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Call for comments on Kenya's emerging technologies draft document

The Communications Authority of Kenya is calling for public comment on a new Framework For Emerging Technologies Regulatory Sandbox by February 3, 2022.

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Delayed licensing frustrates Kenyan digital lenders

Unlicensed Kenyan digital lenders are blaming being blocked from Google's Play Store on the Central Bank of Kenya's delay in granting them operating licenses.

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Uber restarts Tanzanian engines

Ride-hailing platform Uber has reinstated its services in Tanzania after the country's regulator backtracked on a 15% commission cap it had put in place in March 2022.

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InDrive zero-rates ride-sharing app in South Africa

Ride-sharing service InDrive is zero-rating data for South African users on its app.

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Telecom Egypt, Huawei unveil eco-friendly tower

Telecom Egypt has become the first operator in Africa to roll out an eco-friendly wireless network tower made of fiber-reinforced polymer, in partnership with Huawei.

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Rwanda to launch $40M digitization project using AFD loan

The Rwandan government is moving forward with a public services digitization project as well as space and drone projects using money from a French Development Agency loan.

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Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Womenovate

This month's hot startup is a Nigerian female-focused online learning platform that offers women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics (STEAM) access to resources, training courses and jobs globally.

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O3b mPOWER satellites to connect Africa's underserved

The first two O3b mPOWER satellites were successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and they promise ten times more throughput than their predecessors.

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Qualcomm in search of African 5G innovators

The chipmaker is looking for African startups to come up with unique 5G use cases as part of a startup mentorship program called 'Make in Africa.'

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Equinix eyes SA expansion with $160M data center investment

Digital infrastructure company Equinix will enter the South African market with a $160 million data center investment in Johannesburg that will open in mid-2024.

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SA's Ukheshe secures funding, eyes international expansion

Fintech enabler Ukheshe has raised money from Development Partners International and Fireball Capital to fund its growth plans.

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Microsoft invests to help African startup growth

US-based software company Microsoft is investing and partnering to accelerate the growth of 10,000 African startups over the next five years.

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Connecting Africa Podcast: S2 Ep. 4 – Agri-fintech, from kibbutz to Kenya

The Connecting Africa Podcast team speak to Israeli-Kenyan startup Avenews' co-founder and CEO, Shalom Ben-Or, about his fintech super-app that has been built specifically for Africa's agriculture industry.

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Hot startup of the month: Cloud-native developer Deimos

This month's hot startup is pan-African cloud technology and professional services company Deimos which is on a mission to be the leading cloud-native technology company in Africa.

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Women in Tech: Spotlight on inclusivity with Digital Council Africa's Juanita Clark

Digital Council Africa founder and CEO, Juanita Clark, talks to Connecting Africa as part of our Women's Month series about her career and what needs to be done to make the tech industry intentionally inclusive.

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Women in Tech: Spotlight on legal tech with Life.file's Sinal Govender

Life.file co-founder, Sinal Govender, talks to Connecting Africa as part of our Women's Month series about her career and how we can encourage more young girls to enter the legal tech field.

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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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Omdia View: July 2022

By Omdia Analysts

Kenya and Zambia move towards 5G with new spectrum allocations while Tunisie Telecom plans to shut down its 3G network - that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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Omdia View: June 2022

By Omdia Analysts

5G was the major news trend across Africa in June, as Orange became the first operator to launch 5G in Réunion and operators in Senegal accelerated their 5G plans despite spectrum delays.

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