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Canal+ buys more MultiChoice Group shares

French pay-TV company Canal+ has increased its current stake in South African pay-TV and streaming company MultiChoice Group to 40%.

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Connecting Africa Podcast: S3 Ep. 2 – Nigeria's king of micro-payments

On this episode, we speak to Touch and Pay Technologies Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer Michael Oluwole about how the startup is digitizing and processing micro-transactions in Nigeria's transport sector and his aspirations to grow the service across the continent.

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Paymentology looks to strengthen its African roots

Global issuer-processor Paymentology's CEO Jeff Parker spoke to Connecting Africa about the company's African roots and aspirations to work with more banks, fintechs and enterprises both on the continent and globally.

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Blue Label's Cell C takeover gets SA CompCom approval

Blue Label Telecoms has received approval from South Africa's Competition Commission to take control of telecom operator Cell C, which it is already a major shareholder in.

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Women & technology: impacts of the digital gender divide

Connecting Africa correspondent Chiti Mbizule investigates the state of Africa's digital gender gap and the impact this divide is having on access, education and entrepreneurship opportunities for local women.

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Interview: JUMO's Joe Mucheru on AI's role in fintech

JUMO President Joe Mucheru joined Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert for a video interview to talk about the fintech company's work across Africa and how it's using artificial intelligence (AI) to provide credit to millions of Africans.

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Africa to lead MFS growth in next five years – Ericsson and Juniper Research

A new report from Ericsson and Juniper Research predicts that almost half of all African mobile subscribers will use mobile financial services (MFS) by 2029 and African MFS transaction values will grow by 114% in the next five years.

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The impact of currency weaknesses on the African ICT market

During 2023, nearly half of all African countries experienced either currency weakness or volatility which has impacted the local telecoms and ICT market. Analyst Francis Hook gives his views on this trend and how to mitigate risks going forward.

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MTN grows revenue, but naira slump pulls profit down

Pan-African telecoms operator MTN Group has reported a major drop in full-year profit as a sharp devaluation in the Nigerian naira pushed down the group's results.

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Telkom South Africa sells its tower business for $357M

Telkom South Africa has sold its masts and towers subsidiary, Swiftnet, to a consortium of equity investors for about US$357 million.

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South Africa key to Mimecast's business strategy – new CEO

South Africa remains a key pillar for email security company Mimecast's business strategy, according to new CEO Marc van Zadelhoff, who told Connecting Africa that Mimecast plans to further expand its operations across Africa and hire more local talent.

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Vodacom to cut jobs in South Africa

Pan-African operator Vodacom is planning to cut jobs in its biggest market, South Africa, to reduce costs.

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Four agritech startups to watch in 2024

Connecting Africa has compiled a list of four agritech startups that are making a difference in the communities they serve.

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Paymentology looks to strengthen its African roots

Global issuer-processor Paymentology's CEO Jeff Parker spoke to Connecting Africa about the company's African roots and aspirations to work with more banks, fintechs and enterprises both on the continent and globally.

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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: February 2024

By Omdia Analysts

Highlights in February 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included 5G launches in Senegal and 5G trials in Egypt as well as Kenya's first 5G MVNO. Airtel also launched a new wholesale connectivity business while MTN and Huawei are planning a joint Innovation Technology Lab in South Africa – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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Omdia View: January 2024

By Omdia Analysts

Highlights in January 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included a $200 million fintech deal between MTN and Mastercard as well as 5G network trials by Telecom Egypt – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

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