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Content posted in March 2024
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Tech Herfrica
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup is Nigeria's Tech Herfrica, a social impact organization that focuses on the digital and financial inclusion of women and girls in rural areas of Nigeria.
Interview: JUMO's Joe Mucheru on AI's role in fintech
  • Connecting Africa Video
JUMO President Joe Mucheru joined Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert for a video interview to talk about the fintech company's work across Africa and how it's using artificial intelligence (AI) to provide credit to millions of Africans.
Hormuud Telecom launches 5G in Somalia
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Somali telecommunications operator Hormuud Telecom has launched its fifth-generation (5G) network in key locations in the East African country.
South Africa key to Mimecast's business strategy – new CEO
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa remains a key pillar for email security company Mimecast's business strategy, according to new CEO Marc van Zadelhoff, who told Connecting Africa that Mimecast plans to further expand its operations across Africa and hire more local talent.
West Africa has become mobile money powerhouse – GSMA
  • Paula Gilbert
The GSMA's new 2024 State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money shows that in 2023, over a third of new mobile money accounts globally were from West Africa and the region has doubled its overall number of mobile money accounts over the past ten years.
Omdia View: February 2024
  • Guest Perspectives
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.
African governments must be enablers of innovation
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Panelists at the Africa eGovernance Conference (AfreGov) urged African governments to become enablers and create environments that allow citizens to participate in the digital economy.
Cassava Tech Talks Ep. 6: Digital priorities of the C-suite
  • Paula Gilbert
In the newest Cassava Tech Talks podcast we discuss the digital priorities of the C-suite, especially when it comes to cybersecurity, cloud, digitization in Africa and how the introduction of AI tools is impacting the market. Guests are Liquid C2 CEO Oswald Jumira and Sabelo Dlamini director of SANReN. #sponsored
Key adoption areas for machine learning in Africa
  • Connecting Africa News
ICT analyst Francis Hook identifies some of the key sectors that could be positively impacted by machine learning, including education, government services, healthcare and climate tech.
Bolt expands into Egypt
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Ride-sharing platform Bolt has expanded into Egypt's capital city of Cairo to compete with other platforms like Uber, inDrive and Careem.
Connecting Africa Podcast: S3 Ep. 1 – Trending topics in 2024
  • Paula Gilbert
The Connecting Africa Podcast is back for season three. In this episode, we discuss startups and companies making their mark across emerging trends like social commerce, AI and smartphone affordability, and we venture into the hot topic of climate tech.
Canal+ makes new offer to MultiChoice
  • Matshepo Sehloho
French pay-TV company Canal+ has raised its offer to acquire all the shares that it does not already own in South African pay-TV and streaming company MultiChoice Group.
MWC 2024: African telco deals
  • Paula Gilbert
Connecting Africa has compiled a list of all the major deals that African operators announced at MWC 2024 in Barcelona, Spain.


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Four agritech startups to watch in 2024

Connecting Africa has compiled a list of four agritech startups that are making a difference in the communities they serve.

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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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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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