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Content posted in August 2021
Research Bites: Blockchain potential for SA agriculture
  • Guest Perspectives
This article, in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development explores how blockchain can be used in the agricultural sector to help improve production and distribution processes.
Hot startup of the month: Tunisia's InstaDeep
  • Tom Jackson
Tunisian startup InstaDeep builds advanced decision-making and optimization AI solutions for enterprise clients. It is one of the best-funded AI ventures on the continent.
Cell C recapitalization edges closer
  • Paula Gilbert
Embattled South African operator Cell C's recapitalization plans seem to be edging closer to a conclusion, although we have heard that before.
Telkom SA Consumer gets new CEO
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa's executive reshuffle continues with the announcement that Lunga Siyo has been named the new CEO of Telkom Consumer.
Malware on the rise in Africa
  • Connecting Africa News
Four African countries accounted for 85 million malware attacks in the first six months of 2021, with South Africa the most targeted, according to research from cybersecurity company Kaspersky.
Vodacom goes green with eco rating for handsets
  • Paula Gilbert
South African telecoms operator Vodacom says it has introduced a pan-industry 'Eco Rating' for mobile phones as it moves toward improving its environmental impact.
Omdia View: July 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
5G was a major focus this month with 5G licenses awarded in Mauritius and public consultation on 5G spectrum launched in Zambia – Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis on these developments.
2Africa subsea cable gets even bigger
  • Connecting Africa News
The highly anticipated 2Africa Subsea Cable System is expanding even further, extend connectivity to the Seychelles, the Comoros Islands and Angola and adding a landing to southeast Nigeria.
Nigeria rushes to replace failing satellite
  • Connecting Africa News
Nigeria's NigeriaSat-2 observation satellite is on its last legs, but the country has found it very useful. Will it get a replacement up in time?
Telkom SA appoints new CEO from within
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa has tapped Telkom Consumer Business CEO Serame Taukobong to take over as Group CEO when Sipho Maseko steps down next year.


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A new GSMA report examines the huge potential for artificial intelligence to support Africa's socio-economic growth in areas including agriculture, energy and climate action.

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KaiOS targets merchant market for growth, digital inclusion

KaiOS Technologies, the creator of a mobile operating system for smart feature phones, is piloting affordable merchant payment terminals - which look like feature phones - in Africa to help underserved merchants and transport providers accept digital payments solutions.

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Leadership Lessons: The importance of mentorship for career growth

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Nollie Maoto, First Rand Group's compliance chief data and analytics officer and Africa Tech Festival Leadership Council member, reflects on the importance of mentorship for career growth for African women in data analytics.

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Omdia View: May 2024

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May 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included African 5G subscriptions surpassing 5 million, growth from SpaceX's satellite Internet service Starlink, and a major fiber partnership in the Middle East and North Africa.

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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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