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Content posted in March 2018
Netflix Dominates Premium Streaming in the Middle East, OTT Still Developing in Africa – Ovum
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3/29/2018   Post a comment
Netflix dominates premium streaming in the Middle East but live and linear subscription services are expanding aggressively, according to Ovum's OTT Video Subscription Service Provider Forecast: Middle East and Africa, 2011–22.
Senegal's New ISPs Launch Services
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3/28/2018   Post a comment
Newly licensed ISPs Waw, Africa Access and Arc Informatique have all launched commercial services, bringing additional broadband opportunities to Senegal.
Safaricom Unveils Marathon IoT Effort
Connecting Africa News  
3/28/2018   1 comment
Mobile operator is working with Vodafone on an IoT solution that could help Kenyan athletes to complete a marathon in less than two hours.
Orange Expands Into African Energy Sector With Big Solar Plans
Iain Morris  
3/27/2018   Post a comment
French operator will start providing solar kits in five new African markets this year and hopes to sell hundreds of thousands of units in the next five years.
SimbaPay, Interswitch Collaborate on Pan-Africa Remittances Chatbot
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3/26/2018   Post a comment
SimbaPay, in collaboration with Interswitch, announces the launch of a remittance chatbot to enable SMS-based, Pan-Africa digital money transfers.
Avanti Gateway Earth Station Goes Live in MDXI Data Center in Lagos
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3/26/2018   Post a comment
The new Gateway Earth Station (GES) in Lagos will enable data from Avanti's HYLAS 4 Ka-band satellite to be delivered efficiently in Nigeria and interconnect with other networks.
MTN Ghana Heads for IPO
Ray Le Maistre  
3/23/2018   Post a comment
MTN is closing in on the local listing of its operation in Ghana in order to meet the terms of its 4G license.
Making Water Infrastructure Intelligent
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3/23/2018   Post a comment
Major innovations will be needed to overcome water crises as the Fourth Industrial Revolution takes place, writes Sabine Dall'Omo, CEO for Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa.
Teleology Closes In on 9mobile Acquisition
Ray Le Maistre  
3/22/2018   Post a comment
Pays $50 million deposit and prepares for full ownership of Nigeria's fourth mobile operator within 90 days.
Unitel Lands Zambia's Fourth Mobile License
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3/21/2018   Post a comment
Investment and job creation promised as new licenses are awarded to Unitel, part-owned by Africa's richest woman.
Tigo Tanzania, Uber Team Up to Offer Exciting New Offers to Customers in Dar es Salaam
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3/21/2018   Post a comment
From today, all Tigo Tanzania customers will use the Uber app for free.
Sale of Nigeria's 9mobile in Turmoil
Ray Le Maistre  
3/20/2018   1 comment
Media reports of a lack of due process in the sale of 9mobile spell bad news for the Nigerian mobile operator.
Google Selects Launchpad Accelerator Startups
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3/20/2018   Post a comment
Google has named the 12 startups that will participate in its Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa program.
Helios Towers Abandons IPO Plan
Ray Le Maistre  
3/19/2018   Post a comment
Mobile towers company kills plan to float about 25% of the company's stock as speculation emerges of a potential M&A move.
Lower Smartphone Prices Drive Nigeria's Mobile Penetration – Report
Ray Le Maistre  
3/19/2018   Post a comment
Smartphone prices have dropped dramatically in Nigeria during the past few years, helping to fuel a surge in mobile user numbers, according to a new market report from e-commerce company Jumia.
Standard Chartered Bank Launches Digital Bank in Côte d'Ivoire
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3/16/2018   Post a comment
Standard Chartered Bank says its digital bank in Côte d'Ivoire is the company's first digital bank in Africa and the first-of-its-kind in that country.
Rain Readies for a Mobile Data Launch
Ray Le Maistre  
3/14/2018   Post a comment
South Africa's mobile data challenger Rain is preparing to launch its 4G services with a focus on making things simple for customers, notes the operator's CIO.
Kenya's 4G Hopefuls Wait for Spectrum Ruling
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3/13/2018   Post a comment
Two consortia are hoping to be awarded valuable spectrum for 4G services.
Liquid Telecom Selects Metaswitch for Pan-African Voice and UC&C Service Expansion
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3/12/2018   Post a comment
Cloud-native virtual network functions (VNFs) to serve as foundation of new services in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
SEACOM Pumps Up Its South Africa PoPs
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3/12/2018   Post a comment
SEACOM deploys 100Gbit/s Ethernet technology to support the growth of the African Internet.
Orange Names New CEO for Africa & Middle East
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3/9/2018   Post a comment
Alioune Ndiaye has been appointed as CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa.
IOX Cable, Angola Cables Team Up
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3/8/2018   Post a comment
IOX Cable and Angola Cables sign agreement to expand their reach across Africa, the Americas and Asia.
MTN Predicts Strong Growth Following Network Investments
Ray Le Maistre  
3/8/2018   Post a comment
MTN expects Nigeria and South Africa to be the engines of growth for the next few years as it reports favorable full year financials.
Africa Needs More Young Women in Tech – Here's Why
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3/8/2018   Post a comment
Women with tech skills are key to Africa's ability to thrive in the digital economy, says Sthe Shabangu of Samsung Africa.
Orange Upgrades 4G With Nokia
Ray Le Maistre  
3/7/2018   Post a comment
Operator is investing in a major upgrade of its radio access network infrastructure in seven countries using technology from Nokia.
Epsilon, WIOCC Team Up to Deliver On-Demand Connectivity between Africa and RoW
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3/7/2018   Post a comment
Infiny by Epsilon's on-demand connectivity platform will be deployed in Johannesburg and Cape Town, giving African service providers rapid access to cloud-centric networking and assisting international service providers in extending services into Africa.
Telkom Kenya Lines Up $40M Loan for Network Upgrade
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3/6/2018   Post a comment
Operator set to get a loan towards a US$92 million network expansion project.
Vodafone Uganda Files for Bankruptcy
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3/5/2018   Post a comment
Mobile data service provider has appointed an administrator after suffering financial, administrative and service delivery failures in a crowded market.
Helios Towers Plans IPO
Ray Le Maistre  
3/2/2018   Post a comment
Tower infrastructure company plans to list 25% of its shares on the London and Johannesburg exchanges in a move that should value the company at more than $2 billion.
Applications Now Open for the 8th Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East
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3/1/2018   Post a comment
This prize, awarded by Orange, rewards innovative projects based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) which improve the living conditions of people in Africa and the Middle East.




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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.
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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

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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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