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Renewable energy key for data center growth – Raxio

Raxio Group CTO, Rob Saunders, talks to Connecting Africa about the growing demand for renewable energy sources to power Africa's data centers.

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ITU plans to bridge smartphone access gap

The ITU and UNESCO's Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development have published a report that proposes solutions to the global lack of Internet access.

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Microsoft, AfDB partner to drive youth entrepreneurship in Africa

Microsoft has expanded its partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to develop youth entrepreneurship, create jobs and scale impact in Africa through digital inclusion.

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MultiChoice acquires emergency-assist app Namola

South African pay-tv operator, MultiChoice, is expanding beyond video entertainment by buying emergency-assistance app Namola.

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Hot startup of the month: South Africa's Zoie Health

This month's hot startup is South African digital women's health clinic Zoie Health – a digital app that focuses on family planning, fertility and maternity care.

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Raxio begins construction on new data center in DRC

Raxio Group has started constructing the first Tier III carrier-neutral data center in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital city Kinshasa

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Orange, Cellulant expand mobile payments in Botswana

Orange Money in Botswana has teamed up with payments company Cellulant to enable card-to-wallet transfers from eight banks in Botswana.

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TikTok pilots 50 free Wi-Fi hotspots in SA

Short-video social media platform, TikTok, has partnered with Wi-Fi provider ThinkWiFi to pilot 50 free Wi-Fi hotspots in disadvantaged communities in South Africa.

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Uber expands into more African cities, beefs up security

Uber Sub-Saharan Africa is expanding into eight more cities across Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana, and has introduced various safety features and other new products.

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Uber SA adds audio-recording safety feature

Ride-sharing platform Uber has launched an audio recording feature in South Africa allowing riders and drivers to record trips in case of emergencies.

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SA becomes first African nation to get Google Wallet

South Africa becomes the first country in Africa where the Google Wallet is available, adding to a rising trend of contactless payments and fintech services in the country.

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Togo and UN to build cybersecurity centre

The Republic of Togo and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa have signed an agreement to jointly establish the African Centre for Coordination and Research in Cybersecurity.

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Hot startup of the month: South Africa's Zoie Health

This month's hot startup is South African digital women's health clinic Zoie Health – a digital app that focuses on family planning, fertility and maternity care.

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Orange Côte d'Ivoire launches 5G lab in Abidjan

Pan-African telecoms operator, Orange, has launched a 5G lab in Côte d'Ivoire in anticipation of its 5G network rollout in 2023.

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5G is lighting up the future of North Africa
By Chris Meng, VP of Huawei Northern Africa Carrier Business Department

The moving target that is telecoms fraud
By Clémentine Fournier, Regional VP Sales, Africa, BICS

How mobile operators in Africa can address signalling threats and secure the network
By Katia Gonzalez, Head of Fraud and Security at BICS

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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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Africa Green ICT: Lighting Up a Sustainable Continent

The ICT industry is the leading industry in the commitment to carbon neutrality, whose focus has shifted from setting ambitious targets to taking initiatives. The push for zero-carbon and for green energy development, it isn't just about CSR – it's also good for sustainable business.

The path to sustainable development requires green energy. Governments are looking at potential policy approaches to make green energy more widely available and affordable. Without sustainable energy, there will be no digital transformation and no chance of making Africa more economically competitive in the post-pandemic era.

Africa Green ICT Webinar 2022 will bring together ICT industry leaders and senior industrial analysts to provide insight, best practices and key learnings on how to achieve zero-carbon targets and practice green development in Africa.

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