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The Best of the AI Summit at AfricaCom 2019: Videos
Paula Gilbert  
11/29/2019   Post a comment
Five of the most interesting videos concerning artificial intelligence from the recent AI Summit Cape Town at AfricaCom 2019.
Cell C sends Telkom packing
Paula Gilbert  
11/29/2019   Post a comment
South African operator Cell C has rejected Telkom's takeover offer.
Hot Startup of the Month: Egyptian AI Company Synapse Analytics
Connecting Africa News  
11/28/2019   Post a comment
Egyptian company Synapse Analytics is focusing on AI in the retail sector and has already witnessed strong growth since its launch in 2018.
Vodacom Loses Second Exec in a Week
Paula Gilbert  
11/28/2019   Post a comment
South African operator Vodacom is experiencing an executive exodus with both its group CFO and CTO resigning this week.
West & Central Africa Get on 5G Train
Paula Gilbert  
11/27/2019   Post a comment
Nigeria and Gabon have both begun trialing 5G technology.
Ericsson, 5G & Africa: The AfricaCom Interview
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11/26/2019   Post a comment
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  
11/26/2019   Post a comment
By 2025 LTE (4G) will be the dominant mobile access technology in the Middle East and Africa (MEA).
Vodacom CTO Resigns
Connecting Africa News  
11/26/2019   Post a comment
Andries Delport is leaving Vodacom after 23 years.
Africa Lags in Ericsson's 5G Forecasts
Paula Gilbert  
11/25/2019   Post a comment
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  
11/25/2019   1 comment
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.
Safaricom IoT Solution Is Keeping Kenya's Beers Cold
Paula Gilbert  
11/22/2019   Post a comment
Telecoms operator Safaricom is partnering with Kenya Breweries to connect and enhance its coolers using Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
Telkom Is Gaining Mobile Subs but Suffering ARPU Erosion
Paula Gilbert  
11/21/2019   Post a comment
South African mobile operator Telkom may be gaining mobile customers by the truckload, but it is generating less money from each of them than a year ago.
SA Regulator Pours Cold Water on MTN & Cell C Roaming Deal
Paula Gilbert  
11/20/2019   Post a comment
The Independent Communications Authority of SA wants MTN and Cell C to clarify details of their recently announced national roaming agreement.
Vodacom Is 5G-Ready but Still Focusing on 4G
Paula Gilbert  
11/19/2019   Post a comment
Vodacom is focusing heavily on continuing 4G rollout across its five operations in Africa while preparing for the launch of 5G in South Africa.
Telkom Confirms Cell C Courtship
Paula Gilbert  
11/18/2019   Post a comment
SA's Telkom has finally confirmed it is in discussions with Cell C regarding a potential acquisition.
AfricaCom 2019: Key Takeaways From the Week
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11/18/2019   Post a comment
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and 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.
More Smart Feature Phones Drop at AfricaCom
Paula Gilbert  
11/15/2019   Post a comment
Africell and Orange both launched new KaiOS-powered smart feature phones for markets like The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Botswana.
AfricaCom: Liquid Telecom Connects East to West Africa via DRC
Paula Gilbert  
11/14/2019   Post a comment
The pan-African telecoms group has announced a direct land-based fiber link connecting East to West Africa through the Democratic Republic of Congo.
AfricaCom 2019 Day 2: Key Takeaways
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11/14/2019   Post a comment
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
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11/13/2019   Post a comment
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide their insights into topics such as spectrum availability and digital inclusion from the first day of AfricaCom 2019.
AfricaCom: MTN Commits to Rural Coverage Using OpenRAN Technology
Paula Gilbert  
11/13/2019   Post a comment
MTN is set to deploy 5,000 OpenRAN sites across its operations in Africa and the Middle East.
AfricaCom: MTN Wants Ayoba to Be a 'Super-App'
Paula Gilbert  
11/13/2019   Post a comment
MTN's messaging platform has reached over 1.2 million active users and CEO Rob Shuter's vision for Ayoba is to become a 'super-app.'
Is Telkom About to Snap Up Cell C?
Ray Le Maistre  
11/12/2019   Post a comment
South African operator warns shareholders of potential acquisition as it announces a dip in profits for the first half of its fiscal year.
AfricaCom Interview: Irdeto's Jim Phillipoff on Smart Home Security
AfricaCom Perspectives  
11/11/2019   Post a comment
Ahead of AfricaCom 2019, Irdeto's Jim Phillipoff discusses the security threats facing smart home devices and where the responsibility for securing IoT devices lies.
African Mobile Broadband Connections to Boom by 2024 – Ovum
Paula Gilbert  
11/11/2019   Post a comment
Ovum's Africa Digital Outlook 2020 report forecasts that there will be 1.08 billion mobile broadband connections in Africa by 2024.
Vodacom Half-Year Profit Jumps 19%
Paula Gilbert  
11/11/2019   Post a comment
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's Cape Flats Get Free WiFi Through Google
Connecting Africa News  
11/8/2019   Post a comment
Google Station has launched in South Africa to provide free WiFi to underserved areas like Khayelitsha and Gugulethu.
SA Spectrum Licensing: What You Need to Know
Paula Gilbert  
11/7/2019   Post a comment
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  
11/6/2019   Post a comment
Major South African freight logistics company Transnet has been improving efficiency and maximizing resource potential using Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
Tanzania Joins Smart Feature Phone Revolution
Connecting Africa News  
11/6/2019   Post a comment
Vodacom has launched Tanzania's first smart feature phone powered by KaiOS.
Hot Startup of the Month: SA Data-Only Network Rain
Connecting Africa News  
11/4/2019   Post a comment
The cost of mobile data in South Africa remains high and data-only network Rain plans to solve the problem, by ignoring voice and SMS.
M-Pesa Continues to Buoy Safaricom
Iain Morris  
11/1/2019   Post a comment
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  
11/1/2019   Post a comment
The board and management of Blue Label Telecoms are 'extremely disappointed in the performance of Cell C.'

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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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