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Content posted in January 2020
MTN Mobile Money returns to SA
Paula Gilbert  
1/31/2020   Post a comment
MTN has relaunched its Mobile Money offering in South Africa after previously pulling the service due to poor performance.
MTN promises $1.6B Nigeria investment, legal woes over
Paula Gilbert  
1/30/2020   Post a comment
MTN has committed to invest $1.6 billion in Nigeria over the next three years, while its $2 billion tax-related court battle has been resolved.
Repairs Underway to Fix SA's Slow Internet
Connecting Africa News  
1/30/2020   Post a comment
Repairs have begun to fix a dual cable failure which has left South Africa and other parts of Africa with slow Internet.
Saudi Telecom to Buy Vodafone Egypt for $2.4B
Iain Morris  
1/29/2020   Post a comment
Saudi incumbent could land one of the region's fastest-growing operators as it looks to keep expanding its international presence.
Ericsson Predicts 5G Take-Up for MEA in 2020
Paula Gilbert  
1/29/2020   Post a comment
After a successful 2019 when it comes to 5G deals, Ericsson is predicting more 5G growth for the Middle East and Africa in 2020.
Airtel Africa Boasts Strong 9-Month Growth
Paula Gilbert  
1/28/2020   Post a comment
Airtel Africa gained 9.2 million new customers during the past year and its revenue increased by 9.9% for the nine months of its fiscal year to December 31, 2019.
New Telecoms Licensing Regime in Uganda
Paula Gilbert  
1/27/2020   1 comment
Ugandan telecoms operators only have until a January 30 to meet the Uganda Communications Commission's deadline for a new licensing regime in the country.
Samsung Is Ready for 5G in SA
Paula Gilbert  
1/24/2020   Post a comment
Samsung says it will bring 5G handsets and other 5G devices to South Africa as soon as regulation allows.
African Fintech Startups Rake in $107M in 2019
Connecting Africa News  
1/23/2020   1 comment
Africa's fintech sector was the most popular among investors in 2019 according to Disrupt Africa's new Tech Startups Funding Report.
Tanzania Cracks Down on Unregistered SIMs
Paula Gilbert  
1/22/2020   Post a comment
Tanzania's telecoms regulator has blocked access for over 650,000 mobile users who did not register their SIM cards biometrically, according to local media.
Hot Startup of the Month: Nigerian Fintech Innovator OneFi
Connecting Africa News  
1/21/2020   1 comment
Nigerian fintech startup OneFi is on its way to becoming a fully digital bank.
MTN & ZTE Trial 5G in Uganda
Connecting Africa News  
1/21/2020   Post a comment
MTN Uganda and ZTE have jointly tested East Africa's first 5G network.
Angola Cables Trials Cutting Edge Tech on Direct Subsea Link to US
Ray Le Maistre  
1/20/2020   Post a comment
Using state-of-the-art optical technology, Angola Cables has forged a high-capacity subsea data connection between Africa and the US, via Brazil.
New Lead for Google SA
Connecting Africa News  
1/20/2020   Post a comment
Former advertising exec Alistair Mokoena is taking over as country director for Google South Africa.
SA Hit by Slow Internet After Dual Cable Failure
Connecting Africa News  
1/17/2020   Post a comment
South Africa has been experiencing slow Internet speeds after two major undersea cables were hit by separate failures.
MTN Appoints New South Sudan CEO, Cameroon CEO Resigns
Paula Gilbert  
1/17/2020   Post a comment
MTN has appointed industry veteran Gordian Kyomukama as CEO in South Sudan but says Cameroon CEO Hendrik Kasteel has handed in his notice.
Telkom Planning Major Job Cuts
Paula Gilbert  
1/16/2020   Post a comment
South Africa's Telkom could cut up to 3,000 jobs across a number of business units.
Nigeria's Mobile Market Hits 182.4M Subs
Connecting Africa News  
1/16/2020   Post a comment
Market grows by 13.7 million subscribers in the 12 months to the end of November 2019.
Is Vodacom Making a Play for Cell C Customers?
Paula Gilbert  
1/15/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom is rumored to be looking to take over some of struggling rival Cell C's contract customers, according to a Bloomberg report.
Internet Shutdowns Cost Africa $2B in 2019 – Report
Paula Gilbert  
1/14/2020   Post a comment
Major Internet blackouts in 2019 cost African economies a combined $2.36 billion, according to a report from
Nigeria's Attorney General Gives Up on $2B MTN Tax Battle
Paula Gilbert  
1/13/2020   Post a comment
Some good news for MTN Nigeria – the country's attorney general has withdrawn a US$2 billion tax demand that has been hanging over the telco for more than a year.
Orange Preps IPO of Middle East & Africa Unit
Ray Le Maistre  
1/9/2020   Post a comment
French operator considers IPO of regional unit as it opens new Orange Middle East and Africa operational head office in Morocco.
Tanzania Adds 1 Million Mobile Subs in Q3
Connecting Africa News  
1/9/2020   Post a comment
There were 44.8 million mobile subscribers in Tanzania at the end of September 2019 and 23.7 million mobile money subscriptions, but the number of mobile money transactions declined during the quarter.
Unitel's Zambia Plans in Disarray
Connecting Africa News  
1/7/2020   Post a comment
Unitel had planned to launch services in Zambia more than a year ago – now it appears to be in danger of losing its license.
Africa's Pay-TV Subs Market to Grow 54% by 2025 – Report
Connecting Africa News  
1/6/2020   Post a comment
Nigeria will be the continent's largest pay TV market growth in the coming years, according to a forecast from Digital TV Research.
American Tower Buys Eaton, Acquires JV Stakes From MTN
Connecting Africa News  
1/3/2020   Post a comment
Passive mobile infrastructure specialist strengthens its hand in Africa with closure of Eaton Towers acquisition and a deal to acquire MTN's stakes in two joint ventures.

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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

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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