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Content posted in October 2018
Learning from India's Smart Feature Phone Revolution
Partner Perspectives  
10/31/2018   Post a comment
Why the Reliance Jio model can provide a blueprint for broader mobile internet adoption in Africa.
MFS Africa Ups Its Series B Funding Round to $14M
Connecting Africa News  
10/30/2018   Post a comment
MFS Africa secures additional funding in the second closing of its Series B, bringing total amount raised for the round to US$14 million.
AHUB Programme at AfricaCom Highlights Critical Role of Entrepreneurship
Gabriella Jeakins  
10/30/2018   Post a comment
The AHUB programme at AfricaCom is a hotbed of activity for tech startups looking to take their next important steps.
Forsway Targets Internet Access Expansion for Africa
Connecting Africa News  
10/30/2018   Post a comment
Forsway has developed technology to provide hybrid connectivity to deliver highly cost-efficient broadband in rural regions across Africa together with leading satellite operators.
AWS Plans Further Cloud Investments in South Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
10/29/2018   Post a comment
Cloud services giant is set to boost its data center presence in South Africa in the coming few years.
Africa Should Capitalize On a 'Demographic Dividend'
Gabriella Jeakins  
10/29/2018   Post a comment
Ahead of AfricaCom 2018, IBM's Elizabeth Ntonjira discusses disruptive technologies, equality and inclusion, Africa's demographic dividend and more.
Nigeria Dominates MTN's Quarterly Update
Connecting Africa News  
10/29/2018   Post a comment
MTN's quarterly update for the period ended 30 September 2018 showed just how important Nigeria is to MTN's business, and also what a major problem that same market continues to pose.
Africa's 4G User Base Doubling Every Year — Report
Wei Shi  
10/29/2018   Post a comment
There will be more 4G users than 3G users in Africa by 2021, according to a new industry forecast from research firm Xalam Analytics.
Millicom's Mobile Ops Still Growing
Ray Le Maistre  
10/26/2018   Post a comment
Millicom may not be focused on its African mobile operations and more but what it still owns continued to add customers during the third quarter.
Intelsat, AMN Join Forces to Connect Ultra-Rural Sub-Saharan Africa
Connecting Africa News  
10/26/2018   Post a comment
Intelsat makes a strategic investment in AMN to accelerate the adoption of mobile connectivity in the region and close the digital divide.
Six Investors to Pump $1.25B into Airtel Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
10/25/2018   Post a comment
Singtel and SoftBank among the companies taking a stake in Airtel Africa ahead of its IPO.
Safaricom Celebrates Its 18th Birthday
Connecting Africa News  
10/25/2018   Post a comment
Kenyan operator marks its anniversary with renewed commitment to great service and a new brand campaign to celebrate Kenyans.
M-PESA Foundation Launches Secondary School
Connecting Africa News  
10/24/2018   Post a comment
M-PESA Foundation Academy will provide world class Kenyan education to talented but economically disadvantaged students from across the country.
Meet 6 Startups Transforming Africa
Gabriella Jeakins  
10/23/2018   Post a comment
Which tech startup should get the chance to win a live pitching session at this year's AfricaCom in Cape Town? You decide...
Southern East Africa Ramps Up Focus on Customer Experience: Genesys
Connecting Africa News  
10/22/2018   Post a comment
Genesys Southern East Africa (SEA) expands as region seeks world-class Customer Experience (CX) solutions.
MTN Vows to Connect the Unconnected With Facebook-Inspired TIP Tech
Wei Shi  
10/18/2018   Post a comment
By banking on initiatives from the Facebook-backed Telcom Infra Project (TIP) to disaggregate cellular networks, MTN and other operators are recruiting startup vendors to help deliver data connections to the under-served.
Liquid Telecom Completes Zambia M&A Move
Connecting Africa News  
10/17/2018   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom completes acquisition of Liquid Telecom CEC in Zambia.
Uganda Telecom Finally Found a Buyer
Wei Shi  
10/16/2018   Post a comment
The Nigerian company Teleology has acquired a majority share in struggling UTL for US$71 million.
MTN Goes to Court Over $10B Demands in Nigeria
Ray Le Maistre  
10/11/2018   Post a comment
Frustrated with at times contradictory financial demands from the Nigerian authorities that run to US$10.1 billion, MTN has taken the issues to court.
Angola Cables: Connecting the Americas
Connecting Africa News  
10/10/2018   Post a comment
Direct connectivity to the Americas opens up new business opportunities for Angola, says Angola Cables CEO António Nunes.
GSMA Backs W20 Call to Action on Women's Digital Inclusion
Connecting Africa News  
10/10/2018   Post a comment
GSMA's call to address gender gap in Internet access and use included in W20 Final Communiqué; B20 also highlighted equality as crucial for digital economy.
AI: Human Capacity Reimagined
Gabriella Jeakins  
10/8/2018   Post a comment
AI is already having an impact in Africa, which is why the AI Summit is coming to AfricaCom in Cape Town this November.
GSMA Launches Innovation Fund For Rural Connectivity
Connecting Africa News  
10/8/2018   Post a comment
GSMA calls for applications to develop solutions to improve rural connectivity in Ghana and Uganda.
SAEx Preps East-West Subsea Cable With Alcatel Submarine Networks
Ray Le Maistre  
10/4/2018   Post a comment
The South Atlantic Express (SAEx) project, which aims to connect the Americas and Asia via South Africa, has reached the study, survey and permission phase, with Alcatel Submarine Networks looking into the details.
Sea Change for Africa With Liquid's Fiber Link?
Iain Morris  
10/1/2018   Post a comment
A new fiber connection between Cape Town and Cairo could halve latency and bring new connectivity services into African markets.




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Kenya and Ghana have the second and third highest mobile payment rates after global leader China, according to a new report from Boston Consulting Group.
Vodafone is not ready to call it quits on plans to sell its 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt to Saudi Telecom Company (STC).
Safaricom is launching an M-Pesa 'super-app' which will let SMEs create their own business apps within the mobile money ecosystem, according to CIO, George Njuguna, who was speaking at East Africa Com.
Communications Authority of Kenya's Mercy Wanjau told East Africa Com digital economies must have progressive policy and regulation on spectrum, data protection and digital taxation.
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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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
The latest African Space Industry Annual Report from Space in Africa shows that despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, African countries are investing more in space and satellite ...
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 ...
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Partner Perspectives - from our sponsors
Africa's mobile operators need better roaming monetization for growth
By Damion Rose, product manager for Mobile Signaling and Roaming Solutions at BICS
How Africa's operators are driving socio-economic development
By Clémentine Fournier, VP Sales Africa at BICS
Ericsson's 2020 African Growth Plans
By Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa
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Webinars
ARCHIVED
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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Avanti Country Manager and Sales Director for Southern Africa, Brenden Pronk, discusses the latest development at Avanti and calls for the ...
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