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Vodacom extends lending offering in SA

Vodacom SA has extended its lending offering in South Africa, with a new voucher offering where customers can get new appliances or food and pay later.

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Kenya Internet usage lags mobile penetration

DataReportal's Digital 2021 Kenya report shows that almost 109% of the population has a mobile connection and 73% have a mobile money account, but only 40% use the Internet.

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Omdia View: March 2021

Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis to the biggest stories making headlines in Africa during March 2021.

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Airtel Money gets $100M investment from Mastercard

Airtel Africa's mobile money business is getting a $100 million investment from Mastercard, and the operator plans to list the mobile money unit within four years.

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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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Africa still dominates mobile money market – GSMA report

According to GSMA's 2021 State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money, there are now over 1.2 billion registered mobile money accounts globally and almost half of those are in Africa.

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MTN sees more room to grow fintech and mobile money

Despite mobile money's strides in recent years there is still a lot of room for growth, with stats from MTN showing many African countries still having fairly low mobile money penetration rates.

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Omdia View: February 2021

Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis on the biggest stories making headlines in Africa during February 2021.

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Central Bank of Somalia issues first mobile money license

Somali operator, Hormuud Telecom, has been granted the country's first mobile money license from the Central Bank of Somalia.

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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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Strong quarterly growth for Vodacom financial services

Vodacom's financial services business grew its revenue by 24.3% in last quarter of 2020.

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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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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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