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Content posted in December 2018
How Fintech is Driving an African Startup Funding Frenzy
Connecting Africa News  
12/28/2018   Post a comment
Tech startup funding has been booming across Africa, driven largely by fintech.
Omo Takes Over as Secretary General of the Africa Telecommunications Union (ATU)
Connecting Africa News  
12/27/2018   Post a comment
John Omo, formerly of the Communications Authority of Kenya, becomes the second Kenyan to head up the ATU.
Liquid Telecom to Launch Wholesale 4G Network in South Africa
Connecting Africa News  
12/27/2018   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom South Africa to provide wholesale open access roaming services to network operators starting early 2019.
MTN Settles $8.1B Spat with Central Bank of Nigeria
Connecting Africa News  
12/24/2018   Post a comment
MTN announces the conclusion of a resolution agreement with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Mobile Money Transfers in Kenya Hit Ksh. 2 Trillion in Q3
Connecting Africa News  
12/23/2018   Post a comment
In the July-September quarter, the value of mobile money transactions in Kenya hit the Ksh 2 trillion milestone for the first time, according to the Communications Authority of Kenya.
EIB Commits €495M to Developing Africa's Infrastructure
Wei Shi  
12/21/2018   Post a comment
The European Investment Bank commits €495 million to three mega projects in Africa to improve broadband access, public transport, and access to electricity.
Tigo Senegal Plans Network Boost with Ericsson
Ray Le Maistre  
12/20/2018   Post a comment
Three-year network modernization program will see Ericsson's radio access network gear deployed at more than 1,000 sites.
Facebook Applauds Its 2018 Record in Africa
Connecting Africa News  
12/19/2018   Post a comment
Facebook has had a trying year but according to the social media giant it's had a fabulous 2018 in Africa!
Kenyan Government Steps In to Standardize Mobile Money Services
Wei Shi  
12/18/2018   Post a comment
Kenya's Communications Authority is working with the Central Bank to develop a common platform to support interoperability between mobile money solutions.
MTN Group Has a New CTIO & a New CIO
Connecting Africa News  
12/17/2018   1 comment
Charles Molapisi will be the operator's new Group CTIO while Nikos Angelopoulos is the new Group CIO.
Liquid Telecom, Code for Africa to Map Deadly Air Pollution in Kenya
Connecting Africa News  
12/14/2018   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom Kenya's Internet of Things (IoT) network lowers the cost of 'citizen science' sensor network.​
Ecobank Appoints MFS Africa As Its Digital Payments Partner
Connecting Africa News  
12/12/2018   Post a comment
Ecobank's customers in 33 African countries can now transact with more than 170 million mobile wallets across the continent.
TelOne Zimbabwe Launches VoD with Vubiquity & Discover Digital International
Connecting Africa News  
12/12/2018   Post a comment
Vubiquity and strategic partner Discover Digital International help launch video On demand with TelOne Zimbabwe.
CDC Group Pumps $180M into Liquid Telecom
Connecting Africa News  
12/11/2018   Post a comment
CDC Group, a UK government-backed development finance institution, has agreed to invest US$180 million in African network operator Liquid Telecom, which is majority-owned by diversified communications company Econet Group.
Liquid Telecom Commits to $400M Investment in Egypt
Ray Le Maistre  
12/10/2018   Post a comment
In an effort to cement its position as the gateway between Egypt and the rest of Africa, Liquid Telecom plans significant data center and network investments in the country during the next three years.
OPPO Plans Major Investments for 2019
Connecting Africa News  
12/7/2018   Post a comment
Device manufacturer OPPO plans to focus its increased investments in the areas of 5G, artificial intelligence and smart devices.
Connecting Africa to the Digital World
Partner Perspectives  
12/6/2018   Post a comment
Investments are being made that will benefit the citizens of Africa, improve economies and perhaps most importantly give the people of Africa the opportunity to play their part in the Fourth Industrial revolution.
Safaricom Trials TubeStar Base Station
Ray Le Maistre  
12/6/2018   Post a comment
Kenyan operator is putting a new base station design to the test.
5G Will Roll Out in Nigeria by 2020, Says Regulator
Wei Shi  
12/4/2018   1 comment
The Nigerian Communications Commission says the country will be ready to launch next-generation cellular networks in 2020, despite low current 4G penetration.
Safaricom Intros Interactive Customer Care Chatbot
Connecting Africa News  
12/4/2018   Post a comment
Safaricom has introduced Zuri, an artificial intelligence chatbot assistant that is available on Telegram and Facebook Messenger.
HP Commits to Educate 100,000 Across Africa in the Next Three Years
Connecting Africa News  
12/4/2018   Post a comment
Company will open a HP LIFE Center for entrepreneurship in South Africa.




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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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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 ...
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Telecoms.com Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide their insights into topics such as spectrum ...
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AfricaCom TV caught up with Herman Singh, MTN's Group Chief Digital Officer, during the 20th anniversary event. Singh discussed the role of mobile ...
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AfricaCom Perspectives
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 ...
The way in which banking and travel have embraced technology has created a "digital first" approach for people across the world. Whether it is booking flights or transferring money, many ...
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Partner Perspectives - from our sponsors
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
Ericsson's 2020 African Growth Plans
By Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa
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Webinars
ARCHIVED
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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Avanti Country Manager and Sales Director for Southern Africa, Brenden Pronk, discusses the latest development at Avanti and calls for the ...
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