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Content posted in January 2019
Tech Startup Funding In Africa: A Deeper Dive into 2018
  • Connecting Africa News
Having focused on the strength of the Nigerian startup sector and the attraction of fintech in the first leg of this two-part report, Disrupt Africa's Tom Jackson now takes a look at the other markets and sectors that were hot for tech startup funding in Africa during 2018.
Tech Startup Funding In Africa: 2018 Hits Record High
  • Connecting Africa News
As tech startup funding tops $330 million for 2018, Disrupt Africa's Tom Jackson explains, in the first part of a two-part report, why Nigeria is the new center of Africa's funding universe.
Comviva Appoints New Head for MENA Region
  • Connecting Africa News
Digital finance solutions specialist Comviva appoints Ramy Moselhy as its new Market Unit Head for MENA (Middle East & North Africa) as it targets significant growth in the region.
MTN's Nigeria IPO Looks to Be Back On Track
  • Wei Shi
The CEO of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) is optimistic the public listing will go ahead now that MTN has sorted out its differences with the Nigerian authorities.
Safaricom Offers Enterprise Security Services
  • Connecting Africa News
Kenyan operator is offering enterprise users Managed Security Solutions, Security Assurance and Advisory services, as well as Managed Security Operations Center solutions.
Vodacom Reports Growth Despite Tough SA Market
  • Wei Shi
Vodacom reported a decline in revenues in its home market of South Africa during the final three months of 2018 but its other operations helped it post a 1.5% growth in sales.
Orange Brings 4G to Burkina Faso
  • Wei Shi
The Orange subsidiary announced that it has secured a 4G licence as well as having renewed its 2G and 3G licences.
WorldRemit Sets Up Shop in South Africa, Eyes IPO
  • Ray Le Maistre
Digital money transfer specialist now has license to make money transfers from South Africa and has opened an office in Johannesburg as it seeks further funding and aims for an IPO.
Intelsat Joins GSMA to Get Closer to Mobile Operators
  • Connecting Africa News
Satellite operator believes joining the industry organization will help bring it closer to the mobile operator community in Africa and elsewhere and help to strengthen the ties between satellite and terrestrial networks.
Microsoft Delays Data Center Launch
  • Ray Le Maistre
Microsoft needs more time and investment before it can open its planned data centers in South Africa, reports ITWeb.
Econet Takes Full Control of Kwesé Iflix
  • Connecting Africa News
Streaming video services specialist Iflix has decided to exit the African market and has sold its stake in Kwesé Iflix to Econet Global, Kwesé's parent company.


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AfricaCom Interview: Tunde Fafunwa on how the ACIP is fighting COVID-19

Tunde Fafunwa from the UN Economic Commission for Africa explains how the Africa Communication and Information Platform (ACIP) is helping Africa's battle against COVID-19.

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AfricaCom Interview: Temidayo Oniosun on Africa's space and satellite industry

Space in Africa founder, Temidayo Oniosun, shares his views on the challenges and opportunities in the African space and satellite industry.

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AfricaCom 2020 Digital Symposium - Day 2

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

12:15 P.M. - 12:30 P.M. BREAK

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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