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Investments in African startups double

Despite the risks, venture capitalists and angel investors are increasingly profiting from Africa’s rapid growth and untapped opportunities.

Coding their way out of crime

A new initiative is trying to turn around South Africa’s dire reoffending rate by teaching prison inmates to code. South Africa has the biggest prison population …

Qalaa bets on Egyptian reform and recovery

The Cairo-based investment firm is leading on a massive refinery project, as it focuses on a resurgent Egyptian economy. More than $36bn worth of deals were …

The digital switchover stalls

Switching to digital TV could free up radio spectrum for mobile broadband, but many African countries will miss a June deadline.  In June 2006, the International …

Poor quality mars Nigeria telecoms

However, not all is totally rosy; operators, the regulator, the government and subscriber groups continue to puzzle over the causes of the poor quality of …

Operators selling off towers

Since 2012, African mobile operators have been emulating others elsewhere in the world by selling off tower infrastructure to independent management firms, who then lease capacity back to the mobile companies. Report by Tom Jackson.