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Content posted in August 2022
SA minister votes against male-dominated Telkom board
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has raised concerns over the lack of female representation on Telkom SA's board, voting against the appointment of several male directors at the operator's AGM.
SA regulator appoints acting CEO
  • Connecting Africa News
SA's regulator, ICASA, says Nkhetheleni Norman Gidi will step in as acting CEO when outgoing CEO Willington Ngwepe moves to MTN next month.
Women in Tech: Representation matters
  • Paula Gilbert
Over a dozen prominent Women in Tech share their views on the importance of representation and diversity as part of a new eBook called Closing the Gap for Women in STEM.
Africa Data Centres begins $83M SA expansion
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Africa Data Centres has drawn the first US$83 million tranche from a US$300 million investment it plans to use to build data centers in ten of Africa's largest economic capitals.
Hot startup of the month: Ghana's eCampus
  • Tom Jackson
This month's hot startup is Ghanaian edtech platform, eCampus, which helps learners prepare for examinations by putting the classroom in their palm.
Malawi telco TNM increases tariffs by 20%
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has increased the prices of its voice and data services by 20% due to the rising cost of doing business in the country.
Omdia View: July 2022
  • Guest Perspectives
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.
Togo and UN to build cybersecurity centre
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Republic of Togo and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa have signed an agreement to jointly establish the African Centre for Coordination and Research in Cybersecurity.
SA telco alliance aims to bolster collaboration
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The newly-launched Association of Communications and Technology aims to facilitate seamless collaboration between South Africa's telcos on non-competitive industry matters.
SA's data-free MoyaApp hits 10M downloads
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's data-free super app, MoyaApp, has been downloaded over 10 million times on the Google Play Store, a milestone only six other local apps have reached.
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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