier Business Department

The moving target that is telecoms fraud
By Clémentine Fournier, Regional VP Sales, Africa, BICS

How mobile operators in Africa can address signalling threats and secure the network
By Katia Gonzalez, Head of Fraud and Security at BICS

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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.

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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.

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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

By Omdia Analysts

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.

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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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