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Video: Why SA Is Uniquely Positioned to Benefit From 4IR
Paula Gilbert  
12/30/2019   Post a comment
Unathi Mtya, chief technology officer at Grindrod Bank, explains why South Africa is positioned to take advantage of the fourth industrial revolution.
Video: The Next Industries Facing Disruption
Paula Gilbert  
12/27/2019   Post a comment
Future Advisory CEO Herman Singh told AfricaCom TV which industries he believes will be the most disrupted by startup players.
RSAWEB's Rudy van Staden says connectivity is lighting the fuse of an IoT boom
AfricaCom Perspectives  
12/24/2019   Post a comment
RSAWEB CEO Rudy van Staden believes that IoT has moved far beyond the fad some originally thought it to be.
Hot Startup of the Month: SA's #Datafree Platform biNu
Connecting Africa News  
12/23/2019   Post a comment
South African company biNu has managed to reinvent itself and its #datafree platform is helping get African users online for free.
Women in Tech Interview: MTN Liberia CEO Uche Ofodile
Paula Gilbert  
12/20/2019   Post a comment
Uche Ofodile spoke to Connecting Africa about the role leaders should play in empowering more women in Africa, and much more.
MTN Relaunching Mobile Money in SA in 2020
Connecting Africa News  
12/19/2019   Post a comment
MTN has announced its Mobile Money service will go live in South Africa once again in January 2020.
The Most Expensive Data Prices in Africa
Paula Gilbert  
12/18/2019   Post a comment
According to stats from Research ICT Africa, eSwatini has the most expensive data prices in Africa and Egypt has the cheapest.
Implementing and Securing Digital Identities: An Imperative in a Dematerialized World
Connecting Africa News  
12/18/2019   Post a comment
In this guest column, GVG's Raul Vahisalu argues that the issue of digital identity must be addressed if the digital revolution is to be a success.
Airtel-Telkom Merger Approved by Kenya's Competition Watchdog
Connecting Africa News  
12/16/2019   Post a comment
The Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) has given its blessing to the proposed merger of Kenyan mobile operators Airtel and Telkom.
Uganda Clears Project Loon for Takeoff
Connecting Africa News  
12/13/2019   Post a comment
Alphabet's balloon Internet project, Loon, has signed an airspace deal with Uganda that will help it provide connectivity to rural Kenya and beyond.
The Top Things Africans Googled in 2019
Paula Gilbert  
12/12/2019   Post a comment
Google's 2019 Year in Search has revealed the top searches in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa during the past year.
Vodacom to Launch Savings & Investment Product
Paula Gilbert  
12/11/2019   Post a comment
Vodacom's financial services department is planning to expand into savings and investments and has a multi-purpose'super-app' in the works.
Rolling Blackouts Hurting SA Operators & Customers
Paula Gilbert  
12/10/2019   Post a comment
Ongoing power blackouts across South Africa are putting pressure on the country's mobile networks and impacting services for users.
Safaricom Unveils Mobile Disease Surveillance System
Connecting Africa News  
12/9/2019   Post a comment
The Kenyan telecoms operator has partnered with Korea Telecom on a project to help epidemic preparedness and control for infectious diseases such as Ebola and Yellow Fever.
CompCom Data War Could Backfire on Smaller Players
Paula Gilbert  
12/6/2019   Post a comment
Analysts say that forcing Vodacom and MTN to drop prices could actually make it harder for Cell C and Telkom to retain customers.
Africa Key to Orange 2025 Strategy
Paula Gilbert  
12/5/2019   Post a comment
French operator Orange has unveiled its new strategic plan, Engage2025, and Africa has an important place in it.
MTN & Vodacom Hit Back at Data Pricing Report
Paula Gilbert  
12/4/2019   Post a comment
MTN and Vodacom continue to blame high data prices on a lack of spectrum.
Free Data for All: SA Competition Watchdog
Paula Gilbert  
12/3/2019   1 comment
The Competition Commission is trying to enforce sweeping changes to South Africa's mobile data pricing, including free daily mobile data for all citizens.
SA Competition Commission Forcing MTN & Vodacom to Cut Data Prices
Paula Gilbert  
12/2/2019   Post a comment
South Africa's Competition Commission says MTN and Vodacom must reduce mobile data prices immediately or face prosecution.
MTN Launches Mobile Remittance App
Connecting Africa News  
12/2/2019   Post a comment
MTN's new mobile remittance application, Homeland, aims to facilitate money and airtime transfers from Europe to 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.
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert and Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide insights into the final day of AfricaCom 2019 and a ...
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 Deputy Editor Jamie Davies provide their insights into topics such as spectrum ...
Connecting Africa editor Paula Gilbert discusses the key trends in Africa's ICT sector, including the fourth industrial revolution and digital ...
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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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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