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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 mobile penetration increases to over 125%

Kenya's mobile market has grown as demand for ICT services continued to rise in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Internet shutdowns rumored ahead of Ugandan elections

As Ugandans prepare to vote this week, fear is mounting that there could be social media blackouts on the cards.

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MTN was South Africa's best network in 2020 report

MTN has been ranked as South Africa's best network for 2020 for speed and network quality, according to the MyBroadband Insights 2020 Mobile Network Quality Report.

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95% of children in West and Central Africa don't have Internet at home

In Eastern and Southern Africa only 13% of children and young people have Internet access at home, and in West and Central Africa access is even lower at 5%.

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Space-based mobile network coming to equatorial Africa in 2023

Mobile users in equatorial Africa could be tapping into AST SpaceMobile's space-based mobile network by 2023.

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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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Women in Tech Interview: MainOne CEO Funke Opeke

Funke Opeke, founder and CEO of MainOne, spoke to Connecting Africa about her connectivity vision for West Africa and the female-run startups that are making waves on the continent.

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Africa's mobile broadband affordability much improved since 2015 – A4AI

Over five years the cost of 1GB of mobile data has dropped 60% in Africa, according to the Alliance for Affordable Internet's 2020 Affordability Report.

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5G will grow but 3G will dominate SSA in 2026 Ericsson

The newest Ericsson Mobility Report predicts that 5G will make up about 5% of sub-Saharan Africa's mobile subscriptions by 2026, but the region's dominant mobile technology will still be 3G at over 40%.

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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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Liquid Telecom accelerates fiber access in Botswana

Liquid Telecom is expanding fiber access in Botswana by activating 82km of fiber in a cross-border network into the Southern African country.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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How mobile operators in Africa can address signalling threats and secure the network
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SD-WAN and satellite how MNOs and telcos can enjoy the best of both worlds
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Africa's mobile operators need better roaming monetization for growth
By Damion Rose, product manager for Mobile Signaling and Roaming Solutions at BICS

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