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Kenya Internet usage lags mobile penetration

DataReportal's Digital 2021 Kenya report shows that almost 109% of the population has a mobile connection and 73% have a mobile money account, but only 40% use the Internet.

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Sub-Saharan Africa has world's most expensive data prices

Sub-Saharan Africa has six out of the ten most expensive countries in the world for 1GB of mobile data, including the most expensive, Equatorial Guinea, according to the Worldwide Mobile Data Pricing 2021 report from Cable.co.uk.

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Ethiopian telecoms license bidders given more time

The Ethiopian Communications Authority says bidders for two new telecoms licenses in the country now have until April 26 to apply.

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Nigerians get more time to register SIMs

Nigerian mobile users have been given one extra month to link valid National Identification Numbers to their mobile numbers, or risk being blocked from operators.

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SA operators to share major government contract

A multi-billion-rand contract previously held exclusively by Vodacom will now be split up amongst South Africa's four big operators.

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Safaricom brings 5G to Kenya

Safaricom has activated 5G service in Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii and Kakamega, with plans to expand to 150 sites across nine Kenyan towns over the next 12 months.

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Airtel selling towers in Madagascar and Malawi

Airtel Africa is selling tower companies in Madagascar and Malawi to UK-based Helios Towers for $108 million, and it may sell more in Chad and Gabon.

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Rain planning 5G ramp-up in SA

South African data-only network Rain plans to roll out 2,000 5G towers across the country over the next few years.

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SA regulator to fight spectrum auction ban

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa says it will appeal a recent court ruling that has halted this month's spectrum auction.

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Only 20% of Ethiopians are online

DataReportal's Digital 2021 report on Ethiopia shows that 20.6% of the population has access to the Internet, 38.5% have a mobile phone and 5.8% use social media.

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MTN gets more spectrum in Nigeria

MTN Nigeria has acquired additional 10MHz spectrum in the 800MHz band, saying the acquisition will significantly improve customer experience in the West African nation.

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Omdia View: February 2021

Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis on the biggest stories making headlines in Africa during February 2021.

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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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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
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