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Content posted in August 2019
Nomanini Raises $4m for Fintech Expansion
  • Connecting Africa News
The fintech company that targets the informal retail ecosystem in Africa has raised $4 million through a funding round led by Standard Bank.
Fiber Connectivity Key for SA Enterprises
  • Paula Gilbert
A new study from World Wide Worx and Syspro has found that fiber connectivity is being embraced by many sectors in South Africa, but manufacturing is lagging behind other industries.
Bolt Food to Be Served Up in Kenya & SA
  • Paula Gilbert
Rideshare platform Bolt is launching its food delivery service in Africa later this year and is targeting Kenya and South Africa first.
Safaricom Contributed $5.8B to Kenya's Economy
  • Paula Gilbert
According to Safaricom's 2019 Sustainable Business Report, the value to Kenyan society created by Safaricom hit KES 601 billion – US$5.8 billion at current exchange rates – in the most recent full financial year.
MTN Winning 4G Race in SA
  • Paula Gilbert
South African operator MTN is leading in terms of 4G availability in the country, according to a new report from Opensignal.
Vodacom & IoT.nxt Deal Moves Forward
  • Connecting Africa News
South Africa's Competition Commission has approved Vodacom's plans to to acquire a controlling stake in IoT.nxt, with conditions.
Who Will Lead Ericsson MEA?
  • Paula Gilbert
With two and a half weeks to go before the current head of Middle East and Africa steps down, there is still no news from Ericsson about a replacement.
MTN Group Adds 7.7M Customers in H1
  • Paula Gilbert
Despite tough trading conditions, MTN added 7.7 million group subscribers and grew service revenues almost 10% in the first half of the financial year.
Jury's Out on 5G Efforts: Poll Result
  • Ray Le Maistre
We asked you if you thought it was too early to put time and effort into 5G in Africa — and the slight majority believe Africa needs to be involved in 5G right now.
Safaricom Pumps Up Its FTTH Plans
  • Ray Le Maistre
Uptake for Safaricom's fiber broadband service has been impressive, but the company is still looking to attract new customers and has outlined a short-term discount to tempt new customers.
Mobile Operator Quartet Dominate African Market
  • Paula Gilbert
One in ten Africans is an Orange customer, says the French giant -- that makes it one of the top four mobile operators on the continent by subscriber numbers, with MTN, Airtel and Vodacom the other big hitters.


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SA minister says AI institute should execute ideas

South Africa's Communications and Digital Technologies minister, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has officially launched the country's Artificial Intelligence Institute.

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Connecting Africa Podcast: S2 Ep. 2 – Remittance revolution

The Connecting Africa Podcast team spoke to SendSprint founder and CEO Damisi Busari about the remittance market and how to improve the experience that Africans in the diaspora have with sending money home.

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Women in Tech: Spotlight on inclusivity with Digital Council Africa's Juanita Clark

Digital Council Africa founder and CEO, Juanita Clark, talks to Connecting Africa as part of our Women's Month series about her career and what needs to be done to make the tech industry intentionally inclusive.

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Women in Tech: Spotlight on legal tech with Life.file's Sinal Govender

Life.file co-founder, Sinal Govender, talks to Connecting Africa as part of our Women's Month series about her career and how we can encourage more young girls to enter the legal tech field.

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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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Omdia View: July 2022

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Kenya and Zambia move towards 5G with new spectrum allocations while Tunisie Telecom plans to shut down its 3G network - that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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Omdia View: June 2022

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5G was the major news trend across Africa in June, as Orange became the first operator to launch 5G in Réunion and operators in Senegal accelerated their 5G plans despite spectrum delays.

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