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MTN to launch open RAN in Africa
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MTN Group says it is testing and plans to deploy open RAN technology across its African footprint.
Telkom launches COVID-19 track and trace solution
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Telkom has been working with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research to develop a track and trace solution to identify people who may have contracted COVID-19 in South Africa.
Orange and SES team up on O3b mPower Communications System
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Orange will be the first global telecom operator to integrate satellite-based terabit-scale O3b mPower communications system in its network, to support the growing demand for connectivity in Africa.
Angola Cables Trials Nokia's PSE-3
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Angola Cables is trialing an optical interconnect platform based on Nokia's Photonic Service Engine 3 (PSE-3) chipset as part of its plans to offer a direct data link between Africa and the US, via Brazil.
MTN Nigeria Dodges $2B Tax Demand
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The Attorney General of Nigeria has withdrawn a US$2 billion tax demand against MTN Nigeria and has referred the matter to other authorities.


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Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's HouseAfrica

This month's featured startup is Nigerian blockchain-based land registry, HouseAfrica, which is on a mission to unlock dead capital in Africa's land and real estate space.

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Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 3 – Startups, funding and failing fast with Zachariah George

This week the team chats to Startupbootcamp AfriTech Co-Founder Zachariah George about venture capital and angel investing in Africa and what he is looking for in the next generation of tech startups.

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Omdia View: September 2021

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This month's Omdia View covers Africell's Ugandan exit and MTC's Namibian stock exchange IPO; as well as Netflix's free Kenyan offering and a new broadband service in SA from Multichoice and MTN.

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Omdia View: August 2021

By Omdia Analysts

Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis about MTN's decision to exit Syria and not bid again for an Ethiopian license, as well as 5G news from Mauritius, Ghana, Mayotte and Reunion.

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Digital inclusion as a catalyst for economic empowerment: Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu

Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu talks to Connecting Africa about how digital payment solutions and mobile money are transforming the lives of small business owners, women and marginalized groups in East Africa.

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Accelerating women in STEM: In conversation with GirlCode's Tinyiko Simbine

GirlCode co-founder and CFO Tinyiko Simbine talks about why it's important to help girls and young women excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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How Poa Internet is unlocking meaningful connectivity in East Africa

Poa Internet's CEO Andy Halsall shares his views on what it takes to develop last-mile connectivity and get Africans online in a meaningful way.

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Meeting SME’s where they are - Building inclusive ecosystems for Africa’s small business owners

Micro and small businesses have been, and still are, the spine and lifeblood of the African economy, making up 90% of businesses on the continent.

Many of these businesses have still been operating in traditional ways and serving non-digital customers. With Covid-19 expediting the digital transformation process, businesses - big and small - have been forced to adapt to operate successfully in a more digital-first environment.

To ensure that the digitalization of Africa’s market doesn’t leave micro and small businesses behind, digital solutions must be inclusive and create business-ready environments. But how can we ensure that African SMEs become digitally enabled?

In this webinar we will share from our own experience on how to create such an environment, and the actions we took in vcita to get there, including:

  • Closing the digital literacy gap through tech inclusion 
  • Making a positive impact on local communities
  • Building the foundations for digital inclusion and small business growth in a technology-accelerated world
  • Building the foundations for digital inclusion and small business growth in a technology-accelerated world

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