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Content posted in August 2023
Five African healthtech startups to watch
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa has compiled a list of five African healthtech startups that have been making an impact in the lives of the communities they serve and are worth keeping an eye on in 2023.
MTN invests in Cameroon, signs 5G enterprise deal in Nigeria
  • Matshepo Sehloho
MTN Group has committed to invest US$225 million over three years in Cameroon in a bid to rectify a legal dispute, while MTN Nigeria is set to deploy 5G services to facilitate business optimization to Seplat Energy.
Malawi, Zambia ink affordable Internet MoU
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Malawi and Zambia have signed an agreement to establish a 'Diplomatic Data Corridor' aimed at enhancing Internet connectivity and reduce data prices between the two countries.
Google launches AI accelerator for Africa
  • Connecting Africa News
Google has announced a new Startups Accelerator: AI First program aimed specifically at startups looking to use artificial intelligence to solve local challenges.
Somalia bans TikTok, Telegram and 1XBet
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Somalia's communications minister, Jama Hassan Khalif, has banned online platforms TikTok, Telegram and 1XBet over concerns related to the spread of explicit content, blackmail and promotion of gambling.
MTN SA CTIO leaves, two execs replace him
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN South Africa's Chief Technology and Information Officer (CTIO) Michele Gamberini has resigned, and his role has been split with two new execs appointed.
Safaricom launches M-Pesa in Ethiopia
  • Paula Gilbert
Mobile financial services platform M-Pesa is now officially live in Ethiopia, three months after Safaricom Ethiopia was given a license to operate mobile money in the country.
MAZIV embarks on $21M SA fiber expansion project
  • Paula Gilbert
MAZIV, the parent company of fiber infrastructure providers Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) and Vumatel, has embarked on a R400 million (US$21 million) infrastructure expansion project in South Africa.
Cell C CFO Lerato Pule resigns
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African mobile operator Cell C CFO Lerato Pule has resigned less than a year after taking over from Zaf Mahomed.
MTN not pursuing Telkom SA buyout
  • Matshepo Sehloho
MTN Group CEO Ralph Mupita has refuted rumors that there are fresh merger talks between the Group and Telkom SA.
Senegal's national roaming live
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Senegal's Regulation Authority for Telecommunications and Posts (ARTP) has welcomed the implementation of roaming arrangements between the country's mobile network operators.
Safaricom Ethiopia closes $257M IFC deal
  • Paula Gilbert
Safaricom Ethiopia has closed a deal with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) which includes an equity investment of $157.4 million and a $100 million loan.
Podcast: What's the Story? SA regulator cracks down on Big Tech
  • Connecting Africa Video
Connecting Africa's Paula Gilbert joined the podcast to discuss why global online platform giants Google, Apple, Booking.com and Uber Eats as well as local online retailers and classifieds are in trouble with South Africa's Competition Commission.
Edtech app G-Quiz helping Gambian students pass exams
  • Connecting Africa News
Gambian edtech app G-Quiz is helping secondary school students prepare for exams and has ambitions to expand into both anglophone and francophone countries in West Africa, as well as parts of North Africa.
There are no borders in cybersecurity Gambian Comms Minister
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Ministers and deputy ministers from five African countries agreed that to protect their citizens from cybercrime, they needed to stop working in silos, they said during a panel discussion at Cybertech Africa in Rwanda.
Emtel launches 5G in Mauritius
  • Paula Gilbert
Telecoms operator Emtel has become the second operator to launch 5G services in the island nation of Mauritius.
5G launches in Uganda, Zambia
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN and Airtel have both launched 5G services in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, and Airtel has begun rolling out 5G in Zambian capital Lusaka.


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The 100 most influential African leaders in 2023

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Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

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Omdia View: February 2024

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Highlights in February 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included 5G launches in Senegal and 5G trials in Egypt as well as Kenya's first 5G MVNO. Airtel also launched a new wholesale connectivity business while MTN and Huawei are planning a joint Innovation Technology Lab in South Africa – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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Omdia View: January 2024

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Highlights in January 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included a $200 million fintech deal between MTN and Mastercard as well as 5G network trials by Telecom Egypt – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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