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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The Attorney General of Nigeria has withdrawn a US$2 billion tax demand against MTN Nigeria and has referred the matter to other authorities.
European Union Pumps €30M into AfricaConnect
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The €30 million contribution from the EU will provide support to three African Regional Research and Education Networks -- UbuntuNet Alliance, WACREN and ASREN.
Orange Builds New African Backbone
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Orange accelerates the development of connectivity in Africa with a new secure international network – comprising terrestrial and subsea links – connecting eight countries in West Africa.
Cell C Provides Financial Updates
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South African mobile operator publishes financial details of its full fiscal year to the end of May 2019 and provides financial details for the quarter that closed at the end of August 2019.
Angola Cables, TM Global Explore New Subsea Route
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Angola Cables and TM Global, the global and wholesale arm of Telekom Malaysia, are exploring the potential of a new subsea route connecting Asia to Latin America via Africa.
Cell C Responds to S&P Downgrade
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South African mobile operator Cell C reacts to rating agency S&P Global downgrading it to Default.
F5 Networks Preaches Multi-Cloud Message
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F5 Networks is highlighting how application services in multi-cloud environments are enabling digital transformation and growth in Kenya.
Sparkle Selects Djibouti As Its African IP Hub
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Italian international service provider Sparkle has moved its Djibouti Point of Presence (PoP) into the Djibouti Data Center (DDC) and will use that location as its hub for expansion into East and South Africa.
Safaricom Pumps KES 5M Into Afro-Asia Fintech Festival
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Safaricom has announced a KES 5 million sponsorship of the inaugural Afro-Asia FinTech Festival 2019, called Fintech in the Savannah, which will be co-hosted by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).
Workz Group Opens Senegal Office
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Mobile and IoT solutions provider has opened an office in Dakar, Senegal, to serve the West African telecoms market.


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Investment in Africa's tech startup ecosystem passed $3 billion for the first time in 2022, with Nigeria taking the biggest piece of pie and fintech dominating other sectors, according to a report from Disrupt Africa.

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Connecting Africa Podcast: S2 Ep. 4 – Agri-fintech, from kibbutz to Kenya

The Connecting Africa Podcast team speak to Israeli-Kenyan startup Avenews' co-founder and CEO, Shalom Ben-Or, about his fintech super-app that has been built specifically for Africa's agriculture industry.

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

Digital Council Africa founder and CEO, Juanita Clark, talks to Connecting Africa as part of our Women's Month series about her career and what needs to be done to make the tech industry intentionally inclusive.

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

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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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