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Content posted in February 2019
Rain Boasts 5G Network Launch in South Africa
Ray Le Maistre  
2/28/2019   Post a comment
Alternative data-only operator has built out initial 5G network using technology from Huawei Technologies and Nokia.
Cisco, ITIDA Team Up for Digital Apps & Game Development Initiative
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2/28/2019   Post a comment
Cisco is collaborating with Egypt's Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) for Africa Innovation in Digital Applications & Game Development Initiative (AAL).
Safaricom Deploys 400G Optical Transport Tech
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2/27/2019   Post a comment
Safaricom has deployed 400 Gbit/s optical transport technology from Huawei that will enable it to cope better with increasing volumes of video and data traffic.
Orange Unveils $20 KaiOS Smart Feature Phones
Wei Shi  
2/26/2019   Post a comment
Orange customers in three African markets will get the Sanza device from April, with 13 more to follow.
Number of Mobile Money Accounts Grows 20%, Reports GSMA
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2/26/2019   Post a comment
The mobile money industry processed US$1.3 Billion in transactions per day in 2018, according to the latest 'State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money' from the GSMA.
Huawei Unveils RuralStar Lite for Rural Connectivity
Ray Le Maistre  
2/22/2019   Post a comment
Chinese vendor has developed a smaller, slimmer version of its remote area, solar-powered base station.
Cambium Networks Recognizes Project Isizwe CEO as Hero of Wireless Connectivity
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2/22/2019   Post a comment
CEO of Project Isizwe wins award that honors those changing lives through wireless connectivity.
Africa & Middle East Shine for Orange
Wei Shi  
2/21/2019   Post a comment
Major mobile operator Orange says its AME business was a major growth contributor in 2018.
KaiOS, MediaTek Collaborate on 3G/4G Smart Feature Phones
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2/21/2019   Post a comment
MediaTek and KaiOS Technologies are to integrate KaiOS with a series of MediaTek chipsets to power 3G and 4G smart feature phone devices.
KaiOS Smart Feature Phones to Hit More African Markets
Wei Shi  
2/19/2019   Post a comment
Six new companies have agreed to bring KaiOS-based feature phones, which have smartphone-like functionality, to more markets in Africa.
Maroc Telecom Reports a Strong 2018
Wei Shi  
2/18/2019   Post a comment
Morocco's leading telco reported revenues growth and optimised its capital expenditures to achieve a successful 2018.
MTN's Ugandan Woes Deepen
Wei Shi  
2/15/2019   Post a comment
The mobile operator's CEO is the latest to be deported from the eastern African country.
Are Africa's Mobile Operators Getting Shortchanged by MWC?
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2/14/2019   Post a comment
It is the biggest annual event for the mobile industry in the world, but is the GSMA's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, with its heay focus on 5G, neglecting the world's fastest growing telecoms continent? It looks that way.
Loon to Land Third Ground Station in Kenya
Wei Shi  
2/14/2019   Post a comment
Working with Telkom Kenya, Alphabet subsidiary Loon is to add another ground station to expand its coverage.
Huawei to Launch Cloud Services in March
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2/14/2019   Post a comment
Huawei is preparing for a March launch for its cloud data services in Africa.
Safaricom Turns to Allot to Shore Up Security, Boost QoE
Wei Shi  
2/13/2019   Post a comment
Kenya's leading mobile operator is deploying technology from Israeli vendor Allot to make its network more secure and enhance the quality of experience (QoE) it can deliver to its customers.
Telkom, Airtel Finally Get Engaged
Ray Le Maistre  
2/11/2019   Post a comment
At the second time of asking, Kenya's second- and third-largest mobile operators agree a merger deal to create a stronger rival to Safaricom.
Why MTN Will Want a Jumia IPO
Wei Shi  
2/11/2019   Post a comment
The operator would improve its financial position if Nigerian digital e-commerce giant Jumia lists its shares on the New York exchange.
WACS Subsea Cable Upgrade Completed by Huawei Marine
Wei Shi  
2/6/2019   Post a comment
Huawei Marine has finished the upgrade of the world's longest 100G undersea cable, which links West Africa with Europe.
Africa Honors Safer Internet Day
Wei Shi  
2/6/2019   Post a comment
Telcos, Web services giants, NGOs and governments joined hands to honor Safer Internet Day, which this year had a focus on children and the young netizens and the slogan 'Together for a better internet.'
MFN Launches Broadband Service Provider for Afrikaans Market
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2/5/2019   Post a comment
MetroFibre Networx (MFN) has launched Aitsa.com, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) that will focus on providing broadband connectivity to the Afrikaans community in South Africa.
IX Reach Expands Into Africa via Djibouti Data Center
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2/5/2019   Post a comment
SDN-enabled connectivity and peering specialist IX Reach is taking residency at the Djibouti Data Center as it expands its presence into Africa.
Berkshire Partners Takes Control of Data Center Specialist Teraco
Ray Le Maistre  
2/2/2019   Post a comment
Investment firm Berkshire Partners LLC has acquired a majority stake in Teraco Data Environments, a major provider of colocation data center infrastructure in South Africa.
Airtel Africa Gets Another Cash Injection, Adds Customers
Ray Le Maistre  
2/1/2019   Post a comment
Qatar Investment Authority is to invest US$200 million in Airtel's Africa operations, becoming the latest external investor to pump money into the regional operation.
Standard Chartered Takes Its Digital Banking to Four More African Countries
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2/1/2019   Post a comment
Following on from its 2018 launch in Côte d'Ivoire in March 2018, Standard Chartered plans to launch its digital bank service in four more countries.




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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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