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Content posted in September 2017
Sowing the Seeds for AgriTech Growth
  • Stacey Knott
Young tech-savvy entrepreneurs are working hard to bring digital tools to Africa's enormous and important agriculture sector.
Taking a Parallel Approach to SDN & NFV
  • Connecting Africa News
It's not too early for Africa's network operators to be thinking about how the implementation of SDN and NFV capabilities can deliver efficiency gains and make them more agile service providers.
AfricaCom: The 20th Anniversary
  • Connecting Africa Video
THE PLACE TO SHAPE AFRICA'S DIGITAL FUTURE. Anyone who's anyone in African telecoms and technology will be at AfricaCom 2017, 7-9 November, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa. You should be too. Three days of thought-provoking content and amazing tech. It's the place to get deals done.
Upskilling with Uber: Loic Amado, General Manager East Africa
  • Connecting Africa Video
East Africa Com was proud to welcome Uber's General Manager for East Africa, Loic Amado. We caught up with Loic to chat about how Uber is upskilling their driver-partners, how to successfully launch in Africa and the transformational impact of digital communications.
The Internet as an African Business Enabler: Google's Luke McKend at the AfricaCom Launch
  • Connecting Africa Video
For Google South Africa's Country Director, driving access to the Internet for emerging African businesses is vital to the continent's economic growth. We caught up with Luke McKend at the AfricaCom 2017 launch to discuss growing connectivity in Africa, providing relevant local continent and how remarkable the AfricaCom attendee audience is.
Safaricom Preps Major M-Pesa Upgrade
  • Iain Morris
Overnight upgrade will take service offline for its 26 million users but will enable additional services and capabilities.


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Orange Ventures, Digital Africa promise more funding for startups

Orange Ventures and Digital Africa are teaming up to invest more in tech startups in Africa and the Middle East through Digital Africa's Fuzé program and the Orange Digital Center network.

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Hot startup of the month: Rwanda's Ampersand

Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is Rwanda's Ampersand, which designs, builds, and manufactures electric motorcycles and battery packs for motorcycle taxis.

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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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Omdia View: April 2024

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April 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included a license for Starlink in Ghana, new mobile termination rates in Ethiopia, and 6G trials in Bahrain – that and more in the latest Omdia View.

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Leveraging agritech to build resilience against climate change

By Francis Hook

ICT analyst Francis Hook discusses agritech in Africa and how the agricultural sector is using technology to build resilience against the negative effects of climate change and to ensure food security.

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