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Content posted in June 2024
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's TIBU Health
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup is Kenya's TIBU Health, an omnichannel healthtech company providing healthcare services where people live, work and click.
Three healthtech trends to watch in 2024
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa has compiled a list of three healthtech trends that are providing innovative solutions to the problems faced by the African healthcare system.
MWC Shanghai 2024: Embracing the mobile AI era
  • Paula Gilbert
Huawei's David Wang believes that 2024 marks the beginning of the mobile artificial intelligence (AI) era, spurred by the commercial launch of 5G-Advanced (5G-A) technology which will be key to making intelligent services universal.
Ooredoo, Nvidia to develop AI platform in MENA
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Telecom operator Ooredoo Group has signed a deal to become an Nvidia Cloud Partner (NCP) to enable the development of artificial intelligence (AI) in the MENA region.
Africa Data Centres to expand with $112M funding from RMB
  • Paula Gilbert
Cassava Technologies-owned Africa Data Centres plans to expand its data center capacity to meet the growing demand for cloud computing services in South Africa, using a R2 billion (US$112 million) financing solution arranged by Rand Merchant Bank (RMB).
Breega launches $75M African VC fund
  • Paula Gilbert
Anglo-French VC firm Breega has launched a $75 million African investment fund aimed at early-stage startups across the continent.
Omdia View: May 2024
  • Guest Perspectives
May 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included African 5G subscriptions surpassing 5 million, growth from SpaceX's satellite Internet service Starlink, and a major fiber partnership in the Middle East and North Africa.
Telkom SA now has over 20M mobile subs
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa grew its mobile subscriber total by 11.9% to 20.4 million over the past year while the fiber business has also grown, passing more than 1.2 million South African homes.
Kenya allocates $125.3M toward ICT sector
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Kenyan government has allocated $125.3 million to support several information and communication technology (ICT) initiatives for the 2024/2025 financial year.
SpaceX's Starlink goes live in Sierra Leone
  • Matshepo Sehloho
SpaceX's satellite Internet service, Starlink, has launched in Sierra Leone, making it the 100th country globally to go live with Elon Musk's broadband service.
Bayobab to deploy fiber in South Sudan
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Bayobab, a digital connectivity solutions company, has announced plans to build a fiber optic cable network across South Sudan.
Connecting Africa Podcast: S3 Ep. 3 Unleashing the power of data
  • Paula Gilbert
In this Connecting Africa Podcast episode, we speak to Reza du Plooy, director and co-owner of data analytics consultancy Datalab, about the role data analytics plays in the success of African businesses and the unique challenges the continent faces.
AfDB, Intel to train millions in AI skills
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and tech firm Intel have partnered to equip 3 million Africans and 30,000 government officials with advanced artificial intelligence (AI) skills.
ACT speaks out against SA's 2G, 3G shutdown deadlines
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's Association of Comms and Technology (ACT) is not in favor of new deadlines issued by the government for the sunset of 2G and 3G networks, calling rather for an industry-led approach to phase the technologies out.
NuRAN, MTN ink NaaS agreement in Africa
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Canadian telecoms infrastructure provider NuRAN Wireless and pan-African telecoms operator MTN Group have signed a five-year network-as-a-service (NaaS) agreement for the deployment of 250 sites on the African continent.
1Route tackles mobile fraud in Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
Telecom fraud costs Africa almost $1.6 billion each year, according to 1Route which is working with local operators to detect and block fraudulent activity on their networks.
South Africa pushes 2G, 3G sunset to 2027
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's government has proposed a total shutdown of 2G and 3G networks in the country by the end of December 2027, moving previous deadlines which wanted 2G shut off at the end of this month.
The state of digital transformation in African banks
  • Paula Gilbert
The 2024 African Banking Digital Transformation Report has found that 60% of African banks have now digitally transformed most of their operations, while 76% of banks in Africa rank digital transformation as either their top priority or among the top three.
Eassy, Seacom fiber cables repaired
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Eastern African Submarine System (Eassy) and Seacom fiber-optic cables that went down in early May have now been repaired.


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