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Equinix closes $320M MainOne deal for African expansion

Digital infrastructure company Equinix is expanding into Africa with its acquisition of West African data center and connectivity solutions provider MainOne.

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Africa's developer pool strong and growing – Google

A new report from Google and Accenture shows that Africa's pool of professional developers rose by 3.8% in 2021 and local developers are getting paid more.

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Huawei in hot water over SA hiring habits

Huawei South Africa sued by local labor department for alleged non-compliance with employment equity policy by employing 10% local staff when it should be 60%.

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Orange converting main African data center to solar

Orange and Engie are joining forces to convert Orange's main data center in Africa, in Côte d'Ivoire, to solar power.

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SA's Teraco selling majority stake to Digital Realty

US cloud computing company Digital Realty is buying a controlling stake in SA data center group Teraco.

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Equinix gets into Africa with $320M MainOne buy

By buying Funke Opeke's company, Equinix is getting into an African data center market that has doubled in capacity in the last three years.

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SACS cable sees tenfold traffic growth

Angola Cables' South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has seen a major increase in traffic with more African telcos looking for direct access to markets in the Americas.

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Africa Data Centres planning major expansion

Africa Data Centres is planning to build ten hyperscale data centers in ten African countries over the next two years, spending over US$500 million.

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Hot startup of the month: Tunisia's InstaDeep

Tunisian startup InstaDeep builds advanced decision-making and optimization AI solutions for enterprise clients. It is one of the best-funded AI ventures on the continent.

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AWS expands cloud training program to more African countries

Amazon Web Services has expanded its cloud computing training program, AWS re/Start, into nine African countries as it aims to increase Africa's pipeline of entry-level cloud computing talent.

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Nokia to deploy Africell's new 5G-ready network in Angola

Nokia and Africell have signed a major deal to deploy a new 5G-ready network in Angola.

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Nigerian minister expands social media ban

Nigerian minister of information Lai Mohammed says social media must be Nigerian and licensed, following widely criticized Twitter ban.

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Moya super app takes aim at SA fintech market

Super app Moya's fintech platform, MoyaPay, aims to be South Africa's most widely used mobile money payments platform.

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Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Shamba Pride

This month's hot startup, Shamba Pride, wants to revolutionize the rural agricultural trade ecosystem in Kenya by transforming agro-dealers into franchised 'DigiShops.'

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Omdia View: April 2022

By Omdia Analysts

This month's Omdia View highlights indicate a shift to digital transformation and operational consolidation to maximize return on investments.

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Omdia View: March 2022

By Omdia Analysts

This month's Omdia summary of the biggest stories in the Middle East and Africa focuses on SA's spectrum auction and new submarine cables landing in Kenya and Togo.

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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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