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The Staff, 9/18/2020
Somalis are using mobile money services more but sending smaller amounts of money, according to the country's biggest mobile operator, Hormuud Telecom.
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Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa, 9/17/2020
Kenya and Ghana have the second and third highest mobile payment utilization rates after global leader China.
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Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa, 9/16/2020
Vodafone is not ready to call it quits on plans to sell its 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt to Saudi Telecom Company (STC), despite rumors last week that STC is looking to reduce its $2.4 billion non-binding offer.
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The Staff, 9/16/2020
Kenya is the latest country to roll out popular KaiOS-enabled smart feature phones, with Telkom Kenya this week launching the Kaduda T-Smart device, with an aim to increase mobile Internet access in the country.
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Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa, 9/15/2020
Safaricom is planning to launch an M-Pesa "super-app" which will provide Kenyan small and midsized enterprises (SMEs) with the capability to create their own business apps within the M-Pesa mobile money ecosystem, giving them access to Safaricom's 25 million mobile money customers in Kenya.
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Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa, 9/14/2020
For East African countries to fully transform to successful digital economies they need to have progressive policy and regulation on things like spectrum, data protection and digital taxation.
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Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa, 9/11/2020
Content delivery platform View4All.tv is striving to provide educational and entertainment content to South Africa's youth with a unique operating model that offers free access from content hubs in high-traffic sites like restaurants, spaza (corner) shops, clinics and taxi ranks.
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The Staff, 9/10/2020
Egypt managed to grow smartphone sales in the second quarter of 2020, while most markets in the Middle East and Africa suffered declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Staff, 9/10/2020
The Vodafone Foundation plans to spend $28 million to expand its M-Mama "ambulance taxi" program from Tanzania to Lesotho and some other sub-Saharan African countries.
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Posted by Ombega |  In reply to: East Africa's digital economy needs progressive policy – Kenyan regulator
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Thursday, August 20, 2020
11:00 A.M. South Africa Standard Time

Session One

Mobile Money 2.0: the Bright Future of Mobile Financial Service Innovation
Date: 08/20/20 @ 11:00 A.M. SAST

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

Africa was the birthplace of Mobile Money and while it continues to rise in popularity, the industry is quickly evolving and launching more mobile-based financial services every day. In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss how telcos are disrupting the financial services space and what the rise of Mobile Money 2.0 will look like for Africa.

  • From cash to mobile: heading towards a cashless society
  • Expanding MFS offerings beyond mobile money transfers
  • MNOs vs banks vs fintechs: an evolving competitive landscape
  • Unconnected and unbanked: fintech to improve financial inclusion
  • The rise of micro-loans and insurance through mobile platforms

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Session Two

Connecting the Next Billion: Strategies for Getting Africa On-Grid
Date 08/20/20 @ 12:30 P.M. SAST

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

Africa has the fastest growing population in the world and also the youngest, with 60% of Africans under the age of 25. It is clear that the next billion connected are going to be the mobile-only generation. This digital symposium will bring industry experts together to discuss Africa’s digital divide and how to get devices into the hands of young Africans and empower them to join the digital revolution.

  • Who’s Driving? The role of government & regulator, private tech companies, and public-private partnerships
  • Device affordability: are we reaching a tipping point?
  • Status check: Satellite vs Fiber and the enduring infrastructure gap
  • Exploring the wider societal and economic benefits of a connected, digitally literate continent


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