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Content posted in April 2022
MTN sees fintech flourish in Nigeria
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Nigeria's fintech subscribers grew 135.2% year-on-year, to 10.7 million, as it plans to launch a mobile money payment service bank.
SA consumers not happy with telcos
  • Paula Gilbert
South African operators continued to suffer from unfavorable perceptions from consumers in 2021, according to a new Sentiment Index from DataEQ and Deloitte Africa.
Hot startup of the month: Ghana's Float
  • Tom Jackson
This month's hot startup is fintech company Float, which helps small businesses to manage and monitor their cash flow in real time, make supplier payments and access instant credit for critical business expenses.
Omdia View: March 2022
  • Guest Perspectives
This month's Omdia summary of the biggest stories in the Middle East and Africa focuses on SA's spectrum auction and new submarine cables landing in Kenya and Togo.
Mobile tech helping Africa's farmers face climate change
  • Paula Gilbert
A new report from the United Nations Capital Development Fund, Vodacom, Vodafone and Safaricom highlights how mobile-based tech can help Africa's agricultural sector mitigate the impact of climate change.
Telkom SA, ICASA settle spectrum dispute
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom and the South African telecoms regulator have called off a court case over the licensing of spectrum, reaching an out-of-court agreement.
Africell launches new network in Angola
  • Paula Gilbert
Africell's new 5G-ready network plans to shake up the Angola telecom sector, with $150 million already invested in the country and significantly more planned.
Telkom SA prepares for mobile commerce boom
  • Paula Gilbert
Execs from Telkom South Africa discuss the growth in mobile commerce in Africa and how telcos are using digital channels to both improve customer experience and increase sales.
Vodacom SA's MD steps down
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom South Africa's managing director, Balesh Sharma, is stepping down after almost 20 years with the Vodafone Group.


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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 Réunion and operators in Senegal accelerated their 5G plans despite spectrum delays.

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