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Senegal shuts down mobile Internet
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Senegal's Ministry of Communication, Telecommunications and Digital Economy said mobile Internet was cut off because of what it calls 'deadly rioting'.
Ghana disconnects unregistered SIMs
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Ghana has disconnected all services to unregistered SIM cards and only given users access to numbers linked to SIM registration.
Senegal calls for 5G license applications
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Senegal's telecommunications regulator, ARTP, has issued a call for applications for 5G licenses and interested applicants have until July 14, 2023.
Namibia to auction 5G spectrum
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has announced it will auction 5G spectrum in October 2023.
Telekom Networks Malawi pilots 5G
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) is the first mobile operator in the country to make 5G services available on a pilot basis.
Interview: Airtel Business Africa's Luc Serviant on agritech trends
  • Connecting Africa Video
Airtel Business Africa's Group Enterprise Director, Luc Serviant, joined Connecting Africa for a video interview in Nairobi, Kenya, to talk about agritech trends in Africa and how operators are partnering with startups to help the agricultural value chain to flourish.
Digital banking group Tyme raises another $77.8M
  • Paula Gilbert
Tyme has raised another US$77.8 million in a pre-series C capital raise, securing two new international investors, while South African flagship TymeBank's customers have reached 7 million.
Interview: TESPOK's Fiona Asonga on digital telco strategies in East Africa
  • Connecting Africa Video
Fiona Asonga, CEO of the Technology Service Providers of Kenya (TESPOK), joined Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at East Africa Com in Nairobi, Kenya, to talk about digital strategies that telecoms operators and service providers are implementing in East Africa.
MTN's Bayobab inks $320M African fiber deal
  • Matshepo Sehloho
MTN Group's Bayobab has partnered with infrastructure investment agency Africa50 to build R6 billion (US$320 million) terrestrial fiber cable in Africa.
Vodafone job cuts won't impact Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodafone's plans to cut 11,000 jobs over three years will not impact Vodacom's operations in Africa, only Vodafone operations in Europe, a spokesperson confirmed.
Vodacom reports revenue growth despite headwinds
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom Group reported strong financial growth for the year, despite facing headwinds from power supply issues in South Africa, startup costs in Ethiopia, supply chain challenges and higher interest and inflation rates.
Safaricom granted mobile money license in Ethiopia
  • Paula Gilbert
Kenya's Safaricom has been granted the license to operate its mobile money service M-Pesa in its new territory of Ethiopia, as the Ethiopian rollout costs put strain on group earnings.
Senegal to allocate 5G licenses to telcos
  • Paula Gilbert
Senegal's telecommunications regulator, ARTP, has announced that it will allocate 5G licenses to telecom operators by the end of July 2023.
Mozambique imposes new SIM registration rules
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The regulatory authority said the process needs to be updated because the current system is being abused, with fraudulent documents being used to support registrations and more than 10,000 pirated devices being activated each week.
Connecting Africa Podcast: S2 Ep. 6 – Breaking into VC
  • Paula Gilbert
In this episode the Connecting Africa Podcast team speak to Cindy Ai, co-founder of Dream VC, about why so many young Africans aspire to get into the venture capital game and how her investor accelerator is helping them do that.
MVNO Melon Mobile enters SA market
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Melon Mobile has entered the South African market promising to offer fully digital services.
Mukuru opens fintech drive-thru in Zimbabwe
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South Africa-based fintech platform Mukuru has launched a drive-thru service for domestic and international money transfers in the Zimbabwean city of Harare.
Kenya to launch first operational satellite
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Kenya Space Agency (KSA) is set to launch its first operational 3U Earth observation satellite on April 10, in partnership with SpaceX aboard its Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Base in California in the USA.
Alpheus Mangale is Seacom's new CEO
  • Paula Gilbert
Subsea cable operator Seacom has appointed Alpheus Mangale as its new Group CEO, replacing Oliver Fortuin after a three-month handover period.
Six Somalian operators activate interconnection
  • Paula Gilbert
Six operators in Somalia have completed interconnection, with authorities lauding the milestone as important for promoting competition, improving connectivity and driving innovation in the East African country's telecoms sector.
Hot startup of the month: Rwanda's Smart Ikigega
  • Matshepo Sehloho
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.
The biggest cyber risks in MEA – IBM Security
  • Paula Gilbert
Backdoor deployments were the most used cyberattack tactic by cybercriminals in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region in 2022, while ransomware attacks persisted and email thread hijacking attempts spiked.
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.
Omdia View: February 2023
  • Guest Perspectives
In February 2023 key events in the Middle East and Africa included a major Internet project for Africa's underserved by Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Microsoft as well as a 5G launch in Tanzania – that and more in this month's Omdia View.
BFS to manage Burkina Faso's fiber route
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Burkina Faso has contracted Bridge Fiber Solutions (BFS), a subsidiary of Telecel Faso SA, to manage and operate its 3,000km national fiber optic backbone network.
SA power cuts knock $38M off MTN Group earnings
  • Paula Gilbert
Extensive power cuts in South Africa impacted MTN Group's earnings by R695 million ($38 million) as the operator plans to ramp up installation of more power backups for towers across the country.
Zambia's active mobile subscriptions drop by 2%
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has released a report that shows active mobile phone subscriptions have fallen by 2% to 19.8 million at the end of 2022 from 20.2 million in 2021.
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.
African telcos, vendors make deals at MWC 2023
  • Paula Gilbert
The 2023 Mobile World Congress saw several deals made between Africa telecoms operators and global vendors like Nokia, Ericsson and Huawei for rollout of 4G and 5G across Africa.

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Interview: Qualcomm execs on mentorship for African startups

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Hot startup of the month: Pan-African fintech KamaPay

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Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

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Challenges and opportunities for women's tech careers

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Survey: Opportunities for Women in Tech

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Omdia View: February 2023

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In February 2023 key events in the Middle East and Africa included a major Internet project for Africa's underserved by Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Microsoft as well as a 5G launch in Tanzania – that and more in this month's Omdia View.


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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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