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Content posted in November 2018
MTN Set to Cover 90% of South African Population With 4G
Wei Shi  
11/29/2018   1 comment
More than 50 million South Africans will be covered by 4G by the end of 2018, according to MTN, making it the first operator in the country to hit that mark.
MTN Group Joins the IoT World Alliance
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11/29/2018   Post a comment
MTN Group is the first African telco to join the IoT World Alliance, an industry organization dedicated to enabling connected IoT solutions.
Nigeria Needs Policy Reform, Says GSMA
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11/29/2018   Post a comment
Nigeria has the potential to get 55% of its population connected by 2025 and unlock economic growth.
Avanti Talks About Satellite's Roll in Connecting Africa at AfricaCom 2018
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11/28/2018   Post a comment
Avanti Country Manager and Sales Director for Southern Africa, Brenden Pronk, discusses the latest development at Avanti and calls for the telecoms industry to work together to create a truly connected continent.
Parallel Wireless 2G/3G/4G/5G Open Network Solution Connects 12 Countries in Africa
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Parallel Wireless's Christoph Fitih shared how the company's 2G/3G/4G/5G software-enabled Open Network solution is helping telcos in Africa deploy new coverage throughout the continent at much lower cost and on an accelerated timeline.
Africa's Mobile Phone Market Dips in Q3 — IDC
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11/27/2018   Post a comment
Africa's mobile phone market declined 2.1% quarter on quarter in Q3 2018, according to research firm IDC.
Telecom Egypt Upgrades Its Delta Backbone Network
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11/26/2018   Post a comment
Telecom Egypt has deployed Nokia's Photonic Service Engine (PSE) technology to double backbone capacity on its Delta Region DWDM backbone network to enable a single-carrier 200G service.
Orange Eyes 5G Launches in Africa, Middle East
Ray Le Maistre  
11/26/2018   1 comment
There are still many challenges to overcome to make 5G network deployments efficient but Orange is confident that 5G will be coming to Africa and the Middle East from 2020.
MTN, Orange Forge Mobile Money Interop Deal
Wei Shi  
11/23/2018   Post a comment
Two leading mobile operators in Africa are to set up a joint venture called Mowali to enable mobile money service interoperability across sub-Saharan Africa.
Cassava Smartech & Comviva Win AfricaCom, GLOTEL Awards
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11/21/2018   Post a comment
The companies won the awards for the EcoCash Merchant Payments powered by mobiquity Money.
MTN, Ericsson, Netstar Claim 5G First for South Africa
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11/16/2018   Post a comment
MTN South Africa and Ericsson have announced South Africa's first 5G customer trial, a deployment using a fixed wireless access site at technology company Netstar's headquarters in Midrand.
Connecting 1 Billion Africans to the Internet — Interview with Nivi Sharma
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11/15/2018   Post a comment
Nivi Sharma, COO of BRCK, talks to AfricaCom TV.
AfricaCom 2018 Day 3: Problems or Solutions? – That Is the Question
Wei Shi  
11/15/2018   Post a comment
The blockchain debate was fierce on Day 3 at AfricaCom, but more pressing is the need to find ways to connect the unconnected.
Announcing the 2018 AfricaCom Awards Winners
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11/15/2018   Post a comment
This year's AfricaCom Award winners have been announced, with Huawei, Liquid Telecom and Orange amongst the victors.
The Future of TV is the Internet — Interview with Mayur Patel
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11/15/2018   Post a comment
Mayur Patel, CEO of Kwesé iflix, talks to AfricaCom TV.
Transforming Customer Expectations in the Media Industry — Interview With Joseph Hundah
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11/15/2018   Post a comment
Joseph Hundah, Group CEO for Econet Media, talks to AfricaCom TV.
Huawei Unveils Cloud Computing Service in South Africa
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11/15/2018   Post a comment
HUAWEI CLOUD is launched in South Africa, making the company the world's first cloud service provider that operates a local data center to provide cloud services in Africa.
Digital Inclusion is Key for Africa's Development — Interview With Dudu Mkhwanazi
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11/15/2018   Post a comment
Project Isizwe CEO Dudu Mkhwanazi talks to AfricaCom TV.
AfricaCom 2018 Day 2: From the Cloud to the Lunch Table, AI Covers It All
Wei Shi  
11/14/2018   Post a comment
Huawei brought its public cloud to sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on AI capabilities. But what realistic AI opportunities are there for Africa?
Aligning AI With Africa's Workforce – Interview With Francis Mumbi
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11/14/2018   Post a comment
Innovation Lead at Stanbic Bank, Francis Mumbi, talks to AfricaCom TV about the impact of artificial intelligence on businesses in Africa.
Africa Goes Global: Content Distribution Across the World – Interview with Biola Alabi
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11/14/2018   Post a comment
Biola Alabi, Nigerian entrepreneur and founder and managing director of Biola Alabi Media, talks to AfricaCom TV.
AfricaCom 2018: Why Africa's Telcos Need to Spread Their Wings
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11/14/2018   Post a comment
'The OTTs have spread their wings,' noted Sudatel's strategy officer at AfricaCom 2018, and the telcos need to do the same.
AfricaCom 2018 Day 1: The Roads, the Chase & a Monoblock Phone
Wei Shi  
11/13/2018   Post a comment
Africa's largest telecom trade show, the 21st iteration of AfricaCom, opened today in Cape Town. Connecting Africa is reporting the most eye-catching stories from the show.
MTN Edges Out Vodacom to Claim SA's Mobile Video Quality Crown
Wei Shi  
11/13/2018   Post a comment
Mobile video users in South Africa can enjoy a good experience, better than in some advanced European countries, despite constrained download speeds, according to a report by OpenSignal.
Orange Unveils Key Developments at AfricaCom
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11/13/2018   Post a comment
At AfricaCom 2018, Orange announces multiple developments that will accelerate its multi-service operator strategy across the continent.
Nokia Shows Off at AfricaCom 2018
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11/13/2018   Post a comment
Nokia will be showcasing the latest innovations and engaging in discussions on ultra-broadband, the value of 5G in enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), digital transformation and the importance of encryption and Virtual Reality (VR).
MTN, KaiOS, China Mobile, UNISOC Unveil Smart Feature Phone
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11/13/2018   Post a comment
At AfricaCom, MTN, KaiOS Technologies, China Mobile and UNISOC launched Africa's first smart feature phone, which will make Internet connectivity and advanced digital services affordable for everyone.
Telkom SA Reports Fiscal H1 Revenue Growth
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11/13/2018   Post a comment
South African operator Telkom SA has reported a 5.2% year-on-year increase in group operating revenues for the six months to September 30.
Vodacom Reports Revenues Boost in Fiscal H1 Results
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11/12/2018   Post a comment
Vodacom group revenues increased by 6.1% year-on-year to R36.8 billion for the six months to September 30.
World Telecom Labs Teams Up With eWATERpay
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11/12/2018   Post a comment
World Telecom Labs (WTL) adds water to its Vivada Rural Infrastructure Ecosystem.
Innovation Key to Fan Engagement
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11/12/2018   Post a comment
Technological advances bringing sport closer to African fans.
Free Conference Calling Launched In Uganda
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11/12/2018   Post a comment
FreeConferenceCall.com has enabled instant access to free conference calling in Uganda, making the service available to 40 million potential users.
South African Operator Rain Deploys Nokia's 5G Tech
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11/10/2018   Post a comment
Nokia has deployed a 5G site for South African operator rain ahead of the AfricaCom 2018 event.
InfiNet Wireless Takes the Quanta 5 to AfricaCom 2018
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11/9/2018   Post a comment
InfiNet's Quanta 5 spectral efficiency solution can eliminate interference in noisy radio environments.
Success Factors for Digital Transformation
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11/9/2018   Post a comment
A study at the University of Oldenburg has identified the success factors for digital transformation in midsize enterprises.
Africa's Digital Future Looks Bright: Ovum
Wei Shi  
11/8/2018   Post a comment
The newly published Africa Digital Outlook 2019 report identifies mobile broadband access, mobile money, digital services and 5G as the growth sectors.
Transforming Lives in Africa Through Free WiFi Hotspots
Gabriella Jeakins  
11/8/2018   Post a comment
With under a week to go until AfricaCom 2018, Connecting Africa speaks to Dudu Mkhwanazi, the CEO of Project Isizwe, a South African non-profit organization that advocates for free Internet access within walking distance in low-income communities.
Telkom, Netflix Team Up in South Africa
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11/7/2018   Post a comment
South Africa's Telkom has secured a partnership with Internet entertainment service Netflix.
Vodacom, Telkom Strike Roaming, Facilities Deal
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11/7/2018   Post a comment
South African operators Vodacom and Telkom have signed a roaming and facilities leasing agreement.
Blockchain Technology Set to Transform African Financial Services
Gabriella Jeakins  
11/7/2018   Post a comment
With under a week to go until AfricaCom 2018, Connecting Africa speaks to some of the AfricaCom Ambassadors, a group of 30 leaders and innovators from across the continent who are driving Africa's digital transformation. First up: VALR.com's Farzam Ehsani.
Safaricom Reports Strong Growth in Fiscal First Half
Ray Le Maistre  
11/2/2018   Post a comment
Kenyan market leader continues to add customers and grow its revenues, earnings and network coverage but there are clouds on the horizon.
Innovation Without Information is Destined to Fail
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11/1/2018   Post a comment
The implications of processing large amounts of data are enormous.




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11:00 A.M. South Africa Standard Time

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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

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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
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