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Content posted in May 2024
Q&A: GSMA's Claire Sibthorpe on closing the mobile gender gap
  • Paula Gilbert
Claire Sibthorpe, head of digital inclusion at the GSMA, spoke to Connecting Africa about the Mobile Gender Gap Report 2024, discussing what the numbers mean, the barriers keeping women offline and the outlook going forward.
Raxio launches data center in Mozambique
  • Paula Gilbert
With Raxio opening a new data center in Mozambique, Group CEO Robert Mullins spoke to Connecting Africa about the Maputo facility and the group's expansion plans across Africa, including launches in Côte d'Ivoire, DRC and Angola later this year.
Zimbabwe approves Starlink licensing
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Zimbabwe's telecom regulator has approved the licensing of Elon Musk's Starlink, allowing the satellite unit of SpaceX to operate in the southern African country.
Omdia View: April 2024
  • Guest Perspectives
April 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included a license for Starlink in Ghana, new mobile termination rates in Ethiopia, and 6G trials in Bahrain – that and more in the latest Omdia View.
Hot startup of the month: Rwanda's Ampersand
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is Rwanda's Ampersand, which designs, builds, and manufactures electric motorcycles and battery packs for motorcycle taxis.
Pyypl plots African fintech growth
  • Paula Gilbert
Blockchain financial services and remittances company Pyypl is rapidly growing its operations across the Middle East and Africa with ambitions to triple its monthly active user base by the end of 2025.
South Africa's fiber-to-the-business market continues to grow
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's fiber-to-the-business (FTTB) market saw steady growth in the latter part of 2023, on the back of increasing interest in fiber connectivity by local companies, according to new research from Africa Analysis.
Mobile gender gap narrows slightly in sub-Saharan Africa: GSMA
  • Paula Gilbert
Over 200 million women were still not using the mobile Internet in sub-Saharan Africa in 2023, according to the Mobile Gender Gap Report 2024 from the GSMA, but the mobile gender gap did narrow for the first time in five years.
Egypt, Ethiopia impact Vodacom earnings
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom Group reported strong revenue growth in the past financial year, boosted by the addition of Vodafone Egypt, but earnings were pulled down by startup costs in Ethiopia, higher finance and energy costs, and inflationary pressure.
Another subsea cable fail impacts East Africa's Internet
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Internet connectivity in several East African countries has been disrupted after two subsea cables connecting Southern and East Africa went down, slowing connections and causing widespread outages.
Botswana could get Starlink services
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Botswana could soon get Starlink services, after the country's President Mokgweetsi Masisi met with SpaceX executives who expressed an interest in obtaining an operating license in the country.
SA online retail topped $3.8B in 2023, growing 29%
  • Paula Gilbert
Online retail sales in South Africa reached R71 billion (US$3.8 billion) in 2023, making up more than 6% of total retail in the country, according to research by World Wide Worx, with online retail sales forecast to make up 10% of the market by the end of 2025.
Egypt to launch its first digital bank
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has granted Misr Digital Innovation (MDI) preliminary approval to launch the country's first digital bank.
WACS repaired, Mauritius Telecom to build new subsea cable
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The West Africa Cable System (WACS) has been repaired after enduring weeks of disruptions while Mauritius Telecom is partnering with Orange and Reliance Jio to build a new subsea cable connecting Africa, Indian Ocean islands and Asia.

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