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Content posted in February 2020
Blue Label turns the corner after Cell C write-off
Paula Gilbert  
2/28/2020   Post a comment
Blue Label Telecoms is back in the black after two tough years, including writing off its investment in troubled mobile operator Cell C.
Bank cards still beat mobile payments in Africa
Paula Gilbert  
2/28/2020   Post a comment
A new research report from Omdia and OpenWay has found that consumer demand for debit and credit cards still outweighs that for mobile money, according to African banks.
Safaricom pens cloud deal with AWS
Paula Gilbert  
2/27/2020   Post a comment
Safaricom will become both a customer and a reseller of Amazon Web Services cloud services in East Africa.
MTN Uganda expands MoMo reach with Vodacom partnership
Connecting Africa News  
2/26/2020   Post a comment
MTN Uganda is opening up its Mobile Money ecosystem even further, adding Vodacom Tanzania to the list of telecom partners that customers can transact with in East Africa.
East Africa Com Interview: Anne Wangalachi on how tech is transforming agriculture
AfricaCom Perspectives  
2/25/2020   1 comment
Anne Wangalachi, an agribusiness specialist at the World Bank Group, spoke to Connecting Africa about technology can transform agriculture in East Africa.
Econet throws hat in ring for Ethiopia license – report
Paula Gilbert  
2/25/2020   Post a comment
Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa's company is reportedly looking into a telecom license in Ethiopia.
Hot startup of the month: IoT-enabled refrigeration company Gricd
Connecting Africa News  
2/24/2020   Post a comment
Nigerian startup Gricd builds solar-powered, IoT-enabled mobile refrigeration boxes to transport and store food and medication.
Kenya's Safaricom looks to Huawei for 5G
Connecting Africa News  
2/21/2020   Post a comment
Safaricom is considering using Huawei equipment for its 5G network rollout.
Lycamobile partners with Tunisian postal service
Connecting Africa News  
2/21/2020   Post a comment
MVNO Lycamobile has announced a strategic partnership with Tunisia's state-owned postal and banking service operator, La Poste.
Vodacom facing trouble in Lesotho
Paula Gilbert  
2/20/2020   Post a comment
The Lesotho Communications Authority is not happy with Vodacom and has fined it $549,000 – and is threatening to revoke its license.
East Africa Com Interview: GlobalX's Sylvia Mukasa on women in tech
AfricaCom Perspectives  
2/19/2020   Post a comment
GlobalX Investments CEO, Sylvia Mukasa, talks to Connecting Africa about the skills gap in east Africa and what can be done to help women in the region succeed in the tech industry.
Etisalat tests open RAN in Africa through Parallel Wireless
Paula Gilbert  
2/19/2020   Post a comment
Telecoms giant Etisalat is set to trial open RAN solutions across its markets in Africa using technology from Parallel Wireless.
Internet Solutions taps Liquid Telecom for 5G capacity
Connecting Africa News  
2/18/2020   Post a comment
Liquid Telecom will provide Internet Solutions with wholesale 5G connectivity in South Africa.
Malawi investors snap up Airtel stock
Connecting Africa News  
2/17/2020   Post a comment
Airtel Malawi will list 20% of its shares on local stock exchange following an oversubscribed offer.
Africa remains growth driver for Orange
Paula Gilbert  
2/13/2020   Post a comment
Orange CEO Stéphane Richard says that once again in 2019, the Africa & Middle East region was a main growth driver for the Group.
MWC 2020 officially canceled
Paula Gilbert  
2/13/2020   Post a comment
The GSMA has pulled the plug on this year's Mobile World Congress due to the impact of reactions to the coronavirus outbreak.
MTN expects big earnings jump
Paula Gilbert  
2/12/2020   Post a comment
MTN expects its headline earnings per share for the 2019 financial year to be as much as 50% higher than the year before.
Connecting Africa joins MWC exodus
Paula Gilbert  
2/12/2020   Post a comment
Connecting Africa believes it will be easier and more efficient to report on the industry's developments without traveling to Barcelona.
How the digital healthcare revolution will be realized
AfricaCom Perspectives  
2/12/2020   1 comment
Frank Hester, founder and CEO of healthcare technology company TPP, believes the healthcare industry is not embracing technology as it should, but that the digital revolution is coming.
Vodacom to take over Vodafone Ghana
Paula Gilbert  
2/11/2020   Post a comment
The management of Vodafone Ghana will soon transfer from Vodafone Europe to South African subsidiary, Vodacom.
Ethiopian EdTech startup Gebeya scores $2M investment
Connecting Africa News  
2/10/2020   Post a comment
Ethiopia's Gebeya has raised $2 million from Orange Digital Ventures, Partech and Consonance Investment Managers.
Women in Tech Interview: Vodacom financial services chief Mariam Cassim
Paula Gilbert  
2/10/2020   Post a comment
Mariam Cassim spoke to Connecting Africa about how she turned Vodacom's financial services division into a profit maker in just three years, as well as the trials and tribulations of being a successful working mom.
Airtel & Telkom Kenya appeal merger conditions – report
Connecting Africa News  
2/6/2020   Post a comment
Airtel and Telkom Kenya are reportedly appealing the merger conditions set by the Competition Authority of Kenya last year.
World Bank pushes for telecoms investment in Africa
Connecting Africa News  
2/5/2020   Post a comment
The World Bank is lobbying to get more investment for Africa's telecoms industry through the next phase of its African Regulatory Watch Initiative.
Vodacom to launch 5G services in SA in 2020
Paula Gilbert  
2/4/2020   Post a comment
Vodacom says it expects to be able to launch 5G services in South Africa this year, with the help of a recent roaming agreement with Liquid Telecom.
Vodacom reports strong end to 2019
Paula Gilbert  
2/4/2020   Post a comment
Mobile operator giant's quarterly revenues grow 6.6% year-on-year in the final three months of 2019.
SA operators given more time to cut data prices
Paula Gilbert  
2/3/2020   Post a comment
South Africa's Competition Commission has given mobile operators a one-month extension on a demand to drop data prices.

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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.
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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 ...
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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.
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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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