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Content posted in April 2024
Ethiopia's ECA cuts mobile termination rates
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has cut mobile termination rates (MTR) for the next five years to encourage more competition in the nation's telecommunications industry.
Canal+ edges closer to MultiChoice takeover
  • Matshepo Sehloho
French pay-TV company Canal+ is edging closer to fully acquiring South African pay-TV and streaming company MultiChoice Group by increasing its stake to 40.83%.
Paratus express route from Johannesburg to Europe goes live
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connectivity solutions provider Paratus Group has launched what it calls the fastest 'fiber express route' from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Europe, making use of Google's Equiano undersea cable infrastructure.
Canal+ makes formal offer to buy MultiChoice Group
  • Matshepo Sehloho
French pay-TV company Canal+ has made an all-cash mandatory offer to buy all shares it does not already own of South African pay-TV and streaming company MultiChoice Group for R125 (US$6.70) per share.
Connecting Africa Podcast: S3 Ep. 2 – Nigeria's king of micro-payments
  • Paula Gilbert
On this episode, we speak to Touch and Pay Technologies Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer Michael Oluwole about how the startup is digitizing and processing micro-transactions in Nigeria's transport sector and his aspirations to grow the service across the continent.
Ghana, Benin to implement free roaming initiative
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Benin and Ghana's free-roaming initiative, aimed at reducing communication costs for their citizens traveling between the two countries, will go into effect on July 1, 2024.
Paymentology looks to strengthen its African roots
  • Paula Gilbert
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.
Algérie Télécom to distribute Thuraya skyphone
  • Matshepo Sehloho
UAE satellite operator Yahsat has partnered with Algérie Télécom Satellite to become the authorized distributor of Thuraya direct-to-device (D2D) satellite smartphone in Algeria.
MultiChoice chair stays on to conclude Canal+ deal
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African pay-TV and streaming company MultiChoice Group has extended chairperson Imtiaz Patel's tenure until the ongoing French pay-TV company Canal+ deal is completed.
Women & technology: impacts of the digital gender divide
  • Connecting Africa News
Connecting Africa correspondent Chiti Mbizule investigates the state of Africa's digital gender gap and the impact this divide is having on access, education and entrepreneurship opportunities for local women.


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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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