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Content posted in July 2017
Orange Trumpets Africa Boost in Q2
  • Connecting Africa News
French telco sees better growth at its Africa business in the second quarter but is still in danger of missing earlier targets.
Somalia's Subsea Link Finally Repaired
  • Connecting Africa News
After an outage lasting weeks, central and southern Somalia is back online following the repair of the country's subsea cable connection.
African Data Centers & the Power Supply Challenge
  • Guy Zibi
Power supply challenges are such that a reliable, uninterrupted power supply is a critical selling point in the African data center market, but there have been marked improvements across the board in recent times, notes Guy Zibi of Xalam Analytics.
Vumatel Snaps Up FTTH Assets
  • Ray Le Maistre
South African FTTH network builder is acquiring a large chunk of Link Africa's fiber access business.
Sub-Saharan Mobile Economy Worth $110B – GSMA
  • Connecting Africa News
Mobile technologies and services generated $110 billion of economic value in sub-Saharan Africa in 2016, according to a new report from the GSM Association.
Intelsat Offers 2G Service for Remote Areas
  • Connecting Africa News
Satellite operator and partners launch a service that enables mobile operators to extend their 2G coverage into remote areas in sub-Saharan Africa.
Kenya's Mobile Cash Market Hits Sh627B in Q1
  • Connecting Africa News
The value of payments made through mobile money platforms in Kenya reached 627.4 billion shillings during the first three months of 2017, according to data from the country's regulator.


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Hot startup of the month: SA's Snode

This month's hot startup is South African company Snode, which is applying a data-driven approach to cybersecurity.

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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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Factors influencing fintech adoption in Nigeria

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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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Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis to the biggest stories making headlines in Africa during March 2021.

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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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