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Airtel Africa to build second data center in Kenya

Pan-African operator Airtel Africa has announced that its sister data center business, Nxtra, will build its second data center, which is to be located in Kenya.

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Google rebrands Bard AI as Gemini

Tech giant Google has renamed its chatbot Bard as Gemini and introduced a paid-for AI subscription service.

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Oracle to open cloud facility in Kenya

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.

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Google launches first African cloud region in SA

Google Cloud has officially launched a new cloud region in Johannesburg, South Africa, its first in Africa.

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Four African cloud startups to watch in 2024

Connecting Africa has compiled a list of four cloud-powered startups that have been making an impact on the lives of the communities they serve and are worth watching in 2024.

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Cassava Tech Talks Ep. 5: Harnessing the power of data centers

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

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Hot startup of the month: Kenya's eBiashara

Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is Kenya's eBiashara, a supply chain finance platform that offers scalable cloud solutions to its customers.

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Convergence Partners acquires SA's Datacentrix

Private equity firm Convergence Partners has acquired South African IT services group Datacentrix from Alviva Holdings.

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Vodafone, Microsoft partner to move M-Pesa to the cloud

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.

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Schneider Electric: Sustainability key for data center operators

Digital automation and energy management company Schneider Electric believes that data center operators need to prioritize their sustainability goals.

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Optiva: Africa MVNO outlook for 2024

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.

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ATF 2023: Google's Alex Okosi on AI, cloud & digital skills

Google's Managing Director for Africa, Alex Okosi, spoke to Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at Africa Tech Festival 2023 about Google's strategy for growth in 2024 including key focus areas like artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, and digital skills development.

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Botswana prohibits Starlink, imposes penalties for lawbreakers

The Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) has warned the public against the importation, use and resale of SpaceX's satellite Internet service Starlink's devices in the country.


Founders Factory Africa: Partnerships are key to building successful startups

Founders Factory Africa's Ayotunde Aladejana and Wangui Kahumbi spoke to Connecting Africa in an exclusive interview about the importance of building bridges between startups and corporations and fostering collaboration in the African tech ecosystem.

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November 11-14, 2024
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Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on inclusion and sustainability in Africa

Uber's Country Manager for Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, Marjorie Saint-Lot, shares how the ride-hailing company is approaching public-private partnerships, environmentally friendly initiatives and gender inclusion in Africa.


The 100 most influential African leaders in 2023

A new report from Africa Tech Festival and Connecting Africa puts a spotlight on the top 100 African leaders in the telecoms and technology sector in 2023.


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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Omdia View: September 2023

By Omdia Analysts

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.


Omdia View: August 2023

By Omdia Analysts

Highlights in August 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included a commercial 5G launch from Ethio Telecom and the signing of a virtual wheeling agreement between Vodacom South Africa and Eskom – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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