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Content posted in September 2023
Interview: Pedro Rabacal on building Safaricom's network in Ethiopia
  • Connecting Africa Video
Pedro Rabacal, ex-CTIO of Safaricom Ethiopia, spoke to Connecting Africa Editor, Paula Gilbert, at the NOVACOM Digital Transformation Strategy Summit in Franschhoek, South Africa about how he and his team built Safaricom's greenfield network in Ethiopia.
Omdia View: August 2023
  • Guest Perspectives
Highlights in August 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included a commercial 5G launch from Ethio Telecom and the signing of a virtual wheeling agreement between Vodacom South Africa and Eskom – that and more in this month's Omdia View.
Cassava Tech Talks, Ep. 1: Building African Intelligence
  • Paula Gilbert
The pilot episode of the Cassava Tech Talks podcast covers the transformative power of technology to reduce the digital divide by leveraging true African Intelligence. Guests are Hardy Pemhiwa, Group CEO of Cassava Technologies, and Hendrik Malan, CEO of Frost & Sullivan Sub-Saharan Africa. #sponsored
Bob van Dijk steps down as Naspers, Prosus CEO
  • Paula Gilbert
Bob van Dijk – the CEO of Africa's biggest listed company, Naspers, and Dutch technology investment company Prosus – has stepped down with immediate effect.
InDrive enters Zimbabwe's Bulawayo
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Ride-sharing platform InDrive is expanding its services to Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo after successfully introducing its services in the capital of Harare in May this year.
Congo warns Airtel, MTN over low SIM registrations
  • Matshepo Sehloho
L'Agence de Regulation des Postes et des Communications Electroniques (ARPCE), has issued a warning to Airtel and MTN over the failure to register an adequate rate of SIM cards to subscribers.
Kenya authorities want TikTok live banned
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Kenyan Film Classification Board (KFCB) has requested video platform TikTok to disable its live feature as part of content regulation measures in the country.
4Sight Holdings ramps up 4IR, enterprise tech expansion
  • Paula Gilbert
4Sight Holdings CEO Tertius Zitzke spoke with Connecting Africa about the diversified technology group's expansion plans in Africa and globally, as demand for digital transformation and fourth industrial revolution (4IR) tech grows in the enterprise market.
Malawi, ITU launch mobile network quality project
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have launched a project to deal with concerns about the declining quality of service (QoS) in mobile services in the country.
MTN gives $53K to women-owned digital SMMEs
  • Connecting Africa News
MTN Foundation has chosen ten female digital pioneers who will each receive R100,000 (US$5,360) in prize money from the 2023 edition of the MTN Women in Digital Business Challenge.


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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

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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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