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MTN Nigeria drops 7.6M subs in H1, service revenue jumps 24%

MTN Nigeria's service revenue grew 24.1% for the first six months of 2021, to $1.92 billion, despite losing 7.6 million mobile subscribers due to NIN-SIM linkage rules.

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Orange hails 'outstanding' Q2 in Africa and Middle East

The Africa and Middle East region remains a key growth driver for Orange with a 14.4% increase in Q2 revenue.

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Mobile tech helps drive e-commerce in Central Africa

Mobile technology is a key driver of e-commerce, with potential for significant social and economic benefits for Central Africa, says the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the GSMA.

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Appy days as African app installations soar 41%

African apps are growing big time, with installations up 41% in 2021's first quarter, and in-app advertising revenue up 167% from Q2 2020.

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Omdia View: June 2021

This month, Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis about Nigeria's Twitter ban, the privatization of Ethio Telecom and Vivendi's fiber plans in Burkina Faso.

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Amid big M&A, 89% more African fintechs than in 2017

African fintech will be big money after Stripe buys Paystack and WorldRemit nabs Sendwave. Lagos-founded Flutterwave, valued at $1B, eyes a New York IPO.

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Vodacom unveils VodaPay 'super app' details

Vodacom has begun onboarding merchants and developers for its 'super app,' VodaPay, which is set to launch in South Africa later this year.

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Safaricom launches M-Pesa 'super app'

Safaricom has launched its long-awaited M-Pesa 'super app' with new features like offline mode as well as mini-apps within the app.

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Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Bankly

Nigerian startup Bankly is digitizing cash for people who work in the informal sector and helping unbanked Nigerians save money, invest and gain access to credit and other financial services.

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Interview: Nir Kshetri on cybersecurity in Africa

Ahead of North Africa Com 2021 Emily Parrett sat down with Professor Nir Kshetri to discuss increased cybersecurity risks amid digital transformation in emerging economies.

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Kenya, SA worst hit by mobile payment fraud

Mobile payment-related fraud is worth about $4 billion a year in Africa, and the worst hit countries are Kenya and South Africa.

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East Africa Com 2021: Ethiopia deep dive

A fireside chat at East Africa Com 2021 revealed some key details about Ethiopia's telecoms liberalization and the issuing of two new licenses in the country.

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SA startup launches Life.file, the 'Dropbox for death'

A female-founded South African startup and legal technology company has launched a service called Life.file which helps people create, store and share the legal information loved ones will need when they die.

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Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's Gradely

Nigerian AI-based ed-tech solution Gradely is an adaptive learning app that recommends video lessons, practice questions and on-demand tutors to help students master challenging subject areas.

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Research Bites: The impact of robotics on SA's automobile industry

By Bianca Ifeoma Chigbu and Fhulu Hastings Nekhwevha

This article, in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, explores the collaborative work experience of robotics and human workers in the automobile industry in South Africa.

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Omdia View: June 2021

By Omdia Analysts

This month, Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis about Nigeria's Twitter ban, the privatization of Ethio Telecom and Vivendi's fiber plans in Burkina Faso.

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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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Digital Skills Enhancing Human Capital

As nations begin to look beyond the crisis of COVID-19 to the new future of work, an opportunity to leverage this disruption as a powerful catalyst for positive change exists – one that could reshape the future and provide more accessible, fair, and impactful digital education and training.

In this webinar, we focus on how digital skills can enhance human capital and help realise the extraordinary potential of intelligent, 4IR-ready African workforces.

Key topics include:

  • Importance of having more than basic digital skills – upskilling & reskilling
  • Championing access to online educational resources – affordable and reliable internet, electricity and hardware
  • Future career options for industry specific roles: Cloud, AI, industrial IoT, big data analytics
  • Education 4.0: How updating educational curricula is key for growth
  • The importance of progressive, industry-driven educational policy frameworks

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