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Lower Smartphone Prices Drive Nigeria's Mobile Penetration – Report
Ray Le Maistre  
3/19/2018   Post a comment
Smartphone prices have dropped dramatically in Nigeria during the past few years, helping to fuel a surge in mobile user numbers, according to a new market report from e-commerce company Jumia.
Rain Readies for a Mobile Data Launch
Ray Le Maistre  
3/14/2018   Post a comment
South Africa's mobile data challenger Rain is preparing to launch its 4G services with a focus on making things simple for customers, notes the operator's CIO.
Orange Hails Africa Recovery, Expects Margin Growth
Iain Morris  
2/21/2018   Post a comment
Orange CEO says 'mutualization' efforts in Africa are likely to buoy earnings this year.
Vodacom Reports Revenues Hike of 6.7%
Ray Le Maistre  
2/1/2018   1 comment
For the quarter ended December 31, 2017, Vodacom reported group revenues up by 6.7% to R22.6 billion.
MTN Hits 20 Gbit/s in 5G Trial but Needs Spectrum
Ray Le Maistre  
1/8/2018   Post a comment
South African operator has been conducting 5G trials with partner Ericsson but knows it will need more spectrum to make 5G a reality.
Kenyan Authorities Drop Plans to Break Up Safaricom – Report
Iain Morris  
1/3/2018   1 comment
A proposal to curb the dominance of Safaricom by breaking it up has been jettisoned in a new regulatory report.
Tunisie Telecom to Test Cryptocurrency for Mobile Finance
Ray Le Maistre  
12/12/2017   Post a comment
Tunisian operator is engaging with cryptocurrency startup Telcoin to check out a new way to offer mobile remittance services.
Safaricom Opens Its Digital Market
Ray Le Maistre  
11/21/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator launches e-commerce platform, Masoko.
Vodacom: Future Telcos Will Be Invisible to Consumers
Iain Morris  
11/9/2017   Post a comment
Vodacom executive foresees a radical overhaul of the business model for mobile network operators in the next five years.
Safaricom CIO: I'm a Terrible Capitalist, Not a Greedy Coward
Iain Morris  
11/8/2017   Post a comment
Senior executive at Kenyan operator accepts some of the blame for Africa's affordability crisis.
Safaricom Ramps H1 Revenues, Profits, Subs
Ray Le Maistre  
11/5/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator's metrics are on the rise…
Sowing the Seeds for AgriTech Growth
Stacey Knott  
9/22/2017   Post a comment
Young tech-savvy entrepreneurs are working hard to bring digital tools to Africa's enormous and important agriculture sector.
Safaricom to Create Another 300 Customer Care Jobs
Iain Morris  
9/17/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator says investments in customer care will reduce call-waiting times and take pressure off an existing facility.
Safaricom Spark Fund Backs AgriTech Startup
Ray Le Maistre  
9/12/2017   Post a comment
The Safaricom Spark Fund has announced its sixth investment, with AgriTech startup iProcure gaining the funding.
Kenya's Safaricom Eyes African Expansion
Iain Morris  
9/7/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator eyes launch of e-commerce services in east and west African markets.
Safaricom Preps Major M-Pesa Upgrade
Iain Morris  
9/4/2017   Post a comment
Overnight upgrade will take service offline for its 26 million users but will enable additional services and capabilities.
Vodacom CEO Joins Safaricom's Board, Raises Questions About M-Pesa Expansion
Ray Le Maistre  
9/1/2017   Post a comment
Safaricom appoints two new directors, including Vodacom CEO and Chairman Shameel Joosub, a move that likely heralds some joint actions involving the M-Pesa mobile money service.
Smartphones Uptake Driving E-Commerce Growth in Africa, but Obstacles Remain – Report
Ray Le Maistre  
8/18/2017   Post a comment
The e-commerce market in Africa could be worth as much as $75 billion within the next decade but there are significant obstacles in the way of growth.
MTN Uganda's MoKash Service Tops 2.5M Users in Just 1 Year
Ray Le Maistre  
8/17/2017   Post a comment
Mobile operator's savings and loans m-commerce service has attracted 2.5 million users in its first year.
Huawei, WorldRemit Team on Mobile Money in Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
7/11/2017   Post a comment
New partnership adds international remittances to Huawei's mobile money service platform.
Blue Label to Buy 3G Mobile for 1.9B Rand
Ray Le Maistre  
6/29/2017   2 comments
South African m-commerce and pre-paid voice specialist is buying mobile device distributor 3G Mobile as a bolt on to its existing business and that of its impending mobile operator business, Cell C.
Africa's Mobile Phone Market Suffers Sequential Slump in Q1 – IDC
Ray Le Maistre  
6/23/2017   Post a comment
Research firm notes a 'drastic' quarter-on-quarter dip in shipments during the first three months of 2017.
Cameroon, Egypt & Kenya Feature in Connecting Africa Country Guide Part 1
Ray Le Maistre  
6/13/2017   Post a comment
First part of our country guide features three key mobile markets.
Safaricom Pumps KSh200M Into Telecom Test Lab
Ray Le Maistre  
5/26/2017   Post a comment
With support from vendor partners such as Cisco, Huawei and Nokia, Kenyan operator has replicated its network in a lab to enable faster testing and help bring new services to market quicker.
Connecting Africa Takes to Twitter for #AfricaDay Chat
Amy Turner  
5/25/2017   Post a comment
To celebrate Africa Day, we took to Twitter for a live chat on the continent's contribution to technology innovation.
Vodafone Foundation's 'Ambulance Taxi' Helps to Cut Maternal Mortality Rate in Tanzania
Ray Le Maistre  
5/22/2017   Post a comment
A service designed to help pregnant women get to hospital for childbirth has had a positive impact, reports Vodafone.
The Countdown to East Africa Com 2017: What to Expect on Day 2
Amy Turner  
5/10/2017   Post a comment
Having previously looked at the highlights for day 1, we turn our attention to the key agenda items for day 2 of East Africa Com 2017.
African Revamp Has Paid Off, Reports Airtel
Ray Le Maistre  
5/10/2017   Post a comment
Full-year financials include improving margins and data services growth.
Boardroom Boost for Fintech Specialist MFS Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
4/12/2017   1 comment
Influential mobile and m-commerce executive joins board of fintech specialist company MFS Africa.
Joburg In Line to Host OpenLab
Ray Le Maistre  
3/28/2017   Post a comment
Telecoms technology giant Huawei is setting up an OpenLab in Cape Town to foster industry collaboration.
Orange Expands Its Brand but Faces Challenges
Ray Le Maistre  
3/17/2017   Post a comment
Orange rebrands its acquired business in Burkina Faso but faces a tough task to meet its financial objectives in Africa.
Driving Access to Mobile Health Services – AfricaCom Interview With Dr Michael Mol
Amy Turner  
3/16/2017   Post a comment
Technology has a key role to play in tackling Africa's healthcare plight.
Making MTN Great Again
Guy Zibi  
3/10/2017   1 comment
The new team running MTN has some tough decisions to take but there are a number of key steps that can help get the pan-African operator back on track, notes Xalam Analytics Principal Guy Zibi.
MTN's South Africa CEO Jumps Ship
Ray Le Maistre  
3/8/2017   Post a comment
Mteto Nyati's abrupt departure provides incoming group CEO Rob Shuter with an early challenge.
One Global Pitches Mobile Finance App at Africa, Middle East
Ray Le Maistre  
3/6/2017   Post a comment
The PayIt platform has a new name as One Global tries to become a major player in the mobile money market across Africa and the Middle East.
Nigeria Moves Closer To Cashless Society
Tim Skinner  
2/24/2017   Post a comment
It now costs Nigerians cash to use cash...
Examining the Digital Transformation for Financial Services
Amy Turner  
2/23/2017   Post a comment
The topic of digital financial services raises a lot of key discussion points around innovation and, particularly, competition... or collaboration.
Orange FOMO Shows Famoco the Dough
Tim Skinner  
2/21/2017   Post a comment
(FOMO = Fear of Missing Out)
M-Pesa Reaches the Big One-O
Tim Skinner  
2/21/2017   Post a comment
Jelly and ice cream all round!
African Telcos Open Up on AI, Digital Transformation
Tim Skinner  
2/10/2017   1 comment
AI-as-a-service touted as the next big thing for data analysis, but gaining cultural buy-in is key, according to two of Africa's biggest operators.
Optimism Grows Around African Startup Scene – Report
Tim Skinner  
2/8/2017   Post a comment
Six African startups highlighted in new report illustrating the power of combining people, money and technology.
MTN Gets Chatty With AI Customer Engagement Chatbots
Tim Skinner  
1/24/2017   Post a comment
New AI project aims to bring automation to customer engagement through social media channels.
Kenya's Mobile Numbers Dip as Telkom Hits the Revise Button
Ray Le Maistre  
1/20/2017   1 comment
Total number of mobile users in Kenya dips to 38.5 million as Telkom Kenya revises its 'active' subscriber stats.
Mastercard Targets Farmers in East Africa With m-Commerce Platform
Ray Le Maistre  
1/18/2017   Post a comment
Mastercard's 2KUZE is designed to enable farmers to undertake financial transactions on feature phones.
On the African Horizon — The Biggest Tech and Telco Trends for 2017
Amy Turner  
1/11/2017   Post a comment
How is 2017 shaping up for the tech and telco companies in Africa? Here's a guide to some of the major trends for the coming 12 months.
Airtel Poaches Telenor Exec for Africa Leadership Role
Tim Skinner  
1/10/2017   Post a comment
Airtel Africa boosted by arrival of Telenor executive Rajeev Sethi as chief commercial officer following a year of restructuring.
Orange Targets Long-Term Growth in Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
1/4/2017   2 comments
Orange senior exec pinpoints immediate and long-term growth opportunities in Africa, with digital services at the heart of the operator's strategy.
Africa Nears 1B Mobile Subs Landmark, Says Ovum
Ray Le Maistre  
12/1/2016   1 comment
The number of mobile subscriptions in Africa is set to cross the 1 billion mark before the end of 2016, according to research house Ovum.
Radio Technology and Connecting the Last Mile - AfricaCom Interview with Vanu's CEO Dr Vanu Bose
Amy Turner  
11/17/2016   Post a comment
At AfricaCom 2016, Vanu Inc.'s founder and CEO, who participated in the Visions for Africa keynote panel session that tackled the barriers to connectivity in Africa, talks to Connecting Africa's Amy Turner.
Africa's Operators Lack Service Inspiration, Says Unitel CEO
Ray Le Maistre  
11/16/2016   Post a comment
CEO of Angolan operator Unitel says Africa's operators lack new services ideas and need to learn from the web services/OTT giants.
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