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Content posted in August 2017
What Mobile Technology Suits Africa Right Now?
  • Bradley Shaw
More mobile network coverage is needed across Africa, but some mobile network technologies are more suitable than others if the unconnected are to be reached quickly and efficiently, argues Bradley Shaw.
Wholesale Open Access Mobile Networks Don't Work – GSMA
  • Connecting Africa News
Report from the GSM Association (GSMA) concludes that single wholesale network (SWN) and wholesale open access network (WOAN) plans don't work, citing Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa as examples.
Subsea Link to Brazil Takes Shape
  • Connecting Africa News
The installation of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) that will run from Angola to Brazil has begun.
iflix Raises $133M as It Expands in Africa
  • Ray Le Maistre
Subscription video-on-demand (VoD) specialist iflix has raised a further $133 million in funding as it furthers its plans to launch across Africa.
Sudan Weighs on Zain's H1 Financials
  • Ray Le Maistre
The operator's customer base in Sudan is still growing but currency devaluation affects reported financial results for the first half of 2017.
MTN Returns to Profit in H1 2017
  • Connecting Africa News
African operator sees growth in sales from data and digital services but sees declines in other parts of its business.


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Africa Green ICT: Lighting Up a Sustainable Continent

The ICT industry is the leading industry in the commitment to carbon neutrality, whose focus has shifted from setting ambitious targets to taking initiatives. The push for zero-carbon and for green energy development, it isn't just about CSR – it's also good for sustainable business.

The path to sustainable development requires green energy. Governments are looking at potential policy approaches to make green energy more widely available and affordable. Without sustainable energy, there will be no digital transformation and no chance of making Africa more economically competitive in the post-pandemic era.

Africa Green ICT Webinar 2022 will bring together ICT industry leaders and senior industrial analysts to provide insight, best practices and key learnings on how to achieve zero-carbon targets and practice green development in Africa.

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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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