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Content posted in July 2023
The state of Africa's edtech sector
  • Connecting Africa News
Africa's edtech market continues to grow as tech and education entrepreneurs seek to improve the digital education divide and prepare the workforce for jobs of the future.
Axian to buy controlling stake in Free Senegal
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Axian Telecom has signed a deal to acquire a further 40% stake in Senegalese operator Free, taking its total ownership up to 80% shareholding in the operator.
MTN, Airtel launch 4G in Rwanda
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Telecommunications operators MTN and Airtel have launched 4G networks in Rwanda after both telcos' operating licenses were amended to allow them to roll out 4G technology in the country.
Telkom SA wins legal battle against President's SIU probe
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African telecom operator Telkom has won a court case against SA President Cyril Ramaphosa over his directive that authorized a wide-ranging probe by the country's Special Investigating Unit (SIU).
The 100 most influential African leaders in 2023
  • Africa Tech Perspectives
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.
Elon Musk's Starlink enters Kenya
  • Matshepo Sehloho
SpaceX's satellite Internet service, Starlink, has entered the Kenyan market, intensifying competition to the country's local players.
Sonatel gets 5G license in Senegal
  • Paula Gilbert
Senegal's telecoms regulator has granted a 'provisional' 5G license to Sonatel (Orange Senegal) as it outbid the competition.
MTN focuses on youth development in SA & Zambia
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The MTN Group has focused on youth development in South Africa and Zambia through its Digital Skills for Digital Jobs program and PachiPanda Innovation Challenge.
Angola gets connected through multiple deals
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Angola is set to receive high-capacity wireless offshore communication solutions from Paratus and Ceragon as well as high-speed connectivity through fiber backbone expansion by Liquid Dataport.
Podcast: Blessing Abeng on digital skills for Africa's youth
  • Connecting Africa Video
Africa Tech Radio Host Anthony Ibe joined Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert for a crossover podcast episode with Ingressive for Good Co-Founder Blessing Abeng about digital skills development in Africa.
Africa's fintech market to top US$65B by 2030
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, and Kenya are leading the way for Africa to become the fastest growing fintech market, with fintech revenues projected to grow thirteenfold to US$65 billion in 2030, according to a report from Boston Consulting Group and QED Investors.
Airtel launches 5G in Kenya
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Airtel Kenya has become the second telecom operator to launch a fifth-generation (5G) network in the East African country.
SA's FTTH prices slowly trending down – Africa Analysis
  • Paula Gilbert
Research from Africa Analysis found that uncapped fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) users in South Africa experienced slight declines in monthly fees over the past two years, while some ISPs increased line speeds at no additional cost.
Five African AI startups to watch in 2023
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa has compiled a list of five AI-powered startups that have been making an impact in the lives of the communities they serve and are worth watching in 2023.
Ethiopia launches tender for telco license
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has launched a second international telecom license tender. Interested parties have until September 15, 2023, to submit their bids.


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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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