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Content posted in May 2022
Orange MEA gets new CEO
  • Connecting Africa News
Orange has announced that Jérôme Hénique will take over as CEO of the Africa and Middle East region.
SA govt launches DigiTech "app store" for SMMEs
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African Communications and Digital Technologies Minister, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has introduced a new tech platform aimed at selling South African digital apps.
SA agri-tech Nile gets $2.5M investment from Naspers
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Naspers, through its early-stage tech investment vehicle Naspers Foundry, has invested in agri-tech company, Nile, that connects farmers to buyers of fresh produce across Southern Africa.
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Shamba Pride
  • Tom Jackson
This month's hot startup, Shamba Pride, wants to revolutionize the rural agricultural trade ecosystem in Kenya by transforming agro-dealers into franchised 'DigiShops.'
Omdia View: April 2022
  • Guest Perspectives
This month's Omdia View highlights indicate a shift to digital transformation and operational consolidation to maximize return on investments.
Vodacom wants 75M fintech customers by 2025
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom's financial services business has become integral to the telco's business model and it plans to increase its fintech customers base to 75 million by 2025.
Safaricom promises Ethiopia launch this year
  • Paula Gilbert
Kenya's Safaricom says it is making good progress with plans to launch a network in Ethiopia, noting it will begin commercial operations by the end of 2022.
East Africa Com: Rwanda to be living laboratory for 4IR
  • Paula Gilbert
Rwanda Information Society Authority's CEO told East Africa Com 2022 that the country is becoming 'a living laboratory of emerging technologies' by leveraging its new Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Econet Zimbabwe expands 5G to Bulawayo
  • Connecting Africa News
Zimbabwe's biggest mobile network operator, Econet, has extended its 5G service into Bulawayo after launching in Harare in February.


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Connecting Africa Podcast: S2 Ep. 4 – Agri-fintech, from kibbutz to Kenya

The Connecting Africa Podcast team speak to Israeli-Kenyan startup Avenews' co-founder and CEO, Shalom Ben-Or, about his fintech super-app that has been built specifically for Africa's agriculture industry.

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Hot startup of the month: Cloud-native developer Deimos

This month's hot startup is pan-African cloud technology and professional services company Deimos which is on a mission to be the leading cloud-native technology company in Africa.

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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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