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Content posted in December 2016
Africa Still Below 30% Internet Penetration: Report
Connecting Africa News  
12/23/2016   1 comment
Internet access penetration rate for the continent is just 28.7% compared to a world average of 50.1%.
Africa’s FTTH Boom is Here: Report
Connecting Africa News  
12/22/2016   1 comment
Xalam Analytics expects number of African homes/premises passed by fiber to reach 2 million in 2017.
Ooredoo Algeria Hits 1.2Tbit/s in Optical Field Trial
Connecting Africa News  
12/21/2016   1 comment
Operator looks to next generation transmission technology to support its backbone upgrade requirements.
Celebrating Digital Africa: The AfricaCom Awards 2016
Amy Turner  
12/20/2016   Post a comment
The AfricaCom Awards 2016 celebrated and paid tribute to the industry initiatives that improved connectivity and spearheaded social empowerment on the African continent.
Liquid Telecom Wins Approval for $470M Neotel Deal
Connecting Africa News  
12/16/2016   1 comment
Operator's network to span 40,000km following acquisition in South Africa.
Fuelling Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship: AfricaCom Interview With Bisila Bokoko
Connecting Africa News  
12/16/2016   Post a comment
Amy Turner spoke to pioneering businesswoman, philanthropist and entrepreneur Bisila Bokoko at AfricaCom 2016.
Liquid Telecom Expands Into Tanzania With Raha Acquisition
Connecting Africa News  
12/14/2016   1 comment
Regulatory approval seals Liquid's deal to take majority stake in local ISP.
Vodacom Extends Fiber Network Through Third-Party Wholesale Deals
Connecting Africa News  
12/12/2016   Post a comment
South African operator makes use of mix of tactics to extend FTTH reach.
Orange Brings New Color to Moroccan 4G Player Méditel
Connecting Africa News  
12/9/2016   1 comment
Morocco is Orange's second-largest market after Egypt in the Middle East and Africa.
China Telecom Global Picks Djibouti as Hub for East Africa Expansion
Connecting Africa News  
12/8/2016   Post a comment
International unit of Chinese telco is part of consortium behind the new SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable.
Africa's Comms Market: Where's the Growth?
Ray Le Maistre  
12/7/2016   Post a comment
Mobile subscription numbers are, as you'd expect, set to rise in the coming five years, but by how much? And what about Pay-TV and FTTX? Ovum's dashboard has the forecasts.
IoT and Smart Cities Africa - AfricaCom Interview with Accelerate Cape Town's Juliet Prowse
Connecting Africa News  
12/5/2016   1 comment
We sat down with Accelerate Cape Town's Programme Director, Juliet Prowse, to chat about the organisation's work and key priorities.
iWayAfrica Launches Jola VSAT Service to Boost Connectivity
Connecting Africa News  
12/1/2016   Post a comment
Jola is the second service to emerge from a new partnership between Gondwana International Networks and Intelsat.
Africa Nears 1B Mobile Subs Landmark, Says Ovum
Ray Le Maistre  
12/1/2016   1 comment
The number of mobile subscriptions in Africa is set to cross the 1 billion mark before the end of 2016, according to research house Ovum.




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On August 18 and 20, Connecting Africa and AfricaCom will run a two-day Digital Symposium covering the 2020 outlook, 5G, mobile money, connectivity and more.
A new World Wide Worx report has quoted SA's mobile operators saying high spectrum prices could place a barrier on 5G growth in the country.
MTN has seen some interesting voice, data and fintech trends emerge over the first half of 2020, caused by COVID-19 lockdowns across its markets.
The planned merger between Telkom Kenya and Airtel has been shelved about 18 months since the pair first agreed terms.
MTN has announced an 'orderly exit' out of Middle East operations and is in advanced discussions to sell its 75% stake in MTN Syria.
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The largest population growth globally is happening in Africa and innovation in agriculture is, without a doubt, an important tool to tackle food security for the rapidly growing population.
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Webinars
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
11:00 A.M. South Africa Standard Time

Session One

African Telecoms Outlook 2020
Date: 08/18/20 @ 11:00 A.M. SAST

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

This year did not begin the way most people expected it to, so what does the future of the telecoms sector look like in Africa in 2020? In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss what African operators’ priorities for the year should be and the most significant market trends expected to dominate in 2020.

  • Will MNOs focus on sweating their current assets rather than investing in new technologies like 5G?
  • What impact will COVID-19 have on the continent’s networks?
  • What are the hot market trends in Africa when it comes to voice, data and mobile financial services?
  • Diversification strategies: entering adjacent markets; MVNO sub-brands; cost consolidation
  • How are companies unlocking rural connectivity as a growth driver?

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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