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Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Swifttdial

Kenyan company Swifttdial is helping companies in Kenya and Nigeria set up cloud-based virtual call centers, with plans to expand further into West Africa.

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Orange to build data center for Egypt's 'new capital'

Orange Business Services will design and build cloud-based ICT infrastructure for Egypt's new smart city and the country's 'New Administrative Capital.'

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Major investments in African carrier-neutral data centers

About 25% of sub-Saharan states have or are planning carrier-neutral data centers, with significant investment across Africa, says PCCW Global's Console Connect.

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Orange commits to keep intra-African data traffic in Africa

Orange has announced it is creating two new international voice points of presence in Nigeria and plans to open a data clearing house in Africa next year.

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Dimension Data growing African data centers

Dimension Data has begun construction on a new data center in Johannesburg to meet an expanding need for infrastructure across the African market.

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MTN Ghana goes to top court to resolve dominance case

MTN Ghana is taking its fight against the decision by the Ghanaian regulator to declare it a significant market power (SMP) to the country's highest court.

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Orange and DeBeers team to mine IoT marine diamonds

Orange Business Services has helped De Beers Marine South Africa build an IoT platform to ensure marine miners keep a safe distance from heavy machinery.

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Eyeing pan-African prize, Ecobank gives fintechs a sandbox

Ecobank takes its African Banking Sandbox live, as it attempts to gain a tech edge in open banking over pan-African banking rivals.

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MTN unveils API marketplace for developers

MTN is launching a pan-African API marketplace for developers, called Chenosis, which it plans to make the largest library of open APIs published on the continent.

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Africa Tech Festival aims to virtually unite tech and talent

The Virtual Africa Tech Festival is on a mission to unite tech and talent in Africa and drive digital transformation by bringing the continent's tech industry together in a fully virtual event.

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MTN 5G goes live in South Africa

MTN has launched 5G across 100 sites in South Africa and made some big promises about its future rollout if it gets access to the spectrum it needs.

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Hot startup of the month: Ghana's SynCommerce

SynCommerce is a cloud-based multichannel inventory and order management platform for online merchants which was born out of an entrepreneurial school in Ghana.

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Twitter announces first African office in Ghana, begins hiring

Twitter has announced it is planning to open an office in Accra, the Ghanaian capital – the first in Africa for the social media giant.

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Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's OnePipe

This month's hot startup is Nigeria's OnePipe, which is aggregating APIs from banks and fintechs into a standardized gateway that is easy to integrate and makes partnerships seamless.

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Digital inclusion as a catalyst for economic empowerment: Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu

Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu talks to Connecting Africa about how digital payment solutions and mobile money are transforming the lives of small business owners, women and marginalized groups in East Africa.

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Accelerating women in STEM: In conversation with GirlCode's Tinyiko Simbine

GirlCode co-founder and CFO Tinyiko Simbine talks about why it's important to help girls and young women excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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How Poa Internet is unlocking meaningful connectivity in East Africa

Poa Internet's CEO Andy Halsall shares his views on what it takes to develop last-mile connectivity and get Africans online in a meaningful way.

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