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Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem
  • Africa Tech Perspectives
New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.
MTN, Microsoft trial 5G in cloud
  • Connecting Africa News
MTN Group has conducted a proof-of-concept deployment for a 5G standalone core using cloud computing platform Microsoft Azure.
GSMA backs African climate resilience startups
  • Connecting Africa News
GSMA opens applications for grants backing projects that use mobile and digital technology to improve climate resilience and help with adaptation in selected regions, including Africa.
Orange, OneWeb ink deal to connect Africa's underserved
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Pan-African telecoms operator Orange has partnered with UK-based LEO satellite company OneWeb to use its burgeoning constellation to provide fronthaul and backhaul connectivity to the telco's African customers.
Challenges and opportunities for women's tech careers
  • Africa Tech Perspectives
A new survey reveals that COVID-19, the cost-of-living crisis, skills shortages and a lack of mentorship have negatively affected women's career development over the past two years.
Massive BCS fiber route & Orange digital center coming to DRC
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Telecoms company Bandwidth and Cloud Services (BCS) has signed an agreement with the European Investment Bank to build a 1,200km fiber network in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Orange has also launched its 15th African digital center in the country.
Hot startup of the month: Egypt's Plstka
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Egyptian startup Plstka is helping companies and consumers in the Delta region exchange their recyclable trash for discounts and coupons for everyday services like food, healthcare, and transportation.
Five sustainable startups to watch in 2023
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa has compiled a list of five sustainable startups that are making innovative impacts in the lives of the communities they serve.
Bolt to invest $530M in Africa
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Ride-sharing platform Bolt has announced that it will be investing €500 million (US$530 million) in its operations on the African continent over the next two years.
Survey: Opportunities for Women in Tech
  • Africa Tech Perspectives
Take our new survey for women across Asia, Europe and Africa looking at the biggest challenges and opportunities for women-led enterprises and trends in tech careers for women.
Innovative tech contributes to fatality-free mines
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Industry experts spoke about the role technology plays in reducing fatalities in the mining industry as part of a panel discussion in Johannesburg, hosted by Spanish technology company Torsa.
How AI can accelerate sustainability in 2023
  • Paula Gilbert
IBM South Africa's GM Ria Pinto speaks to Connecting Africa about how artificial intelligence can help African companies accelerate their sustainability efforts.
African tech startup funding hits $3.3B in 2022
  • Paula Gilbert
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.
Uber restarts Tanzanian engines
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Ride-hailing platform Uber has reinstated its services in Tanzania after the country's regulator backtracked on a 15% commission cap it had put in place in March 2022.
Telecom Egypt, Huawei unveil eco-friendly tower
  • Connecting Africa News
Telecom Egypt has become the first operator in Africa to roll out an eco-friendly wireless network tower made of fiber-reinforced polymer, in partnership with Huawei.
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Womenovate
  • Matshepo Sehloho
This month's hot startup is a Nigerian female-focused online learning platform that offers women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics (STEAM) access to resources, training courses and jobs globally.
Kenya's NCBA eyes M-Shwari expansion deals
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Kenyan NCBA Group is reportedly ready to launch mobile phone banking services M-Shwari in Ghana, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Safaricom launches commercial 5G in Kenya
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Kenya's largest telecommunications company Safaricom has launched commercial 5G high-speed Internet service in the East African country.
Malawi grants Starlink license to operate
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has granted Elon Musk's satellite Internet service Starlink a license to operate.
Hot startup of the month: South Africa's iiDENTIFii
  • Matshepo Sehloho
This month's hot startup is South African-based digital identity startup iiDENTIFii, which has developed a remote biometric identity authentication app to stop identity theft.
TV white spaces can help connect SA's underserved – CSIR
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) principal researcher, Dr. Luzango Mfupe, talks to Connecting Africa about how TV white spaces could better connect SA's unserved and underserved communities.
13 African states join ITU council, Zimbabwe in key role
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Thirteen African countries have made it onto the 48-member council of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), while Zimbabwe won the seat for the Director of Telecommunications Development Bureau.
SA's Vumatel, DFA announced as MAZIV companies
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Remgro-owned Community Investment Ventures Holdings (CIVH) unveiled MAZIV as the parent company identity for its two South African fiber providers, Vumatel and DFA.
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.
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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.
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.
Togo and UN to build cybersecurity centre
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Republic of Togo and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa have signed an agreement to jointly establish the African Centre for Coordination and Research in Cybersecurity.
Buyout offers Rain down on Telkom SA
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African data-only network, Rain, has set its sights on a merger with Telkom SA – which is already a takeover target for MTN.
Safaricom wants Kenya to be a digital talent hub
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Kenyan operator Safaricom has launched a Digital Talent Program and is teaching kids to code through the M-Pesa app, as it aims to create a sustainable digital talent pipeline.
Vodacom's #CodeLikeAGirl program expands
  • Connecting Africa News
Vodacom says it plans to train another 1,500 young girls in coding this year, expanding the reach of its #CodeLikeAGirl program.
East Africa Com 2022: 5G in focus
  • Connecting Africa Video
GSMA director of social and regional research, Kenechi Okeleke, discusses the status of 5G in East Africa during a fireside chat at East Africa Com 2022.
SA govt launches DigiTech "app store" for SMMEs
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South African Communications and Digital Technologies Minister, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has introduced a new tech platform aimed at selling South African digital apps.
SA agri-tech Nile gets $2.5M investment from Naspers
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Naspers, through its early-stage tech investment vehicle Naspers Foundry, has invested in agri-tech company, Nile, that connects farmers to buyers of fresh produce across Southern Africa.
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Shamba Pride
  • Tom Jackson
This month's hot startup, Shamba Pride, wants to revolutionize the rural agricultural trade ecosystem in Kenya by transforming agro-dealers into franchised 'DigiShops.'
East Africa Com: Rwanda to be living laboratory for 4IR
  • Paula Gilbert
Rwanda Information Society Authority's CEO told East Africa Com 2022 that the country is becoming 'a living laboratory of emerging technologies' by leveraging its new Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Mobile tech helping Africa's farmers face climate change
  • Paula Gilbert
A new report from the United Nations Capital Development Fund, Vodacom, Vodafone and Safaricom highlights how mobile-based tech can help Africa's agricultural sector mitigate the impact of climate change.
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Scrapays
  • Tom Jackson
Scrapays, a Nigerian waste management platform, connects waste producers to localized collectors, saving them time and helping them earn money from recycling.
Going green
  • Flash Poll
Which industry is making the biggest strides in sustainability and green tech?
Research Bites: Lack of 4IR knowledge a cause for concern
  • Guest Perspectives
This article – published in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development – explores the levels of knowledge of South African citizens about the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
African startups raise almost $4B in 2021
  • Paula Gilbert
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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Hot startup of the month: Rwanda's Smart Ikigega

This month's hot startup, Smart Ikigega, wants to revolutionize the rural agricultural trade ecosystem in Rwanda by helping farmers access finance and harvest insurance.

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Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

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Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

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Challenges and opportunities for women's tech careers

A new survey reveals that COVID-19, the cost-of-living crisis, skills shortages and a lack of mentorship have negatively affected women's career development over the past two years.

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Survey: Opportunities for Women in Tech

Take our new survey for women across Asia, Europe and Africa looking at the biggest challenges and opportunities for women-led enterprises and trends in tech careers for women.

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Omdia View: July 2022

By Omdia Analysts

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

By Omdia Analysts

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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