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Content posted in March 2017
MTN Trials Next Gen Mobile Network
Ray Le Maistre  
3/29/2017   Post a comment
Operator has been working with Huawei and Qualcomm on the use of next-generation antenna technology that can boost mobile broadband throughout.
Joburg In Line to Host OpenLab
Ray Le Maistre  
3/28/2017   Post a comment
Telecoms technology giant Huawei is setting up an OpenLab in Cape Town to foster industry collaboration.
Propelling Connectivity in East Africa & Beyond
Amy Turner  
3/28/2017   Post a comment
OFS is one of the specialist technology suppliers helping Africa's network operators to build out their next-generation fiber networks.
Feeding the Data Demand in East Africa
Amy Turner  
3/24/2017   Post a comment
How can East Africa's mobile operators address the transport network capacity crunch they all face as data service usage grows? Airtel Tanzania's Barnabas Bwali has some answers.
17% Rise in Number of African Tech Startups Funded in 2016 – Report
Connecting Africa News  
3/22/2017   1 comment
There was a significant rise in the number of African technology startups funded last year, according to a new report from Disrupt Africa.
Spreading ICT to the Underserved & Unserved in Kenya
Amy Turner  
3/21/2017   Post a comment
There are signs of encouraging growth in the East African ICT and telecom sector but there's still much to be done to address the digital divide.
Orange Expands Its Brand but Faces Challenges
Ray Le Maistre  
3/17/2017   Post a comment
Orange rebrands its acquired business in Burkina Faso but faces a tough task to meet its financial objectives in Africa.
Driving Access to Mobile Health Services – AfricaCom Interview With Dr Michael Mol
Amy Turner  
3/16/2017   Post a comment
Technology has a key role to play in tackling Africa's healthcare plight.
The Changing Face of the African International Bandwidth Market
Guy Zibi  
3/15/2017   Post a comment
In terms of international subsea network connectivity, Africa has never had it so good. But that doesn't mean there aren't significant challenges in the wholesale bandwidth market, explains Guy Zibi.
Public and Private Collaboration Spearheading ICT Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
Amy Turner  
3/14/2017   1 comment
There's plenty of cause for optimism in Africa's Tech and telecom sectors.
Hurricane Electric Expands IP Backbone in Africa, Middle East
Connecting Africa News  
3/13/2017   1 comment
IP backbone operator is extending its network into Djibouti, Nairobi and Dubai.
Making MTN Great Again
Guy Zibi  
3/10/2017   1 comment
The new team running MTN has some tough decisions to take but there are a number of key steps that can help get the pan-African operator back on track, notes Xalam Analytics Principal Guy Zibi.
WiFi's Role in Bridging the Digital Divide
Amy Turner  
3/8/2017   Post a comment
Internet.org's sustainable economic model is making Africa more open and connected, with its Express WiFi initiative a prime example.
MTN's South Africa CEO Jumps Ship
Ray Le Maistre  
3/8/2017   Post a comment
Mteto Nyati's abrupt departure provides incoming group CEO Rob Shuter with an early challenge.
Safaricom, mSurvey Peer Into Spending Trends With Consumer Wallet
Connecting Africa News  
3/8/2017   Post a comment
Kenyan operator and mobile research specialist seek to identify spending habits of cash-dependent consumers.
The Timing Is Right for Orange Egypt's 4G
Ray Le Maistre  
3/7/2017   Post a comment
Mobile operator deploys synchronization system to ensure quality LTE services as Egypt's 4G market prepares for take-off.
One Global Pitches Mobile Finance App at Africa, Middle East
Ray Le Maistre  
3/6/2017   Post a comment
The PayIt platform has a new name as One Global tries to become a major player in the mobile money market across Africa and the Middle East.
Lighting Opportunities in Africa
Amy Turner  
3/3/2017   1 comment
Highlights from Thione Niang's keynote address at AfricaCom, where he spoke about igniting change on the continent.
Expresso Telecom Puts Towers Up for Sale
Iain Morris  
3/2/2017   Post a comment
Expresso Telecom, the west African mobile subsidiary of Sudanese incumbent Sudatel, is looking to sell its towers to reduce operating costs and help it focus on new service opportunities.
Empowering Citizens in the Digital Age
Amy Turner  
3/2/2017   Post a comment
Dr Siyabonga Cwele, South Africa's Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister, didn't hold back at AfricaCom 2016.
HYLA, Facebook Fuel Smartphone Uptake With Refurb Project
Tim Skinner  
3/1/2017   Post a comment
Facebook's 'Smart Restart' project is targeting the next billion mobile users.
MWC 2017: Africa Features in Ovum's Highlights
Connecting Africa News  
3/1/2017   1 comment
The analyst team from Ovum are at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and have some interesting insights related to the African market.




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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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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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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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