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Content posted in September 2022
ITU plans to bridge smartphone access gap
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The ITU and UNESCO's Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development have published a report that proposes solutions to the global lack of Internet access.
SA bank Capitec launches MVNO with data that never expires
  • Paula Gilbert
South African bank, Capitec, has launched its own mobile virtual network operator service, called Capitec Connect, promising mobile data prices that are considerably less than its competitors and data that doesn't expire.
SA regulator extends spectrum feedback deadline
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African regulator ICASA has extended the deadline for public comment on the second phase of the country's spectrum licensing process to September 30, 2022.
MTN Nigeria launches commercial 5G
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Nigeria has officially launched its commercial 5G network, after testing the technology across seven cities last month.
Liquid, Eutelsat to connect SMEs in East Africa
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Eutelsat Communications have signed an agreement to provide high-speed Internet to small businesses in Uganda, South Sudan and the eastern regions of the DRC.
3G sunset too soon for SA, operators say
  • Paula Gilbert
A 2025 deadline set by South Africa's government to shut down 3G networks is too soon for some local operators who think more discussions are needed between the public and private sector.
Africa Data Centres and Nigeria's IXPN join forces
  • Connecting Africa News
Africa Data Centres is teaming up with Nigeria's biggest Internet exchange point IXPN in a deal that will see better connectivity and lower bandwidth costs for Nigerians.
SA government proposes spectrum trading & sharing
  • Paula Gilbert
The South African government is proposing spectrum trading and even "subletting" as options to better manage the country's spectrum resources and help SMMEs join the telecoms sector.
TikTok pilots 50 free Wi-Fi hotspots in SA
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Short-video social media platform, TikTok, has partnered with Wi-Fi provider ThinkWiFi to pilot 50 free Wi-Fi hotspots in disadvantaged communities in South Africa.
Should SA switch off 2G & 3G?
  • Paula Gilbert
Plans for South Africa to shut down its 2G and 3G networks over the next three years have met with mixed reactions from local analysts.
SA telcos use fintech to tap into lending market
  • Paula Gilbert
Growing fintech trends have seen several South African telecoms operators launching lending solutions that range from nano loans to large cash advanced for small business owners.
Uber SA adds audio-recording safety feature
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Ride-sharing platform Uber has launched an audio recording feature in South Africa allowing riders and drivers to record trips in case of emergencies.
MTN Nigeria signs BSS tech deal with Tecnotree
  • Matshepo Sehloho
MTN Nigeria has signed a deal with Finnish global provider of digital transformation solutions Tecnotree for the deployment of 5G-ready digital BSS solutions.
SA's Cell C has a new CFO
  • Paula Gilbert
South African operator Cell C's CFO Zaf Mahomed has resigned and is being replaced by Lerato Pule.


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Orange Côte d'Ivoire launches 5G lab in Abidjan

Pan-African telecoms operator, Orange, has launched a 5G lab in Côte d'Ivoire in anticipation of its 5G network rollout in 2023.

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Women in Tech: Spotlight on inclusivity with Digital Council Africa's Juanita Clark

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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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Omdia View: July 2022

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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.

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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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