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Truecaller has 43M African users, launches enterprise solution

Truecaller sees Africa as a growing market, now with over 43 million active users, and has launched a new enterprise solution for local businesses.

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Airtel selling towers in Madagascar and Malawi

Airtel Africa is selling tower companies in Madagascar and Malawi to UK-based Helios Towers for $108 million, and it may sell more in Chad and Gabon.

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Ghanaian startups get boost from Catalyst Fund

Ghanaian digital commerce startups Boost Ghana and KudiGo are the first two out of six startups to join the Catalyst Fund Inclusive Digital Commerce Accelerator.

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SA Info Regulator questions WhatsApp's privacy policies

South Africa's Information Regulator has raised concerns about WhatsApp and Facebook's data sharing practices and said that African users are receiving significantly lower privacy protection than users in Europe.

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Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Swifttdial

Kenyan company Swifttdial is helping companies in Kenya and Nigeria set up cloud-based virtual call centers, with plans to expand further into West Africa.

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Spotify expanding to dozens more African countries

Music streaming service Spotify is expanding to 80 more countries and half of them are in Africa.

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Uber facing class action lawsuit in SA

A group of Uber drivers in South Africa is taking the ride-hailing giant to court, hoping for a victory like the one British drivers had earlier this month.

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Orange to build data center for Egypt's 'new capital'

Orange Business Services will design and build cloud-based ICT infrastructure for Egypt's new smart city and the country's 'New Administrative Capital.'

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Five trends for Africa's telco market in 2021

Nexign, the BSS and IoT platform provider, breaks down the biggest telco trends in 2021, including the monetization of 4G and more mobile money growth.

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Mastercard expects e-commerce growth to stay in 2021

Mastercard believes that 20-30% of the COVID-related shift to e-commerce spending will become a permanent feature going forward.

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Lesotho and Zimbabwe implement telecom oversight technology

Global Voice Group will provide the telecoms regulators in Lesotho and Zimbabwe with a data analytics platform for telecom traffic monitoring.

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Hot startup of the month: Ghana's Sumundi

Sumundi, a Ghana-based startup, has developed an online and offline based retail management and point-of-sale platform for physical retailers.

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Twitter announces first African office in Ghana, begins hiring

Twitter has announced it is planning to open an office in Accra, the Ghanaian capital – the first in Africa for the social media giant.

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Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's OnePipe

This month's hot startup is Nigeria's OnePipe, which is aggregating APIs from banks and fintechs into a standardized gateway that is easy to integrate and makes partnerships seamless.

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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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SD-WAN and satellite – how MNOs and telcos can enjoy the best of both worlds
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Africa's mobile operators need better roaming monetization for growth
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