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Content posted in June 2018
MTN, Ericsson Take 5G on the Road
  • Ray Le Maistre
MTN South Africa has teamed up with Ericsson on the first automotive use case demonstrating 5G mobility in Africa.
Another Tower Operator Shelves IPO
  • Ray Le Maistre
Now three planned mobile tower operator IPOs have been abandoned this year as IHS Towers mothballs its plan, according to reports.
Spectrum License Fracas in Nigeria
  • Connecting Africa News
The prospective transfer of 800MHz spectrum license from Visafone to MTN Nigeria has Airtel and 9mobile up in arms.
Streaming Video-on-Demand to Boom in Africa: Report
  • Connecting Africa News
Fuelled by growth in South Africa and Nigeria, streaming video-on-demand subscriber numbers are set to grow rapidly during the next six years but revenue per user numbers will not get any pulses racing.
Ethiopia to Split National Telco, Sell Stakes
  • Connecting Africa News
EthioTelecom is to be carved up into two separate companies and stakes will slowly be sold to international investors, the government has announced.
Google to Open AI Lab in Ghana
  • Ray Le Maistre
Google says it will open a facility dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) research and its applications in Accra, Ghana, later this year.
Africa's Mobile Market Remains Flat in Q1: IDC
  • Connecting Africa News
Africa's mobile market remained flat in the first quarter as smartphone shipments declined for the second successive quarter, according to analyst house IDC.
Drones For Good in Africa: Part 2
  • Connecting Africa News
In the second part of this special Connecting Africa feature, we look at how drones are being used in farming and in the treatment of HIV in children.
Drones For Good in Africa: Part 1
  • Connecting Africa News
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), aka drones, are a controversial subject across the world: Are they are potentially dangerous, or do they have real developmental value? Part 1 of a two-part feature special to Connecting Africa.
Vodafone Brings IoT to the Fight Against Malnutrition
  • Connecting Africa News
Mobile operator will help Sanku (Project Healthy Children) to reach 100 million people across Africa by installing Internet of Things (IoT) technology at small flour mills across the continent.
Intelsat Joins Smart Africa
  • Connecting Africa News
Intelsat recently joined the Smart Africa initiative, a move it believes can 'help accelerate Africa's digital transformation.'


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Twitter announces first African office in Ghana, begins hiring

Twitter has announced it is planning to open an office in Accra, the Ghanaian capital – the first in Africa for the social media giant.

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This month, Omdia's analysts provide context around Ethiopia's spectrum licensing process, Millicom's plans to exit Tanzania and Ghana, and Airtel Africa's successful capital raise.

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Factors influencing fintech adoption in Nigeria

By Yusuf Opeyemi Akinwale and Adam Konto Kyari

This article is a collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development and explores the factors impacting the adoption of financial services technology in Lagos, Nigeria.

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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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