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Customer experience is telco's next 'battleground'
  • Paula Gilbert
South African social data and insights company BrandsEye thinks its unique blend of AI and human intelligence could help Africa's telcos face a battleground around customer service.
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.
Research Bites: Blockchain potential for SA agriculture
  • Guest Perspectives
This article, in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development explores how blockchain can be used in the agricultural sector to help improve production and distribution processes.
Hot startup of the month: Tunisia's InstaDeep
  • Tom Jackson
Tunisian startup InstaDeep builds advanced decision-making and optimization AI solutions for enterprise clients. It is one of the best-funded AI ventures on the continent.
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?
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Gradely
  • Tom Jackson
Nigerian AI-based ed-tech solution Gradely is an adaptive learning app that recommends video lessons, practice questions and on-demand tutors to help students master challenging subject areas.
Safaricom launches M-Pesa 'super app'
  • Paula Gilbert
Safaricom has launched its long-awaited M-Pesa 'super app' with new features like offline mode as well as mini-apps within the app.
Interview: Nir Kshetri on cybersecurity in Africa
  • Connecting Africa Video
Ahead of North Africa Com 2021 Emily Parrett sat down with Professor Nir Kshetri to discuss increased cybersecurity risks amid digital transformation in emerging economies.
Comment: Lesotho cleaning up - Cleanup - 6/1/2021
East Africa Com 2021: Beyond the 4IR buzz
  • Connecting Africa Video
A panel discussion at East Africa Com 2021 about what kind of value the fourth industrial revolution is bringing East Africa and what more can be done.
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Illuminum Greenhouses
  • Tom Jackson
Kenyan IoT startup Illuminum Greenhouses builds smart greenhouses equipped with intelligent irrigation and fertigation systems, which help eliminate guesswork from farming and increase yields by using solar-powered sensors.
Omdia View: February 2021
  • Guest Perspectives
Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis on the biggest stories making headlines in Africa during February 2021.
A healthier 2021
  • Flash Poll
Which healthtech innovation will be most important in 2021?
Hot startup of the month: SA's FlexClub
  • Tom Jackson
South African startup FlexClub has launched a managed marketplace that helps independent drivers on digital platforms become vehicle owners.
API marketplace Chenosis is gaining traction
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Group CTIO, Charles Molapisi, shared his ambitious plans for API marketplace Chenosis which has already signed up over 250 developers in just two months.
Tech gamechangers?
  • Flash Poll
Which technology will impact Africa the most in the next five years?
Telkom launches COVID-19 track and trace solution
  • Industry Announcements
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.
How the digital healthcare revolution will be realized
  • AfricaCom Perspectives
Frank Hester, founder and CEO of healthcare technology company TPP, believes the healthcare industry is not embracing technology as it should, but that the digital revolution is coming.
AfricaCom 2019: Key Takeaways From the Week
  • Connecting Africa Video
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Telecoms.com Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide insights into the final day of AfricaCom 2019 and a summary of the conference in general, including how Africa is embracing the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' and the rise of smart feature phones in Africa.
AfricaCom 2019 Preview
  • Slideshows
With just a month to go before AfricaCom 2019 kicks off, here is a taste of what to expect in Cape Town in November.
AI & Automation Key to Telecom's Progress
  • Connecting Africa News
The introduction of automated processes and artificial intelligence looks set to transform the operations of telecom operators of all sizes and in all markets.
Safaricom Pumps KES 5M Into Afro-Asia Fintech Festival
  • Industry Announcements
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).
Corporate SA Not Yet Sold on 4IR
  • Connecting Africa News
A new study by World Wide Worx has found that a number of key fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies have yet to be adopted with any enthusiasm by South African enterprises.
Why I'm Excited for a Connected Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
My new role as editor of the Connecting Africa community offers great opportunities to track the development of the continent's comms and IT sectors, highlight gender equality progress and share coffee/wine tips.
Canon Heads to East Africa Com
  • Connecting Africa News
Canon's participation in East Africa Com (May 14 - 15) is part of its strategy to support its customers in their digital transformation while keeping security at the heart of its concerns.
AI: Human Capacity Reimagined
  • Gabriella Jeakins
AI is already having an impact in Africa, which is why the AI Summit is coming to AfricaCom in Cape Town this November.
Executive Interview: Olusola Teniola, President of ATCON
  • Connecting Africa News
Ahead of his appearance at Nigeria Com, Olusola Teniola, President of ATCON (Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria), discusses network sharing, digital transformation and more.
Smart Cities, 5G & IoT Take Center Stage at AfricaCom 2018
  • Amy Turner
Africa's digerati are set to converge on the annual AfricaCom event in Cape Town once again to figure out the continent's connected future, analyse the potential of 5G, identify how IoT and smart cities could play a role in Africa's digital development… and much more.
Google to Open AI Lab in Ghana
  • Ray Le Maistre
Google says it will open a facility dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) research and its applications in Accra, Ghana, later this year.
Making Water Infrastructure Intelligent
  • Connecting Africa News
Major innovations will be needed to overcome water crises as the Fourth Industrial Revolution takes place, writes Sabine Dall'Omo, CEO for Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa.
AfricaCom 2017 in Pictures: Part 1
  • Slideshows
This year's AfricaCom, the 20th, was the biggest and most successful ever -- check out some of the sights from this ground-breaking event.


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Customer experience is telco's next 'battleground'

South African social data and insights company BrandsEye thinks its unique blend of AI and human intelligence could help Africa's telcos face a battleground around customer service.

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Liquid, Project Taara beam broadband across Congo River

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.

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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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Research Bites: Blockchain potential for SA agriculture

By Roberto Mavilia and Roberta Pisani

This article, in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development explores how blockchain can be used in the agricultural sector to help improve production and distribution processes.

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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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Digital Skills Enhancing Human Capital

As nations begin to look beyond the crisis of COVID-19 to the new future of work, an opportunity to leverage this disruption as a powerful catalyst for positive change exists – one that could reshape the future and provide more accessible, fair, and impactful digital education and training.

In this webinar, we focus on how digital skills can enhance human capital and help realise the extraordinary potential of intelligent, 4IR-ready African workforces.

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