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Youth-centric MVNO BeMobile launches
  • Connecting Africa News
A new digital mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) BeMobile has launched, aimed at the emerging African youth market.
Omdia View: October 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
Across the Middle East and Africa, regulators are beginning to facilitate spectrum allocation to operators in the region for the deployment of new and innovative technology.
Telkom SA roaming on MTN again
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa is back roaming on the MTN network almost three years after calling off its previous agreement and switching to Vodacom.
Research Bites: Why Africans stop using mobile apps
  • Guest Perspectives
This article – in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development – explores the reasons behind why Africans stop using certain mobile apps.
MTN Online School launches in SA
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN SA has launched an online education portal in partnership with South Africa's Department of Basic Education.
SACS cable sees tenfold traffic growth
  • Connecting Africa News
Angola Cables' South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has seen a major increase in traffic with more African telcos looking for direct access to markets in the Americas.
The $1T cost of the digital gender gap
  • Paula Gilbert
Barriers preventing women from accessing the Internet have cost low- and lower-middle income countries $1 trillion in GDP in the last ten years, according to new research from the World Wide Web Foundation and the Alliance for Affordable Internet.
Omdia View: September 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
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.
Google pledges $1B for Africa's digital transformation
  • Paula Gilbert
Google has pledged to invest $1 billion in Africa over the next five years through a range of initiatives, from improved connectivity to investments in startups and low-interest loans to help small businesses.
Nigeria to lift Twitter ban, with conditions
  • Paula Gilbert
Nigeria's ban on Twitter could be lifted, but only if the social media company meets certain conditions from the government including setting up a physical presence and paying taxes locally.
2Africa subsea cable to connect to South Asia
  • Paula Gilbert
The 2Africa subsea cable system has announced yet another addition which will stretch to India, Pakistan and the Arabian Gulf making the cable the longest in the world.
Vodafone, ITU drive smartphone adoption
  • Connecting Africa News
Vodafone and the International Telecommunication Union are launching an initiative aimed at connecting 3.4 billion people to the Internet through a smartphone by 2030.
Virgin Mobile SA closes after 15 years
  • Paula Gilbert
Cell C is switching off services for Virgin Mobile SA today, following the MVNO's announced plans to close up shop in SA after 15 years.
Liquid, Project Taara beam broadband across Congo River
  • Paula Gilbert
Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Alphabet's Project Taara have found a way to bridge a particularly stubborn connectivity gap between Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo and Kinshasa in the DRC.
North Africa has world's slowest Internet
  • Paula Gilbert
New data from Cable.co.uk shows North Africa has the world's slowest broadband speed on average, with sub-Saharan Africa in second-worst place.
MTN plans $35M investment in KZN following SA riots
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN SA will invest over $35 million on network upgrades in KwaZulu-Natal with 30% going toward replacing stolen and vandalized network infrastructure following civil unrest and looting in July.
SA operators will have to wait until 2022 for spectrum
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's telcos are not getting more high-demand radio frequency spectrum anytime soon, after settlement talks between the regulator and some operators failed to reach an agreement this week.
Safaricom begins hiring in Ethiopia
  • Paula Gilbert
Safaricom plans to recruit 1,000 employees for its new Ethiopian business by June next year and is also launching a three-year graduate program in the country.
Omdia View: July 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
5G was a major focus this month with 5G licenses awarded in Mauritius and public consultation on 5G spectrum launched in Zambia – Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis on these developments.
2Africa subsea cable gets even bigger
  • Connecting Africa News
The highly anticipated 2Africa Subsea Cable System is expanding even further, extend connectivity to the Seychelles, the Comoros Islands and Angola and adding a landing to southeast Nigeria.
Nigeria rushes to replace failing satellite
  • Connecting Africa News
Nigeria's NigeriaSat-2 observation satellite is on its last legs, but the country has found it very useful. Will it get a replacement up in time?
Telkom SA appoints new CEO from within
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa has tapped Telkom Consumer Business CEO Serame Taukobong to take over as Group CEO when Sipho Maseko steps down next year.
SA operators count the cost of recent riots
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's telecoms operators are still trying to count the cost of last week's riots and looting that impacted many retail outlets and saw telecoms infrastructure damaged across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
Mobile tech helps drive e-commerce in Central Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
Mobile technology is a key driver of e-commerce, with potential for significant social and economic benefits for Central Africa, says the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the GSMA.
eBook: How to Enable More Voice and Data Connections Everywhere
  • Information Resources
Download this ebook to learn why the need for connecting people, places, and things in rural geographies translates into significant opportunities for MNOs to quickly enter new markets and address government regulatory pressures.
Omdia View: June 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
This month, Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis about Nigeria's Twitter ban, the privatization of Ethio Telecom and Vivendi's fiber plans in Burkina Faso.
MTN sued for Internet shutdown in Eswatini
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN is being taken to court in Eswatini for blocking Internet services to its users after being instructed to do so by the Eswatini Communications Commission.
MTN commits $1.5B Nigerian investment
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN has pledged to invest 640 billion naira (US$1.5 billion) over the next three years to expand broadband access in Nigeria and will also build a new flagship headquarters in Lagos.
5G lags in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
Ericsson believes 5G and 4G subscriptions will continue to grow in sub-Saharan Africa over the next six years, but 3G will remain the most dominant tech in 2026.
SA towers hit by power cuts, theft and vandalism
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom SA says it could have built about 35 new basestations with the money it lost from battery theft last year, while Vodacom says it loses about $8.8 million to vandalism and theft annually.
Omdia View: May 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
This month, Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis about new licenses for operators in Ethiopia and Uganda, and Nigeria's 5G rollout plans.
Women in Tech: Ericsson VP Eva Andrén
  • Paula Gilbert
Ericsson VP Eva Andrén spoke to Connecting Africa about how to inspire young girls to join the ICT sector and how women in the industry need to find their own version of a work-life balance that makes them happy.
Safaricom consortium gets Ethiopia license
  • Paula Gilbert
A consortium of Safaricom, Vodacom and Vodafone has been awarded a telecoms license in Ethiopia, ahead of fellow bidder MTN, with plans to launch services in 2022.
East Africa Com 2021: Ethiopia deep dive
  • Connecting Africa Video
A fireside chat at East Africa Com 2021 revealed some key details about Ethiopia's telecoms liberalization and the issuing of two new licenses in the country.
Omdia View: April 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
This month, Omdia's analysts provide context around Ethiopia's telecoms licensing process, Millicom's plans to exit Tanzania and Ghana, and Airtel Africa's successful capital raise.
CellBackhaul for MNOs — Reliable Connections in More Places
  • Information Resources
Discover how MNOs can stay competitive by quickly and cost-effectively connecting hundreds even thousands of sites beyond the barriers often associated with terrestrial backhaul, reaching new markets, and creating new opportunities for growth.
Infographic: Bridging the Connectivity Gap to a Better World
  • Information Resources
Around half of the world’s population cannot access the internet, and mobile network operators, although eager to meet connectivity needs, face significant challenges in building out mobile network infrastructure in areas such as Sub-Saharan Africa’s most remote and rural regions.
Kenya Internet usage lags mobile penetration
  • Paula Gilbert
DataReportal's Digital 2021 Kenya report shows that almost 109% of the population has a mobile connection and 73% have a mobile money account, but only 40% use the Internet.
Sub-Saharan Africa has world's most expensive data prices
  • Paula Gilbert
Sub-Saharan Africa has six out of the ten most expensive countries in the world for 1GB of mobile data, including the most expensive, Equatorial Guinea, according to the Worldwide Mobile Data Pricing 2021 report from Cable.co.uk.
Nigerians get more time to register SIMs
  • Paula Gilbert
Nigerian mobile users have been given one extra month to link valid National Identification Numbers to their mobile numbers, or risk being blocked from operators.
Safaricom brings 5G to Kenya
  • Paula Gilbert
Safaricom has activated 5G service in Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii and Kakamega, with plans to expand to 150 sites across nine Kenyan towns over the next 12 months.
Rain planning 5G ramp-up in SA
  • Paula Gilbert
South African data-only network Rain plans to roll out 2,000 5G towers across the country over the next few years.
SA regulator to fight spectrum auction ban
  • Paula Gilbert
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa says it will appeal a recent court ruling that has halted this month's spectrum auction.
Only 20% of Ethiopians are online
  • Paula Gilbert
DataReportal's Digital 2021 report on Ethiopia shows that 20.6% of the population has access to the Internet, 38.5% have a mobile phone and 5.8% use social media.
MTN gets more spectrum in Nigeria
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Nigeria has acquired additional 10MHz spectrum in the 800MHz band, saying the acquisition will significantly improve customer experience in the West African nation.
Omdia View: February 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis on the biggest stories making headlines in Africa during February 2021.
SA Info Regulator questions WhatsApp's privacy policies
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's Information Regulator has raised concerns about WhatsApp and Facebook's data sharing practices and said that African users are receiving significantly lower privacy protection than users in Europe.
Liquid Telecom raises $840M financing package
  • Connecting Africa News
Liquid Telecom has raised a bond and loan financing package worth US$840 million to help fund its growth strategy and refinance some existing debt.
Protecting operator revenues with proactive fraud prevention
  • Information Resources
This whitepaper looks at how enterprises can protect their cloud communications infrastructure from fraud. With a collaborated and dedicated approach using the power of the wholesale arena, they can combat the rising threat effectively, saving both financial and reputational costs.
Safaricom ranked Kenya's best network
  • Connecting Africa News
Safaricom has been ranked as having the best network in Kenya for both data and calls, according to independent network tests from Umlaut.


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Super-app Gozem raises $5M for expansion plans

Gozem, the Francophone African super-app, has raised $5 million in a Series A round to help fund its expansion plans.

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African startups raise almost $4B in 2021

Africa's startup ecosystem raised almost $4 billion in 2021 according to startups deals database Africa: The Big Deal – with Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt and Kenya taking the lion's share.

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Omdia View: October 2021

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Across the Middle East and Africa, regulators are beginning to facilitate spectrum allocation to operators in the region for the deployment of new and innovative technology.

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Research Bites: Why Africans stop using mobile apps

By Chinedu Wilfred Okonkwo, Magda Huisman and Estelle Taylor

This article – in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development – explores the reasons behind why Africans stop using certain mobile apps.

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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.

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