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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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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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