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Content posted in June 2023
Connecting Africa Podcast S2 Ep. 8 Empowering the African diaspora
  • Paula Gilbert
In this episode the team speaks to Rahim Diallo, founder and CEO of fintech Jawudi, which is shaking up the money transfer space by using 20% of the profits from its remittance service to launch a fund to invest directly back into startups across Africa.
Uganda to give refugees free Internet
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Ugandan government has partnered with the World Bank to launch the Universal Digital Acceleration Program that will provide Internet connection to refugee camps.
Safaricom Ethiopia CEO to step down
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Safaricom Ethiopia has announced that its first-ever CEO, Anwar Soussa, will be leaving the company once his secondment comes to an end on July 31, 2023.
Ericsson: Sub-Saharan Africa will have 1B mobile subs by 2028
  • Paula Gilbert
Sub-Saharan Africa's mobile subscriptions are expected to reach over 1 billion by 2028, according to the June 2023 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, which also showed great potential for 5G growth in Africa over the next few years.
Salesforce commits to South Africa skills development
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Cloud-based software company Salesforce is committing to solving South Africa's digital skills shortage and boosting job creation, execs said during the Salesforce World Tour Essentials conference in Johannesburg.
Telkom SA reports flat revenue
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa recorded revenue growth of less than 1% as unprecedented levels of load shedding, constrained consumer spending and a sluggish economy bit into earnings.
Senegal shuts down mobile Internet
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Senegal's Ministry of Communication, Telecommunications and Digital Economy said mobile Internet was cut off because of what it calls 'deadly rioting'.
Ghana disconnects unregistered SIMs
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Ghana has disconnected all services to unregistered SIM cards and only given users access to numbers linked to SIM registration.
Senegal calls for 5G license applications
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Senegal's telecommunications regulator, ARTP, has issued a call for applications for 5G licenses and interested applicants have until July 14, 2023.

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Botswana prohibits Starlink, imposes penalties for lawbreakers

The Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) has warned the public against the importation, use and resale of SpaceX's satellite Internet service Starlink's devices in the country.


Founders Factory Africa: Partnerships are key to building successful startups

Founders Factory Africa's Ayotunde Aladejana and Wangui Kahumbi spoke to Connecting Africa in an exclusive interview about the importance of building bridges between startups and corporations and fostering collaboration in the African tech ecosystem.

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Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on inclusion and sustainability in Africa

Uber's Country Manager for Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, Marjorie Saint-Lot, shares how the ride-hailing company is approaching public-private partnerships, environmentally friendly initiatives and gender inclusion in Africa.


The 100 most influential African leaders in 2023

A new report from Africa Tech Festival and Connecting Africa puts a spotlight on the top 100 African leaders in the telecoms and technology sector in 2023.


Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

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Omdia View: September 2023

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Highlights in September 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included more 5G spectrum licenses, vendor and operator strategies, and partnerships – that and more in this month's Omdia View.


Omdia View: August 2023

By Omdia Analysts

Highlights in August 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included a commercial 5G launch from Ethio Telecom and the signing of a virtual wheeling agreement between Vodacom South Africa and Eskom – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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