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MTN goes solar at SA head office

MTN South Africa is making strides in phase one of a solar renewable energy project at its head office in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has switched on 5,418 solar panels out of the planned 9,000.

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Starlink cuts off users in South Africa

SpaceX's satellite Internet service, Starlink, has cut off hundreds of South African users over alleged trademark and copyright violations.

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Google rebrands Bard AI as Gemini

Tech giant Google has renamed its chatbot Bard as Gemini and introduced a paid-for AI subscription service.

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Mastercard invests $200M into MTN fintech, MoMo offers loans via JUMO

Mastercard is investing $200 million into MTN Group's fintech business, and MTN's mobile money platform MoMo has partnered with banking tech company JUMO to launch short-term loans in South Africa.

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Google launches first African cloud region in SA

Google Cloud has officially launched a new cloud region in Johannesburg, South Africa, its first in Africa.

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Omdia: African cellular IoT connections will reach 35.6M by 2030

New research from Omdia shows that Africa is expected to have 35.6 million cellular Internet of Things (IoT) connections by 2030, while the global market will top 5.4 billion.

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Moniepoint: AI is changing fintech for the better

Moniepoint Founder and CEO Tosin Eniolorunda spoke to Connecting Africa about how artificial intelligence (AI) is positively changing the fintech market in Africa.

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Google study shows major AI interest from South Africans

Google searches related to AI topics increased by 370% in 2023 in South Africa, and 95% of locals think AI will change most jobs and industries over the next five years, according to new Google research.

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Ericsson: 5G is a gateway for entrepreneurs to reshape industries

Ericsson Kenya MD and VP and head of South and East Africa, Todd Ashton, believes that 5G is not just about connectivity but is a gateway for entrepreneurs to reshape industries and pioneer novel solutions.

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Vodafone, Microsoft partner to move M-Pesa to the cloud

Vodafone and Microsoft have announced a $1.5 billion, ten-year strategic partnership across Europe and Africa, which includes housing mobile money platform M-Pesa on Azure and enabling generative AI services.

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Bolt Kenya adds feature to stop offline trips

Ride-sharing platform Bolt in Kenya has introduced a new feature on its app called 'Driver Asked to Pay Off-the-App' to discourage riders from taking trips offline and paying off the app.

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ATF 2023: Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on women in tech

Uber's Country Manager for Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire and Pakistan, Marjorie Saint-Lot, spoke to Connecting Africa's Associate Editor Matshepo Sehloho at the Africa Tech Festival about her experience navigating a male-dominated industry on the continent.

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SA's Teraco to power data centers with 120MW solar plant

Teraco, the vendor-neutral data center provider, is planning the construction of a 120 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) energy facility in the Free State province of South Africa.

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Botswana prohibits Starlink, imposes penalties for lawbreakers

The Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) has warned the public against the importation, use and resale of SpaceX's satellite Internet service Starlink's devices in the country.

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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.

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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.

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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: September 2023

By Omdia Analysts

Highlights in September 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included more 5G spectrum licenses, vendor and operator strategies, and partnerships – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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Omdia View: August 2023

By Omdia Analysts

Highlights in August 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included a commercial 5G launch from Ethio Telecom and the signing of a virtual wheeling agreement between Vodacom South Africa and Eskom – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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