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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's smart city finalists win big for innovation

South Africa's City of Johannesburg's Smart City Office has awarded four innovators R500,000 (US$31,434) for their innovative solutions.

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Hot startup of the month: Data science marketplace Zindi

This month's hot startup is social enterprise Zindi, which is a professional network for data science in Africa.

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Omdia View: May 2022

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SpaceX-owned Starlink's plans to launch a satellite broadband service in Africa was a major highlight in May 2022, says Omdia's analysts.

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Omdia View: April 2022

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This month's Omdia View highlights indicate a shift to digital transformation and operational consolidation to maximize return on investments.

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Africa Green ICT: Lighting Up a Sustainable Continent

The ICT industry is the leading industry in the commitment to carbon neutrality, whose focus has shifted from setting ambitious targets to taking initiatives. The push for zero-carbon and for green energy development, it isn't just about CSR – it's also good for sustainable business.

The path to sustainable development requires green energy. Governments are looking at potential policy approaches to make green energy more widely available and affordable. Without sustainable energy, there will be no digital transformation and no chance of making Africa more economically competitive in the post-pandemic era.

Africa Green ICT Webinar 2022 will bring together ICT industry leaders and senior industrial analysts to provide insight, best practices and key learnings on how to achieve zero-carbon targets and practice green development in Africa.

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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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Accelerating women in STEM: In conversation with GirlCode's Tinyiko Simbine

GirlCode co-founder and CFO Tinyiko Simbine talks about why it's important to help girls and young women excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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How Poa Internet is unlocking meaningful connectivity in East Africa

Poa Internet's CEO Andy Halsall shares his views on what it takes to develop last-mile connectivity and get Africans online in a meaningful way.

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