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Content posted in December 2017
TE SubCom Starts Work on DARE Subsea Cable
Ray Le Maistre  
12/29/2017   Post a comment
Submarine network construction specialist has started building the Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE) network.
Airtel Faces Battle for Tanzania Unit
Connecting Africa News  
12/22/2017   Post a comment
Tanzania's President John Magufuli has called into question the validity of Bharti Airtel's 60% stake in a local mobile operator but the Indian giant says its acquisition was all done by the book.
Africa's Smartphone Market Still in the Doldrums: IDC
Connecting Africa News  
12/21/2017   Post a comment
Third quarter shipments might be up compared with the previous three months but sales volumes are still down compared with a year ago, according to numbers from IDC.
MTN Launches Connected Car Usage-Based Insurance Service
Connecting Africa News  
12/20/2017   Post a comment
Working with technology partners Huawei, South African operator MTN has launched a connected car service that tracks and monitors vehicles and enables usage-based insurance.
Airtel Snaps Up Tigo Rwanda
Iain Morris  
12/19/2017   Post a comment
Bharti Airtel to merge its Rwandan network with that of local rival Millicom.
Liquid Telecom Partners Zambian Startup Hub
Iain Morris  
12/15/2017   Post a comment
The operator will provide Internet connectivity and cloud services to technology players in Zambia.
Huawei Launches OpenLab in Egypt
Connecting Africa News  
12/13/2017   Post a comment
Chinese technology giant will use the facility to build an ICT ecosystem in Northern Africa.
Airtel Downplays Africa Exit Talk – Report
Iain Morris  
12/12/2017   1 comment
Indian operator denies it has talked about quitting African markets but says it remains open to merger possibilities.
Tunisie Telecom to Test Cryptocurrency for Mobile Finance
Ray Le Maistre  
12/12/2017   1 comment
Tunisian operator is engaging with cryptocurrency startup Telcoin to check out a new way to offer mobile remittance services.
Kenya Hits 1 Million 4G Users
Ray Le Maistre  
12/11/2017   Post a comment
There were 1 million active 4G users in Kenya for the first time during November and that number is only set to grow in 2018.
WorldRemit Raises $40M, Targets 5M Customers in Africa
Connecting Africa News  
12/11/2017   Post a comment
Fintech specialist attracts further funding as it aims for 10 million users, of which half (it hopes) will be in Africa.
Making Sense of Zimbabwe's Surprisingly Solid Telecoms Market
Guy Zibi  
12/8/2017   Post a comment
Despite its recent history, Zimbabwe has a high ICT ranking and one of the most important telecoms markets in Sub-Saharan Africa.
AfricaCom Day Three: The Connected Ones
Connecting Africa News  
12/6/2017   Post a comment
The final day of this year's AfricaCom event was notable for delivering practical advice and incisive local insight.
The Role of Mobile in Expanding the Digital Economy: AfricaCom TV Interview with MTN's Herman Singh
Connecting Africa Video  
12/6/2017   Post a comment
AfricaCom TV caught up with Herman Singh, MTN's Group Chief Digital Officer, during the 20th anniversary event. Singh discussed the role of mobile as a platform for expanding the African digital economy and mapping Africa's journey through the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The African Impact of the Net Neutrality Debate
Guy Zibi  
12/5/2017   Post a comment
Why African regulators and telcos are paying attention to net neutrality developments in the US and elsewhere.
MTN Nigeria Turns to Nokia's Machine Learning Tech to Improve Customer Experience
Ray Le Maistre  
12/5/2017   Post a comment
Nigerian mobile operator aims to identify and rectify service quality issues quicker with Nokia software systems and ultimately improve customer experience.
The Future of African Broadcasting: AfricaCom TV Interview with John Momoh, Channels Media
Connecting Africa Video  
12/4/2017   Post a comment
What are the hallmarks of a successful African broadcaster, how can the industry remain sustainable in the long term and what does the future hold for African media? AfricaCom TV sat down with CEO and Chairman of Channels Media Group, John Momoh.
NTT Com Joins South Africa's Data Center Services Club
Ray Le Maistre  
12/1/2017   Post a comment
Global giant NTT Communications is bringing its Nexcenter data center service offering to South Africa through a partnership with Internet Solutions.




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Kenya and Ghana have the second and third highest mobile payment rates after global leader China, according to a new report from Boston Consulting Group.
Vodafone is not ready to call it quits on plans to sell its 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt to Saudi Telecom Company (STC).
Safaricom is launching an M-Pesa 'super-app' which will let SMEs create their own business apps within the mobile money ecosystem, according to CIO, George Njuguna, who was speaking at East Africa Com.
Communications Authority of Kenya's Mercy Wanjau told East Africa Com digital economies must have progressive policy and regulation on spectrum, data protection and digital taxation.
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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The latest African Space Industry Annual Report from Space in Africa shows that despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, African countries are investing more in space and satellite ...
CodeSpace is a South African organization, based in Cape Town, providing young people with the skills to excel in technology careers. We caught up with the founder Emma Dicks to find out ...
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.
Gender-responsive policy is critical for Africa and involves the integration of gender in ICT-related strategies, policies, plans and budgets, with clear gender-equality targets. So says ...
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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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