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Content posted in March 2022
Africa accelerated mobile money growth in 2021
  • Paula Gilbert
Mobile money transaction values grew 39% in Africa in 2021 to US$701.4B – making up about 70% of global transaction values which hit over $1T for the first time.
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Farmshine
  • Tom Jackson
Farmshine, a Kenyan agri-tech startup, is allowing smallholder farmers – 70% of whom are women – to aggregate and sell their harvests directly to large commodity companies.
Court orders SA digital migration delayed until June
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's migration from analogue to digital television has been pushed back another three months, further delaying the free up of high-demand spectrum that can be used for mobile broadband services.
Telkom SA persists with spectrum lawsuit
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom SA will move forward with its lawsuit against the country's regulator, which could impact the outcome of the spectrum auction that already concluded earlier this month.
Pandemic made mobile gender gap worse – GSMA
  • Paula Gilbert
The mobile gender gap increased during the COVID-19 pandemic and African women are still hugely impacted, so says the GSMA ahead of the release of its official Mobile Gender Gap Report for 2022.
Ghanaians get more time to register SIMs
  • Paula Gilbert
Ghana's government has given citizens an extra four months to register their SIM cards as part of an ongoing registration drive in the country.
Ethio Telecom's privatization on hold
  • Paula Gilbert
Ethiopia's Ministry of Finance announced that the partial privatization of state-owned operator Ethio Telecom has been postponed.
Safaricom inks fiber deal in Ethiopia
  • Paula Gilbert
Safaricom has signed an infrastructure deal for its expansion into Ethiopia, penning a fiber network sharing deal with Ethiopian Electric Power.
Meta faces prosecution in SA for 'abuse of dominance'
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's Competition Commission wants to prosecute social media giant Meta Platforms – the owner of Facebook and WhatsApp – for abuse of dominance and has asked the Competition Tribunal to fine the US-based company 10% of its local turnover.
Omdia View: February 2022
  • Guest Perspectives
5G was the major news trend across Africa in February, according to Omdia analyst's new summary of the biggest stories in the Middle East and Africa.
MTN fintech users grow as spinoff looms
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN's fintech and data revenues saw double digit growth in 2021 as the pan-African telco moves forward with plans to spin off its fintech business.
MTN to invest $1B in Ghana
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN plans to invest more than $1 billion in Ghana over the next five years as it moves forward with infrastructure sharing projects in the country.

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SA minister says AI institute should execute ideas

South Africa's Communications and Digital Technologies minister, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has officially launched the country's Artificial Intelligence Institute.


Connecting Africa Podcast: S2 Ep. 2 – Remittance revolution

The Connecting Africa Podcast team spoke to SendSprint founder and CEO Damisi Busari about the remittance market and how to improve the experience that Africans in the diaspora have with sending money home.

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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.


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.


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

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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.


Omdia View: June 2022

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5G was the major news trend across Africa in June, as Orange became the first operator to launch 5G in R้union and operators in Senegal accelerated their 5G plans despite spectrum delays.

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