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MTN Group Grows, SA Struggles
Paula Gilbert  
10/31/2019   1 comment
While the MTN Group added 3.5 million new subscribers in the third quarter the SA business lost another 300,000 users.
Liquid Telecom SA's Massive Network Upgrade
Paula Gilbert  
10/30/2019   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom SA has announced a network refresh and advanced core network enhancements to offer better bandwidth capacity to customers.
Africa & Middle East Push Up Orange Revenues
Paula Gilbert  
10/29/2019   Post a comment
Orange revenues in Africa and the Middle East rose 7.6% in the third quarter of 2019, boosting the group total.
Orange Opens Digital Center in Senegal
Connecting Africa News  
10/28/2019   Post a comment
French operator Orange has opened its second Digital Center in Africa and the Middle East with plans for three more by the end of this year.
Airtel Africa Gains 10M Customers
Paula Gilbert  
10/25/2019   Post a comment
Airtel Africa added almost 10 million new customers in the past year while its data customer base increased 17.7% year-on-year.
Safaricom Announces New CEO After Collymore's Passing
Connecting Africa News  
10/24/2019   Post a comment
Peter Ndegwa will take over as Safaricom CEO in April 2020, filling the role left by the late Bob Collymore.
Vodacom Data Traffic Soars as Costs Drop
Paula Gilbert  
10/24/2019   Post a comment
Vodacom says the effective cost of data on its network has halved in the first six months of the financial year, while traffic has increased by 70%.
Vodacom Launches 4G Smart Feature Phone
Paula Gilbert  
10/23/2019   Post a comment
As smart feature phones become more popular across Africa, Vodacom has unveiled its new Vibe 4G phone.
Broadband for All Africans Will Cost $100B – World Bank
Paula Gilbert  
10/23/2019   Post a comment
The World Bank believes that achieving broadband access for everyone living in Africa by 2030 will come with a US$100 billion price tag.
Connecting Africa Country Profile: Nigeria
Paula Gilbert  
10/22/2019   Post a comment
This country guide offers a snapshot of the mobile market in Nigeria and takes a look at the key network operators active in the West African nation.
Voice Still Key for FNB Connect Users
Paula Gilbert  
10/18/2019   Post a comment
South African MVNO FNB Connect says voice calls still account for between 30% to 40% of its customers' typical spend.
MTN SA in Search of a New CFO
Connecting Africa News  
10/18/2019   Post a comment
MTN South Africa CFO Sandile Ntsele is being transferred to the MTN Group, leaving his job up for grabs.
'Made in Africa' Mara Smartphones to be Manufactured in SA
Paula Gilbert  
10/17/2019   Post a comment
The Mara Group has expanded the production of its African made smartphones, opening a high-tech manufacturing plant in South Africa.
Kenya Leads Africa in Mobile Financial Services Opportunities – Mazars
Paula Gilbert  
10/16/2019   Post a comment
The Mazars Mobile Payments Index ranks Kenya highest out of four African countries according to the mobile financial services opportunities in the country, while South Africa ranks lowest.
EOH Goes After Corrupt Employees & Business Partners
Paula Gilbert  
10/15/2019   Post a comment
South African IT services firm EOH has blacklisted 50 enterprise development business partners implicated in suspect payments.
Bolt Scaling Up East African Business With New Leader
Connecting Africa News  
10/14/2019   Post a comment
Ride-hailing platform Bolt has appointed Kenneth Micah as its new regional manager for East Africa.
MTN Cote d'Ivoire Has a New CEO
Connecting Africa News  
10/11/2019   Post a comment
MTN Group says Djibril Ouattara will move from his role as CEO of MTN Congo Brazzaville to take up the leadership spot in Cote d'Ivoire.
M-Pesa One of 10 Most Influential Projects of Last 50 Years, Says PMI
Paula Gilbert  
10/11/2019   Post a comment
The Kenyan mobile money service has been ranked the ninth most influential project in the world over the last five decades by the Project Management Institute.
Bolt's Big African Expansion Plans
Paula Gilbert  
10/10/2019   Post a comment
Ride-hailing app Bolt plans to increase its reach from over 40 African cities to 75 by the end of 2019.
Five Innovative Startups Looking to Transform Africa
AfricaCom Perspectives  
10/10/2019   1 comment
The shortlist of the startups in the running for AfricaCom's AHUB Pitch & Win competition.
AfricaCom Survey: 5G Investment Should Be Operators' Top Priority
AfricaCom Perspectives  
10/9/2019   Post a comment
AfricaCom's annual Insights Survey showed that 29% of respondents believe that 5G should be operators' biggest investment priority over the next 12 months.
Jury Still Out on Viability of Rural Fiber
Paula Gilbert  
10/9/2019   Post a comment
Frogfoot Networks CEO Abraham van der Merwe questions how financially viable it is to rollout fiber to townships and rural areas in South Africa.
SA Minister Pledges Support for Fiber Industry
Paula Gilbert  
10/8/2019   Post a comment
Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, says all South Africans should have access to fiber and has promised to support industry players to help make this happen.
Vodafone Brings OpenRAN to DRC & Mozambique
Connecting Africa News  
10/7/2019   Post a comment
Vodafone is trialing OpenRAN technology in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mozambique to broaden its base of suppliers and extend rural Internet access.
Women in Tech Interview: Microsoft SA's Lillian Barnard
Paula Gilbert  
10/4/2019   Post a comment
Microsoft SA managing director Lillian Barnard spoke to Connecting Africa about the rise of cloud in Africa and how she feels flying the flag for women in ICT.
eSIM Tech Trending Upward in Africa
Paula Gilbert  
10/3/2019   Post a comment
According to analysts the adoption of eSIM technology is slowly rising in Africa, and South Africa is the front runner in the region.
Africans Suffer Poor Voice App Experience
Paula Gilbert  
10/2/2019   Post a comment
A new report from Opensignal shows that Africa is trailing when it comes to voice app call quality of experience.
AfricaCom Insights: Ecobank's Simon B. Rey on Africa's Digital-Adaptive Population
AfricaCom Perspectives  
10/2/2019   Post a comment
Simon B. Rey from Ecobank believes the world's digital-adaptive population lives in Africa -- and it's not just about the Millennials.
Safaricom Is Losing Market Share to Airtel
Paula Gilbert  
10/1/2019   Post a comment
Safaricom's slice of the Kenyan market is slowly declining and has dropped to levels last seen in 2012.

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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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