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Connecting Africa Podcast: S3 Ep. 2 – Nigeria's king of micro-payments
  • Paula Gilbert
On this episode, we speak to Touch and Pay Technologies Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer Michael Oluwole about how the startup is digitizing and processing micro-transactions in Nigeria's transport sector and his aspirations to grow the service across the continent.
Paymentology looks to strengthen its African roots
  • Paula Gilbert
Global issuer-processor Paymentology's CEO Jeff Parker spoke to Connecting Africa about the company's African roots and aspirations to work with more banks, fintechs and enterprises both on the continent and globally.
Women & technology: impacts of the digital gender divide
  • Connecting Africa News
Connecting Africa correspondent Chiti Mbizule investigates the state of Africa's digital gender gap and the impact this divide is having on access, education and entrepreneurship opportunities for local women.
Interview: JUMO's Joe Mucheru on AI's role in fintech
  • Connecting Africa Video
JUMO President Joe Mucheru joined Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert for a video interview to talk about the fintech company's work across Africa and how it's using artificial intelligence (AI) to provide credit to millions of Africans.
South Africa key to Mimecast's business strategy – new CEO
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa remains a key pillar for email security company Mimecast's business strategy, according to new CEO Marc van Zadelhoff, who told Connecting Africa that Mimecast plans to further expand its operations across Africa and hire more local talent.
West Africa has become mobile money powerhouse – GSMA
  • Paula Gilbert
The GSMA's new 2024 State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money shows that in 2023, over a third of new mobile money accounts globally were from West Africa and the region has doubled its overall number of mobile money accounts over the past ten years.
Omdia View: February 2024
  • Guest Perspectives
Highlights in February 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included 5G launches in Senegal and 5G trials in Egypt as well as Kenya's first 5G MVNO.
Cassava Tech Talks Ep. 6: Digital priorities of the C-suite
  • Paula Gilbert
In the newest Cassava Tech Talks podcast we discuss the digital priorities of the C-suite, especially when it comes to cybersecurity, cloud, digitization in Africa and how the introduction of AI tools is impacting the market. Guests are Liquid C2 CEO Oswald Jumira and Sabelo Dlamini director of SANReN. #sponsored
Key adoption areas for machine learning in Africa
  • Connecting Africa News
ICT analyst Francis Hook identifies some of the key sectors that could be positively impacted by machine learning, including education, government services, healthcare and climate tech.
Connecting Africa Podcast: S3 Ep. 1 – Trending topics in 2024
  • Paula Gilbert
The Connecting Africa Podcast is back for season three. In this episode, we discuss startups and companies making their mark across emerging trends like social commerce, AI and smartphone affordability, and we venture into the hot topic of climate tech.
Canal+ makes new offer to MultiChoice
  • Matshepo Sehloho
French pay-TV company Canal+ has raised its offer to acquire all the shares that it does not already own in South African pay-TV and streaming company MultiChoice Group.
MWC 2024: African telco deals
  • Paula Gilbert
Connecting Africa has compiled a list of all the major deals that African operators announced at MWC 2024 in Barcelona, Spain.
AI's impact on African telcos
  • Connecting Africa News
Many African telecommunications companies are turning to artificial intelligence as a differentiator to improve their mobile networks and enhance customer service and experience as they transition from traditional telco offerings into new tech-first verticals.
The ethical considerations of AI in Africa
  • Connecting Africa News
ICT analyst Francis Hook delves into the adoption and ethical use of artificial intelligence in Africa and issues around regulatory readiness, human rights, privacy, data protection and social inclusivity for users on the continent.
Hot startup of the month: South Africa's Botlhale AI
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is South Africa's Botlhale AI, which creates conversational AI tools for African languages while helping businesses engage customers in languages they understand and trust.
Omdia View: January 2024
  • Guest Perspectives
Highlights in January 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included a $200 million fintech deal between MTN and Mastercard as well as 5G network trials by Telecom Egypt – that and more in this month's Omdia View.
Mixed bag of interim results from SA's Blue Label Telecoms
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's Blue Label Telecoms has published mixed results for the first half of the financial year - with profit up but EBITDA down - but there is optimism on the horizon for its investment in operator Cell C.
SA's MultiChoice, Disney+ renew distribution deal
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South Africa's MultiChoice Group and The Walt Disney Company Africa have signed a multi-year distribution deal, allowing MultiChoice to retain its current portfolio of Disney linear channels until 2027.
Telkom SA moving forward with towers sale
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa is making progress on its plans to sell its masts and towers subsidiary Swiftnet to an undisclosed bidder. The operator intends to make an announcement by early April 2024.
Interview: Orange's Brelotte Ba on digital inclusion
  • Sponsored Video
Orange's Middle East and Africa Deputy CEO, Brelotte Ba, spoke to Connecting Africa at Africa Tech Festival 2023 about the operator's work across Africa to improve digital inclusion. He shared how Orange is focused on expanding beyond just connectivity solutions, to provide digital services that are relevant to the communities it serves, including key areas like mobile money and energy services. #sponsored
Interview: Bayobab's Mohammed Aliyu on bridging Africa's digital gaps
  • Sponsored Video
Mohammed Aliyu, Chief FibreCo Officer at Bayobab spoke to Connecting Africa at Africa Tech Festival 2023 about Bayobab's presence in sub-Saharan Africa, which includes access to 18 subsea cables around Africa – six of which it is a major investor in – and 112,000 kilometers of fiber. #sponsored
MTN goes solar at SA head office
  • Connecting Africa News
MTN South Africa is making strides in phase one of a solar renewable energy project at its head office in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has switched on 5,418 solar panels out of the planned 9,000.
Interview: Hans Geldenhuys on Intelsat's mission to connect Africa
  • Sponsored Video
Hans Geldenhuys, Director of Sales at Intelsat, spoke to Connecting Africa at Africa Tech Festival 2023. As a featured sponsor of the Changing Lives category for the Africa Tech Festival Awards, Geldenhuys spoke about Intelsat's dedication to connecting people across the globe, especially in Africa. #sponsored
Interview: Huawei's Chang Yong on connectivity, cloud & sustainability
  • Sponsored Video
Chang Yong, CMO of Huawei sub-Saharan Africa sat down with Connecting Africa at Africa Tech Festival 2023 to talk about Huawei's strategy to support digital transformation across the continent, focusing on three core areas: connectivity, cloud computing, and sustainable development. #sponsored
Safaricom users in Ethiopia tick up
  • Paula Gilbert
Kenyan-headquartered Safaricom now has 9 million mobile customers in Ethiopia and just over 3 million M-Pesa users after a year of operating in the Horn of Africa nation.
Oracle to open cloud facility in Kenya
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Tech company Oracle has announced that it will establish a public cloud region in Kenya's capital city of Nairobi, its second cloud region in Africa.
Cassava Tech Talks Ep. 5: Harnessing the power of data centers
  • Paula Gilbert
In the latest Cassava Tech Talks podcast we discuss how African businesses can harness the power of data centers and the importance of data residency. Guests are Africa Data Centres CEO Tesh Durvasula and Dan Thompson, principal research analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence. #sponsored
Hot startup of the month: Kenya's eBiashara
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is Kenya's eBiashara, a supply chain finance platform that offers scalable cloud solutions to its customers.
Eutelsat OneWeb signs satellite deal with Paratus South Africa
  • Paula Gilbert
Satellite operator Eutelsat OneWeb has announced a deal with specialist connectivity provider Paratus South Africa to enhance Paratus' connectivity offering in South Africa and provide satellite connectivity to more rural areas.
Google study shows major AI interest from South Africans
  • Connecting Africa News
Google searches related to AI topics increased by 370% in 2023 in South Africa, and 95% of locals think AI will change most jobs and industries over the next five years, according to new Google research.
Vodafone, Microsoft partner to move M-Pesa to the cloud
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodafone and Microsoft have announced a $1.5 billion, ten-year strategic partnership across Europe and Africa, which includes housing mobile money platform M-Pesa on Azure and enabling generative AI services.
Telecom Egypt, Zain to build digital corridor
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Telecom Egypt and Zain Omantel International (ZOI) have partnered to establish a new digital corridor connecting the Mediterranean to the Arabian Sea and Arabian Gulf.
Interview: Vodacom's Mariam Cassim on the evolution of MFS
  • Connecting Africa Video
Vodacom's CEO of Financial and Digital Services, Mariam Cassim, joined Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert for a video interview to talk about the evolution of Vodacom's mobile financial services (MFS) portfolio.
Showmax 2.0 to launch in February
  • Matshepo Sehloho
South Africa's Multichoice has announced that its revamped streaming platform, Showmax, will go live in February 2024, with the promise of a variety of local and international shows.
SA's RedAcademy connects young people to IT jobs
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa sat down with SA-based RedAcademy to find out more about the skills and experiential learning hub that specializes in teaching coding and technology skills inside a live software environment.
ATF 2023: Accenture's Nitesh Singh on harnessing AI for African business
  • Connecting Africa Video
Nitesh Singh, MD for communications, media and technology at Accenture Africa, joined Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at Africa Tech Festival 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa, for a video interview to talk about artificial intelligence (AI) and how African businesses can embrace the good of AI and avoid the bad.
ATF 2023: Vodacom SA CEO Sitho Mdlalose on 5G, fintech & fiber
  • Connecting Africa Video
Vodacom South Africa CEO Sitho Mdlalose spoke to Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at Africa Tech Festival 2023 about the telecoms market in South Africa and Vodacom's strategy for growth in 5G, fintech and fiber.
Optiva: Africa MVNO outlook for 2024
  • Paula Gilbert
Optiva's VP for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Salman Tariq, advises African Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) to put innovation at the heart of their strategy to enhance success in 2024 and to embrace AI solutions.
Qualcomm launches 2024 Africa startup mentorship program
  • Paula Gilbert
Qualcomm Technologies has completed the first year of its Make in Africa Startup Mentorship Program and is opening applications for 2024, adding on new features like intellectual property rights training and a patent filing incentive fund.
Ooredoo, Zain combine tower assets in MENA
  • Paula Gilbert
Telecoms operators Ooredoo and Zain are joining forces with independent tower company TASC Towers to create what they claim will be the largest tower company in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
SA regulator warns against 'illegal' Starlink equipment sales
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's communications regulator ICASA has warned companies that are illegally importing and selling Starlink satellite Internet terminals in South Africa, saying the service is not licensed to operate in the country.
Fast Congo, GVA ink DRC fiber deal
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Pan-African operator Paratus Group's subsidiary, Fast Congo, has signed a long-term agreement with Group Vivendi Africa (GVA) to provide fiber capacity between Muanda and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Telkom SA in talks to sell towers portfolio
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom South Africa has entered into exclusive negotiations with an unnamed bidder for the potential sale of its masts and towers subsidiary Swiftnet.
MWC Kigali: Rosemary Kimaku on Ericsson's fintech business
  • Connecting Africa Video
Rosemary Kimaku, business development manager for mobile financial services (MFS) at Ericsson spoke to Connecting Africa at MWC Kigali 2023 about Ericsson's MFS business and how fintech is aiding financial and digital inclusion.
MWC Kigali: GSMA's Mats Granryd on Africa's mobile economy
  • Connecting Africa Video
GSMA Director General Mats Granryd sat down with Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at MWC Kigali 2023 to talk about the growth of Africa's mobile economy and the major trends making waves in the industry.
MWC Kigali: Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa on connectivity in Kenya
  • Connecting Africa Video
Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa joined Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at MWC Kigali 2023 for a video interview about the telecoms market in Kenya – the growth of 4G and 5G, M-Pesa and the telco's venture into Ethiopia.
Cassava Tech Talks Ep. 3: Connecting the next billion
  • Paula Gilbert
In the latest Cassava Tech Talks podcast we discuss Africa's connectivity mix and how satellite and subsea cables factor into overcoming connectivity gaps on the continent. Guests are David Eurin, CEO of Liquid Dataport, and Dobek Pater, analyst and director at Africa Analysis. #sponsored
Kenya opens smartphone assembly factory
  • Paula Gilbert
Kenya has officially opened a local device assembly factory with capacity to produce up to 3 million smartphones per year at a price point of around $50.
Airtel Uganda closes IPO
  • Paula Gilbert
Airtel Uganda is closing its initial public offering (IPO) on October 27, 2023, ahead of its listing on the Uganda Securities Exchange on November 7, 2023.
Yahsat to launch satellite services in South Sudan
  • Paula Gilbert
Satellite communications company Yahsat will launch mobility and data services in South Sudan through its companies Thuraya and YahClick and a partnership with local start-up Gate for Technologies.
Omdia View: September 2023
  • Guest Perspectives
Highlights in September 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included more 5G spectrum licenses, vendor and operator strategies, and partnerships – that and more in this month's Omdia View.
Cassava Tech Talks Ep. 2: Solving Africa's energy crisis
  • Paula Gilbert
In the latest Cassava Tech Talks podcast we discuss the role of distributed energy as a solution for Africa's energy crisis. Guests are Norman Moyo, CEO of Distributed Power Africa, and Frost & Sullivan consultant Patrick Prestele. #sponsored
Hot startup of the month: SA's Contract Understanding
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is South African Contract Understanding, which uses an AI-powered software-as-a-service solution to help businesses securely store, organize and manage post-signature contracts.


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Paymentology looks to strengthen its African roots

Global issuer-processor Paymentology's CEO Jeff Parker spoke to Connecting Africa about the company's African roots and aspirations to work with more banks, fintechs and enterprises both on the continent and globally.

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Omdia View: February 2024

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Highlights in February 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included 5G launches in Senegal and 5G trials in Egypt as well as Kenya's first 5G MVNO. Airtel also launched a new wholesale connectivity business while MTN and Huawei are planning a joint Innovation Technology Lab in South Africa – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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Omdia View: January 2024

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Highlights in January 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included a $200 million fintech deal between MTN and Mastercard as well as 5G network trials by Telecom Egypt – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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