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Content posted in August 2022
Nigerian broadband penetration increases to 44.5%
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Nigerian Communications Commission said the country is on its way to reach its 70% broadband penetration target by 2025, after a 4% increase from February to July.
Telecom Egypt's mobile users grow 44%
  • Paula Gilbert
Telecom Egypt's mobile customers grew 44% year-on-year, according to the group's interim results for the six months ended June 30, 2022.
Buyout offers Rain down on Telkom SA
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African data-only network, Rain, has set its sights on a merger with Telkom SA – which is already a takeover target for MTN.
MTN offered $35M for Afghanistan operation
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN group has received a binding offer for 100% of MTN Afghanistan as it continues with plans to completely exit the Middle East and focus on its pan-African footprint.
Google's Equiano subsea cable lands on SA shores
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Google’s Equiano subsea cable, which seeks to connect Europe to Africa via the ocean, has made its final stop landing in Melkbosstrand, Western Cape, South Africa.
SA government launches app to tackle potholes
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African transport minister Fikile Mbalula in partnership with the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has launched an app to get rid of potholes.
Zambia's regulator revises 5G spectrum roadmap
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has updated the issuing of 5G spectrum in the country to improve competition in the ICT sector.
Major data boom for MTN Ghana
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN has seen huge data growth from its customers in Ghana with data traffic up 52% in the first six months of the year and data revenue almost 50% higher than last year.
Safaricom wants Kenya to be a digital talent hub
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Kenyan operator Safaricom has launched a Digital Talent Program and is teaching kids to code through the M-Pesa app, as it aims to create a sustainable digital talent pipeline.
MTN Nigeria to launch 5G by September
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN says it is on track to launch 5G services across Nigeria by the end of the third quarter of 2022, as it reports strong half-year earnings.


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Google's Equiano subsea cable lands on SA shores

Google’s Equiano subsea cable, which seeks to connect Europe to Africa via the ocean, has made its final stop landing in Melkbosstrand, Western Cape, South Africa.

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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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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: 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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Omdia View: May 2022

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SpaceX-owned Starlink's plans to launch a satellite broadband service in Africa was a major highlight in May 2022, says Omdia's analysts.

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