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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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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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Côte d'Ivoire e-health platform Orange Santé launched

Pan-African operator Orange has partnered with Moroccan start-up DabaDoc to create an e-health platform to help Ivorians book doctor’s appointments online.

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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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