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Content posted in January 2020
MTN Mobile Money returns to SA
  • Paula Gilbert
MTN has relaunched its Mobile Money offering in South Africa after previously pulling the service due to poor performance.
Airtel Africa Boasts Strong 9-Month Growth
  • Paula Gilbert
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
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
Samsung says it will bring 5G handsets and other 5G devices to South Africa as soon as regulation allows.
Tanzania Cracks Down on Unregistered SIMs
  • Paula Gilbert
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.
New Lead for Google SA
  • Connecting Africa News
Former advertising exec Alistair Mokoena is taking over as country director for Google South Africa.
Tanzania Adds 1 Million Mobile Subs in Q3
  • Connecting Africa News
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
Unitel had planned to launch services in Zambia more than a year ago – now it appears to be in danger of losing its license.


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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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