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Fast Congo, GVA ink DRC fiber deal

Pan-African operator Paratus Group's subsidiary, Fast Congo, has signed a long-term agreement with Group Vivendi Africa (GVA) to provide fiber capacity between Muanda and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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Raxio launches flagship data center in Ethiopia

Raxio Data Centres has announced the launch of a new flagship facility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and promises more African data centers in 2024.

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Telkom SA in talks to sell towers portfolio

Telkom South Africa has entered into exclusive negotiations with an unnamed bidder for the potential sale of its masts and towers subsidiary Swiftnet.

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MWC Kigali: Rosemary Kimaku on Ericsson's fintech business

Rosemary Kimaku, business development manager for mobile financial services (MFS) at Ericsson spoke to Connecting Africa at MWC Kigali 2023 about Ericsson's MFS business and how fintech is aiding financial and digital inclusion.

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MWC Kigali: Vodacom Tanzania MD Philip Besiimire on MFS growth

Vodacom Tanzania MD Philip Besiimire spoke to Connecting Africa at MWC Kigali 2023 about Tanzania's competitive telecoms market and growth areas like mobile financial services (MFS).

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MWC Kigali: GSMA's Mats Granryd on Africa's mobile economy

GSMA Director General Mats Granryd sat down with Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at MWC Kigali 2023 to talk about the growth of Africa's mobile economy and the major trends making waves in the industry.

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MWC Kigali: Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa on connectivity in Kenya

Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa joined Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert at MWC Kigali 2023 for a video interview about the telecoms market in Kenya – the growth of 4G and 5G, M-Pesa and the telco's venture into Ethiopia.

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Cassava Tech Talks Ep. 3: Connecting the next billion

In the latest Cassava Tech Talks podcast we discuss Africa's connectivity mix and how satellite and subsea cables factor into overcoming connectivity gaps on the continent. Guests are David Eurin, CEO of Liquid Dataport, and Dobek Pater, analyst and director at Africa Analysis. #sponsored

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MainOne expands data center footprint in Côte d'Ivoire

West African connectivity and data center solutions provider MainOne, which is owned by Equinix, has launched a data center in Côte d'Ivoire.

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Starlink in Africa: Success factors for occupying a niche

ICT Analyst Francis Hook outlines the key issues around pricing and regulation that are facing SpaceX's Starlink and what the satellite Internet service needs to do to succeed in Africa.

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Kenya opens smartphone assembly factory

Kenya has officially opened a local device assembly factory with capacity to produce up to 3 million smartphones per year at a price point of around $50.

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Airtel Uganda closes IPO

Airtel Uganda is closing its initial public offering (IPO) on October 27, 2023, ahead of its listing on the Uganda Securities Exchange on November 7, 2023.

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Over 5K African SMBs graduate from Google's Hustle Academy

Around 5,300 small and midsized businesses (SMBs) from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa have graduated from the Google Hustle Academy.


Orange launches super-app 'Max it' for Africa

Telecoms operator Orange has launched its own super-app, called Max it, in five African countries with plans to roll it out across its operations in Africa and the Middle East.

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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.


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.


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.


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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