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Content posted in February 2023
Sonatel Group profit rises by 10% in 2022
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Orange subsidiary Sonatel Group recorded a consolidated net profit of 279 billion CFA francs (US$450 million) at the end of the 2022 financial year despite tough competition.
Five sustainable startups to watch in 2023
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa has compiled a list of five sustainable startups that are making innovative impacts in the lives of the communities they serve.
Namibia kicks off spectrum auction
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has commenced an auctioning process for radio frequency spectrum in the 700MHz and 800MHz bands.
Vodafone sells out of Ghana
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodafone has completed the sale of its 70% shareholding in Vodafone Ghana to Telecel Group.
Bolt to invest $530M in Africa
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Ride-sharing platform Bolt has announced that it will be investing 500 million (US$530 million) in its operations on the African continent over the next two years.
SA networks given deadline for 4G/5G completion
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, says that telecoms operators have five years to complete the rollout of 4G and 5G networks in the country – including to all rural areas.
MTN, Airtel sign roaming deal in Congo
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Congo's Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Post (ARPCE) has announced that mobile operators MTN and Airtel have signed a roaming deal in the country.
MTN to invest $1B in Ghana
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Mobile operator MTN has committed to investing US$1 billion in Ghana over the next five years after the Ghanaian government exempted the telco from US$773 million in tax claims.
Ericsson, Tigo to launch 5G in Tanzania
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson has entered a partnership with Tigo Tanzania to launch 5G services and upgrade the operator's existing 4G network.
Survey: Opportunities for Women in Tech
  • Africa Tech Perspectives
Take our new survey for women across Asia, Europe and Africa looking at the biggest challenges and opportunities for women-led enterprises and trends in tech careers for women.
2Africa reaches the shores of Madagascar
  • Paula Gilbert
The 2Africa subsea cable system has made another step forward, this time landing in the island nation of Madagascar as it works its way up Africa's East Coast.
Innovative tech contributes to fatality-free mines
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Industry experts spoke about the role technology plays in reducing fatalities in the mining industry as part of a panel discussion in Johannesburg, hosted by Spanish technology company Torsa.
Telkom SA shedding 15% of workforce
  • Paula Gilbert
South African telecoms operator Telkom is joining the global layoff trend, announcing plans to shed up to 15% of its workforce as part of a group restructuring.
Orange opens Digital Center in Sierra Leone
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Pan-African operator Orange and the German Development Cooperation have opened an Orange Digital Center in Sierra Leone's capital city Freetown, making it the 14th center of its kind across the Middle East and Africa.
Safaricom falls victim to $4M SIM card fraud
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Kenya's Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has arrested eight suspects for alleged SIM card fraud involving Safaricom's M-Pesa overdraft service Fuliza.
Bigger stake in Ethio Telecom now up for grabs
  • Paula Gilbert
Ethiopia will sell up to 45% of state-owned Ethio Telecom, an increase on the 40% stake it previously publicized, as the country moves forward with further liberalization of its telecoms sector.
How AI can accelerate sustainability in 2023
  • Paula Gilbert
IBM South Africa's GM Ria Pinto speaks to Connecting Africa about how artificial intelligence can help African companies accelerate their sustainability efforts.
2Africa subsea cable makes final SA landing
  • Paula Gilbert
The 2Africa subsea cable system has made its fourth and final landing in South Africa, this time in Amanzimtoti near Durban in KwaZulu-Natal and installed by WIOCC.
African tech startup funding hits $3.3B in 2022
  • Paula Gilbert
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.
MTN Nigeria profit soars in 2022
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Nigeria has reported a strong set of results for 2022, with profit up over 20% and users growing 10% despite SIM registration challenges, high inflation rates and macroeconomic pressure.
SA regulator appoints a new CEO
  • Paula Gilbert
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has appointed Tshiamo Maluleka-Disemelo as its new CEO.


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