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Lesotho and Zimbabwe implement telecom oversight technology

Global Voice Group will provide the telecoms regulators in Lesotho and Zimbabwe with a data analytics platform for telecom traffic monitoring.

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SA's Cell C migrating customers to roam on competitor networks

Cell C has begun migrating its customers to roam on Vodacom and MTN's networks as part of a new strategy to stop spending money on infrastructure.

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Kenya's digital tax kicks in

A new digital service tax has officially come into effect in Kenya.

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Six companies want South African spectrum

South Africa's telecoms regulator has revealed that six companies are interested in an upcoming spectrum auction, with Telkom both applying and trying to oppose the auction in court.

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Mauritius, Egypt and SA are Africa's most AI ready

Mauritius, Egypt and South Africa have ranked the highest when it comes to African government's readiness for AI-related technologies, according to a recent index.

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Black Friday disappoints in SA, but online sales tick up

Black Friday 2020 was not as lucrative for South African retailers as it was a year ago, although online sales did tick up.

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Interview: Emmanuel Lubanzadio on Twitter's partnerships in Africa

During the 2020 Africa Tech Festival Twitter's head of public policy for sub-Saharan Africa, Emmanuel Lubanzadio, shared how Twitter is collaborating and partnering in Africa to tackle issues surrounding COVID-19.

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Telkom SA CFO quits to join MTN

MTN has announced that Tsholofelo Molefe will join next year as group CFO, just hours after Telkom SA announced she had resigned.

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Telkom SA launches WhatsApp-based payment service

South African telecoms operator, Telkom, has launched a digital payment service that works through the WhatsApp messaging app.

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Nokia announced 5G deals in Kenya, Togo

Nokia has announced two separate 5G deals with African operators in Kenya and Togo.

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SA telcos must start paying for COVID temporary spectrum

The Independent Communications Authority says local operators will have to start paying for temporary spectrum given to them for free during the pandemic.

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COVID-19 spurs e-commerce uptick in MEA Mastercard

According to a new Mastercard study, over 70% of consumers in the Middle East and Africa were shopping more online than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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Hot startup of the month: Ghana's Sumundi

Sumundi, a Ghana-based startup, has developed an online and offline based retail management and point-of-sale platform for physical retailers.


Hot startup of the month: SA's FlexClub

South African startup FlexClub has launched a managed marketplace that helps independent drivers on digital platforms become vehicle owners.

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AfricaCom Interview: Onica Makwakwa on closing the digital gender gap

The Alliance for Affordable Internet's head of Africa, Onica Makwakwa, shares her views on how to narrow the digital gender gap and the challenges keeping women offline on the continent.


AfricaCom Interview: Tunde Fafunwa on how the ACIP is fighting COVID-19

Tunde Fafunwa from the UN Economic Commission for Africa explains how the Africa Communication and Information Platform (ACIP) is helping Africa's battle against COVID-19.


AfricaCom Interview: Temidayo Oniosun on Africa's space and satellite industry

Space in Africa founder, Temidayo Oniosun, shares his views on the challenges and opportunities in the African space and satellite industry.

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