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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.
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
  • Connecting Africa News
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.
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.
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.
Kenyan enterprises lag in leadership gender parity – IBM
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Tech giant IBM has released a report claiming that Kenyan organizations are lagging when it comes to female representation, with only 11% of C-suite jobs held by women, while 41% of junior professional/specialist roles are filled by women.
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.
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.
2Africa reaches the shores of Madagascar
  • Paula Gilbert
The 2Africa subsea cable system has made another step forward, this time landing in the island nation of Madagascar as it works its way up Africa's East Coast.
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.
2Africa subsea cable makes final SA landing
  • Paula Gilbert
The 2Africa subsea cable system has made its fourth and final landing in South Africa, this time in Amanzimtoti near Durban in KwaZulu-Natal and installed by WIOCC.
Lagos launches first AWS Local Zone in Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the launch of a new AWS Local Zones location in Lagos, Nigeria, its first on the continent with others planned in Johannesburg and Nairobi.
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Raxio building data center in Angola
  • Connecting Africa News
Pan-African data center developer and operator Raxio Group continues with its African expansion, announcing a new investment in Angola.
Kenya High Court suspends mobile money fees
  • Matshepo Sehloho
The Kenyan High Court has suspended charges for sending money between mobile money wallets and bank accounts pending the determination of a consumer rights lawsuit.
5G will bring $26B to Africa by 2030 – GSMA
  • Paula Gilbert
A new report predicts that 5G will account for 20% of mobile connections in Africa by 2030 as 5G spectrum auctions, pilots and commercial trials increase.
Seacom to launch West African hub in 2023
  • Paula Gilbert
Seacom Chief Digital Officer Prenesh Padayachee told Connecting Africa the company plans to expand its footprint into West Africa and wants to set up a hub in either Nigeria or Ghana next year.
Telkom SA will decide on Rain merger by December
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom SA CEO Serame Taukobong said the group will make a decision by the end of 2022 about whether to acquire fellow operator Rain but is still open to buyout discussions with MTN.
OneWeb expands African satellite reach
  • Paula Gilbert
Global telecoms and satellite provider OneWeb is growing its presence in Africa, announcing three partnership deals on the continent during November 2022.
Interview: Fadi Pharaon on Ericsson's 5G rollout in Africa
  • Sponsored Video
President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, Fadi Pharaon, spoke to Connecting Africa at the Africa Tech Festival about trends that Ericsson is seeing in the industry and the status of 5G on the continent.
Orange launches 5G in Botswana
  • Paula Gilbert
Orange's new commercial 5G network in Botswana is the company's first in Africa, with six more countries in the pipeline for 2023.
Connecting Africa Podcast: S2 Ep. 1 – Talent wars
  • Paula Gilbert
The Connecting Africa Podcast is back with a new season. We welcome new co-host Matshepo Sehloho to the team and discuss Africa's tech skills pipeline and the battle between startups and global tech giants to recruit and keep African talent.
AWS to open office in Nigeria
  • Paula Gilbert
Nigeria will become the second African country with an Amazon Web Services (AWS) office, with plans for a Lagos office announced by the cloud giant.
Mastercard eyes African fintech potential
  • Paula Gilbert
Mastercard VP Muhammad Nana spoke with Connecting Africa on the sidelines of MWC Africa about the growth potential in Africa's fintech sector and how Mastercard is partnering and investing in local fintech companies.
MTN SA 'crowd sourcing' electricity for network
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN South Africa has launched a new program to crowd-source additional generator capacity from small businesses to help bolster its network resilience as daily power cuts continue.
Kenya stands firm on SIM registration deadline
  • Paula Gilbert
The Communications Authority of Kenya says it won't extend a deadline that passed last weekend for all SIM cards to be properly registered, blocking users who did not comply.
Airtel Kenya spins off mobile money unit
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Airtel Kenya has separated its mobile money unit from its core telecoms business in compliance with regulations set by the Central Bank of Kenya.
MTN Nigeria launches commercial 5G
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN Nigeria has officially launched its commercial 5G network, after testing the technology across seven cities last month.
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Liquid, Eutelsat to connect SMEs in East Africa
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Eutelsat Communications have signed an agreement to provide high-speed Internet to small businesses in Uganda, South Sudan and the eastern regions of the DRC.
Africa Data Centres and Nigeria's IXPN join forces
  • Connecting Africa News
Africa Data Centres is teaming up with Nigeria's biggest Internet exchange point IXPN in a deal that will see better connectivity and lower bandwidth costs for Nigerians.
SA telcos use fintech to tap into lending market
  • Paula Gilbert
Growing fintech trends have seen several South African telecoms operators launching lending solutions that range from nano loans to large cash advanced for small business owners.
SA's Cell C has a new CFO
  • Paula Gilbert
South African operator Cell C's CFO Zaf Mahomed has resigned and is being replaced by Lerato Pule.
Nokia and Safaricom complete 5G slicing trial
  • Industry Announcements
Nokia and Safaricom have completed Africa's first fixed wireless access network slicing deployment on a live 4G and 5G commercial network. #pressrelease
Africa Data Centres begins $83M SA expansion
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Africa Data Centres has drawn the first US$83 million tranche from a US$300 million investment it plans to use to build data centers in ten of Africa's largest economic capitals.
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.
MTN offered $35M for Afghanistan operation
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN group has received a binding offer for 100% of MTN Afghanistan as it continues with plans to completely exit the Middle East and focus on its pan-African footprint.
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.


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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

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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

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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

By Omdia Analysts

5G was the major news trend across Africa in June, as Orange became the first operator to launch 5G in R้union and operators in Senegal accelerated their 5G plans despite spectrum delays.

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