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MTN Online School launches in SA

MTN SA has launched an online education portal in partnership with South Africa's Department of Basic Education.

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Orange opens Digital Centers in Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon

Orange has launched two new Digital Centers, one in Côte d'Ivoire and another in Cameroon, with plans to open more in Africa this year and into 2022.

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Vodacom launches VodaPay 'super app'

Vodacom's long awaited 'super app' VodaPay is now officially live in South Africa and has ambitious goals to boost financial and digital inclusion.

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Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 2 – Life, death and affordable legal tech

In the second installment of the Connecting Africa Podcast, the team chats with Life.file Co-Founders Sinal Govender and Claire Keet, who are approaching legal tech in a unique way and helping people digitally get their ducks in a row before they die.

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The $1T cost of the digital gender gap

Barriers preventing women from accessing the Internet have cost low- and lower-middle income countries $1 trillion in GDP in the last ten years, according to new research from the World Wide Web Foundation and the Alliance for Affordable Internet.

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Omdia View: September 2021

This month's Omdia View covers Africell's Ugandan exit and MTC's Namibian stock exchange IPO; as well as Netflix's free Kenyan offering and a new broadband service in SA from Multichoice and MTN.

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Google pledges $1B for Africa's digital transformation

Google has pledged to invest $1 billion in Africa over the next five years through a range of initiatives, from improved connectivity to investments in startups and low-interest loans to help small businesses.

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Expensive 4G devices are keeping 2G going

The cost of 4G smartphones is still a major factor keeping Africa's 2G usage high, according to a new report from Vodacom, Vodafone and Safaricom.

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Nigeria to lift Twitter ban, with conditions

Nigeria's ban on Twitter could be lifted, but only if the social media company meets certain conditions from the government including setting up a physical presence and paying taxes locally.

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Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 1 – Creating a fintech giant

The pilot episode of the new Connecting Africa Podcast covers fintech and mobile money in Africa, the rise of the African 'Super App' and the evolution of mobile financial services, as well as crypto currencies on the continent.

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Hot startup of the month: Bus-based Wi-Fi platform MCT

Connectivity startup MCT is providing free Wi-Fi to commuters using public transport in a number of African countries and has major pan-African expansion plans.

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Half of people without mobile broadband coverage live in sub-Saharan Africa

A new GSMA report shows sub-Saharan Africa is home to 47% of the world's population not covered by mobile broadband – an estimated 210 million people.

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Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's HouseAfrica

This month's featured startup is Nigerian blockchain-based land registry, HouseAfrica, which is on a mission to unlock dead capital in Africa's land and real estate space.

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Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 3 – Startups, funding and failing fast with Zachariah George

This week the team chats to Startupbootcamp AfriTech Co-Founder Zachariah George about venture capital and angel investing in Africa and what he is looking for in the next generation of tech startups.

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Omdia View: September 2021

By Omdia Analysts

This month's Omdia View covers Africell's Ugandan exit and MTC's Namibian stock exchange IPO; as well as Netflix's free Kenyan offering and a new broadband service in SA from Multichoice and MTN.

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Omdia View: August 2021

By Omdia Analysts

Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis about MTN's decision to exit Syria and not bid again for an Ethiopian license, as well as 5G news from Mauritius, Ghana, Mayotte and Reunion.

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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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Meeting SME’s where they are - Building inclusive ecosystems for Africa’s small business owners

Micro and small businesses have been, and still are, the spine and lifeblood of the African economy, making up 90% of businesses on the continent.

Many of these businesses have still been operating in traditional ways and serving non-digital customers. With Covid-19 expediting the digital transformation process, businesses - big and small - have been forced to adapt to operate successfully in a more digital-first environment.

To ensure that the digitalization of Africa’s market doesn’t leave micro and small businesses behind, digital solutions must be inclusive and create business-ready environments. But how can we ensure that African SMEs become digitally enabled?

In this webinar we will share from our own experience on how to create such an environment, and the actions we took in vcita to get there, including:

  • Closing the digital literacy gap through tech inclusion 
  • Making a positive impact on local communities
  • Building the foundations for digital inclusion and small business growth in a technology-accelerated world
  • Building the foundations for digital inclusion and small business growth in a technology-accelerated world

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