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Airtel Africa gains customers despite COVID-19 challenges
Paula Gilbert  
7/24/2020   Post a comment
Airtel Africa recorded decent growth in the quarter ended June 30, 2020, despite challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Orange launching digital bank in West Africa
Connecting Africa News  
7/23/2020   1 comment
French telecoms provider Orange is launching Orange Bank Africa in Côte d’Ivoire with plans to expand into Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso.
African lockdowns boost Vodacom data traffic
Paula Gilbert  
7/23/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom recorded major data traffic growth over the past three months with COVID-19 lockdowns forcing Africans to work and study from home.
Telkom SA pushing customers from DSL to fiber
Connecting Africa News  
7/22/2020   Post a comment
Telkom is moving forward with plans to kill off its copper-based fixed-line offerings and shift customers to new-generation technologies.
Vodacom launching fintech 'super-app' with Alipay
Paula Gilbert  
7/21/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom will next year roll out a financial services 'super-app' in partnership with Chinese digital payment provider Alipay.
Rain debuts standalone 5G network in Cape Town
Connecting Africa News  
7/20/2020   Post a comment
Rain and Huawei have launched what they are calling Africa's first commercial standalone 5G network.
Crosscall eyes African expansion for 'rugged devices'
Paula Gilbert  
7/17/2020   Post a comment
French brand Crosscall is looking to launch its 'rugged devices' in ten more African countries in the next six months.
Africa Tech Festival aims to virtually unite tech and talent
Connecting Africa News  
7/16/2020   1 comment
The Virtual Africa Tech Festival is on a mission to unite tech and talent in Africa and drive digital transformation by bringing the continent's tech industry together in a fully virtual event.
Follow Me Talk launching new MVNO in Kenya
Paula Gilbert  
7/15/2020   Post a comment
A Kenyan smartphone financing company, Follow Me Talk, is now launching an app-based mobile virtual network operator.
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.
Saudi Telecom postpones Vodafone Egypt acquisition, again
Connecting Africa News  
7/13/2020   Post a comment
The Saudi Arabian operator has for the second time pushed back plans to buy a 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt.
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.
Podcast: What's the story with mobile data in Africa?
Connecting Africa News  
7/9/2020   Post a comment
Paula Gilbert joins Light Reading's 'What's the Story?' podcast to discuss current trends around mobile data in Africa and their broader impact on the region and industry at large.
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   1 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.
Africa is experiencing a health-tech startup boom
Connecting Africa News  
7/2/2020   Post a comment
The number of e-health startups active in Africa has increased by 56.5% over the last three years and investment continues to grow, according to a new report from Disrupt Africa.
Telma launches commercial 5G in Madagascar
Connecting Africa News  
7/1/2020   Post a comment
Telma has become the first operator to launch a 5G commercial network in Madagascar, powered by Ericsson.
Malawi gets community Wi-Fi boost from Liquid Telecom and Mbora
Connecting Africa News  
7/1/2020   Post a comment
Social enterprise Mbora is joining forces with Liquid Telecom to provide free connectivity to community hubs in Malawi.
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.
MTN Group now has 100M data users
Connecting Africa News  
6/26/2020   Post a comment
About 40% of the MTN Group customer base are now using data, as the group tops 100 million data customers.
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   1 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.
Nigerians love feature phones, but COVID-19 begins to bite
Connecting Africa News  
6/18/2020   Post a comment
Feature phones remain a major part of Nigeria's mobile phone ecosystem.
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 spends $100M on license renewal in Uganda
Connecting Africa News  
6/15/2020   Post a comment
After two years of negotiations MTN has secured a 12-year license extension in Uganda.
MTN has zero-rated 120M MoMo transactions during COVID-19 outbreak
Paula Gilbert  
6/12/2020   1 comment
MTN believes COVID-19 has triggered acceleration toward cashless, digital economies in Africa.
Sudan commits to cashless future
Connecting Africa News  
6/11/2020   Post a comment
Sudan has joined the UN's Better Than Cash Alliance to help accelerate the country's transition from cash to digital payments.
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   2 comments
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.
Ghana regulator wants to reduce MTN market dominance
Connecting Africa News  
6/9/2020   Post a comment
Ghana's National Communications Authority is reportedly planning to implement a set of policies to reduce MTN's dominant market share.
MTN Liberia zero-rates Facebook to help COVID-19 social distancing
Connecting Africa News  
6/8/2020   Post a comment
MTN Liberia customers can now use Facebook Flex even if they have no data or airtime on their phones.
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.
Orange Ventures investing $560K in MEA tech startups
Connecting Africa News  
6/3/2020   Post a comment
Orange Ventures' MEA Seed Challenge plans to give startups in Cameroon, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia a cut of $560,000.
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.
Netflix and Uber face taxation in Kenya
Connecting Africa News  
6/1/2020   Post a comment
Digital services companies like ride-hailing platforms and streaming services look set to face taxation in Kenya.
KaiOS and FISE launch a 4G phone that takes your temperature
Connecting Africa News  
5/29/2020   Post a comment
KaiOS Technologies and FISE are launching the world's first 4G phone with an integrated infrared thermometer.
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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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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.

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  • 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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