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Zimbabweans are trading traditional voice calls for app-based services
Paula Gilbert  
7/14/2020   Post a comment
Zimbabweans are making fewer voice calls and using more mobile data for app-based voice and video calling, according to the latest report from the telecoms regulator.
Nigeria will have 246M mobile subs by 2025 – Omdia
Paula Gilbert  
7/10/2020   Post a comment
Market research firm forecasting that mobile subscriptions in Nigeria will hit 246 million in 2025, rising from 180 million in 2019.
Ethiopia's telecoms liberalization is critical for digitization – report
Paula Gilbert  
7/9/2020   Post a comment
The planned opening up of Ethiopia's telecoms sector will go a long way toward improving the affordability, coverage and quality of Internet services, says a new report from HIP Consult.
Balloon-powered 4G takes flight in Kenya
Paula Gilbert  
7/8/2020   Post a comment
Balloon-powered 4G is now available in Kenya's rural areas through a project between Loon and Telkom Kenya.
MTN named SA's best mobile network during lockdown
Paula Gilbert  
7/8/2020   Post a comment
MTN has been ranked as South Africa's best network during the COVID-19 lockdown in the country, according to a new report from MyBroadband Insights.
COVID-19 store closures hurt SA's Blue Label Telecoms
Paula Gilbert  
7/7/2020   Post a comment
SA's Blue Label Telecoms is expecting to bounce back from last year's losses related to its investment in Cell C but is now predicting an earnings knock from its WiConnect business.
M-Pesa has almost 99% market share in Kenya
Paula Gilbert  
7/6/2020   Post a comment
Safaricom is still extremely dominant when it comes to Kenya's mobile money market, but its overall mobile customer market share declined slightly in the first quarter of 2020.
Econet launches Zimbabwe's first 3G smart feature phone
Paula Gilbert  
7/3/2020   Post a comment
Econet Wireless is rolling out Zimbabwe's first 3G smart feature phone, powered by the KaiOS mobile operating system.
Leadership changes for MTN in Cameroon, Benin and Liberia
Paula Gilbert  
7/3/2020   Post a comment
MTN is once again shuffling around its CEOs with leadership changes at its operations in Cameroon, Benin and Liberia.
MTN 5G goes live in South Africa
Paula Gilbert  
6/30/2020   Post a comment
MTN has launched 5G across 100 sites in South Africa and made some big promises about its future rollout if it gets access to the spectrum it needs.
Hot startup of the month: Ghana's SynCommerce
Tom Jackson  
6/29/2020   Post a comment
SynCommerce is a cloud-based multichannel inventory and order management platform for online merchants which was born out of an entrepreneurial school in Ghana.
South Africans want free mobile data as COVID-19 ups Internet use
Paula Gilbert  
6/25/2020   Post a comment
SA operators are experiencing increased traffic and demand for free data as the COVID-19 pandemic drives users online, according to data from Upstream's Zero-D.
African operators reinstate mobile money fees
Paula Gilbert  
6/24/2020   1 comment
Some operators have started to reinstate mobile money transfer fees that were waived three months ago when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the continent.
Africa set for mobile data traffic boom
Paula Gilbert  
6/23/2020   Post a comment
Mobile data traffic in Sub-Saharan Africa is predicted to multiply by 12 by 2025, according to the June 2020 Ericsson Mobility Report.
Telkom SA's profit falls despite mobile success
Paula Gilbert  
6/22/2020   Post a comment
Despite strong growth in its mobile business, the South African operator saw a major drop in group earnings over the past year.
Cell C may lay off 40% of its staff
Paula Gilbert  
6/19/2020   Post a comment
Financially strained South African mobile operator Cell C says it may cut 960 junior management and semi-skilled staff.
Amazon is creating 3,000 new jobs in SA
Paula Gilbert  
6/19/2020   Post a comment
The e-commerce giant is adding 3,000 full-time positions in customer service, bringing its total permanent workforce in South Africa to 7,000.
Liquid Telecom SA CEO calls it quits
Paula Gilbert  
6/18/2020   Post a comment
Reshaad Sha is leaving his role as CEO of Liquid Telecom South Africa at the end of August.
Orange sets sights on expansion into Nigeria and SA
Paula Gilbert  
6/17/2020   Post a comment
French mobile operator Orange is eyeing expansion opportunities in Nigeria and South Africa, CEO Stéphane Richard told French newspaper Les Echos.
MTN has zero-rated 120M MoMo transactions during COVID-19 outbreak
Paula Gilbert  
6/12/2020   Post a comment
MTN believes COVID-19 has triggered acceleration toward cashless, digital economies in Africa.
How Africa's operators are driving socio-economic development
Partner Perspectives  
6/11/2020   Post a comment
BICS VP Clémentine Fournier believes enhanced connectivity has an important role to play in bolstering trade and fostering intercontinental expansion across Africa.
Introducing AfricaCom charity partner: CodeSpace Trust
AfricaCom Perspectives  
6/11/2020   1 comment
Founder Emma Dicks shares the origin story of South Africa's CodeSpace, which is helping young people learn the skills to excel in technology careers.
Safaricom is looking for a new CFO
Paula Gilbert  
6/10/2020   Post a comment
Safaricom's Sateesh Kamath is leaving the Kenyan telco to join Vodafone Business as CFO.
COVID-19 puts major dent in Africa's smartphone market
Paula Gilbert  
6/10/2020   1 comment
Africa's first-quarter smartphone shipments saw one of the largest dips in five years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nigeria's 1GB data price has dropped 75% over five years
Paula Gilbert  
6/5/2020   Post a comment
According to 1GB comparison data from Research ICT Africa, Nigeria's average price of 1GB of mobile data has dropped from $11.15 in mid-2014 to $2.78 at the end of 2019.
SA smartphone numbers jump, but fixed broadband subs drop
Paula Gilbert  
6/4/2020   Post a comment
A report from South Africa's telecoms regulator shows that smartphone subscriptions in the country are now at over 90%, while a drop in DSL subscriptions saw fixed broadband subscriptions decrease by almost 20% in 2019.
Africa is a big growth market for Cloud Credential Council certification programs
Paula Gilbert  
6/2/2020   Post a comment
Cloud Credential Council MD Mark O'Loughlin spoke to Connecting Africa about the growth it is seeing with its vendor-neutral certification programs in Africa.
Vodacom zero-rating what3words to help South Africans in emergencies
Paula Gilbert  
5/28/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom is zero-rating the what3words 'find me' website in South Africa to help emergency services locate people even if they don't have an official address.
Hot startup of the month: Nigerian farmer financing platform Crop2Cash
Tom Jackson  
5/26/2020   1 comment
Crop2Cash is addressing financing gaps for Nigerian farmers by making formal financing a transparent process and helping responsible farmers get access to capital.
Ethiopia telecoms liberalization moves forward despite COVID-19
Paula Gilbert  
5/25/2020   Post a comment
Ethiopia's communications regulator is going ahead with plans to issue two new telecoms licenses in the country, despite the current COVID-19 crisis.
Vodacom plots fintech path with nano-loans
Paula Gilbert  
5/21/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom wants to extend successes with its nano-lending products in Kenya and Tanzania to its other markets.
EXCLUSIVE: MTN Zambia and Vanu to provide off-grid connectivity
Paula Gilbert  
5/19/2020   1 comment
Vanu has been selected by MTN to extend mobile connectivity to Zambia's off-grid communities.
African smartphone users could help find COVID-19 treatment while sleeping
Paula Gilbert  
5/18/2020   Post a comment
Smartphone users in Ghana, Lesotho and South Africa can now help scientists speed up COVID-19 research by letting the DreamLab app run on their smartphones while they sleep.
5G in Africa is inevitable, but not imminent – GSMA
Paula Gilbert  
5/15/2020   Post a comment
GSMA Africa Head, Akinwale Goodluck, believes Africa needs to get a few more things right before 5G can significantly roll out on the continent.
MTN cuts spending plans as COVID-19 crisis bites
Paula Gilbert  
5/14/2020   Post a comment
MTN has revised down its capex plans for 2020, from about $1.5 billion to $1.1 billion, as the coronavirus pandemic spreads uncertainty throughout African markets.
Loon brings balloon-powered Internet to Mozambique
Paula Gilbert  
5/13/2020   Post a comment
Alphabet's balloon Internet project, Loon, has partnered with operator Vodacom to bring Internet connectivity to Mozambique's hard-to-reach areas.
Vodafone Egypt rakes in revenue ahead of sale
Paula Gilbert  
5/12/2020   Post a comment
Vodafone Egypt saw a major revenue spike in the past financial year, while its parent group goes ahead with a planned sale to Saudi Telecom.
African operations boost Vodacom revenue
Paula Gilbert  
5/11/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom's operations outside of SA continued to show strong growth over the past financial year, while the domestic market recovered in the second half.
Telkom SA delays retrenchments, postpones results due to COVID-19
Paula Gilbert  
5/6/2020   Post a comment
Telkom South Africa is postponing the planned shedding of around 3,000 jobs and pushing back its full-year results publication due to COVID-19.
MTN Ghana boasts double-digit Q1 growth
Paula Gilbert  
5/5/2020   1 comment
MTN Ghana saw Q1 service revenue jump 20%, buoyed by double-digit growth in its voice, data and Mobile Money revenue.
Vodacom launches 5G in South Africa
Paula Gilbert  
5/4/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom has launched a live 5G network in three South African cities, supporting both mobile and fixed wireless services.
MTN extends dominance in Nigeria
Paula Gilbert  
4/30/2020   Post a comment
MTN has extended its dominance in Nigeria, adding more than 4 million subscribers in the past quarter.
M-Pesa still a cash cow for Safaricom, but COVID-19 impact looms
Paula Gilbert  
4/29/2020   Post a comment
Safaricom's M-Pesa continues to be a strong revenue driver for the operator, but it is anticipating a negative short-term impact from the COVID-19 pandemic.
ZTE's African growth plans
Paula Gilbert  
4/28/2020   Post a comment
ZTE has been actively trialing 5G technology in Africa but still sees 3G and 4G as big growth areas for its business on the continent.
Huawei warns of Africa impact to US chip-making restrictions
Paula Gilbert  
4/24/2020   Post a comment
Huawei has warned that proposed US restrictions on chip-making equipment will likely hurt Africa.
Ericsson's 2020 African Growth Plans
Partner Perspectives  
4/22/2020   Post a comment
President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, Fadi Pharaon, tells Connecting Africa about the group's strategy for growth on the African continent.
AWS Cape Town data centers officially live
Paula Gilbert  
4/22/2020   Post a comment
Amazon Web Services has officially launched its new AWS Africa Region in Cape Town.
MTN, Etisalat rated top telco brands in Africa and Middle East
Paula Gilbert  
4/17/2020   Post a comment
Brand Finance has ranked MTN as the most valuable and strongest telecoms brand in Africa, while Etisalat was the leader in the MEA region.
SA telcos pledge big in COVID-19 battle
Paula Gilbert  
4/16/2020   Post a comment
South Africa's mobile operators are making sizable pledges toward the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as spending on improving network capacity.
Vodacom CEO pledges a third of salary to COVID-19 battle
Paula Gilbert  
4/14/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom Group's CEO, Shameel Joosub, is donating a third of his salary for the next three months to the fight against COVID-19 in South Africa.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2020
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African Telecoms Outlook 2020
Date: 08/18/20 @ 2:00 P.M. SAST

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

This year did not begin the way most people expected it to, so what does the future of the telecoms sector look like in Africa in 2020? In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss what African operators’ priorities for the year should be and the most significant market trends expected to dominate in 2020.

  • Will MNOs focus on sweating their current assets rather than investing in new technologies like 5G?
  • What impact will COVID-19 have on the continent’s networks?
  • What are the hot market trends in Africa when it comes to voice, data and mobile financial services?
  • Diversification strategies: entering adjacent markets; MVNO sub-brands; cost consolidation
  • How are companies unlocking rural connectivity as a growth driver?

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Exploring the Value of 5G in Africa
Date 08/18/20 @ 3:30 P.M. SAST
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Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

The majority of 5G in Africa is still in the testing stage. However, as operators prepare their networks for the technology jump, what strategies are they deploying to ensure they gain the full value that 5G can offer Africa? This digital symposium will give you an insight into the opportunities and challenges facing Africa’s 5G rollout, with some country specific case studies unpacked.

  • How 5G-ready is African enterprise?
  • Is 5G a priority for in Africa, should it be? Or can operators and businesses focus on growing their 3G and 4G networks for enterprise instead?
  • What are the most significant enterprise business applications for 5G deployment on the continent, and where can 5G facilitate IoT applications?
  • Africa’s 5G readiness: infrastructure lag, transition from 2, 3 & 4G
  • Which development strategies are being implemented to bring 5G to the African enterprise markets?


Thursday, August 20, 2020
02:00 PM South Africa Standard Time

Session One

Mobile Money 2.0: the Bright Future of Mobile Financial Service Innovation
Date: 08/20/20 @ 2:00 P.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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Connecting the Next Billion: Strategies for Getting Africa On-Grid
Date 08/20/20 @ 3:30 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.

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