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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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Paymentology looks to strengthen its African roots

Global issuer-processor Paymentology's CEO Jeff Parker spoke to Connecting Africa about the company's African roots and aspirations to work with more banks, fintechs and enterprises both on the continent and globally.

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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.

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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.

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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: February 2024

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Highlights in February 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included 5G launches in Senegal and 5G trials in Egypt as well as Kenya's first 5G MVNO. Airtel also launched a new wholesale connectivity business while MTN and Huawei are planning a joint Innovation Technology Lab in South Africa – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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Omdia View: January 2024

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Highlights in January 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included a $200 million fintech deal between MTN and Mastercard as well as 5G network trials by Telecom Egypt – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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