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Connecting Africa Podcast: S3 Ep. 3 – Unleashing the power of data

In this Connecting Africa Podcast episode, we speak to Reza du Plooy, director and co-owner of data analytics consultancy Datalab, about the role data analytics plays in the success of African businesses and the unique challenges the continent faces.

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AfDB, Intel to train millions in AI skills

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and tech firm Intel have partnered to equip 3 million Africans and 30,000 government officials with advanced artificial intelligence (AI) skills.

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Liquid C2 becomes Africa's first Google Cloud Interconnect provider

Liquid C2, the cloud computing arm of Liquid Intelligent Technologies, has announced that it has become the first Google Cloud Interconnect provider in Africa, expanding its previous deals with Google Cloud in the region.

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The state of digital transformation in African banks

The 2024 African Banking Digital Transformation Report has found that 60% of African banks have now digitally transformed most of their operations, while 76% of banks in Africa rank digital transformation as either their top priority or among the top three.

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Gitex Africa 2024: Companies sign deals to transform Africa

Connecting Africa has compiled a list of significant announcements and deals signed at Gitex Africa 2024, which took place this week in Marrakech, Morocco.

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Raxio launches data center in Mozambique

With Raxio opening a new data center in Mozambique, Group CEO Robert Mullins spoke to Connecting Africa about the Maputo facility and the group's expansion plans across Africa, including launches in Côte d'Ivoire, DRC and Angola later this year.

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Google to build Umoja cable to connect Africa to Australia

Tech giant Google is building a new undersea fiber optic cable that will connect Africa to Australia.

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Libya's Almadar Aljadid partners with WideBot to deploy AI chatbot

Libyan telecom company Almadar Aljadid has partnered with Egypt-based AI developer WideBot to implement a conversational AI chatbot platform to enhance its customer service.

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WACS repaired, Mauritius Telecom to build new subsea cable

The West Africa Cable System (WACS) has been repaired after enduring weeks of disruptions while Mauritius Telecom is partnering with Orange and Reliance Jio to build a new subsea cable connecting Africa, Indian Ocean islands and Asia.

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Google opens applications for its Africa startup accelerator

Google has officially opened applications for its Google for Startups Accelerator Africa program's eighth cohort.

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Four agritech startups to watch in 2024

Connecting Africa has compiled a list of four agritech startups that are making a difference in the communities they serve.

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Ericsson, Orange Egypt sign digital transformation deal

Ericsson and Orange Egypt have signed a multi-year deal to collaborate on accelerating the telco's bid to build a resilient architecture across its network.

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Africa can leverage GenAI for economic growth – Microsoft

A whitepaper on generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) and the future of work has found that the African continent, with its young population, can leverage AI to drive economic growth.

Registration opens for Africa Tech Festival 2024

Registration has opened for the 2024 edition of Africa Tech Festival, the continent's leading platform for technology innovators, specialists and thought leaders.

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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: May 2024

By Omdia Analysts

May 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included African 5G subscriptions surpassing 5 million, growth from SpaceX's satellite Internet service Starlink, and a major fiber partnership in the Middle East and North Africa.


How e-mobility could transform Africa's transport sector

By Francis Hook

ICT analyst Francis Hook delves into Africa's e-mobility sector and unpacks the challenges faced locally and the benefits the move to electric vehicles could bring to urban transport systems.

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