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Content posted in October 2020
MTN Nigeria, 9Mobile test network sharing
Connecting Africa News  
10/27/2020   Post a comment
The Nigerian Communications Commission is encouraging network resource sharing through a national roaming service trial between MTN Nigeria and 9Mobile.
Karl Toriola appointed new MTN Nigeria CEO
Connecting Africa News  
10/26/2020   Post a comment
Karl Toriola to take over as CEO of MTN Nigeria, and Ferdi Moolman will return to South Africa to take on role of MTN Group chief risk officer.
New report shows digital gender gap in Ghana, Uganda
Paula Gilbert  
10/23/2020   Post a comment
The digital gender gap stands at almost 43% in Uganda and 5.8% in Ghana, according to the World Wide Web Foundation's new Women's Rights Online Report.
AfricaCom Interview: Onica Makwakwa on closing the digital gender gap
AfricaCom Perspectives  
10/22/2020   Post a comment
The Alliance for Affordable Internet's head of Africa, Onica Makwakwa, shares her views on how to narrow the digital gender gap and the challenges keeping women offline on the continent.
Hot startup of the month: Nigeria's VNTS
Tom Jackson  
10/22/2020   Post a comment
Nigerian startup VNTS manufactures network devices that solve last-mile connectivity and last-inch Wi-Fi signal issues using existing electrical cabling.
COVID-19 hits Ericsson's MEA sales
Paula Gilbert  
10/21/2020   Post a comment
Ericsson's third quarter sales in the Middle East and Africa declined 9% year-on-year, due to COVID-19-related macroeconomic uncertainty and delayed investments in the region.
Cell C's financial struggles continue
Paula Gilbert  
10/20/2020   Post a comment
South African operator Cell C recorded a net loss after tax of almost R7.6B (US$460M) in the six months to June 2020 and lost 4.5M customers in a year.
AfricaCom Interview: Tunde Fafunwa on how the ACIP is fighting COVID-19
AfricaCom Perspectives  
10/19/2020   Post a comment
Tunde Fafunwa from the UN Economic Commission for Africa explains how the Africa Communication and Information Platform (ACIP) is helping Africa's battle against COVID-19.
API marketplace Chenosis is gaining traction
Paula Gilbert  
10/19/2020   Post a comment
MTN Group CTIO, Charles Molapisi, shared his ambitious plans for API marketplace Chenosis which has already signed up over 250 developers in just two months.
Safaricom contributed 6% of Kenya's GDP
Paula Gilbert  
10/16/2020   Post a comment
Safaricom's 2020 Sustainable Business Report places its overall social impact over the past year at 6% of Kenya's GDP.
Vodacom denies Rain deal is a merger
Paula Gilbert  
10/15/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom is confident its agreements with Rain do not constitute a merger and do not contravene the South African Competition Act.
Telkom SA wants Vodacom, Rain spectrum deal scrutinized
Paula Gilbert  
10/14/2020   Post a comment
Telkom has approached South Africa's Competition Tribunal to get it to look into spectrum deals between fellow local operators Vodacom and Rain.
MTN Ghana pulls back on dominance court case
Paula Gilbert  
10/14/2020   Post a comment
MTN has withdrawn a court case in Ghana related to its market dominance, and is trying to find an amicable resolution with the National Communications Authority.
Telkom SA launching streaming service
Paula Gilbert  
10/13/2020   Post a comment
Telkom South Africa is launching a new streaming service called TelkomONE and is looking for original local content.
Vodacom gets a lifeline in Lesotho
Paula Gilbert  
10/12/2020   Post a comment
The High Court of Lesotho has granted an interim interdict stopping the Lesotho Communications Authority from revoking Vodacom's unified license in the country.
New MTN Liberia CEO announced
Connecting Africa News  
10/12/2020   Post a comment
MTN has announced that Rahul De will take over as CEO of MTN Liberia in November.
Vodacom Lesotho's license revoked
Paula Gilbert  
10/9/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom's license in Lesotho has been revoked by the Lesotho Communications Authority for failing to pay a hefty fine, but the telco will fight the decision in court.
Orange commits to keep intra-African data traffic in Africa
Connecting Africa News  
10/8/2020   Post a comment
Orange has announced it is creating two new international voice points of presence in Nigeria and plans to open a data clearing house in Africa next year.
Ericsson tapped to modernize Airtel Kenya 4G network
Connecting Africa News  
10/8/2020   Post a comment
Airtel Africa selects Swedish equipment maker for network overhaul.
Airtel, Samsung in smartphone financing deal
Paula Gilbert  
10/7/2020   1 comment
Airtel Africa is partnering with Mastercard, Samsung and Asante Financial Services to launch a smartphone financing project as a way to entice users to upgrade from feature phones to smartphones.
COVID-19 exposes West Africa's digital education divide
Paula Gilbert  
10/6/2020   Post a comment
Africa Web Services CEO Dr. Momar Dieng told West Africa Com that the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the education system and highlighted the region's digital divide when it comes to learning.
West Africa Com 2020: EduTech in focus
Connecting Africa Video  
10/6/2020   Post a comment
The CEOs of CyberSmart Africa and Africa Web Services discuss EduTech in West Africa
MTN Zambia signs fiber deal with ZTE
Connecting Africa News  
10/5/2020   Post a comment
MTN Zambia and ZTE have signed a partnership to construct a cross-border optical transmission network backbone, promising better connectivity and lower data costs for Zambians.
Ericsson, Telenor Connexion power smart water purification solution in East Africa
Connecting Africa News  
10/2/2020   Post a comment
Ericsson and Telenor Connexion are bringing connectivity and enabling IoT solutions for micro-brewery and water filtering firm Wayout's water purification micro-factories in East Africa.
SA operators allowed to keep COVID-19 emergency spectrum longer
Paula Gilbert  
10/1/2020   Post a comment
South Africa's telecoms regulator says operators don't have to give back temporary 4G and 5G spectrum until March next year.
US-Africa Tech Challenge to take place in 2021
Connecting Africa Video  
10/1/2020   1 comment
David Bray, inaugural director of the GeoTech Center at The Atlantic Council, spoke at East Africa Com, giving more details about the US-Africa Tech Challenge.




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The digital gender gap stands at almost 43% in Uganda and 5.8% in Ghana, according to the World Wide Web Foundation's new Women's Rights Online Report.
The Alliance for Affordable Internet's head of Africa, Onica Makwakwa, shares her views on how to narrow the digital gender gap and the challenges keeping women offline on the continent.
Nigerian startup VNTS manufactures network devices that solve last-mile connectivity and last-inch Wi-Fi signal issues using existing electrical cabling.
Ericsson's third quarter sales in the Middle East and Africa declined 9% year-on-year, due to COVID-19-related macroeconomic uncertainty and delayed investments in the region.
South African operator Cell C recorded a net loss after tax of almost R7.6B (US$460M) in the six months to June 2020 and lost 4.5M customers in a year.
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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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