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Content posted in November 2019
Vodacom Loses Second Exec in a Week
  • Paula Gilbert
South African operator Vodacom is experiencing an executive exodus with both its group CFO and CTO resigning this week.
Ericsson, 5G & Africa: The AfricaCom Interview
  • Sponsored Video
At the recent AfricaCom event in Cape Town we spoke to Chafic Traboulsi, head of networks for Ericsson, Middle East and Africa, about the challenges and opportunities associated with the rollout of 5G across the African continent.
4G to Dominate MEA in 2025
  • Paula Gilbert
By 2025 LTE (4G) will be the dominant mobile access technology in the Middle East and Africa (MEA).
Vodacom CTO Resigns
  • Connecting Africa News
Andries Delport is leaving Vodacom after 23 years.
Africa Lags in Ericsson's 5G Forecasts
  • Paula Gilbert
Ericsson expects 5G to account for 2.6 billion subscriptions by 2025, but only about 30 million of those will be in Sub-Saharan Africa.
SA Companies Back Away From Public Cloud
  • Paula Gilbert
South African companies have outranked the global and EMEA averages in moving applications out of the public cloud and back onto premises-based infrastructure, according to a new study.
AfricaCom 2019: Key Takeaways From the Week
  • Connecting Africa Video
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Telecoms.com Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide insights into the final day of AfricaCom 2019 and a summary of the conference in general, including how Africa is embracing the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' and the rise of smart feature phones in Africa.
AfricaCom 2019 Day 2: Key Takeaways
  • Connecting Africa Video
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 between East and West Africa, and the rise of the super-app.
AfricaCom 2019 Day 1: Key Takeaways
  • Connecting Africa Video
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Telecoms.com Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide their insights into topics such as spectrum availability and digital inclusion from the first day of AfricaCom 2019.
Is Telkom About to Snap Up Cell C?
  • Ray Le Maistre
South African operator warns shareholders of potential acquisition as it announces a dip in profits for the first half of its fiscal year.
Vodacom Half-Year Profit Jumps 19%
  • Paula Gilbert
Vodacom has seen strong half-year profits due to sustained growth in the international operations and an improved second-quarter performance in South Africa.
SA Spectrum Licensing: What You Need to Know
  • Paula Gilbert
South Africa's spectrum licensing process looks like it will finally move forward, with plans for both 4G and 5G spectrum licensing set out by the communications authority.
How Transnet Puts IoT to Work
  • Ray Le Maistre
Major South African freight logistics company Transnet has been improving efficiency and maximizing resource potential using Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
M-Pesa Continues to Buoy Safaricom
  • Iain Morris
The Kenyan operator reports growth in sales and profit thanks again to growth in revenues from its mobile money service.
Blue Label Gets Real About Cell C
  • Paula Gilbert
The board and management of Blue Label Telecoms are 'extremely disappointed in the performance of Cell C.'


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Hot startup of the month: SA's FlexClub

South African startup FlexClub has launched a managed marketplace that helps independent drivers on digital platforms become vehicle owners.

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Econet and X's Project Taara join forces to connect Africa

Econet Group and Google X's Project Taara are teaming up to deploy new high-speed Internet technology to communities across sub-Saharan Africa.

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AfricaCom Interview: Onica Makwakwa on closing the digital gender gap

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.

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AfricaCom Interview: Tunde Fafunwa on how the ACIP is fighting COVID-19

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.

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AfricaCom Interview: Temidayo Oniosun on Africa's space and satellite industry

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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SD-WAN and satellite – how MNOs and telcos can enjoy the best of both worlds
By Ofer Asif, SVP BizDev, marketing and strategy at Spacecom

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

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AfricaCom 2020 Digital Symposium - Day 2

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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