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Content posted in February 2017
Uber: The Big Data Company
Amy Turner  
2/27/2017   Post a comment
Uber's wealth of data has allowed the tech giant to gain valuable insights into both driver partners and riders.
Cell C Spurns Telkom Takeover Advances
Tim Skinner  
2/24/2017   Post a comment
Chairman rejects approach from Telkom outright, claiming legal agreement already reached for recapitalization.
Nigeria Moves Closer To Cashless Society
Tim Skinner  
2/24/2017   Post a comment
It now costs Nigerians cash to use cash...
Examining the Digital Transformation for Financial Services
Amy Turner  
2/23/2017   Post a comment
The topic of digital financial services raises a lot of key discussion points around innovation and, particularly, competition... or collaboration.
Orange Boosts Cote d'Ivoire Capacity With 100G Rollout
Tim Skinner  
2/22/2017   Post a comment
Operator turns to Ekinops to boost its transmission capacity in Ivory Coast.
Orange FOMO Shows Famoco the Dough
Tim Skinner  
2/21/2017   Post a comment
(FOMO = Fear of Missing Out)
M-Pesa Reaches the Big One-O
Tim Skinner  
2/21/2017   Post a comment
Jelly and ice cream all round!
Challenges & Opportunities in Africa & the Middle East
Connecting Africa News  
2/20/2017   Post a comment
Ahead of MWC 2017, Ovum's Matthew Reed talks to Scott Bicheno about some of the economic and operational challenges and opportunities for mobile operators in Africa and the Middle East.
Kenyan Authorities Deny Phone-Tapping Claims
Tim Skinner  
2/17/2017   Post a comment
The Communications Authority tells Connecting Africa the 'device management' procedure is purely to prevent fraudulent activity.
The OTTs Are Eating Our Lunch – Challenging the Traditional Telco Mindset
Connecting Africa News  
2/15/2017   Post a comment
MTN's group head of digital services, Manny Teixeira, talks about the drive towards digital services and the advantages of forming partnerships with startups.
Government-Led Internet Blackout Hits Cameroon for Fifth Week
Tim Skinner  
2/15/2017   Post a comment
Blackout allegedly comes in response to Anglophonic workforces protesting the government.
Glass Half Full for Liquid as Neotel Acquisition Completes
Tim Skinner  
2/14/2017   Post a comment
Fiber player picks up South African ISP for a cool half a billion.
IBM Aims to Fill Digital Skills Gap With $70M Africa Investment
Tim Skinner  
2/13/2017   Post a comment
Fund will help 25 million young Africans gain basic and advanced digital skills over the next five years.
African Telcos Open Up on AI, Digital Transformation
Tim Skinner  
2/10/2017   2 comments
AI-as-a-service touted as the next big thing for data analysis, but gaining cultural buy-in is key, according to two of Africa's biggest operators.
Millicom Africa Exit on the Cards After Positive 2016
Tim Skinner  
2/9/2017   Post a comment
Tigo owner sees growth across the world in Q4, while selling off multiple African operations.
Optimism Grows Around African Startup Scene – Report
Tim Skinner  
2/8/2017   Post a comment
Six African startups highlighted in new report illustrating the power of combining people, money and technology.
Broadband Infraco Boosts Fiber Diet With Transport Upgrade
Tim Skinner  
2/8/2017   Post a comment
Deal with Coriant sees optical vendor provide SDN-ready hardware across vast portions of Broadband Infraco's fiber network.
Facebook Adds Friends in Africa to 'Unite for a Better Internet'
Tim Skinner  
2/7/2017   Post a comment
Internet giant charms public and private companies across the continent with pledge to improve online safety for Africans.
London Calling for South African IoT Startup Expansion
Tim Skinner  
2/6/2017   Post a comment
IoT.nxt says London is next after successful first year.
MTN Ignites Digital Transformation With Executive Appointments
Tim Skinner  
2/3/2017   1 comment
Continent-wide executive recruitment to drive MTN's group transformation initiative.
Data Uptake Drives Return to Growth for Airtel Africa
Tim Skinner  
2/2/2017   Post a comment
Telco hits back with impressive quarter after questions over its future in the African market.
Zimbabwe's Regulatory U-turn – What a Mess
Tim Skinner  
2/1/2017   Post a comment
Regulator imposes regulation, argues about it, insists on it, then pulls it. Congratulations all round.




Latest Articles
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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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
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 ...
Just like the Internet itself many years ago, the Internet of Things (IoT) was initially viewed as nothing more than a fad that would have little impact on our daily lives. We know now ...
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By Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa
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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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