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Content posted in April 2023
Affordability key to 5G uptake in East Africa Safaricom
  • Paula Gilbert
Safaricom exec Cynthia Karuri-Kropac told delegates at East Africa Com in Nairobi, Kenya, that until 5G becomes more affordable it won't drive true digital transformation in Kenya and across East Africa.
Mozambique imposes new SIM registration rules
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The regulatory authority said the process needs to be updated because the current system is being abused, with fraudulent documents being used to support registrations and more than 10,000 pirated devices being activated each week.
Mobile money transactions hit $1.26T in 2022 – GSMA
  • Paula Gilbert
Total mobile money transaction values grew 22% in 2022 to US$1.26 trillion, according to the GSMA State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money 2023, and there are 1.6 billion registered mobile money accounts globally, 781 million of which are in Africa.
Connecting Africa Podcast: S2 Ep. 6 Breaking into VC
  • Paula Gilbert
In this episode the Connecting Africa Podcast team speak to Cindy Ai, co-founder of Dream VC, about why so many young Africans aspire to get into the venture capital game and how her investor accelerator is helping them do that.
MVNO Melon Mobile enters SA market
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Melon Mobile has entered the South African market promising to offer fully digital services.
Mukuru opens fintech drive-thru in Zimbabwe
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South Africa-based fintech platform Mukuru has launched a drive-thru service for domestic and international money transfers in the Zimbabwean city of Harare.
Kenya to launch first operational satellite
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Kenya Space Agency (KSA) is set to launch its first operational 3U Earth observation satellite on April 10, in partnership with SpaceX aboard its Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Base in California in the USA.


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