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Content posted in October 2017
Changing the Mindset & Getting the Eyeballs: African Broadcasting in the Age of Digital Disruption
Connecting Africa News  
10/29/2017   Post a comment
Africa's public service broadcasters need to embrace new models and platforms if they are to engage audiences, make money and survive in a digital content age, reports Chris Read.
MTN Reports Dip in Customer Base
Connecting Africa News  
10/27/2017   Post a comment
Declines in Nigeria and Uganda take MTN's total customer base number down by 0.7% to 230.2 million.
Digital Africa, the Impact of Mobile, and Regulatory Issues: An AfricaCom Panel Debate
Connecting Africa Video  
10/25/2017   1 comment
A top class panel of industry specialists gathered at the 20th anniversary launch of AfricaCom in July to discuss the impact of mobile connectivity and digital services on the the personal and business lives of Africans.
"I'm a Proud Capetonian -- I Love That This City Gets to Host This Magnificent Event": AfricaCom Interview with Bradley Shaw
Amy Turner  
10/25/2017   Post a comment
Bradley Shaw from NuRAN Wireless talks about Africa's networking needs and the impact that mobile connectivity can have on communities.
Strategizing African Telecoms' Future: AfricaCom interview with Ellie Hagopian
Amy Turner  
10/23/2017   Post a comment
Industry consultant Ellie Hagopian discusses hot trends in Africa's telecoms sector and her participation in this year's AfricaCom.
Millicom Heads for African Exit Door: Reports
Connecting Africa News  
10/20/2017   Post a comment
Mobile operator is seeking to offload what is left of its mobile network empire in Africa, according to a report from TMT Finance.
Middle East & Africa a Bright Spot for Ericsson
Connecting Africa News  
10/20/2017   Post a comment
Ericsson's business is in decline currently but the Middle East and Africa region is a bright spot for the mobile network infrastructure vendor.
Orange Builds On Its Brand in Sierra Leone
Ray Le Maistre  
10/18/2017   Post a comment
Following network expansion and improvements, Orange has introduced its brand in Sierra Leone.
Hurricane Electric PoPs Into Nairobi
Ray Le Maistre  
10/17/2017   1 comment
International IP network operator opens its third African point of presence (PoP), setting up in Nairobi's East Africa Data Centre, and plans further expansion across the continent.
Big Data as a Catalyst For Big Change
Connecting Africa News  
10/16/2017   1 comment
The processing and analysis of major volumes of data can deliver significant business benefits for African companies.
South African Operator Eyes Radical Approach to Network Management
Ray Le Maistre  
10/12/2017   1 comment
IBM is engaging with a major telecoms operator in South Africa on a potential leap to next-generation network management capabilities.
Africa's Social and Economic Challenges Addressed by 'Infostructure'
Connecting Africa News  
10/11/2017   1 comment
The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to have a dramatic impact in Africa and that is reflected in the agenda at this year's AfricaCom.
Safaricom Rolls Out FTTH, Eyes Smart Home Opportunity
Ray Le Maistre  
10/10/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator has plans to deliver smart home services once high-speed connections are in place.
It's Not Where, It's What, Says Motorola
Connecting Africa News  
10/6/2017   1 comment
Location is not a key consideration in the world of critical communications, according to Motorola.
Africa Set for 100 4G Networks by Year End
Ray Le Maistre  
10/5/2017   Post a comment
Africa is in line to have more than 100 commercial 4G LTE networks by the end of 2017 and about 40 million 4G users, according to Xalam Analytics data shared during a Connecting Africa webinar.
Tracking Liberia's Transition of Power
Stacey Knott  
10/5/2017   Post a comment
Technology is playing a key role in enabling a democratic process in Liberia.
Safaricom Boasts Increasing Positive Impact on Kenyan Economy
Connecting Africa News  
10/4/2017   1 comment
Country's leading mobile operator claims its financial contribution to the Kenyan economy increased 17% in the 2016/17 fiscal year, but it's not all good news...
The Costs of Delivering a Body of Evidence
Connecting Africa News  
10/3/2017   1 comment
Mission critical communications technology, such as dedicated smartphone apps for police forces, are proving useful and economical in the field.
Level 3 Adds to Africa's Cloud Service Options
Ray Le Maistre  
10/2/2017   Post a comment
International operator extends its cloud-based Adaptive Network Security into Africa.




Latest Articles
On August 18 and 20, Connecting Africa and AfricaCom will run a two-day Digital Symposium covering the 2020 outlook, 5G, mobile money, connectivity and more.
A new World Wide Worx report has quoted SA's mobile operators saying high spectrum prices could place a barrier on 5G growth in the country.
MTN has seen some interesting voice, data and fintech trends emerge over the first half of 2020, caused by COVID-19 lockdowns across its markets.
The planned merger between Telkom Kenya and Airtel has been shelved about 18 months since the pair first agreed terms.
MTN has announced an 'orderly exit' out of Middle East operations and is in advanced discussions to sell its 75% stake in MTN Syria.
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Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Telecoms.com Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide insights into the final day of AfricaCom 2019 and a ...
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert chats about key topics from day two at AfricaCom 2019, including 4G vs. 5G, Liquid Telecom's new fiber link ...
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Telecoms.com Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide their insights into topics such as spectrum ...
Connecting Africa editor Paula Gilbert discusses the key trends in Africa's ICT sector, including the fourth industrial revolution and digital ...
AfricaCom TV caught up with Herman Singh, MTN's Group Chief Digital Officer, during the 20th anniversary event. Singh discussed the role of mobile ...
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AfricaCom Perspectives
CodeSpace is a South African organization, based in Cape Town, providing young people with the skills to excel in technology careers. We caught up with the founder Emma Dicks to find out ...
The largest population growth globally is happening in Africa and innovation in agriculture is, without a doubt, an important tool to tackle food security for the rapidly growing population.
Gender-responsive policy is critical for Africa and involves the integration of gender in ICT-related strategies, policies, plans and budgets, with clear gender-equality targets. So says ...
The way in which banking and travel have embraced technology has created a "digital first" approach for people across the world. Whether it is booking flights or transferring money, many ...
Just like the Internet itself many years ago, the Internet of Things (IoT) was initially viewed as nothing more than a fad that would have little impact on our daily lives. We know now ...
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Ericsson's 2020 African Growth Plans
By Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa
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Webinars
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
11:00 A.M. South Africa Standard Time

Session One

African Telecoms Outlook 2020
Date: 08/18/20 @ 11:00 A.M. SAST

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

This year did not begin the way most people expected it to, so what does the future of the telecoms sector look like in Africa in 2020? In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss what African operators’ priorities for the year should be and the most significant market trends expected to dominate in 2020.

  • Will MNOs focus on sweating their current assets rather than investing in new technologies like 5G?
  • What impact will COVID-19 have on the continent’s networks?
  • What are the hot market trends in Africa when it comes to voice, data and mobile financial services?
  • Diversification strategies: entering adjacent markets; MVNO sub-brands; cost consolidation
  • How are companies unlocking rural connectivity as a growth driver?

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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